Lenovo's Flex 6 14 is a sleek convertible that offers a premium design at an affordable price. The 8th generation Intel Core i5 CPU, discrete Nvidia MX130 GPU and enough physical memory and storage outclass many category leaders that cost a couple hundred dollars more. The included active pen is a great bonus if you do stylus-based work and the case feels more sturdy than most budget machines.
This machine's biggest drawback is its low battery life. It's rated to last up to eight hours, but our tests found it struggled to make it through a typical day of light to moderate work and play. The laptop also doesn't have a bright enough screen to fight glare and its color gamut is below average for an Intel display.
The Flex's keyboard is a joy to type on, with a satisfying amount of travel and a tactile bump in the center of each keystroke. The touchpad is similarly good and supports multi-touch gestures and Alt-enabled hotkeys for media playback, muting the mic, disabling the camera and Windows lock. It's easy to carry around, too. At 12.9 x 9.01 x 0.69 inches and 3.6 pounds, the Flex is slim enough for most backpacks and comfortable enough to hold in one hand. The flat aluminum lid is simple and unobtrusive, with a Lenovo logo in the back-left corner. There's a full array of ports on the left side of the machine: a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port, a USB 3.0 Type-A port and a barrel-shaped charging port. On the right, you'll find an HDMI port, a media card reader and a laptop security slot.