[Review] Lenovo Flex 5 14 (‎82HU00JWUS): Simply Superb!

Pros
  • Full HD touchscreen display
  • Great Battery Life
  • 16 GB of RAM (basically unheard of for a convertible)
  • Backlit keyboard - very rare for convertibles-, fingerprint reader
  • Extensive connectivity options including SD card reader
Cons
  • No ethernet port
  • Not super lightweight

Convertibles have come a long way over the past few years. Whilst the first convertibles to land could barely be used as more than a paperweight, these days we can find some nice convertibles with plenty of power at very competitive prices. Such is the case of the laptop that has gathered us here today; the Lenovo Flex 5 14 (‎82HU00JWUS).

This 14-inch convertible has managed to climb the rankings thanks to its compelling price, outstanding battery life, generous RAM and storage capacities as well as a minimalistic design that's been perfected over the years. However, will the Lenovo Flex 5 14 (‎82HU00JWUS) work for you? That's what we're here to find out!

Who is this laptop for?

Anyone who is looking for a good-quality convertible that won't break the bank should definitely consider the Lenovo Flex 5 14 (‎82HU00JWUS) as their next purchase. It ticks all the right boxes and doesn't have any significant downsides.

It's a great option for both students and professionals who need something that's adaptable yet also offers high-end performance on RAM-intensive tasks as well as CPU-intensive tasks.

It's not, however, suited for gamers or graphic designers since it lacks a dedicated graphics card to allow for smooth graphics when working under those scenarios.


Design, Display, and Keyboard of the Lenovo Flex 5 82HU00JWUS



Starting things off with the design we must say we are very pleased with what Lenovo has delivered with the Lenovo Flex 5. Featuring a slim and minimalistic design, this convertible is easy to carry around with its 5 pounds and 14-inch display.

The display offers a Full HD resolution and good color reproduction that's well suited for binging sessions as well as some light photo retouching work. However, let us not forget that this is a mid-range laptop and that always means that the display is not as good as that of a high-end laptop.

Movement is smooth with its touch capabilities and the convertible can shift between the standard laptop position, a standing position, tablet mode, and tent mode. Most likely you'll end up using it in tablet and laptop mode but it's nice to have options.

A big surprise for us was the keyboard. Specifically, we're used to convertibles opting for simple keyboards that have no backlight but that wasn't the case here. The keyboard is backlit, has a decent key travel distance despite being a convertible, and even goes as far as implementing a fingerprint reader located on the top-right of the palm rest.

Performance

As we mentioned at the beginning of this review of the Lenovo 82HU00JWUS. Up until fairly recently most convertibles would arrive with a nice design but would significantly lack in terms of performance. That is not the case here and Lenovo has really risen to the challenge and delivered a convertible that could easily be confused for a solid mid-range laptop.

Specifically, under the hood, we've got a powerful AMD Ryzen 5 5500U processor. This is the same processor we'll find on other powerful laptops such as the HP 14-fq1021nr amongst others.

It's a very good processor that's equivalent to an 11th generation Intel Core i5 if you come from an Intel background.

That processor coupled with 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and 256 GB of NVMe SSD storage and you've got yourself a killer combination that's ready to tackle just about anything you throw at it. But don't take our word for it, there are plenty of customers who have talked about this. Anything from programming to editing documents and working with dozens of tabs open at a time, this laptop has you covered.

Overall, when it comes down to performance the only place it lacks is with regards to a graphics card since it doesn't feature a dedicated graphics card - only an integrated one -. However, this is the case with most convertibles since they were not designed with the intention of being used for graphic design or hardcore gaming.


Battery Life and Connectivity Features

It would be fairly pointless to have a convertible that had underwhelming battery life. Fortunately for us, that is not the case. Specifically, the Lenovo Flex 5 14 (‎82HU00JWUS) is equipped with a battery that will last up to 12 hours depending on usage.

Having said that, a more realistic expectation is along the lines of 8/9 hours which is still fairly good and means you don't need to carry the charging cable everywhere you go.

In terms of connectivity we've got the latest WiFi 6 standard with a dual-band connectivity support, Bluetooth 5, as well as an HDMI port, USB Type-C port, two USB Type-A ports, audio jack and it even comes with an SD card reader, something that we've grown accustomed to not seeing in recent launches and we appreciate that Lenovo didn't follow suit with that trend.

Wrapping up: Is the Lenovo Flex 5 14 (‎82HU00JWUS) worth it?

At the end of the day, if you're in the market for a convertible and don't want to break the bank, the Lenovo Flex 5 14 (‎82HU00JWUS) is an excellent option. It has great performance, a very good design, and doesn't skimp on features when it comes to battery life and connectivity.

We also appreciate the backlit keyboard, Full HD display, extensive RAM capacity, generous storage, and ample amount of ports. Overall, we'd say that this is definitely one of the best-priced convertibles in the market at the moment. Sure, we would have appreciated the laptop being a bit lighter but not at the expense of capping its performance.


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