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Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 10 laptop: review and testing

Owners of tablet devices do not always get the desired functionality, but instead of such restrictions they can easily transport mobile computer and as a result always perform all sorts of tasks. An intermediary between the relatively powerful and equipped with a good set of ports and connectors of laptops and less versatile tablet is the hero of this review, namely laptop Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 10.

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 10

The main thing that distinguishes the new product from a conventional notebook is convertible touchscreen display unit with diagonal of 10.1 inches, which can be opened by 300°, thus allowing you to work with the device in console mode. The laptop has a compact body and weight only 1.2 kg, making it easy for daily transportation in the bag. On the other hand, we all know that a dimensions are decreased we have to sacrifice something, so when choosing such a device you should to compare the requirements with the capabilities of the new purchase.

The specs:

Producer

Lenovo

Model

IdeaPad Flex 10

CPU

Intel Pentium N3510: 4 cores, 4 threads, frequency 2000 MHz, L2 cache 2 МБ, design SoC (System-on-a-Chip)

RAM

2 GB DDR3-1333

Display

InfoVision M101NWN8 R0: TN, 10,1", 1366 x 768 (155 ppi)

Graphics adapter

Intel HD Graphics (313 – 750 MHz)

Drive

Seagate Momentus Thin (ST500LT012) (500 GB, 16 МB buffer, 5400 rpm, SATA 6 Gb/s)

Optical drive

-

Card-reader

-

Expansion slots

-

Interfaces

1 x HDMI

1 x USB 3.0

1 x USB 2.0

1 x combined audio mini-jack 3,5 mm

1 x power socket

Multimedia

Speaker system

Stereo speakers

Sound processing

Realtek High Definition Audio

Sound adapter

Realtek ALC269

Microphone

Mono

Webcam

2 МP (720p)

Communication

LAN-controller

-

Wi-Fi

802.11b/g/n (Qualcomm Atheros AR956x)

Bluetooth

4.0 (Qualcomm Atheros AR956x)

Battery

lithium-ion cell, non-detachable: 24 W·h

PSU

Output parameters: 20 V DC at 2,25 А, 45 W

Input parameters: 100~240 V AC at 50/60 Hz, 1,2 А

Other

Convertible touch display unit with ability to open by 300°; passive cooling system

Color

Black

Dimensions

273 x 188,5 x 21 mm

Weight

1,2 kg

OS

Windows 8.1

Warranty

12 months

Producer website

Lenovo

Packaging and content

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 10

The laptop comes in a relatively small cardboard box made with a minimum of decoration: applied natural color of the cardboard, and the design elements contains can only note about the logo of the manufacturer, and black-and-white pattern on the front side. On the sidewall of the package are several icons and the shipping label with a short list of technical specifications of the laptop.

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 10

We received the product as a press sample, so into the box we found a power supply unit and power cord. However, the full package has just one element more, namely the documentation, which is not considered significant addition of the set.

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 10

Taking into account the characteristics of the device, the accessories offered by the manufacturer for an additional fee can be very useful. It is worth to note an interesting bag for transportation made in the sports-style, as well as portable speakers that well compensate the lack of volume of the integrated speakers.

Design

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 10

A gross inspection of the laptop Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 10 does not arise any suspicion on the subject of the features of its design or interesting hardware component: the outer shell is quite modest, and at first there is the view that we have compact laptop. However, further acquaintance with the novelty changes the existing impression. The first thing we want to note is a very light weight device (1.2 kg) and quite compact dimensions 273 x 188,5 x 21 mm. The thickness of the device is 10.1-inch. The novelty comes in a simple black color performance, as well as more interesting brown.

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 10

Case of Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 10 is made of a textured matte plastic, the outer part of which excels in active operation of the device: it almost does not collect fingerprints, resists to scratches and abrasions, as well as does not slip in hand. On the other hand, this material as compared with soft touch finish, is not as pleasing to the touch and in the relief it can collect a small amount of waste.

Laptop is built with high quality and has no defects in the design. Rigidity of the chassis is also satisfactory: at moderate attempts torsion it does not flex. The movement of the display unit is tight that complements the overall impression of the strength of new item. Note that even such a common drawback of this class of devices like the keyboard unit deflection at low pressure left Lenovo solution. The only weak point of the design is the central region of the base of the body: it is a bit flexible under pressure.

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 10 Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 10

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 10

As the main feature of Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 10 is convertible body, which thanks to the touch display unit can be opened up to 300°, supports two modes of operation: "Laptop” and "Console". In conjunction with the low weight and the diagonal, the device can be called a very compact and mobile that allows you to carry it in your bag and also be used in console mode even on the move. The latter option, though little use in life, but still is possible thanks to the wide display frame and secure the selected position. Most likely, this is why the new product is equipped with 10.1-inch screen, although the size of the display unit allows the use of the long diagonal of the panel.

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The display unit is mounted by two hinges. They do not allow to open the laptop using only one hand. For this purpose it is necessary to hold the bottom. Advantage is an optimal design of loops that at the maximum degree of opening does not allow to bend it. Therefore, it is not necessary to feel familiar to many sense of fear to damage the display unit in case of weak sense of the limits of its maximum opening.

Elements layout

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 10

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 10

As expected a large number of ports and connectors is not available. But this is quite expected taking into account its compactness. Below the screen is a button «Windows» to work in console mode. In addition, the workspace of Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 10 on the perimeter and at the foot of the display unit is equipped with special rubberized legs of various shapes which protect against wear. They also provide a good degree of fixation on the working surface.

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 10

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 10

The back edge of the device has no any element that allows you to take it as a book without discomfort from contact with the connectors. The same is for the front face which has a similar characteristic.

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 10

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 10

To the right you can find a USB 2.0 port, battery status indicator (the only element of the display), button "Power" and the volume rocker. The buttons are hard enough, but under certain conditions they can still be pressed inadvertently. The left side contains the power connector, microphone hole, connector HDMI, port USB 3.0, as well as a combined audio jack (mini-jack 3,5 mm). In general, such number USB ports will only be enough to connect one peripheral device and, for example one external hard drive. The absence of card reader is a more significant drawback, especially in case of the active life of the user, as to copy the data from the camera or smartphone you will have to use the slower USB-connection.

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 10

The base of Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 10 is not equipped with ventilation holes that allow you to place it on any surface without fear to block access of fresh air for cooling. Below are two lattice of multimedia speakers, and a little higher you can find a Windows 8 logo sticker and technical information. Along the contour of the surface there are several mounting screws and four rubber legs. In addition to the seven screws the cover is fixed by a few more latches, but access to the inside of the device within the warranty period is not officially permitted (under one front leg there is screw with the warranty seal). The replacement of RAM is not possible at all since it is soldered on the motherboard.

Input device

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 10

Laptop Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 10, in addition to the standard input (keyboard), has a touch screen, which together with the new operating system Windows 8 simplifies the interaction with it. Proprietary keyboard AccuType of island type has convenient distribution of keys. The only missing thing is digital block, but subjectively it can be considered as advantage. The keys are based on the scissor-membrane mechanism: they are quite large, easy to press and have a short travel with a distinct point of operation. Symbols application is performed by printing.

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 10

Keys of F-row by default are inverted for additional features (which are more often used by most people) and the basic steps are performed by the combination with the key [Fn]. Fans of the classic arrangement of functions can activate the corresponding mode in the BIOS.

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 10

Click pad in this model is a classic addition to the main input devices, because of the use of the touch screen. It has a combined button and reduced size, making it difficult to use in Windows. However, with an increase in the sensitivity of the cursor the experienced users can work in the operating system and software application.

Touch control of laptop in console mode does not differ much from the interaction with the tablet in the classic version and with the preset operating system Windows 8.1. Diagonal screen size of the device allows to press small elements of OS. Also there is an option of increasing the scale of the shell.


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