Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon, palms on: A compact sub-1kg ultraportable


Professionals

  • Compact and light-weight
  • Stable construct high quality
  • Distinctive look

Cons

  • No fingerprint reader
  • Disappointing battery life

Lenovo’s 13.3-inch Yoga Slim 7i Carbon is a compact and light-weight Intel Evo-branded laptop computer with a mid-range price ticket. There are two configurations obtainable within the UK. My assessment unit was a £999.99 (inc. VAT) mannequin that runs on an Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage. These on a tighter finances can go for the £899.99 mannequin with a Core i5-1135G7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, though the £100 uplift does purchase you what appears, on paper, to be a way more succesful machine. The Yoga Slim 7i Carbon just isn’t at present obtainable within the US. 

The Moon White carbon fibre chassis will not attraction to everybody, however it’s actually distinctive. It is robust, too: Lenovo says the Yoga Slim 7i Carbon is “rigorously subjected to 9 military-grade checks”, particularly: altitude, excessive temperature, low temperature, temperature shock, humidity, sand and mud, vibration, shock and freeze-thaw. This laptop computer would definitely survive bodily in a backpack with no protecting sleeve, though you would possibly wish to use one with the intention to maintain the chassis scratch-free.  

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The Yoga Slim 7i Carbon runs on Eleventh-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors with 8GB or 6GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB of SSD storage. The 13.3-inch display is a QHD (2560 x 1600) IPS panel, and the laptop computer weighs slightly below a kilogram.

Photographs: Lenovo

The 13.3-inch display makes for a small footprint of simply 296.9mm extensive by 208.55mm deep by 13.9-14.9mm. Lenovo says the load begins at 966g (it weighed in on my kitchen scales at 978g), and it is a thriller why Lenovo has not made extra of this: sub-1kg laptops stay a rarity. 

The non-touch display sits in what Lenovo calls ‘micro-borders’ (what’s subsequent — ‘nano-borders’?). The 3mm depth that Lenovo quotes solely applies to the brief edges; the higher lengthy edge border is a bit deeper — I measured it at 4.5mm on the outer edges rising to 7mm within the centre to permit area each for the IR webcam and for an overhang that turns out to be useful when lifting the lid. The underside bezel is deeper nonetheless at round 9mm. Nonetheless, the display does sit neatly in its encompass, and Lenovo quotes a 91% screen-to-body ratio (though we calculate it to be 82.9%). 

The 16:10 facet ratio is welcome, and the show’s QHD (2,560 x 1,600, 227ppi) decision means content material appears crisp and clear. Outside working is perhaps an issue although, as the utmost display brightness is 300 nits. Unusually, the display, which helps 100% of the sRGB gamut and 72% of NTSC, is matte slightly than reflective.  

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We’ve got no complaints about both the backlit keyboard or the touchpad, however a fingerprint reader could be welcome.

Picture: Sandra Vogel / ZDNet

The Harmon Kardon stereo audio system are on the typical aspect: they will pump out a excessive quantity, however distortion is audible within the higher reaches. 

The keyboard is a snug typing platform, though the keys aren’t notably bouncy. The touchpad is responsive and a good dimension. 

There are two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, an additional USB-C port that can be utilized for charging, plus a 3.5mm combo audio in/out jack. HDMI and USB-A connections would even have been useful, as would a MicroSD card reader. The IR digital camera, which lacks a privateness cowl, helps Home windows Hey face authentication, however there is not any fingerprint sensor. 

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Proper aspect (high): USB-C, 3.5mm audio in/out, energy. Left aspect (above): 2x USB-C/Thunderbolt 4.

Picture: Sandra Vogel / ZDNet  

Battery life left me considerably nonplussed with the battery falling to 54% from a full cost after three hours of mainstream productiveness use. That extrapolates to round 6.5 hours in complete, which falls method in need of Lenovo’s declare of 13-15 hours. 

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Thankfully, quick charging with the 65W adapter is supported. This delivered a lift from 32% to 71% throughout a 45-minute cost. Nonetheless, for all its portability, this in all probability is not the laptop computer to select if you happen to want all-day utilization away from a mains energy supply.  

Though it lacks a fingerprint sensor and gives mediocre battery life in its Core i7/16GB configuration, Lenovo’s Yoga Slim 7i Carbon is a serviceable, light-weight and distinctive-looking 13-inch laptop computer.

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