The Lenovo Flex 14 is a new proposal from the Chinese company Lenovo . A notebook with a versatile design that allows you to fold the screen up to 300 degrees and place it in a fixed position, ideal for displaying content such as movies and videos and use the touch apps of Windows 8. This has laptop with a touch screen 14 inches and with a slim and compact design of 2.1 centimeters thick and a weight of 2 kilos. These figures make it a fairly manageable device for users who want to transport it often and use it in different transports. In addition, another of the highlights of theLenovo Flex 14 is a maximum autonomy of up to nine hours of use. All this makes it a very interesting proposal for this Christmas. We tell you all the details of the Flex in this in-depth analysis.
Design and display
One of the most interesting aspects of the Lenovo Flex 14 is its design, which breaks with the idea that to find an original design you have to look for high-end devices. The Flex 14 incorporates a screen capable of folding up to 300 degrees to place itself in the "support" mode, a position that serves to view the multimedia contents of the equipment more comfortably. Of course, some users will miss that the panel can be completely rotated to use it in tablet format. A differential touch of this laptop is found in the orange strip that is located on the sides of the laptop, and which are inspired by the color of the Lenovo Yoga 13(the equipment of the Chinese brand that allowed to rotate the screen completely). The dimensions of the Lenovo Flex 14 are 33.6 x 24.1 x 2.1 centimeters and weight of the 2 kilos, a figure slightly higher than what we see in the next generation ultrabooks but still quite manageable for a laptop of this size.
As for the screen, and l Lenovo Flex 14 looks a panel LCD 14 - inch standard resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels and sleeps five simultaneous points of pressure, designed to make the most tactile platform capabilities Windows 8 .
Memory and power
The memory of the standard configuration of the Lenovo Flex 14 is 500 GB in hard disk format with a speed of 5,400 revolutions per minute. However, for those users who want a higher boot speed and access to disk data Lenovo also offers configurations with an SSD memory of up to 256 GB , although the first version that is already marketed in Spanish stores opts for the configuration with hard disk.
In terms of power, the standard version of the equipment includes an Intel Pentium 3556U processor with two cores and a power of 1.7 GHz, which are combined with a 4 GB RAM. This set allows you to fluently run applications from the official Windows store and other desktop programs. Of course, it may fall a bit short in the case of more games and more powerful applications. In more advanced configurations, an Intel Core processor from the fourth generation of Intel chips can be integrated .
Operating system and applications
Inside the Lenovo Flex 14 we can find the Windows 8 operating system , a platform that so far has not found the accommodation in the market that Microsoft expected . Of course, the inclusion of a touch screen will allow us to enjoy a more complete experience of this system and the Windows menus oriented to touch use, both in traditional laptop format and in support mode to use the Flex 14 as a panel tactile. Also noteworthy are the improvements that have been made to the platform with the release of the Windows 8.1 update , such as the renewal of the interface of the Microsoft app storeor the new customization possibilities of this system. All this with access to a complete universe of desktop applications ( Windows 8 is compatible with almost all programs that worked with Windows 7).
Connectivity and multimedia
The Lenovo Flex 14 has a complete connection offering. First of all, we must highlight the presence of a USB 3.0 port , a technology that allows transfer rates to be reached ten times faster than those of traditional USB . It also has a USB 2.0 port to insert devices such as mice or USB memories that do not need higher speed. To connect the equipment to the network, you can use the included Ethernet port or the WiFi connection . Another interesting connection is the HDMI portto be able to see the contents of the laptop in high quality directly through the television. Connections are completed with an SD and MMC card reader , a VGA port to connect the laptop to a monitor and the Bluetooth connection to transfer information wirelessly.
In the multimedia field, it is necessary to highlight the stereo speakers of the equipment with which an acceptable sound experience is achieved. A 720p resolution webcam is also included for video conferencing with applications like Skype .
Price, autonomy and opinions
One of the highlights of the Lenovo Flex 14 is its price. It is currently difficult to find notebooks with a versatile design and a touch screen on the market that have such a competitive cost, of just 500 euros. In addition, another of the strengths of the model of the Chinese company is its autonomy. And it is that its four-cell battery is capable of reaching a usage time of up to nine hours, a very remarkable figure that will allow us to use this equipment on our trips and trips without having to look for a plug to recharge the equipment. In short, the Lenovo Flex 14It is one of the most interesting laptops that can be found in stores this Christmas for that price, a very attractive option for those users who want to experience the touch experience of Windows 8 and continue using Windows applications with keyboard and mouse.
|Model||Lenovo Flex 14|
1,366 x 768 pixels
|Processor and RAM||Intel Pentium Processor 3556U dual-core with 1.7 GHz per core|
4GB DDR3 RAM
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics|
|Storage||500 GB hard drive|
|Operating system and multimedia||Windows 8|
1 x USB 3.0
1 x USB 2.0
1 x HDMI output
1 x Ethernet
Headphone out / Mic in
SD and MMC memory card reader
|Battery||Lithium-ion 4 cells with up to 9 hours of autonomy|
|Dimensions and weight||33.6 x 24.1 x 2.1 cm|
|Price||From 500 euros|