Computers & Laptops

Flips over, without the splash!

Mahananda Bohidar | Updated on May 28, 2014

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Lenovo’s latest Flex 10 bends over backwards, but will it please you?



Lenovo has been keeping its product lineup alive with a fair share of launches over the last two years. These include tablets, Ultrabooks and smartphones, but what we did not see coming was the Lenovo Flex 10.Like the name suggests, the Flex 10 is supposed to be flexible. However, its flexibility remains restricted to bending the screen backwards by about 300-degrees to use it in the ‘Stand’ mode. The Flex 10 has a 10.1-inch screen which looks reasonable except the fact that default icons on the desktop and on the Windows 8 interface seem way smaller than what we are used to.

The form factor of the Flex 10 also straddles the dubious middle ground between a netbook and a hybrid tablet. The only problem being the fact that you can’t really detach it and use it like the latter. One good side to the form factor is that it weighs just a little over one kilogram and is very easy to carry around. Given the restrictive combination of the size and form factor, the “smallness” reflects on the hardware interface as well. The touchpad, for example, is ideal only for one-handed usage. The chiclet-type AccuType keyboard is decent to type on. The system runs on Windows 8 and supports all the usual gesture-based commands on screen and on the touchpad. The Flex 10 runs on a basic Intel Celeron CPU clocking in at 1.46GHz. The processor is designed to consume little power but doesn’t do much for graphics performance. Lenovo has obviously tried to offer some flexibility with this device but considering how restricted it is in terms of space and form factor, coupled with the fact that it doesn’t really boast of powerful tech specs, makes it a difficult product to lust after.

₹26,000

Love – Touch-based netbook on a budget

Hate – Overall interface seems really congested, mediocre specs

Published on May 28, 2014

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