Despite the low price, the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3 is not a stunner
A small, affordable convertible that does not have a fan sounds like a good second laptop or a recommendable notebook for schoolchildren, but the impression is deceptive: To push the price down, the manufacturer makes too many compromises with the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3 11IGL05.
Everybody loves them, the price-performance champions. Inexpensive and well-equipped, that is the formula that generates huge sales numbers in the laptop market. But this concept also has its limits, because it is difficult to push the price below a certain level.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3 11IGL05 is not only a very affordable, but also a compact, fanless convertible laptop. These properties make it interesting for certain customers: As a second laptop to use on the couch or in bed, for example, or as an inexpensive tool for schoolchildren and students.
However, there is a catch: the inner values of the Lenovo laptop. The Lenovo Flex 3 sports a processor based on Intel's "Gemini Lake", the latest iteration of the Intel Atom. That's not the only problem: The Lenovo notebook only has 4 GB of RAM and, worse, 64 GB of eMMC storage. The latter is extremely restrictive, since you cannot retrofit an SSD. Lenovo removes the SSD slot from models that are not already shipped with an SSD.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3 11IGL05 may be cheap, but it does not offer a good price-performance ratio. The compact Lenovo laptop is not completely uninteresting, but in our detailed review we finally come to the conclusion that the tested model should not be bought.
I was an ardent reader of Notebookcheck’s laptop reviews even back in school. After writing reviews as a hobby, I then joined Notebookcheck in 2016 and have worked on device reviews and news articles ever since then. My personal interest lies more with laptops than smartphones, with business laptops being the most interesting category for me. Technology should make our lives and work easier and good laptops are an essential tool for that to happen. This is why laptop reviews are not just my work but are also my passion.
Translator:Christian Hintze - Managing Editor - 1733 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2016
A C64 marked my entry into the world of PCs. I spent my student internship in the repair department of a computer shop and at the end of the day I was allowed to assemble my own 486 PC from “workshop remnants”. As a result of this, I later studied computer science at the Humboldt University in Berlin, with psychology also being added to my studies. After my first job as a research assistant at the university, I went to London for a year and worked for Sega in computer game translation quality assurance. This included working on games such as Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and Company of Heroes. I have been writing for Notebookcheck since 2017.