Lenovo has of Yoga series as the premium convertible notebook in the market, but many people don’t really know that they have a more affordable option in Flex series. The Flex series itself is well known for its high quality and affordable 14 inch laptop, but Lenovo finally releases a less expensive model for just under 400 dollars. The Lenovo Flex 6 11 is carrying the same design like its premium version and only carry a slightly less powerful hardware. Inside, we just find an Intel Pentium processor instead of Core I series, 4GB RAM, and 64GB EMMC. The specification is nothing special, but considering its cheap price point, I have no complaint here.
For around 300 dollars, there is not much option to afford especially in convertible market. I have of Dell Inspiron 11 3000 as the alternative, but I am quite disappointed with the build quality and design. I am pretty sure Lenovo will offer a much better option at this case as they have a good track record on making a budget laptop. Let’s take a look inside and see how it works on us. That is what we are going to talk about here. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.
Design and Connectivity
Both of build quality and design are sure better than Dell promises in Inpiron 11 3000 series. The chassis itself is slightly thicker and rounder compared to Yoga, but I personally love their decision for adding such a great aluminum finishing and making it looks like a high end device at all. The case is fully built from plastic, but expects to have a good impression in build quality. There are only some minor flex in center and lid areas, but the rest of chassis are impressive. I just hate to see a fingerprint goes pretty crazily as soon as I tough its cover. However, it’s just a small issue and never reduces my impression about it.
The 360 degree rotating hinge system is allowing you to transform it into multiple modes included the tent, tablet, and the traditional modes. The hinge system is sturdy enough although I never see Lenovo mentions of MIL STD durability certificate, but I am clearly sure the hinge will even handle some heavy usages during the days. There is a small notch at the top of lid that allows you to open the lid easily when it’s closed. As for the connectivity there are USB type-A ports and a single USB type-C port. The charging process is done through the proprietary port and no USB type-C charging method here.back to menu ↑
Display and Input
The 11 inch panel comes with glossy surface and 1366 x 768 resolution or easily called as HD. There is no such an IPS panel, but they swap it with TN panel as the result of the price point. Seeing the screen from direct angle won’t give you any problem, but the quality is soon reduced as you look it from the sides angle. The case is normally happened in TN panel, so not a big problem. In term of quality, I am quite satisfied with 63 % SRGB color accuracy, but quite disappointed with the brightness. The 243 nits brightness is lower than my expectation.
As for the input method, I will once again give them a five star for the keyboard alone. The keyboard features a nice travel distant although the keys feedbacks are softer than I expect. However, I manage to do of fast typing with no issue in many cases. I just find the some keys are smaller especially in arrow or navigation one. No backlit support method is found, so be aware for typing in low light condition.
|Lenovo Flex 6 11 Convertible||Main Specs|
|CPU||Intel Pentium N5000 4 Cores 1.1 GHz|
|Graphics||Intel HD Integrated Card|
|Display Size||11.6 Inch TN HD|
|OS||Windows 10 S|
|Memory||4GB DDR4 Memory|
Performance and Battery
The Intel Pentium Silver 5000 is justly announced at the end of 2017 which making it as a brand new processor. This processor is considered as more powerful than most of Celeron processors despite both of them have of similar architecture or platform. The key is located on the number of cores which now increased to four and not dual core anymore. Be sure, to expect of better performance in multi-tasking or works that need a more powerful cores to run like Adobe Photoshop. Yeah, I can run of Photoshop without any issue although the loading time can take a while here. Combined with 4GB DDR4 RAM and 64 GB EMMC, this is the best performance to find in this price range.
With the small battery capacity, you can expect of 8 to 9 hours of battery life here. The power consumption is lower thanks to the DDR4 RAM and 14 nm processor. I have done of several test by doing many things included the streaming or just editing some documents and I always see of at least of 8 hours of battery during the usage. Charging the battery takes only 1.5 hours and I never run out of battery even in some heavy usages here.back to menu ↑
For choosing a good laptop, users will firstly consider of versatility and reliability as the main consideration and I can clearly find both of these points in Flex 6 11. I really have truly no complaint at all toward this device as I see the build quality, performance, and battery are relatively good. I just hope the screen is slightly brighter, but I know it’s impossible to want more from it. I recommend you to take a look into it and see how it works on you. Make sure to check our latest article and mind leaving some comments for further assistance regarding the article.