The Good The 11-inch Lenovo Flex has a compact, durable design and enough power and durability to address the major productivity and entertainment challenges.
The Bad The display is dim and has limited viewing angles. The Celeron processor can handle only so much. Stereo speakers produce a subtle, mediocre sound. The stylus is not included.
The Bottom Line Lenovo Flex cuts some corners, but eventually provides an affordable combo notebook and tablet if you keep checking for expectations.
The 2018 edition of the Lenovo Flex Convertible 2018 does the job for both laptop and tablet – and at a price of $ 330 (about £ 250 or $ 450), which is now down to $ 263, that’s a great price.
Warning: Flex is not a big laptop, nor is it a great tablet. But it cleverly combines two devices that work quite well in both modes. If you are looking for a dedicated laptop or a dedicated tablet in this price range, there are many better options. If you have a bigger budget and you like the Lenovo 360-hinge design, check out this Yoga 920 . And then it’s much more expensive Microsoft Surface Pro , which remains the gold standard in this category. But if you are looking for a multifunctional two-in-one that is more portable and cheaper than competitors, such as Acer Spin 3 or Asus NovaGo The Flex 11 is worth a look.
Note: Lenovo treats the laptop differently, both the Flex 6 11-inch and the Flex 11.
Lenovo Flex 6 (11-inch)
|Price as reviewed||$330|
|Display size/resolution||11.6-inch 1,366×768-pixel touchscreen|
|CPU||Dual core 1.1GHz Intel Celeron N4000|
|Memory||2GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz|
|Graphics||Intel UHD Graphics 600|
|Webcam||Built-in 720p HD camera and mic|
|Networking||802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.1|
|Operating system||Windows 10|
The Flex is made of plastic, but doesn’t feel cheap or supple, as some laptops and tablets do in this price range. The sturdy 360-degree hinge gives you the confidence of switching between laptop mode and tablet mode, and I appreciated its firm grip at each selected intermediate angle.
Cutting multiple corners
The biggest drawback here is the HD IPS display. It is reflective and prone to glare. Even in the brightest setting, it was difficult to distinguish the details in the more dimly lit scenes from the few films I watched. In laptop mode, I had to set the screen at the right angle to make it visible. Moving and scrolling work well in tablet mode, but I often had to press several times to press buttons or adjust settings.
The Flex 11 is compact, about 12 to 8 inches in size and just a little over one inch. At 2.75 pounds, he is lighter than his beautiful brother, a sibling, much more expensive Yoga 920 . Of course, it’s portable enough to travel – but the tablet is a little heavy, and I’ve found myself laying it on my lap or desk when using it in that mode. Also, the keyboard that automatically shuts off feels a little weird under the fingers in tablet mode.
Like the 14-inch and 15-inch Flex, the 11-inch Flex works Microsoft Windows 10 . Note that Lenovo is making another Flex Transformer similar, but even less expensive Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook which runs Google operating system lost . The Chromebook version offers more durability and battery life, but lacks the advanced processing power of Windows. (I also came across some negative reviews that users wrote about the Chromebook keyboard. I didn’t check it out, but found the Flex 11 keyboard sensitive and easy to use.)
Lenovo Flex 11
Faster than it looks
CNET tested the base model, which retails for $ 329 (though Lenovo offers it for $ 263). For $ 430, you can upgrade to the Flex 11, which has a Pentium Silver N5000 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB hard drive – although at that price, competition is increasing.
The test block worked quite well, loading quickly and solving basic tasks such as word processing and web browsing. Even after I opened a bunch of apps, it continued to stream video smoothly. Although the Microsoft Edge browser is usually well optimized on machines such as Flex 11, I have found that Google Chrome usually loads web pages faster.
However, the Celeron processor has its limitations, and the machine stutters periodically as I move between tasks or browser windows. Characteristic of most laptops and tablets in this price range, the stereo speakers emit a small, extremely audible, so we recommend using headphones.
- One USB-C, one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0
- HDMI out
- four-in-one SD card reader
- Headphone jack
Lenovo says the 11-inch Flex 6 provides about 6 hours of battery life; our test machine lasted 8 hours and 45 minutes in the CNET online video streaming test. I wrote portions of this review on Flex 6 using Google Docs, with browser windows open, including a series of movies uploaded on Netflix. The Flex 11 knocked for about 7 hours – not too shabby. Better yet, it fully charged in about an hour and a half.
Cheap double date
If you are looking for an inexpensive, Windows-based hybrid with a traditional touchpad keyboard and touch screen, Lenovo Flex 11 checks all windows. However, if you have a room when you want any of these conditions, there are better options. The best two-in-one devices start at $ 1,000 or more, but adding even a couple hundred dollars to a $ 263 Flex 11 starting price will greatly improve your options. And if you are negotiating Windows, your own $ 310 Flex 500e running Google Chrome includes a stylus and provides excellent battery life and durability.
|Lenovo Flex 11||Microsoft Windwos 10 Home (64-bit); 1.1GHz Intel Celeron N4000; 2GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz; 128MB dedicated Intel UHD Graphics 600; 64GB eMMC|
|Asus NovaGo TP370QL||Microsoft Windwos 10 Pro (64-bit); 2.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile processor; 8GB 1,866MHz LPDDR4x onboard; Adreno 540 Graphics; 128GB SSD|
|Acer Spin 3||Microsoft Windows 10 Hone (64-bit); 2.2GHz Intel Core i3-8130U; 4GB DDR SDRAM 2,400MHz; 128MB dedicated Intel UHD Graphics; 1TB HDD|