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Lenovo Flex Pro 2-in-1 Touch Laptop: 13.9" 4K, i7-8550U, 16GB DDR4, 512GB SSD EXPIRED

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B&H Photo Video has Lenovo Flex Pro 2-in-1 Touch Laptop (81TF0004US) for $829. Shipping is free. Thanks WingsOfF

Specs:
  • Intel Core i7-8550U 1.8GHz Quad-Core Processor (8th Gen)
  • 13.9" 3840x2160 Multi-Touch IPS Display
  • 16GB 2400MHz DDR4 Memory
  • 512GB PCIe Solid State Drive
  • Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • 360° Hinge: 4 Different Modes
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi 5 (2 x 2) + Bluetooth 4.1
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Ports:
    • 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
    • 2x Thunderbolt 3
    • 2x Headphone/Microphone Input/Output
  • 4-Cell 70Wh Battery
  • Weight: 3.09 lbs
B&H Photo Video also has Lenovo Flex Pro 2-in-1 Touch Laptop (81TF0000US) for $499. Shipping is free.

Specs:
  • Intel Core i5-8250U 1.6GHz Quad-Core Processor (8th Gen)
  • 13.9" 1920x1080 Multi-Touch IPS Display
  • 8GB 2400MHz DDR4 Memory
  • 256GB PCIe Solid State Drive
  • Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • 360° Hinge: 4 Different Modes
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi 5 (2 x 2) + Bluetooth 4.1
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Ports:
    • 1x USB Type-A (USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 1)
    • 2x Thunderbolt 3
    • 2x Headphone/Microphone Input/Output
  • 4-Cell 70Wh Battery
  • Weight: 3.09 lbs
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Price on the i7 model is $20 lower than a previous Frontpage deal from December. Price on the i5 model matches a previous Frontpage deal from February. Please refer to the forum thread for additional deal details & discussion. -StrawMan86

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This made FP at $999 before. Now reduced to $849. > Now $829

it is a rebranded Yoga 920 with Windows Pro installed and this is a very good price for what it come with. You can look up reviews for Yoga 920 instead since this rebranded model is only sold through limited outlets and not reviewed as such.

Key Features
1.8 GHz Intel Core i7-8550U Quad-Core
16GB DDR4 | 512GB PCIe SSD
360° Hinge | 4 Different Modes
14" 3840 x 2160 Multi-Touch IPS Display

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/pr...x_pro.html

One advantage of this model is that it is easily converted to a Hackintosh with drop in configuration already available online and there is a Lenovo broadcom WiFi card that is whitelisted for it and supported in MacOS.

The i5 version with 1080p screen is also available reduced to $499 (from $529 when this was first posted)

Key Features
1.6 GHz Intel Core i5-8250U Quad-Core
8GB DDR4 | 256GB PCIe SSD
360° Hinge | 4 Different Modes
14" 1920 x 1080 Multi-Touch IPS Display

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/pr...256gb.html

I do have to mention that there are some problematic reports with this model and the Yoga 920 (which is why I suspect they are clearing this out with rebranding). Only one year warranty for a "Pro" model. The downsides can perhaps be discussed in the thread. It might work for a lot of people if not for all.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/pr...l/overview
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Best to search the forum for the same model. There are some reports there of issues as well as in the online reviews for this and the yoga 920 it is based on. What I can't decide is whether there is a systemic issue with this model or it is the usual small percentage of glitches in any laptop. Some of the issues are a matter of opinion. Unfortunately, Lenovo support can be real spotty or bad when problems occur.

Based on these and online reviews, this model makes a universally great first impression. The fit and finish are great.

But a group of people have found the following issues on longer use:

- The edges are very sharp although not all agree
- The audio makes a pop noise before anything is played. This is supposedly a hardware problem that Lenovo is refusing to fix. YMMV on whether this is a issue or not or even if you notice it.
- The screen is too dim for some people but not others. It is rated at 300 nits and it reaches 280 in yoga 920 test reviews, which is not bad compared to the usual 250 nits in this price range but not great. May or may not bother you.
- The WiFi can be weak. This is not a common observation.
- Display can start to flicker or black out in certain positions of the laptop used as a tablet. Don't know how likely this is any specific unit.
- Motherboard going bad typically after the warranty ends. Not sure how rare this is.
- Too much fan noise. This seems to be a fairly widespread discontent. Not uncommon for i7 based laptops, especially cramped ultra portables.
- The bottom gets a bit hot. Related to the above as a cooling issue.
- Battery life poor for the 4k screen i7 version. Less battery life is to be expected for any 4k screen but some people seem to think it is much less than otherwise.

So, nothing conclusive that would totally eliminate it from consideration but enough reports to give one pause before purchase. Depends on one's expectations. The expectations for the much more expensive yoga version may have been much higher because of the higher price it was sold at. On the other hand, it is very difficult to find anything else with similar good build, design and combination of hardware for this price.

Sort of like buying a sexy sports car knowing that it can be temperamental. Smilie
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I was going to rail on this by saying "Why do manufacturers gotta force 4K/OP CPU if consumers just want a touchscreen", but then I saw that i5 deal, and all my complaints got thrown out the window. That i5 powered 1080p version is a fantastic deal, and props to Lenovo for not forcing us to pay extra for the 4K panel and the i7 on top of the touchscreen (looking at you Razer)
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Can you just tell us what are are the issues you are talking about?
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Can you just tell us what are are the issues you are talking about?
Best to search the forum for the same model. There are some reports there of issues as well as in the online reviews for this and the yoga 920 it is based on. What I can't decide is whether there is a systemic issue with this model or it is the usual small percentage of glitches in any laptop. Some of the issues are a matter of opinion. Unfortunately, Lenovo support can be real spotty or bad when problems occur.

Based on these and online reviews, this model makes a universally great first impression. The fit and finish are great.

But a group of people have found the following issues on longer use:

- The edges are very sharp although not all agree
- The audio makes a pop noise before anything is played. This is supposedly a hardware problem that Lenovo is refusing to fix. YMMV on whether this is a issue or not or even if you notice it.
- The screen is too dim for some people but not others. It is rated at 300 nits and it reaches 280 in yoga 920 test reviews, which is not bad compared to the usual 250 nits in this price range but not great. May or may not bother you.
- The WiFi can be weak. This is not a common observation.
- Display can start to flicker or black out in certain positions of the laptop used as a tablet. Don't know how likely this is any specific unit.
- Motherboard going bad typically after the warranty ends. Not sure how rare this is.
- Too much fan noise. This seems to be a fairly widespread discontent. Not uncommon for i7 based laptops, especially cramped ultra portables.
- The bottom gets a bit hot. Related to the above as a cooling issue.
- Battery life poor for the 4k screen i7 version. Less battery life is to be expected for any 4k screen but some people seem to think it is much less than otherwise.

So, nothing conclusive that would totally eliminate it from consideration but enough reports to give one pause before purchase. Depends on one's expectations. The expectations for the much more expensive yoga version may have been much higher because of the higher price it was sold at. On the other hand, it is very difficult to find anything else with similar good build, design and combination of hardware for this price.

Sort of like buying a sexy sports car knowing that it can be temperamental. Smilie
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It runs hot and the fans pretty much stay on. The processor is already 3 years old? Battery drains quickly due to 4K screen. But honestly even though it's not the top end ssd like Apple uses, still a good price for the specs! Plus I believe the ssd can be upgraded.
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Is it better than Spectre x360?
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Is it better than Spectre x360?
Spectre has a better 4K screen
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The non-4k version seems like to one to buy. 1080p display is more then enough for a 14" display, plus the battery won't drain as fast.

You could always upgrade the RAM and SSD if you wanted and/or needed more.
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Spectre has a better 4K screen
I dont like hp product. I feel the quality has comedown. I know the specs are good. Also the resale value of an hp is not good
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Is that what they did to the old hinge design? They put them on the ideapad? I always wondered why the never kept them on the yoga series.
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Fwiw, I have the Yoga 920 late 2018 model, 1080p, same processor (i7 8th gen) but less ram/storage. I can say that fortunately I haven't had any issues with the hinges, fan noise, or motherboard. The bottom does get hot for me but only while charging. It's not unbearable and then can still use it on my lap while charging.

The screen brightness is plenty bright for me since I'm not always working in bright situations or outside, in fact I never use it at full brightness, generally between 60-75%. But also I don't work outside or in bright environments.

It definitely has a premium feel to it, and do love the USB-C charging!!
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Got this one before Xmas, great laptop, not an issue whatsoever.
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Is it better than Spectre x360?
IMHO - reading reviews the current specter x360 is considered equal or better than the yoga 940.
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Looks exactly like Yoga 920, event the position and number of USB ports and power button. I would stay away just to be on the safe side, since 920 motherboards had many issues and died in a year or two. Replacing the motherboard costs more than a new laptop since everything except SSD is soldered.

Here's a link to an investigation on one of Yoga 920 numerous issues :
http://www.classlawdc.com/2018/12...stigation/
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