Today we are going to review a Lenovo Flex 14 an affordable gaming laptop for those who don’t want to spend more than $600. So if you have decided to buy a gaming laptop then this powerhouse is an excellent choice.
It only costs $590 US dollars and if you are going to buy it in Canada then it will cost you $850 Canadian dollars. Tha’s amazing because the most decent laptops in Canada costs at least four hundred thousand dollars.
So when you pair good performance with a price and the fact that this is the best budget laptop too and one is beating out more premium laptops in some cases it’s a laptop you should buy now.
Lenovo Flex 14 – Body, Design, and Look
Lenovo Flex 14 Specs
- CPU: Ryzen 7 2700U
- Display: 14″ IPS
- GPU: Integrated AMD GPU
- RAM: 16 GB DDR4
- HDD: 256 GB
- Weight: 3.68 lbs
This cheap gaming laptop is made out of plastic. It’s not metal and it shouldn’t be for that price but the plastic is not going to pick up a lot of fingerprints. They’re using a grippy material, so it just feels good to hold very securely. It’s also not gonna pick up the oils display.
There’s a bit of flex when you open it up but very typical for it too and one, of course, you can flip it 360 degrees right on the display. you can also write on the screen if you buy the optional pen.
We loved the keyboard keys. For a budget gaming laptop, keys give you a great feeling to type on even though there’s a bit of flex on the deck. There’s a tactile feel that other budget laptops don’t have.
The speakers sound great. They’re not super loud and there’s no base on the bottom end. Because the forward-facing everything’s nice and clear.
The touch-pad is made out of plastic but it’s using Windows precision drivers, so everything’s nice and accurate. When you’re moving around sticker placement this is the one area that Intel is investing a lot of money into but AMD is kind of falling behind. The stickers between the 4000 series and the Radeon graphics are crooked.
Multiple Ports for a Gaming Laptop
There are tons to choose from, you have your power connector HDMI USB type-c obviously not Thunderbolt 3 and audio jack. On the other side, you have two more USB ports, SD card slot, and the power button.
This is the one area they had to make a sacrifice to. Although it looks good visually, once you measure it the color accuracy is not the best. The brightness is average. It is a14 inches IPS but we wouldn’t trust it to do design work like you probably want to hook it up to a more color-accurate external monitor now.
There is a webcam and just like most laptop webcams out there it doesn’t look that great. You do have a sync shutter on top to turn it off if you want to use its privacy features. There’s no Windows Hello for facial recognition but you do have a fingerprint scanner on the deck of the laptop.
Lenovo Flex 14 – Non-Convertible Laptop
Internally this laptop is not much upgradeable. The only thing you can technically swap out is the Wi-Fi card and the m2 nvme SSD which gets pretty good read and write speeds.
The RAM is completely soldered on to the motherboard so whatever laptop model you buy. Make sure, it’s exactly what you want for the next few years because you’re not going to be able to upgrade it.
It has 2 heat pipes one with the fan to cool and other with CPU and GPU. The Flex 14 has a 51-watt battery. The battery life of Levono flex 14 is pretty good 9 hours and 13 minutes using the intelligent cooling profile before needing to charge.
There’s probably some of you out there thinking that this laptop is not gonna perform well especially at $590. You are absolutely wrong!
The fact that it was beating out really expensive Intel ultrabooks for half the cost.
If you’re a developer like compiling code and basically using the CPU mostly. You gonna love Lenovo Flex 14, it does such a great job. But if you’re a designer or a creative and you’re using the Adobe suite. This cheap laptop is not that great with Adobe Photoshop. As soon as you use Adobe Premiere Pro this laptop falls apart.
This is not an AMD problem nor AMD is doing anything wrong. This is an Adobe problem. The GPU inside is no slouch either. This laptop’s GPU is equivalent to an MX 115 if you want to play a game on this laptop, you can do it. You can play overwatch with medium or low settings. You will get pretty good frame rates.
Lenovo Flex 14 also has a cool software called Lenovo Advantage. You can hit function q and can change between three specific profiles. This determines how’s your laptop fan noise sounds and how hot it can get if you leave it on intelligent cooling.
CPU Thermal Readings + Fan Noise
The hottest this laptop can get is around 85 to 90 degrees Celsius if it’s performing under full load. This means fan noise will be between 40 and 43 decibels. If you leave it on battery or quiet mode fan noise will always be below 40 decibels giving you a very quiet setting to work in.
However, be careful with performance mode because we’ve monitored the CPU temperatures on this get up to 105 degrees Celsius which is absolutely insane.
At the end of the day, it’s not perfect and no laptop really is. But within the price of $590 US dollars, Lenovo Flex 14 is destroying some of the most expensive products out there. If you’re using Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Premiere we suggest buying other laptops within a $1500 range.
If you’re looking for a Lenovo Flex 14 2 in 1 that has a good battery life, has a decent screen, good speakers. For those who are into development, this affordable laptop is definitely a worthy option.