Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook Review

You can nonetheless locate low-cost Chromebooks with 11.6-inch non-touch screens for USD199, but the market’s moved upscale. Models like the USD449 Samsung Chromebook Plus and chargeur asus exa1208eh/ac adapter asus exa1208eh USD499 Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA are 2-in-1 laptop/tablet convertibles with bigger, higher-resolution touch displays in sleek aluminum cases-perks that aid the Asus nab our Editors’ Choice for consumer chromebooks. The Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook (USD279) is plastic, lenovo x1 carbon 20bt battery not aluminum, and it has an 11.6-inch show with just 1,366-by-768 in lieu of 1080p or larger resolution. But it really is an IPS touch screen in a flip-and-fold convertible chassis. Straddling the customer and batterie asus r510c classroom realms with vigor and worth, the Flex almost unseated the Asus Chromebook Flip as our favorite mass-market Chromebook, till it sputtered in one particular torture test.

The Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook can be a customer version of Lenovo’s incredibly strong Chromebooks For Education goods. It really is built challenging – rated to take a two.4-foot drop and features a water resistant keyboard tray to maintain spills out, but still comes in chargeur asus adp 33aw c at an incredibly reasonable USD279.99. Discovering a “rugged” Chromebook that is not EDU branded and uber-expensive isn’t a common thing, so we were quickly interested.

After a bit of time with it, the strengths outweigh the drawbacks and lenovo thinkpad yoga s1 battery replacement/lenovo thinkpad yoga 20cd battery we like the Flex 11. It really is not one of the most highly effective Chromebook we’ve tried nevertheless it wasn’t made to become. It is a decent, strong performer made to take far more abuse than most other merchandise in its class.

Design

The Flex 11 includes a functional design and style. That’s my good way of suggesting that it’s darn ugly, however it can take a punch.

The lid is gray plastic surrounded by a gray rubber bumper. Lenovo’s logo is written in (you guessed it) yet an additional shade of gray in chargeur asus adp 120rh b the bottom right-hand corner. The only hint of colour in the complete issue is definitely the Chrome logo inside the top left.

When you lift the lid, you are going to obtain a 11.6-inch, 1366 x 768 touch screen surrounded by chargeur asus ad887020 a thick black bezel. There’s a silver plastic palm rest below an island-style keyboard with all the usual Chromebook layout (a search crucial rather than backspace, no function row).

Lenovo claims the Flex can survive a 2.4-foot drop. It really is not pretty higher, but it’s in regards to the height of a smaller schoolchild attempting to lenovo yoga 900 13isk2 battery/yoga 900 13isk battery hold the device in a single hand. Moreover, the laptop’s keyboard is water-resistant to protect against spills.

Measuring 11.7 x 8.1 x 0.eight inches and 3 pounds, it really is a pretty typical size for an 11-inch education Chromebook. The Dell Chromebook 3189 is larger at three.2 pounds and chargeur acer a13 045n2a 12 x 8.2 x 0.eight inches, whilst the Acer Chromebook 11 N7 C731T can be a lighter two.eight pounds and 11.7 x 8.3 x 0.9 inches.

The majority on the valuable ports are on the left side, including the USB Type-C port (employed for charging), an HDMI output, a USB 3.0 port and chargeur asus adp 180hb d/g75 an SD card slot. The appropriate is sparser with just a lock slot, headphone jack and volume rocker.

Display

The 11.6-inch, 1366 x 768 display around the Flex 11 is not the very best I’ve seen. It’s not terrible, but in an age of 1080p or larger displays on even several spending budget models, seeing last generation’s 1,366-pixel resolution is dell inspiron 15 7559 charger/dell inspiron 7559 charger by no means perfect. I realize that it’s normal for many laptops under USD300, but that doesn’t imply I have to like it.

It’s also on the dim side which indicates colors don’t pop the exact same way they would on a brighter display. This is most evident when looking at dark shades layered on one another although watching a video. Dark blue struggles to stand out against black, one example is, and it is clear when using the Flex 11 somewhere with batterie asus a41 x550e plenty of ambient light. When you’re within a dark room or looking at a static image, you will not notice it as a lot. This isn’t uncommon to find out from cheap IPS displays but nevertheless should be pointed out.

The 10-point multitouch, however, is excellent. Touches register instantly, and chargeur lenovo adl45wcg multi-finger gestures like two-finger zooming or alt-clicking perform flawlessly. Touch response rivals the Chromebook Pixel, which retailed for USD1,one hundred additional than the Flex 11 when it was offered.

Overall, the show is acceptable once you issue in the sub-USD300 price tag tag. I’m not knocking the Flex 11 for its screen because it compares favorably to batterie hp 800050 001/batterie hp pavilion gaming 15 other models in its class and features a touch screen as excellent or much better than any other Chromebook available on the market. It just does not have any “wow” aspect.

Keyboard and Touchpad

While the screen is fine, the keyboard is actually a little disappointing. Every thing performs and it functions well, however the keys are very shallow and simple to press. I find that combination makes it tough to form promptly and accurately with batterie toshiba pa5186u 1brs blanc errant important presses or double letters becoming the result. If you hunt and peck with two fingers, you won’t have also many complaints but touch-typers or anyone who has Ms. Beacon’s correct type will struggle. My biggest complaint is the fact that a laptop clearly designed for youngsters features a keyboard that will be poor to use when finding out to form. I’m confident working with the Flex 11 full-time would help us get applied to surface pro 4 chargeur the keyboard, but I in no way like getting to “deal with” or “get employed to” a thing that’s not wonderful.

The trackpad is much greater. It’s nice and smooth with batterie hp 800050 001 just a hint of texture and has a really discernable edge exactly where it is recessed into the keyboard pan. Touch and tap gestures worked fantastic, and if I had to locate a complaint it will be that pressing/clicking the trackpad appears a little stiff. That might be the hardware itself, or it might be that I never ever click the touchpad and pa5121u 1brs/toshiba battery pa5121u 1brs use tapping gestures instead so it seems stiff in comparison. Just like the touch response, I was pleasantly shocked with how very good the trackpad is around the Flex 11.

The keyboard is advertised as water resistant, with “innovative internal channels beneath the keyboard to chargeur asus adp 90yd b/chargeur asus exa1202yh divert liquid away from sensitive electrical elements. It could manage up to 330 ml – about 1 cup – of liquid with no damage.”

It passes that test with flying colors. I tested just beneath a complete cup of tap water, and while it made a mess around the desk it had zero impact on the keyboard. I shied away from chargeur surface 3/chargeur microsoft surface 3 working with any sticky liquids like soda or coffee, and would not advise attempting it.

In the finish, one of the perks of utilizing a Chromebook as an alternative to a tablet is the fact that you have a great keyboard. When the Flex 11’s keyboard is far better than lenovo think pad x1 carbon 20fb battery anything you would obtain for an Android tablet or iPad, it really is not a fantastic keyboard. It’s totally serviceable for many users, but I can’t ignore the concerns.

Performance

Lenovo’s Flex 11 uses a MediaTek MT18173C processor, and has 4GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC storage. It is enough for chargeur samsung np270e5e some standard multitasking, and I had 15 web-sites open in Google Chrome just before I noticed a lag when switching among tabs.

Processor

The Flex 11 Chromebook functions a quad-core Mediatek MT8173C SoC, that is a passively-cooled, 28 nm chip which is mainly identified in tablets and chargeur asus adp 45bw c laptops. The chip attributes a large.Little core configuration to let for greater power efficiency though still packing higher-performance capacity when it is needed. The SoC also consists of an integrated GPU with 4K and H.265 hardware decoding capabilities.

Alongside the SoC is four GB of LPDDR3 memory and the usual 32 GB eMMC Flash Memory storage.

System Performance

Performance is generally smooth on the Flex 11, thanks in no smaller element to Chrome OS’ ultra-lightweight footprint on resources and CPU demands.

Storage Devices

The 32 GB of eMMC storage is kind of like an low-cost SSD (not practically as speedy or trusted, but nevertheless superior to chargeur toshiba pa5034u 1aca mechanical storage for the objective). Usually, the addition of an SD card would serve as a appropriate expansion, however the exceptionally slow speeds in the Flex 11 card reader essentially rule this out as a sensible option.

GPU Performance

The PowerVR GX6250 (circa 2014) is finding a bit long within the tooth at this point, nevertheless it does at the very least manage high-resolution video with pa5170u 1brs/batterie toshiba satellite nb10t a 101 relative ease. Standard 3-D games really should be playable without having situation too.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The Flex 11 Chromebook excels within the realm of power consumption due to its mixture of an ARM-based SoC with huge.Little core configuration and chargeur asus ad890026 a low-resolution, power-efficient show panel. We measured the idle minimum power draw at an extremely low 1.5 W, with an average of five.four W. This can be beneath the 6.two W average (and 3.eight W minimum) measured from the Acer Chromebook R13 (which implements precisely the same SoC), but it really is basically above the ThinkPad 13 Chromebook’s extraordinary 0.77 W / 5.11 W (respectively). These outstanding values turn out to be somewhat much more credible, nevertheless, when a single requires into batterie asus a32li9h account the artificially low minimum brightness of the ThinkPad 13’s screen-the main reason for why that notebook manages such remarkable idle consumption values.

Battery Life

While surfing the online world making use of our standardized test script at roughly 150 cd/m2 screen brightness, the Flex 11 Chromebook simply outlasted Lenovo’s “up to 10 hours” quoted value with chargeur acer sw5 015 137z 18w a great 12 hours and 44 minutes of total runtime. This really is because of the fairly huge 45 Wh (4050 mAh) internal battery as well as the previously-mentioned low power consumption. That’s effectively above the ThinkPad 13 Chromebook’s eight hours, 56 minutes (which is nevertheless superior nonetheless).

Bottom Line

The Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook is a durable 2-in-1 with enough processing energy to batterie pa5109u 1brs/toshiba pa5109u 1brs handle multitasking for homework and investigation. Its screen is bland, even though, as well as the keyboard is shallow and flat, so it really is not the best to variety on. When you have a bit far more cash, the USD329 Dell Chromebook 3189 can also be a tough, education-focused 2-in-1, nevertheless it lasted longer on dell inspiron 15 7559 charger/dell inspiron 7559 charger our battery test. But for USD40 in savings, the Lenovo Flex 11 keeps up with its rivals inside the education space concerning functionality (and surpasses its cheapest rival in Acer) having a capable 2-in-1, marred by only a couple of unfortunate blemishes.

If course, at beneath USD300, there are still some really serious compromises inevitably in play. For starters-and we know you’re obtaining tired of hearing this, however it have to be pointed out-Chrome OS is nowhere near the widely-supported and batterie asus a32n1405/batterie a32n1405 highly-capable operating technique that Windows is. Assistance for Android apps is almost here, but even contemplating that, this is no full-blown Pc. Apart from that, the input devices are mediocre at finest, with all the keyboard featuring shallow travel and chargeur surface pro 3/alimentation surface pro 3 inarticulate feedback and the touchpad’s integrated buttons ranking close to the bottom of the pile of those we’ve recently evaluated. It is also a rather heavy and bulky machine for its 11.6-inch screen size, but we suppose most kids could live with lenovo yoga 2 13 battery that limitation. Finally, connectivity is extremely fundamental, with just two total USB ports (among which-the Type-C port-also doubles as the charging port) and an HDMI port for accessory and video connections.

Overall, even though, in context with its price tag tag, the Flex 11 is an uncomplicated recommendation for everyone who can cope with chargeur asus eee pc x101ch/chargeur asus x101ch the short list of drawbacks. There is absolutely nothing fancy nor impressive about it, but the total package is tough to scoff at offered the value for the cash.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *