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Lenovo Flex 5 (I) Chromebook i5/8GB/128GB SSD $598 Delivered @ Officeworks


Have been keeping an eye out for the Lenovo Flex Chromebook with i5 processor, which also has a better screen and more RAM than lower models. I am hoping this model will be future-proof.

I was about to pull the trigger on the Amazon deal for $699, but decided to wait. My tight ass instincts were correct, as when I looked at Officeworks this morning, it was $100 cheaper so I decided to take the plunge.

Not sure why it isn't marked as a sale item. Maybe because its now considered runout stock.

Hope some people find this useful

Intel Core i5-10210U 4 x 1.6 - 4.2 GHz, Comet Lake-U

Intel UHD Graphics 620, Core: 1100 MHz

8GB DDR4-2666

13.30 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 166 PPI, capacitive, 10-point multi-touch, native pen support, IPS, 60 Hz

1.35 kg

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  • +2

    Just wondering is it possible to put windows on?

    • You can install Windows on VirtualBox running inside Linux container on ChromeOS — many layers of virtualisation but yes it's possible to put Windows on it :)

      • +2

        At these specs that would be unusable, unless you're running Windows 95 in a VM

      • can confirm and have done this. Battery life plummets and the fan runs fast.

    • +5

      No, but it’s perfectly capable of running everything in the ChromeOS ecosystem, including many android Apps. 90% of non-gaming tasks that a home user would perform are available as web apps (tax, email, even Office if you don’t mind working online all the time).

      IMO, Chromebooks are ideal for the older generation and kids because they’re a lot simpler and a lot less configuration is required.

      You could also use Windows 365 if you’re so inclined, but the monthly price is a bit high.

      • yeah this would be the go

        go to chrome os which will get you into linux, then springboard to win10 off vm etc.

        i dont think win10 would ever run 100% on this anyway

      • Can't put thunderbird or Firefox on Chromebook. I presume same applies to other programs also that need a laptop.

    • +6

      Already mentioned is the possibility of using VirtualBox to run a 'full windows' installation. (though you'd want to upgrade the NVMe, I imagine. I upgraded mine to 1TB)

      Other options:

      1. on this Lenovo chromebook, I have used an Windows application compatiblity layer (Crossover, a commercial version of WINE), to run one Windows application. However, WINE/Crossover doesn't run every Windows application

      2. The Android ecosystem is pretty vast, really. Though not every application will work. Strangely, some applications which are marked as 'not available' for this Chromebook on the Google Play store work just fine when sideloaded (in my case, Zoo for Zotero).

      3. This Chromebook supports the Crostini Linux compatibility layer (currently Debian Buster, but apparently Steam and Debian Bullseye containers are imminent). This can be used for fairly serious applications, like R/RStudio statistics and data science development environment. Also for using Linux Zotero (for citing works from academic publications), LyX, LibreOffice, gnumeric, Resilio Sync for Linux etc. etc..

      • Did you follow a guide to get virtualbox up and running VMs?
        When I tried this, it installs but no virtual machine will run, complaining of needing to sign kernel modules vboxdrv, vboxnetflt, vboxnetadp, vboxpci.

        I can run Windows 10 in KVM though, without issue - but would like to use VirtualBox if possible.

        • +1

          My apologies @repeat, I wrote in error.

          I installed VirtualBox as well, but unfortunately due to inadequate access to /proc/modules, I couldn't start a virtual machine, either.

          Cool that you have Windows working with 'KVM'.

          I would also prefer VirtualBox/VMware as they allow setting of CPUIDs and clocks. Sigh.

    • It's not currently on the list but it meets the minimum requirements, so maybe it'll get parallels support in future

  • Someone answers this on a previous deal. Might need to update the bios, was the answer if IRRC

  • +1

    I got this on the weekend, JB Hifi price matched Harvey Norman who had the sale price of 598. If your local Officeworks does not have stock JB will price match and give you free delivery.

  • Says it's unavailable online?

    I thought jb only price match if it's in stock?

  • oos everywhere

  • +20

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    Western Australia

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    South Australia

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  • Curious, they say chrome os is cheaper so wondering how much of the price difference is between Chrome OS and Windows?

    • +1

      you'd have to ask lenovo how much microsoft charges them for a milllion win10 home licenses

    • My similar spec'ed Chromebook can do a while heap more than an equivalent Windows machine, it is just that it is limited to the Chrome OS universe (includes Android apps and Linux support). Web apps are increasingly alternatives to Windows apps, eg. Zoom, discord, Twitter, Google Keep (and many other Google apps). But they are not Windows machines and if you want to stick with Windows look elsewhere.

      • I think it's because Chrome OS is somewhat new in the market, and because they're pretty big and getting popular, I hope applications can consider Chrome OS as well. I feel that Chrome OS is much more open than Mac OS!!!

        • +1

          Chrome OS doesn't really have applications. The idea is you run everything you need to in the browser. That's why it requires a less power computer to run, it's a very minimal OS.

          You also have the ability to run Linux apps via Crostini, and Android apps.

          • +1

            @kapone: Actually PWA's specifically ARE apps for Chrome (and other modern browsers). They install with a manifest, can take advantage of native hardware, and can be included in app stores. It is just that they look like a web page, which is perfect for a web-first OS like Chrome OS. And also why many people find them so familiar, even more so than platform apps for apple or android.

            So yes, they are different, but they are apps, and they can be as full featured.

  • +1

    Am i to assume this would be good for primary kids to do home schooling? All my son uses is a browser (pdfs etc) and webex for this class meetings.
    Any real downside going a chromebook over a win10 alternative for this type of experience? Can imagine he'll be required to install any programs etc…
    I had planned on looking into just getting another ipad since that seems to cover all his bases…(similar money to this but no keyboard.

    • +1

      Yes, ChromeOS has a lot of apps available, and everything else is browser-supported.

    • With around $600, get your kid a legit Windows laptop, a lot more versatile and can be later passed on to anyone else.

      • +14

        Bad advice. A $600 windows device will have performance issues and a crap screen.

        Windows is overkill for 90% of kid’s schooling, and you don’t get access to the ChromeOS and Android ecosystems, which has a semi decent selection of apps.

        • +8

          i dont think youre going to get touch and i5 and 8/128 and the 3 in 1 for $600 in windows

      • A Chromebook can't be donated and reused by someone else?

        • No, it won't fit them

      • What rubbish. Any budget laptop with windows grinds to a halt when the next version of windows comes out. They have learnt from Apple how to enhance product consumption.
        The idea you might pass it on to another child after 6 years of use, yeah nah.

    • +5

      After getting this Chromebook, I use it more than my Windows laptops.

      Admittedly, I use Linux by preference on my desktop machines, and this Chromebook is well-supported (by Google) to operate a 'Crostini' Linux container, which I can use to operate a full data science/statistics development environ (R/Rstudio).

      And Linux has other 'desktop' applications which I use routinely (like LyX, LibreOffice, Resilio Sync, Zotero, git/gitkraken, gnucash, gnumeric…). Sometimes I use Linux applications in Windows using Microsoft's official Linux application compatibility layer in Windows!

      This Chromebook, is in general, much smoother and faster to use 'serious' applications than my fastest Windows machines, an (admittedly old) 4th gen i7 laptop and 6th gen i5 AIO.

      • Sure, but you still have a Windows laptop. Murphys law dictates that the moment you get rid of your Windows machine is the moment you are confronted by something that only Windows can do. Yes, you can run it in a VM, but thats a PITA for the most part.

        Case in point - a friend approached me with some DVDs that had been recorded by a Japanese TVR. Problem is they wont play as there is a fairly basic level of copy protection applied. Some entry level substitution cypher. There is a legacy application that is available in Windows that will circumvent the copy protection. He asked me if there was a Mac equivalent available and I just shrugged.

        That and the driver support. That old webcam with spider webs that I just dug out of my garage. I can still get it to work in windows.

        I am sure this thing is perfectly fine for snits and giggles, but I wouldnt opt for it as my only machine.

        • +1

          Yes, I will at least run Windows in virtual machines, because there are applications I develop for that are only available in Windows, and yes there is some hardware which is supported a bit better in Windows. And there is some old hardware (e.g. an old Wacom tablet I have) which is better supported in Linux (that tablet is not supported in Windows 10 without trying to shoehorn a driver for a previous version of Windows). That Intuos 2 also works 'out of the box' with this Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook.

          There are also applications I use (e.g. gnumeric) which are available in Linux and not available, without a compatiblity layer, in Windows.

          And some server functions on my Linux servers (two of them) which would be quite cumbersome to maintain in a non-server Windows OS, let alone consumer 'Home' Windows.

          This Chromebook's Linux container is surprisingly adept at 'small' server functions (Resilio Sync and Zotero). Admittedly, that is pretty much what Windows Home could do, but from the ease of configuration, I expect this Chromebook could do more serious server functions too, not that anyone should really buy a Chromebook to do that.

          Data analysis with R, development application with RStudio and gitkraken, reviewing and writing academic articles with the help of Zotero citation manager are not hit-and-giggle applications.

          In summary, a middling-powerful Chromebook (like this Lenovo Flex 5) is a surprising combination of 'consumer' applications (for Web and Android) supplemented with a solid set of 'desktop' Linux applications, including potentially server applications. I can imagine Chromebooks could at last bring Linux applications to the consumer! Interestingly, Microsoft might think Google is onto something, because it is adding more and more Linux compatiblity to Windows…

          • @DavidFong: I mean Mr Fong sounds like he knows what he's doing.

            I have an old laptop sitting on the network running win7 or win10 and you can just rdp vnc whatever to it from a linux unit if you need win.

            Or run win from a vm… the 8gb i5 in this one should do it ok.

            I bought one of these with the intention to run Linux on it. I think I'm giving up running windows native on it.

    • +3

      This would be excellent for that purpose - in fact it would be overkill.
      My wife uses an Flex 5 - i3 - 4 / 64 GB for working from home as an intranet manager, running a virtual workspace.
      Cloud computing means you don't need powerful processors and vast storage.

      The touch screen and build are good (though I beilieve i5 requires fan cooling so there might be a bit of difference in the build) I would say the battery life is very good, but i5 may be more draining). The screen isn't the brightest, but it's fine for indoor use.

      This is likely much better than a Windows machine at the same price - I don't think I've seen a FHD, touchscreen, i5, 8/128 Windows machine for less than $800+ anyway.

    • +2

      My kid uses my old chromebook for home school. We haven't had a single issue, everything they use (webex, google classrooms, light typing, photos of work) can be done in browser, and mine was a cheap unit 4 years ago. Highly recommend.

    • Yes.
      It would be much more than sufficient for Primary school kids.

      I provide IT Support to schools and have installed thousands of cheaper, lesser spec'd Chromebooks and they're fantastic. Significantly better then Windows machines in so many ways.

    • Yes perfect. My son is using a 5yo Samsung Pro Chromebook, does everything he needs, Zoom calls, Seesaw, Google classroom, stylus works great, battery life still over 6, maybe 8 hours.

  • Nice deal. Been using this since June ($699 @lenovo with 14% shopback (still pending mind you)) and I prefer it to the Duet, which I found a bit too small and underpowered.

    Likes: Very snappy performance, build quality, great keyboard

    Dislikes: a bit heavy to use in tablet mode - it's no 12.9" iPad Pro!, battery life has been a little shorter than I was hoping for.

  • Does the fan go bonkers on it?

    • +1

      My wife has one and she uses it as her only machine, and she has never actually heard it turn on.

      ChromeOS is so light weight compared to Chrome on Windows or MacOS. The i5 in this just handles everything and anything that ChromeOS or Android or even Linux can throw at it.

    • +2

      I have this i5 Flex. Other than the browser and Android apps, I also run Linux apps (using the Google-supported Crostini containers). Some of those Linux apps are full-scale 'desktop' applications, or run in the background (e.g. Resilio Sync). I do hear the fan turn on, but only now and again. Not distracting to me. The operating system, even with Linux apps running, seem fairly efficient.

      Oh, but I don't run 3D games etc.. When the rumoured Steam application layer (Project Borealis) is released, that will change quick fast!

  • is anyone have an issue with the screen (250 nits?)

    I was tossing between a flex3 (250nits) and duet (400 nits) for the kids for home schooling.

    will a 250 nits screen suffice?

    the celeron chipset is on Amazon for $486?
    deal? or worth the $120 for an i5?

    • +4

      the i5 has 300 nits, for the extra 120 - its a no brainer as the celeron is pretty slow

  • +1

    Great price, would definitely buy this if it was actually in stock. i5 and 8 Gb is more than enough for ChromeOS

  • great price. does it do display output via the USB C port?

    • +2

      Yes. I've got it on 4k res.
      Both USB-C ports work.

  • Nice deal. Looks like I missed though

  • this or pay double and get an amazing machine in the form of M1 Air https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/641911 ?

  • +1

    You can run Linux natively as part of the beta project, I had steam and quake 1 and 2 running well. No rtx but a lot of potential with my little chromebook

  • -1

    What a joke! You're paying Google 600 bucks so THEY can spy on you complete with built in keylogger - no fluffing thanks !

    • +4

      Links to the actual evidence or you're FOS ??
      ChromeOS is based on the open source ChromiumOS project so the chances of there being a keylogger built in is zero.
      Just another anti-Google preacher with no actual facts to support the claim… move on.

      • you can always burn chrome os off and slap on linux or maybe windows if you're brave

        • How?

      • -4

        Where there's been smoke for literally years there's fire, Google is not a Privacy advocate, Google is literally the antithesis of Internet freedom - they are destroying free thought and were directly funded by the CIA to start.

        Ave a quick look at coldfusions video on the topic - he's got the evidence and presents it much better than I could. As a fellow aussie he also probably doesn't have an agenda / bias - just presents the facts.

        Look there's a great reason why Google Play Services is soooo difficult to remove from android if not impossible on most devices and there's a great reason why android is "open source" but when it comes installed on all phones is brimming with "closed sauce" goodies like keyloggers ha.

        Fact is the big 3 all literally have direct access to anybodys device - Microsoft are the quietest about it because they've got thew most to lose, since windows 8.1 they've been logging every keystroke on every windows machine connected to a network - they successfully updated win 7 for the same purpose - but it didn't ship with "analytics"
        The latest requirement of TPM in windows 11 means that they need to make it easier on themselves in the future- TPM is a hardware based encrypter that comes with pretty much all pc motherboards since I guess 2015 or earlier.

        Apple have had TPM on all devices they call it their "T2" security chip. Fact is TPM chips allow for a remote software to be installed secretly and to harvest / encrypt anything such as keyloggers.

        Googlel "s lovely chrome browser is just a Wolf in sheep's clothing eating up ram and resources while it uses your cpu as a client for their video processing of youtube and other cloud stuff. Its all in the terms and conditions of all of these software giants - if you read them and understand the legalase it's 100 percent clear that if you use their software all of your data personal and otherwise belongs to them. There was a us court ruling about who owns emails once they're sent - this underpins some of their legal ability to own your data in that electronic communications " once received" become the property of the receiver - that's why emails from legit businesses about sensitive communication always have that bit at the bottom saying if you received this in error please delete it. Fact is once you receive it electronically you own it. therefore TPM chips in everything. Basically an encrypted and keylogger built right in . Magic.

        Look - don't be concerned tho - as I'm not concerned either. Just be more understanding of the reality of these companies . I don't care about what some machine processes about me - it's long been established that nothing on the Internet is private. Anyway. I'm not against alll of it like a tin hat wearing nutter otherwise I wouldn't even have a smart phone - OK my fingers are tired typing on my blackberry keyboard ( I'd never have made it this far using swype….

        Oh yeah that link: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=c2Kf-rXI_pk

        He's got a good channel

        • Open. Source.

  • +2

    Great price.
    I have one of these, use it every day, upgraded with a 1TB drive.
    Great the screen works with the USI pen also (available separately from Lenovo).

  • Stunning slim bezels too

  • Noob question

    Would this be good to connect this laptop to a monitor?


    Or are there better ways to output to hdmi?

    • It supports Alt-DP, so you can even just use a USB-C to HDMI or DisplayPort cable, or even straight USB-C/USB-C if your monitor supports it.

  • +2

    Pricematched with jbhifi on the phone, pretty good system, they send a personalised link with the new price to your phone then you can checkout on the website. It cost me $6.99 for delivery to a parcel locker.

    $605 total.

    • +1

      DOOD! you are a legend, this worked for me!

      Didn't even need to pay shipping, I assume because Canberra is in lockdown.

      $598 delivered

  • Chrome OS is good for students. if you can live with 8gb, I would slap a Linux on it and live the dream as a dev machine. looks Ike they can drive a big res so fantastic mobility (except the lack of wwan).

    • WWAN options do exist, but not on this model.

    • +1

      This particular Chromebook (Lenovo 5i), and probably every other recent Chromebook, does have Google-supported Linux containers (Crostini), currently on Debian Buster. (Debian Bullseye and Steam-specific Linux appear to be in the works).

      Using the Google-supported containers, applications running 'in Linux' can

      1. share files with Android/browser applications (no surprise there). Sharing filesystem folders goes both ways…
      2. act as a web server. e.g. Resilio Sync service, or Zotero (tool to manage and use academic citations). For an example of the latter, see https://www.zotero.org/support/kb/installing_on_a_chromebook
  • What's the difference between this and the Flex 5 (without the 'i')?

  • +1

    just picked mine up from the Fitzroy store.

    Set it up and quite pleased with the experience so far - it's my first Chromebook.

  • +2

    I just got JB to price match. Make sure it's the i5 model as they tried to sell me the i3 with 64gb of hdd as they currently have that one on sale for $639. I just did click and collect and it was all sorted within 30 mins of purchase.

  • +1

    Tried price match JB, they won't do due to no stock at officeworks.

    • +1

      I got told the same but search office works stores yourself for stock and tell them which exact store has stock.

  • I just tried at my local JB they turned me down because the model numbers didn't exactly match.

  • JB refused to price match for me. I was able to prove the same model number is listed on both sites. But they said it was too low and they couldn't match it.

  • +2

    I pulled the trigger on this. It's a really nice Chromebook. It's fast, really fast and the screen is crisps and clear. It's very light as well.

    alas, my daughter has already claimed it and I fear I'll never it see it again.

    • whats the trackpad like?

  • Laptop has arrived from JB, quality is incredible for the price.

    1 annoying thing so far, is buzzing sound from keyboard!

    Coil whine apparently, really annoying. Anyone else having this issue?


    • +1

      Contacted Lenovo support, sent them recording of the sound and they said this is not normal.

      Lenovo believe is could be the fan hitting, and have given me DOA code to refund/exchange.

    • I've got a fairly persistent coil whine on mine, but it's faint enough not to bother me. It's clearest heard from the vent on the underside.

      Good to hear you've got support from Lenovo already.

      • Yes, my concern is this is normal for this laptop and next one will be the same.

        But Lenovo said it isn't, so will have to proceed with the exchange.

        All JB stores are currently closed in Canberra, would have been easy to walk in and compare to a display model.

        EDIT: wow ur right it is louder on the back! Damn… thinking next is going to be exactly the same.

        • +1

          Please post back here when you get your replacement. Not sure if I should bother trying to swap mine.

          • +1

            @he3at: Will do, replacement should arrive by Thursday.

            If its the same on the next model ill look at getting something else.

          • @he3at: Got the replacement today, same problem :(

            So really disappointed with Lenovo support, they determined it was a DOA issue when clearly it is design problem with this laptop.

            Not sure what to do now, might return both and get something else.

            • +1

              @D1Vad: Bummer :(

              Thanks for the update.

            • +1

              @D1Vad: Wow. I think I have the same. It is minor but definitely audible when it’s being used.

              • @Jaxx: Yeh i think might just keep it.

                Would have been better if lenovo support just said thats normal for this device. Would have saved mucking around getting a replacement

  • This has a “Linux” mode in the settings, once enabled I have a terminal penguin prompt. Can I run GUI Linux now, if so how?