Summary: Lenovo's IdeaPad Flex 14 packs one hell of a punch for the average PC user that is looking for that multitouch onscreen capability. Thanks to the stellar RAM and SSD hard drive it ranks rights up there in overall performance with many high end laptops.
Pros: Nice Look and Feel:, Finger-Happy:, Exceptional Battery Life:, Soft Keys:, Ports Galore:, Loud And Proud:, Price:
Cons: No High End Gaming:, Weight:, Backbreaker:, Foggy Viewing Angles:
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14 Convertible Ultrabook Review: An Affordable Convertible
8 December 2013
Excerpt: Contortionist PCs are a big deal these days as convertible models take the stage to help bridge the gap between notebook and tablet. But not everyone wants to drop a grand on a convertible, and not everyone wants a 12-inch notebook, either.
Excerpt: Lenovo has seen the future, and the future is hinges. Or so it thinks. As the industry continues to try to distinguish laptops from tablets, many manufacturers are focused on giving notebook PCs enhanced flexibility without sacrificing power.
Pros: Overall good performance, and exceptional battery life. Sturdy chassis. Dragon Assistant comes preinstalled, so you can you navigate by voice (but not dictate memos). Solid audio.
Cons: Half-baked hinge design. Rickety touchpad. Rotten viewing angles, a low resolution, and a dim LCD will have you rubbing your eyes.
Summary: A flexible solution. The Flex 14 is essentially a low-cost alternative to the well-known Yoga series. Starting at just $479, it certainly has the looks and design of a notebook at twice the value.
Pros: Brushed aluminum, rubberized matte surfaces and glossy plastic all in one!, Fast system performance (for the SSD model), Moderately easy to access internal components, Appealing design for the price, Overall good build quality, Available mSATA slot, Large touchpad, Rigid hinges, Low starting pric...
Cons: CPU Turbo Boost is disabled if running on batteries, Brightness not suitable for outdoor use, Attracts fingerprints and grease easily, CPU suffers slightly from throttling, Keyboard keys feel very light, No higher resolution options, Lid quality could be better, No Kensington lock, Higher resolut...
Conclusion: Given the huge discount Lenovo is currently offering for the IdeaPad Flex 14, it's worthy of consideration for any budget shopper, even if you plan to use it as a standard laptop instead of flexing it into its secondary stand mode.
Pros: Long-running battery, Strong application performance, Big audio output
Cons: Falls short of rotating into tablet mode, Dull, low-resolution screen, Cheap touch pad
Summary: Lenovo certainly put some thought into its Flex series of ultrabooks, although we still can’t see why anyone would want to own something this specific. We’ve seen hybrid notebooks that allow you to either shift and chance the computer to offer multiple uses, as well as come apart to become a more...
Conclusion: Lenovo’s Flex is a compromised laptop, but not because of the 300-degree hinge, which serves its purpose of making touch use more convenient. The problems are more traditional issues which have plagued budget laptops for years: display, touchpad, materials.
Pros: 300-degree hinge make touch use convenient, Solid performance, Decent battery life, Affordable
Excerpt: Bestykningen med blandt andet en Intel Core i3-processor signalerer dog, at der ikke er tale om en highend-maskine, og prisen er da også heldigvis derefter. Men designet, formen og den kun godt 2 centimeter tynde enhed signalerer klasse.
Conclusion: Anders als das Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14 kann das hier getestete Flex 14D nicht überzeugen. Die Vorteile der Serie bleiben davon unberührt. So ist das um 300 Grad schwenkbare Touchscreen ein nettes Feature, welches vor allem in den unteren Preisklassen sonst nicht zu finden ist.
Arbeit und Multimedia: Lenovo Ideapad Flex 14 im Praxistest
26 December 2013
Conclusion: Bei der Software-Ausstattung ist Lenovo auf den ersten Blick großzügig. Die meisten der installierten Programme, die als Kachel auf dem Windows 8-Bildschirm erscheinen, sind allerdings nur 30-Tage-Versionen oder führen auf einer Internet-Seite mit kostenpflichtigen Diensten.