Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 review: The benchmark for all-rounders
We got our hands on the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7. This AMD-powered laptop promises a lot, be it the performance, battery or even the sleek build. But does it add to the powerful series or does it fall short of what we expect from it?
Product: Yoga Slim 7
Key Specs: AMD Ryzen 7 4000 series SoC, 4-cell 60.7Wh battery, Dolby Atmos tuned speakers, 14-inch FHD IPS display.
laptop to buy?
We have been witnessing an upward trajectory with Lenovo in the laptop market. We are not just talking about the performance, which no doubt is getting more powerful with every iteration, but also the look and design, which have been getting more modern and durable. If you are aware of Lenovo's line of laptops, you must have heard about IdeaPad and the Yoga line of laptops. While the former is aimed at students and mostly for daily tasks, the latter is more powerful and is aimed at users who demand a bit more in terms of power, battery and more.
So, we got our hands on the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7. This AMD-powered laptop promises a lot, be it the performance, battery or even the sleek build. But does it add to the powerful series or does it fall short of what we expect from it? We reviewed this ₹78,990 model and here's what we think.
Design and display
The Yoga Slim 7 falls in line with the good looks this series is known for without making it appear old and stereotypical. While a lot has been carried forward, some minor changes and finishes give it an up-to-date look. The grey aluminium casing without any fancy design sports a metallic appearance with a spin of simplicity. The single colour tone across the shell, keyboard area, sides and underside, brings a sense of uniformity. Some might feel it a bit ‘boring' but features like a slim appearance, curved power button, angular edges and a thin shell, makes it look pretty good. In case you want some uniqueness, you can go for the Orchid colour variant. The Space Grey version, however, gives a stealthy feel.
However, what we liked the most in Yoga Slim 7 was how lightweight it is. At 1.33kgs, it is easy to carry around. It is fairly slim as well. However, being slim and light doesn't mean it compromises on ports. It has the basics covered with a USB Type-C (PD), HDMI, USB Type-C (USB 3.2 + DisplayPort + PD), 3.5mm headphone/mic combo, microSD card reader, and 2 x USB Type-A 3.1 Gen 2 ports.
As for the display, the Yoga Slim 7 is not the best out there but it surely didn't disappoint us in any way. There's a 14-inch IPS canvas that pushes FHD (1920x1080 pixels) resolution and 300 nits of brightness. The screen is ‘anti-glare' so it was easy on our eyes when we worked on it for hours. The sharpness was definitely there and streaming videos or working on different apps is just as good. Although you get 100% sRGB support here, it is still not meant for those who are into hard-core photo editing, colour toning and heavy creatives.
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In case you want a good, bright screen with punchy colours, you might want to consider OLED screen laptops. The 16:9 aspect ratio here is familiar and good for viewing videos. If you want to see more content while scrolling through web pages or documents, this might not be the best aspect ratio right now. You can go for laptops with a 3:2 ratio as well but that won't give you the most immersive video experience.
But on the whole, the screen performance is not bad and for 90% of your work, it works well.
Performance and features
The Yoga Slim 7 is powered by AMD's Ryzen 7 4000 series, which is one of the powerful and most efficient processors out there. We already have the 5000 series laptops in India but these aren't bad either and will let you work with ease for most apps and those multiple Chrome tabs. In our daily work, which included everything from viewing videos while working on multiple tabs and document editing, the laptops shined across the board. At no point did we feel it getting heated up and impacting the overall performance. Light gaming is possible on this as well but we won't absolutely recommend this machine for gaming purposes anyway. In most cases, we didn't even hear the fans spinning inside.
All this comes in addition to Lenovo Vantage, the company's own piece of software, which is actually useful for customers. You get access to Network Boost options, Hybrid Mode, TouchPad Lock, information on CPU, GPU and RAM along with some Quick Settings option for Rapid Charge, WiFi Security and Dolby. It is also possible to switch between the Thermal, Performance, Balance and Quiet mode. The heat signatures we mentioned above are on ‘Intelligent cooling'. You also get the ‘Extreme Performance' and ‘'Battery saving' option.
The backlit keyboard is easy to get used to with this one as the travel time is good and the spacing is just enough so the fingers fall on keys naturally. Adding to the experience is the touchpad that is reliable and doesn't have issues like ghost touching or difficulty in clicking. What took us by surprise was the audio performance. It just adds to the video streaming experience and works really well with content that supports stereo sound. Unlike other laptops that have bottom-firing speakers, this one has speakers right beside the keyboard on either side, facing right at you. This adds to the loudness and clear, non-muffled audio. Not to forget, the Yoga Slim 7 has Dolby Atmos tuned speakers.
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There is a 4-cell 60.7Wh battery that does perform well. On our daily usage, which means working on several Chrome tabs, two to three browser windows, a couple of hours on video streaming and some light-weight browsing and document editing on the web, we easily got 12+ hours on average. Light users can go around for a few hours more without the charger. Heavy users might want to carry a charger, just in case.
Needless to say, the apps you use and the way you handle tasks changes the way this AMD-based laptop consumes battery. But if you are running short of it, there's always a battery optimisation mode that you have inside the Lenovo Vantage software.
You also get Lenovo's Rapid Charge Pro that claims to give you up to 50% battery in 30 minutes of charging. So, go for a long drive for 6-7 hours or catch a 12-hour flight, the battery won't let you down in most cases.
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 proves to be an all-rounder. It has a fairly decent screen, doesn't heat up, works well with multiple apps and browsers, has good Dolby tuned stereo speakers, features all the basic ports and has amazing battery life. If you want a laptop that is a bang for the buck, this comes really close. At ₹78,990 this seems to have it all. Unfortunately, there's just one variant available if you specifically want to go for the AMD chipset version. The Yoga Slim 7i (Intel version) is also there with several iterations based on different storage and RAM capacities. However, considering the fact that Intel 11th-gen is still at 10nm (for laptops) and AMD 4000 Series is at 7nm, makes the latter a bit more efficient in terms of balancing power and battery.
Still, the Yoga Slim 7 is not the best and most powerful laptop out there. It is also not the best-looking one. But after working on this for days, we can surely say that the machine is reliable and you won't be disappointed as it offers a good mix of components under-the-hood.
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