Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14" 2-in-1 Laptop AMD Ryzen 5 4500U 8GB RAM 512GB SSD) $1049 (Previously $1239) @ Lenovo AU Store


Credit to @ricardogame. Unit comes with Lenovo Active Pen included.

AMD Ryzen 5 4500U (6C / 6T, 2.3 / 4.0GHz, 3MB L2 / 8MB L3)
Operating System
Windows 10 Home 64
Display Type
14" FHD (1920x1080) WVA 250nits Glossy, 10-point Multi-touch
8GB Soldered DDR4-3200
Hard Drive
512GB SSD M.2 2242 PCIe NVMe
1 Year Depot
AC Adapter
Integrated AMD Radeon Graphics
Integrated 52.5Wh
Lenovo Digital Pen
Fingerprint Reader
Touch Style
Backlit, English
11ac, 2x2 + BT5.0

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  • Also available on the Student Beans Lenovo site for $949.05 :)

    Happy to share the code to get into the site via PM if anyone wants it.

    • Darn! I just bought mine :(

      • Could maybe cancel that order in the morning over the phone and order the student beans one?

        • Thanks for the offer but I will just cry over the lost $100 :D Tried to use my son's email to create an account with Student Beans but student needs to be above 16 years old.

        • I did that, but to get a flash cashback from CR 😅

          Only trick is that Lenovo takes a couple of weeks to process the refund.

          • @wisdomtooth: I managed to cancel my order and placed a new one. Thank you @Doweyy

            • @trex: Thanks for upholding our reputation 😅

              Just checked my cc statement, and turned out the money from the first transaction never left my account (perhaps bc I canceled before they got around to shipping it).

            • @trex: Darn, just as an update and caution to others, despite cancelling my first order, it was shipped out 1.5 hrs after my cancellation. Spoke with Lenovo and they say refund request has been submitted and all I have to do is to contact DHL to arrange to return the first order. Fingers crossed that I don't end up with 2 laptops!

    • Hi do you mind sending the code? Thanks

    • I wouldn't mind the code thanks mate

    • Hi Doweyy ,

      Could you please pm me the code that would be great, many thanks.


    • Hi Doweyy ,

      I'm new to the site and I'd love to take up this deal , as I need a laptop for my daughter for next year at school. It says i have to wait a day to message you , but I have made sure my pms are open , if you could send me the code that would be great.


  • Only if it had 16gb ram.

    • +2 votes

      Yeah, I know. RAM is soldered in so cannot be DIY upgraded like Dell's. But still, 8GB is plenty for school use.

  • Which one is better, Ideapad 5 Flex (this post) for $949 (Student) or wait for IdeaPad Slim 5 (4500U 8GB 512GB) that was for $868?

  • 8GB Soldered DDR4-3200

    What the hell, why ! :(

    • I never understand this either. Who benefits from this strategy?

      • +2 votes

        Apparently there's this thing called money and there's this company called Lenovo and it turns out that Lenovo really likes money. Rumour has it they'd solder everything if they could get away with it.

      • Random guess but soldered is easier & cheaper to manufacture (pick and place) and takes up less space, also they can differentiate their product lines and overcharge you for 16GB. Double win for Lenovo?

        • This.

          It's much easier to locate and solder a couple of RAM chips and reduces issues associated with DIMM problems, such as the size of the socket, people who screw up the socket by DIY install of RAM, DIMM's dislocating during transit, etc.

  • Anyone can give their comments on how bright the screen is and whether it's generally acceptable?

    • You may get either a BOE panel that measures about 280nits avg or a Chi Mei panel that measures about 215nits avg, from what's been seen so far. I just received one from Amazon US with the same Chi Mei panel I saw tested at 215 in a review and it's "acceptable" IMO, generally does require full brightness. It's not unusable in sunlight (ie. when you don't have the direct glare of the sun behind you on the glossy display), it will appear dark though readability remains relatively okay. Curiously it's more usable in that sort of angled sunlight than the matte 250nits panel in my old laptop and better than I expected for readability outdoors even though I got the worse panel. In general as long as you don't have intense glare it should be fine and the colours and contrast don't appear as bad as the specs would imply. It's hard to say without knowing your use case but if it's primarily indoor then it should be fine, and if you are luckier and get a BOE panel then it should be fairly decent. It would be easier to complain if anything else in the price range had a good panel, but nothing does.

      • Thanks mate for the detail, your real life usage description was great!

        I'm considering the Lenovo student store for $949, still tossing up based on whether I would be needing an external monitor set up in the future for more comfort when using it at home

        • I would think that a second monitor would be mostly for productivity gains with the increased working area given 1080p isn't great for multitasking, the display itself is perfectly fine for at home. It's more with intensely lit rooms that cause heavy glare or more than occasional outdoor work in sunlight that you could find yourself wanting more brightness.
          Can you upgrade to 16GB RAM on the student store for a reasonable amount or is the good pricing only for that specific prebuilt? That's the only hesitation I'd have since it's soldered only - when it's in stock at Amazon US you get the 16GB config for less but at the same time you lose the Lenovo AU warranty and more or less your only option is to send the device back to Amazon for a refund if you have hardware issues.

          • @ethan961: Upgrade to 16GB is not available for this $949/$1049 deal. Coupon won't work if you choose the Customise option which makes the 16GB model to be over $1500. I think they are clearing the 8GB model specifically.

            14" screen is pretty small to be using at home, a larger external monitor is definitely recommended.

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