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Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon Review: Ultraportable

Lenovo’s 13.3-inch Yoga Slim 7i Carbon, compact and lightweight, is an Intel Evo-branded laptop with a mid-range price tag. The Moon White carbon fiber chassis won’t attract everyone, but it’s distinctive. It’s tough, too.

Lenovo maintains the Yoga Slim 7i Carbon is “rigorously subjected to 9 military-grade tests”, specifically: altitude, low temperature, temperature shock, high temperature, humidity, sand and dust, vibration, shock, and freeze-thaw.

Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon

The Yoga Slim 7i Carbon works on 11th-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, including 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 512GB or 256GB of SSD storage. The 13.3-inch screen is a QHD (2560 x 1600) IPS panel, and the laptop scales just under a kilogram.

The 13.3-inch screen constitutes a small footprint of just 296.9mm broad by 208.55mm deep by 13.9-14.9mm. 

The non-touchscreen sits in what Lenovo calls ‘micro-borders.’ The 3mm depth that Lenovo values only apply to the short edges; the upper long edge margin is a little deeper. The bottom bezel is more profound, still at around 9mm. Still, the screen sits easily in its surroundings, and Lenovo cites a 91% screen-to-body ratio. 

In writing and data, the new Yoga Slim 7i Carbon looks like a comprehensive package. However, with a rate surpassing a lakh, it would be better to view past the specs on paper and see how they manage in real-world scenarios.

Layout and Build

Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon has got just a stunning design. The Yoga Slim 7i Carbon holds a matte white finish which complements its minimalist layout. The finish does an outstanding job of keeping fingerprints and smudges at bay. However, the laptop did bring a bit of dust. But the matte white finish did look chic and elegant. Additionally, there’s a Lenovo logo carved under the keyboard and on the lid. One of the Yoga branding logos also lies on the top.

Keyboard & Touchpad

The Yoga Slim 7i Carbon has a backlit keyboard suitable for typing, with big keys and adequate spacing between them for a 13-inch laptop. The keys have an excellent travel distance of 1.0mm, while the keyboard’s surface is pretty smooth. You can even manage to use the keyboard for some casual gaming. It isn’t quite ThinkPad level but can quickly go toe-to-toe with any premium 13-inch laptop.

The touchpad on the notebook is considerably large and has a sleek glass surface. The touchpad is wholly accurate and responsive while immediately recognizing multitouch gestures. Although the keys are a little hard to click down and can create the notebook to wobble slightly when used on the lapthe keyboard and touchpad on the Yoga Slim 7i Carbon are convenient to use in most scenarios.

Ports

The Carbon arrives with three USB Type-C ports, two on the left front and one on the right. The two USB-C ports on the left get Thunderbolt 4 support, while the USB-C port on the right is meant to charge. There’s no HDMI port, but an HDMI/VGA to USB Type-C connector is in the box. Finally, you also see a 3.5mm audio jack on the right, but the notebook could have adopted a full-size USB port.

Audio & Webcam

The Yoga Slim 7i Carbon has two downward-firing speakers powered by Dolby Atmos that achieve solid audio for an ultraportable 13-inch laptop. They make it relatively loud and also stuff in a bit of bass. Unfortunately, while the audio is quite evident at max levels, the frequency response leaves a lot desired. The notebook also arrives with a 720p webcam with infrared and Time of Flight sensors for Windows Hello login. The webcam isn’t very obvious but is usable for video calls.

Performance

When it gets to performance, the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon can be configured with an 11th Gen Core i7 processor matched with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of NVMe PCIe SSD storage. The model featured an 11th Gen Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor paired with 16GB of RAM with 1TB NVMe PCIe SSD. The CPU also features the most advanced integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics.

There are no concerns while multitasking between several apps. The laptop ran Google Chrome, MS Word, and Raid: Shadow Legends (Android Game) smoothly, performing without any errors in performance.

The Iris Xe graphics also enables you to satisfy in some casual gaming on the notebook. However, it does get somewhat warmer after an hour or so of gaming. It is because the fans are instead lowkey for most of the work.

Battery Life

Lenovo’s premium ultrabook packs a 50Whr 3-cell battery that the company claims can deliver up to 13 hours of battery life. Instead, the laptop delivered around 8 hours of battery life, but brightness is turned down to 40 percent, and only restricted apps to MS Word and two tabs on Chrome.

ProsCons
Compact and lightweight
Solid build quality, Distinctive look
No fingerprint reader
Disappointing battery life

Conclusion

Lenovo laptop would certainly survive physically in a backpack without a protective sleeve, although you might want to use one to hold the chassis scratch-free.