Where Lenovo Yoga once only used for convertible laptops, this designation is now also used for creative laptops that cannot be used as tablets. These creative laptops are powerful enough for video editing, for example, but at the same time so compact that you can always take them with you. The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Pro X is a powerful laptop with a 3K screen.
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Pro X
Price € 1594,-
Processor Intel Core i7-12700H
Storage 512GB SSD
Screen 14.5 inch touchscreen (3072 x 1920 pixels)
OS Windows 11 Home
Connections 2x Thunderbolt 4, USB 3.0, HDMI 2.0, 3.5mm headset jack
webcam 1080p camera
wireless Wi-Fi 6E, bluetooth 5.1
Dimensions 32.8 x 22.1 x 1.6cm
Weight 1.45 kilograms
Battery 70 Wh
Website www.lenovo.com 8 Score 80
- Excellent screen
- Good performances
- Beautiful housing
- Lots of connections
- Mirror screen
- Cooling clearly audible
- No card reader
- Webcam grainy image
The housing of the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Pro X is made of aluminum that is nicely rounded on several points. The housing is very sturdy and cannot be crushed. You can choose from silver or grey, we received a gray version that looks stylish. The laptop is slightly heavier than average and at 1.6 centimeters also slightly thicker than some other laptops you can buy. In practice this is not very noticeable, it fits in every backpack.
Perhaps Lenovo saw an opportunity to build in a lot of connections because of that slightly thicker housing. On the left we find the most important connections in the form of two Thunderbolt 4. You can also use these USB-c ports for charging and connecting a screen. You will also find an HDMI 2.0 port on this side. On the right, Lenovo has placed a USB3.0 port and a 3.5mm sound jack.
It is striking that the on-off switch and a button to switch off the webcam are also positioned on the right side. You would expect such a placement with a foldable laptop, but this Yoga is not, despite the name that was previously used for convertible laptops. For a laptop for creative users, it is remarkable that there is no card reader.
The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Pro is a laptop that you can put together according to your wishes and starts at 1329 euros. The aluminum housing is available in silver or dark grey. You can also choose from different configurations. We tested a version with a Core i7 processor, 16 GB RAM and a 512 GB SSD. There are also variants with a Core i5 processor for sale and there is a choice of more RAM, a larger SSD and an extra graphics card in the form of an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 or RTX 3050. Our test sample only had an integrated GPU. to provide.
The laptop is relatively easy to open. You can possibly replace the SSD and the WiFi card for a better one.
High Resolution 3K Display
The most striking part of the Yoga Slim 7i Pro X14 is the 14.5-inch display. Not only because of the deviating 14.5 inch size, but also because of the resolution of 3072 x 1920 pixels. The screen has a considerably higher resolution than the average Full HD screen. In addition, the screen also supports an extra high refresh rate of 120 Hz and the image is calibrated by Lenovo. Incidentally, the laptop probably runs at a refresh rate of 60 Hz because of the battery life, you have to activate the extra high refresh rate yourself.
It is also striking that you can choose from three different screens when ordering: a glossy finished screen, a matt finished screen and a touch screen. Our review copy was equipped with the latter option and is therefore also finished with a glossy finish. The screen looks fantastic, has a good viewing angle and can also display pretty clear images with 400 nits. The only drawback for business use is the glossy finish, if you don’t need a touch screen the matte finish screen is probably a better option.
Above the screen is a Full HD camera that produces clear images in itself and is more than good enough for video conferencing. However, the camera has difficulty with different lighting conditions in a room. As a result, for example, windows quickly look too overexposed. And if it’s a bit darker, the image is quickly grainy.
It is handy that you can switch off the camera with a button, but unfortunately you do not get visual feedback from the camera itself, as you often see with a lens slide. The camera is suitable for facial recognition, so you can log in with Windows Hello.
Keyboard and touchpad
Lenovo has provided the keyboard with the typical rounded bottom keys that they often use. The keyboard itself ticks nicely, but it does have a relatively short travel and, in our opinion, could have used a little more feedback. The keyboard is backlit, but we had to search for it to activate it.
The functionality appears to be hidden under the space bar. You can choose from automatic or two fixed brightness settings. That this was chosen is because Lenovo uses the function keys for other things than you usually see. For example, you can open the control panel, the calculator, the clipping program and the task overview with the function keys.
Underneath the keyboard is a spacious glass touchpad with support for all gestures that Windows 11 knows. The touchpad works smoothly, although we think it works better if tap-to-click is disabled, so you have to use the built-in physical button.
Lenovo has equipped the laptop with an Intel Core i7-12700H, a chip with no fewer than fourteen cores divided over six faster performance cores and eight slower efficiency cores. A pretty powerful chip and we see that reflected in the benchmarks. In PCMark 10, this laptop scores 5717 points, while the score in the heavier PCMark 10 Extended benchmark with 5697 points is almost identical. The processor also shows its strength in Cinebench R23. A score of 1782 points in the single-core test is an excellent result, as is the multi-core score of 14311 points. The cooling is also adequate because if we run the same test for a long time, the laptop achieves a score of 1704 and 13843 points respectively. The cooling is then very audible. Compared to other laptops, the cooling works relatively often anyway.
Unfortunately, we received a test sample without Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050, because we are curious how the laptop performs with such an extra GPU. In addition to performing graphics work, you can probably also play decent games with such an extra GPU. The tested version without an extra GPU is not suitable for gaming.
The laptop is equipped with a 70Wh battery with which you can work for about twelve hours, according to Lenovo. We achieved a battery time of 9 hours and 20 minutes during normal office work. Less than promised, but still more than enough to survive a working day without a charger.
Lenovo is launching a beautiful laptop on the market with the Yoga Slim 7 Pro X14. The housing is excellently built and the laptop has enough connections. Combine that with smooth hardware and an excellent screen and you have a laptop that the target group can certainly do something with. If you really want to use the laptop for creative applications, we recommend a version with the GeForce 3050 RTX. This makes the laptop also suitable for gaming for relaxation.