Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 CB 13IML05, i3-10110U
Average of 6 scores (from 12 reviews)
Reviews for the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 CB 13IML05, i3-10110U
Source: Good Gear Guide
The Lenovo Flex 5 is a good example of a Chromebook that knows what it's for. The screen's light bleed issues and audio quality are downers, but they're not going to get in the way of work or school. The combination of a 13-inch full HD screen, 10th-generation Core i3 processor and 4GB of RAM is just enough to handle basic productivity workloads while staying will under the $500 mark.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/12/2020
Lenovo released one of the best Chromebooks of 2020 with its IdeaPad Duet two-in-one, a 10-inch Chrome OS tablet with a detachable keyboard and touchpad. However, while its small size and performance are awesome for mobility, they're limiting if you need to spend hours using it for work. For that, Lenovo's 13.3-inch IdeaPad Flex 5 Chromebook is the better bet. It's also a two-in-one, but it's more a laptop than a tablet. With the Flex 5, you're getting a larger display, a full-size backlit keyboard and better everyday performance with its 10th-gen Core i3 processor.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/24/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Android Central
This laptop has everything I want in a Chromebook — compact, capable, and comfortable — while keeping the price reasonable and the build quality high. I especially love the backlit keyboard and the loud speakers sitting on either side of it.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/17/2020
Rating: Total score: 100%
The Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook checks all of the right boxes for something that comes in at just over $400. It's a convertible with an FHD display that has pen support, it has a 10th-generation Intel Core i3 processor from the Comet Lake family, and well, that's about it.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/11/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC Mag
Overall, the Flex 5 will suit mainstream users who have grown to appreciate the advantages of the simple, lightweight, and fast-evolving Chrome operating system, but also want pen support, physical connectivity, and other niceties common in the world of Windows laptops.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/10/2020
Rating: Total score: 70%
Lenovo’s Flex 5 Chromebook is probably the best Chromebook out there for most people. It’s affordable, at $409, but it cuts very few corners. The keyboard and screen are great and it has enough power for most tasks. If you’re a power user, you might want a laptop with more than 4GB of RAM or 64GB of storage. But most people in the market for a Chromebook will be quite happy with this laptop.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/25/2020
Rating: Total score: 87%
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/25/2020
Source: Laptop Mag
If someone approached me and said, “I want a really good laptop that’s less than $500,” I’d tell them they’d have to forgo Windows and consider getting a Chromebook — a Flex 5, in particular.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/18/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Talk Android
It seems like there aren’t very many middle-of-the-road options for Chromebooks. You’re either getting something really cheap that comes with a lot of compromises, your have to shell out for a Pixelbook that’s painful on the wallet. Lenovo’s ThinkPad Flex 5 manages to comfortably slot into the middle of the market for anyone that wants to go with Chrome OS.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/14/2020
Source: Chrome Unboxed
To put it simply, buy this Chroembook. It has already become my go-to recommendation for anyone looking at a mid-range Chromebook that feels way more like a high-end device than it ought to. It is fast, it looks good, it feels great, it has all day battery, it gets updates for 8 years, and it is affordable. There’s just not much more I need to say, here.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/09/2020
There's one other thing that I find particularly interesting about the Flex 5 Chromebook, and that's that it weighs in at 2.97 pounds. Any $400-ish device that weighs under three pounds is quite impressive, and it feels really premium. Check out the unboxing below:
Hands-On, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/30/2020
Unboxing and Lenovo flex 5 Chromebook with an Intel Core i3-10110U, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC storage, and a 13.3-inch FHD display.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/29/2020
Intel UHD Graphics 620: Integrated GPU (GT2, 24 EUs) found on some Kaby-Lake-Refresh CPU models (15 W ULV series). Technically identical to the previous Kaby-Lake GPU called HD Graphics 620.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
i3-10110U: Comet Lake based low power dual-core processor (technically identical to Whiskey Lake and still produced in 14nm++). The CPU cores can clock between 2.1 and 4.1 GHz (all 2 cores 3.7 GHz max.) with HyperThreading (4 threads). The integrated memory controller supports up to LPDDR4-2933 and using cTDP up/down the performance can be adjusted by the OEM (10 - 25 Watt possible, 15W default). The integrated graphics adapter clocks from 300 - 1000 MHz and only offers 23 instead of 24 CUs.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
There are hardly any tablets in this display size range anymore. For subnotebooks, on the other hand, it is the standard format.
The advantage of subnotebooks is that the entire laptop can be small and therefore easily portable. The smaller display also has the advantage of requiring less power, which further improves battery life and thus mobility. The disadvantage is that reading texts is more strenuous on the eyes. High resolutions are more likely to be found in standard laptops.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Lenovo: Lenovo ("Le" from English legend, novo (Latin) for new) was founded in 1984 as a Chinese computer trading company. As of 2004, the company was the largest laptop manufacturer in China and, after acquiring IBM's PC division in 2005, the fourth largest in the world. In addition to desktops and notebooks, the company manufactures monitors, projectors, servers, etc, and specializes in developing, manufacturing and marketing consumer electronics, personal computers, software, enterprise solutions and related services.
In 2016, the company ranked first in the world in computer sales. It still held it in 2023 with about 23% global market share. Important product lines are Thinkpad, Legion and Ideapad.
In 2011, it acquired a majority stake in Medion AG, a European computer hardware manufacturer. In 2014, Motorola Mobility was purchased, which gave Lenovo a boost in the smartphone market.
82.83%: This rating is slightly above average, there are somewhat more devices with worse ratings. However, clear purchase recommendations look different.
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