Model: Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 15 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Ultrabook (59406940) Black
Note: This line of Lenovo comes in many similar models and prices. This review covers the IdeaPad Flex series. The review focuses on the ones which are worth the performance and money.
The screen resolution is one of the main differentiating factors of the series. Though the screen size is standard at 15.6”, there are two display resolutions – Full HD at 1920 x 1080 and HD at 1366 x 768. It is better to buy the ones with Full HD resolution and the cost difference between the Full HD models and just the HD models is about $50. A 15.6 inch display will have better real estate as well as sharper images. You will want the higher resolution for video and movie playbacks.
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The Lenovo Flex series is dual mode usability. The screen can be used either as a standard laptop mode, or can be flipped up to 300 degrees in a standing / viewing mode. In the standing / viewing mode, you can use the touchscreen to navigate, watch movies, check emails and chat with your friends. Note that the screen does not fold over 360 degrees to be used like a tablet, so do not buy this if you want a dual functionality of a traditional laptop and a flat tablet.
The laptop is powered by Intel’s I5-4200U chip, which is the part of the fourth generation (latest as per July 2014) in processor series. This chip was specially designed for ultra-books and can handle applications and multimedia display at Full HD resolution, but consumes low power for longer battery life, which is about 8 hours. The graphics is handled by the integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400 chip, which is adequate for general gameplay, but do not expect to play any high end graphic intensive game. It will handle Adobe applications like Photoshop and Illustrator.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Ultrabook comes with an internal memory of 8GB, which is sufficient for most of the daily use applications and games. The hard disk can hold 500GB, but can be extended by plugging an external hard drive or flash drive into the USB ports. . There are no DVD or Blu-Ray drive, but you can always connect an external one.
Three USB ports (2 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0) lets you connect external drives, flash drives, mouse and keyboard to the laptop. The wireless chip supports the standard wireless standards (802.11 b/g/n) and you will need an wireless connectivity at your home or office to use the internet. Its ergonomically Accutype keyboard is well known for its usability and typing ease, and includes a numeric pad. The notebooks also sports an touchpad.
Windows 8.1 operating system comes pre-installed on this laptop. For audio, there are dual speakers supporting Dolby Advanced audio output.
Pros for Lenovo 59406940
- Unique convertible dual mode notebook
- Standing mode after folding screen up to 300 degrees
- 15.6 inch True HD (1920 x 1080) screen
- 10 point multi-touch screen
- Latest generation 1.6Hz Intel i5-4200u processor
- Integrated Intel graphics 4400 chip
- Windows 8.1 Operating System, one touch recovery
- 500 GB Internal Hard drive, 8 GB Memory
- 3 USB Ports ( 2x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0)
- Standard Wi-FI (802.11 b/g /n)
- 8 Hours of battery life
- Dual Dolby Advanced audio speakers
Cons for Lenovo 59406940
- Heavier than most ultra-books at 5.1 pounds
- No wired LAN connectivity
- No DVD / Blu-Ray drive
- Thicker than most ultra-books at 0.87 inch
Though this laptop is labeled as an ultra-book, it weighs 5.1 pounds which is much heavier than most ultra-books in the market (usually between 2.8 to 4.2 pounds). The weight is on par with other regular laptops. Also the thickness is much more than other ultra-books, where thinness and portability is the main criterial. The folding design does add weight and thickness to the laptop, and for practical purposes, this should be considered a regular laptop.
The battery life of 8 hours with standard use is better than many laptops, and this is probably the only criteria that match it with an ultra-book.
Overall the unique folding design is probably the outstanding feature of this Lenovo Flex ultra-book, apart from the Full HD 15.6 inch touchscreen. All other specifications are on par with other ultra-books except for the thickness and weight. For a dual
Note: There has been confusion in the ordering process for this series of laptops and some customers have received the lower resolution version. As the model numbers in the series are almost similar, make sure you order the ones with the higher resolution. Customers have given low rating as they have received the lower resolution model instead of the Full HD model.
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