Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i

Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i

Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i

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BEST RATING
Operating Noise:
4.9
GENERAL USE: Good7.7/10
GAMING/AI: Fair6.4/10
ENG/DESIGN: Good7.2/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Good7.5/10
CONTENT CREATION: Good7.7/10
PORTABILITY: Very Good8.9/10
BATTERY: Very Good8.7/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Good7.0/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Good7.3/10
SIZE: 14"

The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i is a laptop with a lower midrange price that offers a solid balance of performance and features. It comes with 512GB of storage and 16GB of RAM, making it well-suited for general use and multitasking. The device is powered by an Intel i7 processor with integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics, which should handle everyday tasks and light photo editing but may not be sufficient for intensive gaming or complex 3D applications. It has a 14-inch IPS display with a 1080p resolution that does not support touch but offers good color accuracy, making it suitable for watching videos and light content creation. The laptop is quite portable weighing under 3 pounds and is just over a half-inch thick, lending itself to those who are frequently on the move. Battery life is decent with around 11.5 hours of typical usage. It features a variety of ports including two Thunderbolt 4 ports for fast data transfer and charging. It’s equipped with a backlit keyboard and has additional features like a fingerprint reader, but lacks a number pad. Released in October 2020, it runs Windows 10 Home and addresses a good mix of modest performance and mobility without breaking the bank. Give Feedback

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Pros
  • Premium business laptop
  • Lightweight for portability
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Moderate speaker quality
  • Limited 3D performance
  • No facial recognition

Ratings by Category

Operating Noise:
4.9
PerfectRec’s Operating Noise Score is based on fan noise measurements. Laptops with a fanless design, such as Macbooks, receive the maximum score.
Portability:
4.7
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.
Battery Life:
4.6
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.
Keyboard Quality:
4.4
The Keyboard Quality score is based on the PerfectRec experts’ assessment of tactile feedback, typing comfort, keyboard reliability and typing noise.
General Use:
4.3
PerfectRec’s General Use Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for general productivity, web browsing, streaming, video calls, and running a wide variety of apps and programs. The most important factors in this score include CPU performance, amount of RAM, screen quality, storage, and battery life. Keyboard quality, speaker quality, low fan noise, heat management, and to a lesser extent webcam quality are all moderately important factors for this score.
Content Creation:
4.3
PerfectRec’s Content Creation Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for photo editing, and video editing work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Build Quality:
4.3
PerfectRec’s Build Quality Score incorporates case materials, display and keyboard flex, hinge quality, chassis rigidity, and overall reliability. Our assessment of build quality includes many details that are difficult to quantify. Our laptop experts use their best judgment to produce the final score.
Software Development:
4.2
PerfectRec’s Software Development Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for software development. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Engineering & Design:
4.1
The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i is equipped with a robust Intel i7 processor and a capable integrated Iris Xe GPU, supported by a substantial amount of RAM, which together offer strong performance for engineering and design tasks. Additionally, the laptop has a high-quality IPS display that provides clear and accurate colors, alongside a very good portability score, which means it’s easier to carry around for on-the-go productivity.
General Use Screen Quality:
4.1
The general use screen score is based on the screen technology, contrast ratio, resolution, brightness, color gamut and color accuracy. This score does not take into account specialized display features for specific use cases, such as high refresh rate for gaming.
Gaming & AI:
3.4
The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i is equipped with an Intel i7-1165G7 Iris Xe GPU, which offers moderate performance for gaming but may not handle more demanding games and 3D tasks as efficiently as laptops with dedicated gaming GPUs. Additionally, its screen has a standard refresh rate of 60Hz, which is fair for regular use but not ideal for gaming where higher refresh rates can provide smoother visuals and a competitive edge.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$899
Release Date
October 1, 2020
Overall Dimensions
12.6'' x 8.2'' x 0.59''
Weight
2.99 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i7-1165G7
Graphics
Iris Xe G7
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
No
RAM
16 GB
DDR Memory Version
4

BATTERY

Battery Life
11.5 Hours
Battery Capacity
60.7 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
14"
Display Technology
IPS
Resolution
1920 x 1080
Refresh Rate
60Hz
Display Brightness
340 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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7.8/10
Portability Score
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8.9/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
No
Fan Noise Score
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9.5/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
White
Warranty Period
1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
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8/10
Speaker Quality Score
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7.5/10
Webcam
720p
Fingerprint Reader
Yes
Backlit Keyboard
Yes
Number Pad
No

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
2
USB-C ports
2
USB-C Charging
Yes
Display Outputs
3
Thunderbolt Version
4

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Ted Needleman | January 2022
"Among Lenovo's multiple laptop brands, the IdeaPad family is decidedly the one designed for consumers: people who want decent performance at a reasonable price. Consider, then, this laptop a paragon for the pickier members of that crowd. With a 14-inch touch-enabled display, a comfortable keyboard, an Evo-certified Intel Core i7 11th Generation CPU, and the latest Windows 11 operating system, the IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro ultraportable ($1,199 as tested) is a slick mainstream machine at a bit of a premium price, and quite capable for everyday tasks."

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