If you say about the concept of your ideal laptop, maybe the points will be like this; thin design, light weight, fast performance, long battery life, and of course, affordable prices. There are, but generally the price will be quite high. Having the Intel Evo certification, this laptop also comes with interesting security features. A gimmick that is quite useful for those who are concerned with privacy, presented through a sophisticated camera setup on the screen. Near perfection, with 1 – 2 minor flaws. Here’s my review after using the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon.
Different from most laptops and the perception of carbon materials in general, the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon actually appears with the entire white “Moon White” surface (except the screen bezel on the inside). It is not easy to create this color, because it takes a 3-layer high heat process and a painting process that takes up to 9 hours on carbon black material.
The carbon fiber on the back of the screen has aero-grade strength, feels soft and smooth in the hand. You don’t need to be afraid of getting dirty or stained quickly, because the material is made anti-fingerprint and easy to clean. Even though I rarely clean it, it never gets dull or dark at all.
the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon also has the MIL-STD 810G military standard, being able to go through 9 test stages such as temperature, humidity, sand and dust until the test falls from a height of 76cm. Although in fact, when it is actually rotated or twisted, this laptop is not as sturdy as aluminum material. However, the carbon material makes it light weight.
How light? Only 996 grams, perfect for those who are lazy to carry a heavy laptop in their backpack or My friends who have high mobility. The screen can also be opened with one hand, and it can open up to 180 degrees — not even 360 degrees, even though we have the name “Yoga”.
The excellence still continues to the inside. The screen of this lightweight premium laptop has dimensions of 13.3 inches with a 16:10 ratio. It is quite large with compact body dimensions, because the bezels of the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon are made very thin starting from 3mm, including the lower and upper bezels that are relatively thin even though there are sophisticated cameras.
The resolution of the IPS panel reaches Quad HD 1600p, resulting in a pixel density of 227 ppi. Already supporting 100% sRGB and certified Dolby Vision, the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon screen is suitable for content creators and those who want to enjoy multimedia content.
The brightness level is sufficient at 300 nits, still okay when typing in an outdoor cafe. The surface is also anti-fingerprint (anti-glare), and you don’t have to worry about tiring your eyes.
Ports & Connectivity
Due to its thin dimensions, this laptop is not equipped with a ‘big’ port such as HDMI, VGA or USB-A. But don’t worry, the purchase includes a small dongle that has these three ports. At least you don’t need to buy it again, because the price is pretty good. Unfortunately there is no SD card slot in both the laptop and dongle.
In total there are three USB-C ports around the body. On the right, there’s a USB-C 3.0 Gen 1 port next to the power button, next to the 3.5mm combo audio jack. While on the left body, there are two USB-C ports that support the Thunderbolt 4 standard – one of which can be DisplayPort and Power Delivery.
That way, users can use a 65W charging adapter, or connect it to the monitor to an external GPU. In the middle, there is a keyboard that has a design similar to that of Lenovo laptops in general. The key travel is indeed ‘thin’ at 1mm, but it’s still very comfortable to use.
The space key is aligned with the wide, smooth touchpad and already uses Windows Precision Driver. The interesting part is in the lamp or backlit section of the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon. Because in addition to supporting two levels of brightness, there is an auto mode that utilizes the light sensor. Will turn on automatically when used in dark conditions.
I like the page up & page down buttons which are integrated with the up & down buttons, so that the left & right direction buttons can be made full-size. The power button is also on the side, so it is impossible to press it wrongly when you want to press the delete button.
This variant is the most affordable version, running the latest 11th generation Intel Core i5-1135G7 chipset with an octa-core CPU. The RAM capacity is 8GB LPDDR4x dual-channel and cannot be upgraded, while the storage is 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD.
the Intel Evo certification that the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon has. If there is a laptop that has this platform certification, it means that it has met some of the mandatory prerequisites that a premium laptop should have. Think of it like a standard laptop quality guarantee.
Some of the basic prerequisites are responsiveness, have a service life of more than 9 hours in full HD screen resolution, can wake up from sleep for less than one second, have fast charging technology (at least four hours of use in a 30 minute charge) and good connectivity such as Wi-Fi. Fi 6 Gig + and a port that supports Thunderbolt 4. Automatically, the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon has it all.
This laptop is very capable for just daily office needs. As for content creators, the Intel Iris Xe graphics card is also comparable to entry-class discrete GPUs. It’s just that maybe 8GB of RAM will be lacking, so it’s better to choose the Core-i7 variant with 16GB of RAM.
When being used without a charger, this laptop tends to have a maintained temperature. However, when it is being charged, it will feel very hot on the lower left side of the body, around below the F12 key. My guess is, because the Rapid Charge feature is active, the fan also spins intensively.
Through a special application, we can also manage fan activity, want to focus on performance or be made quiet, which is suitable in a quiet room. With Bluetooth 5 support, connection to devices such as TWS earphones is no problem.
Other System Features
The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon comes without a fingerprint sensor. Instead, next to the 720p webcam at the top of the screen, there are several additional sensors that function as infrared cameras. This sensor is used to log in automatically via Windows Hello, which is now common on premium thin laptops.
But it doesn’t stop there, Lenovo provides some interesting additional privacy and security gimmicks. When the laptop is opened, the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon can turn on automatically, activate the camera, detect face and automatically log in without the user needing to touch any buttons.
When the user is away, the camera automatically detects the absence of the user, dims the screen and then goes into “Modern Standby” mode — just like normal sleep, but still synchronizes email. When the user comes to the front of the laptop, the device automatically turns on and allows login. Again, without needing to touch it.
When playing a video (from a supported player), the content automatically stops when the user turns to a direction other than the camera. And with additional software from MiraMatrix, the screen can also be blurred automatically when the camera detects another face behind or beside the user.
The webcam of the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon itself is of very standard quality, there are even better ones at a lower price range. The two microphones are very clear for use Zoom call. While the speakers are classified as quality for a down-firing setup. There are two on the left and right, have 2W of power, the result of the collaboration of Harman Kardon and enhanced through Dolby Atmos. Will greatly adjust the surface of the laptop.
Dimensions are thin, slim, and the performance is fast. Even so, the battery endurance is classified as excellent, especially since it has the Intel Evo certification. With a capacity of 50Wh, the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon has a claim of 13 hours for office work. In fact? I don’t think so much, but it’s still quite economical.
For my usage, with my resolution lowered to 1200p and brightness of 80-100%, on average each day can last a minimum of 10 hours of use. Of course, it can be made even more economical without active Bluetooth, power saving mode or lowering the brightness.
Using the USB-C port, the built-in charger is relatively compact and has a current of 65W. Lenovo presents a Rapid Charge feature that can be activated manually, charges up to almost 50% in just 30 minutes. For a long service life, there is also a Conservation Mode which gives a charging limit of up to 50 – 60%, so that the battery lasts longer.