Lenovo Flex 2 14 – SSD Install – Touch Screen Convertible Laptop – Better than Microsoft Surface ?

I picked one of these up at the Lenovo store and switched over the Adata 256 GB SSD I received from the Fangbook to make a decent portable machine that lasts about 6 hours on battery. This machine is pretty well built and the ability to switch from laptop to tablet “stand” mode is super useful. After a weekend of use, I actually preferred the form factor over my Microsoft Surface because the keyboard is 10X better!

 

 

Processor4th Generation Intel Core i5-4210U Processor (1.70GHz 1600MHz 3MB)

Operating systemWindows 8.1 64

Display14.0″ HD LED 10-Point Multitouch (1366×768)

GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 4400

Memory4.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3L SDRAM 1600 MHz

Hard Drive500GB 5400 RPM

Network CardLenovo BGN

WirelessBluetoothBluetooth Version 4.0

Battery4 Cell 32 Watt Hour Lithium-Ion

 

 

The hard part was switching the Adata SSD over, I downloaded Macrium Reflect free  to clone the drive (http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx)

 

Loaded it up, and attached the SSD to a USB dock and started the cloning process. It took about 2-3 hours, but once done … then came the very hard part. This is the first time I have seen a laptop this hard to take apart (if anyone is doing this in the future, you have to pop off the keyboard which is stuck on pretty  hard and then unscrew screws under the keyboard).  Pics are below, but it was a pretty messy assembly to get into and reassemble compared to other laptops I have worked on. After taking apart the keyboard and unscrewing all screws top and bottom,  take out the old harddrive, and put in the new SSD and reassemble. Windows 8.1 booted up with no problems. Overall pretty happy with the machine, with the regular harddrive it felt slow but with the SSD installed, it felt snappy. Overall I would rate the machine a 8 out of 10, taking it apart if anything goes wrong is a big pain, but besides that it is a solid machine. As always lenovo makes the best keyboards on laptops (Never seen a Lenovo with a bad keyboard)