Laptop or Desktop? A Look at the Lenovo Miix 2, Flex 2, K450e and C560


If you're in the market for a computer, but don't know if you want a laptop or a desktop computer, Lenovo may be able to help. Take a look below to see if the Lenovo line of notebook and desktop computers is right for you.

First up is the Lenovo Miix 2. The Miix 2 is a cross between a tablet and a laptop. Featuring a multi-mode design, the Miix 2 can be used as a traditional clamshell laptop or it can be detached from the keyboard dock completely and turned into a full-fledged tablet. The Miix 2 has intelligent software that can detect which mode you're in and recommends suitable apps. The Miix 2 has an 11.6" widescreen display with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a Full HD 1920 x 1080 native resolution. The display doubles as a touchscreen so you can swipe and tap your way through the Windows 8.1 operating system. The Miix 2 is available with either a 4th-generation Haswell Intel® Core™ i3 or i5 processor, providing fast, reliable performance at low voltages.


If you prefer your laptop to maintain its traditional clamshell look, as well as stay attached to the keyboard, then the Lenovo Flex 2 might be a better fit. While it may not be able to provide the full tablet experience as the Lenovo Miix 2, its unique hinge can be pushed to 300 degrees, which provides a Laptop mode and a Stand mode. Laptop mode is your standard notebook layout, while Stand mode relies on the 15.6" LED-backlit touchscreen. With support for up to 10-point touch, you'll be able to utilize the multi-touch gestures on Windows 8.1. The Flex 2 also comes with a 4th-generation Haswell Intel Core i7 processor for low-voltage, reliable performance.

While portable laptops and tablets are becoming more and more popular, a reliable home computer can also be a positive addition. If you've grown attached to the multi-touch gestures on your mobile device, the Lenovo C560 allows you to continue to tap and swipe your way through Windows 8.1, with its 23" touchscreen. As an all-in-one desktop computer, the C560 comes out of the box ready to go with an included keyboard and mouse, as well as its full-metal V stand. The system is powered by a 4th-generation Haswell Intel Core i3 processor and even has a built-in DVD optical drive, which is increasingly being omitted from laptops, in favor of a smaller footprint.

Sometimes, performance is all that matters. That's where the Lenovo K450E comes in. As a desktop tower, the K450E allows you to access its internal components and upgrade individual parts when you want, something that usually isn't possible for a laptop or an all-in-one. However, the K450E has some high-performance components so you won't have to upgrade any time soon. Its 4th-generation Haswell Intel Core i7-4790 processor and 12GB of RAM allow you to multitask quickly and efficiently. With the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 720 graphics card, you can push graphics beyond what the Miix 2, Flex 2, or the C560 can do. You also have access to multiple USB ports, greater storage, and more. The K450E is for performance enthusiasts looking to run CPU-intensive applications or GPU-intensive PC games.


Whether you're in the market for a tablet-laptop hybrid, a laptop with a 300-degree hinge, an all-in-one desktop with a touchscreen, or a high-performance desktop tower, Lenovo has you covered.