Lenovo Flex 2 15 Pro version (Lenovo Edge 15) - Full HD touchscreen laptop, i5-5200u processor, 8gb Ram, Nvidia 840m graphics + 2 in 1 mode - £499.99 delivered from PC World
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Lenovo Flex 2 15 Pro version (Lenovo Edge 15) - Full HD touchscreen laptop, i5-5200u processor, 8gb Ram, Nvidia 840m graphics + 2 in 1 mode - £499.99 delivered from PC World

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Found 16th Jun 2015
UPDATE: to clear up any confusion please note that the Flex range is Lenovo's budget range which most of the comments on this thread inadvertently relate to. However this machine is a "Pro" machine which is known as the Lenovo Edge 15 in the States. The spec and build quality (aluminium chassis) is better (it's a mid range machine) and it also gets much better reviews than standard Flex machines.

I've been after a Flex 2 15 for a while, but reviews have been a bit mixed, so I set myself a budget of £400 for an i5-4210u/Nvidia 820m version (yes, very optimistic). Anyway, that hasn't materialised, but I've just found the Pro version (aluminium case, i5-5200u 2.2ghz (turbos to 2.7ghz), Nvidia 840m) for £499.99 delivered from PC World. I think that's a stonking price for the Pro version considering it's currently being sold by Lenovo direct for £699. Anyway, I bought mine from PC World's ebay outlet store because I had a 10% off Paypal code (so I paid £450), but £499 for this is brilliant.

PLEASE READ: You will find a lot of opinions on this thread about this laptop. However, it is worth noting that not a single one (as at 11:30am) is about this actual model which is an upgraded version so you might want to take that into consideration.

This machine is known as the Lenovo Edge 15 in the States and these are the reviews that are most relevant if you're trying to gauge the specs/quality of this particular machine.

Type 2 in 1
Operating system Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
SPECIFICATION
Processor - Intel® Core™ i5-5200U Processor
- Dual-core
- 2.2 GHz/ 3.7 GHz with TurboBoost
- 3 MB cache
Memory (RAM) 8 GB DDR3L (16 GB maximum installable RAM)
Graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GT 840M (2 GB DDR3)
Storage - 1 TB SSHD, 5400 rpm
SCREEN
Screen size 15.6"
Screen type IPS
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Touchscreen 10-point touchscreen
CONNECTIVTY
Wireless 802.11 b/g/n
Ethernet Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
USB - USB 3.0 x 1
- USB 2.0 x 2
Video interface HDMI x 1
Audio interface 3.5 mm jack
MEDIA
Optical disc drive No
Memory card reader 2-in-1 memory card reader
SOUND
Sound Dolby Home Theater
Speakers Integrated stereo speakers
FEATURES
Camera Integrated 1.0 MP webcam
Microphone Yes
Mouse / trackpad Multitouch trackpad
Keyboard Backlit AccuType keyboard with numeric keypad
Security features Kensington security lock slot
Other features Voice control
POWER
Battery type 4-cell 45WH Lithium-ion polymer
Battery life Up to 8 hours
GENERAL
Colour Black
Box contents - Lenovo Flex 2 Pro 15.6" 2 in 1
- AC power adapter
- User manual
Dimensions 19.9 x 282 x 276 mm (H x W x D)
Weight 2.3 kg
Manufacturer’s guarantee 1 year
Software included - McAfee
- Lenovo Companion
- Lenovo Support
- Lenovo Veriface Pro
- Lenovo One-Key Recovery
- Amazon Kindle Metro
- Zinio Metro
- Evernote Metro
- Lenovo Camera Man
- Lenovo Photo Master
- Lenovo Phone Manager
- Lenovo SHAREit
- Lenovo Recommends

319 Comments

O2 priority app has £30 if you buy it instore

Nice, few pence difference on Amazon too.

Looking for a device to stream Xbox games too, thanks for posting. I was waiting to see if any info on the new Surface Tablet would come to light, but nothing yet and I think maybe a fully fledged laptop may be better

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benjammin316

Nice, few pence difference on Amazon too.Looking for a device to stream … Nice, few pence difference on Amazon too.Looking for a device to stream Xbox games too, thanks for posting. I was waiting to see if any info on the new Surface Tablet would come to light, but nothing yet and I think maybe a fully fledged laptop may be better


Pretty sure that the Amazon version is the standard version (non aluminium, 4210u processor and 820m graphics). This is a much better deal.

heathergreen1

Pretty sure that the Amazon version is the standard version (non … Pretty sure that the Amazon version is the standard version (non aluminium, 4210u processor and 820m graphics). This is a much better deal.




Oh yes, apologies. I just punched it into google and was reading reviews. Looks like a nice bit of kit

How good Is this for gaming?

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sharpedges12

How good Is this for gaming?


Fairly decent. Most games will run well on medium settings. A handful on high.

Original Poster

sharpedges12

How good Is this for gaming?


Actually, probably even better than that:

notebookcheck.net/NVI…tml
Edited by: "heathergreen1" 16th Jun 2015

Just ordered for delivery tomorrow X)

Original Poster

benjammin316

Just ordered for delivery tomorrow X)


Nice one. Let me know what you think when you get it and I'll do the same when I get mine.
Edited by: "heathergreen1" 16th Jun 2015

gaming wise would this give much of an advantage? I would love to play bf4 on the go as close to ps4 standard as possible, read a few forums, mixed opinions

longback2

gaming wise would this give much of an advantage? I would love to play … gaming wise would this give much of an advantage? I would love to play bf4 on the go as close to ps4 standard as possible, read a few forums, mixed opinions




Like OP said to me, make sure you read reviews of the right one, as the ones I was looking at had a different graphics card in etc

yes, the amazon one has an i7 and 4gb in the GPU, wondered if it would make a big difference

Any reviews available for this laptop? I've seen a couple decent ones on Amazon albeit for the 4th gen Intel model

Thanks for posting. I've been looking at an Asus TP550LA as I was looking at keeping the use of having optical drive but now wondering if I'm best just getting one without and buying a portable optical drive instead. any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Does anyone own this and could tell me what the build quality / upgrade ability is like as the pictures show no access to drives / memory at bottom of laptop. Guessing is a ibm / lenovo under the keyboard job :D.

It doesn't have that dodgy spyware on does it? I know they promised to mend their wicked ways but this might be older stock.

Firstly: I've been looking at laptops for weeks, and this one eats almost everything alive on specs alone.

However, there's some mentions of the hinge/keyboard being problematic, and the general build quality being subpar. Keep your packaging together when you purchase to make taking it back easier if you get a bad 'un. And baby it if you want to get a few years out of it.

I'm sorely tempted to get one, but worried about the dedicated graphics causing components to fail from overheating five minutes after the warranty expires, assuming Lenovo went cheap on the thermal management as well as everything else.

I have a Flex 2 14 with i5 processor and Intel HD graphics. I cannot comment about its gaming performance but I can comment about the build quality & upgradability. It seems well made, the keyboard is bouncy in the centre but I have no problems using it. The screen quality is good, there is a bit of backlight bleed around the edges (noticeable with the black Lenovo boot screen. Ugrading is a problem as it will invalidate your warranty if you want to upgrade memory or the HDD. The Lenovo support website has a hardware maintenance manual which you can download which explains how to take it apart. Mine was assembled in Jan 2015 but it still had traces of the spyware despite what Lenovo claim. I created a bootable USB install of Windows 8.1 from Microsoft website & reformatted the HDD to remove all the Lenovo bloat & then installed a clean Win 8.1 image with drivers downloaded from Lenovo website.

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drachers

Firstly: I've been looking at laptops for weeks, and this one eats almost … Firstly: I've been looking at laptops for weeks, and this one eats almost everything alive on specs alone.However, there's some mentions of the hinge/keyboard being problematic, and the general build quality being subpar. Keep your packaging together when you purchase to make taking it back easier if you get a bad 'un. And baby it if you want to get a few years out of it.I'm sorely tempted to get one, but worried about the dedicated graphics causing components to fail from overheating five minutes after the warranty expires, assuming Lenovo went cheap on the thermal management as well as everything else.


Remember that this is the Pro model which will be better build quality just because it's aluminium. I've seen a fair few reviews testifying to that assumption.
Edited by: "heathergreen1" 16th Jun 2015

heathergreen1

Fairly decent. Most games will run well on medium settings. A handful … Fairly decent. Most games will run well on medium settings. A handful on high.



Not current games. You're looking at low settings with this, or even dropping down to x768 in some demanding games. 840m is not a gaming GPU.

Poor spongey keyboard and trackpad according to the reviews but otherwise a nice machine at a reasonable price.
Edited by: "Picard123" 16th Jun 2015

Picard123

Not current games. You're looking at low settings with this, or even … Not current games. You're looking at low settings with this, or even dropping down to x768 in some demanding games.



Like most console games

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Picard123

Not current games. You're looking at low settings with this, or even … Not current games. You're looking at low settings with this, or even dropping down to x768 in some demanding games. 840m is not a gaming GPU.Poor spongey keyboard and trackpad according to the reviews but otherwise a nice machine at a reasonable price.


Medium settings are perfect attainable across a range of games. Agreed that it definitely isn't made for Crysis or BF4, but then you wouldn't expect to pay £499 for something that will play those games smoothly at high settings.

does anyone know when the broadwell chips will start to be in laptops?

considering this and might have a play in PCW before i purchase

heathergreen1

Medium settings are perfect attainable across a range of games. Agreed … Medium settings are perfect attainable across a range of games. Agreed that it definitely isn't made for Crysis or BF4, but then you wouldn't expect to pay £499 for something that will play those games smoothly at high settings.



Sure - for older games and less demanding ones released a few years ago.

You're not running Witcher 3 for example on this at medium in 1080p or even many games released this year and last year. Scroll down to "Game Benchmarks" in the link below - none of those are going to run fluidly at medium in 1080p. A 64bit memory bus, weaker shader performance and DDR3 are real performance killers for anything graphically demanding.

notebookcheck.net/NVI…tml



Edited by: "Picard123" 16th Jun 2015

jackvdbuk

does anyone know when the broadwell chips will start to be in … does anyone know when the broadwell chips will start to be in laptops?considering this and might have a play in PCW before i purchase



This is a Broadwell chip.

This is a fantastic price for the spec. Best deal on a laptop I've seen in a long time.

How will this fair for video editing? Thanks

Original Poster

Picard123

Sure - for older games and less demanding ones released a couple of years … Sure - for older games and less demanding ones released a couple of years ago. You're not running Witcher 3 for example on this at medium in 1080p.


I disagree with you and maintain that most games are fine at medium settings. You have your opinion and I have mine.

notebookcheck.net/NVI…tml

Warning guys, don't buy this laptop, the keyboard is horrific. you will be typing and find letters don't register while you type. It basically makes the thing unusable. I posted a deal on it before cus i got one for my missus, but have to say, in retrospect it was not worth buying because of the keyboard issue.

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hugekebab

Warning guys, don't buy this laptop, the keyboard is horrific. you will … Warning guys, don't buy this laptop, the keyboard is horrific. you will be typing and find letters don't register while you type. It basically makes the thing unusable. I posted a deal on it before cus i got one for my missus, but have to say, in retrospect it was not worth buying because of the keyboard issue.


Are you talking about the standard model or the Pro model?

hugekebab

Warning guys, don't buy this laptop, the keyboard is horrific. you will … Warning guys, don't buy this laptop, the keyboard is horrific. you will be typing and find letters don't register while you type. It basically makes the thing unusable. I posted a deal on it before cus i got one for my missus, but have to say, in retrospect it was not worth buying because of the keyboard issue.



I cant see your previous deal posted in your deals list

Lenovo naming conventions confuse me!

Anyone know if this is the one with a digitiser pen? Or which one that is called nowadays?

Why is everybody using the U CPUs into full sized laptops? They are typically underpowered for real work - not at all like the i5 CPUs for laptops.

Bought one of these late last year, paid £400 in total including cashback and quidco but really wish I hadn't. Good spec but build quality is really bad, had a 5 year old acer before and the build quality was vastly superior to this.

Lid wobbles, bits fall off, a screw fell off the other day, put it back and then found I had to tighten 6 other screws that were loose?

Just hoping it lasts a few years but would never buy one again - avoid even if you pay more for something else!!!

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eda123

Bought one of these late last year, paid £400 in total including cashback … Bought one of these late last year, paid £400 in total including cashback and quidco but really wish I hadn't. Good spec but build quality is really bad, had a 5 year old acer before and the build quality was vastly superior to this.Lid wobbles, bits fall off, a screw fell off the other day, put it back and then found I had to tighten 6 other screws that were loose?Just hoping it lasts a few years but would never buy one again - avoid even if you pay more for something else!!!


Are you talking about the Pro model or the standard one? Sigh...
Edited by: "heathergreen1" 16th Jun 2015

Forgot to mention keyboard, its awful - flexes and doesn't register all key strokes!

standard I think - pretty similiar specs but quality is just so bad and it'll bee built the same won't it?

heathergreen1

I disagree with you and maintain that most games are fine at medium … I disagree with you and maintain that most games are fine at medium settings. You have your opinion and I have mine.http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-840M.105681.0.html


I have the same GPU in a DELL and he's right about the settings at 1080p. My DELL has a 720p screen and can play modern games at medium to high settings and gets mostly stable frame rates above 30fps, but if i try to play on a 1080p monitor/TV it takes a big hit. If you scroll down to the game benchmarks on the link you provided you can see that 1080p cripples the fps on most games. 840m does provide decent performance for casual gaming and this is a well balanced laptop that isn't really designed for it. Playing at 720p on a 15" monitor is fine anyway so best to turn the res down and details up.

Bought one of these late last year, paid £400 in total including cashback and quidco but really wish I hadn't. Good spec but build quality is really bad, had a 5 year old acer before and the build quality was vastly superior to this.

Lid wobbles, bits fall off, a screw fell off the other day, put it back and then found I had to tighten 6 other screws that were loose?

Just hoping it lasts a few years but would never buy one again - avoid even if you pay more for something else!!!
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