Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon review: Featherweight fighter

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Part of Lenovo’s Yoga lineup, the Yoga Slim 7i Carbon carries all the iconic features unique to the range—an ultrathin body, sleek style, and premium performance—all in an eye-catching white chassis. Bells and whistles aside, how does this ultraportable fare as a daily driver?

A real featherweight

The Slim 7i Carbon stands out from other Yoga Slim models for its body. Its top case is made of carbon fiber, thus its name, while the bottom is made of magnesium alloy. I had no problem carrying this device around with one hand as it only weighs 996g. And while it’s ultrathin at 14.25mm, it’s still sturdy and durable. It doesn’t heat up as much, too, which was convenient for when I’d be using this laptop in bed.

The unit is in Moon White, so I thought at first that the laptop would look less sleek than other Yogas. But as I got used to seeing it on my desk, I learned to appreciate its beauty. To my pleasant surprise, this white laptop doesn’t catch dirt as easily inside and out.

Viewing pleasure

This laptop sports a 13.3-inch QHD+ display that can reach up to 300 nits of brightness. The display is anti-glare, so I had no problems using it even while I was sitting against the light. And thanks to the narrow bezels from all sides of the display, this 13-inch machine provides a big screen real estate. I could seamlessly multitask between two windows and still get ample views of both.

Binge-watching The Good Place was delightful on this laptop. The display produces a crisp and high-quality picture while the 2W Harman Kardon speakers with Dolby Atmos create an immersive sound experience. One detail I found to be a pet peeve though is that since the speakers are located at the bottom of the laptop, when it’s not placed on a flat surface, I found the audio a bit less to my liking. So my tip for those who don’t want to connect an external audio peripheral: place the Slim 7i Carbon on a flat surface to get better sound.

Packing a punch

Performance-wise, the Slim 7i Carbon does not disappoint. It boasts an 11th-gen Intel Core i5 processor with Intel Iris Xe graphics and a whopping 16GB of RAM. Needless to say, my daily tasks of writing and light photo editing were a breeze for this machine. I also tried playing a few light games like Stardew Valley and this laptop did not disappoint. I figure it can handle more heavy-hitting games and tasks, too.

Living in the age of lockdown, I often used this laptop to take video calls. The picture quality of the 720p IR ToF camera was a little lackluster. I had someone tell me my old MacBook’s webcam quality look better.

On the upside, the webcam on this Yoga offers more than just video recording functions, it can also be used to unlock the laptop through Windows Hello. And conveniently, the laptop dims the screen when it detects that I’ve walked away from it. It automatically wakes, too, once I’m in front of it again.

One of the compromises to an ultra thin body is the lack of connectivity ports. This Yoga only has a total of four on it: three USB-C ports (one of which is Thunderbolt 4) and an audio jack. Keep adapters at the ready in case you want to use flash drives or connect this to an HDMI display.

Battery-wise, this machine lasted up to seven hours before needing a charge. Tasks like video calling and watching videos take a bigger toll on the battery, but powering up is not a problem. With the 65W USB-C charger that comes out of the box, this laptop powers from 20% to full in less than two hours.

Speed says

This featherweight laptop packs a punch. The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon is a reliable daily driver for both work and leisure alike. You can trust that this laptop offers more than just its stunning look.

The Intel i5-1135G7 variant with 16GB of RAM is now available in official Lenovo stores for P64,995.

Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon specs:

  • Windows 10 Home
  • 13.3-inch QHD (2560×1600) Anti-glare display, 100% sRGB, Dolby Vision
  • Intel Core i5-1135G7 CPU
  • Intel Iris Xe Graphics
  • 16GB LPDDR4x-4266 RAM
  • 512GB SSD M.2 2280 PCIe 3.0×4 NVMe
  • 720p + IR + ToF webcam
  • WiFi11ax, 2×2, Bluetooth 5.1, 1x 3.5mm audio jack, 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, 2x Thunderbolt 4
  • 50Wh battery
  • 295.88 x 208.85 x 14.25mm, 996g
  • P64,995

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