Lenovo’s Yoga two-in-one laptop computer line is so diversified in sizes and configurations that it may be very tough to nail down the variations between them. To additional confuse issues, the Yoga 520 known as the Flex 5 within the US and it is available in two sizes, one in all which — the 15.6-inch mannequin reviewed right here — is just out there within the US. 

The 15.6-inch Flex 5 begins round $650 and goes as much as $1,300 (that is about £980 or AU$1,660). I reviewed an $850 configuration that may be a candy spot within the line, delivering steadiness of efficiency, options and battery life. Lenovo makes a 14-inch Flex 5, too, that is alternatively named the Yoga 520 for the UK and Australia, however none of them may be configured fairly the identical because the 15.6-inch Flex 5. 

The bigger 15.6-inch display screen measurement makes it a sensible choice for many who wish to have one laptop for work and leisure, whereas nonetheless being transportable sufficient for throwing in a backpack or briefcase. Plus, the larger two-in-one design is nice for watching films or giving displays, and this technique’s discrete graphics even enable some low-level gaming. That stated, if you’re going to do plenty of touring or want one thing for a day by day transit commute, you could wish to go along with one thing smaller and lighter just like the 13.3-inch Yoga 720. (The 720 additionally is available in a 15.6-inch measurement, however extra on that later.)

Lenovo Flex 5-1570

Value as reviewed $850
Show measurement/decision 15.6-inch 1,920×1,080 contact show
PC CPU 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-7500U
PC reminiscence 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz
Graphics 2GB Nvidia GeForce 940MX
Storage 256GB PCIe SSD
Networking 802.11ac wi-fi, Bluetooth Four.1
Working system Home windows 10 Residence (64-bit)

The 15.6-inch Flex 5’s Four.Four-pound weight (2 kg) and bigger measurement make it a bit unwieldy to make use of handheld as a pill. Set it down in your lap or a desk and the additional display screen house is very nice to have, significantly for configurations with the pen-enabled full HD show. (It is also out there with a 4K UHD-resolution show, but it surely would not help an energetic pen and the upper decision sometimes shortens battery life.) 

Whereas the display screen’s brightness and coloration high quality are excellent, it would not get fairly vibrant sufficient to fight the glare off the glass panel. Attempting to make use of this below vibrant lights or outdoors was irritating. In any other case, the complete HD display screen I examined was glorious for pictures and video and was attentive to each fingers and Lenovo’s Energetic Pen.  

The 15.6-inch 2-in-1 design makes the Flex 5 glorious for leisure. 


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The 360-degree hinges paired with the bigger display screen can also be beneficial for getting the keyboard out of the best way so you may deal with the show for video or displays. Or you may hook up an exterior keyboard and mouse for extra of a desktop expertise. There are two USB three.zero ports — one on all sides — and a USB Sort-C three.zero (gen 1), an SD card reader, an HDMI out and a combo mic/headphone jack, so there are many connection choices to go round, however you will want an adapter for Ethernet. 

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