Many potential buyers in the mobile device market want so much that the laptop they choose can be safely called a product of the 21st century. After all, most of the equipment on store shelves has long lost its appeal.
However, there is a decent laptop on the market that will appeal to even the most demanding customers. His name is Flex 2 14 Lenovo. In this article, the reader will get acquainted with one of the best representatives of the mobile market, find out its characteristics and see all the reviews of the owners. And also learn how a real laptop should actually be.
The mobile device is so tiny that at first there is an irresistible feeling that this is not a 14-inch gadget at all, but some kind of tablet. The light weight of the device, a thin plastic case with a matte finish and pleasant to the touch, immediately attract attention. When opening the display cover, it is found that the internal edges of the device are metal. This solution gives the laptop Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 2 14 rigidity, but do not count on the fact that the metal will protect the gadget from physical damage.
As for the build quality, hereUser opinions are divided. A visual inspection of the mobile device will not be able to detect defects. All elements are perfectly matched to each other. But there are questions about the quality of the plastic itself. When opening the lid of the laptop, the hinges creak slightly, and you should not deform the case of the device either, as it makes terrible sounds.
Delicious piece of cake
It's better to start with the fact that the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 2 14 laptop is equipped with a modern IPS matrix with FullHD resolution (1920 x 1080 dpi). This is great news not only for fans of watching HD movies, but also for professional players and users who spend all their free time surfing the Internet.
No need to explain that, thanks to such a matrix, the gadget has large viewing angles, perfectly conveys all colors and shades, and also has no problems displaying perfect black. Confused only by a high margin of contrast (more than 1000:1). Such an indicator is characteristic of a plasma, but not a laptop.
Reviews of the owners assure that when working outdoors, in sunny summer weather, high contrast is simply indispensable. The fact is that the display has a glossy finish and under the bright rays of the sun is able to create glare. Therefore, the manufacturer decided to increase the contrast.
Chinese manufacturer Lenovo did not reinvent the wheel, but took advantage of existing keyboard block technologies that many likedbuyers. The Lenovo Flex 2 14 has a keyboard similar to the Apple MacBook Air mobile device. This fact did not go unnoticed in the market by sellers and buyers, but it played into the hands of the Chinese manufacturer, who saved quite a bit on advertising a new product.
A regular full-size keyboard lacks a number pad and multimedia keys. But the manufacturer took care of the ease of use, providing all the keys with a single-color backlight. As for the convenience, here it’s already an amateur - the button travel is short and soft, without significant feedback to the finger.
Pleasant touch input
In the media, while reviewing the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 2 14 laptop, many owners speak positively about the device's touch pad, which replaces the mouse. The touchpad isn't just big, it's huge. It is a pleasure to work with such a touch pad. With just one touch, you can perform any manipulation on the laptop screen.
Naturally, the 21st century device also supports the multi-touch function. The user has access not only to the standard commands for scaling and rotating objects, but also full-fledged gesture control. True, for this you will need to install the “correct” operating system (we are talking about Windows 10 and higher versions).
But the selection buttons on the touchpad have been criticized by most users. The fact is that the stroke of the two keys is too short and does not have a characteristic click when pressed, as is implemented in otherlaptops. Naturally, during operation, the owner has a strange feeling that the buttons are inoperative.
Naturally, many users have questions about equipping a high-quality liquid crystal display with a glossy finish. After all, it would be more logical to install a matte screen and eliminate problems with glare forever. However, everything is explained quite simply - the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 2 14 mobile device is equipped with a touch screen.
The logic of the manufacturer is a little incomprehensible, which installed two excellent touch panels in one laptop, which are equally convenient to work with. However, this solution was liked by all, without exception, buyers who preferred this mobile device. Naturally, for most buyers, the glare of the screen in the sun is nothing compared to the ease of use of the touch screen.
Beauty, appearance, convenience - this is all a prelude when getting acquainted with portable technology. Most buyers, however, are interested in the actual performance of a laptop, especially the potential in gaming solutions of the Lenovo Flex 2 14 device. A review of technical characteristics is better to start with the processor. Modern dual-core crystal Intel Core i3 4000-series (1.7-2.2 GHz) allows the mobile device to cope with any task. It is this indicator that demonstrates to the buyer that he is far from having a toy laptop.
As for RAM, here toothere were some surprises - 4 GB DDR3L (expandable up to 8 GB) clearly hint to the owner that he has a modern mobile device in front of him. The graphics adapter was a little disappointing - Intel HD Graphics 4400 (similar to AMD HD7610M or Nvidia 620M) is the lowest link in the rating of gaming video cards that support the DirectX 11.1 standard.
The attitude of buyers towards hard drives is neutral. Yes, the manufacturer installed two drives: a 500 GB magnetic drive and an 8 GB solid-state drive. However, the efficiency of such a symbiosis is still low.
Several manufacturer modifications
A rather strange situation exists around all existing models that the manufacturer presented on the market. The fact is that they are all in the same price category (up to 35,000 rubles), have the same performance, but are equipped with components of different performance. Apparently, the manufacturer of the laptop Lenovo Flex 2 14 yellow was trying to achieve some kind of balance so that the buyer could decide for himself what was more important to him.
Thus, the user has the opportunity to purchase a mobile device with a discrete entry-level gaming level video adapter (Nvidia 840M - the same installed in the Apple MacBook Air), but with a conventional hard drive with a capacity of 500 GB. A more advanced modification with the most powerful 2.2 GHz processor does not have a discrete video adapter, but is equipped with an SSD drive. It is very strange that the manufacturer did not think of presenting the world with the most productive equipment, because manybuyers would love this laptop, even if it's overpriced.
Ports and interfaces
The Lenovo Flex 2 14 ultra-thin laptop does not include a writable optical drive - this is a serious flaw in the manufacturer, which limits the functionality of the mobile device. As for the rest of the useful points, then this is in order. On the right side of the laptop, the user will find two USB 2.0 ports, a memory card slot and a Kensington lock.
On the left side of the gadget, the manufacturer installed an audio output, one USB 3.0 port, an HDMI digital video output, an RJ-45 LAN port and a charger connector. The front and back panels of the laptop are devoid of ports and interfaces, and this really pleases all users who are used to taking their mobile device with them to bed.
In the reviews of the owners there is a lot of positive about the built-in Wi-Fi module in the laptop Lenovo Flex 2 14. The fact is that at the hardware level the device works in all known networks:
- understands 802.11 a/b/g/n standards;
- supports all known encryption types.
In fact, any router or mobile hotspot is suitable for such a laptop. The manufacturer did not stop there and entrusted network management to the Windows operating system (often device drivers do not work correctly with old-standard Wi-Fi networks).
No questions from users and wireless modulebluetooth. It is implemented according to the 4.0 standard and can work with any known protocols. The only negative that the buyer may encounter is the lack of proprietary software for the Bluetooth module from the manufacturer. The user will get a lot of trouble with the standard menu for managing wireless interfaces, created by the Microsoft team.
Such a wonderful device simply must have a long battery life. And, as practice shows, the Lenovo Flex 2 14 laptop is able to satisfy even the most demanding customer in this. The proprietary Battery Eater utility allows the owner to fully manage the resources of the mobile device.
So, to run resource-intensive games, the application can disable unused services, and the laptop will work on a single charge for about two hours. But for fans of the video resource, the battery will last for three hours, no more, because high-quality recordings still require processor resources. But fans of surfing the Internet need not worry at all - in the economical “reading” mode with the Wi-Fi module turned on, the laptop can work up to 6 hours.
Repair and maintenance
Lenovo's Flex 2 14 laptop has a rather strange cooling system. Apparently, the radiator grilles, which are installed on the ends of the mobile device, are made for beauty. The fact is that the gadget very quickly and efficiently knows how to collect dust. Yes, it works silently and practically does not overheat, however, in resource-intensive games due topoor heat dissipation from the processor and video card, there is a significant slowdown of the entire system.
Cleaning a laptop on your own is a rather complicated procedure. By releasing a compact device, Lenovo's technologists have created a problem for any user who decides to clean the cooling system from dust and debris on their own. Experts in their reviews recommend that all owners clean only in specialized service centers.
About Lenovo Flex 2 14 reviews are mostly positive. Users note that the mobile device is light, compact and has a rather attractive appearance. As for the management and ease of use, there are no complaints or negatives. Many buyers liked the autonomy of the laptop, in fact, one charge is enough for a full-fledged work throughout the working day, and this is a high rate among similar devices.
Yes, there are several questions to the components of the gadget, especially to some modifications that are equipped with a weak processor (relative to the Intel Core i3 line) and a fairly powerful video adapter. Such a strange symbiosis is unlikely to appeal to gamers, because it is the processor that is the main component in resource-intensive toys.
The Lenovo Flex 2 14 is one of the best 14-inch laptops on the market. In fact, this is the legendary MacBook Air, made by the Chinese for ordinary users whocannot afford an expensive American product. The laptop can be safely recommended even to the most demanding customers. It will look great in the hands of a student or on a businessman's desk. Suitable also for the demanding housewife or teenager - no restrictions.