Review: Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14 with Active Pen. How good is this stylus for writing and drawing?

In this video I will review the Active Stylus Pen that comes with Lenovo Flex 5 2-in-1 convertible laptop. If you are a student or a working professional who is looking for a laptop and active stylus pen for taking notes or drawing sketches, keep watching!

Ever since I reviewed Lenovo Flex 5 laptop, the number one question that I keep getting is about the Active Pen. You guys have been asking if the included Lenovo Active Pen is any good? And can students use it for taking notes during lectures? How about writing mathematical equations, making complex diagrams and flowcharts. So in this video I am going to answer all these questions. BTW the 6 and 8 core Ryzen model of Lenovo Flex 5 offers the best bang for bucks. Please checkout the links at the bottome of the page for the latest price and availability of this laptop. So without further ado, let's get started.

I have been using this Lenovo Active Pen for the last few months. I have mostly used it for note taking, but occasionally I also do sketching and sometimes I indulge in mindless doodling. So my first impression of using this pen with Lenovo Flex 5 is very positive. BTW if you are wondering what is the difference between an active pen and a cheap stylus? It is accuracy, latency and palm rejection. This pen boasts high accuracy and offers excellent palm rejection. It provides over 2000 levels of pressure sensitivity, and this coupled with its very low latency results in great note taking experience. Since you are writing on a glass surface, the tip of the pen needs to provide adequate resistance to simulate a paper & pencil experience. I am happy to report that the tip of this pen provides great feedback while writing. It's not too slippery and it feels just right. When writing on any digital surface be it a laptop screen, an iPad or a Samsung Note phone, the latency is very important. Poor latency will create a delay between your pen movement and what you see on the screen. This can be very jarring. But Lenovo Flex 5’s screen digitizer works really well with this active Pen. The latency is low enough to create a natural writing experience.

Let's quickly talk about palm rejection which is really important for a great writing experience. With Lenovo Flex 5, you don't need to raise your palm and avoid touching the screen while writing. This is because the laptop automatically recognizes and differentiates between the pen tip and your palm. So you can comfortably rest your palm on the screen surface while using the pen. I mostly use Microsoft OneNote app and Windows Ink Workspace for taking notes, writing equations and making diagrams, and this pen works flawlessly. Lenovo Active Pen has 2 physical buttons, which can be programmed to perform any task you desire. By default one of the buttons is programmed to act like an eraser, which I find very handy. This pen is powered by a single quadruple-A battery which is included with the laptop. This battery is supposed to last for a year, so you don't have to worry about frequent recharging. The pen also comes with a USB pen holder for storage which can be installed in one of the unused USB ports in your laptop. This is really convenient because you won't have to worry about misplacing or losing your pen. Lenovo also provides three replacement pen tips, in case you damage the pen by accidental drops. I have been using this pen for about 2 months, and the tip still feels and acts like brand new. If you are careful, this pen should last for a long time

I think Lenovo Active pen makes Flex 5 a really compelling laptop for students and working professionals. I have tried various active pens like Apple pencil, Microsoft Surface pen and HP envy x360 pen and I find Lenovo’s pen to be top class. Now I am no artist, so I can't compare how good this pen is when it comes to making digital art. But using my rudimentary sketching skills I found this pen to work really well. Definitely the latency on the latest iPad Pro is lower, but Lenovo Active pen is perfectly fine for note taking and sketching. And it comes for free with Lenovo Flex 5 laptop, unlike Apple pencil which goes for $120 on top of an already expensive iPad Pro base price

So in conclusion, I think the combination of Lenovo Flex 5 laptop and this Active pen makes it a perfect solution for anyone looking for a 2-in-1 convertible laptop for note-taking and sketching. So what do you guys think? Do you prefer iPad Pro or a 2-in-1 convertible windows laptop for taking digital notes? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Comments

  1. An honest and well-informed review, such reviews guide people in choosing the right product. As a gadget enthusiast and seller of laptops, MacBooks and MacBook Pro Colours in UK, I really liked this gadget, thank you for sharing this.

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