Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon vs. Dell XPS 13


Dell’s XPS 13 sits on the high of our greatest laptops record and our record of the most effective 13-inch laptops. It’s a near-perfect mixture of design, aesthetics, and productiveness efficiency ensuing from years of enhancements. Lenovo’s IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon is a 14-inch laptop computer that seeks to compete with the XPS 13 by offering a barely bigger show in its personal glossy and trendy package deal.

The IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon has a quicker CPU and a beautiful OLED show, whereas the XPS 13 offers ok efficiency and its personal spectacular OLED choice. Does the Lenovo’s velocity trump the Dell’s glorious design?

Specs

  Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon Dell XPS 13
Dimensions 12.32 inches by 8.44 inches by 0.59 inches 11.64 inches x 7.82 inches x 0.58 inches
Weight 2.43 kilos 2.8 kilos
Processor AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
Intel Core i3-1115G4
Intel Core i5-1135G7
Intel Core i7-1185G7
Intel Core i7-1195G7
Graphics Built-in Radeon Graphics
Nvidia GeForce MX450
Intel Iris Xe
RAM 8GB
16GB
8GB
16GB
32GB
Show 14-inch 16:10 OLED QWXGA (2880 x 1800) 90Hz non-touch
14-inch 16:10 OLED QWXGA (2880 x 1800) 90Hz contact
13.4-inch 16:10 IPS Full HD+ (1920 x 1200)
13.4-inch 16:10 IPS Full HD+ contact
13.4-inch 16:10 OLED 3.5K (3456 x 2160) contact
13.4-inch 16:10 IPS UHD+ (3840 x 2400) contact
Storage 512GB SSD
1TB SSD
256GB SSD
512GB SSD
1TB SSD
2TB SSD
Contact Non-obligatory Non-obligatory
Ports 1 x USB-C 3.2 Gen 1
2 x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2
3.5mm audio jack
2 x USB-C with Thunderbolt 4
3.5mm audio jack
MicroSD card reader
Wi-fi Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1
Webcam 720p, Home windows Hiya IR webcam 720p, Home windows Hiya IR webcam
Working system Home windows 11 Residence Home windows 10 or 11 Residence or Professional
Battery 61 watt-hour 52 watt-hours
Value $1,175+ $1,196+
Score 4 out of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

Design

Dell XPS 13 9310 Featured Image showing display and keyboard deck.
Dell XPS 13 9310 Mark Coppock/Digital Tendencies

The XPS 13’s design has been constantly improved with every new technology, leading to a 13-inch laptop computer that’s almost excellent in its construct high quality and aesthetic. It’s constructed of a mixture of CNC machined aluminum in its lid and backside chassis and carbon (black) or glass (white) fiber in its keyboard deck. That gives a hanging distinction that each appears nice and provides a heat floor when typing, and it leads to a laptop computer that’s stable with zero bending, flexing, or twisting. Its traces are glossy and streamlined, leading to an total trendy and stylish aesthetic. The IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon is fabricated from a magnesium-aluminum alloy with some carbon fiber within the lid, leading to a light-weight laptop computer however one which demonstrates some bending within the lid and flexing within the keyboard deck and backside chassis. Its design is minimalist all through, with a single silver coloration scheme and no gildings.

The IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon is a pretty laptop computer, but it surely’s not almost as well-conceived because the XPS 13. And Dell’s laptop computer feels fairly a bit extra sturdy. Each laptops take pleasure in hinges that enable the lid to be opened with one hand whereas holding the show firmly in place, however the XPS 13’s dual-clutch design provides it a smoother motion. Lastly, the XPS 13’s show bezels are tiny all the best way round, whereas the IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon’s backside chin is a bit bigger and there’s a reverse notch up high that homes the webcam and infrared digicam. That provides the Dell a extra cohesive and streamlined look when seen straight on.

The keyboard and trackpad on the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon.
IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon Mark Coppock/Digital Tendencies

Along with having softer and hotter palm rests, the XPS 13’s keyboard offers a greater all-around typing expertise. It has massive keys and glorious key spacing, with crisp and exact switches with a quick bottoming motion. The IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon’s keyboard can be properly designed, with sculptured keys and loads of area, and its switches are deep and supply a cushty bottoming motion. It’s higher than the keyboard used on most non-ThinkPad Lenovo laptops, and it’s only a step behind the XPS 13’s.

Each laptops have massive sufficient touchpads with comfy surfaces and exact responses due to Home windows Precision touchpad drivers. Each present dependable Home windows 11 multitouch gesture help and quiet buttons with assured clicks. You will get contact shows on each laptops.

The XPS 13 advantages from its Intel chipset by way of connectivity, with two USB-C with Thunderbolt 4 help enabling connectivity with unique add-ons like exterior GPU enclosures. There’s additionally a 3.5mm audio jack and a microSD card reader. The IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon has one USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 port and two USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 ports to go together with its 3.5mm audio jack. It doesn’t have an SD card reader, which is disappointing, and because of its AMD chipset it doesn’t help Thunderbolt 4. Each laptops use Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 for wi-fi connectivity.

Lastly, the XPS 13 and IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon webcams are each restricted to 720p, a letdown within the period of hybrid work, and each have infrared cameras for Home windows 11 Hiya facial recognition. The XPS 13 additionally has a fingerprint reader embedded within the energy button. One space of distinction is Lenovo’s Good Help know-how, which may flip off the show and put the laptop computer to sleep when the proprietor leaves the realm and wake it up after they sit again down. That gives some extra privateness and safety performance that the XPS 13 lacks.

Efficiency

Connectivity is limited to three USB-C ports, one USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 and two USB-C 3.2 Gen 2. Left side.
IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon Mark Coppock/Digital Tendencies

We reviewed the IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon with the AMD Ryzen 7 5800U, an eight-core/16-thread CPU geared toward thin-and-light laptops that’s extremely quick at processor-intensive duties. AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 6000 sequence will eclipse it, and Intel’s Twelfth-gen CPUs give it a run for its cash. However the four-core/eight-thread Eleventh-gen Core i7-1185G7 within the XPS 13 can’t sustain. As we are able to see from the benchmark outcomes beneath, the XPS 13 is considerably slower than the IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon in all however the 3DMark Time Spy check that pits Intel’s built-in Iris Xe graphics in opposition to AMD’s built-in Radeon Graphics. Lenovo lists an Nvidia GeForce MX450 discrete GPU as an choice, however we didn’t check that model, and the IdeaPad’s present availability is constrained. The MX450 is a low-end GPU that would offer higher gaming efficiency than built-in graphics however not sufficient to deal with greater than trendy titles at 1080p and low graphics settings.

The distinction in efficiency is especially pronounced in our Handbrake check, which encodes a 420MB video as H.265, and in Cinebench R23, which makes use of the CPU to render a picture. The IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon virtually doubles the XPS 13’s efficiency in each benchmarks, demonstrating that the Lenovo cannot solely deal with demanding productiveness duties, however it could take a stab at some artistic duties as properly. Neither laptop computer is a gaming machine as reviewed, however whereas the XPS 13 is a advantageous performer for productiveness customers, you’ll be a lot happier with the IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon’s total efficiency.

Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon
(Ryzen 7 5800U)
Dell XPS 13
(Core i7-1185G7)
Geekbench 5
(single / multi)
1,373 / 6,080 1,549 / 5,431
Handbrake
(seconds)
123 204
Cinebench R23
(single / multi)
1,409 / 8,086 1,449 / 4,267
3DMark Time Spy 1,658 1,647

Show

The display on the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon.
IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon Mark Coppock/Digital Tendencies

Lenovo provides solely a single show with the IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon, in contact and non-touch variations, however that’s okay as a result of it’s glorious. It’s a 14-inch 16:10 OLED QWXGA (2880 x 1800) panel operating at 90Hz, the primary OLED show we’ve examined that runs at larger than 60Hz, making Home windows 11 a smoother expertise. It additionally has wider and extra correct colours than the 13.4-inch 16:10 4K+ IPS panel we examined on the XPS 13, together with OLED’s inky-black distinction. Dell’s show was a bit brighter and fairly a bit sharper, however whereas it’s an excellent IPS show, it could’t maintain a candle to the IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon’s OLED display screen.

Dell XPS 13 9310 Design shwoing display and keyboard deck.
Dell XPS 13 9310 Mark Coppock/Digital Tendencies

You should buy the XPS 13 with a 3.5K (3456 x 2160) OLED show that’s simply as spectacular because the IdeaPad’s. And so, whereas the IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon wins out when evaluating our evaluation models, the XPS 13 provides a higher-resolution OLED show that falls behind solely in its 60Hz refresh price. Dell additionally provides a Full HD+ (1920 x 1200) IPS panel that can lengthen its battery life (see beneath). However in the long run, each laptops supply glorious viewing experiences that can please everybody, whether or not they’re working, creating, or having fun with their favourite motion pictures and TV exhibits.

Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon
(Ryzen 7 5800U)
Dell XPS 13 4K+
(Core i7-1185G7)
Brightness
(nits)
397 420
AdobeRGB gamut 96 79
 sRGB gamut 100 100
Accuracy
(DeltaE, decrease is best)
0.88 1.21
Distinction ratio 27,590:1 1,360:1

Portability

Side view of a Dell XPS 13 9310 showing charging port.
Dell XPS 13 9310 Mark Coppock/Digital Tendencies

The XPS 13 is a 13-inch laptop computer and so naturally is smaller and slimmer than the IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon. They’re virtually equally skinny, although, with the XPS 13 at 0.58 inches and the IdeaPad at 0.59 inches. Surprisingly, the XPS 13 is heavier at 2.8 kilos versus 2.43 kilos, making it really feel denser in hand. Nevertheless, each laptops are small and lightweight sufficient to toss right into a backpack and overlook they’re there.

The IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon equips a 61 watt-hour battery in comparison with the XPS 13’s 52 watt-hour battery. That’s not an enormous distinction, however the Lenovo nonetheless managed to realize a a lot stronger rating in our net shopping check that cycles by way of a sequence of advanced web sites. It lasted virtually 4 hours longer, which we attribute to the AMD CPU’s larger effectivity and the higher-resolution show on the XPS 13. Issues had been nearer in our video check that loops by way of an area Full HD Avengers trailer.

You’ll need to drop all the way down to Full HD+ on the XPS 13 if you wish to get a full day’s work out of it, however the IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon will preserve you working even with its spectacular high-res OLED show.

Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon
(Ryzen 7 5800U)
Dell XPS 13 4K+
(Core i7-1185G7)
Internet shopping 10 hours 6 minutes 6 hours 20 minutes
Video 11 hours 12 minutes 10 hours 32 minutes

Conclusion

The Dell XPS 13 begins at $1,196 for a Core i3 CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and, oddly sufficient, a UHD+ IPS show. Presently, there’s no Full HD+ show choice listed. On the excessive finish, with a Core i7, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD, the XPS 13 prices $1,784.

Provide constraints presently have only a single Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon configuration listed on its web site, and it’s briefly unavailable, although this could change sooner or later. The out there configuration is $1,175 for a Ryzen 7 5800U, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, and the Nvidia GeForce MX450. We’re certain that these costs will change as soon as provide returns to regular and extra configurations can be found.

Whereas the IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon places up an excellent combat, notably by way of CPU efficiency and battery life, it’s not as cohesive and well-designed because the XPS 13. Dell’s laptop computer exudes a high quality that no different equally sized laptop computer can match, and it wins this shootout on the energy of its total industrial design.

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