Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 (14″, 2022) – Top 5 Pros and Cons

Lenovo started out making more affordable laptops, however, they have since expanded to cover pretty much the entire laptop market and all of its intricate niches. The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 (14″, 2022) comes in with many features and a good display while staying affordable. It does that by implementing the Zen 2-based Ryzen 5000U-series CPUs, which uses architecture from 2020, but still brings many cores and good performance, while being cheap to implement. We also have to mention the flexibility of the machine, as the 360-degree hinge keeps it versatile, may it be reading a book before bed, or doing work during the day.

Today we’re presenting you with LaptopMedia’s top 5 picks about the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 (14″, 2022).

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 (14″, 2022): Full Specs / In-depth Review

4 reasons to BUY the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 (14″, 2022)

1. Input devices

Despite having a slim profile that clocks in at just 17.8 mm, the IdeaPad offers a comfortable keyboard with good key travel and clicky feedback, so typing feels great. It’s also backlit, so nighttime typing is covered. The touchpad is a similar story, with a large surface and a Mylar cover, which provides the necessary smoothness and gliding. The responsiveness is blazing fast as well, which only strengthens the appeal of the laptop.

2. I/O

The port selection is pretty full for a 14-inch laptop, using two USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) ports, an SD card reader, an audio jack, one USB Type-C 3.2 (Gen. 2) port, an HDMI 1.4b port, and the power plug.

3. Battery life

With a 52.5Wh battery and an efficient Ryzen 5 CPU, the laptop lasts for 13 hours and 9 minutes of Web browsing, or 13 hours and 20 minutes of video playback. Now, we conduct the battery tests with the Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits, and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with.

4. Cooling

There’s a pretty generous cooling solution, with two thick heat pipes and a large fan. Together, they manage to keep the Ryzen 5 5500U well-performing and running cool.

Max CPU load

AMD Ryzen 5 5500U (15W TDP)0:02 – 0:10 sec0:15 – 0:30 sec10:00 – 15:00 min
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 (14″, 2022)3.45 GHz @ 86°C @ 48W3.32 GHz @ 99°C @ 44W2.98 GHz @ 92°C @ 30W
Acer Aspire 3 (A315-43)3.10 GHz @ 85°C @ 26W3.06 GHz @ 86°C @ 24W3.10 GHz @ 79°C @ 20W
Lenovo V15 Gen 22.95 GHz @ 63°C @ 28W2.93 GHz @ 70°C @ 28W2.87 GHz @ 70°C @ 25W
HP Envy x360 15 (2021, 15-eu0000)2.55 GHz @ 62°C @ 22W2.57 GHz @ 71°C @ 23W2.56 GHz @ 78°C @ 22W
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 (17″, 2021)2.94 GHz @ 67°C @ 25W2.78 GHz @ 72°C @ 22W2.61 GHz @ 67°C @ 18W
Acer Aspire 7 (A715-42G)3.18 GHz @ 62°C @ 36W3.16 GHz @ 65°C @ 35W2.88 GHz @ 62°C @ 25W
ASUS ZenBook 13 UM3253.00 GHz @ 62°C @ 29W2.54 GHz @ 67°C @ 19W2.47 GHz @ 69°C @ 17W

Compared to other laptops with the same processor, this is the best-performing one, reaching high wattages and clock speeds. This does mean high temperatures, however, as you can see from the image below.

Comfort during full load

The laptop isn’t very well insulated in terms of heat, with the base reaching 48.8°C. On the other hand, there’s next to no noise from the fan, which due to its sheer size, doesn’t have to spin as fast.

1 reason NOT to buy the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 (14″, 2022)

1. Upgradeability

Lastly, the upgradeability struggles, with there being only one M.2 slot for storage. All of the RAM is soldered onto the motherboard, going as high as 16GB of LPDDR4x memory working in dual-channel mode.

Here is our teardown video, which shows how to access the insides of the IdeaPad Flex 5.

All Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Flex (14″, 2022) configurations:

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1 year ago

Preso in offerta a Mediaworld a 549 euro, non teme confronti, con un rapporto qualità prezzo eccezionale. Non fa rimpiangere la serie Thinkpad (470s) che avevo avuto