I was drawn to the Lenovo Flex 4 after seeing it in a showroom. On a floor full of laptops with mushy Chiclets for keys, the Flex 4 was a callback to the glory days of the IBM ThinkPad. The keyboard had full-size keys with actual travel! They even audibly snapped (well, a little) when you typed on them. Could it be that the freefall of notebook keyboard quality, driven by the inexorable push toward ever-thinner ultrabooks, was finally slowing down?

Lenovo Flex 4



Superstar keyboard. Plenty of ports. Potentially a great value if performance issues are addressed.


Too big and bulky, particularly when converted into tablet mode. Performance is dragged down by a dog-slow hard drive. Floppy hinge system makes casual screen taps difficult.