Lenovo is an established brand in the laptop market and the company has a couple of laptop series for different purposes. The Lenovo Yoga Slim laptops focus on design and cutting-edge performance. The combination of style, lightweight, thinness, and refined craftsmanship gives an immersive entertainment experience for Yoga Slim users.
Not long ago, the company upgraded the Yoga Slim 7 Pro with better chips that deliver a better user experience. The laptop does not only come with a bigger IPS 16:10 display that supports 2.5K resolution and up to 120Hz refresh rate, it also uses better AMD Ryzen 5000 Zen 3 Cezanne APUs and optional Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 graphics. Specifically, the Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16 comes with the Ryzen 7 5800H processor which can run at an 80 W TDP.
Many laptop makers are more interested in marketing gimmicks and the fight to the finish line for the first to use a new technology or chip. However, Lenovo is not interested in any of these. The company’s Yoga Slim series has been very consistent over the past two years. With the arrival of the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16, it appears that the company will continue to keep its legacy.
Fortunately, potential buyers of the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16 will have to spend only about $1200 to own a unit of this device. This is one of the selling points of this premium notebook. However, the lack of I/O ports and Thunderbolt ports may be a downside of this device.
The overall performance of the Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16 is nothing short of excellent. Once you get used to working on the big screen, the small screen will feel more constrained. Using this notebook is like watching an IMAX giant screen movie. Interestingly, the high performance of the large display does not only reflect during gaming. Even if you are watching a video or browsing the web, you feel the sense of immersion that this display offers. Furthermore, the high refresh rate, as well as the high resolution, is something that is absolutely lovely about this device. When you experience the Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16, you can’t really go back
|Screen||16″ 2.5K (2560 x 1600) IPS, 16:10, 100% sRGB, 400 nits, 120 Hz, 92% AAR, TÜV LBL Eyesafe® + Eye Comfort, SGS Vesa Certified DisplayHDR™ 400|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 7 5800H 8-core/16-thread 3.2-4.4GHz|
|Wireless Connection||2×2 WiFi 802.11 ax, Bluetooth® 5.1|
|Graphics card||DIS: NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 3050 + UMA: AMD Radeon™ Graphics|
|Memory||DDR4: 16 GB Dual Channel|
|Storage||SSD PCIe M.2 : 512 GB|
|Weight / Thickness||2.1 kg (4.6 lbs) / 17.4 – 19.9 mm ( 0.69”–0.78”)|
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Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16 Design & Appearance
Lenovo did a good, maybe “perfect” job with the design and appearance of the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16. At first glance, this notebook is a premium device. Thankfully, this idea will not change when you take a closer look. The anodized texture of the metal is really excellent, and you can feel its comfort when you touch it.
However, in order to have proper heat dissipation, the bottom plate of this notebook uses a plastic material. The feel of this notebook is neither very smooth nor is it very gritty. It has just enough grip so the notebook doesn’t easily slip off your palm but also feels smooth enough not to cause any discomfort while holding it. This device has the perfect straightforward appearance of a proper productivity notebook.
In addition to the premium metal build, the cover plate (back of the display) comes with the popular CNC engraved YOGA LOGO which is quite conspicuous on the top left corner. On the bottom right, there is also a less conspicuous “Lenovo” engravement. The model we reviewed is the grey option, however, this notebook also has a silver option.
Although we consider this notebook as a thin and light notebook, it may not entirely light for some folks as it weighs about 2.1kg. Of course, there are many notebooks in the market with lesser weight. However, for the hardware it carries and the performance it is offering, this notebook is absolutely thin and light. The dimension of this notebook is 356 x 246 x 17.4 – 19.9 mm ( 14” x 9.7” x 0.69”–0.78”). Beneath the notebook, we have two huge vents for heat dissipation. This will ensure that the temperature of this device is kept low at all times. Furthermore, there are two plastic studs on the rear which gives the notebook some grip so that it will not easily slide off a desk. The dual speakers are also on the bottom of the notebook close to the grip studs.
As a high-end productivity notebook, the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16 comes with some special features. Let us take a look at the special camera design on the top bezel. A close look at the camera design reveals that it uses a “raised frame design” which means that in addition to the front camera, there is also an IR camera. With this module, the computer can do Face Recognition when you attempt to log in to the system. When you take the computer out of your bag, you open the lid, there is no need to reach out to the remote power button or fingerprint recognition button. You can directly enter the system with face recognition.
In addition to the infrared camera, the notebook also has a built-in TOF sensor. Through it, you can also achieve functions such as automatic pause and resume of video playback, automatic screen lock, seat sensing, etc., which are not very perceptive but very practical. Lenovo also has some interesting customization and personalization features, which you can find in the “toolbox” of the Lenovo Computer Manager app.
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16 Display
Large screens usually represent productivity. Looking at the history of the development of smartphones we can see that there is a consistent increase in the demand for large-screen devices. This is because you get much more information on large screens and only a large enough screen can give full play to the advantages brought by the information explosion. The 16-inch display is technically the same as the 15-inch screen especially in terms of size. However, the ultra-narrow bezels allow the notebook to pack a larger screen under such a more suitable body without changing the size. This ultra-narrow bezel design of the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16 is very shocking.
The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16 uses a 16-inch QHD IPS touchscreen display and for the first time, Lenovo uses a 2.5K 120Hz screen with a 16:10 ratio. The ultra-thin bezels on a huge 16″ screen, giving you some crucial added workspace. The pristine QHD IPS touchscreen display runs seamless visuals in a smooth motion with a rapid 120 Hz refresh rate. Users of this notebook get massive productivity with the 16:10 increased
usable screen size and view it all with true-to-life 100% sRGB color accuracy. You can also watch videos, work, or play games irrespective of the lighting condition with its up to 500 nits bright display.
The colour output of this device is simply amazing. The friendly colour output of this display significantly reduces eye fatigue. Furthermore, the screen ratio increases the display size for users to get more with a “small” screen. The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16 comes with a thin bezel on all sides and the screen-to-body ratio exceeds 90%.
The display of this notebook allows users to catch every sub-pixel with its “razor-thin” borders. The top and side bezels are only 3.9 mm thin while the bottom bezel is a little thicker. Not many notebooks in the industry have such a thin bezel on all sides.
The screen itself is a big selling point of the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16. The large 16-inch screen has a very wide field of view, high color gamut, high resolution, high refresh rate, the three-pronged approach. In addition, the integration of the touch screen can solve all your worries about the screen. In the actual measurement, the high color gamut can reach 100% sRGB, 77% Adobe RGB, and the color performance is very brilliant. In addition, its brightness can reach 422nits (up to 500 nits), and the picture can be displayed clearly in brighter ambient light. The color accuracy can reach the average ΔE=1.57, and the accuracy is also a win.
The 120Hz high refresh rate is very interesting. In fact, the high refresh rate on computers has long existed, but generally, this is reflected in the external monitor. Notebooks, especially productivity notebooks have always restricted themselves to the 60Hz display. Today, Lenovo can be regarded as one of the first notebook manufacturers to popularize high refresh rates on productivity notebooks. If the 120Hz is still not smooth enough (for those who may want to play games), you can even sacrifice a little display effect and adjust the display to a parameter such as 144Hz/8bit, with just two clicks in the BIOS.
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16 Keyboard
The keyboard of the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16 is one of the most attractive designs of this notebook. Of course, on a 16-inch body-size notebook, you want to see a full-size arrow key and a familiar small keyboard. These two things make the productivity of Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16 increase to a new level.
The design of the keyboard, especially the keys is not regular. The keyboard does not use the regular rectangular/square design with a flat surface for the keys. The keys have a curvilinear design and the key surface is parabola. This gives a perfect balance when the finger hits the keys. This enables users to type faster and with more accuracy and comfort on the precision-crafted keyboard. The keys offer faster, bouncier, and more responsive typing. You’ll never feel cramped when typing on this generously-sized keyboard featuring full-sized arrow keys. The keyboard and keycap design maintains the consistently high standard of the Yoga series. From the feel, it is currently one of the most comfortable keyboards on productivity notebooks.
The 5.9-inch large touchpad has a special glass surface treatment process, which makes it feel delicate and smooth. The touchpad comes with multi-touch gesture support. This feature gives users access to a variety of features through multiple finger touches. It is important to note that most of these touches are not available on regular non-productivity notebooks. Furthermore, the all-in-one touchpad is very smooth and large. If you prefer a rough touchpad, this touchpad may need some getting used to. The hidden left and right buttons are comfortable to press, and the feedback is simple. It can be a perfect replacement for the mouse in most business offices or meetings. The touchpad is centered on the armrest and on the left armrest, we have a “Dobly Atmos” engravement on top and below, we have Nvidia Geforce RTX, AMD Ryzen 5000 series, and AMD Radeon graphics stickers.
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16 Ports
The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16 comes with seven (7) interfaces as well as a microphone and power button on the sides. The right side has three interfaces while the left side has four interfaces. On the right side, we have the microphone, SD card slot, two USB-A (USB 3.2 Gen 1) interfaces, and a power button. On the left side, we have one HDMI 2.1 interface, square DC-In, USB Type-C™ (PD + USB 2.0), and an Audio Jack.
In addition to a USB Type-A (USB 3.2 Gen 1) interface on the right side of the fuselage as well as the USB Type-C™ (PD + USB 2.0) on the left fuselage, there is also one USB Type-C™ (full function). It is worth noting that all USB-A interfaces are 3.2 Gen 1 standard (5Gbps), and both USB Type-C interfaces are 10Gbps full-rate USB 3.2 Gen 2.
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16 Hardware Performance
The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16 is a productivity notebook thus its performance tests are pretty straightforward. Unlike gaming notebooks, productivity notebooks are not as demanding. In simple terms, we can safely say that the performance of the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16 is satisfactory. However, let us take a look at the CPU, GPU, and battery test figures
The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16 comes with an AMD Ryzen 75800H processor. This is currently one of the most used processors for productivity notebooks. Its excellent performance allows you to face almost all tasks without fear. The scores obtained by using the CineBench R20 test on the CPU are 4468 points for multi-core and 529 points for single-core. This speed performance is very surprising, and the 5800H processor is indeed well-deserved.
The graphics card on this notebook is the popular Nvidia Geforce RTX 3050 graphics card. As an entry-level light-tracking graphics processor, it has been very popular since it was launched. It also greatly increases the productivity of this 16-inch Notebook. The Geforce RTX 3050 power consumption is 55W. According to the 3DMark Time Spy test, its score reached 5040, the performance of this product can achieve the smooth operation of most large-scale design requirements of software and games.
In the heat dissipation/temperature test, the CPU power consumption is stable at about 45W, and the graphics card power fluctuates at about 40 – 42W. Even at these high-temperature conditions, the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16 can reach a stable performance of 85W.
Generally, the level of performance is very strong, continuing the consistent style of the Yoga series. Taking the heat dissipation/temperature test for half an hour, using thermal imaging to photograph the keyboard area, the maximum temperature is only 40.5 ℃ and the temperature area coverage is very small. Most of the keyboard area is only 30 ℃+, at this temperature, you will probably not feel any obvious warming. The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16 surface temperature control is excellent.
This notebook is a high-productivity notebook and the powerful heat dissipation function is also necessary. Therefore, it comes with Lenovo’s unique “Anemoi Fengshen” cooling system. This system comes with a dual D8 heat pipe and 79 fan blades design. This enables the system to meet the 80W performance release of the notebook. With the power adjustment design using Fn+Q, you can switch freely between energy-saving, smart, and beast modes.
According to Lenovo, on MobileMark (2018), this device has a battery that can last up to 12.5 hours. Furthermore, the company claims that the local video playback can take up to 16.5 hours while it takes up to 3 hours to get a full charge using the rapid charge boost.
However, we did our own test of the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 75WHr battery. Our test set the screen brightness at 70% with an active WiFi connection. It took 7 hours and 19 minutes for the battery to drop from 100% to 20%. Since a full working day lasts for about 8 hours, the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16 will definitely let you go out for a day without stress.
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16 Services (Lenovo Services)
When purchasing a productivity notebook, it is important to know the services that come with the device. Thankfully, Lenovo offers a couple of services that gives users peace of mind when purchasing this device.
- Lenovo Premium Care
Lenovo has a Premium Care service which is a seamless solution for all the issues you may encounter with this notebook. With Lenovo’s front-of-the-queue customer support, you can upgrade your standard warranty. The benefit of upgrading this warranty is to get 24/7 technical support from a real person who is an expert and will give you step by step guide on how to solve all issues regarding the Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16.
- Lenovo Smart Performance
You can keep your Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16 running at optimum performance with the Lenovo Smart Performance Services. This service will proactively tackle all problems regarding PC performance, internet performance, and security.
- Lenovo Accidental Damage Protection
Thankfully, the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16 can be further protected with the Lenovo accidental damage protection service. This service takes care of issues with “unexpected damage & repair costs”. It covers damaged displays, accidental drops, water spills, electric surges, and so on. This service makes it easier to repair the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16 and ensures your device is up and running fast.
- Lenovo Warranty Extensions (1-to-3 Years Duration)
You can use this feature to extend Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16 warranty from one year to three years. With this, you can gain complete peace of mind.
The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16 should be considered a very good productivity tool. Regardless of the dimensions, the association research on productivity is very thorough. After the full test of the laptop, the exquisiteness, and even elegance, is fully reflected in the design and other details. Of course, the large screen is one of the biggest advantages of this notebook. For the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16, “bigger is better” in terms of display.
The Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16 is almost well-balanced whether we are talking about the screen, performance, or cooling, you will hardly find many substantial shortcomings. Of course, like every other “perfect” thing, there is imperfection. If there is any shortcoming with the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16, it will be its connectivity. This device does not come with I/O ports and Thunderbolt ports which may be a downside. The over 2Kg weight may be another downside of this notebook. However, we do not expect a huge 16-inch notebook to be any lighter. Most notebooks in this category easily weigh as much as 3kg.
In addition, the face recognition technology of Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 16 and fingerprint sensor prevent personal privacy leaks and provide users with safe personal privacy protection. On the display end, the higher-brightness, and high-color gamut screen brings an excellent visual experience. In addition, the battery life is enough to handle high-load office work around the clock and this is what a business notebook should look like.