Lenovo is expanding its line of notebooks with screens that rotate almost all the way around. At first glance, the new Lenovo Flex line of ultrabooks look like any other notebooks with 14 and 15 inch displays. But unlike most ultrabooks, you can push back the screen 300 degrees so it’s facing away from the keyboard.
This lets you use the Lenovo Flex 14 or Lenovo Flex 15 in presentation mode, letting you view pictures or videos without the keyboard getting in your way. You can also prop it up on a table or desk and use the computer as touchscreen device.
Last year Lenovo introduced its Yoga line of convertible ultrabooks. Those laptops have screens that you can rotate nearly 360 degrees, so that the screen rests directly under the keyboard. That way you can use them as notebooks or tablets, depending on the screen position.
While it might seem a bit odd that the new Flex ultrabooks stop at 300 degrees, odds are you weren’t going to use a 14 or 15 inch laptop as a tablet anyway.
CNET Asia reports the Flex 14 is also cheaper than the IdeaPad Yoga, at least in Singapore.
The 14 inch model features a 1366 x 768 pixel display, an Intel Core i5-4200U processor, 8GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M graphics.
There will also be a 15 inch model which has a number pad next tot he keyboard.