Convertible into a tablet, portable, powerful, the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14ARE05 (81X20013FR) has several assets to its credit. This 14-inch laptop hides under its 1.5 kg compact case an AMD Renoir Ryzen 5 4500U Hexa Core processor coupled with 8 GB of RAM and fast SSD storage of 256, a powerful package capable of responding to almost all users in the context of everyday use with a little creation and play. Add to that a touch screen rotary IPS rotary adorned with a stylus, full connectivity with USB Type-C, a reader fingerprints, backlit keyboard and compact body measurements. By cons, its storage capacity may seem limited (256 GB), the thickness of the case is not worthy of
Specifications for the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14ARE05 (81X20013FR)
|Screen (s)||14 “Full HD IPS LED multi-touch touch screen 360 ° opening 250 nits (1920×1080, bright), stylus provided|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 5 4500U Renoir (2.3 GHz, 6 cores)|
|RAM installed||8 GB (soldered) DDR4 3200 MHz|
|Graphic card||AMD Radeon Vega 6|
|Storage||256 GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD (2242)|
|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 the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14ARE05 (81X20013FR)
To design its new Flex 5 14ARE05 (81X20013FR), Lenovo is directly inspired by its Ideapad C340 but adds metal to strategic areas: back of the cover, plate under the keyboard. The look of the Flex 5 retains a bias that goes everywhere and discreet with its uniform Graphite Gray color, an almost black anthracite gray. No material effect adorns the design except the mark in contrast on the edges of the cover and the base. We observe that the latter are more pronounced for a slightly more geometric silhouette but not uncomfortable to handle.
In terms of format, Lenovo we believe has made the right choices. That is to say that it has compacted the size 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 swelled the thickness a little (20.4 mm against 18 mm). Thus the IdeaPad Flex 5 14ARE05 remains perfectly mobile and fits in a bag without being spotted but can offer a little more ease to its new processor to express itself.
The keyboard is backlit on 2 intensity levels , a plus to distinguish the lettering on the dark keys when the brightness decreases.
Once the ultrabook is open, we discover the central element in this type of convertible configuration, the screen. Installed on rotary hinges, it takes advantage of refined borders, amplifying the impression of immersion and rests on an IPS panel with wide angles of approach, here also favorable to immersion and quality printing of the screen. . Its Full HD definition (1920 x 1080 px) makes it possible to offer a vast space of display perfectly clear and to make the most of the content in High Definition. The Lenovo Digital Pen is provided for a more precise understanding of the touchscreen.
Good point, apparently webcam enjoys a little privacy flap “privacy shutter” to prevent any intrusion.
To finish with the study of the case, the connectivity ensures a very correct level with its standard size interfaces, which is no longer a detail at a time when fine 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 you to charge the PC, without forgetting the Wifi AC and Bluetooth modules 4.2 for wireless connectivity. A biometric reader is present in order to secure access to your data and log in to your session with a simple touch of the finger.
Performance, autonomy of the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14ARE05 (81X20013FR)
The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14ARE05 (81X20013FR) houses a major processor AMD Ryzen Renoir (2020), a Ryzen 5 4500U Hexa Corelow consumption. 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 finer 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. In practice, this translates into full support for current use (web browsing, video playback, spreadsheet, etc.), but it can also face more resource-intensive tasks such as video editing, export or occasional photo retouching at a logically higher level than the i7 due to its 6 hearts.
Note for information that the Ryzen 5 4500U does not benefit from Hyper-Threading (6 cores, 6 threads). We cannot therefore draw a parallel with the performance of the Hexa Core that we already know as the Core i7-10710U or the powerful processors -H.
Opposite, the RAM provides 8 GB RAM (soldered, not upgradeable), the minimum at present to enjoy comfortable multitasking.
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 allow some games from time to time on games that are not graphically demanding. Most will require making some concessions on screen definition and / or details.
A point on autonomy now, which benefits from this variation of a 51 Whr battery. Without breaking records, it should allow around 8 hours of web browsing via Wifi.
Finally, the storage is entrusted to an M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD of 256 GB , bringing its share of fluidity to Windows 10 and to the overall execution of the programs, knowing that this is paid for in terms of capacity. If you count the space occupied by the system and by the programs, there is only about 200 GB of free space, enough to accommodate a small part of your toy library. For the rest, you will have to opt for an external or online storage solution.