Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro

MSRP $1,420.00

“Despite some flaws, the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro is one of the better new Windows 11 laptops you can buy.”

Pros

  • Solid productiveness efficiency
  • High-resolution, 90Hz show
  • Great keyboard and touchpad
  • Simple however engaging aesthetic

Cons

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

Beyond the Surface units, new Windows 11 laptops have been sparse to date.

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

The IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro is meant to be a first-rate instance of Lenovo’s “midrange-plus” lineup, which boasts a few 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. But in the end, it’s all about whether or not this can be a good laptop computer for the cash. While it has some issues, the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro manages to be a promising begin to the Windows 11 period of laptops.

Design

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

If I decide the IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro as a premium laptop computer, then I’ve to select some nits with its construct high quality. It’s constructed of machined aluminum, which is an efficient factor, however I discovered the lid to be a bit bendable and the keyboard deck and chassis backside had some flex. That could 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 just some 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 Pro’s hinge is superb, although, making it simple to open the laptop computer with one hand whereas holding the show firmly in place.

The IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro has minimal bezels up high 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 high 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 may be, whereas the facet bezels maintain it comparatively slim.

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

Overall, the IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro is in step 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. Overall, the IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro is a well-sized laptop computer that’s simple sufficient to hold round.

Aesthetically, the IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro joins many latest laptops that make the most of a minimalist design. It appears the extra laptops I evaluate, the extra related they begin to look. The IdeaPad is offered in slate grey (my evaluate unit) or gentle silver. It has quite simple traces and angles, a curved rear edge, and subdued logos that mix to offer 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, however it received’t stand out. The HP Spectre x360 14, with its gem-cut design and brilliant accent colours, enjoys a a lot bolder design. Will you just like the IdeaPad’s look? Probably, until you desire 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 power. You’ll discover two USB-C with Thunderbolt 4 ports alongside the left-hand facet (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 facet.

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

Performance

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

My evaluate 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 lightweight laptops and the 45-watt H-series meant for extra highly effective laptops. It’s an attention-grabbing 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 via and thru — it’s meant to be quick sufficient to churn via demanding productiveness workflows, however is just not in the identical league as processors which are sooner at artistic purposes.

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 check that encodes a 420MB video to H.265 and Cinebench R23. Both of these are CPU-bound, and that’s the place the utility had essentially the most affect.

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 in reality, it virtually matched the Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio with the identical CPU in that laptop computer’s efficiency mode. The similar held with Cinebench R23, the place the IdeaPad’s rating jumped to six,150 from 5,544, a extra aggressive end result.

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

However, 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 Pro scored nicely 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 Surface Laptop Studio in all however the 3DMark check. Naturally, the quickest laptop computer in our comparability record was the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 4 with its Core i7-11800H. Looking extra intently on the PCMark 10 benchmark, the IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro did nicely in all of the exams, together with Essentials, Productivity, and Content Creation.

What all this implies is that the IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro is a speedy productiveness laptop computer that may deal with all the things a typical consumer will throw at it. Set it to efficiency mode, the place the followers spin up and are fairly a bit louder, and it may higher deal with gentle creativity duties. It’s not going to compete with the sooner Intel CPUs or AMD’s Ryzen 5000 collection for creators, however it’s higher than the standard skinny and lightweight Intel laptop computer.

Geekbench (single/multi) Handbrake
(seconds)
Cinebench R23 (single/multi) PCMark 10 3DMark Time Spy
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro (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 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 Surface Laptop Studio (Core i7-11370H) 1321 / 5131 179 1304 / 5450 5091 4266
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 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 Pro 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 step 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 persist with informal gaming.

Display

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

Lenovo outfitted the IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro 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 brilliant 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 evaluate. There’s additionally the choice for a 2.2K (2,240 x 1,400) IPS show that runs at 60Hz, which I didn’t check.

My colorimeter agreed with my impressions. The show was fairly brilliant 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 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 Pro 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 Book’s 48% and 64%. The IdeaPad even beat out the ThinkPad’s 76% and 100%. Those 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 Book at 2.41, and the ThinkPad at a good higher 0.99. Finally, the IdeaPad’s distinction was 1,340:1, nicely above our most popular 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 Trends

Those are wonderful outcomes for a laptop computer that’s not explicitly designed for creators who demand even wider colours — although the IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro’s colours are definitely vast sufficient for much less demanding artistic sorts. Scanning our database, I couldn’t discover a latest 14-inch laptop computer for a similar or more cash that had a greater show — and most had considerably worse shows. The show additionally helps Dolby Vision excessive dynamic vary (HDR), making it a superb laptop computer for binging HDR content material from Netflix and different streaming providers. Lenovo is charging a fairly 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 brilliant. There was minimal bass, as typical. The solely downside is that quantity was low even when turned all the best way up, but there was nonetheless a contact of distortion. You’ll desire a pair of headphones for Netflix and music, and sound high quality is just not one of many IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro’s strengths.

Keyboard and touchpad

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

The IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro options the identical keyboard design that you simply’ll discover on all Lenovo laptops not labeled ThinkPad. It’s spacious with giant 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 gentle bottoming motion that made for a exact really feel. There was loads of journey for one of these keyboard, too.

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

The touchpad was giant and took up a lot of the area on the palm relaxation. Kudos to Lenovo for leveraging the taller show. The touchpad floor was clean, 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 Windows 10 multitouch gestures had been well-supported. The contact show was additionally responsive, and welcome.

An infrared digicam and facial recognition present Windows Hello help, and it was quick and dependable. Lenovo included its consumer presence detection know-how that locks and sleeps the laptop computer when the consumer leaves the realm, retains the laptop computer unlocked when the consumer is in entrance of it even when the keyboard and touchpad aren’t getting used, and robotically wakes the laptop computer when the consumer returns from an absence. It may even pause a video when the consumer steps away. Overall, it’s a handy system that labored nicely, and I needed to flip it off to run my battery exams until I wished to take a seat 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 Trends

With a 61 watt-hour battery and a high-resolution 14-inch show, the IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro had me very inquisitive about 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 check. The first time I ran the check, the laptop computer lasted for simply 6.25 hours, which is an abysmal rating in comparison with the ten hours or extra we prefer to see from premium skinny and lightweight laptops. I ran it a second time, and it managed 7.75 hours. That’s higher, however nonetheless manner behind the sector.

Battery life isn’t a power of the IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro.

The Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1, for instance, lasted for 12.9 hours on this check, whereas the Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio lasted for 10.5 hours. Just as regarding because the brief runtime, although, was the inconsistency. In our video benchmark that loops via a neighborhood Full HD film trailer, the IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro made it to 12.75 hours, which is a good rating that beat the Inspiron’s 11 hours, however fell behind the Surface Laptop Studio’s 14 hours.

In the PCMark 10 Applications battery check that’s the perfect indicator of productiveness longevity, the IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro lasted 9.25 hours. We didn’t check the Surface Laptop Studio on this check and the Inspiron 14 2-in-1 wouldn’t full it, however the IdeaPad’s rating is lower than common for skinny and lightweight laptops. Most final for at the least 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 check, indicating that the laptop computer retains up its efficiency whereas operating on battery.

Overall, battery life isn’t a power of the IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro. Whether it’ll final you a full day of labor is dependent upon your workflow — if it’s in any respect demanding, then you definately’ll need to maintain your charger with you, simply in case.

Our take

The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro 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 consumer presence detection know-how, are welcome additions that add worth. The IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro 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 alternate options?

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 is a wonderful various should you’re prepared to spend just a little more cash. The show isn’t pretty much 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 nicely, however it provides you with the pliability of a 2-in-1, a sublime design, and the choice for a good higher OLED show.

The Dell XPS 13 is a superb selection, 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. Again, you’ll spend just a little extra, however it’s value it.

How lengthy will it final?

The IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro may really feel just a little sturdier, however it’s constructed nicely sufficient to final for a number of years of typical utilization. Its elements are updated and will maintain Windows 11 buzzing alongside. The one-year industry-standard guarantee is disappointing, as at all times.

Should you purchase it?

Yes. The IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro has nice efficiency and a stunning show, and it’ll meet the vast majority of the wants of essentially the most demanding productiveness customers. Only the battery life stands out as a real unfavorable.

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