Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3 11IGL05 laptop review: Quiet, efficient, and slow convertible

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A fanless convertible could also be a high-end laptop, but the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3 11IGL05 can be found at the other end of the spectrum. This Lenovo laptop is optimized for the lowest possible price, which reflects in its inner values.

The Gemini Lake processor based on Atom, the 64 GB eMMC memory as well as the 4 GB RAM – each performance relevant component itself already delivers results that border on “too slow”. Taken together, they definitely are, so the equally slow graphics chip is hardly of any consequence. It might have helped if you could at least swap in an SSD and upgrade the RAM. But unfortunately both the RAM and the eMMC memory are soldered and for an SSD upgrade there is no slot.

Our impression of the display is predominantly positive. Although the HD resolution is restrictive and the color-space coverage inadequate, neither should matter too much considering the intended use of this Lenovo laptop. More importantly the IPS panel delivers a stable image from every viewing angle. Also positive: The Lenovo Flex 3 11IGL05 runs completely silent and doesn’t even get warm. Additionally it runs very efficiently, which results in a good battery life. The speakers also surprise positively. On the negative side, there is no USB-C port.

Too slow: The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3 11IGL05 does not convince us due to its slow components.

Can we recommend the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3 11IGL05 in this configuration? No. Even if it is cheap, the performance is simply too poor. However, the slightly more expensive model with SSD could be worth considering if you are looking for a cheap laptop for school or university.

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