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Lenovo Ideapad Flex 5 14", AMD Ryzen 7 5700U (8C/16T), FHD IPS Touch, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD $1099 Shipped @ Lenovo Education Store

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The AMD Ryzen 5000 series based Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 is currently $1099 via the education store, compared to $1829 on the regular retail web site.

Local stock, with local warranty.

Early June shipping

Processor

AMD Ryzen™ 7 5700U (8C / 16T, 1.8 / 4.3GHz, 4MB L2 / 8MB L3)
Operating System

Windows 10 Home 64
Display Type

14.0" FHD (1920x1080) IPS 250nits Glossy, 45% NTSC, 10-point Multi-touch
Memory

16GB Soldered DDR4-3200
Hard Drive

512GB SSD M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe
Warranty

1 Year On-site
AC Adapter

65W Round Tip
Graphics

AMD Radeon™ Graphics
Second Hard Drive

N/A
Battery

Integrated 52.5Wh
Camera

720p with Privacy Shutter
Pen

Lenovo Digital Pen
Fingerprint Reader

Touch Style
Keyboard

Backlit, English
Wireless

11ac, 2x2
Integrated Mobile Broadband

N/A

If you want to compare CPU performance, you can use Passmark as a reference:

https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=AMD+Ryzen+7+5700U&i...

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  • +12 votes

    Omg those screens

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      Hey I used to complaint so much about the Lenovo screen. It was so dim and to be honest, it's probably the only thing I dislike about the product. I have an E14, E15 and a few others. They are all with 250nits. Until I recently upgraded the firmware and monitor driver, the screen become more brighter. It could be my perception, but it looks heaps better. So yeah, just do the window update and the Lenovo driver update and see if your Lenovo screen looks better.

  • +2 votes

    Great specs, just horrible screens.

    • +1 vote

      What would be a good screen specification? In the market for a new laptop and the last one I bought was in 2008 so i'm out of the game

      • -2 votes

        Apple specs but will translate to Windows laptops screens as well. The macbook air has the lowest spec apple screen and is still amazing (though can't be used in direct sunlight):

        13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2560-by-1600 native resolution at 227 pixels per inch with support for millions of colours
        Wide colour (P3)
        400 nits brightness

        Personally consider this Lenovo's 1080p to be too low resolution for 14" displays. I write a lot and fonts don't look sharp enough on 1080p displays which creates eye strain. Many people here will disagree but once you've upped your resolution there's no going back.

        • +1 vote

          1080p for 14 inches is plenty! Dont spread wrong information.

      • +2 votes

        Depends where you do your laptop work mostly. I like sitting next to a window so 250nits is a bit low for me. I'd say anything above 300 is okay

      • +1 vote

        it is a very subjective topic, FHD, 300nits, 96% sRGB/72% NSTC is the minimum acceptable quality for me personally.

  • +1 vote

    These screens are shit. I have the 4500U iteration and honestly its difficult to use. People can say "oh yea i always have it plugged in"…fair enough. but anytime you actually need to use it on the screen be prepared for eye strain

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      Did you make sure to disable AMD's Varibrit?

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        No. Let me look into this and report back

        • +1 vote

          Yea, all AMD based lenovo products had horrendous brightness when the charger was removed. You need to disable this setting.

          • +1 vote

            @Timmayc123: Seconded, I don't know why this feature isn't nuked into oblivion. I gladly sacrifice the 20 min extra of battery life for a usable display.

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      I'm struggling with the perma-yellow tint myself … not even messing around with ICC profiles and colour temperature in the Radeon control panel seems to adequately fix.

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        Sorry for digging up an old post, but I'm having the same struggle on another model. Did you get yours fixed in the end? Was it a hardware fault or?

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          Yes! (mostly) Somebody with the same problem made a guide on YouTube to change colour profile in Windows - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9F_B7eCALw

          I ended up using the N140HCA-EAB which is linked in the video description (file is on a German Lenovo forum) even though my hardware was E5B.

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    15% cashback at Cashrewards.

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      Cashrewards don't work on the educational site?

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        Missed that, this will probably be cheaper from main site for EOFY with the extra cashback.

      • +1 vote

        Worked for me, $40 back on the Ideapad S540 at $1100.

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    5700u is not Zen 3. It’s just rebranded 4800u. Still a very capable CPU.

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    This one or S540-4800U?
    This has touch screen and can use digi pen. S540 has 300 nits screen but no touch.
    Hard to make the decision.

    • +2 votes

      The s540 has a bigger battery and a way better screen (72NTSC/100% rgb). So the question is, do you need the touch screen or not?

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      whats the current price for s540 on edu store ?

      • +1 vote

        Off my memory, $1119 for a model similarly specced to this flex 5.

  • +2 votes

    For anyone curious about using this with a dock, there's no video out via USB-C on the Flex models.

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      OMG!! What. Thank you for letting us know!!

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    Ideapad 5 pro models up as coming soon.
    ETA mid June I was told.

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    Holding out for a follow-up successor to the S540 with 5600u/5800u

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      Why? Is the slight performance gain worth waiting a few months?

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        I already have the s540 .truth be told be waiting for 90hz and Dolby panels like some of the Lenovo range is starting to come with.

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    Would this be good for a student for high school and university? Is the screen really that bad or would some basic calibration help?

    • +2 votes

      The specifications would be overkill for a school student. The CPU is a workhorse and would be great for university work such as software development. Those complaining about the screen have probably not disabled the AMD Vari-Bright option in settings.

      If you need a higher resolution non touch screen with good colour gammut.. The AMD based Lenovo S540 is a good option.

      https://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Vari-Bright-decreases-lapt...

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        I was just looking at it because it appears to have a pen included?? (would be great for writing maths and taking notes) Otherwise a m1 mac air would probably be a better buy for similar money right?

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          Only if you need MacOs. If you have applications that run on Windows or other operating systems, having a M1 based Mac would detrimental because it's ARM CPU based, so compatibility would be a problem and those applications wouldn't function. Hence I bought a S540 so I could run Windows and Linux on the same machine.

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            @shellshocked: I don't need MacOs by any means but think that it represents great value for students with the battery life, screen, keyboard, trackpad etc. And honestly for school, I can't imagine there being any major compatibility problems

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              @YahooChess: I highly recommend you check app/programs you want to use. For me, I use Python and Matlab, and they don't run quite well on M1 Macs at the moment. M1 Macs also don't have native support for some apps/modules of programming languages and require a bit of homebrewing/fiddling. So it's important to do your research. That said, more support is coming out in the future/this year for most programs/software.

              • +1 vote

                @Timmayc123: Python 3.9 runs well on M1. Matlab R2020b supports rosetta 2 but still a bit sluggish, a M1 native version is in development though.

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                  @deliriouss: Yea, matlab R2020b is super sluggish. Benchmarks don't show it too well.
                  On python, that's good to hear. I heard there were some issues getting numpy, scipy, and tensorflow working well atm.

                  • +1 vote

                    @Timmayc123: haven't encountered issues with numpy and tensorflow, for scipy, you can use either miniforge or do a build from source. Work in progress still but getting there.

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                      @deliriouss: Hell yeah, so happy to hear. Thank you for letting me know. I have been eyeing up a lenovo laptop on sale or waiting for M1X.

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    How to get a .edu address?

    • +1 vote

      ask your nieces, nephews, daughters, sons, or someone that has went to university recently

      • -2 votes

        Try p0rhub & search for 'students'. or your username - you should get the same results. ;)

  • +2 votes

    amd have really knocked down the price barrier of genuinely high-performance laptops. awesome.

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      A laptop with this kinda screen is unacceptable

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        yeah, but if connected up to a monitor a lot of the time it should be ok

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    Bought a similar Ryzen 5 from Amazon US for $913. Arrived via DHL in less than 4 days. Pretty solid laptop. Love the touchscreen, performance and usb-c charging.

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      The only concern is the warranty. However it's a great deal and I don't think you need to worry too much about it.

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      What's the model no? I am waiting for my Lenovo Flex 5 14.0" 2-in-1 Laptop w/ Ryzen 5 5500U, 16GB RAM.
      Is this the one you got? How is the screen brightness? Usable at 250 nits?
      And battery life?

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    Whats battery life like? Will it survive a uni day?

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    This or Mac M1 air? I have a M1 air but was thinking to refund and get this. No good reason. Just curiosity on trying new laptop. M1 is good btw if all your apps work :)

    • +2 votes

      Do it, we all live to have regrets

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    Would this be suitable for photoshop work? Need a laptop when travelling.

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      You don't want to be editing photos on a 45% NTSC screen. Try the S540 instead if your budget is around 1.2k.

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    Damn, back to full price.
    Just went to purchase and its back up to $1829 on the EDU store

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      Still $1100 on my end.

      • +1 vote

        Omg it's working now, took ages to finally get it to load the R7 instead of the R5.
        The website is so buggy, when I was on last night it keep coming up with errors but was definitely at full price on edu store as It had the banner at the top saying welcome to the Australian education store.
        Gonna grab 1, thanks for the update

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          It's ridcolously buggy. Lemme know how you go with it. Been eyeing one up, but purely hesistent because of the 45% rgb screen.

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    What's the price usual difference on the student and 'normal Leonovo portal?

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      It's case by case. Sometimes it's cheaper, sometimes it's more expensive if Lenovo is having a sale. Right now, the e14 gen 2 AMD is cheaper on the sale store than education. It's a little annoying.