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Lenovo Ideapad Flex 5 (15): review, specs, features, and price

Lenovo Ideapad Flex 5 (15): review, specs, features, and price. The Lenovo Flex 5 15, sometimes also listed as Flex 5 1570, is a 15.6-inch convertible 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop PC with 360-degree display hinges. It’s a sort of a mainstream 2-in-1 Windows 10 notebook, rather than the high-end Lenovo Yoga 720 with powerful quad-core processors and fast Nvidia 1050 video card.

Lenovo Ideapad Flex 5 (15): Features

The Flex 5 15 also has some attractive selling points like Full HD or optional Ultra HD IPS display, optional solid state drive storage, optional Nvidia 940MX lower-mid-range graphics, optional active digitizer pen and accompanying screen technology, and keyboard backlight.

Lenovo Ideapad Flex 5 (15): review, specs, features, and price

The available processor options of the Flex 5 15 1570 are the widely used 7th Generation Intel Core i3-7100U, i5-7200U, and i7-7500U, all with dual CPU cores and Intel HD 620 integrated graphics. These chips are all excellent choices for the daily computing tasks, while some more demanding professionals might need power of the quad-core Intel Core series chips.

Convertible into a tablet thanks to its screen that rotates 360 degrees, the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14IIL05 (81X1001QFR) is aimed at fans of modularity. This 14-inch laptop hides under its 1.5 kg case a 10th generation Intel Core i5 Quad Core processor coupled with 16 GB of RAM and fast 512 GB SSD storage, a powerful package efficient in responding to almost all users in common multimedia use, demanding in terms of system speed. In addition, there is a IPS borderless rotary touch screen coupled to a stylus, full connectivity with USB Type-C, a fingerprint reader, the backlit keyboard and relatively compact measurements even if the thickness of the case n is not worthy of an ultrabook.

Chassis, connectors, the screen of the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14IIL05 (81X1001QFR)

To design its new Flex 5 14IIL05 (81X1001QFR), Lenovo is directly inspired by its Ideapad C340 but adds metal to the strategic areas: the back of the cover, plate under the keyboard. The look of the Flex 5 retains a bias that goes everywhere and discreet with its uniform Graphite Gray color, an almost black anthracite gray. No material effect adorns the design except the mark in contrast on the edges of the cover and the base. We observe that these are more pronounced for a slightly more geometric silhouette but not uncomfortable to handle.

In terms of format, Lenovo we believe has made the right choices. That is to say that it has compacted the size of the laptop (321 x 217 mm against 328 x 229 mm for the C340), removed a few grams on the scale (1.5 kg against 1.65 kg) and swelled the thickness a little (20.4 mm against 18 mm). Thus the IdeaPad Flex 5 14IIL05 remains perfectly portable and fits in a bag without being spotted but can offer a little more ease to its new processor to express itself.

The keyboard is backlit on 2 intensity levels, a plus to distinguish the lettering on the dark keys when the brightness decreases.

Once the ultrabook is open, we discover the central element in this particular type of convertible configuration, the screen. Installed on rotary hinges, it takes advantage of refined borders, amplifying the impression of immersion and rests on an IPS panel with wide angles of approach, here also favorable to immersion and quality printing of the screen. Its Full HD definition (1920 x 1080 px) makes it possible to offer a large, perfectly sharp display space and to make the most of High Definition content. The Lenovo Digital Pen is provided for a more precise understanding of the touchscreen.

Good point, apparently webcam enjoys a little privacy flap “privacy shutter” to prevent any intrusion.

To finish with the study of the case, the connectivity ensures a very correct level with its standard size interfaces, which is no longer a detail at a time when fine silhouettes very often imply the arrival of micro-HDMI or micro-SD. Here, an HDMI port and a full size SD card reader are present as well as two USB 3.1 ports (1 always on) and a USB Type-C Gen1 port which allows you to charge the PC, without forgetting the Wifi AC and Bluetooth modules 4.2 for wireless connectivity. A biometric reader is present to secure access to your data and log in to your session with a simple touch of your finger.

Performance, Battery life of the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14IIL05 (81X1001QFR).

To support all that surrounds everyday use, the IdeaPad Flex 5 core is powered by a 10th generation (2019) Ice Lake processor, the Core i5-1035G1 Quad Core. Thus, the PC covers all of current use (Web browsing, Office processing, video) with a fairly advanced mastery in more demanding applications using multicore architecture (video editing, light Photoshop …). Attention, we are on low consumption and not powerful processors type -H. If you try CPU-intensive tasks, you will face more or less harmful latencies.

Special mention for the 16 GB of RAM thanks to which the system will not lose fluidity in multitasking whatever the use involved. It also allows us to see the coming years with confidence.

The storage in this particular IdeaPad Flex 5 is entrusted to a 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD. This will directly serve the overall reactivity of the system on a daily basis compared to a configuration with mechanical hard drive. Based on a PCIe interface faster than SATA3, the SSD ensures shorter loading times, almost instant Windows launch and very fast file copies, not to mention the qualities in terms of energy savings, durability and of silence from the SSD. To not spoil anything, its capacity is nothing ridiculous and can host a good part of your toy library.

Let \’s finish with a point on autonomy now, which takes advantage of this variation of a 52.5 Whr battery. Without breaking any records, it should allow around 9 hours of web browsing via Wifi.

Specifications of the Lenovo Flex 5 15 (1570)

Laptop typeConvertible 2-in-1 PC
Screen size15.6-inch (most popular laptop screen size)
Screen resolution1920×1080 pixels Full HD (very good sharpness)

3840×2160 pixels Ultra HD, 4K (ultra-high sharpness)

Other display specsIPS display tech (wide viewing angles)

Anti-glare coating

Processor (CPU)Intel Core i3-7100U 7th Gen (low-mid-range processor for home and office use, older model)

Intel Core i5-7200U 7th Gen (enables smooth everyday computing)

Intel Core i7-7500U 7th Gen (older mid-range processor for home and office use)

Graphics (GPU)Intel HD 620 integrated graphics of 7th Gen Core i3, i5, i7 (for light gaming)

Nvidia GeForce GT 940MX 2GB dedicated video card (for light gaming, but with improved smoothness)

System memory (RAM) size8GB (for comfortable multi-tasking)

16GB (for heavy multi-tasking)

Data storage256GB SSD (decent capacity)

512GB SSD (very good capacity)

1000GB (1TB) SSD (excellent capacity)

1000GB (1TB) HDD + 512GB SSD (excellent capacity; slow but with very large SSD portion)

DVD optical driveNone
Keyboard, inputBacklit keyboard without numeric pad

Multi-touch trackpad with integrated buttons


Active digitizer pen (optional)

Speakers and audioStereo speakers

Combo microphone and headphones audio jack

Wi-Fi wireless802.11AC
Ethernet network portNo
USB ports1 x USB-C (compact type of USB port)

2 x USB 3.0 (standard full-size USB ports)

Video ports1 x HDMI
Media card readerSD card reader
Other featuresActive pen (optional)

Fingerprint reader

Battery“up to 8 hours” of battery life (on FHD models)

3-cell 52.5 WHr

Weight4.4 pounds
Windows versionWindows 10 Home (standard Windows version)

Lenovo Ideapad Flex 5 (15): Price

Lenovo Flex 5 15 1570 ModelDisplayCPUGraphicsRAMStorageColorPrice*
80XB000QUSFHDi3-7100UIntel HD 6208GB1TB HDDSilver$629
80XB000TUSFHDi5-7200UIntel HD 6208GB256GBGrey$749
80XB000SUS with PenFHDi7-7500UIntel HD 6208GB256GBGrey$849
80XB0013USFHDi7-7500UIntel HD 6208GB1TB HDDSilver$929
80XB000RUSFHDi7-7500UIntel HD 6208GB512GB SSDGrey$999
80XB000KUSUHDi7-7500UNvidia 940MX16GB1TB + 512GB SSDSilver$1,299