Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 review: Looks pretty, works mighty

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One of the most sought-after pieces of tech during life in this pandemic is a solid-working laptop to get through everyday tasks for school or work. And while most laptops in the market are capable of basic number-crunching, the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 can do you better, especially if you’re willing to shell out a bit more cash.

Like other laptops in the Yoga family, the Yoga Slim 7 boasts powerful performance in a smaller and more stylish form factor. The highlights: highly capable as a daily driver, impressive entertainment system, smart features, ultra portable, and decent battery life.

Build and design

This Yoga’s body is made of sand-blasted aluminum, giving it a feel of luxury and making it smooth to the touch. With a 14.9mm thickness, this laptop is easy to carry around and take anywhere even when you’re holding it with one hand (for extra precaution, we advise to still hold it with two).

Our test unit came in Orchid and it looks super sleek and trendy. I know this will catch eyes if I’ll use it in a coffee shop somewhere. But since we’re still following stay-at-home orders, I just thought of different outfits that would go well with this sophisticated machine.

The cover itself doesn’t catch fingerprints, so it’s easy to clean with a quick wipe. At the top left of the cover is the Yoga branding, which looks stylish yet still minimalistic. Then by the edge of the laptop’s lid is an engraving, which reads “Yoga 7 series,” adding a touch of elegance. The lifted part of the lid is supposed to help you open the laptop easily with one hand, but I found myself struggling with this. I still had to hold the lower part of the machine down to fully open the device.

The keyboard has a nice travel to it; the keys aren’t too spaced out on this 14-inch laptop. Plus, the chiclet keyboard has a satisfying click to them when you’re typing. On either side of the keyboard are the speakers, which pump impressive sound (I’ll get into that later).

The power button on the Yoga Slim 7 sits at the right side of the device instead of on the keyboard part. It’s pretty easy to get used to, and anyway, this laptop conveniently turns on once you lift the lid. Next to the button are two USB-A ports and a microSD slot. Meanwhile, the left side is home to two USB-C ports, an HDMI port, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Display

The Yoga Slim 7 sports a 14-inch FHD display outputting up to 300 nits of brightness. It provides a big screen real-estate for a 14-incher, thanks to its slim bezels from all sides. The laptop’s hinge also lets you lay the laptop flat 180-degrees on surfaces.

I did notice that when I’m using the laptop against a window or outdoors, it turns the screen brightness all the way up to the point that it messes with the quality of the content you’re viewing. It’s best if you go to the laptop’s Settings and disable the automatic brightness adjustments.

On the top bezel, there’s the 720p IR camera, which proves to be highly functional beyond video calls. If you enable Windows Hello and register your face for the facial unlock feature, you can unlock the laptop without even touching it (as long as the lid is up). There’s also a sensor in the camera that will dim the screen once you move away from it. It’ll just turn back on when you sit in front of the laptop again.

Performance

On paper, this Yoga packs quite the power: an Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD storage, and an NVIDIA GeForce MX350 graphics card. I mainly used this laptop for creating documents, light photo editing, a bit of audio editing, browsing, attending Zoom calls, and streaming movies to Discord. During my three weeks with it, I encountered no lagging or crashing with any apps, even when I had multiple windows open at the same time. I wasn’t able to play heavy-hitting games on this machine, but light games like Stardew Valley run pretty smoothly on it.

This laptop has impressive speakers. It’s enjoyable to watch movies on this Yoga because I didn’t need to turn the volume all the way up to hear the audio clearly. The dual 4.0W speakers sound whole that it would make you think you’ve connected the laptop to an external portable speaker.

In terms of battery life, the laptop stays powered for around eight hours before needing a charge, at least based on the way I used it. Filling the battery up takes a little over two hours thanks to its 95W RapidCharge Pro charging technology. During my use, the laptop didn’t heat up too much while I was watching movies on a higher brightness while plugged in.

Speed says

Stylish, powerful, and ultraportable, the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 is a reliable daily driver for those looking for a more sophisticated machine for work or school. With a starting tag of P69,995, this machine is on the pricey side, but it does deliver on its promise of premium performance.

Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 (14IIL05) specs:

  • OS: Windows 10 Home
  • Display: 14-inch FHD (1920×1080) IPS
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-1065G7 with 3.9GHz 4 cores
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  • Memory: 16GB soldered LPDDR4x-3200
  • Storage: 512GB SSD M.2 2280 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe
  • Camera: 720p + IR + ToF
  • Connectivity: WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0
  • Ports: 1x 3.5mm audio jack, 2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1, 1x USB-C 3.2 (Gen 2, Power Delivery 3.0, DisplayPort, Thunderbolt 3.0), 1x USB-C (Power Delivery 3.0), HDMI, microSD card reader
  • Battery: 60Wh
  • Power: 95W USB-C adapter
  • Dimensions: 320.6mm x 208mm x 14.9mm, 1.43kg

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