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Review Lenovo Flex 5 with AMD Ryzen 4500U – 2 in 1 Laptop / Tablet


hey everybody its la inside but and we’ve got another new affordable AMD rising based laptop to take a look at this one is the Lenovo IdeaPad flex 14 you process er inside now this one is a two-in-one so you can move it out of laptop mode and have it in display mode here or you can flip it down and have it work as a tablet and mine even came with a pen in the box as well so this is kind of the full two-in-one package here and we’re going to be taking a closer look at this in just a second now I do want to let you know in the interest of full disclosure that I paid for this with my own funds however all the opinions you’re about to hear are my own nobody is paying for this review nor is anyone reviewing or approving what you’re about to see before it was uploaded and I should also add that lenovo is a past sponsor here on the channel but they are not sponsoring this video so let’s get into it now and see what this new laptop is all about now the price point on this configuration is $5.99 so very reasonable I think for what you’re getting here so let’s dive into the hardware now again you’ve got the AMD 4500

you processor on board mine came configured with 16 gigabytes of RAM and a 256 gigabyte SSD a little bit earlier we took it apart and when we did we found that we could upgrade the SSD but not the RAM so it was good to see that it had 16 gigs to start you don’t often see that much RAM at a price point that this one starts at so that was good to see there now the weight on this one is 3.3 pounds or 1.5 kilograms not all that heavy the display here is a 14 inch 1080p display it is of course a touch display because you have that tablet mode that you can go into seems to work just fine like many other laptops that come in at around this price point it’s not very bright that’s my only real gripe with the display but otherwise for a middle-of-the-road consumer laptop here it looks just fine just note that it’s not going to be as bright as some more expensive laptops might be the keyboard and trackpad here are your traditional Lenovo layout it feels a little bit springier than other lenovo laptops i’ve looked at but that’s not really a complaint it’s got good tactile feel-good key spacing the keyboard is backlit you also have a nice trackpad here as well it too feels a little more springy than some of the Lenovo devices I’ve looked at recently but again it feels just fine you also have a fingerprint reader here for getting into the computer quickly and I like the fact that it’s got upward facing speakers because most of the time I think you’ll probably be using this laptop as a

laptop the only downside is that when you move it into its display mode here those speakers will then become downward firing and not sound as good but for the most part if you are mostly sticking to the laptop mode here I think you will do just fine now the sound quality out of these speakers is decent you get good stereo separation but there’s not a good range of sound you’re not going to get a lot of base or depth to the audio so there you might want to plug in some headphones or connect up a Bluetooth headset we do have some ports here worth talking about on the laptop here let’s switch over to my overhead camera so we can get a better look at those you’ve got a round power plug here but what was interesting was that mine actually came with a USB type-c charger so I’m not using that port at all but it’s there I guess if you wanted to get some other power supply for it you have an HDMI output here next to it is a USB type-c connector this is not Thunderbolt just keep that in mind and also I found that it’s not doing video out through that USB C port so we’re only getting power in and then whatever data devices we want to connect like keyboards mice or memory sticks and hard drives next to that is a headphone jack so you can plug your headphones into the laptop on the other side we’ve got the power switch an SD card slot and then we’ve got two USB 3 ports here that are full-size the laptop is not fanless will talk a little bit more about fan noise in a little bit so it does need to keep itself cool and although it looks metal it’s actually made out of plastic but it feels nice for plastic it’s got a bit of a coating over the plastic to give it a more premium feel and it doesn’t feel cheap to me it feels like a pretty well-constructed device even though it is made out of plastic and one unique feature of these lenovo devices is that

they have a manual shutter on the camera so rather than keeping a piece of tape there you can just use this little switch to block the web camera when you don’t want to use it the camera itself is 720p nothing spectacular but it is there and you can do your web conferences and zoom calls with it so let’s move on now to performance and I have to say these new AMD chips deliver a ton of value especially when it comes to gaming and graphics when you compare this machine to an Intel equivalent we’re gonna start off though with the basics and we’re gonna go to a website here the nasa.gov homepage as you can see it renders in very very quickly very snappy and responsive we can use our hands on the touchscreen if we want as well no problems there whatsoever one thing to note is that this laptop comes equipped with AC wireless there are some others that you might find at around this price point that have the new Wi-Fi 6 radios on board but this one appears to be just a C but I think for most folks this will be just fine let’s take a look now and see how it does with video so here we’ve got a 1080p 60 video from YouTube running on the edge browser all was good there no dropped frames everything played back properly but we did notice some glitches related to the Chrome browser running that very same video at 1080p 60 we would see some clusters of dropped frames popping up every once in a while and then we’d also get occasionally some audio dropouts very brief like a second or less but still obviously very noticeable on that higher and video content coming down from YouTube and I had a few folks writing in to the unboxing video that I did the other day saying that they were hearing that there were issues with zoom and some of the teleconferencing packages out there and this could be related to that and it could just be some kind of driver issue related to Chrome or perhaps some libraries that some of those conferencing apps are using so I think they’ll be able to rectify that with future driver updates I did download the latest

version of the AMD drivers when we started testing the laptop out here so I think it’s something that again is rectifiable probably not hardware related but it is something I’m noticing right now now I did test out zoom in Google meat just to see if I could rep locate some of the issues people were writing in about they work fine for me with the latest drivers so I wasn’t able to replicate that again the only issue I did see though was video playback from chrome at 1080p 60 from YouTube and on the browser bench org speedometer test we got a score of 180 3.1 on version 1.0 of that test and 105.5 on version 2.0 running on Google Chrome that puts this one pretty much in line with the Acer Swift 3 that we looked at last week running with this slightly more powerful 4700 you AMD Rison processor so this one does very well and you can also see it holds its own against an i7 chip from the previous generation 2 so all in for web browsing and the basics this is going to be a pretty nicely performing laptop for its price point let’s take a look now at its pen performance so we’ve got OneNote running right here and this is the pen that came bundled in the box with my device I was looking on the lenovo website and it looks like there are versions of this that don’t have the pen bundled in so you’ll want to check before you buy but again the one that I got from Amazon did have it in the box someone’s gonna start writing here now as your pen gets closer to the screen it will detect its presence and then it will ignore any screen touches that are made when the pen is closed and then if the pen goes away I can then use fingers and move the screen around again the pen has pressure sensitivity so if I just draw very lightly here we’ll get one kind of line and if I push down harder I get a thicker line so that seems to work pretty nicely so it’s pretty good it works decently it’s able to ignore my screen touches when the pen is closer here so that’s nice to see and all in it’s nice to have this bundled there’s no place to put the pen though they do give you a little device that can sit inside the USB port so the pen has a place to rest but then of course you give up the USB port some of the more expensive two and ones from Lenovo actually have a pen that parks itself

inside the case but this one will be living outside the case but it is nice to have a very big screen here to work with especially if you’re doing artwork or taking a lot of notes or something like that now lenovo says the battery life on this one is good for about 10 in our testing I think you can get close to that mark about eight to ten provided you keep the display brightness down and you stick to the basics as far as what you’re doing with it so web browsing email word processing maybe some video watching are all pretty low-key tasks for this but if you start doing photo and video editing or playing some games that of course will dramatically impact your battery life and speaking of games let’s see how this new AMD chip does with some popular games that we like to look at here let’s have a look now one of the things that’s very impressive about these new AMD chips is how well they can run games for the price point so here you see fortnight running we were at 1080p medium settings and we were getting about 30 frames per second at those settings sometimes dropping a little bit lower but generally holding itself around that level which is great for a low-end machine if you turn down the resolution and the graphics quality you could definitely get it to 60 frames per second probably at 720p one thing that we noticed with fortnight is that you need to run it at the direct x12 settings we saw some

rendering issues with DirectX 11 so just keep that in mind rocket League is up next here 1080p at the lowest settings we were getting between 95 and 100 and 10 frames per second high quality settings we were in the 40s about 35 to 50 with rocket League turned all the way up again very good for a low-end device GTA 5 surprised me we ran it at 1080p at the absolute lowest settings there we were getting frame rates generally in the 50s although we would occasionally see it go up to 60 and there were some other times where it might have dropped down to about 45 or so but generally the average I’d say was around 50 frames per second and it really ran quite nicely on here in fact a little bit better than the Acer Swift 3 we looked at a few weeks ago so that was pretty impressive The Witcher 3 1080p low settings between 20 and 30 frames per second that’s when you’ll probably want to run at 720p and we also ran no man’s sky my favorite game there at 1080p lowest settings we were getting just under 30 frames per second so very playable but that’s another one that you probably want to adjust down to 720p for the best performance but overall tremendous gaming potential out of this laptop given its price point and portability and it’s in line a lot with what we saw on the Acer Swift 3 that we looked at last week so let’s take a look at the benchmarks we typically run on these laptops we’ll start with the 3dmark cloud gate test this is a lower-end benchmark and there we got a score of 15,000 356 now what surprised me about this result is that it is slightly better than the Acer Swift 3 that is running with the 4700 you variant of this new risin processor that

one should do a little better than this one but at least on this test we’re seeing pretty much the same result and the games that we ran on this also came in about where that Acer was coming in so I think it’s a matter of what form factor you prefer the Acer of course is a laptop and is lighter but this one of course is a two and one but it’s a little bit heavier but there doesn’t seem to be much of a performance disparity between the two and this one of course has more RAM built in which might be a benefit especially down the road as applications get more demanding we also ran the 3dmark time spy test that one’s a bit more of a higher-end benchmark running in DirectX 12 and there the numbers came in about where I expected them to come in so the Acer Swift 3 did better there and our flex here did 989 for its score on that test and you can see what those frames per second were on it now in the past we would rarely run that time spy benchmark test on computers with integrated graphics like this but now we’re able to run it and get a workable result from it as far as its thermals are concerned we ran the 3d mark stress test and there we got a passing score of 99.2% that tells me that we’re not going to see all that much throttling with it so it’s running very efficiently the fan noise on this one is a little louder than it is on the Swift 3 that was one thing I noted in using both computers as they were under load not significantly louder but a little bit louder but still it’s not an offensive sounding fan we’ve seen some pretty loud laptops over the years this one is not bad but the Acer is a little better so if you are very sensitive to fan noise I think the Acer might have the edge over this one but both did

exceptionally well on maintaining performance under constant load alright one last thing to check out and that is it’s Linux performance I booted up in boo to 20 point zero four and as you can see here the video is working properly the touch display is being detected I’m able to get audio working along with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi so I think it will be a pretty good Linux device as well if you want to run another operating system on it at least in boomtube works so that is good to see so for all I continue to be impressed by these new mobile AMD Rison processors this new 4000 series is doing exceptionally well especially for games and graphics at this price point this is a very reasonably price but powerful laptop and it’s great to see more choices going out there for consumers the display is a little on the dim side but other than that I think it’s a very solid offering especially if you’re looking for a touch display in a Clos cost device it’s got a nice build to it really not much to complain about here at all and it’s great to see such great choices making their way down into more affordable categories here in the computer market so we’ll be keeping an eye though on more of these AMD machines we’ve got a few more on the way but I would love to hear from you if you’ve seen something out there that I should look at let me know down in the comments below and until next time this is a LAN and Simon thanks for watching this channel is brought to you by the lon TV supporters including gold-level supporters the four guys with quarters podcasts Tom Albrecht Rick astute Oh Chris Allegretto in Cali an Kumar if you want to help the channel you can by contributing as little as a dollar a month head over to LAN TV slash support to learn more and don’t forget to subscribe

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