Lenovo's new laptop is a flexible and affordable business machine. The Flex 2 gets its name from a special hinge that allows the touch screen display to fold back for easier access to the display. It's not quite as flexible as devices in the more premium Lenovo Yoga line, which can fold back a full 360 degrees so they can be used like tablets. But the special design of the Flex 2, which comes in both 14- and 15.6-inch models, does give business users more options in everyday use. And since this machine is an update to the original Lenovo Flex laptop, users benefit from a variety of hardware upgrades that make the device better for business. You can't buy it just yet; the Flex 2 is set to hit store shelves in June. Here are three features that make it worth waiting for.
The Lenovo Flex 2 isn't quite a convertible laptop. Unlike "hybrid" machines, which allow you to fold back the display until it's flush with the base, the Flex 2 only folds back about 300 degrees. Still, this functionality can have some useful applications for business users. For starters, it gives you easier access to the laptop's touch screen; when the device is in "stand" mode, you don't have to reach over the keyboard to use touch screen apps. Additionally, in this configuration, you can use the machine like a display kiosk for presentations and video chat, among other uses.
The Flex 2 enjoys a variety of improvements over the original Flex, including a faster processor and more internal storage. Lenovo's new laptop is available with up to an Intel Core i7 processor and up to 1TB of onboard storage, with the option of including a speedy solid-state hard drive instead of a spinning hard disk. That means snappier multitasking and overall better performance during daily use. The slim notebook comes in two colors: silver or black.
The Lenovo Flex 2 is a solid business notebook that won't break the bank. The 15.6-inch model starts at $799, and the 14-inch model starts at $429. That makes this an affordable mid-range laptop and a good pick for business users on a budget, especially those who can take advantage of the machine's flexible design.