When it comes to affordable laptops, Lenovo is the first name which comes to mind. This is because Lenovo is known to offer an excellent value for money, and so does the Lenovo Flex 6 11.
The 2-in-1 Flex 6 11 is available for only just $329.99 and boasts a powerful Intel Celeron Processor. Along with that, the 64 GB eMMC storage just might be enough for a laptop for daily use. The best point about the laptop is its long battery life, such that it lasts you more than even 9 hours.
The downside of the laptop is its paltry 2 GB of RAM when today even 4 GB sounds less for a laptop of this budget. Not only this, but you might not enjoy watching videos and listening to music on the laptop, because its display and audio aren’t really good. Even then, with the performance and specs the laptop offers for the price, and how comfortable it is to write using its keyboard, it’s a great value for money.
For this price, what you are getting is a rather subdued, but sleek design. The chassis is black in color and is two-toned and has silver accents. The rather familiar Lenovo logo is embedded at the top left of the lid. Furthermore, the 360 degrees hinges make the laptop 2-in-1, i.e. the laptop can be used both as a tablet and a traditional laptop. Though there is a caveat i.e. when you are using the laptop as a tablet, the top and bottom part of the chassis don’t align well.
Perhaps, it may not be the most portable 11 inches laptop, yet that can be explained because of its specs. The Flex 6 has a weight of 2.7 pounds and measures 11.6 x 8.0 x 0.7 inches in dimensions. Perhaps, if you are looking for a very portable 11-inch laptop, you should check out the Acer Spin 1, which measures 11.4 x 7.9 x 0.6 inches, though there doesn’t really seem much difference.
As mentioned above, to make up for a variety of ports, a compromise had to be made about the laptop’s thickness. Therefore, the laptop is able to house an HDMI port, one USB 3.0 with always-on charging, a USB Type-C port and a LED power button on the right side. While on the left side, there is a USB 2.0 port, a 4-in-1 card reader) and a headphone jack too.
The laptop, unfortunately, doesn’t have a bezel-less display and on top of that, the HD 720p display isn’t quite good. This is proved by the display having just 71 percent reproduction of the sRGB Color Gamut. This is even way below par at 90 percent. Not only this, but the brightness level isn’t up to the par too, with an acceptable 206 nits of brightness where the category average is 225 nits.
Perhaps, a strong point about the laptop is its keyboard, which can be tedious to use on other 11 inches laptops. The keyboard is island-style and has a really good travel of 1.3 millimeters. The keys are painted in gray and looks quite appealing.
Perhaps, the 3.5 x 2.3 inches touchpad might not sound spacious enough, nevertheless, it does its job, as it quickly responds to gestures. Also, the touchpad mouse buttons have a clicky feel attached to it too.
Touchscreen under tablet mode
The touchscreen display is vastly accurate, and there weren’t any lags when using the laptop as a tablet. Thus, it can be beneficial for those who want to edit photos on the fly.
Perhaps, the major selling point of the laptop is its battery life. The laptop lasts out a whopping 9 hours and 11 minutes when it was used to surf the web continuously over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness. This is way more than the category average of 7 hours and 12 minutes, so this might be something you should look at before deciding against.
The laptop has a 720p webcam sufficing for causal talks over Skype, but for anything professional, consider buying an external webcam.
The Flex 6 remained comparatively cool at all times, though the upper right corner of the laptop does tend to get a little bit hot.
Price and Final Verdict
The laptop is available for an affordable price tag of $329, and thus if you are looking for great value for money, then perhaps the Lenovo Flex 6 11 is the best option for you considering the performance and battery life. In case you are looking for a better screen option, take a look at the Acer Spin 1, which has a 1920 x 1080 Display.