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Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Carbon Review : A Featherweight That Boasts Design & Performance | Tech Reviews

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Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Carbon Review : A Featherweight That Boasts Design & Performance | Tech Reviews

 

 

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When something works, it is better not to touch it too much. This is what Lenovo has done with the seventh generation of its Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Carbon , a pure ultraportable (not convertible) that maintains the legacy of this family but does so with changes in its design and also -of course- with renewed components.

Precisely to analyze whether that legacy and that renewal are worth it, we have spent a few days analyzing it. The effort of the Lenovo engineers, as you will see below, has resulted in an impeccable team … even if it is not cheap.

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Its construction is impeccable
  • Despite its dimensions and weight, the remarkable performance
  • Good battery life thanks to the efficiency of its processor
  • 90Hz refresh rate improves smooth user interface
  • Your SSD drive “flies”
Cons
  • The supply of connection ports is too limited
  • Not having a headphone jack is debatable on a laptop
  • The price is somewhat high
  • We would have liked that in addition to facial recognition it would have had a fingerprint sensor

Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Carbon data sheet

LENOVO YOGA SLIM 7 CARBON (13IAP7)
SCREEN IPS 13.3” 2.5K (2560 x 1600) tactile

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400 nits, 90 Hz, Dolby Vision

PROCESSOR Intel Core i7-1260P

4P + 8E / 16T

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P-core: de 2,1 a 4,7 GHz

E-core: de 1,5 a 3,4 GHz

GRAPHICS Integrated, Intel Iris Xe Graphics
MEMORY 16 GB LPDDR5-4800 (dual-channel, welded)
STORAGE 1 TB SSD M.2 PCIe 4.0
CONNECTIVITY Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax)

Bluetooth 5.1

PORTS 1 x USB-C (Thunderbolt 4 / UBB4)

1 x USB-C (3.2 Gen 2)

Adaptor USB-C a minijack/HDMI/VGA

BATTERY  50 Wh

65W USB-C adapter

AUDIO 2 speakers of 2W, Dolby Atmos, Audio by Harman

Dual microphone array

WEBCAM 720p

IR Sensor (Face Recognition)

ToF

privacy switch

OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 11 Home 64 bits
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT 300.98 x 206.03 x 14.8 mm

984 g

OTHERS MIL-STD-810H certification

Intel Evo-certified

PRICE 1,589.37 euros (depending on configuration)

 

Impeccable design

The new Yoga Slim 7 Carbon is for many reasons: in these teams, the renovation usually comes from the inside, but here we are facing a renovation that is also noticeable on the outside .

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The chassis changes format, and now we will have much more rounded sides that make carrying the laptop in your hand from one side to the other more comfortable. Gone are those straighter sides of past generations, although we are still facing a slightly wedged design.

The exterior is exemplary: the carbon fiber construction makes the equipment appear to be made of plastic to the touch, but nothing is further from the truth: this material allows us to have the lightness that this alternative would provide, but with enviable resistance and durability. .

In fact, the Lenovo has military certification MIL-STD-810H , which guarantees that we can use it in extreme conditions of temperature or humidity, for example.

The overall feel is, thanks in no small part to the use of that material, extraordinary. The equipment is compact and very, very light (lower the psychological barrier of the kilogram), but it is noticeable from the first moment a polished construction in all the details.

On the top case, which is black in our test model, there is only a small, elegant “Yoga” logo on the bottom right next to a small Lenovo-branded plaque in the opposite corner.

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There’s another good sign of that outstanding construction: it’s possible to open the device with just one finger : the base is heavy enough that the screen rises firmly but smoothly as soon as we make that gesture, something that not many laptops can boast .

The fact that the upper part of the screen is a kind of ‘inverted notch’ in which the webcam, the ToF and the IR camera that make up that module are included helps. These components are integrated into an area that protrudes slightly and that, as we say, is an aid when it comes to opening the equipment with ease.

Once opened we find a screen that occupies 91% of that front . The frames are especially reduced on the sides. The bottom bezel is a bit thicker, but not too thick, and the top bezel is uneven because of that “inverted notch” we talked about earlier. The feeling is certainly that the screen occupies almost the entire front and makes the user experience more immersive.

We also have a full-size keyboard with very generous keys -in fact, they seem even larger than normal- and with a touchpad that is also very decent in size , and that the equipment is very compact with its 13.3-inch diagonal .

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On the keyboard we find an upper row of slightly smaller function keys and that includes Print Screen keys that, when pressed, allow the new Windows 11 capture tool to be executed.

The sides are, as we said, rounded, but here we have to talk about an uncomfortable sacrifice : that of the ports. We have a USB-C port with a Thunderbolt 4/USB 4 interface on the left side, and another with a USB 3.2 Gen 2 interface on the right.

Both can be used to charge the computer – the 65 W adapter is just the right size – thanks to support for Power Delivery technology , and also to connect the notebook to two external monitors.

On the right side we have, in addition to one of those USB-C ports, the power button and the always striking physical privacy switch. From the first, a request for the future: combine it with a fingerprint reader to reinforce biometric options, something that other manufacturers have done and that we believe is a very good idea.

From the second, a reverse request: I wish all manufacturers included it . This switch guarantees that in the event that a cyber attacker manages to infiltrate our computer, they will not be able to activate the webcam remotely if we have blocked it with this physical switch.

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On the left side we have the aforementioned USB-C port with Thunderbolt 4 interface and also with a small LED that indicates the charging status. What we don’t have, and this is surprising in a laptop, is a headphone port . Lenovo has removed it from the equation, and instead seems to be going all-in on wireless headphones, or using an adapter that we then plug into the USB-C port.

This decision is hardly reasonable: the thickness of the equipment is more than enough for this connector, and in laptops the argument that “this is how we gain space” for mobile phones is not defensible. The manufacturer, yes, includes a USB-C to minijack adapter.

Lenovo adapter
At Lenovo, they include with this equipment a curious USB-C adapter or hub with a headphone port, an HDMI port and… a VGA port?

We are therefore faced with a decision that seems controversial to us – have they done it to reduce weight? – and that certainly certifies that the very limited supply of ports is probably the worst of this whole set.

The lower part maintains that elegant design in a dark color, but here we have the small rubber bands that allow us to keep the equipment slightly raised and, in addition, a series of grilles that are responsible for offering the audio of the two 2 W speakers integrated in the team and developed in collaboration with Harman.

A screen with lights and some shadow

The exterior renovation of the team was unexpected, but its interior was logical and arrives with outstanding notes. The first, that of its OLED touch screen, which has a “2.5K” resolution (2,560 x 1,600 pixels) and a 16:10 format that makes us gain some precious pixels vertically , where the scroll is increasingly wider. .

Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Carbon 2

The panel also has 100% sRGB gamut support and has a brightness that, without being spectacular, is very correct : the outdoor experience is very good, although the same brightness finish of the screen that helps colors and fonts appear more “alive” can also play tricks on us with reflections.

The panel has a refresh rate of up to 90 Hz that we can also adjust with the Fn + R key combination. Pressing this shortcut will access the Auto mode that adapts the rate according to the needs of the session, a fixed refresh rate of 60 Hz or a fixed refresh rate of 90 Hz. The idea is certainly interesting and makes it easier for the user to have quick and easy access to this parameter.

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The screen also has HDR Dolby Vision support . The multimedia experience is very good when viewing video content. In doing so, we verify how the colors are vivid and intense, while the contrast is great and allows us to enjoy even more compromised scenes at the lighting level.

These specs don’t disappoint: performance is remarkably high

The team is governed by the Intel Core i7-1260P , a processor from the Alder Lake family with a TDP of 28 W and which has four high-performance cores and 8 high-efficiency cores. The base frequency of the former is 2.1 GHz but they can reach 4.7 GHz, although only for short periods of time.

Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Carbon 4

This processor is accompanied by an Intel Iris Xe graphics with 96 execution units and a clock frequency of 1.4 GHz. There is not much evolution here compared to the integrated graphics of the previous generation, but there is not too much problem either: they are still chips notable that also have native decoding of the AV1 format and support for up to four monitors.

The graphics power is in fact not negligible, and will allow us to enjoy games at 1080p if we are careful with the level of detail chosen . Some demanding titles may be too much for this team, but we can still take advantage of it to enjoy the occasional session or, of course, play in the cloud on services such as xCloud or GeForce Now.

The processor is accompanied by 16 GB of DDR5 4800 MHz RAM and a 1 TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD with NVMe support that literally flies , as we will see below.

The inclusion of that Intel processor is, of course, a very appropriate option: we are facing a chip that with that 28W TDP is perfect for this chassis: the cooling system works perfectly – the fans only “snorted” at very specific moments of the tests—and keep the temperature of the micro at bay without problems.

The hybrid philosophy of the Alder Lake chips also behaves remarkably: there are no incredible performance jumps here compared to other competitors with more or less recent processors, but we can be calm, because the synthetic tests showed that we are dealing with a team that will perform remarkably well in conventional work scenarios.

We were able to verify this in our test battery made up of the PCMark 8 and PCMark 10 suites, Geekbench or Cinebench R23 . The graphic tests with 3DMark also left a good taste in the mouth, and again, although we are not dealing with a gaming laptop, we can still enjoy video game sessions if we adjust resolution and detail to maintain adequate fluidity.

We were also able to verify how the SSD unit of this equipment is a prodigy of transfer speed. CrystalDiskMark tests indicated read speeds of up to 6,193 MB/s , while write speeds reached 4,931 MB/s.

Here the PCIe 4.0 connection is a guarantee and allows a significant leap compared to laptops with PCIe 3.0 drives. If the user needs high transfer speeds, this type of option is of course especially recommended.

The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Carbon in actual use

The synthetic performance tests are, as always, a good reference to know what to expect from the equipment, but it is always especially important to check how the experience is when using it on a day-to-day basis . In the time that we have been able to enjoy the Yoga Slim 7 Carbon, the behavior has been fantastic.

Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Carbon 19

To begin with, it is a team that is a pleasure to move from one place to another. The construction, as we mentioned, is solid and light. In fact , it seems even lighter than those figures indicate, and those who are looking for a team of reduced dimensions have an excellent alternative here.

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That doesn’t compromise the keyboard experience, for example. The layout, size, and travel are perfect , and the response times of both the keyboard and touchpad — with perfect Windows 11 gesture support — are great. It is true that the dimensions of the equipment do not leave room for a larger touchpad, but working with the one included in the Yoga Slim 7 is not a problem and the detection of the palm of the hand is impeccable.

The startup of Windows 11 Home is immediate —instantaneous if we use the suspension— and here we have the PCIe 4.0 SSD as a great ally: the launch times of the applications are very short, and the sensation of fluidity when handling them and handle operating system interface is also remarkable.

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In terms of software, by the way, it should be noted that there is hardly any bloatware , but we do have an evaluation version of McAfee Internet Security. The Lenovo Vantage suite is always interesting for its ability to help us manage various sections of the computer, but except for those options we are here before an “almost pure Windows” .

That 90 Hz refresh rate contributes to this, which we can also activate with the aforementioned Fn+R shortcut . Of course, working with that frequency constantly will shorten the battery life of the equipment, so we believe it is more advisable to leave that preference in the “Auto” mode so that it is the equipment that helps us optimize the use of the refresh rate.

The module that houses the webcam and the IR sensor for Windows Hello is a very interesting idea. As we said, that ‘inverted notch’ helps to open the laptop with just one finger and also offers space to integrate all those optical components.

It is a pity that here Lenovo has not made the effort to include a webcam with 1080p quality , but the truth is that the image quality offered by this camera was correct for videoconferences. The behavior of facial recognition was also perfect, although it would have been interesting to also have a fingerprint sensor.

Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Carbon 10

The speakers are located in the lower part of the equipment, something that makes it difficult to achieve the best audio quality. Even so, the volume is surprisingly high, well defined and precise , although logically the basses are practically non-existent.

Videos on YouTube are enjoyed without problems, but both for music and to enjoy the sound experience more, we recommend using good wireless headphones (or with a USB-C adapter, one is included in the box). Here the absence of the traditional headphone jack is surprising, but it is true that it is already very normal for us to have wireless headphones.

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The life of the battery is also very decent, although its capacity of 50 Wh is not particularly high. Said battery can be recharged from any of the two USB-C ports (one on each side, which helps) and in addition to the included charger we can use any that supports the PowerDelivery standard, as we mentioned before.

In our tests we were around nine and a half hours of continuous use and with a brightness of 50%. The figure is very correct, and we can thank not so much the battery (the compact size makes it difficult to include a larger capacity battery) as the Intel processor.

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The improvements in efficiency that the latest generation of these chips has received is good news in this section, and although we do not have record figures here, the behavior is good.

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We are therefore facing one of the most interesting and balanced ultra-portables that we have analyzed. The performance is remarkable and it is likely to be more than enough for conventional use, but what shines here is that impeccable construction that certainly makes the user experience fantastic at all times.

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The AMOLED screen may lack a bit of ‘punch’ in the area of ​​brightness – so working outdoors can be a challenge – but that 90Hz refresh rate makes up for that little bit, and the quality of the panel is raised. The same goes for the keyboard or the touchpad, which also behave perfectly.

We are therefore facing a highly recommended team, although the price is not low: in the configuration that we have handled this team is currently priced at 1,589.37 euros . Even so, the guarantees of having a compact and solvent laptop are total, and that of course also has a lot of value for many users.

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