After reviewing the Lenovo Yoga 7i Carbon earlier this year – then actually buying one ourselves – we couldn’t wait to see what was next for the brand. We love the weight and portability of the 7i carbon, but in some respects, the screen leaves a little to be desired. Not a problem when you’re working off a 49-inch 4K monitor in the office, but if you’re trying to cram in a little photoshop work during your morning commute it’s never a bad thing to have a nicer screen at your disposal. And that’s where the new Yoga Slim 7 Carbon comes in.
Headlining the new model is a 14-inch QHD+ 16:10 OLED display that is rated to cover 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut. While we find the display on our 7i Carbon to be sufficient when the brightness is turned all the way up, this isn’t an ideal setup for managing battery life and quite simply the new display on the 7 Carbon just looks better. The technical details back up the eye test as well, certified for DisplayHDR 500 True Black with a peak brightness of 400-nits and a 90 Hz refresh rate it’s smooth and responsive.
Still representing a lightweight option in the market, the Yoga Slim 7 Carbon weighs in at around 1.1 kg and with a profile of only 14.9 mm it’s still plenty slim enough to carry around every day. Construction is by way of an aerospace-grade magnesium alloy reinforced with multi-layer carbon fibre for durability – not that you’d want to be testing the theory.
Another stark difference between the Lenovo 7 Carbon and 7i Carbon is the brands choice of power. Powering the new model is either an AMD Ryzen 7 5800U and Ryzen 5 5600U APU, with the choice of an optional Nvidia GeForce MX450 dedicated graphics. A choice of 8 GB or 16 GB LPDDR4X RAM along with 512 GB or 1 TB PCIe NVMe SSDs. More than enough power for basic excel spreadsheeting and will fit the bill for most graphic designers. It’s worth mentioning that this is the first laptop we’ve used with Windows 11 and we loved the experience!
We love the connectivity on our 7i Carbon and the new 7 Carbon follows suit, including;
- 2×2 Wi-Fi 6E/Wi-Fi 6.
- Bluetooth 5.1.
- 1 USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C.
- 2 USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C (DisplayPort 1.4 and Power Delivery 3.0).
In terms of battery life, Lenovo claims 14.5-hours of runtime with the included 61 WHr battery that can be topped up in 15 minutes for a 3-hour usage thanks to Lenovo’s Rapid Charge Express. There’s also an onboard dedicated AI chip powered by Lenovo AI Core for enhanced security and power management, including features such as Rapid Start, Zero-touch login, and smart presence detection to enhance security and ease of use.
Available online September 2021 from $1,699 AUD.