One of many least expensive thin-and-light convertibles we have examined to pack in a quad-core Eighth-generation Intel CPU, the Lenovo Flex 6 14 boasts peppy productiveness efficiency and strong battery life for a comparatively finances value. Sadly, the Flex comes saddled with a dim display and iffy graphics, disappointing given the system’s discrete Nvidia graphics core. Should you do not care about gaming or photograph enhancing and also you’re on a finances, the Flex is perhaps value contemplating, however if you happen to’re purchasing for true graphics energy in an ultraportable, look elsewhere (maybe on the Asus ZenBook 13).

Worth and configuration

We examined the $800 configuration of the Lenovo Flex 6, which comes with Intel’s quad-core, eighth-generation Core i5-8250U, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, a 14-inch 1920×1080 contact show, a 256GB solid-state laborious drive, and discrete Nvidia GeForce MX130 graphics.

The Flex’s $800 price ticket is fairly good on paper—and certainly, it is among the many least expensive 2-in-1 techniques we have examined with an Eighth-generation Intel CPU.

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The Lenovo Flex 6 14’s slim shell seems to be plain however skilled.

For instance, the Asus ZenBook Flip 14, the same 14-inch convertible with the identical Core i5-8250U processor and solely built-in Intel graphics has an inventory of $900, when you might drop greater than $1,800 on Lenovo’s premium, Core i5-8250U-powered ThinkPad X1 Yoga.

Then once more, if you wish to save money by selecting the Lenovo Flex 6 14, you will need to put up with some compromises. Learn on.

Design

Measuring 12.9 x 9 x zero.7 inches and weighing in at about three.75 kilos (or 4 kilos if you happen to embrace the compact, 7-ounce AC adapter), the onyx-black Flex 6 14 is slim and lightweight sufficient to fall into the ultraportable class, though it is a tad heavier and thicker than a few of its pricier rivals.

The Flex’s sturdy plastic shell seems to be plain however skilled, with a only a small Lenovo emblem on the sting of the gently tapered lid. A brushed aluminum palm relaxation sits inside. The matte floor of the Flex’s lid resists fingerprints however (not unusually) tends to draw oily hand smudges.

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You possibly can tent the Lenovo Flex 6 14 in a V-shape, sit it keyboard-down with its display tilted again, or swivel its show all the best way round for pill use.

Being the 2-in-1 convertible system that it’s, the Flex boasts a pair of 360-degree hinges, permitting you to make use of the laptop computer in clamshell mode, pill mode, or a V-shaped “tent” mode in between. The Flex’s twin hinges felt reassuringly sturdy, holding the show in place with a minimal of wobble.

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