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Lenovo Flex 5 14" 2-in-1, Ryzen 5 5500U, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD $927 + Delivery ($0 with Prime) @ Amazon US via AU

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The popular flex 5 is back with AMDs new 5500U processor. Note dispatches in 1-2 months

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  • +23 votes

    Really good specs but screen is 250nits 45% if it matters to anyone. Specs

    • +1 vote

      That brightness really needs a bump up. It makes no sense at all in this day and age.

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        The minimum nits you would accept? 300?

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          Depends on the price really.
          For ~$1000 i'd expect somehting at least over 300nits
          If it was like, $500 I could accept a screen like this.

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          For 14" 300. Any thing lower and you start on have trouble in lit areas / out doors.

    • +7 votes

      I have the previous deal. I highly encourage you guys to consider this. To be honest, after owning the previous model for nearly a year I'm looking forward to getting something else. The screen is dog shit.

  • +20 votes

    5500U is essential a 4600U. 6c/12t Zen 2. Not Zen 3 like the name might suggest. Still a good processor and you won't find better for the price, wipes the floor with Intel's U series parts

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      how are the thermals on this? Will it throttle?

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        Reviews seen to suggest thermals are really good.

  • -2 votes

    I think I bought a 8GB ram /128GB storage 4500U for 660 a week or 2 ago off amazon. The CPU refresh is nice but not sure worth the extra 150ish.

    Both ram and SDD are easily upgradable.

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      Do u have link for that? I'm also looking for a 4500U laptop that's below $800.

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        Good luck when AMD has supply issues. The stock will be selling at a markup for quite some time.

    • +7 votes

      I do not think the RAM is easily upgradeable as it is soldered on, you should check this.. Pretty sure that was the reason I went with the 16GB version.

      • +1 vote

        So apart from everything he said being wrong, no that's it 🤔

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    Dumb question

    Is the 5500u better then the 4500u
    How much better/worse?

    • +50 votes

      Yep, 1000u better

      • -15 votes

        Yes, 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u +10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u +10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u +10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u +10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u +10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u +10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u +10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u +10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u + 10u better!

        • +4 votes

          You could've easily simplified that to 10u^3

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        Is this some educated joke that I'm too poor to understand?

        • +1 vote

          Maths is not compulsory in high school here. :)

    • +21 votes

      GPU up to 20% better, CPU up to 30% better.

      • +11 votes

        Thanks I appreciate your non sarcastic response

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          Dumb Questions get Dumb Answers.

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          The sarcasm was quite good though 🙂

    • +14 votes

      The 5500u is 6 core and 12 threads. The 4500u is 6 cores and 6 threads. Lucienne(5500u/5700u) are more refined Zen 2 cores vs the 4500u(Renoir) with SMT. If you want Zen 3 mobile(Cezanne) just look for the even numbered AMD 5000 series mobile CPUs.

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        Thanks

      • +7 votes

        5500 is an even number

        Sorry couldn't help it

        • -1 vote

          Math, how does it work?

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          Sorry was typing on my phone and meant the 2nd digit will be an even number.
          5300U/5500U/5700U Zen 2+ mobile
          5600U/5800U Zen 3 mobile

  • +1 vote

    Thank you op.
    I’ve been looking for a new business laptop, but this price and spec? I would take it!!!

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      These laptops are for the consumer market. Business machines with onsite warranty cost considerably more.

      • +1 vote

        I meant the spec and price made me to gave up the business quality.

        • -1 vote

          I see. These laptop raw spec wise are compared to an i5 11gen you will have to take into account the non AU warranty and decide if it's worth the risk if you're using it soley for business work.

        • +1 vote

          Please be aware that there would be no warranty. I've paid extra for local Lenovo warranty and registered the laptop with my Australian address, but I couldn't get Lenovo to replace my web cam once even after 3 months and probably 12 calls. I gave up and worked it out with Amazon.

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            @sidindra: thanks mate I was wondering about this. Appreciate sharing your experience.

  • +3 votes

    Seems like only Amazon has laptop deals lately

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    Does anyone know if you can charge with USB-C? On the Lenovo website it lists both the round tip and USB-C as charging methods. I’ve never seen two types of charging methods for a laptop before.

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      @bsm yes can charge with USB-C. I bought similar laptop from Amazon and the charger comes with USB C charging .
      Note USB C cant be used as display out on this laptop ie no display output from usb c only HDMI.

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        but you can use USB-C to HDMI -> monitor right?

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          @Homr, no u cant . There is no display out from USB C from the laptop. The laptop has a HDMI port for monitor.

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            @Dpkmax: so you can't display 2 external monitors? nah that can't be right

            this hub will work surely?

            https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/615110

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              @Homr: Some usb c is just that dumb, my msi laptop has one useless usb c i regret till now buying cheap laptop. No dp means no display out. Full stop. No but no dock no hub

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                @ChiMot: damn that's pretty bad. Luckily my dell vostro supports USB-C to monitor

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                @ChiMot: Depends on which USB C configuration you have. That is your fault for not doing the proper research before buying the laptop.

      • +1 vote

        Sorry, but that is incorrect. USB C on this laptop supports

        Key Features
        Display Port
        Yes
        HDMI™
        Yes

        It just doesn't support thunderbolt as that is an Intel exclusive.

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          Can any of those do [email protected]?

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          I have the 4500u model. This is basically the same laptop with a CPU refresh. The USB C port doesn't work as a display port at least for me.

          I've used the same adaptor I use with my Mac.

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          Where did you get these specs? I can't find them anywhere.

          I asked the Lenovo rep on Amazon HERE about video output via USB-C and they confirmed no.

    • +1 vote

      Yep both, comes with usb-c charger at least the flex 5 4500u did.
      You'll need to get the AU 3 pin clover / mickey mouse cable if you don't already have one (or use a US to AU adapter - not recommended )

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      Can confirm that it can recharge through any PD USB C method, as tested by myself using a battery pack with USB C PD and also a multi USB charger with USB C PD capability (though I have last year's version with the 4500u CPU)

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      see this link

      https://psref.lenovo.com/Product/IdeaPad_Flex_5_14ALC05?View...

      im using gen2 amd and 2 external monitor and 1 laptop monitor. and its suit me. unfortunatly this flex5 is support only 1 external monitor and 1 laptop monitor 😫

  • +2 votes

    I wwant something like this delivered in a week. Any suggestions?

  • +1 vote

    Is this good for some light gaming? CS: GO, older high-end games and the like

    • +9 votes

      How about googling the minimum requirements of CS GO and then the specs on this laptop and see if it's sufficient. Don't be so lazy.

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    anyone had success claiming Amazon US through Amazon AU purchases for salary sacrifice?

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      Warranty is through USA Amazon as per comments on the last few Flex deals.

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    Would this laptop be okay for light video editing in 1080p 60fps?

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    I'm assuming we will need an AU adapter/plug for this as it'll come with a US adapter/plug?

  • +3 votes

    What's the normal price of this? why is this so popular vs other deals no comments stating ahah, sorry!

    • +2 votes

      The Ryzen variant isn't available locally (yet) so its difficult to make an apples to apples comparison.

      For $999, the local Flex 5 14" variant comes with a dual core i3 CPU, 8GB of RAM & 128GB SSD vs the six core 5500U, 16GB of RAM & 256GB SSD found in this $927 deal. There are no six core Intel variants even at the $1999 MSRP price point, the lineup tops out at quad core CPUs.

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    Anyone tried the lenovo education store?

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      Hi I have. Unfortunately this model is not listed.

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    I returned mine to US just the other week (and still waiting for the return postage refund). First, Wifi card was broken and gave me the blue screen of death everytime it loses wifi connection (and it loses a lot). I see on forums people buy and install new wifi cards to fix the issue. Then, some keys on the keyboard stopped working recently and I returned it.

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      Oh no, you bought this exact model?

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        We could say so: https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/541372?_gl=1*1lkvix1*_ga*SXk3TldubGxVWmpnZGdTMjRfVUd2aXpQZnFycFpwdi1iYnBMSnByUVhHUWhzU1c2clZvd3RmU0dfWExMSWxyZg..

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    Does this come with the stylus? Any good for digital art?

  • +5 votes

    For the ones who are looking for a decent and budget laptop for the their kids for school/uni but baffled off by the comments of the quality of the screen/laptop.

    I bought this laptop from the previous deal for $870 from Amazon US (lower specs processor). My impressions so far:

    1. Screen. If you are using the laptop indoors the quality of the screen/brightness has never been an issue. If you are planning to use it outdoors you need another category laptop (business)- it is a different story as the price will be different as well.

    2. The battery life and quietness are fantastic. Many alternatives within this price category are far behind.

    3. Quality overall. Regardless what laptop you buy there is ALWAYS a chance it will be faulty. But… with Amazon it appears to be easy to get a refund or repair.

    In summary, for the bucks/quality this is one of the best options on the market (confirmed by the thousands of reviews on Amazon). If you want an Australian version with similar specs get ready to spend $400- 600 minimum.

    • +5 votes

      So the Australian version is half the price of this?

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        lol

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        You do a search and prove, if otherwise. I did mine before purchasing that laptop. That is the reason for those numbers. Again, if you find something outside of those numbers bring it here- I am sure many people would be interested of your finds.

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          What he is saying is your comment makes it sound like you can get AUS stock for 400 which negates your comment saying you bought a lower specced version for 870. Why buyer lower spec version for more then local, higher spec'd device?

          I think what you are saying is it is 400 more then what you paid to find one local.

  • +2 votes

    Purchased similar deal last year.

    Based on that model, haven't had any major issues with it.

    -Fan can get loud and hot when using photoshop.
    -trackpad can be slightly unresponsive sometimes (when you double click)
    -seems like warranty can be submitted through lenovo au with an extra charge (saw it on another lenovo ozbargain post somewhere)
    -used a targus universal usb c 4k dock and it seems to be able to do the charging and display output through the usb c port, though doesn't work with my hp docks. Review on amazon said one of the Dell docks works as well.
    -sceen is not bad for indoor use but could see it being harder to see outdoors.
    -its not the best build quality so wouldn't be throwing it around in my bag too much
    -its heavier than similar models from other brands by like 200g ? (At the time of research)

    I was only planning on using it for browsing and some photoshop around the house so wasn't after anything too fancy. Probably one of the cheapest for what I needed.

    As the stylus pen/touchscreen goes, it's pretty good. Can see it being good for note taking, but not for drawing.

    Anyway pretty happy with mine

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      @ttl are you getting display output through the usb c port using Targus Universal USB C 4K dock If so can you provide me with the model number of this dock. Thanks

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        Targus USB-C Universal Dual Video 4k Docking Station with 100W Power (DOCK190USZ)

      • +1 vote

        That Targus dock isn't passing the video through from the laptops GPU, it has its own cheap GPU and drivers similar to many cheap USB video cards.

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          Ah that makes sense. Figured that it was something through the dock since my other docks didn't work. Been trying to find analternative to work my other dock, do you have any suggestions?

  • +1 vote

    Bought this exact laptop last year and had to return it.

    Wifi connection is constantly dropping out and it seems to be a known issue with the wifi card. From Amazon reviews, alot of people having the same problem.

  • -1 vote

    OOS

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    I bought this exact laptop two months ago and unfortunately had to return it. Plugged my existing mouse into USB port for the first time and some sort of issue caused all USB ports to stop working (resetting, reinstall Windows, trying to check Bios all with no success). I think the mouse somehow short circuit the USB port cards (first time this happened in my 25+ years of using computers). May be due to using Australian adaptor but it was very unusual and I just gave up and went refund route. Got the refund in full luckily and postage refund too, and now back to looking for work laptop again…

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      curious if you did a fresh reinstall of Windows. My PC USB ports started playing up recently and I thought the same thing after plugging in a new USB device. Then I replaced the USB 3 PCIe card, thinking that it died. Still no joy. Windows showed issues with some device drivers. Windows Troubleshooting protocols did not help.

      So I decided to get an image of my C: drive from some time past and voila, every worked. Thinking back there was a windows update that froze and I had to do a hard reset. I think somehow the drivers became corrupted and windows failed to be able to repair it.

      BTW, I bought one of these units for my daughter for high school use. It's working very well.

      Only negative is it's a bit heavy at 1.65 kg. A 1 kg laptop would be nicer but she needed one that works with a pen.

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        I’m intermediate knowledge of hardware, and given it was brand new I decided to just get a refund rather than opening up the laptop. I did also reinstall all the USB driver in Windows settings. In addition to reinstalling Windows from scratch.