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Lenovo Flex 5 13-in Touchscreen Chromebook (82B80012CF)

Lenovo Flex 5 13-in Touchscreen Chromebook (82B80012CF)

This versatile Chromebook can serve both as a netbook or tablet, and it could be a great fit if you're looking to remain connected, and maybe even productive, away from your primary computer.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this Laptop which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

Slow storage. Once started, this Laptop should perform ok, however, expect it to take some time to start up, launch programs and open large documents. If this gets really annoying, it is possible to replace the hard drive with a faster alternative if you're comfortable with opening up your laptop.$60+

No Optical Drive. If you still use CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray disks on a regular basis, you will need an external drive to read them with this Laptop.$30+

No Number Pad. If you primarily work with numbers, the lack of a number pad on this laptop could be inconvenient. You have the option of using an external number pad to remedy that, especially if you only need it on occasion.$20+

Set Expiration Date. This Laptop will cease to receive updates from Google after June 1st, 2028, making it more vulnerable to new threats past this date. If you're adventurous, some users have been able to turn their Chromebooks into Linux machines before, but it does require a bit of extra know-how, and most people will likely want to look for a replacement past this point.
Every tech company declares its products obsolete and stop supporting them eventually; Google mostly differs by setting this date long in advance instead of notifying us after the fact. Still, this information should play a role in your decision, especially if you're considering buying an older model.

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $20 on accessories, for a total cost of $320.

Who it's For

  • Multitasker
  • Casual Worker

Compared to other Laptops

Bang for the Buck64th percentile
Versatility86th percentile
Power (General Purpose)20th percentile
Power (Graphical)62th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)34th percentile
Storage Space36th percentile
Portability90th percentile
Battery Autonomy16th percentile
Ease of Maintenance56th percentile
Longevity94th percentile

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck48th percentile
Versatility90th percentile
Power (General Purpose)11th percentile
Power (Graphical)52th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)25th percentile
Storage Space24th percentile
Portability89th percentile
Battery Autonomy17th percentile
Ease of Maintenance57th percentile
Longevity90th percentile

Specs

Screen

13.3", 1920×1080 (FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), 165.63 PPI, IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.), Multiple Monitor Support, Touch Screen

Operating System

Android, Chrome OS

CPU

Intel Celeron 5205U, 2 cores clocked from 1.9 to 0 GHz

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics

Memory

4 GB

Storage

64 GB total, Media Card Reader, eMMC Storage (slow)

Forseeable Obsolescence

in 6 years

Battery

51Wh

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions (cm): w31 × d21.4 × h1.7

Dimensions (in): w12.2 × d54.36 × h4.32

Weight (kg): 1.352

Weight (lbs.): 2.98

Features

  • Backlit
  • External Power Brick
  • Built-in Media Card Reader
  • Fixed storage: eMMC Storage (slow)
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.)
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • Touch Screen
  • USB Type-C
  • USB 3.1
  • USB Type-A
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • Built-In Keyboard
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi 6 ax

Maintenance and Upgrades

Commonly Replaced Components

Battery: A technician can help you with that

Local Storage: A technician can help you with that

Memory: Can't be repaired or updated

GPU: Can't be repaired or updated

Additional Ressources

Software Compatibility

Here's how you can expect this laptop to fare with popular software based on developpers specified system requirements. For reference, a 1-star rating means minimal requirements are met and a 3-stars rating means recommended specs are met. Ratings beyond the 3-stars point could be advisable for uncommon scenarios like modding, working with very large and complex documents, etc.

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LG 8x External DVD Writer (GP65NB60)

Pricing

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Other Speedex Wireless Numpad (SPEEDEX 650)

Pricing

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LG 22-inch Full HD IPS LED Monitor (22MK430H-B)

LG 22-inch Full HD IPS LED Monitor (22MK430H-B)

Pricing

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Logitech G560 LIGHTSYNC gaming speakers (980-001300)

Logitech G560 LIGHTSYNC gaming speakers (980-001300)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$249.

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CPU

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GPU

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Memory

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Storage

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Bang for the Buck26th percentile
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Screen

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CPU

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GPU

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Memory

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Who it's For

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Portability80th percentile
Battery Autonomy50th percentile

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CPU

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GPU

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Memory

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Storage

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Versatility67th percentile
Power1th percentile
Storage Space9th percentile
Portability80th percentile
Battery Autonomy43th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Android, Chrome OS

Screen

15", 1366×768(1366 × 768, 1MP), Multiple Monitor Support

CPU

Intel Celeron N3350

GPU

Intel HD Graphics 500

Memory

4 GB

Storage

32 GB total, Media Card Reader, eMMC Storage (slow)

Pricing

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Who it's For

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Compared Overall

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Power11th percentile
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CPU

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CPU

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GPU

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Memory

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