Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 Review: Packs-a-Punch

Martin Guay
Martin Guay - Chief Editor
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Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 – Intro

The Lenovo's IdeaPad Flex 5 is kicking it like its game day. Packing some punch and delivering performance, quality at a budget price!

Starting at $859.99, it's a powerhouse that can give you the power you need to stay up to date on all your latest activities. While I'm taking the IdeaPad Flex 5 for a spin as a daily driver to work, create, edit and listen to music, I find myself also enjoying the entertainment from it via Netflix.

The Design

The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 follows similar approaches to other lines of the business when it comes to its design. That steel etched feeling with a sturdy construction is very sleek. The 360-degree Flex 5 hinges make it better at folding than a typical laptop clamshell. With that, you can prop it up for it to stand on its own so you can enjoy your next flick.

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We are looking at 2-USB ports on the right side with an SD card slot and power button. You'll find the Power, HDMI, USB-C and headphone jack on the left side.

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The Engine

This beast holds a 10th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-1035G1 Processor (1.60 GHz, up to 4.20 GHz with Turbo Boost, 4 Cores, 8 Threads, 6 MB Cache), its no slouch.

To add a bit of flair, Lenovo also managed to add an NVIDIA GeForce MX230 2GB of memory!

The panel is a full HD (1,920-by-1,080-pixel) IPS touch screen, which supports inputs from the Lenovo Digital Pen.

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Other interesting points to the laptop are the integrated 720P HD webcam, the touch screen capability and the excellent sound for such a small body. You can make use of the fingerprint sensor for added security and peace of mind.

Wireless connectivity includes 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2. Support for the latest Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) standard is absent, not a requirement for a laptop in this price range. The 802.11ac standard is plenty fast enough for most home wireless environments.

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The backlit keyboard provides surprisingly secure key switches that make the typing experience easy and satisfactory. It's derived from a range of subtle variations from Lenovo's flagship ThinkPad keyboards.

You can find my exact configuration on Amazon Canada.

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How I used Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5

I've used this laptop to create the actual header of this article. It was a pretty intensive process as it ate 10GB's of ram while doing the processing.

I've listened to music, chilled to Netflix and spent hours on YouTube. I've completed a work assignment. I did IT work by connecting remotely and even sat down at the pub to have a beer while doing a video conference.

All the typical stuff people would do outside of gaming. It can handle a lot of things. Open up that browser with those 40 tabs if that's what drives you.

Great Value, Excellent Performance

The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 starts at $859.99 on Amazon Canad with a 10th Gen Intel Core i5 and 16GB of ram. The model I'm using for the review in the 10th Gen Intel Core i5 with 16GB of ram coming in at $883.33. on Amazon Canada, just so slightly different.

You can't consider the ultraportable $859.99 laptop to work like a $1500 gaming machine or expect it to work like a $2000 mobile workstation that is designed for content creation. You can expect it to work as a decent laptop for all your daily activities outside of those functions.

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I'm giving the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 a solid 4 stars out of 5. It does everything I need, but I'm sure it could be improved. The Canadian market is flooded with a lot of laptops and it's very competitive. Looking forward to seeing what else Lenovo will bring out for the budget-conscious folks.

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By Martin Guay Chief Editor
I write, talk about technology, gadgets, the latest Android news as much as any other fellow geek, nerd, or enthusiast does. I work in the IT field as a System Administrator, and I enjoy gaming when possible. I'm into plenty of things, and you can usually find me around Ottawa, Canada!For all business inquiry email business-inquiry [@] cryovex [dot] com.
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