Combining power and convertible configuration for a contained price, this is the challenge taken up by the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14ARE05 (81X20011FR). This 14-inch laptop hides under its compact 1.5 kg case an AMD Renoir Ryzen 5 4500U Hexa Core processor coupled with a large dose of RAM (16 GB) and fast SSD storage of 512 GB, a package powerful capable of meeting almost all users in the context of everyday use with a little creation and play. Added to this is a borderless rotating IPS touch screen coupled with a Lenovo Active Pen, full connectivity with USB Type-C, a fingerprint reader, the backlit keyboard and compact measurements. On the other hand, the thickness of the case is not worthy of
|alled||16 GB (soldered) DDR4 3200 MHz|
|Graphic card||AMD Radeon Vega 6|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD|
|Connectivity||2 USB 3.1 1 USB 3.1 Type-C, HDMI, SD / SDHC / SDXC|
|Network||Wi-Fi ac (2×2), Bluetooth 4.2|
|Windows Hello||Yes, via fingerprint reader|
|Audio system||2 2W Dolby Audio Premium speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home 64-bit|
|Autonomy announced / Battery||9 hours / Li-Polymer 52.5 Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||1.5 Kg / 321 x 217 x 20.4|
Chassis, connectors, screen of Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14ARE05 (81X20018FR)
To design its new Flex 5 14ARE05 (81X20018FR), Lenovo is directly inspired by its Ideapad C340 but adds metal on strategic areas: back of the cover, plate under the keyboard. The look of the Flex 5 retains a versatile and discreet bias with its uniform Graphite Gray color , an almost black anthracite gray. No material effect adorns the design except for the contrasting mark on the edges of the cover and the base. We observe that the latter are more pronounced for a silhouette a little more geometric but not uncomfortable to handle.
In terms of format, Lenovo has in our opinion made the right choices. That is to say, he compacted the bulk of the laptop (321 x 217 mm against 328 x 229 mm for the C340), removed a few grams on the scale (1.5 kg against 1.65 kg) and inflated the thickness a bit (20.4mm versus 18mm). Thus the IdeaPad Flex 5 14ARE05 remains perfectly nomadic and slips into a bag without being noticed but can offer a little more ease to its new processor to express itself.
The keyboard is backlit on 2 intensity levels , one more to distinguish the lettering on the dark keys when the brightness comes down.
Once the ultrabook is open, we discover the central element in this type of convertible configuration, the screen. Installed on rotating hinges, it takes advantage of refined borders, amplifying the impression of immersion and rests on an IPS panel with wide approach angles, again favorable to the immersion and the quality impression of the screen . Its Full HD definition (1920 x 1080 px) allows you to offer a large, perfectly clear display space and to get the most out of High Definition content. The Lenovo Digital Pen is provided for a more precise understanding of touch.
Good point, apparently webcam enjoys a little privacy flap “privacy shutter” to prevent any intrusion.
To finish with the study of the box, the connection ensures a very correct level with its interfaces of standard size, which is no longer a detail at a time when thin silhouettes very often imply the arrival of micro-HDMI or micro-SD. Here, an HDMI port and a full-size SD card reader are present as well as two USB 3.1 ports (1 always on) and a USB Type-C Gen1 port which allows the PC to be recharged, not to mention the Wifi AC and Bluetooth modules. 4.2 for wireless connectivity. A biometric reader is present to secure access to your data and to log in to your session with a simple touch of your finger.
Performance, autonomy of Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14ARE05 (81X20018FR)
The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14ARE05 (81X20018FR) packs an AMD Ryzen Renoir (2020) Ryzen 5 4500U Hexa Core low-power processor coupled with 16 GB of RAM. This shows a significant increase in performance compared to the Ryzen 5 3500U (2019), thanks in particular to the number of cores which increases but also to the engraving used. Without going too far (the processor is recent), we can therefore say that we can obtain scores close to an Intel Core i7-1065G7 for comparison, with a little more gain on creation programs using the multi-architecture. hearts. In practice, this translates into full support for common use (web browsing, video playback, spreadsheet, etc.) with great ease with more resource-intensive tasks such as video editing, exporting or occasional photo retouching. The RAM in good quantity will for its part ensure the greatest ease in multitasking.
Note for information that the Ryzen 5 4500U does not benefit from Hyper-Threading (6 cores, 6 threads), namely how this impacts performance in practice.
The graphics part is entrusted to an AMD Radeon Vega 6 integrated into the CPU. Its capabilities are more than enough for everyday work and the tasks listed above and even allows for a few games from time to time on games that are not graphically demanding. Most will require you to make some concessions on screen definition and / or details.
Storage in this IdeaPad Flex 5 is provided by a 512 GB NVMe PCIe SSD . This will directly serve the overall responsiveness of the system on a daily basis compared to a configuration with a mechanical hard drive. Based on a PCIe interface faster than SATA3, the SSD ensures shorter loading times, almost instantaneous Windows launch and very fast file copies, not to mention the qualities in terms of energy savings, durability and silence of the SSD. Not to spoil anything, its capacity is not ridiculous and can accommodate a good part of your game library.
Let\’s finish with a point on autonomy now, which benefits on this variation of a 52.5 Whr battery. Without breaking records, it should make it possible to approach 8 hours of web browsing via Wifi.