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conclusion:We're mixed

74 December 20th 2013 5:03 pm

With its unique design and affordable price, the Flex 14 is a viable mid-range laptop as long as you don't mind the low-resolution display. The Flex 14 features an adjustable hinge that allows you to put the screen in more positions than a regular laptop, which CNET says is "easy enough" and that it "holds at any angle," but they had an issue with the laptop having "too much flex" to allow for smooth transitions between angles. Flex wasn't the only issue for the 1366 x 768 display, a resolution that Wired calls "a real disappointment." The Flex 14 makes up for the paltry resolution with speed that Computer Shopper says "delivers outstanding application performance for the price," and battery life that Digital Trends calls "average" but "can hardly argue that almost 9 hours of life is inadequate." The Flex 14 might have a lot of options going for it, but however you angle that screen, the resolution is always going to be disappointing.

Critic reviews

7.2
9 reviews
  • Speed and features
    8.5
  • Design and form factor
    7.0
  • Battery life
    8.6
  • Display
    6.1
  • Durability
    6.4
  • Expandability
    8.5
  • Noise
    6.7
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.1

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User reviews

5.0
1 review
  • Speed and features
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    6.0
  • Battery life
    8.0
  • Display
    8.0
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Expandability
    6.0
  • Noise
    8.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    6.0
9.0
Laptop Magazine Oct 10, 2013

The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14 offers some of the Yoga's flexibility and long battery life, but you're better off with a cheaper configuration.

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8.0
CNET Oct 8, 2013

Lenovo tries something new with the semi-hybrid IdeaPad Flex 14. The fold-back hinge is of dubious practical use, as it doesn't fold all the way down into a tablet, but if you pick the right configuration, this is still a good, inexpensive Core i5 laptop, even without the gimmicks.

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7.0
PC Mag Oct 30, 2013

The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14 has innovation, a responsive touch screen, and battery life on its side. However, for only 80 dollars more you can get the whiz-bang mid-priced EC Asus N550JV-DB72T.

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6.0
Wired Nov 21, 2013

It’s got a few flaws that are rather glaring — particularly the touchpad and the screen’s failings — but by and large it gets the job done. If you can overlook these problems, at $999 it’s a decent value.

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6.0
NotebookReview Nov 28, 2013

The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14 finds itself awkwardly in the middle: it fails to match the utility offered by the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga and other convertible notebooks, but it's also more expensive than most competing standard notebooks.

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8.0
Computer Shopper Nov 14, 2013

Even if you don't think you'll rotate its screen back 300 degrees and use the touch-screen stand mode, the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14 is a contender among budget laptops.

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7.0
TechRadar Mar 7, 2014

At its most basic, this system is affordable, comfortable to use for long stretches of time, and - most importantly - makes no compromises around performance.

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6.0
Ubergizmo Oct 29, 2013

The Flex 14 has some nice specs, battery life and webcam, but considering its weight and how limited its use outside of being just an ultrabook is, we think Lenovo provided a good notebook with a less interesting secondary use.

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7.0
Digital Trends Oct 11, 2013

Lenovo’s Flex is a compromised laptop, but not because of the 300-degree hinge, which serves its purpose of making touch use more convenient. The problems are more traditional issues which have plagued budget laptops for years: display, touchpad, materials.

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