Lenovo Flex 6 14 Inch (8550U, 130MX) Premium Convertible Laptop Review

The Lenovo Flex 6 14 appeared be an alternative for users want to look for a good conventional 2 in 1 system without breaking your bank. Lenovo puts a good price for it under 1000 dollars and being considered as the cheapest premium laptop we can afford from Lenovo right now. Interestingly, the Flex has similar pricing like Yoga 730 13 inch. What good thing we have here is performance. The hardware configuration here is slightly better than Yoga included the discrete graphic care for heavier tasks. The design is also pretty impressive and pretty much expected for its expensive price tag.

I have reviewed the lower end model previously before, but does not really satisfy with its Core I5 performance. For this case, we are going to take a look into its I7 model which seems to be more powerful for handling multi task works. The price difference is slightly big, but it offers a good performance as return. Let’s just hope it turns out to be a better deal like previously before. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Design Impression

The design is a good selling point to expect here. A metal construction is a very common material used here and Lenovo does the same thing. The chassis is built from tough material and covered in matte black onyx finishing. The finishing looks very promising here and even looks better as its accompanied by the metal hinge system which allowing you to adjust the screen into up to 360 degree. The flex is really minimal and the build quality is impressive as I press the chassis with some amount of power and its almost not warping. The same case happened to lid cover although the lid must be thicker here.

Measuring at 12.9 x 9.7 x 0.9 inches, the system is weight for around 3.4 pounds. The weight and dimension are slightly smaller than Acer Spin 5, but we actually cannot really compare these devices as there is a big price difference here. A good competitor is ASUS Ux4 series who has similar pricing and design here. It turns out the design is slightly thicker, but still pretty good to carry around during your work. I never expect the design would be really that good and promising of overall good impression.

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Display and Audio

Lenovo Flex 6 14 Inch 2 The display they put here looks pretty similar to the lowest end model in term of color accuracy and brightness. They even put the same 1920 x 1080p resolution in its IPS panel. Thankfully, the quality is considered as good in my opinion. For me, 80 % SRGB color is making it colorful enough to show of accurate images and colors. However, the brightness is still lower than I expect at 236 nits. Any outdoor usage should force you to adjust the brightness for couple of times. Indoor usage so far is good and won’t give you any problem.

As for the audio, I think the speaker’s quality could be called as standard. It goes loud pretty quickly as soon as you adjust the volume, but then it started to sound little harsh when the volume set to up 80 %. The case is happened all the time and if you really think about the quality, wearing headphone is very recommended here. Lenovo is never being really serious for putting high quality speakers for their laptops and rather to focus their budget on fixing the keyboard and hardware. This might be a good or bad consideration for taking it as your laptop replacement.

Last price update: 2020-04-30 19:05:57

Lenovo Flex 6 14 InchMain Specs
CPU Intel ULV Core I7-8550U 1.6 GHz
Graphics NVIDIA 130MX
Display Size14 Inch FHD
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory 16GB DDR4 Memory
Storage256GB SSD

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Performance and Battery

The Intel I7 8550U features a higher clock speed than its I5 version and only difference for 200 MHz. Keep in mind, this difference actually makes a big difference considering we have total of four cores work here. As comparison as put the benchmark together and seems the I7 is 20 to 30 % lot faster. That is a good amount measurement for the price difference. Right here, the Intel HD integrated card is no longer used and swapped with 130 MX GPU. This GPU is slightly faster than 940MX we common see last year, but slightly less powerful than 150MX. Playing games are possible, but might need to adjust the setting more.

The battery life however is underwhelmed in my opinion. The small capacity battery only lasts for 6 hours and 45 minutes on my battery test. The similar result found in its cheapest model, so I am not surprised at all here. I really recommend you to bring the power bank or battery pack in case you decide to carry it during your travel because 6 hours is not just enough. Just charge the battery through its USB type-C port and everything is fine here.

Last price update: 2020-04-30 19:05:57
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Final Thought

The Lenovo Flex 6 2018 is a good example on how a premium laptop can be affordable, but still delivering everything users expect for. The design is impressive, the ports selections are good, the display quality is crisp, and the performance is dependable. One thing Lenovo should take care is the battery life. Making the chassis slightly thicker and adding bigger battery is fine. If not then they have to think how to put bigger battery in small chassis. Make sure to check it out and see how it works on you. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Thank you very much for reading the article and mind leaving any comments for further assistance regarding the article.

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