Lenovo Flex VS Yoga 2020: The Battle of the Convertibles!

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Lenovo Flex VS Yoga: The Main Differences

With an AMD Ryzen 5 processor that delivers a strong performance, the Lenovo Flex 5 the ideal laptop for CPU-intensive tasks like editing 1080p videos. Though you will compromise on build and display quality, its low price makes it a value for money pick. On the other hand, the Yoga C740 has an aluminum chassis that can withstand a beating along with a more vibrant and brighter display better suited for outdoor use.

Lenovo Flex VS Yoga: In Brief

Lenovo Flex VS Yoga in 2020
Lenovo Yoga C740
The Lenovo C740 delivers a power-packed performance with its i5 or i7 processors while the Full-HD display provides bright, colorful pictures both outdoor and indoors. Furthermore, aluminum chassis increases durability. You do not get an active pen with it but nonetheless, the laptop is ideal for professional use.
Display
9
Performance
9
Design
9
Battery
7

Pros

  • Suited for professional use
  • Latest 10th Gen Intel CPU
  • Bright display ideal for outdoor use
  • Aluminum Chassis
  • Comfortable trackpad and keyboard

Cons

  • More expensive than Flex
  • Lower battery life
  • No Active Pen included
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Lenovo Flex 5
If you are looking for 2 in 1 laptop on a budget, the Lenovo Flex checks all the boxes. The AMD processors deliver a good, fast performance in tandem with the SSD and 12GB RAM. Plus, you get an Active Plus pen as well for easy navigation. Though you will have to comprise on durability and display quality.
Display
7
Performance
8
Design
8.5
Battery
9

Pros

  • Suited for budget buyers
  • Excellent battery life
  • Active pen included with the laptop
  • AMD processor delivers performance
  • Easy to use Keyboard

Cons

  • Plastic chassis
  • Display not suitable for outdoor use
  • Heavier and bigger than the Yoga C740
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When you talk about buying the best Lenovo laptops in 2020, especially a 2 in 1 laptop, the Flex 5 and Yoga C740 are bound to crop up every now and then.

But which one should you go for? Don’t worry, in this detailed comparison, I’ll help you pick one that meets your requirements without burning a hole in your pocket.

Let’s dig right into it.

Lenovo Flex VS Yoga: A Detailed Review

Performance

When it comes to performance, the AMD Ryzen 5 outperforms the i5 if you wanted a laptop for professional use like editing videos on 1080P or running QuickBooks. It also has a higher base clock than the i5 at 2.1GHz but with Turbo Boost, the i5 goes up to 4.20GHz giving it an edge in this respect.

Both the processors use 4 cores but I am biased towards the Ryzen since it delivers good performance at a much lower cost.

Another area the AMD trumps the i5 is the graphics departments. The Flex comes with AMD Radeon Vega 8 graphics whereas the Yoga comes with Intel UHD Graphics and if you had to pick one for gaming, I’d suggest the AMD Radeon as it produces better frame rates than the UHD graphics.

As for the RAM, it is Flex 5 taking the cake again. That is because it sports a 12GB RAM compared to the 8GB RAM of the Yoga thus supporting greater multitasking. You can easily run QuickBooks, have 5-10 browser tabs opened without the laptop hanging whereas Yoga is bound to slow down a bit.

Both laptops come with a 256GB SSD. In case you do not know, SSDs perform better than HDDs in terms of both speed and durability, though 256GB is less and will need to be upgraded at some point.

Display

While the Flex 5 outperforms the Yoga C740 in terms of performance of the RAM, graphics unit, and processor, the display is let wanting, especially if you plan to use it outdoors. That is because it has a brightness of just 250nits compared to the 300+nits of the Yoga C740 which means the glare will be a hindrance even at full-brightness.

But that’s not all.

The Yoga laptop also produces better colors. That is because it has 100% sRGB and 78% AdobeRGB color reproduction. On the other hand, the Flex 5 manages a mere 62% sRGB and 46% AdobeRGB. And while contrast is very similar to both laptops, when it comes to colors, the Yoga C740 is the clear winner.

The resolution for both displays is 1920×1080 and both have a display size of 14″. The bezels are also thin but if you want something to stream Netflix or occasionally edit photos, I’d recommend the Yoga C740.

Also Read: Lenovo ThinkPad vs IdeaPad

Design and Portability

If you are as clumsy as I am with your laptop then durability is likely to be a priority, right? Well,  the Lenovo Yoga C740 delivers excellent durability all thanks to its aluminum chassis that can easily handle a few bumps and falls.

On the other hand, since Flex 5 belongs to the low-budget category, it has a plastic chassis that helps keep the cost down. And while it does not look or feel cheap, you do not want to drop it or hit it too hard against a hard object as the body can easily crack or dent.

As for the size and weight, the Lenovo Yoga C740 has a slight edge over the Flex 5 and thus easier to carry around in a handbag, backpack, or even use it while holding in your hands.  Lenovo has managed to cut down the weight of the new Yoga to 3.08lbs compared to the 3.52lbs of the Flex 5.

Furthermore, the dimensions of the Yoga are 12.67 x 8.45 x 0.59 – 0.67 inches which means it sleeker than the Flex 5 that has dimensions of 12.65 x 8.56 x 0.72 – 0.82 inches. Only a slight difference but if you are peculiar about portability, every inch matters.

Battery Life

Portability isn’t just defined by size and weight, I believe battery life plays an equally important role. After all, you do not want to enter your favorite coffee shop and wait around for power outputs to empty, right? Or run out of battery while relaxing and watching a movie on the couch.

The Flex 5 features a 52.5Wh battery which is a tad larger than the 51Wh of the Yoga C740. In English, the Flex will give you 8-9hrs on a single charge whereas the Yoga C740 a decent 6-7hrs.

When it comes to recharging, thanks to the fast-charge technology, Flex 5 takes just an hour to hit 80%. The Yoga charges quickly as well since it supports USB-C charging and reaches 100% in less than 2hrs.

The Flex has a large bulky charger whereas the Yoga’s charger is light and compact. Wondering why? That brings us to our next point, Ports.

Ports

While both laptops have USB-C Ports, only the Yoga C740 port can be used for charging and thus has a more compact charger. It also quickly charges your mobile, Bluetooth earphones, etc. On the Yoga C740, the USB-C also doubles down as DisplayPort allowing to easily connect to an external monitor thus making up for the lack of an HDMI port.

The Flex 5 USB-C port cannot be used as a charger but allows for equally quick data transfers at 10GBPS. The Flex also lets you connect better, bigger display but through a traditional HDMI cable.

Apart from that, both laptops feature USB 3.1 ports.

The Yoga C740: Brighter Display, More Durable

Do you like editing photos before you post them or your social media or travel blog? Then a good, bright display is a must and that’s what the Full-HD display is all about.

With 300nits brightness, it produces excellent colors and contrast both indoors and outdoors. Yup, it lacks in the performance department but only by a small margin.

The processor and RAM are powerful enough for most tasks. Furthermore, its aluminum chassis gives it a more premium feel and long-lasting finish while keeping it light and compact.

Best Convertible Laptop for QuickBooks: Lenovo Yoga C740
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Weight: 3.09lbs
  • Processor: 10th Gen, i5-10210U
  • CPU Speed: Up to 4.20GHz
  • Graphics: Integrated Intel UHD Graphics
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Display: 14″ (1920 x 1080)
  • Battery Life: 6-7hrs

The IdeaPad Flex 5: Stronger Performance, Longer Battery Life

Where the Yoga C740 lacks, the Flex makes up. That means you get better processor performance with the 4-core, AMD Ryzen.

The Flex also has a faster 12GB RAM and AMD graphics card that is better equipped to handle gaming than the Intel UHD. It also has a long 8-9hrs battery life and charges to 80% in just 1-hour. 

To top it all off, it is also around $200 cheaper than the Yoga. The display, the rattling trackpad, and no USB-C charging are a disappointment but small drawbacks of an otherwise pocket-friendly 2 in 1 laptop.

Best Convertible Laptop for QuickBooks: Lenovo Flex 5
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Weight: 3.52lbs
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  • CPU Speed: Up to 3.8GHz
  • Graphics: Radeon Vega 8 Graphics
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Display: 14″ (1920 x 1080)
  • Battery Life: 8-9hrs

Conclusion

Well, that’s our take on two of Lenovo’s most popular 2 in 1 laptop. If you have used the Flex or the Yoga at any point and think we have missed out on something important or you have a question about either laptop, do hit us up.

You can write in your questions or suggestions in the comments section below or write to us using the contact form. We’ll get back to you ASAP.

Till then, happy computing

Last Updated on September 3, 2020

My name is Eric Smith and I've been working within the tech space for over 10 years, both at one of the largest computer manufacturers (for which I have no affiliation with anymore) but also in the retail sector where I gained a lot of experience in helping people finding suitable tech products.

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