Lenovo Flex 5 (Yoga 520), a 15-inch, Stylish 2-in-1 With Vibrant Display and Power to Match


Starting at just $699, anything in this price range is going to be interesting to review. With a name like Lenovo, it’s refreshing to see its Flex 5 Series come into its own a bit more this year, with updated configurations in both storage and memory, as well as a UHD display on the 15.6-inch model. The Lenovo Flex 5 (Yoga 520) is dubbed as a roomy 2-in-1 powerhouse, which seems true after taking a look at its vibrant display, long battery life, and room for some entertaining accessory options.

There are 14 and 15-inch models offered for this mutli-purpose notebook, which is of course a hybrid laptop, meaning it may utilize all four position modes (tent, stand, tablet, laptop) via its 270 degrees. The 15.6-inch model is the only one offered in the U.S., the device measures 14.4 x 9.8 x 0.8 inches, offers an LCD screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and/or a 4K UHD resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. This follows Lenovo’s smaller, thinner, Yoga hybrids, but with the added space, allows for more wiggle room for work, play, video and even games. Outside of the 360-degrees of freedom, you may visually notice the laptop to be thin and a comfortable handheld, however, at 4.4 pounds, that may not be much of an effortless reality.

Still, setting it down on your lap or table, and you may enjoy the extra screen space this new model offers. With higher configurations, Lenovo’s Flex 5 can be used with a stylus (Lenovo’s Active Pen), only at the full HD display offer, however, since the 4K UHD option does not support the Active Pen. Revisiting the LCD display, one whose screen’s quality and brightness are quite lovely, it can act a bit funky when used under a really brightly-lit setting. As far as having a ball editing photos, doing presentations, or watching content, the HD screen works wonderfully and responsively to both the touch of a finger, or the guide of the Active Pen Lenovo offers as a nice, multi-functional accessory.

As mentioned, the Flex 5 15.6’s expansive display may offer just enough of oomph for some low-level gaming. This is all thanks to the discrete graphics inside. This includes Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics or Intel’s HD 620 GPU; with an Intel Core i7-7500U CPU processor at 2.4GHz, plus the lovely accompaniment of Windows 10 Home (with a fingerprint reader for biometric login). Additionally, the latest Flex 5 series offers an updated 16GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage (which will of course cost you), and underneath, an M.2 Type-2280 SSD slot, a 2.5-inch bay for traditional SATA drives, and a 53Whr battery capacity. Connectivity includes 2 USB Type-A’s, 1 USB Type-C, an AC power jack, HDMI out, full-size SD card reader, Kensington-style cable lock slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, and of course an audio combo jack (headphone or microphone).

Although the Flex 5 is perfectly fine for throwing in a backpack or briefcase, and using as an all-in-one device for work and fun, because it is a bit on the heavier side, you may be interested in something a little more portable and on-the-go. If so, perhaps a smaller Lenovo, like the 13.3-inch Yoga 720, Yoga 900, or even one of the “smallest 13-inch 2-in-1 on the planet”, the 2.7 pound Dell XPS 13 9365, which may may better suit your needs.

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