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Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i 15.6 Inch FHD Laptop (Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, Intel Iris Xe, Windows 10 Home S) – Platinum Grey, (82HT0062UK)

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That’s enough for all-day operation at school or the office or plenty of movies on a long-haul flight. Like most laptops, we’ve seen of late, the Lenovo Flex 5 comes with half-sized upper and lower arrow keys, which is the one thing I didn’t like here. Only the AMD Ryzen 3 4300U and Intel Core i3-1005G1 models can be configured with 4GB of RAM, while you can configure the other models with 8GB or 16GB.

Lenovo uses a unique soft-touch plastic coating on the sides and the keyboard deck, which makes the laptop pleasing to hold.Businesses and education settings may find it useful for restricting what goes on their machines, but it doesn’t need to be on for general use.

If you only perform light productivity tasks, the Lenovo is likely a better choice because it's more portable, and it has a significantly better keyboard and longer battery life. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Athlon, EPYC, FreeSync, Ryzen, Radeon, Threadripper and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. These competitors are simply no match for the Flex 5 when it comes to our benchmark tests, which cover basic tasks like productivity and web browsing, as well as gaming and multimedia content creation.

Unfortunately, you can't use the USB-C port to output to an external display, and the HDMI port only supports up to 4k video at 30fps. It has curved keycaps, which are slightly textured, and the separate number pad is a welcome addition.

All of the integrated GPUs perform similarly to one another and are only capable of handling light tasks like web browsing and video playback, not video editing or gaming. If you need a similar laptop with a better webcam, check out the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i 14 (2022), which is a newer version of this laptop. The Lenovo's keyboard feels better to type on, its battery lasts significantly longer, and it throttles much less under load. The IdeaPad Flex 5 comes in two colour versions: fancy teal and business-like light grey – our review model came in the latter. If you work in a very well-lit or sunny environment, the ENVY x360 has a much brighter display option to combat glare.The keycaps are nicely textured, which makes getting comfortable easier, and they’re reasonably snappy, even if there is a bit of flex in the centre of the board. On the other hand, the Lenovo performs better at games and as a workstation since you can equip it with a dedicated GPU, and it doesn't lose performance over time. The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14 (2020) is much better than the Dell Inspiron 15 3000 (2020) for most uses. While the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 shines as 2-in-1, with reliable performance and battery life, there’s more to the list which makes this a great laptop. After one hour on the pump, we were back at just 25%, and 47% and 75% after two and three hours respectively.

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