Lenovo Flex 5 14″ 2-in-1 Laptop with Ryzen 5 4500U, 81X20005US Review
Lenovo Flex 5 14″ 2-in-1 Laptop w/ Ryzen 5 4500U, 81X20005US
Graphite grey Lenovo Flex 5 (81X20005US) is a 2-in-1, slim and lightweight, convertible laptop with a 14-inch Full HD IPS touch display, the latest AMD Ryzen 54500U processor, Radeon Vega 6 graphics, 256GB Solid State Drive, 16GB DDR4 SDRAM and Windows 10 operating system. It is rated 4.2 out of 5 stars by 50 customers that purchased and used it.
The quarter two of 2020 release six-core AMD Ryzen 5 4500U processor has a current Passmark benchmark score of 10994 and works at a base speed of 2.3GHz that goes up to 4.0GHz withe the turbo function. It is faster than the tenth generation Intel i7-1065G7 processor and slower than the Ryzen 7 4700U. With an advanced processor that offers plenty of power and performance, you have a responsive machine that will be great for both work and entertainment, easy and very demanding tasks.
The typical Thermal Design Power is 15 watts and up to 10 hours of all day battery life is possible in light use according to the MobileMark 2014 battery life benchmark test. The battery can be charged up to 80 percent in under an hour with the quick charge feature. The high bandwidth 16GB DDR4 SDRAM at 3200MHz on dual channels is quite a generous amount of memory for a decent multitasking power. 256GB M.2 NVMe Solid State Drive makes the system run very fast and offers good storage space if you don’t have many games or videos to save.
Lenovo Flex 5 has the built-in Vega 6 graphics card that shares the memory with the processor. With a video card benchmark score of 1131, the overall performance level is somewhere between the dedicated NVIDIA MX230 and MX150 GPU’s. You have a larger viewing area on the touch display with the 4 narrow bezels, 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution and IPS panel with a large 178-degree viewing angles which you will definitely need on a 2-in-1 convertible machine. You can hook this laptop up to an external display and use two screens at once, or multiple external displays via a standard USB 3.1 port replicator.
Sound quality is quite good for a laptop, through the 2 x 2-watt speakers and Dolby Audio. You have a HD quality 720p webcam with the Fixed-Focus CMOS and a physical privacy shutter as a security feature. Connectivity options include the 2×2 WiFi 5 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.2, a USB-C port, 2 x USB-A ports, an HDMI output, Media Card Reader and a headphone/microphone combo. There is no DVD Drive and no Ethernet port on this model. You’ll get a Stylus- Lenovo Active Pen included in the box, which gives you more control when interacting with the touchscreen.
Graphite grey Lenovo Flex 5 weighs 3.64 pounds and measures 12.66 x 8.56 x 0.82 inches. It has a beautiful design with the thin bezels on the display and speakers facing the user. It is soft and feels comfy to touch with a solid paint for an enhanced experience. With a convertible and flexible design it is very comfortable and easy to use in different modes. You can rotate the narrow bezel display around its 360-degree hinge and use it in laptop, tent, stand or tablet modes. It has both the backlit keyboard and the fingerprint reader.Comparing it with the last year’s Flex 14 with 3500U processor, Vega 6 is about 25% slower than Vega 8, but the 4500U is much faster and you have 16GB memory and a slightly more premium chassis. At the current price level it seems to be very good value for the dollar.