The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 review part 3

At long last, the fundamental chassis is plastic. Be that as it may, it feels unbending and has an unusual and not in the least unpleasant finished finish. The 360-degree pivot feels robust and the console is stable and firm with just traces of flex and bob.

Ports wise, Lenovo likewise has you very much covered. On the left side of the chassis, you’ll locate a full-sized HDMI socket, a barrel-type power connector, earphone jack and a USB-C port. The last supports charging the PC itself, alleviating the slight disappointment of the barrel connector. While we’d lean toward the Flex 5 came packaged with a USB-C charger, support for USB-C charging at any rate means you can convey a single charger to keep various devices squeezed up.

On the right, a couple of USB-A ports and situated close to a 4-in-1 card per user that supports full sized SD cards, plus MMC, SDHC and SDXC cards. That is one less module connector you’ll have to convey, at the end of the day. Different features deserving of notice are the 720p webcam situated on the top bezel and complete with a physical shutter and support for a discretionary digital info pen.

It’s also significant that the Flex 5 ships as standard designed with Windows 10 Home in S Mode. The sales pitch for S Mode is that it boosts performance and improves security. The last is almost absolutely obvious given it just allows software from the Microsoft application store to be installed. The downside, of course, is that it just allows software from the application store to be installed, barring the vast majority of the colossal ecosystem of Windows viable apps and software that is gathered throughout the long term. That includes no Adobe software, no Apple apps, no non-Microsoft video conferencing apps, none of those helpful little inheritance apps.

S Mode is also streamlined to diminish CPU and memory usage, the last being especially pertinent for a PC with just 4GB. Long story short, S Mode can bode well for schools and businesses yet is likely excessively restrictive for more broad home and business users. In any case, it is crafted by around five minutes to turn S Mode off through the Microsoft Store, so it shouldn’t be an obstacle to anybody considering this system.

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