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We've all been through that. A friend asks us what kind of PC they should buy, and when we ask what they want in a PC, they say the equivalent of "everything." When we ask how much they want to spend, it's a few hundred dollars.
Of course, at a price of a few hundred dollars, there are sacrifices to make, but if you are looking for a convertible, there is the Lenovo Flex 6 11. Come with $ 329, it has a premium build Dolby Audio Premium, and a convertible form factor.
Unfortunately, it only has 2GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC memory, which limits the use case of the device.
Here is our report:
|central processor||Intel Celeron N4000 (2C, 1.1 / 2.6GHz, 4MB)|
|GPU||Intel UHD Graphics 600|
|body||11.57 x 8.03 x 0.7 inches, 2.75 pounds|
|display||11.6 "(295mm) HD (1366×768) color, non-glare, 16: 9 aspect ratio, 250 nits, 10-point multi-touch, single-glass solution|
|ports||4-in-1 reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC), USB 2.0, USB 3.0 with continuous charging, USB Type-C, HDMI, audio combo jack|
|battery||Li-Polymer, 3-Cells (36 Wh)|
|R.A.M.||2 GB DDR 2400 MHz|
|camp||64 GB eMMC flash memory|
|material||PC / ABS plastic|
The Flex 6 11 is available in polycarbonate plastic and in any color you choose, as long as it's black. For me, however, the build quality feels pretty good. I had actually suspected that parts were made of metal until I read the specifications.
One thing I can appreciate about this device is that it's very portable, which means it's small and light, so it's easy to throw a bag in and go. It weighs only 2.75 pounds and is only 0.7 inches thick. With a convertible form factor, I really can not complain about the design.
On the right side of the convertible laptop you will find an HDMI port, USB 3.0 Type-A with continuous charging, USB 3.0 Type-C and the power switch. On the left side is the power connector, USB 2.0 Type-A, a 4-in-1 card reader and a 3.5mm combo audio jack.
The bad news is that the charging port is a pin charger and the USB Type-C port does not support loading at all. That always disappoints me, because I'm a big fan of the idea to use the same charger for all my devices. After all, this could be a PC a parent could buy for a child, and the child could borrow the parent's charger.
It's nice that one of the USB Type-A ports supports constant charging. This means you can use it to charge your phone while the PC is turned off and plugged in.
The interior of the device is also very stylish. The gray keys on the six-line keyboard look good with Lenovo's rounded lower edges. Beneath the keyboard and slightly to the left is the trackpad, which, like some Lenovo laptops, has no extra buttons.
I am not as impressed with the display as with the general design of the PC. On the one hand, it has exceptionally large apertures, although there is an HD webcam above the screen. The chin is well over an inch tall, though this probably serves to slightly increase the 11.6-inch screen.
The resolution of the display is 1366×768, which actually feels good on such a small screen. It really is not a very good screen. The LCD backlight feels too bright and everything looks a bit washed out. Given the price of the Flex 6 11, this is likely to be expected.
It is also listed as an anti-glare display, something that is not impressive either. In my experience, this thing is terrible when it comes to glare in bright light.
Of course it's a multi-touch display, and it would not be much of a convertible if it was not. It would be nice if the device had pen support, even if it did not come with a stylus. This extra functionality is really useful when it comes to convertible PCs. Unfortunately, any pen you use with this device will not be active.
While I appreciate the design of the Flex 6 11 and not the display, I like the keyboard. In fact, I do not think I've ever used a Lenovo keyboard that I did not love. I think the keyboard on this PC is really premium.
Lenovo's rounded keys always feel very comfortable when typing. And for some reason, it's never too sensitive or sensitive enough. It feels just right. Also, the keyboard is a bit smaller than a standard keyboard given the form factor, but it does not feel tight. The key rides were also not shortened.
I also have no complaints about the Mylar trackpad. I'm a little spoiled with the physical buttons on ThinkPad trackpads, but as far as general purpose trackpads go, this one is precise and comfortable.
Convertible form factor
There are a lot of good and a lot of bad about the Lenovo Flex 6 11, and again that will apply to any PC at this price. With that in mind, I wanted to give a cue to the 360-degree convertible form factor, as this is definitely the device's main selling point.
A 360-degree hinge has four main modes in which you can use the device. In most cases you will probably use it in laptop mode with the display folded at the standard 90 degree angle. I think that's pretty self explanatory, so we will not go deeper into laptop mode.
If you fold back the screen 360 degrees, tablet mode is turned on because you're using it like a tablet. Since active pen support is not available, do not use it for Windows Ink. However, you may want to play some (very) light games or watch movies on Netflix or Hulu.
Another good thing to use as a tablet is that at this price, people often choose between a cheap tablet and a cheap laptop. With the Flex 6 11 you really do not have to decide.
And then there is a tent mode. Just like the name says, you support the device like a tent here. This can be useful for watching movies or viewing things like recipes while cooking.
Finally, in presentation mode, the keyboard is pointing down and the display is flipped up. This can also be good as a display to watch movies, although I would not use it in the kitchen as the keyboard on your counter could become greasy.
The key point in this section is to point out that the convertible form factor offers much more functionality than a traditional clamshell laptop.
If you know something about PC specifications, then you know that the performance of the Flex 11 really fights. The dual-core Celeron processor would probably not be so bad if it were not for the 2GB RAM and 64GB eMMC memory.
Remember, 2GB of RAM is a very small amount of storage and you can feeling it in everything you do on this PC. Also, eMMC flash memory is much slower than an SSD, so everything about the Flex 6 11 is a bit rough when you use it.
Usually this is the part of the review where I want to explain how it works in my normal workflow, including Chrome, OneNote, Skype, and Slack, all of which run concurrently. That does not happen on this PC. If you want to do real work, you either have to spend a little extra money or get a traditional clamshell with better specifications.
If you only use Microsoft Office or surf the Internet, you're probably fine. This machine could work very well for students or just for people doing simple tasks.
For benchmarks, I used PCMark 8, which offers three tests: Home, Creative, and Work. Home reviews common tasks such as video chat, web surfing, casual games, and more.
This value of more than 12% of other PCs accurately reflects how well this thing works. Next up is Creative, which is testing more GPU-intensive tasks like video editing, mainstream games, and more.
As you can see, it does not work well and that's no surprise. Finally, the work test examines productivity-related tasks such as writing and spreadsheets.
The work results are not bad. As I said, the Flex 6 11 is fine for basic tasks.
If you're looking for a cheap convertible that's stylish and functional, the Lenovo Flex 6 11 is the way to go. In fact, at Lenovo.comIt is available for $ 249.99. Seriously, you can not beat that. You can start your Christmas shopping early with this price.
But I have a better idea. Lenovo also sells a model for $ 386.99, which is only $ 57 more than the one I've reviewed. It has an Intel Pentium Silver processor and 4 GB of RAM, so you get a huge performance boost. The storage capacity is 128 GB. So you get more even though it's the same eMMC flash memory.
I think that the model that Lenovo sent me is fine for some very specific use cases. For example, if you choose between a tablet and a laptop and you have no specific purpose, this is probably perfect for you. Even for the student who will only use the browser and office apps, this definitely works.
Still, I have to recommend buying this higher model for an additional $ 57. The extra processing power and memory open up a lot of possibilities and you will only have a better overall experience.
Gallery: Lenovo Flex 6 11
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