In 2020, Lenovo released one of the best Chromebooks. It was a 10-inch Chrome OS tablet with a detachable keyboard and touchpad. But the latest Lenovo’s 13.3-inch IdeaPad Flex 5 Chromebook is the improved version. It’s also a two-in-one, but it functions more like a laptop than a tablet.
The Flex 5 has a larger display, an improved performance thanks to its 10th-gen Core i3 processor. Let’s have a look at the Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook features in detail.
Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook Design
The Flex 5 appearance isn’t as attractive as Acers Spin 713, but you can judge a book by its cover. It’s lighter and slimmer, weighing 1.35kg and being 17mm thick.
It has a functional physical design, with the 13.3 screens folding back on Lenovo’s ingenious hinge to work in tablet or tent modes. The entire body is made of plastic, while the lid is metal. Lenovo did an excellent job in aesthetically ordering the colors. The bezels surrounding the screen are narrow, bar the big one below the display, and the dark grey keys made the styling superb. This Chromebook looks more sophisticated than it is.
The Flex 5 isn’t as thin as the Asus Flip C436F, and it makes up for it with connectivity ports, fitting in a USB 3.1 Type-A port and the USB 3.1 gen 1 Type-C port that’s on either side. There’s a volume rocker and an on/off button on the right side. Also, the Flex 5 is one of the cheaper Chromebooks that possesses 802.11ax Wi-Fi in a 2×2 MIMO configuration, including Bluetooth 5.
Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook Display
The Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook 13.3-inch, 1080p touch display is simple and fair. It has enough crispness and detail for visual enjoyment, but it would be better if the colors can be more vibrant. Although, at that affordable price, it’s outrageous to expect an elite screen spec. The Flex 5 display supports a digital-pen input. Unfortunately, a stylus wasn’t added to the package.
The Flex 5s display covers about 66% of the sRGB color gamut based on our colorimeter. This result is lower than the color-gamut coverage of an average Chromebook, which is 79%. Unluckily, the Flex 5 is less satisfying compared with its competitors. The Asus Chromebook Flip C434 (93%) and the HP Chromebook x360 12b (79%) have more vibrant displays.
The Flex 5 isn’t suitable for use on a sunny and bright day. With its 226 nits of brightness, its display is dimmer than an average 275-nit Chromebook.
Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook Battery Life
The Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebooks battery life is a bit disappointing for a Chromebook (the average Chromebook has a runtime of 10 hours and 14 minutes). The Flex 5 lasted 7 hours and 20 minutes on the Laptop Mag test, which involves continuous web surfing at 150 nits of screen brightness. This is below our minimum recommended 8-hour runtime.
HP Chromebook x360 12b (8:06) and the Asus Chromebook Flip C434 (9:58) offer longer battery runtimes.
Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook Keyboard and Touchpad
The Flex 5’s backlit keyboard is quite remarkable. It has a 1.4mm travel distance that’s suitable for short typing sessions. Also, moving the power button to the right edge offers space on the keyboard for a button to lock the device. You can press and hold the button at the upper right corner to be moved to the Chrome sign-in screen.
The multi-touch touchpad surface consists of Mylar, and it’s less comfortable than the keyboard. It isn’t comfortable for large fingers, while the keyboard deck’s inflexible hinge and essential flex make right clicks and cursor movements challenging.
Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook Specs
|Processor||Intel Core i5-10210U 4.2GHz|
|Graphics adapter||Intel UHD Graphics|
|Storage||128GB PCIe NVMe SSD|
|Screen size (in)||13.3in|
|Screen resolution||1,920 x 1,080|
|Memory card slot||MicroSD slot|
|3.5mm audio jack||Yes|
|Graphics outputs||2 x USB-C 3|
|Other ports||USB-A 3|
|Web Cam||720p webcam|
|Dimensions, mm (WDH)||310 x 214 x 17mm|
|Weight (kg) – with keyboard where applicable||1.11kg|
|Battery size (Wh)||51Wh|
Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook Price and Availability
Presently, the Lenovo Chromebook Flex is in limited supply. It was formally priced at $410, but presently, it is between $480 and $490. Even at this high price, the Flex 5 is worth what you’re paying for. For the UK, the configuration is remarkable and more costly at £530. Presently, Lenovo doesn’t provide the IdeaPad Flex 5 Chromebook in Australia, but the price is converted to AU$578.
The Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook is suitable for people who need a laptop for school, work, or play. Also, those who are always on the go and need to work, and folks who love watching videos on their laptop. But, if you’re a tab hoarder or need large screens or ample storage, then the Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook is not for you.