Looking for a lightweight and slim laptop for productivity? The new Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon might be the one for you.
Most professionals today need an elegant, lightweight, and compact laptop to do work wherever they are. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of options available in the market.
With the new Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon, Lenovo aims to satisfy the needs of businessmen and entrepreneurs who want a stylish but powerful laptop to carry around. The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon has a smaller footprint than most laptops with its 13-inch screen. It’s also incredibly lightweight, which is rare to see these days but as always, there are some tradeoffs — something we expect from ultra-lightweight and slim laptops of its kind.
Is it good enough for workers who are always on-the-go? Find out the reasons why you might like it below.
When I opened up the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon for the first time, my first thought was that it felt like a plastic laptop. Being lightweight and compact means that it won’t feel as solid as heavier and bulkier machines, but that’s the price to pay for portability. Durability however, is another story.
If it looks and feels like plastic, it must be plastic, right? Well, that’s not the case here. Lenovo used premium materials to make it as light as possible without compromising on quality. The underside of the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon is made with magnesium alloy, while the lid is made of carbon fibre. How tough is it? The company says it has 25% higher rigidity over previous models and went through a 20-step high-precision manufacturing process similar to the ones used in engineering supercars. In fact, it’s even tested to pass the MIL-STD 810H standards, on top of Lenovo’s own reliability tests.
The laptop also weighs 968g and is only 14.8mm thin. Edges are slightly curved, which makes it easy to bring around unlike edgy devices. I can also lift it up using one hand with no issues, although I rarely do that because it’s not a good idea for an expensive device like this one. Opening the lid with one hand is also possible, thanks to the raised notch that also houses the camera, time-of-flight sensor, and color ambient light sensor.
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon features ultra-narrow bezels that surround the screen, which totals to an impressive 91% screen-to-body ratio.Speaking of the display, the 13-inch QHD+ 16:10 screen of the Yoga Slim 7i Carbon comes with Lenovo PureSight, 90Hz adaptive refresh rate, 100% sRGB, Dolby Vision, and Atmos. Browsing the web, working on documents, as well as editing photos and videos is a pleasure to do on this device. No matter what you’re doing, the texts and elements on the screen look very crisp. In addition, watching media content is pretty enjoyable, too. The combination of the fantastic screen and Harman Kardon speakers stereo speakers just elevate the experience to another level.
There seems to be no problem with the flex here, and turning the screen completely flat was seamless. Unfortunately, unlike other Yoga laptops, it can only bend 180 degrees. Since this particular model does not have a touchscreen panel, the use cases for this setup are extremely limited.
Typing is very comfortable on the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon because the keyboard is spacious and has large keycaps. It also goes nicely with the improved edge-to-edge keyboard, wrapped in corrosion-resistant and precision die-casted magnesium. Lenovo also said that they improved the resistance to fingerprints and stains, which is achieved through 3-layers of paint, and 8 hours of high heat baking of its 3 layers of material. The keyboard backlight can be turned off if the automatic brightness adjustment isn’t your thing.The touchpad is just right for the laptop’s size and gestures work flawlessly.
The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon we were sent is equipped with an i7-1260P CPU, Iris Xe graphics, 16GB LPDDR5 RAM, and 512GB NVMe SSD. The 12th-gen Intel® Core™ i7 processor features 8 efficient cores and 4 performance, with a total maximum frequency of 4.70GHz
Needless to say, this laptop doesn’t lack power. Productivity tasks like photo and video editing were done without breaking a sweat, and multitasking was handled like a champ. Probably the only time I heard the fans was when I tried working while having a game in the background.
Some of the games that I tried that worked really well include DOTA 2, Valorant, and Grand Theft Auto V. Of course, it’s not capable of playing on the highest quality settings, but it’s more than good enough for occasional gaming.
Nowadays, most of our work involves a lot of online meetings. With the Yoga Slim 7i Carbon, Zoom meetings can be done anytime, anywhere. Camera quality is quite good for a laptop, plus it has an innovative electronic camera privacy shutter.
Another thing that I really liked about the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon is the battery life. The company claims the 50Whr battery can last for up to 13.5 hours on light usage, so carrying it around and working on it throughout the day is not a problem. But based on our tests, the laptop usually lasts around 10 hours on a normal work day. Take note that multimedia content and gaming consumes a lot more battery, which means that it will probably last less than that. In case it runs out of battery, it can recharge fairly quickly with its Rapid Charge Express that provides 3 hours of usage after just 15 minutes of charging.
Overall, I would say that the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon is an excellent laptop for those who want to work in style and are always on-the-go. It’s extremely light, so bringing it everywhere you go is not an issue. And most of the time, you won’t probably notice it’s there.
Specs-wise, there are other more cost-efficient options out there. But what you’re really paying for here is the elegant design and lightweight build, which is surprisingly not all that common even in 2022.
The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon is now available in the Philippines in Moon White and Onyx Grey colors. Price starts at Php77,995.
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon Specs
- Intel® Evo™ platform powered by Intel® Core™ i7-1260P processor
- Windows 11
- 13.3-inch 2.5K PureSight display, 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution, 226ppi
- 90Hz refresh rate, 16:10 aspect ratio
- Delta Ε<1 hardware calibrated, TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light certification
- up to 16GB LPDDR4 RAM
- up to 1TB SSD storage
- FHD 1080p IR camera
- Electronic camera privacy shutter
- 2x 2W Harman Kardon stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos
- Dual microphone array
- WiFi 6, dual-band
- Bluetooth 5.1
- Thunderbolt 4 (DisplayPort 1.4, PD, 40Gbps)
- USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 2 (DisplayPort 1.4, PD, 20Gbps)
- Dimensions: 300.98 x 206.03 x 14.8mm
- Weight: 0.97kg
- Colors: Moon White, Onyx Grey
- 50Whr battery
- 3 Years Lenovo Premium Care
- 3 Years Accidental Damage Protection