- CPU: Intel Core i3- 4010U @ 1.7GHz
- OS: Windows 8
- Display: 19.5-inch 1,600 x 900 WLED
- Graphics: Intel Graphics HD4200
- Connectivity: 2x USB 3.0, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- Decent work machine
- Tablet mode is great for multiple users
- Touch display could be more sensitive
- The Flex still needs to be connected to the power cable even in tablet mode
One Flexi AIO
Lenovo has been churning AIOs left, right and centre for the past several months. It appears that it’s not going to stop any time soon as the company has just sent us yet another AIO to review. However, this isn’t like any AIO as it also doubles as a giant tablet. Here’s our review of the Lenovo Flex 20 AIO.
Much like many of Lenovo’s products that we’ve reviewed recently, the Flex 20 is clad in a silver aluminium chassis, and when laid flat down, looks exactly like a very large tablet. It has a 19.5-inch touch-sensitive IPS display with a resolution of 1,600 x 900 pixels. It is powered by a 4th generation Intel Core i3 processor together with 4GB of DDR3 RAM. As far as I/O ports go, the Flex 20 comes with two USB 3.0 ports and a 3.5mm combo port for headphones and microphones.
As mentioned before, the Flex 20 is a 2-in-1 device, which allows it to be used both as an AIO and as a tablet when laid flat on a surface. It uses a simple flip-down stand, which is sturdy enough to prop up the device, yet flexible enough to tuck back when you need to use it as a flat device.
Performance-wise, the Flex 20 does as well as expected, as it can play 720p and 1080p videos with no lag, and functions perfectly well as an office machine too, thanks to its wireless keyboard and mouse combo. This helps a lot if you want less cable clutter on your computer table, in case there isn’t much space for anything else.
Despite being a two-in-one device however, the Flex 20 is meant to be used as an around-the-home device. Its built-in battery lasted no longer than an hour plus, and that’s only when it’s idle most of the time. Another nitpick that we do have is the fact that the Flex 20’s touchscreen display could be a tad bit more responsive as there are occasions where the touch input is not recognised by the display.
CHIP CONCLUDE: The Lenovo Flex 20 is a special kind of AIO, whose concept still needs to be proven by real-world usage scenarios. Its performance is good enough to warrant use as a home PC and even on office desks, especially in places where spaces are limited.
(previously published in issue March 2014)