2020 Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook with 11th gen Core i3

2020 Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 discounted today by 30%: $299 for a Core i3 convertible

When choosing my “Chromebook of the year” in 2020, the popular Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 was strongly in the running. At its $409.99 full price, I felt it was a good value for the cost. And while there’s now a newer model that I recently reviewed, it will set you back $539.99 unless you find a sale. Heck, even finding inventory of the 2021 model is difficult. So today’s one-day deal on Amazon for the 2020 Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 at $299 is worth a look.

Even though this is last year’s model, it’s very similar to the 2021 version. The 2020 Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 looks almost identical to this year’s version. You get the same great 1080p touchscreen display, the same number of ports (with USB Type-C on both sides), and the same strong but lightweight build material.

2020 Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5

The main difference is that the 2020 Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 uses a 10th-generation Intel Core i3, while the new one bumps you up to a noticeably higher-performing 11th-generation Core i3. That doesn’t mean last year’s Flex 5 is slow by any means; it’s actually a good performer, especially for the price.

Here’s a rundown of all the specs for the currently on-sale 2-in-1 Chromebook Flex 5:

CPUDual-core Intel Core i3-10110U Processor (2.1 GHz / 4.1GHz)
GPUIntel Integrated UHD Graphics
Display13.3-inch IPS 1920 x 1080 touchscreen,
16:9 aspect ratio, 250 nits brightness
Memory4 GB DDR4-2600MHz memory
Storage64 GB eMMC 5.1,
microSD card slot for expansion
ConnectivityWiFi6 (802.11ax, 2×2 MIMO), Bluetooth 5.0
InputSpill-resistant backlit keyboard, USI stylus (optional) support,
720p webcam with physical privacy shutter
Ports1 USB Type-A, 2 USB Type-C,
headphone/microphone combo jack
Battery51 WHr, expected run-time up to 10 hours
Weight2.97 pounds
SoftwareChrome OS automatic updates through 2028
2020 Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5

Honestly, I had very few complaints when I used the Flex 5 a year ago.

Sure, I would personally prefer 8 GB of memory, but that’s just me. And there is an 8 GB configuration available; it’s just not priced nearly this low.

The only caution I could offer is some reader reports of broken hinges over time on their Flex 5. It’s not something I’ve experienced but it is worth a mention.

Simply put, if you’re looking for either an entry-level or even a mid-range Chromebook, I don’t think you can go wrong with this $299 deal. Just make sure you do it today if you’re interested because this is a one-day deal.

About the author

Kevin C. Tofel has covered technology since 2004. He's used ChromeOS since Google debuted the CR-48 in 2010, reviewing dozens of Chromebooks since then. He worked for Google's Chrome Enterprise team from 2016 to 2017, supporting the launch of Android app support. In his free time, he uses Chromebooks to learn software engineering at Launch School. In 2019, Kevin joined the CS Curriculum Committee at his local community college.

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