Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional

MSRP $1,420.00

“Regardless of some flaws, the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional is likely one of the higher new Home windows 11 laptops you should buy.”

Execs

  • Stable productiveness efficiency
  • Excessive-resolution, 90Hz show
  • Nice keyboard and touchpad
  • Easy however engaging aesthetic

Cons

  • Construct high quality is barely subpar
  • Battery life is mediocre

Past the Floor gadgets, new Home windows 11 laptops have been sparse up to now.

Now there’s Lenovo’s IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional, one of the anticipated newcomers sporting Microsoft’s newest working system, and it guarantees to leverage Home windows 11 with high-end elements and a productivity-friendly 16:10, high-resolution show.

The IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional is meant to be a main instance of Lenovo’s “midrange-plus” lineup, which boasts a number of the options you’ll discover in ThinkPads and a high quality construct whereas nonetheless being (comparatively) inexpensive.

My configuration got here in at $1,420, which isn’t so low-cost. The $1,190 beginning configuration sits in a complicated place, too. However in the end, it’s all about whether or not it is a good laptop computer for the cash. Whereas it has some issues, the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional manages to be a promising begin to the Home windows 11 period of laptops. Check out the most recent Lenovo gaming laptop computer offers for potential reductions from this model.

Design

A Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro sitting on a table, angled to a view of the backside and lid.Mark Coppock/Digital Developments

If I decide the IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional as a premium laptop computer, then I’ve to choose some nits with its construct high quality. It’s constructed of machined aluminum, which is an effective factor, however I discovered the lid to be a bit bendable and the keyboard deck and chassis backside had some flex. That will be an acceptable construct high quality at $1,000 or much less, however at over $1,400, it’s a bit missing. The HP Spectre x360 14, for instance, is only a few hundred {dollars} extra and is strong as a rock, whereas the Asus ZenBook 13 OLED is a number of hundred {dollars} cheaper and is extra strong. The IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional’s hinge is superb, although, making it straightforward to open the laptop computer with one hand whereas holding the show firmly in place.

The IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional has minimal bezels up prime and on the perimeters, with a bigger chin than you’ll discover on the likes of the Dell XPS 13. An inverted notch on the prime homes the cameras and provides a handy lip for opening the lid. Added to the taller 16:10 show, the chin makes the laptop computer deeper than it is perhaps, whereas the aspect bezels preserve it comparatively slim.

It’s a well-sized laptop computer that’s straightforward sufficient to hold round.

General, the IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional is in keeping with different 14-inch laptops with 16:10 shows just like the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9. It’s skinny at 0.67 inches, though not as skinny because the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9’s 0.59 inches. Its weight is common for 14-inch laptops at three kilos. The ThinkPad, nevertheless, is a half-pound lighter. General, the IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional is a well-sized laptop computer that’s straightforward sufficient to hold round.

Aesthetically, the IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional joins many current laptops that make the most of a minimalist design. It appears the extra laptops I overview, the extra related they begin to look. The IdeaPad is offered in slate grey (my overview unit) or mild silver. It has quite simple strains and angles, a curved rear edge, and subdued logos that mix to provide it a really nondescript look.

As with so many related laptops, together with the likes of the Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1, it’s a beautiful sufficient laptop computer, nevertheless it received’t stand out. The HP Spectre x360 14, with its gem-cut design and vivid accent colours, enjoys a a lot bolder design. Will you just like the IdeaPad’s look? In all probability, except you need a laptop computer that makes a style assertion. It definitely received’t offend.

Along the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro's left-hand side you'll see two USB-C with Thunderbolt 4 ports (one of which is used for power).

Along the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro's right-hand side you'll see a USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 port and 3.5mm audio jack.

Connectivity isn’t a energy. You’ll discover two USB-C with Thunderbolt 4 ports alongside the left-hand aspect (certainly one of which is used for energy) and a USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 port and three.5mm audio jack alongside the right-hand aspect.

Sadly, there’s no SD card slot or HDMI, which is disappointing. Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 deal with wi-fi duties.

Efficiency

Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro sitting on a table.Mark Coppock/Digital Developments

My overview unit was outfitted with an Eleventh-gen 35-watt Intel Core i7-11370H CPU, a 4-core/8-thread processor that sits between the U-series geared toward skinny and light-weight laptops and the 45-watt H-series supposed for extra highly effective laptops. It’s an fascinating processor that splits the distinction between, say, an 8-core/16-thread 45-watt Core i7-11800H and a 28-watt 4-core/8-thread Core i7-1185G7. The Core i7-11370H is a productiveness CPU by and thru — it’s meant to be quick sufficient to churn by demanding productiveness workflows, however will not be in the identical league as processors which are sooner at artistic functions.

The very first thing to notice is that Lenovo included its performance-tuning utility that allows you to swap between battery-saving, clever cooling, and excessive efficiency modes. The utility made a distinction in simply two of our benchmarks, our Handbrake take a look at that encodes a 420MB video to H.265 and Cinebench R23. Each of these are CPU-bound, and that’s the place the utility had essentially the most impression.

In Handbrake, for instance, the IdeaPad took 202 seconds to complete the method in clever cooling mode and 155 seconds in efficiency mode. That’s a significant distinction, and actually, it nearly matched the Microsoft Floor Laptop computer Studio with the identical CPU in that laptop computer’s efficiency mode. The identical held with Cinebench R23, the place the IdeaPad’s rating jumped to six,150 from 5,544, a extra aggressive consequence.

The IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional is a speedy productiveness laptop computer.

Nonetheless, in Geekbench 5, PCMark 10, and 3DMark Time Spy, the utility made little to no distinction. Even in clever cooling mode, although, the IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional scored effectively in these benchmarks, coming in forward of the U-series rivals and near the Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 with its Ryzen 7 5700U and the Floor Laptop computer Studio in all however the 3DMark take a look at. Naturally, the quickest laptop computer in our comparability record was the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Excessive Gen 4 with its Core i7-11800H. Trying extra carefully on the PCMark 10 benchmark, the IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional did effectively in all of the checks, together with Necessities, Productiveness, and Content material Creation.

What all this implies is that the IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional is a speedy productiveness laptop computer that may deal with every part a typical person will throw at it. Set it to efficiency mode, the place the followers spin up and are fairly a bit louder, and it could possibly higher deal with mild creativity duties. It’s not going to compete with the sooner Intel CPUs or AMD’s Ryzen 5000 collection for creators, nevertheless it’s higher than the standard skinny and light-weight Intel laptop computer.

Geekbench (single/multi) Handbrake
(seconds)
Cinebench R23 (single/multi) PCMark 10 3DMark Time Spy
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional (Core i7-11370H) 1578 / 5957 202 1514 / 5544 5149 1888
Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 (Ryzen 7 5700U) 1184 / 6281 120 1287 / 8013 5411 1247
Samsung Galaxy E book (Core i5-1135G7) 1401 / 5221 180 1361 / 5391 4735 1584
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 (Core i7-1165G7) 1327 / 5201 N/A 1469 / 4945 5147 1776
Microsoft Floor Laptop computer Studio (Core i7-11370H) 1321 / 5131 179 1304 / 5450 5091 4266
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Excessive Gen 4 (Core i7-11800H) 1520 / 7353 106 1519 / 10497 6251 6691
MSI Sumit E13 Flip Evo (Core i7-1185G7) 1352 / 4891 207 1360 / 4392 4872 1751

With Intel Iris Xe graphics, that IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional isn’t a gaming laptop computer. Its 3DMark Time Spy rating is common, and it managed simply 22 frames per second (fps) in Fortnite at 1200p and epic graphics. That’s in keeping with different Iris Xe laptops and means the IdeaPad is finest for older titles or newer titles at decrease resolutions and graphical settings. Or simply keep on with informal gaming.

Show

Image of the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro's display.Mark Coppock/Digital Developments

Lenovo outfitted the IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional with a 14-inch 16:10 IPS show in what it calls a “2.8K” decision at 2,880 x 1,800. It’s a pointy and vivid show, with dynamic colours that aren’t oversaturated and sufficient distinction that black textual content pops on a white background. It additionally runs at 90Hz (60Hz is configurable), making on-screen motion and animations a bit smoother. I discovered the show to be fairly good throughout my testing and as I wrote this overview. There’s additionally the choice for a 2.2K (2,240 x 1,400) IPS show that runs at 60Hz, which I didn’t take a look at.

My colorimeter agreed with my impressions. The show was fairly vivid at 369 nits, above our 300-nit threshold and beating out the the 238 nits of the $1,000 Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 and the 326 nits of the $900 Samsung Galaxy E book, each of that are genuinely midrange machines. The IdeaPad was additionally brighter than the $1,885 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9’s 306 nits, and that’s formally a premium Lenovo laptop computer.

The IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional additionally loved wider colours than common, at 80% of AdobeRGB (72% is nearer to common) and 100% of sRGB (95% is common), a lot better than the Inspiron 14 2-in-1’s 52% of AdobeRGB and 69% of sRGB and the Galaxy E book’s 48% and 64%. The IdeaPad even beat out the ThinkPad’s 76% and 100%. These colours had been additionally pretty correct at a DeltaE of 1.65 (1.0 or much less is superb), in comparison with the Inspiron 14 2-in-1 at 1.8, the Galaxy E book at 2.41, and the ThinkPad at a fair higher 0.99. Lastly, the IdeaPad’s distinction was 1,340:1, effectively above our most well-liked 1,000:1 and far greater than the opposite three laptops I’ve been utilizing for comparability.

Closeup image on the webcam, screen, and bezels on the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro.Mark Coppock/Digital Developments

These are wonderful outcomes for a laptop computer that’s not explicitly designed for creators who demand even wider colours — although the IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional’s colours are definitely huge sufficient for much less demanding artistic sorts. Scanning our database, I couldn’t discover a current 14-inch laptop computer for a similar or extra money that had a greater show — and most had considerably worse shows. The show additionally helps Dolby Imaginative and prescient excessive dynamic vary (HDR), making it a superb laptop computer for binging HDR content material from Netflix and different streaming companies. Lenovo is charging a reasonably penny for the IdeaPad, and the show helps justify the funding.

The audio is offered by two downward-firing audio system beneath the entrance of the chassis, and the sound was clear and vivid. There was minimal bass, as typical. The one drawback is that quantity was low even when turned all the best way up, but there was nonetheless a contact of distortion. You’ll need a pair of headphones for Netflix and music, and sound high quality will not be one of many IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional’s strengths.

Keyboard and touchpad

The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro's keyboard and trackpad.Mark Coppock/Digital Developments

The IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional options the identical keyboard design that you just’ll discover on all Lenovo laptops not labeled ThinkPad. It’s spacious with massive and cozy sculpted keycaps. The “TrueStrike” swap mechanism has been introduced over from the Lenovo gaming laptops, offering a extra tactile really feel. The switches are snappy, with a tender bottoming motion that made for a exact really feel. There was loads of journey for such a keyboard, too.

It’s not at fairly the identical degree of consolation as HP Spectre or Dell XPS keyboards, nevertheless it’s shut sufficient. Most individuals will love this keyboard.

The touchpad was massive and took up a lot of the area on the palm relaxation. Kudos to Lenovo for leveraging the taller show. The touchpad floor was easy, with simply sufficient friction for exact swiping, and the buttons had a wholesome click on with out being loud. It’s a Microsoft Precision touchpad, and so the same old Home windows 10 multitouch gestures had been well-supported. The contact show was additionally responsive, and welcome.

An infrared digital camera and facial recognition present Home windows Whats up assist, and it was quick and dependable. Lenovo included its person presence detection expertise that locks and sleeps the laptop computer when the person leaves the world, retains the laptop computer unlocked when the person is in entrance of it even when the keyboard and touchpad aren’t getting used, and robotically wakes the laptop computer when the person returns from an absence. It could even pause a video when the person steps away. General, it’s a handy system that labored effectively, and I needed to flip it off to run my battery checks except I needed to sit down in entrance of the laptop computer for hours of idle time.

Battery life

Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro sitting angled on a table.Mark Coppock/Digital Developments

With a 61 watt-hour battery and a high-resolution 14-inch show, the IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional had me very interested in its battery life. I used to be additionally questioning how the 35-watt CPU would carry out.

To start with, the IdeaPad was inconsistent in our web-browsing take a look at. The primary time I ran the take a look at, the laptop computer lasted for simply 6.25 hours, which is an abysmal rating in comparison with the ten hours or extra we wish to see from premium skinny and light-weight laptops. I ran it a second time, and it managed 7.75 hours. That’s higher, however nonetheless means behind the sphere.

Battery life isn’t a energy of the IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional.

The Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1, for instance, lasted for 12.9 hours on this take a look at, whereas the Microsoft Floor Laptop computer Studio lasted for 10.5 hours. Simply as regarding because the brief runtime, although, was the inconsistency. In our video benchmark that loops by a neighborhood Full HD film trailer, the IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional made it to 12.75 hours, which is an honest rating that beat the Inspiron’s 11 hours, however fell behind the Floor Laptop computer Studio’s 14 hours.

Within the PCMark 10 Purposes battery take a look at that’s the very best indicator of productiveness longevity, the IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional lasted 9.25 hours. We didn’t take a look at the Floor Laptop computer Studio on this take a look at and the Inspiron 14 2-in-1 wouldn’t full it, however the IdeaPad’s rating is lower than common for skinny and light-weight laptops. Most final for no less than 10 hours and a few, just like the MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo, make it to 13 hours or extra. The IdeaPad hit simply 95 minutes within the PCMark 10 Gaming battery take a look at, indicating that the laptop computer retains up its efficiency whereas working on battery.

General, battery life isn’t a energy of the IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional. Whether or not it would final you a full day of labor is determined by your workflow — if it’s in any respect demanding, then you definately’ll need to preserve your charger with you, simply in case.

Our take

The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional is positioned as a midrange laptop computer, however priced like a premium machine, and luckily, it lives as much as the latter. Its construct high quality is barely missing and its battery life is mediocre, however its efficiency is strong and its show is superb for the category of machine. It’s a handsome laptop computer that’s fairly sized and engaging, if merely designed.

The additional options, such because the person presence detection expertise, are welcome additions that add worth. The IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional is a strong addition to the 14-inch clamshell market and carves out a wholesome area of interest for itself due to its superior show.

Are there any options?

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 is a wonderful different should you’re prepared to spend a little bit extra money. The show isn’t nearly as good, however the battery life is spectacular, and its construct high quality is a lot better.

HP’s Spectre x360 14 is one other strong choice that’s a bit dearer as effectively, nevertheless it will provide you with the flexibleness of a 2-in-1, a sublime design, and the choice for a fair higher OLED show.

The Dell XPS 13 is a superb alternative, as typical, should you’re prepared to step down a bit in show (and chassis) dimension. It’s quick, long-lasting, and extremely engaging and well-built. Once more, you’ll spend a little bit extra, nevertheless it’s price it.

How lengthy will it final?

The IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional might really feel a little bit sturdier, nevertheless it’s constructed effectively sufficient to final for a number of years of typical utilization. Its elements are updated and will preserve Home windows 11 buzzing alongside. The one-year industry-standard guarantee is disappointing, as all the time.

Do you have to purchase it?

Sure. The IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional has nice efficiency and a beautiful show, and it’ll meet the vast majority of the wants of essentially the most demanding productiveness customers. Solely the battery life stands out as a real detrimental.

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