Lenovo Slim 7i Carbon hands-on

Lenovo has revamped a number of models in its Slim line (known as Yoga Slim in some markets). One model I find interesting is the Slim 7i Carbon, a model Lenovo has called “The Art of Mobility” in its press release.

If that name sounds familiar, it’s because this appears to be a similar package to the AMD-powered IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon (or Yoga Slim 7 Carbon outside of North America), which made a splash at its announcement last year as the lightest 14-inch laptop with an OLED screen. (It’s 2.37 pounds.) Not only did that panel have a 90Hz refresh rate, but it could also reach a brightness of 600 nits, which is exceptionally bright for a consumer laptop (and especially for an OLED — those are usually on). the weaker side).

With the Intel-equipped Slim 7i Carbon, Intel shows a bit of a shift in priorities. The 600-nit OLED display is gone – the 7i has a still fine, but less unique 2560 x 1600 IPS panel that can reach 400 nits, per Lenovo. This device is all about its portability. The Slim 7 Carbon had a 14-inch screen and weighed 2.37 pounds; the 7i is a 13.3-incher and weighs just 2.13 pounds. That means it’s probably one of the lightest laptops you can buy this season.

The Lenovo Slim 7i Carbon on a white table seen from above.  The screen shows a dark corridor with neon pink outlines.

An edge-to-edge keyboard makes the most of the small body.

I spent some time with the device and I noticed how light it was. The lifting really feels like you’re not lifting anything – you could have fooled me into thinking I was holding a hollow chassis.

But the Slim is made of “aerospace-grade magnesium alloy reinforced with multi-layer carbon fiber,” and didn’t feel flimsy like laptops of this size and weight sometimes do. While I didn’t want to try too hard to bend the chassis in Lenovo’s hands-on area, I didn’t squeeze the keyboard as I typed. I was also surprised by how nice the keys and touchpad felt when I tried them, as the device is just over an inch thick. Both were spacious and comfortable to use. Those are hard to comment on without more extensive testing, but I didn’t see any red flags while I was playing.

This new release joins a trend we’ve seen in recent years in small consumer laptops across the board: Thin is in. Last year’s ThinkPad X1 Nano was the lightest laptop Lenovo ever released at £1.99, and one of the lightest 13-inchers of all time. This year’s ThinkPad Z series (expected to be released soon), an entirely new segment of the ThinkPad line, is also hyper-focused on the thin and light build, compromising for that purpose in areas where other ThinkPads generally not it.

Elsewhere, the 7i Carbon is available in three colors: “Moon White”, “Cloud Gray” and “Storm Grey”. Inside, the device houses Intel’s 12th-generation Core processors, including the Core i5-1240P and the Core i7-1260P. The latter was included in the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 that I just reviewed, and showed pretty good performance and battery life. RAM can be configured up to 32 GB with 1 TB of storage.

I’ll also note that while the screen isn’t an OLED, it looked pretty good. I actually asked the Lenovo team if I was looking at a real screen or a photo when I first saw the device from a distance because it looked so sharp.

The Slim 7i Carbon will be available in June with a starting price of $1,299.

The Lenovo Slim 7 Pro X on a white table in front of a blue wall angled to the right and open.  The screen shows a puffin in front of a dark background.

And this is the Slim 7 Pro X.

Other interesting releases from Lenovo today include the Yoga Slim 7i Pro X and Yoga Slim 7 Pro X. These devices are much heavier than the Carbon, but still quite portable at 3.5 pounds — and, even more impressively, they can carry a discreet RTX Packing 3050 GPU into that chassis. Such a combination isn’t unheard of in gaming laptops — models like Asus’ ROG Zephyrus G14 and Acer’s Predator Triton 300 SE have better GPUs and aren’t too much heavier — but it’s a unique amount of power to see in a compact consumer-oriented device.

I also played with this for a while and was surprised to hear how much it weighed – it felt quite portable. As someone who carries their laptop around quite a bit, I’d rather have it in my backpack than a Triton. The rounded edges in particular give it a bit more of an office look and feel than some of the other GPU-equipped options you might find at this size.

If you want an OLED display, you might be more interested in the more expensive Slim 9i, which will feature an OLED with either 2.8K or 4K resolution. It appears to be more business-oriented and comes with AI-powered security features, including “hardware-level encryption designed to protect the device from root and ransomware attacks.” (The AI ​​can also automatically adjust fan speed and performance settings, although this sort of thing can sometimes be more annoying than helpful if it doesn’t adjust to your preferences.) The sound of the device is from Bowers & Wilkins, the same company that makes the exceptional audio on the consumer-oriented Yoga 9i.

The Slim 9i costs $1,799, while the Slim 7i Pro X and Slim 7 Pro X cost $1,699 and $1,499, respectively. All three are expected in June.

Photography by Monica Chin / MovieUpdates

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