As similarly priced laptops, the Lenovo Flex 5 and the HP Envy x360 are often compared to each other. They’re both affordable 2-in-1 machines with more or less the same specifications, but needless to say, they’re distinct from one another.
While both are available in many configurations, we’re taking a look at the Flex 5 14 and Envy x360 15 with AMD Ryzen 5 4500U under the hood. That’s because these are the models that most average folks boil down their choices to from their respective lineups.
Lenovo Flex 5 vs HP Envy x360 Comparison Chart
Design and Build
The HP Envy x360 feels more premium than the Lenovo Flex 5.
To start things off, the Lenovo Flex 5 is made with a blend of polycarbonate plastic and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, aka ABS. Thanks to that, it’s pretty light and has a metallic feel to it with plenty of grip.
Meanwhile, the HP Envy x360 is a solid aluminum affair with a “sandblasted anodized finish,” as the company puts it. Because of that metal construction, it’s heavier, and that heft gives it a sturdy vibe.
Both have stable hinges you can rely on to last, but the Envy x360’s are more durable. The two also have a clean and polished look, where nothing seems to stand out to the point of being out of place. There’s barely any bezel on them too. In a word, every component, every part comes together nicely.
However, while these 2-in-1 machines are excellent in their own right, HP’s edges out Lenovo’s in overall build quality.
The HP Envy x360 can stay cooler than the Lenovo Flex 5.
Powered by a Ryzen 5 4500U, the Lenovo Flex 5 and HP Envy x360 perform more or less the same. In basic browsing and other activities such as media playback, there’s no stutter, both delivering a smooth experience. They can even handle light gaming to boot.
However, the Flex 5 can get warm at times when running demanding tasks, and it’s noticeable on the keyboard and trackpad, as well as the palm rest. In comparison, the Envy x360 doesn’t get as hot, which is likely because this is the 15.6-inch model that has more space for better cooling.
Speaking of internals, the Flex 5’s RAM is soldered. While the Envy x360’s is upgradeable, HP doesn’t make it easy, hiding the screws to open it up behind rubber strips. On top of that, there’s an aluminum frame you have to remove before you can swap out its RAM sticks. For the record, the Envy x360 13 also has soldered RAM.
When it comes to storage, both laptops’ SSD drives can be upgraded after purchase.
Ports and Connectivity
The HP Envy x360 has a more robust USB-C port and better wireless connectivity.
These convertible laptops have plenty of ports: HDMI, SD card reader, headphone and microphone jack, two USB 3.1, and one USB-C 3.1 with Power Delivery. However, the HP Envy x360 has the upper hand here. Besides Power Delivery, its USB-C port also supports DisplayPort, which basically means you can connect it to another monitor using an HDMI-to-USB-C cable, for instance.
In addition, the Envy x360 has Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 as opposed to the Lenovo Flex 5’s 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2. The takeaway here is the former has better wireless performance across the board.
Arguably, the HP Envy x360 has a better trackpad than the Lenovo Flex 5.
The Lenovo Flex 5 and the HP Envy x360 have backlit keyboards with a lot of travel and clicky trackpads that don’t wobble. In other words, they have top-notch build quality in this regard. However, only the Envy x360 has a full keyboard, and it has a shorter but wider trackpad with a glass layer, making it feel more premium than the Flex 5’s.
To no one’s surprise, both have a 720p webcam that’s decent enough for everyday video calls on apps like Skype and Zoom. Each one also has a privacy shutter, which is a nice touch. It’s worth noting that select Envy x360 models have a webcam kill switch to completely turn it off for privacy purposes.
As for audio, the Flex 5 has two top-firing speakers on the sides, while the Envy x360 has them sitting above the keyboard. The latter’s speakers are tuned by Bang & Olufsen, and while that might not mean much to some users, it does have software where you can tweak things like bass and treble and adjust equalizers.
On average, the 2-in-1s can last about eight hours on a single charge, but it goes without saying that really depends on how they’re used.
Display and Pen Performance
The Lenovo Flex 5 offers a better writing experience than the HP Envy x360.
In terms of display quality, both are similar in more ways than one. For starters, they have glossy IPS screens with an FHD resolution and 250 nits of brightness. Colors are pretty vibrant and texts are sharp, so they’re decent for watching shows and movies, browsing, and reading. Using them indoors, they’re reasonably bright enough, but it’s a bit of a struggle to use them outdoors.
Now when it comes to writing or drawing on them with their pens, they have excellent accuracy and latency with a wide enough pressure sensitivity range. The tips of their styluses even make you feel like you’re using traditional pen and paper, despite their glossy displays. However, the Flex 5 has better palm rejection than the Envy x360. Sometimes, resting your palm on the screen while writing on HP’s 2-in-1 causes double taps or something along those lines, but you can tweak its settings to fix this.
One more advantage the Flex 5 has over the Envy x360 is it comes with an Active Pen out of the box. That doesn’t only give it more value for your money, but it also makes things more convenient since you won’t have to purchase a stylus separately.
The HP Envy x360 tops the Lenovo Flex 5 in a lot of ways.
To sum things up, the HP Envy x360 is our pick here. It has the better build quality, cooling, connectivity, and USB-C port, and it even has upgradeable RAM. These reasons are more than enough to tilt the scales in its favor.
Still, in the Lenovo Flex 5’s defense, it does have better palm rejection, and it’s bundled with an Active Pen right from the get-go. Besides, display quality between the two is similar as well, and its 14-inch screen does make it easier to use for certain users.
Yes, the Lenovo Flex 5 is a decent 2-in-1 laptop for its price. It has OK performance and a respectable display with excellent palm rejection when using its included Active Pen.
Typically, Lenovo products are more affordable with good price-to-performance ratio. HP laptops usually have better build quality, but they’re generally more expensive.
Yes, the HP Envy x360 is a solid 2-in-1 you can count on to deliver in performance and features. It comes in many different configurations and sizes, but regardless of which model you choose, it has top-notch construction, design, and reliability.
The HP Envy x360 is better than the Lenovo Flex 5 because it has better wireless connectivity and build quality, among other things. However, these 2-in-1 machines are similar not only in performance but also in display quality.
Last update on 2022-05-23 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API