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Lenovo Flex 3 15.6" Intel Core i7-6500U 2.5GHz - 8GB RAM - 1TB HDD $748 after $400 Off

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[Visions Electronics] Lenovo Flex 3 15.6" Intel Core i7-6500U 2.5GHz - 8GB RAM - 1TB HDD $748 after $400 Off

The reviews are moderate. Can anyone give any advice on this laptop?
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Jun 28, 2007
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I have the 14inch i5 flex 3.

For the price it's a good deal, build quality is decent, and I actually like the track pad (except the force required to click) and I really like the keyboard (prefer it to my SP 4 keyboard).

Performance is great considering HDD, and Intel hd 5200 is a huge plus (mine plays morrowind and Oblivion at 60fps, skyrim at 40fps). Never seems to get hot, even after an hour of skyrim.

Touch screen works well, and the hinge is good - makes all the modes work well.

Down side is screen, although it's an ips, it's not very bright at all, and only covers something like 65% of rgb. Also the battery life is just ok, like 5 hours of internet browsing. After all windows updates I have no lingering issues except two finger tap does not work as right click no matter what I try. I had to bind right click to 3 finger tap.

Minimal bloat ware.

Word of caution - I tried to replace the HDD with an ssd using cloning software and couldn't get it to work. It's probably a step I was missing, but I've never had this much trouble doing it before.

Overall for the price it's good though, great performance, even for light gaming, HDD hybrid is surprisingly fast even though it's not an ssd. Screen is mediocre, but at least it's 1080p, and battery life is just ok.

I got the 14inch i5 version for $650 and am happy with the purchase because I like and use touch a lot. If you don't care at all about touch, there are better deals.
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Milleh wrote: I have the 14inch i5 flex 3.

For the price it's a good deal, build quality is decent, and I actually like the track pad (except the force required to click) and I really like the keyboard (prefer it to my SP 4 keyboard).

Performance is great considering HDD, and Intel hd 5200 is a huge plus (mine plays morrowind and Oblivion at 60fps, skyrim at 40fps). Never seems to get hot, even after an hour of skyrim.

Touch screen works well, and the hinge is good - makes all the modes work well.

Down side is screen, although it's an ips, it's not very bright at all, and only covers something like 65% of rgb. Also the battery life is just ok, like 5 hours of internet browsing. After all windows updates I have no lingering issues except two finger tap does not work as right click no matter what I try. I had to bind right click to 3 finger tap.

Minimal bloat ware.

Word of caution - I tried to replace the HDD with an ssd using cloning software and couldn't get it to work. It's probably a step I was missing, but I've never had this much trouble doing it before.

Overall for the price it's good though, great performance, even for light gaming, HDD hybrid is surprisingly fast even though it's not an ssd. Screen is mediocre, but at least it's 1080p, and battery life is just ok.

I got the 14inch i5 version for $650 and am happy with the purchase because I like and use touch a lot. If you don't care at all about touch, there are better deals.
Did you try AHCI/IDE in bios?
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konsensei wrote:
Milleh wrote: I have the 14inch i5 flex 3.

For the price it's a good deal, build quality is decent, and I actually like the track pad (except the force required to click) and I really like the keyboard (prefer it to my SP 4 keyboard).

Performance is great considering HDD, and Intel hd 5200 is a huge plus (mine plays morrowind and Oblivion at 60fps, skyrim at 40fps). Never seems to get hot, even after an hour of skyrim.

Touch screen works well, and the hinge is good - makes all the modes work well.

Down side is screen, although it's an ips, it's not very bright at all, and only covers something like 65% of rgb. Also the battery life is just ok, like 5 hours of internet browsing. After all windows updates I have no lingering issues except two finger tap does not work as right click no matter what I try. I had to bind right click to 3 finger tap.

Minimal bloat ware.

Word of caution - I tried to replace the HDD with an ssd using cloning software and couldn't get it to work. It's probably a step I was missing, but I've never had this much trouble doing it before.

Overall for the price it's good though, great performance, even for light gaming, HDD hybrid is surprisingly fast even though it's not an ssd. Screen is mediocre, but at least it's 1080p, and battery life is just ok.

I got the 14inch i5 version for $650 and am happy with the purchase because I like and use touch a lot. If you don't care at all about touch, there are better deals.
Did you try AHCI/IDE in bios?
Yes, didn't work for some reason. A few seconds after trying to boot into windows I'd get a blue screen.
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Milleh wrote:
konsensei wrote:
Milleh wrote: I have the 14inch i5 flex 3.

For the price it's a good deal, build quality is decent, and I actually like the track pad (except the force required to click) and I really like the keyboard (prefer it to my SP 4 keyboard).

Performance is great considering HDD, and Intel hd 5200 is a huge plus (mine plays morrowind and Oblivion at 60fps, skyrim at 40fps). Never seems to get hot, even after an hour of skyrim.

Touch screen works well, and the hinge is good - makes all the modes work well.

Down side is screen, although it's an ips, it's not very bright at all, and only covers something like 65% of rgb. Also the battery life is just ok, like 5 hours of internet browsing. After all windows updates I have no lingering issues except two finger tap does not work as right click no matter what I try. I had to bind right click to 3 finger tap.

Minimal bloat ware.

Word of caution - I tried to replace the HDD with an ssd using cloning software and couldn't get it to work. It's probably a step I was missing, but I've never had this much trouble doing it before.

Overall for the price it's good though, great performance, even for light gaming, HDD hybrid is surprisingly fast even though it's not an ssd. Screen is mediocre, but at least it's 1080p, and battery life is just ok.

I got the 14inch i5 version for $650 and am happy with the purchase because I like and use touch a lot. If you don't care at all about touch, there are better deals.
Did you try AHCI/IDE in bios?
Yes, didn't work for some reason. A few seconds after trying to boot into windows I'd get a blue screen.
That happened to some desktops I did. Either changing AHCI/IDE would help, Or switching the port be eSata to Sata. But I guess there's no such option for laptop.
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Apr 27, 2006
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So intrigued by this as a new home machine for work, browsing and light gaming... but does anybody REALLY use this thing in "stand" or "table" mode, with the keyboard face-down on a surface? it just looks wrong/awkward to me...
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Mississauga
Looks like a great "desktop replacement." Change HDD to a SSD and it should be awesome.

Other opinions:
- 1920x1080 is the sweet spot in my opinion for this kind of laptop. Anything higher would tax the integrated GPU too much. It's not going to be a Gaming beast, but should play older games fine on Med settings, and newer games at lower settings.

Edit: Learned only 1 ram slot. Which kind of sucks.
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sane wrote: So intrigued by this as a new home machine for work, browsing and light gaming... but does anybody REALLY use this thing in "stand" or "table" mode, with the keyboard face-down on a surface? it just looks wrong/awkward to me...
Agreed that particular mode seems useless to me, though I use tent mode all the time
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Also for those interested, I called Lenovo and asked if replacing the hdd would void the warranty, they told me no, even though it's not listed as a consumer replaceable unit in the manual.
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Ive been keeping my 9 year old Asus 17" alive all these years, but the last year I can tell its time. While no issues, and even a 1 TB hybrid drive upgrade, its slow even with just werb surfing and a few things open. I can only have 3GB max ram in it as well.

Wondering if this would make a good replacement. We use Lenovos at work and while not pretty, they are good solid machines.

It would rarely leave my house since my old laptop was a desktop replacement anyway.

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