Lenovo Flex 3 14 80R3000UUS

Lenovo has already begun rolling out new versions of their most popular laptops which come equipped with the latest Skylake processing chips from Intel. The Flex 3 is receiving such an update, but I’m cautiously enthusiastic about it.

Review

The new Lenovo Flex 3 14 80R3000UUS is a one step update from its predecessor, one that we’ve reviewed in a previous article. Although the improvements are not that exciting, I still feel like the Flex 3 is a noteworthy laptop.

Lenovo Flex 3 14 80R3000UUS 1This is a 2-in-1 convertible notebook, meaning it can be used either as a laptop or as a tablet, with 2 extra modes in between: presentation and tent. It’s not the most elegant laptop out there, but it does the job surprisingly well considering the price it’s sold at: around $850 at the time of this review. For that kind of money, Lenovo delivers an impressive list of hardware components.

First, there is the processor. This model is one of the early adopters of the 6th generation Intel Core i7-6500U CPU, a brand new dual core processor with a cache size of 4 megabytes.

It also comes with a system memory of 8 gigabytes, adequate for all everyday needs, whether you’re browsing Facebook, playing video games, compiling data or editing large files.

The storage drive is the convertible’s Achilles’s heel. Although it has enough space to hold entire collections, it lacks the transfer speeds and reduced latency to keep up with the processor and the memory. I strongly suggest investing in a solid state drive for the Lenovo Flex 3 14 in order to fully benefit from its great hardware resources.

The 14 inch screen features a brilliant, full HD display with good viewing angles and a very responsive touch screen. Being a convertible laptop, the Flex had to have not only a decent display, but also good responsiveness and more importantly great hinge design. You don’t want your hinges to weaken after a few month of usage. Lenovo managed to check all three requirements and produces what I think is a fairly priced notebook.

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It has an integrated video card and a new generation 802.11ac wireless card. Four USB ports should be enough for most users who will need such a convertible. This is also a hint from Lenovo that the Flex 3 14 80R3000UUS was designed to be used primarily as a notebook.

A full charge will last about 6 hours of moderate use. Weighing in 4 pounds, it’s not the lightest laptop, but it can be carried around, mainly to work or business meetings. The modest battery life doesn’t recommend the Flex 3 to be used by college students in need for a device to use in the classroom, but rather by home business owners and by people who want a do-it-all device around their house.

Technical Specifications


Product Lenovo Flex 3 14 (80R3000UUS)
PROCESSOR
CPU Name Intel Core i7-6500U
CPU Type Dual Core
CPU Speed 2.5 GHz up to 3.1 GHz
CPU Cache 4 MB
SYSTEM MEMORY
Installed Memory 8 GB
Maximum Memory 16 GB
Memory Type DDR3L SDRAM
Total Memory Slots 2 slots
STORAGE
Storage Capacity 1 TB
Storage Type Hard Disk Drive
Storage Technology SATA III @ 5400rpm
DISPLAY
Screen Size 14″
Screen Type Touchscreen LCD
Screen Technology Backlit LED
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Touchscreen Yes
GRAPHICS
Graphics Processing Unit Intel HD Graphics 520
Graphic Card Type Integrated
Graphics Memory Shared
AUDIO & VIDEO
Audio Technology Dolby Home Theater
Speakers 2 Stereo speakers
Webcam Yes, 0.3 MP
NETWORK AND COMMUNICATION
Wireless LAN 802.11ac WLAN
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
Ethernet Yes
INTERFACE
USB Ports 2 x USB 3.0
2 x USB 2.0
HDMI Yes
VGA No
Headphone/Mic Audio Combo Jack
Multi Card Slot 4-in-1 card reader
LAN (RJ45) Yes
INPUT DEVICES
Pointing Device Track Pad
Keyboard Standard notebook
Backlit Keyboard No
BATTERY
Battery Type 3-Cell Lithium-Polymer
Battery Capacity 45 Whr
Maximum Battery Life Up to 6 hours
Other Features Backlit Keyboard
Operating System Windows 10
Dimensions (W x D x H) 13.39″ x 9.06″ x 0.85″
Weight 4 lbs

Scores, Pros and Cons

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  • Pros
  • Good processor
  • Adequate system memory
  • Great display quality
  • Many interface options
  • Fairly priced
  • Cons
  • No SSD
  • Unimpressive design

Final Thoughts

Although this update is more of a refresh, the Lenovo Flex 3 14″ laptop remains a more affordable alternative to the premium oriented Yoga 3. The 80R3000UUS model I’ve reviewed here is a good all-rounder, capable of successfully replacing a desktop at home or an aging laptop at work, with the added benefit of also having a tablet without actually buying a dedicated one.

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