Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook Review

You can still find low-cost Chromebooks with 11.6-inch non-touch screens for USD199, however 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 enable the Asus nab our Editors’ Decision for customer 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 greater resolution. But it’s an IPS touch screen within a flip-and-fold convertible chassis. Straddling the customer and batterie asus r510c classroom realms with vigor and worth, the Flex practically unseated the Asus Chromebook Flip as our preferred mass-market Chromebook, till it sputtered in one particular torture test.

The Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook can be a consumer version of Lenovo’s quite strong Chromebooks For Education products. It’s constructed tough – rated to take a two.4-foot drop and features a water resistant keyboard tray to help keep spills out, but nevertheless comes in chargeur asus adp 33aw c at a really reasonable USD279.99. Getting a “rugged” Chromebook that is not EDU branded and uber-expensive isn’t a frequent thing, so we have been 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 just like the Flex 11. It’s not essentially the most powerful Chromebook we’ve attempted nevertheless it wasn’t created to become. It’s a decent, solid performer made to take additional abuse than most other solutions in its class.

Design

The Flex 11 has a functional style. That’s my nice way of suggesting that it is 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) however an additional shade of gray in chargeur asus adp 120rh b the bottom right-hand corner. The only hint of color within the complete thing will be the Chrome logo in the major 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 beneath an island-style keyboard with the usual Chromebook layout (a search key as an alternative to backspace, no function row).

Lenovo claims the Flex can survive a two.4-foot drop. It is not pretty higher, but it really is regarding the height of a small schoolchild attempting to lenovo yoga 900 13isk2 battery/yoga 900 13isk battery hold the device in 1 hand. Additionally, the laptop’s keyboard is water-resistant to safeguard against spills.

Measuring 11.7 x eight.1 x 0.eight inches and three pounds, it is a fairly typical size for an 11-inch education Chromebook. The Dell Chromebook 3189 is bigger at three.2 pounds and chargeur acer a13 045n2a 12 x 8.two x 0.eight inches, when the Acer Chromebook 11 N7 C731T is often a lighter 2.8 pounds and 11.7 x eight.three x 0.9 inches.

The majority from the valuable ports are on the left side, like the USB Type-C port (applied 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 show around the Flex 11 is not the most beneficial I’ve noticed. It really is not terrible, but in an age of 1080p or larger displays on even a couple of budget models, seeing final generation’s 1,366-pixel resolution is dell inspiron 15 7559 charger/dell inspiron 7559 charger in no way perfect. I realize that it’s standard for many laptops below USD300, but that does not mean I’ve to like it.

It’s also around the dim side which implies colors never pop precisely the same way they would on a brighter show. That is most evident when seeking at dark shades layered on one another while watching a video. Dark blue struggles to stand out against black, for example, and it’s clear when applying the Flex 11 somewhere with batterie asus a41 x550e plenty of ambient light. When you happen to be inside a dark area or hunting at a static image, you won’t notice it as substantially. This isn’t uncommon to find out from affordable IPS displays but still must be pointed out.

The 10-point multitouch, nonetheless, is great. Touches register instantly, and chargeur lenovo adl45wcg multi-finger gestures like two-finger zooming or alt-clicking work flawlessly. Touch response rivals the Chromebook Pixel, which retailed for USD1,one hundred far more than the Flex 11 when it was obtainable.

Overall, the display is acceptable once you element inside the sub-USD300 price tag. I am not knocking the Flex 11 for its screen for the reason that it compares favorably to batterie hp 800050 001/batterie hp pavilion gaming 15 other models in its class and features a touch screen as fantastic or far better than any other Chromebook out there. It just doesn’t have any “wow” issue.

Keyboard and Touchpad

While the screen is fine, the keyboard is often a tiny disappointing. All the things operates and it functions well, but the keys are very shallow and easy to press. I discover that mixture makes it difficult to type promptly and accurately with batterie toshiba pa5186u 1brs blanc errant crucial presses or double letters being the outcome. Should you hunt and peck with two fingers, you won’t have as well lots of complaints but touch-typers or any one who has Ms. Beacon’s suitable kind will struggle. My most significant complaint is that a laptop clearly designed for youngsters features a keyboard that will be undesirable to make use of when understanding to kind. I’m positive making use of the Flex 11 full-time would assist us get employed to surface pro 4 chargeur the keyboard, but I never ever like having to “deal with” or “get used to” some thing that’s not excellent.

The trackpad is a great deal better. It really is nice and smooth with batterie hp 800050 001 just a hint of texture and has a pretty discernable edge exactly where it’s recessed into the keyboard pan. Touch and tap gestures worked terrific, and if I had to seek out a complaint it will be that pressing/clicking the trackpad seems a little bit stiff. That could be the hardware itself, or it may be that I never click the touchpad and pa5121u 1brs/toshiba battery pa5121u 1brs use tapping gestures as an alternative so it appears stiff in comparison. Just like the touch response, I was pleasantly surprised with how good the trackpad is on 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 components. It can deal with as much as 330 ml – about 1 cup – of liquid devoid of harm.”

It passes that test with flying colors. I tested just beneath a full cup of tap water, and though it made a mess on the desk it had zero effect on the keyboard. I shied away from chargeur surface 3/chargeur microsoft surface 3 utilizing any sticky liquids like soda or coffee, and would not recommend trying it.

In the finish, certainly one of the perks of employing a Chromebook instead of a tablet is that you might have an excellent keyboard. Though the Flex 11’s keyboard is far much better than lenovo think pad x1 carbon 20fb battery something you would come across for an Android tablet or iPad, it really is not an awesome keyboard. It is absolutely serviceable for many users, but I can not ignore the problems.

Performance

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

Processor

The Flex 11 Chromebook characteristics a quad-core Mediatek MT8173C SoC, that is a passively-cooled, 28 nm chip that is mostly found in tablets and chargeur asus adp 45bw c laptops. The chip characteristics a large.Little core configuration to let for superior power efficiency though nonetheless packing higher-performance capability when it really is necessary. The SoC also contains an integrated GPU with 4K and H.265 hardware decoding capabilities.

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

System Performance

Performance is frequently smooth around the Flex 11, thanks in no tiny component to Chrome OS’ ultra-lightweight footprint on resources and CPU demands.

Storage Devices

The 32 GB of eMMC storage is sort of like an affordable SSD (not almost as quickly or reputable, but nevertheless superior to chargeur toshiba pa5034u 1aca mechanical storage for the purpose). Typically, the addition of an SD card would serve as a appropriate expansion, however the incredibly slow speeds from the Flex 11 card reader primarily rule this out as a practical choice.

GPU Performance

The PowerVR GX6250 (circa 2014) is obtaining a little long within the tooth at this point, however it does a minimum of manage high-resolution video with pa5170u 1brs/batterie toshiba satellite nb10t a 101 relative ease. Fundamental 3-D games must be playable without issue too.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The Flex 11 Chromebook excels inside the realm of power consumption because of its mixture of an ARM-based SoC with huge.Tiny core configuration and chargeur asus ad890026 a low-resolution, power-efficient display panel. We measured the idle minimum energy draw at an incredibly low 1.5 W, with an typical of 5.4 W. This can be beneath the 6.two W typical (and 3.8 W minimum) measured in the Acer Chromebook R13 (which implements the identical SoC), but it is in fact above the ThinkPad 13 Chromebook’s remarkable 0.77 W / five.11 W (respectively). Those remarkable values come to be somewhat more credible, even so, when a single requires into batterie asus a32li9h account the artificially low minimum brightness with the ThinkPad 13’s screen-the key purpose for why that notebook manages such exceptional 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 effortlessly outlasted Lenovo’s “up to 10 hours” quoted worth with chargeur acer sw5 015 137z 18w a superb 12 hours and 44 minutes of total runtime. This really is because of the fairly significant 45 Wh (4050 mAh) internal battery and the previously-mentioned low power consumption. That’s properly above the ThinkPad 13 Chromebook’s 8 hours, 56 minutes (which can be nonetheless excellent nonetheless).

Bottom Line

The Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook is actually a tough 2-in-1 with enough processing energy to batterie pa5109u 1brs/toshiba pa5109u 1brs manage multitasking for homework and study. Its screen is bland, although, and also the keyboard is shallow and flat, so it is not the ideal to form on. Should you have a little far more revenue, the USD329 Dell Chromebook 3189 can also be a sturdy, education-focused 2-in-1, but 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 within the education space with regards to efficiency (and surpasses its least expensive rival in Acer) with a capable 2-in-1, marred by only a few unfortunate blemishes.

If course, at beneath USD300, there are actually still some critical compromises inevitably in play. For starters-and we know you’re finding tired of hearing this, but it need 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. Help for Android apps is nearly here, but even considering that, this can be no full-blown Pc. Aside from that, the input devices are mediocre at best, using the keyboard featuring shallow travel and chargeur surface pro 3/alimentation surface pro 3 inarticulate feedback and also the touchpad’s integrated buttons ranking near the bottom in 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 children could live with lenovo yoga 2 13 battery that limitation. Finally, connectivity is incredibly simple, with just two total USB ports (one of which-the Type-C port-also doubles as the charging port) and an HDMI port for accessory and video connections.

Overall, although, in context with its price tag, the Flex 11 is definitely an straightforward recommendation for anyone who can handle chargeur asus eee pc x101ch/chargeur asus x101ch the quick list of drawbacks. There’s nothing fancy nor impressive about it, however the total package is tough to scoff at provided the worth for the cash.

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