There’s a bang-up sale on the top configuration of the Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook currently going on. And the deal is good all the way through January 24 at Costco.
Between now and then, the $499 Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook is discounted by $100, making the final price $399.99
It was only a few weeks ago that this model became available in the U.S., doubling up the 4 GB of memory on the original model that’s been around for most of this year.
Aside from getting 8 GB of memory, you also get the 128 GB storage configuration. Oh and that’s not the slower eMMC storage; it’s NVMe, which is much faster for moving data back and forth on the internal drive.
The Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook has a solid 1080p touchscreen, measuring 13.3-inches, and getting a Core i3 processor is quite a value at this price.
Here’s full rundown on the specs:
|CPU||10th-Gen Intel Core i3-10110U|
|GPU||Intel Integrated Graphics|
|Display||13.3-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS |
touchscreen, 300 nits
|Memory||8 GB DDR4|
|Storage||128GB NVMe SSD, microSD slot for expansion|
|Connectivity||WiFi 6 (2×2 MIMO), Bluetooth 5.0|
|Input||Water-resistant, backlit keyboard, multitouch|
trackpad, 720p webcam
|Ports||Two USB Type-C (3.1), one USB Type-A (3.1), |
|Battery||Claimed run-time of up to 10 hours|
|Software||Chrome OS automatic software update|
expiration: Jun 2028
As I said earlier this month, the Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook should be capable of anything you can throw at it: basic browsing, online productivity apps, and games via streaming services or from the Google Play Store.
I’ve watched many streaming services on this device too: The IPS panel is quite good even though the brightness is average at 250 nits.
You’ll need to be a Costco member to buy at this price, else you pay a small premium. My advice? See if a friend or family member who belongs to Costco will order one if you think this is the Chromebook for you. By the way, Costco provides a second year on your warranty; another nice perk.
One complaint I’ve heard quite a few times about this device is worth a mention before you pull the trigger though.
Several commenters have noted that the plastic hinges have broken on this device. I haven’t experienced that with the Flex 5, nor any other Chromebook that uses plastic hinges. However, it should be noted that this issue has surfaced more than once.