At first glance, the Lenovo Flex 5 seems like it should cost a lot more than it does (currently $478 on Amazon). This 13-inch convertible laptop has a 1080p screen, a snappy keyboard, and a 10th-generation Intel Core i3 processor, plus it weighs less than three pounds.
There’s always a catch, though, and in this case, it’s the display. Although it looks sharp enough and offers fine viewing angles, the amount of light bleed around the edges of the display make for an ugly multimedia experience, especially when combined with anemic stereo speakers.
The result is a laptop that you probably wouldn’t want to use for media playback. But if you’re just looking for an inexpensive, browser-first laptop for productivity or schoolwork, the Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook is a great value.