With the recent rise in the demand of small-scale laptops (especially Chromebooks), the Lenovo Flex became pertinent. So, how does it perform in the fierce battle among the biggest little giants?? To know, read on…
- CPU – MediaTek MT8173c Quad-Core, 1.3 GHz
- GPU – PowerVR GX6250
- Memory – 4 GB (1 x 4 GB) DDR3
- Screen – 11.6-inch HD IPS (1,366 x 768) with 10 point touch screen
- Storage – 32 GB eMMC Flash
- OS – Google Chrome OS
- Price – It’s one of those low to low-mid range laptops (if you consider an 11.6inch Chromebook as a laptop at all in the first place). It’s no surprise that Lenovo decided to put a price tag less than $300 for it. But what actually is quite surprising is that it is cheaper than even The Dell Chromebook 3189, one of its greatest competitors.
- Rough and tough design – Okay, it would be a white lie if I ever said that it looks stylish (or good at the least). But where it excels is its accidental safety features. It is capable of withstanding a freefall into the ground from a height of 2 feet (or 3 feet in the extreme case). It received nothing more than some trivial scratches on proper testing. It is also resistant to a limited amount of accidental liquid spilling (around 100ml) on the keyboard section.
- Overall performance – It is loaded with a MediaTek processor with 4 GB of RAM and preloaded Chrome OS. It performs pretty well under standard conditions while surfing the net and doing a bit of multi-tasking. It lags almost next to nothing until the processor is overloaded. The most of the features offered by the Chrome OS is cloud-based (in contrast to the offline versions; à la Windows).
- Cooling – It does get a bit hot when using continuously for some time. Using it in a place without proper ventilation can get it heated up to the degree making you feel uncomfortable. Although it may not be a dealbreaker, it surely is a point worthy to be mentioned.
- Battery backup – While using it for everyday purposes, like surfing the net or doing some other trivial tasks, it lasts more than 7 hours which is not bad at all. But it does lag behind the average battery life of a Chromebook (8 hours), let alone compete with the Acer Chromebook 11 N7 C731T, another one of its competitors with a staggering run time of 10 hours.
- Keyboard – The keyboard of Lenovo flex is somewhat uncomfortable to use. With an average key depth of 1.1 mm, it sure seems a bit shallow while typing. Also, the material used in the buttons feels somewhat slippery, making it inappropriate for this job.
If it is a cheap laptop that you are looking for, then Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook ZA270025US is a perfect fit for you. With its small size, durable design and cheap price tag, it can be a great choice for a school student or someone who wants to do their work on the go.