Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14ARE05-81X2004YGE
Average of 2 scores (from 3 reviews)
Reviews for the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14ARE05-81X2004YGE
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/02/2020
Source: Everyeye.it IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/29/2021
Rating: Total score: 83%
Source: Smart World IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/02/2020
Rating: Total score: 86% price: 80% features: 80% display: 75% mobility: 85% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 80%
The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14ARE05-81X2004YGE is an ultraportable productivity laptop that is slightly thicker compared to similar products, but that does not change the fact that it is easy to be carried around, as it weighs a mere 1.6 kg. Furthermore, it is a 2-in-1 laptop, so the hinge allows the screen to be flipped up to 360 degrees, turning it into a tablet as well. As for the lid, it has a Light Teal colour scheme which appeals to a younger crowd. Even though it is made of plastic, it is surprisingly sturdy as does not feel cheap or easy to break. In addition, the Lenovo logo takes up a small space on the top-left side, giving it a minimalist look with a clean finish.
As far as the display is concerned, this laptop has been equipped with a 14-inch Full-HD IPS touchscreen along with a webcam with a privacy shutter in the top bezel. It is worth noting that the display supports the Lenovo Digital Pen. The pen is actually an optional extra that offers 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity and includes two customizable buttons. This makes it a full-fledged digital stylus, unlike the integrated digital pens included with premium 2-in-1s like the Lenovo Yoga C940 and the Samsung Galaxy Book Flex. However, the display does suffer from a relatively dim backlight rated at just 250 nits of brightness. While the display is definitely fine for darker homes, it appears to be less suited for brightly lit environments such as offices. In terms of its keyboard, the device carries a chiclet keyboard with white backlighting. It is actually derived from Lenovo's flagship ThinkPad keyboards with a few subtle differences. Apart from that, there is a fingerprint scanner just below the right arrow key with speaker grilles sandwiching the keyboard. However, as one would expect from a laptop of this size, the Numpad is absent on this device.
In terms of connectivity, there is a single proprietary charging port, an HDMI port, a single USB Type-C port and a combo audio jack on the left side of the laptop. On the right side, there is a power button, an SD-card reader along with two USB Type-A ports. There is nothing on the rear except for the hinges and a single air vent. As for the processor, the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 features the AMD Ryzen 5 4500U processor along with the AMD Radeon Graphics as the GPU. As for its battery, the laptop has been equipped with a capacious 52Wh battery and improvements unique to Renoir chips, such as the redesigned power interface with three distinct states. This simply means that the operating system can better communicate to the Ryzen 5 exactly how much power is required for a given task. Overall, the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 is a great device to be explored, depending on the need and preference of the user.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
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Lenovo: Lenovo ( "Le" as in the English word legend and "novo" (Latin) for new) was founded in 1984 as a Chinese computer trading company. From 2004, the company has been the largest laptop manufacturer in China and got the fourth largest manufacturer worldwide after the acquisition of IBM's PC division in 2005. In addition to desktops and notebooks, the company also produces monitors, projectors, servers, etc.
In 2011, Lenovo acquired the majority of Medion AG, a European computer hardware manufacturer. In 2014, Lenovo took over Motorola Mobility, which gave them a boost in the smartphone market.
From 2014 to 2016 Lenovo's market share in the global notebook market was 20-21%, ranking second behind HP. However, the distance decreased gradually. In the smartphone market, Lenovo did not belong to the Top 5 global manufacturers in 2016.
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