The Lenovo Flex 2 is the latest touchscreen laptop from Lenovo’s Flex laptop series. Available in 14 and 15.6 inch models, the Flex 2 comes with a hinged 10-point touchscreen that can be folded all the way to the back with the keyboard acting as the stand. The laptop’s 1080p display makes it a great laptop for viewing videos on the go.

Specifications (Both 14″ and 15″ models)

Processor: 4th Generation Intel Core Processors (i5 up to i7)
Operating system: Windows 8.1 64
Graphics: Intel® HD Graphics 4400
Memory: 8.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3L SDRAM 1600 MHz
Display: 14″ and 15.6″ FHD LED AntiGlare Multitouch (1920 x 1080)
Hard Drive: 256GB SSD, 500GB SSD
Battery: 4 Cell 32 Watt Hour Lithium-Ion
Network Card: Lenovo BGN Wireless
Bluetooth: Version 4.0
Optical Drive: No (14″ model) DVD Writer (For 15″ model only)
USB Ports: 1x 3.0, 2x 2.0
HDMI Port: Yes
Dimensions: 11 by 15 by 1.06 inches

Shape/Exterior

The laptop has a sleek design but it is somewhat heavy compared to other 15″ slim design laptops. The laptop comes in a rather bland ‘all-black’ color scheme and the material is liable to bend on pressure or if something heavy is placed on the back of the screen. Whilst the laptop has an overall solid build, the display lid is liable to bend if handled roughly or heavy weights are placed over it and the chasis has a weak spot at the optical drive which creaks a little when handled. This shouldnt come as a surprise given that the laptop is 1″ thick and the Optical drive is around 40cm thick.

Keyboard and Touchpad

The Flex 2 features Lenovo’s “AccuType” keyboard; backlit chiclet keys great for typing. Other than the usual issues Accutype keyboards come with, the Flex 2 keyboard suffers layout issues because of the Numpad; not only are the numpad keys cramped but it also meant that the keys like Backspace and Shift had to be shortened to make space.

Lenovo Flex 2

The Flex 2 features a 4.5″ wide and 3″ tall touchpad, the largest of its class. The only issue is the high sensitivity of the touchpad; even the slightest touch flung the cursor to another corner of the screen, things get even annoying when the Windows 8.1 Charms bar shows up each time the cursor moves. Unfortunately lowering the sensitivity didnt quite fix the issue so using an external mouse is a necessity.

Touchscreen and Sound

The Lenovo Flex 2 sports a 10-point touchscreen with 1080p (1920×1080) resolution, which is great for 15″ laptops in this price range. The display is sharp but the colors are somewhat dull and an inaccurate grayscale color meaning the screen will have issues displaying very dark and very bright images.

Lenovo Flex 2 touch screen

The Sound is rather disappointing, whilst the volume is loud enough to be heard in a room, it suffers noise/distortion at max volume and muffles sound at mid volume; making voices hard to hear.

Performance and Battery

The Flex 2 performs greater other entry-level desktop-replacement laptops. In a PCMark 8 test, the Flex 2 performed better than Acer Aspire M5-583P-6637, the Aspire V5-573PG-9610 and Dell Latitude 13 Education Series. This shows that Flex 2 is capable of doing day to day work, but given how people take breaks in between works by playing videogames, we tested Flex 2’s gaming capability with 3DMark. Unfortunately the results were poor, so Flex 2 is better off as a portable work laptop rather a gaming laptop.

Given Flex 2’s 1080p screen, the laptop barely lasts more than 6 hours with the laptop taking up 5 watts at idle, and 31 watts at full load.

Overall

People interested in owning a affordable 1080p touchscreen laptop should go for Flex 2, the 270 rotate display hinge is an attractive point but shouldnt be the main reason for purchasing. The laptop has many flaws but they pale beside the many perks offered.


 Pros

– 1080p 10-point touchscreen at low price.
– Typing friendly Keyboard.
– Good for day-to-day tasks.
– More Portablity compared to other 15″ laptops.

Cons

– Hypersensitive Touchpad.
– Weak Sound.
– Contrast/Brightness issues.