Hands on: Lenovo Flex 15 review

Lenovo gets down to a bit of flexitime with its latest bendy laptop

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Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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  • Hybrid chassis
  • decent screen
  • great specs


  • Chunky chassis
  • uninspiring look

Lenovo loves a hinge. It's almost as if its latest line-up hinges on how many hinges it can put on a laptop - a case in point is the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 2 Pro.

But the Yoga is only for those with access to a whole heap of money. For the rest of us there is a budget variant called the Lenovo Flex.

At IFA 2013 we managed to get our hands on the Lenovo Flex 15 (there is also a 14-inch edition for those who want to lose an inch), a laptop that offers up to 300 degrees of rotation thanks too, you've guessed it, some hinges.

Lenovo Flex 15

The hinges on the Lenovo Flex line-up aren't as sleek as the Yoga's, though. Here they are chunky and cheerful. They aren't as noticeable when the laptop is in normal mode, but flip it to its stand stance and you can help notice the bulk.

Not that we mind, though, the whole design of the laptop is rugged and industrial and this definitely goes well with the look.

Underneath the chassis there's a number of decent specs that raise the Flex 15 above its budget price tag. For a start you get genuine Windows 8, up to Core i7 in the processor stakes and up to a 1TB hard drive if you opt for the 15-inch variation.

Lenovo Flex 15

Graphics wise there's a NVIDIA GeForce GT740M graphics card on board, as well as up to 8GB of memory. And when it comes to ports, you have one USB 3.0, two USB 2.0 and also a 720p front-facing camera.

When you first try and adjust the Lenovo Flex 15 you do find that it isn't actually that flexible. Yes, you can put it into a stand-style mode but the bumper hinge means you can't go any further. So, this isn't a device for those who want a tablet hybrid.

Lenovo Flex 15

We are not really sure how many people will use it in stand mode either. That is unless you want to use the Flex 15 as a movie-watching device. You may also want to use it for PowerPoint as well, but this form factor does seem a little limited.

Flipping it does completely hide the keyboard as well, so does force you to use the touchscreen. This is no bad thing, however, as the1080p screen with its 10-point mulit-touch technology was nice and responsive.

Lenovo Flex 15

Not as good looking as the Yoga 2 Pro but a lot cheaper, the Lenovo Flex 14 and Lenovo Flex 15 have a release date of October, with pricing from $629.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 4400
Wireless LANYes
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time9 Hour
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyIdeaPad Flex 15
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli3-4010U
ColourBlack, Silver
Operating SystemWindows 8
Brand NameLenovo
Processor Speed1.70 GHz
Processor TypeCore i3
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells4-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.31 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots1
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
vPro TechnologyNo
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Memory StandardDDR3L-1600/PC3-12800
Height22.2 mm
Width380.5 mm
Depth272.7 mm
Screen ModeHD
Memory TechnologyDDR3L SDRAM
Product SeriesFlex 15
ManufacturerLenovo Group Limited
Product NameIdeaPad Flex 15
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineIdeaPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number59382272
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lenovo.com/uk/en/
Marketing Information


If you think a convertible notebook is out of your price range, think again. The Lenovo Flex 15 is a unique, thin and light, dual-mode laptop that flips 300 degrees from laptop to stand mode, a perfect way to enjoy movies on the go or make the most of touchscreen applications.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • IdeaPad Flex 15
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter