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Lenovo Flex 2-14 Touch (Core i5/8GB/500GB /W8.1) - Refurb

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Description for Lenovo Flex 2 59-420166 14-inch Laptop (Black) without laptop bag

When it comes to choosing laptops, Lenovo leads the race with its record in providing top specs. This model named Lenovo Flex 2 14 inch Laptop is not an exception either. This graphite grey coloured laptop will surely be the best in service everywhere you carry it. Its sleek design with awesome features makes it your best option for a portable electronic device.

Features

This laptop from Lenovo weighs 3.5kg and the dimension of this product is 48x33.4x17.6cm. It is graphite grey in colour that is really impressive. Other specifications include:

  • Intel Core i5 - 4210U processor
  • Built with 8GB RAM
  • Internal hard drive of 500GB (5400RPM)and 8GB SSHD
  • Graphics card of Nvidia N15V-GM 2GB DDR3
  • Windows 8.1 OS
  • 2 USB 2.0 slots, 1 USB 3.0 slot
  • LED multi-touch 14 inch screen
  • Camera of 720P with array mic
  • Battery of 4 cell 32W

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Item Condition : Refurbished
Warranty Type : Seller Warranty
Box : Branded Open Seal / Box Changed
Service Center: f133 phase 3 1stfloor spencer plaza chennai-600002

Refurbished products are unused customer returns that are essentially "new" items, or they may be defective products that were returned under warranty, and after repairing the defects products are available for reselling .
*Disclaimer: Product color may vary as it is showing in picture
*Disclaimer: As these are Refurbished products so accessories and manual could be missing.

 

 

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 2 14 Notebook Review

Florian Wimmer (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 08/07/2014

Not quite a Yoga. Lenovo's Yoga devices offer four modes, the Lenovo Flex 2 14 just two. So it is the right choice for anybody who is looking for a flexible notebook, but not a tablet. Our review shows why there is an update not even one year after the IdeaPad Flex 14, where the differences are to the Yoga 2 13 and who could be interested in the Flex 2 14.

 
In Review: Lenovo Flex 2 14. Review unit courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de

For the original German review, see here.

Last November we reviewed the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14, and it was a decent device for consumers, only the low resolution was a drawback. Lenovo reacted, removed the IdeaPad from the designation and equipped the successor Flex 2 14 with a Full HD display. Is the new device a whole new generation or just a remake with some improved details? What are the changes and where are the differences to the more flexible Yoga 2 13? Our review will give the answers.

Suitable comparison devices are the Toshiba Satellite W30t as well as the Asus Transformer Book TF300LA. The Acer Aspire R7-571G is a bit bigger and more expensive. You can also try the Asus VivoBook S451LB if you don't need a foldable screen.

Case

The keyboard is surrounded by plastic with a brushed aluminum look.
The keyboard is surrounded by plastic with a brushed aluminum look.

The Flex 2 14 is not yet listed on Lenovo's German website, but the American website advertises a wide range of colors for the convertible. However, the pictures only show models in black or silver-gray with a black cover. There is no sign of the orange color version that was still available for the predecessor.

Our review sample is the completely black version. The main difference to the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14 is the side view, more precisely the location of the ports and the standby button. Shutting down the laptop is a tricky issue with Windows 8 anyway; Lenovo was heavily criticized for the unusual location of the standby button on the IdeaPad Yoga. The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14 had a more sophisticated layout with the power button at the right rear, where you would expect it at a second look. Now it is further at the front where you wouldn't expect it, but it is pretty easy to find after a little while.

Plastic is the material of choice, you don't get any metal in the case for 599 Euros (~$803) . At least the palm rest looks like metal with a brushed finish. Overall, the surfaces feel good and sophisticated, but the quality impression is affected by a metallic sound when you press down the case or the keyboard with average force. Pressure on the display, or slight twisting, also results in picture distortions. However, you can only twist the lid; the base unit is very sturdy.

The main differentiator of the Lenovo Flex-series and the reason why we classify it as a convertible is the hinge, which can be opened by around 300 degrees. This means you can use the convertible in a Stand-mode, which is already familiar from the Lenovo Yoga: Just fold the display back and place the device on the keyboard. The Tent-mode from the Yoga is also possible in theory, even though Lenovo doesn't advertise it: The Flex 2 14 is placed on the edges, the keyboard is folded back and supports the touchscreen, which can be operated very comfortably. The main reason for this is the higher resistance and that the display, contrary to the laptop mode, cannot be pushed back. This mode is certainly a useful extension for touchscreen fans.

All in all, the case just slightly changed compared to the IdeaPad Flex 14 and leaves a mixed quality impression: While we like the surfaces despite the plastic, we are not convinced by the stability, especially of the display.

Connectivity

The ports have been completely rearranged, but the number and variety of ports did not really change compared to the IdeaPad Flex 14: There is still just one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports are on the right side. The only new feature is the possibility to use a notebook lock. However, Lenovo waived the volume rocker on the right side completely. It is still great that we get an Ethernet port, which even supports Gigabit networks.

A 720p webcam is integrated above the display. The quality is sufficient for video calls, but recorded videos show issues with the color reproduction and low-light performance, which means you cannot really use it for other purposes.

No ports at the back
No ports at the back
No ports at the front
No ports at the front
Left side: power, fan exhaust, HDMI, LAN, USB 3.0, combined stereo jack, recovery button
Left side: power, fan exhaust, HDMI, LAN, USB 3.0, combined stereo jack, recovery button
Right side: SD-card reader, battery LED, stand-by, 2x USB 2.0, Kensington lock
Right side: SD-card reader, battery LED, stand-by, 2x USB 2.0, Kensington lock

Communication

Lenovo is not very generous in regard to the WLAN and integrates a module which supports wireless networks with the standard up to 802.11 n. Fast wireless networks with the latest 802.11 ac standard are not supported, but the n-standard is usually sufficient for private use right now.

The signal quality is okay, Windows indicates 3/5 up to 4/5 bars with a distance of 10 meters from the router and through three walls (individual set-up of the author). Webpages also load pretty quickly. Another two meters and another wall result in 1/5 or 2/5 bars, not the best results we ever measured. It takes perceptibly longer before webpages are loaded with this distance from the router. 

Maintenance

You can find a service manual on the Internet that describes the maintenance of the Lenovo Flex 2 14. It is actually not that easy to access the components because you have to remove the keyboard first. You also have to remove the connector of the keyboard, which is not really recommended for inexperienced users. After that you have to loosen several screws before you can lift the bottom cover and then remove the battery, which is once again not that easy. The maintenance of the Lenovo Flex 2 14 is therefore for more experienced users or real professionals. You should not try it if you have never disassembled a notebook before.

Warranty

Lenovo only grants a warranty of 12 months for the devices of the Flex-series. You will have to pay more if you want to extend the service, at least 22.61 Euros (~$30) for a two-year standard warranty. The three-year warranty with accidental protection is the maximum option and costs 103.53 Euros (~$138).

Input Devices

Keyboard

The AccuType keyboard looks completely similar to the keyboard of the IdeaPad Flex, the Yoga 2 13 or the Yoga 2 Pro. It is also very close to these models in terms of typing experience: The stroke is pretty soft and there is hardly any resistance. The travel is pretty limited and the overall feedback a bit weak. However, based on our experience, you can work with the keyboard very well, especially since the nicely designed keys are pretty high and wide with 14 millimeters. The layout is intuitive and the special functions on the keys F1 to F12 are numerous and useful.

The keyboard illumination can be activated with the key combination Fn + Spacebar, and the brightness can be adjusted in two steps. However, the keys are also pretty easy to see in the twilight thanks to the black surface with white lettering.

Touchpad

The touchpad is a ClickPad, which means that there are no dedicated mouse buttons, but the whole bottom part of the ClickPad can be pressed to execute a left or right click, respectively. The button areas are a part of the touch-sensitive surface, so ClickPads are cheaper for the manufacturers because they don't have to integrate dedicated buttons. However, this also results in a less precise handling that we have described several times: Clicking the pad also leads to an additional contact, which can influence the movement of the cursor. Some ClickPads also don't have a clear separation for left or right clicks, respectively. A center mouse button or a scroll function, which is offered by some high-quality touchpads, is not available either. 

The ClickPad of the Lenovo Flex 2 14 shows some of these drawbacks as well: Drag-&-Drop usually works pretty well, but the cursor sometimes doesn't know which finger on the touchpad it should follow. The two clicking areas are only separated by a stripe, but you cannot feel any separation with your fingers. So there can be some wrong inputs from time to time. The travel during clicking is also pretty limited and the feedback could be improved. At least multi-touch gestures like scrolling on websites work reliably. The surface also offers decent gliding capabilities and the size of the ClickPad is good as well with a diameter of 12.5 centimeters.

Touchscreen

The touchscreen surface also convinces us with good gliding capabilities and the ability to recognize inputs from up to ten fingers simultaneously. Multi-touch gestures like zooming or scrolling are obviously supported as well and work pretty well. The firm hinges also allow the use of the touchscreen in laptop mode, but that does mean the Tent-mode is a bit superfluous: Why should you turn the convertible around if it also works this way?

The touchscreen itself is also sensitive and exact in the peripheral areas. We could not determine any delays with inputs, the so-called touchscreen lag, either.

Keyboard
Keyboard
Touchpad
Touchpad

Display

A big difference to the IdeaPad Flex 14 is the much higher display resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, which can even keep up with much more expensive rivals like the Acer Aspire R7-571G or the Asus Transformer Book T300LA. The Acer Aspire R7-571G clearly has an advantage in terms of brightness with 286.7 cd/m²; our review sample only manages 215.3 cd/m². However, the other comparison devices and the predecessor are roughly on the same level compared to our review unit. The brightness distribution is pretty even with 88%, and you cannot see any brightness differences with the human eye, even with large colored areas.

 
  229
cd/m²
209
cd/m²
218
cd/m²
 
  227
cd/m²
216
cd/m²
225
cd/m²
 
  202
cd/m²
211
cd/m²
201
cd/m²
 
 
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 229 cd/m² Average: 215.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 216 cd/m²
Contrast: 1029:1 (Black: 0.21 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.56 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 3.51 | - Ø
37% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll) 
Gamma: 2.53

Lenovo once again uses an IPS display with a Pentile-RGBW matrix. A white sub-pixel is added to the red, green and blue pixels, which usually create the picture, but the number of sub-pixels is still lower compared to usual RGB screens. An integrated engine recalculates the pictures to ensure a good picture quality and accurate colors.

Because of the lower density of sub-pixels and the recalculation of the pictures that are produced by the GPU, the sharpness can be reduced, which is clearly visible in some applications. Pentile displays have the advantage of cheaper manufacturing, and they also consume slightly less energy, because the background illumination can be dimmed for many colors thanks to the white sub-pixel. 

The reduced sharpness was clearly visible in some applications in the case of the Yoga 2 13, which uses a pentile display as well. Unfortunately, the same unwanted effects of the technology also affect our review sample in some scenarios. The colors of the display are also a bit too pale and too cool, which indicates too much blue in the colors.

The black value of 0.21 cd/m², however, is fortunately pretty low, which results in a very decent contrast ratio of 1029:1. Neither the predecessor nor the majority of rivals can keep up with these results.

We performed a more detailed analysis with our measurement devices and CalMAN software. We can see a surprisingly small deviation from the ideal value of the reference color space sRGB, and even the blue cast is not as strong as feared. In this case it is true that IPS displays offer more accurate colors than inexpensive TN LED displays. Overall, the blue colors have the largest deviation, and the saturation is increased. Our impression that the colors are too pale compared to the ideal value is confirmed as well. The display is not suited for professional users with coverage of only 53% RGB and 37% AdobeRGB.

All in all, the display offers a decent native resolution this time. The issue with the reduced sharpness of the pentile display, however, is not very convenient and could scare off some potential buyers. The overall color representation is not accurate enough and too pale, but acceptable for a consumer device.

CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Color Management
CalMAN Color Management
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker

Outdoors you get problems with the very glossy surface of the touchscreen and the low average brightness of the panel. Working in bright environments is an issue, because there will be reflections almost all the time, so it is pretty tiring for the eyes to focus on the display content. There are also issues with reflections in bright indoor environments or in the shade.

The viewing-angle stability of IPS displays is usually very good, but you can see a pretty severe brightness decrease that results in a much darker picture when you turn the Lenovo Flex 2 14 to the left or right by more than 30 degrees. However, vertical changes are no problem; the brightness remains stable even with very flat viewing angles.

Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Viewing angles
Viewing angles
 

Performance

How much performance does the Lenovo Flex 2 14 offer? An interesting question since you get an SSD and a dedicated GPU for the comparatively low price. The amount of memory has been reduced to 4096 MB compared to the predecessor and the processor is only an Intel Core i3-4010U, which does not offer all the features of the Core i5 inside the IdeaPad Flex 14. We still expect a decent office performance and we can maybe even play some games with the dedicated GPU.

System information Lenovo Flex 2 14

Processor

The IdeaPad Flex 14 used an Intel Core i5-4200U clocked at 1.6 GHz, the Flex 2 14 is equipped with a Core i3-4010U running at 1.7 GHz (probably to keep the price down, despite the dedicated GPU). The main difference is not the clock, but the supported features, where the Core i5 has an advantage over the Core i3. Both processors support Hyper-Threading, which means the two cores can execute up to four tasks simultaneously. However, the Core i3-4010U has no Turbo Boost: While the Intel Core i5-4200U runs with up to 2.6 GHz, the Core i3-4010U stays at up to 1.7 GHz all the time.

This results in a performance disadvantage of up to 35%, or even almost 50% if you use one core, in the synthetic benchmarks of the Cinebench-series. This is perceptible in practice when you navigate the OS, but with more demanding calculations in particular, for example, picture or video editing. That the lower performance is not such an evident problem is a result of the SSD.

Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.76 Points
 
 
 
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
1.85 Points
 
 
 
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
29.96 fps
 
 
 
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
67 Points
 
 
 
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
171 Points
 
 
 
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
50.21 fps
 
 
 
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
 
 
 
Help
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo Flex 2 14
0.76 Points ∼34%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14-59395501
1.13 Points ∼51%+49%
Lenovo Yoga 2 13
0.73 Points ∼33%-4%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
1.12 Points ∼51%+47%
Acer Aspire R7-571G-53338G75ass
1.12 Points ∼51%+47%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
0.67 Points ∼30%-12%
Asus VivoBook S451LB-CA072H
1.12 Points ∼51%+47%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo Flex 2 14
1.85 Points ∼8%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14-59395501
2.5 Points ∼10%+35%
Lenovo Yoga 2 13
1.83 Points ∼8%-1%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
2.37 Points ∼10%+28%
Acer Aspire R7-571G-53338G75ass
2.48 Points ∼10%+34%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
1.63 Points ∼7%-12%
Asus VivoBook S451LB-CA072H
2.49 Points ∼10%+35%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo Flex 2 14
67 Points ∼34%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14D
19 Points ∼10%-72%
Lenovo Yoga 2 13
59 Points ∼30%-12%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
92 Points ∼47%+37%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
60 Points ∼31%-10%
Asus VivoBook S451LB-CA072H
98 Points ∼50%+46%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo Flex 2 14
171 Points ∼8%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14D
33 Points ∼2%-81%
Lenovo Yoga 2 13
170 Points ∼8%-1%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
214 Points ∼10%+25%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
152 Points ∼7%-11%
Asus VivoBook S451LB-CA072H
231 Points ∼11%+35%

Legend

 
Lenovo Flex 2 14Intel Core i3-4010U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
 
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14-59395501Intel Core i5-4200U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Samsung PM841 Series MZ7TD128HAFV-000L1
 
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14DAMD E1-2100, AMD Radeon HD 8210, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
 
Lenovo Yoga 2 13Intel Core i3-4010U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
 
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006HIntel Core i5-4200U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, SanDisk SD6SB1M128G1002
 
Acer Aspire R7-571G-53338G75assIntel Core i5-3337U, NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD7500BPVX-22JC3T0
 
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101Intel Core i3-4020Y, Intel HD Graphics 4200, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
 
Asus VivoBook S451LB-CA072HIntel Core i5-4200U, NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
 
 

System Performance

The comparison of the system performance with the PCMark-series shows that the dedicated graphics card in particular is the big difference to the other systems: PCMark 8 shows a very big difference in the Creative test because it benefits from more GPU performance. Other devices like the Toshiba Satellite W30t fall behind because of their conventional hard drives.

This means you can expect more performance from the Lenovo Flex 2 14 compared to the rivals when you use GPU-demanding applications. Another performance advantage is the SSD, even though you can only use a capacity of around 100 GB in return. The slow processor prevents even better results.

PCMark 7 Score   3816 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2   2274 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2   2536 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2   2877 points
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