14″ Lenovo Flex 3 Touch Laptop via Amazon
Lenovo Flex 3 14 80JK0021US is a great convertible laptop that can be used in four different modes of laptop, tablet, tent and stand as a very portable and versatile touchscreen unit for those out and about a lot and can be converted very quickly and easily. Specs on paper seem quite high for the money: 5th generation Intel i7 processor, large memory and hard drive despite having a slower speed and a small amount of SSD to help with faster boot-ups and waking up from sleep (8GB will not help with overall snappy performance). So Lenovo Flex 3‘s technical specs include the ultra low voltage dual core Intel i7-5500U processor at 2.4 GHz speed, 8 GB DDR3L SDRAM- plenty for great multitasking, 1 TB hard drive at 5400 rpm rotating speed plus 8 GB Solid-State Drive and Windows 8.1 operating system that will soon be replaced by hopefully better Windows 10 and you will have free right to upgrade. Overall it is a capable enough system to handle any tasks- daily or very demanding with ease for work, school or home entertainment.
14 inch glossy touch display with 1920×1080 pixels of maximum screen resolution offers beautiful colours, great depth and sharp images and has In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel for much greater viewing angles. Sound quality is pretty good but this is a portable computer after all and if you are too picky about your audio, then yes you will need external speakers or headphones. Intel HD 5500 graphics card is not so much for 3D advanced gaming but good for light to moderate games and all kinds of multimedia such as high quality video streaming and for anything more you do need at least a mid-range dedicated GPU. Having said that you will comfortably play games like World of Warcraft even Battlefield 4 at acceptable frame rates. Webcam is a 0.3 megapixel front facing one with built-in microphone and there is no rear webcam like on tablets. Black Lenovo Flex 3 weighs 4 pounds and measures 13.39 x 0.85 x 9.25 inches- it is quite thin, lightweight and portable. For the power and multimedia capabilities the battery life stays at 4 hours from its 3-cell 45WHr lithium ion battery. It has no optical drive but 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, Ethernet with RJ-45 connector for wired internet, 2 x USB 3.0 ports, 1 x USB 2.0 port and an HDMI output.
Conclusion: Lenovo Flex 3 is a versatile, quick and high performance laptop with a slim and beautiful design and can be used in four different modes with display able to turn 360 degrees around its sturdy hinge. You’ll find McAfee anti-virus pre-installed which you can try for free for a month but best to just switch to free AVG online and Windows already has built-in security features and updates. It is certainly a lot more durable than it may feel due to the thinness factor so there is no need to worry about that. We started seeing the i7-5500U processor on a few models as soon as it was released at the beginning of 2015 and is fairly powerful as a genuine i7 CPU with low power usage priority and less of the super power and performance of regular i7 processors that perform twice as well- it is dual cores but has hyper threading so you will experience smart 4-way processing and up to 3.0GHz speed with turbo boost. We like the hybrid hard drive of 1TB storage capacity and the 8GB SSD for much faster boot-ups and you can always install a larger capacity Solid State Drive. It has no optical drive and you can easily get an external drive very cheaply with the purchase of this unit. Keyboard is backlit to be used conveniently in dim light but there is no numeric pad on the side because of size restrictions. This is great modern device to own for those that don’t want to purchase a powerful laptop and tablet separately but it is not very cheap (none of the convertible units are and this one comes with pretty high grade tech specs and Lenovo has to be one of the best computer brands in the world).