Keyboard and Touchpad
Flex 5’s keyboard doesn’t offer as much feedback as I like. With just 1.3 millimeters of travel (we prefer at least 1.5mm) and 72 grams of required force to press, it wasn’t clicky or deep. I didn’t bottom out, but it felt a bit soft. On the 10fastfingers.com, I typed at 110 words per minute, within my average range, but my error rate doubled from 2 to 4 percent
The 4.1 x 2.7-inch touchpad is smooth, accurate, and responsive to Windows 10 gestures, like tapping three fingers to summon Cortana and two-finger scrolling. It’s a bit shallow for my liking, but it’s something I could get used to.
The plastic lid is black with Lenovo’s logo in silver in the top left corner.
Connectivity on the Lenovo Flex 14 2 in 1 is excellent, better than most convertibles in the same price range. On the left, there’s a USB-C port, an HDMI port, power adapter input and an audio jack. On the opposite side, there’s a Novo button, a power button, a card reader and a pair of USB 3.1 ports.
Unfortunately, there’s no Thunderbolt 3 support, meaning you won’t be able to plug an external GPU enclosure – but its something we didn’t expect to have at this price point.
The Flex 5’s 14-inch, 1920 x 1080 touch display is darker than competitors and offers bland colors. When I watched an FHD trailer for “Justice League,” a lot of details were lost in dark shadows. When Wonder Woman talked to Bruce Wayne in the Batcave, I couldn’t even see the left side of the billionaire playboy’s mouth. The Flash’s normally red suit was just a tad on the burgundy side, but the red and blue lights attached to Cyborg appeared color accurate.
The screen covers just 74 percent of the sRGB color gamut, far below the thin-and-light average (104 percent) and less vivid than the Yoga 910 (98 percent), the Spin 7 (113 percent) and the Spectre x360 (113 percent).
At 242 nits of average brightness, the Flex’s display is dim, falling short of the 262-nit average. The Spectre reached 255 nits, while the Spin 7 measured 264 nits. The Yoga was the most luminous at 292 nits.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The Flex 5’s keyboard doesn’t offer as much feedback as I like. With just 1.3 millimeters of travel (we prefer at least 1.5mm) and 72 grams of required force to press, it wasn’t clicky or deep. I didn’t bottom out, but it felt a bit soft. On the 10fastfingers.com, I typed at 110 words per minute, within my average range, but my error rate doubled from 2 to 4 percent.
The 4.1 x 2.7-inch touchpad is smooth, accurate and responsive to Windows 10 gestures, like tapping three fingers to summon Cortana and two-finger scrolling. It’s a bit shallow for my liking, but it’s something I could get used to.
The Flex’s speakers are a mixed bag. The laptop was just loud enough to fill the room with sound and get my toes tapping during Paramore’s “Ain’t It Fun,” and the vocals were very clear. The guitars and drums were easy to make out but didn’t have the same level of prominence. The bass, however, was nowhere to be found.
The Dolby Audio app offers presets for different media, like movies, music and games. I found the default (music) to be the most balanced.
With a 2.7-GHz Intel Core i7-7500U CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB, 5,400 HDD, 128GB SSD and a Nvidia 940MX GPU with 2GB of VRAM, it’s no surprise that the Flex 5 can handle everyday usage with aplomb. I had 30 tabs open in Google Chrome (including one streaming a 1080p episode of “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” from YouTube) without a single hiccup.
But on the Geekbench 4 overall performance test, it notched a score of 7,748, falling below the thin-and-light average (9,096) and the Spectre x360 (8,017, Core i7-7500U) while tying the Yoga 910 (7,748, Core i5-7500U). Only the Spin 7, with its Core i7-7Y75 CPU, performed worse, with 5,777.
It took the Flex 5 27 seconds to duplicate 4.97GB of files. That’s an effective transfer rate of 188.5 megabytes per second. While that’s speedier than the Spin 7 (124.1MBps), the Yoga (194.7Mbps) and the Spectre x360 (282.1MBps) were much quicker.
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