Its seem that not only Microsoft wants to launch a 2 in 1 laptop in budget price as Lenovo is doing something similar recently. They just announced the Lenovo Ideapad 2 in 1 14 inch which considered as the cheaper and lower model for their Flex 15 inch 6 series. With a cheaper price point, Lenovo needs to make some adjustment in hardware and pick of Pentium 4415U processor which similarly found in Surface Go 10 inch. Both of them feature the similar CPU and even same memory size at 4GB one. This could be a tough competitors for Surface considering for an under 400 dollars, you already get a fully working machine complete with a keyboard. Surface Go costs for 400 dollars, but you have to buy the keyboard separated for 100 dollars.
By having the impressive performance and bigger screen, it does not mean make this Ideapad system as a perfect companion considering it has some flaws worth mentioning here. First of all, the 14 inch screen comes with HD resolution and not full HD one. Secondly, the storage is slower than I thought because they put of HDD instead of SSD. If you think these two problems as not big problems for you, then I suppose this could be a good option for you. Let’s take a look inside and see how it works on us. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.
Design and Connectivity
The design at some points really reminds me of Flex 6 design in every single thing. The rounded, keyboard quality, and even the finishing look pretty similar. One thing makes a difference here is the material selection. The aluminum chassis is swapped with plastic one with some kind of aluminum finishing surface. Thankfully, this finishing looks promising and making it like made from metal at all. Once again, the manufacture provides a single color variant which is the silver one. All of Ideapad series from the 100, 300, to 500 series have all this familiar approach. Users should go with it without any problem, but I expect for more variants here.
In term of connectivity, I am seeing only of two USB ports included and thankfully one of them is USB type-C. We are forced to use of external adapter in order to use this port, but it transfers our data much faster and more convenient during important case. The rest of port is a standard USB 3.0 and allowing you to just connect your mouse or accessories instantly without need for anything. I also find other convenient ports like HDMI, 3.5 mm audio jack, and a power slot for charging the battery here. The connectivity has a balance between modern approach and usability at the same time.back to menu ↑
Display and Input
The 14 inch display seems to be bigger and more convenient way to enjoy entertainment than the 10 inch display in Surface, but unfortunately the panel quality is left behind here. The 14 inch panel only manages to cover of 65 % SRGB color and getting of 240 nits of brightness. With just 240 nits brightness, the display is hardly seen outside during the days unless you adjust the brightness setting into maximum. The glossy panel featured here is very reflective and I never recommend you to use it directly under the sun and you see almost anything here. The screen might be bigger, but the quality is bad here.
As for the input method, the keyboard is something to proud here. The keys are crisp and well-spaced like typical of Lenovo’s keyboard so far. They use the same keyboard found in 330 series and because of this case it feels so comfortable to depend for long usage. Sadly, the backlit support is nowhere to be found and meant a big problem for many users. The touchpad offers similar impression, but I found the touchpad works too responsive for some reasons. Many users have reported this problem, but you can actually reduce the responsiveness through its setting in Control Panel.
|Lenovo Ideapad 2 in 1 14 Inch||Main Specs|
|CPU||Intel Pentium Gold 4415U 2.5 GHz|
|Graphics||Intel HD Integrated 610|
|Display Size||14 Inch TN HD|
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
|Memory||4GB DDR4 Memory|
|Storage||500GB 5400 RPM HDD|
Performance and Battery
The Intel Pentium 4415U processor was announced in 2017 and seems going to be the replacement for Intel Core M processor which considered as failure considering there are not too many manufactures want to use it. Here, the new processor still features of dual core CPU that every single of them is clocked at 2.5 GHz. Comparing to Core I3 7100U from 7th generation, the performance is very similar in both of multi thread and single thread performance. Sadly, the performance is quite slower than Core I3 CPU from 8th generation. The hardware won’t deliver you something really powerful, but still letting you doing almost anything you want included of photo editing. I have tested for editing my photo and run good enough with some slow loading time due its slow storage.
After opening its back cover, I found they put only of 35 watts battery inside. It’s a very small battery and even ASUS Flip 14 TP401 has bigger battery capacity here. Fortunately, due the low power consumption from the processor, the battery still manages to last for 6 to 7 hours in normal usage. 6 hours is the most common result while the 7 hours is only seen in our light usage. The battery life won’t make you wow, but still considered as pretty much dependable for any sort of usage.back to menu ↑
At the end, The Ideapad 2 in 1 14 promises of mixed experience and reception considering how powerful the performance, but sadly the display quality and some stuff are just fall behind. I am pretty sure Lenovo can do so much better thing if they raise the price little bit and putting a better specification. With this current stage, I am pretty sure users will prefer to pick of Surface Go considering it features of better display and overall longer battery life. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Mind leaving some comments below and make sure to check our latest article for further assistance regarding the article.