Lenovo pioneered the convertible notebook PC back in 2012 with their original Ideapad Yoga. Since then, the company has produced scores of models with the Ideapad’s iconic 360 degree display hinges. Fast forward to 2017, and the Ideapad Flex 5 15-inch laptop we’re reviewing is one of the largest convertible notebooks you can buy. As with other Yoga models, the display folds around 360 degrees, turning the notebook into a large tablet. The Flex 5 15 starts at $629, while the nearly topped-out model we received for review went for $929. All variants include a good-quality 15.6-inch IPS display, Windows 10, and Intel Core i-series processors. Our review unit also had dedicated Nvidia GeForce GT 940MX graphics, which are just good enough for the latest games. Let’s take a closer look at this multimedia powerhouse.
Lenovo Ideapad Flex 5 (15”) Build & Design
The all-black Flex 5 15 has an unassuming look. Its style may strike a chord with you if you’re trying to maintain a low profile, but there’s no hiding the fact its design doesn’t make much of an effort to grab attention. Up close, the diamond-cut edges around the chassis, touch pad, and fingerprint reader cutouts add a subtle touch of class. Lenovo’s logo is printed in reflective lettering at the top left of the lid, and on the opposite corner under the display itself. Otherwise, the outside of the Flex 5 15 is virtually devoid of design accents.
The bezel around the display is minimal, which translates into trimmer dimensions than are typical for a notebook with this size display. The outside of this notebook is 14.3×9.8 inches, and with the lid closed, it’s 0.8 inches thick. Those aren’t small by any measure, but along with its 4.4-pound weight, the Flex 5 15 is reasonably portable for a notebook touting an expansive 15.6-inch display.