The Lenovo Flex 3 convertible is a budget-friendly option for someone who’s looking to buy a full-fledged 2-in-1 that doesn’t compromise on performance. With an 11.6 inch display and a Celeron processor, this notebook is ideal for web surfing and running small applications. However, don’t let the Flex 3’s mediocre specs fool you since the machine packs a superb design and a battery life that’s best in its class.
Lenovo Flex 3 – Design and Keyboard:
We still couldn’t believe that the Flex 3 is actually a budget laptop. The rounded corners and soft finish on the lid give the convertible a premium look. The chrome-lined touchpad and the brushed-finished interior reinforce the device’s top-end aesthetics. The machine weighs just three pounds and its dimensions are 11.8 x 8.2 x 0.86-inch, so it’s slightly lighter and slimmer than its competitors like Dell Inspiron 11 3000 and Toshiba Satellite Radius.
On first look, the island-style keyboard feels like the keyboards on premium laptops, but once you begin typing, the shallow 1mm key travel and the weak 50gm actuation become evident. However, the keyboard lets you type a healthy 65 words per minute. The 3.5 x 2.3-inch Elan touchpad provides smooth navigation, with an excellent response while using pinch-zoom and three-finger swiping gestures.
Lenovo Flex 3 – Display and Specification:
The 11.6 inch HD screen on this machine is dull with fuzzy edges and faded colors. Also, the audio produced by the bottom-mounted speakers is not up to mark, even when you enable the Dolby Digital Plus. It is not loud enough to fill even a small room.
The Intel Celeron N3050 processor, clocked at 2.16 GHz, is enough for web browsing and running some applications that don’t take up much of the system’s resources. The 4GB of RAM should be enough to complement the weak processor. As of graphics, there’s no separate GPU, but the integrated Intel HD graphics can handle video playback and simple games like Candy Crush Saga. For onboard storage, there is a 500GB hard disk drive, and if you need storage beyond that, there’s REACHit.
The Lenovo Flex 3 lasts more than six and a half hours which is slightly better than the category average. You can carry this lightweight convertible all day long without needing a recharge.
Lenovo Flex 3 – Software Included:
Other than McAfee Central, there are very few third-party apps on this machine. The Lenovo Companion monitors the laptop’s performance while the VeriFace Pro allows you to log in using facial recognition, adding an extra layer of security. The OneKey Optimizer keeps the device drivers and firmware up to date, and the Motion Control lets you adjust the volume, zoom in and out and scroll through pictures using the gestures in front of the webcam.
Overall, the Lenovo Flex 3 is a decent 2-in-1 hybrid with a breathtaking design and good battery life. If you’re looking for a hybrid with a great screen, we recommend you the Dell Inspiron 11 3000. Lenovo provides a standard warranty of one year, and we didn’t find any issues with the brand’s customer support. While the Lenovo Flex 3 may not serve as your main PC, you can use it as your backup laptop.