Lenovo Slim 7 Review – Ryzen 4800U 8 Core Power!
. The build quality feels great its got a metal lid interior and bottom panel with a grey finish. Corners are rounded, but the front edge can feel a little sharp. If you brush up against it. It was fine during normal use, though. Mine, weighed about 1.4kg or 3.1lb. Then, with the 65 watt power, brick and cables for charging its 1.7kg or 3.77lb., Its less than 1.5cm thick, so on the smaller side and quite portable, and this smaller footprint results in just 5mm thin screen bezels on the sides. Theres, something up with the display that We need to talk about. Lenovo lists it as a 14 1080p IPS glossy screen with 300 nit brightness. However, when we look at the parts list, it seems that three different panels are being used shout out to Code Husky for putting me onto this.. Now I bring this up because I was seeing a maximum brightness of 257 nits with AMDs Varibright off, but then others like Notebookcheck report, a 400 nit brightness with the AUO panel.. I dont currently see an option of picking different panels when ordering so Im, not sure if it just varies by region or what. Anyway, back to the screen in my unit, its got 98 of sRGB 68 of NTSC 74 of AdobeRGB and 73 of DCI P3 coverage. So its still quite decent and has an excellent contrast ratio, just not quite as bright as whats advertised. Backlight bleed was very minor. I never noticed it when viewing darker content, but this will vary between laptops and panels.
. It can be opened up with one finger and the screen goes: the full 180 degrees back for sharing.. It also powers on automatically when you open the lid a nice feature as chances are. You want to use it when you do this, but you can disable it through. Software. Screen flex was on the lower side, thanks to the metal lid keyboard flex, wasnt too bad either, when going out of my way to push down hard, absolutely no issues with the build quality during normal everyday use.. The 720p camera is above the display in the center, with IR for Windows, Hello support, which I found to work quickly.. This is what the camera and microphone look and sound like, and this is what it sounds like if Im typing on the keyboard., The keyboard has white backlighting, which illuminates all keys and secondary key functions and brightness can be adjusted between two levels or turned off with The function and space keys., I preferred typing on it, compared to the HP Envy x360 Im, currently testing heres how it sounds to give you an idea of what to expect.. There are front facing speakers on either side of the keyboard theres some bass, and they were loud enough at max volume and clear enough too, with just a little wrist rest vibration and the latencymon results. Werent looking good. The precision, touchpad clicks down anywhere and mostly worked well, but I noticed a sort of spring sound when pressing down in the middle, the left and right were unaffected, but it just seems to be a different sound.
It didnt actually feel different to press. Fingerprints and dirt. Dont show too easily on the matte grey finish, but as its smooth, its easy to clean, with a microfiber cloth. On the left from the back theres, a USB Type C port, which is also the power input. Hdmi 2.0 output, another USB Type C port. This one does power delivery and offers DisplayPort output, but can also be used to charge the machine too, followed by 3.5mm audio combo jack. On the right theres, a MicroSD card slot, two USB 3.2 Gen1 Type, A ports and the power button right at the back. Theres. Nothing on the back air is instead exhausted below the screen.. The front has a little lip sticking out in the center, so you can open the lid. Theres, not much going on underneath just air intake vents towards the back. Getting inside was easy enough. After removing 7 TR5 screws of the same length and prying, all 4 sides. Inside weve got the battery taking up most of the space down the bottom, then M.2 storage slot in the center. Theres an additional M.2 slot to the right of it, which can be used To install a smaller 2242 size SSD and the WiFi 6 card is hidden near the heatpipes. Under some tape. Memory is soldered to the board. Unfortunately, so youll need to buy with future needs in mind.. The Slim 7 is powered by a 4 Cell 60.7Wh battery and it broke the record in my YouTube: playback battery life test lasting for more than 12 hours, and it beat the previous best result by more than an hour and a half awesome stuff.
. It comes with the Lenovo Vantage software which lets you manage the machine and apply updates.. There are three different power modes: battery saving, intelligent cooling and extreme performance.. You can change the mode through software here or by using the function plus Q shortcut on the keyboard.. It was cool to the touch at idle in the lowest quiet mode., With a CPU stress test, running its only a little warm in the middle, then a bit higher in performance mode, but still it only felt warm to the touch. The wrist rest area was still cool. Lets have a listen to the fans.. It sounded silent at idle was still on the quieter side, with the stress test running and then even in performance mode. Its not terribly loud in this worst case. Example., Here are the temperatures with the same stress, test being run in the two available modes, so its definitely getting quite hot in this worst case, at least internally, as we just saw, the surface temps were reasonable, despite this., While running above 100 degrees Celsius. It was sitting at 3.1GHz over all 8 cores, and this was while running at 26 watts on average. This is long term, though it would boost higher in shorter loads to reach higher speeds. Heres, how the different modes translate into Cinebench performance. So, basically the same for single core, then a boost in multicore with extreme performance enabled.. I tried using the Ryzen controller software to boost it further, but it made no change to the stock result.
When we look at how it stacks up against others. Interestingly, both the single and multicore score is higher than the 8 core Intel option in the Razer Blade 15 advanced, which is due to that machine having low power limits most other Intel H. Series 8 core options are ahead, though, but still this is impressive performance from a 14 inch machine.. The ASUS Zephyrus G14 is also a 14 inch machine and does better, though it is thicker too., Although not a gaming laptop by any means, you can get away with some light 1080p gaming with the Radeon graphics with lower settings. Some heavier games would likely be possible too, if youre willing to drop the resolution down to say 720p and its also got a FreeSync range of 40Hz to 60Hz. Ill test out more games for future comparisons with Intels new Xe graphics, so make sure youre subscribed for That. Adobe Premiere was estimating 3 hours or so in my usual export test, far longer than others Ive tested. It seems that discrete, graphics or otherwise, Intels quicksync really helps there, and this also resulted in a poor score in the Puget Systems. Benchmark. Video editing on AMD CPU only just doesnt seem to go too well in premiere at the moment, but, as you can see in the other results as soon as theres, discrete graphics, its doing much better. Ive used Crystal Disk Mark to test the storage and the 512Gb NVMe M.2 SSD was doing well.
The MicroSD card slot was on the slower side, though, but preferable to not having it, and it sits most of the way into the machine. For updated pricing check the links in the description as prices will change over time. At the time of recording availability. For the Slim, 7 still seems a bit scarce. I wasnt able to find it in stock in the US. Here in Australia were looking at 2700 AUD, which is about 1800 USD minus our taxes, but stuff here costs more than the US. So Id expect it to be less than this. Alright. With all of that in mind, lets conclude by considering the good and the bad to help you decide if the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 is worth considering.. All things considered. I think this is a great machine. Before Ryzen 4000, this level of processing power in a thinner 14 inch device like this was simply not possible.. The 4800U processor can run quite hot when you actually hit the CPU with heavy multicore load, though, but to be fair, it doesnt feel hot to the touch and the fans dont go crazy, so I suppose thats the trade off to get 8 cores in this chassis.. This is also in the max performance mode, so you can limit performance in the lower mode if you prefer cooler, temps but again. This is when youre actually smashing all 8 cores hard, its a worst case and technically still within AMDs spec.
, Its impossible to say how other components nearby will deal with the heat long term., The Radeon graphics, allow you to perform some tasks like light gaming, but Id Be looking for something more powerful in the GPU department personally for tasks like video editing., The raw power is there, but software suites, like those from Adobe dont, seem to work too well with the Ryzen integrated graphics at the moment.. The all metal build quality was great battery life was insane. The screen was decent, though not as bright as Id like, but as discussed it looks like that will vary based on the panel. You get., The keyboard and touchpad were good. Weird springy sounding issue aside. That could, just by my unit speakers were fair and it just worked well., My only complaints are pretty minor. All things considered, the front edge was a little sharp if you brush up against it, and the memory is soldered, though that seems pretty common at 14 inches and below when youre this thin and to be fair, having two M.2 slots and user upgradeable WiFi is more Than some other small machines offer., Let me know what you thought about Lenovos Yoga, Slim 7 down in the comments and if youre new to the channel then get subscribed for future tech.