12 September 2021

REVIEW: Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon

Yoga class

After our recent review of the powerful yet hefty HP Spectre x360 laptop, we'd gotten used to lugging about a heavy, metal-frame computer. So, when we took delivery of a new and lighter laptop form Lenovo, we couldn't believe what we'd been missing out on. Life can be so much simpler with a light laptop! Yay!That machine was the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon.

What we have here is an attractive, slim Windows 10 laptop built very much with portability in mind. With impressive dimensions of just half an inch thick, yet boasting a 13 inch QHD screen, the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon comes in a clean ivory-white colour with a thin black bevel around the screen. We like it, a lot.

Weighing less than 1kg, this laptop is a true delight to carry around, and we soon found ourselves forgetting about it while lugging it around in a backpack. That reduction in weight is due in large part to a fully plastic body, but one that seems tough and resilient to bumps and knocks. It has a smooth, velvety feel which makes it easy to grab, so there's no chance it will slip out of your hands.

It runs Windows 10 64 on an Intel Core i7 processor, with the base model having 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. We were gratefully sent the higher spec model, with 16GB of memory and 500 GB SSD, so customisation options are available if you have specific tasks in mind for yours.

Regardless of the internals, the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon is a delight to use, with a tactile, firm keyboard that is great to type on for extended hours (this very review is being written on it, for example), while the trackpad is nicely sized for the 13inch screen. In terms of connectivity, you have all the usual wireless options, as well as three USB-C ports and a headphone port. So if you're looking to hook up to an external monitor you'll need a dongle, but this device seems too 'on the go' for all that office bullshit.

One thing to note is that the screen isn't a touch screen. We were slightly surprised by this to begin with, as typically most modern Windows laptops feature them. However, the lack of such a feature clearly contributes to the Yoga's relatively low starting price, and it means you can flick your fingers around on the keyboard never worrying you'll catch the screen and accidentally delete all your work. Which we've done before. More than once.

Above that screen is the very subtle webcam. It maxes out at 720p resolution, which isn't great, but something we were expecting at this price point (unlike the rubbish cam on the twice as costly HP device mentioned above). It'll do the trick for meetings on the move, but if you're looking to impress clients (or dates!) we'd always recommend an external cam - and you'll have no issues plugging one in thanks to those three C ports.

A quick start up, a smooth runner, and some great looks, we've really enjoyed testing the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon. It's remined us that functional, powerful laptops don't have to be made from weapons-grade aluminium and weigh a tonne. Essentially there is nothing you couldn't get done on this, from writing, all the way to video editing. We hugely approve.

From £799

Visit lenovo.com

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