When I first opened and turned on the laptop I was pretty excited being that I’ve never used a 2 in 1 before. When I turned the screen on for the first time I was a little disappointed with the resolution. I know that its a budget friendly model but I still feel like in a world where 4k is getting more and more used in the tech world, 720p just shouldn’t be the lowest standard anymore. I’ll talk more about the screen later but for now lets move on to the review.
Intel Celeron N2840 (2.16 Ghz)
11.6″ HD (1366 x 768)
Windows 8.1 (upgradable to Windows 10)
*Keep in mind that I didn’t game on this device but if you look at the specs above I’m not too sure it will handle that very well.
Keyboard & Trackpad
Once I started to type on the very portable 11 inch device I was pleasantly surprised. It was actually very comfortable with its full size keyboard and the keys, well, they felt great. A little short but they were nice.
Even though its a 2 in 1 I found myself using it more as a laptop. The trackpad is pretty responsive and accurate, clicks well and does what it should do with no issues.
At just 3lbs, this thing is light. Not the lightest out there but for a laptop, it’s light. Very portable and feels solid. Putting it in my bag or just walking around with it, I didn’t feel like it was going to break in my hands or bag. I will say that its a little hard to open with one hand while on a table but if that’s not a big deal to you, then its a great size and weight.
Ah the screen.. The touch aspect of this laptop, or should I say tablet (not sure), is very accurate. Whenever I did find myself using it as a tablet it actually felt like I was using a tablet. However, my biggest complaint has to be the LCD screen here. I said at the outset of this review that its a budget laptop and you are getting decent specs for the price. With that said, the viewing angles are not the best.. If you are not looking directly straight at the screen, the backlight will distort the color. So forget using it to watch videos with friends and such. And at 1366×768 resolution, the images on the screen aren’t going to exactly “pop out” like on other devices.
There’s only a front facing camera on this 2 in 1 and its comes in at an underwhelming 0.3M. I’ve only really used it for one thing and thats the facial recognition log in feature. It actually worked every time I attempted to use it! The quality isn’t all that great but it will get the job done.
There’s no removable battery here but honestly you won’t really need one. Lenovo advertises 8 hour battery life and thats close. With heavy use I got 6-7 hours. And the standby life is ridiculous. And keep in mind that your running the full version of windows here, not RT.
For some reason when I first installed iTunes and played a song, the speakers sounded very muffled and the volume wasn’t very loud. Then I played around with the settings and turned off the Dolby Digital feature and there was the problem. As soon as I turned this off the speakers were louder and clearer, and actually sounded good.
Out of the box the Flex 3 11 comes with Windows 8.1, but I quickly upgraded to Windows 10 and that made the experience much better. Additions like continuum which changes the computer from laptop to tablet mode when appropriate was a great perk of the device.
In conclusion, If your looking for something under $400 that will give you a full Windows experience, is portable, and is a 2 in 1, look no further than the Lenovo Flex 3 11″. Its not the fastest or most powerful, but it did handle everything that I threw at it*. If you can dish out a little more cash then I suggest looking elsewhere.