Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional overview: Tall display, robust efficiency

Enlarge / Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional.

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You’ve got most likely been there. You are purchasing for a brand new PC, maybe for the primary time in a years, and also you get slowed down within the specs. Even in case you slim the record to incorporate issues like a specific amount of storage or display measurement, you end up asking the ever-present query: what is the distinction?

Usually, the distinction turns into extra apparent because the hole between costs will increase. However what in case you’re in search of a bit further oomph with out crossing the worth bracket into luxurious territory?

After all, you get what you pay for, however the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional gives as a lot as you will get for its MSRP (presently set from $1,420 to a sale worth of $1,140—however you will be hard-pressed to search out it for below $1,300). It is not exorbitantly priced in comparison with equally sized rivals, just like the Acer Swift 5 ($1,100 MSRP for the configuration we reviewed) or 13-inch Dell XPS 13 ($1,250 with the closest specs to the IdeaPad we reviewed).

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Specs at a look: Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional
Worst Greatest As reviewed
Display 14-inch 2800×1800 90 Hz IPS touchscreen
OS Home windows 11 Residence
CPU Intel Core i5-11300H Intel Core i7-11370H
RAM 16GB LPDDR4x-4266
Storage 256GB NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD 1TB NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD
GPU Intel Iris Xe (built-in)
Networking 802.11ax(2×2), Bluetooth 5.1
Ports 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Sort-A, 2x Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C), 1x 3.5 mm jack
Measurement 12.29×8.72×0.57-0.67 inches (312.4×221.4×14.6-16.9 mm)
Weight Begins at 2.87 kilos (1.3 kg)
Battery 61 Whr
Guarantee 1 yr
Value (MSRP) $899 $1,140

Show: sharper, taller, quicker

One of many major methods the Slim 7i Professional stands out is its display. The 14-inch (word there is a 15-inch model of this laptop computer) IPS panel has a sharper decision, taller side ratio, and quicker refresh charge than the common thin-and-light laptop computer, making it a singular proposition for one of many major methods you will work together with the pc.

The display makes use of a 16:10 side ratio moderately than the 16:9 ratio extra widespread (for now) amongst laptops. In use, the taller display allowed me to suit extra traces of spreadsheets and extra paragraphs of the newest featured Ars article on the display directly. It additionally makes for a wackier decision. The display is at 2800×1800, which equates to a pixel density of 237.8 pixels per inch (ppi). A 14-inch, 16:9 display with 1920×1080 decision can be 157.4 ppi.

I did a side-by-side comparability of the IdeaPad with the Acer Swift 5, which has a 1920×1080 14-inch show, to jot down this overview. I used to be in a position to learn far more of my progress on the Lenovo machine. Textual content was tiny however sharp, and there was nonetheless room to scale in Home windows 11’s settings (as much as about 150 %) whereas sustaining extra on the display than what I may see on the Swift 5. Textual content appeared barely darker on the Lenovo, with noticeably sharper edges in comparison with the Swift 5 when zoomed in to equal proportions.

16:10 means less vertical scrolling. 
Enlarge / 16:10 means much less vertical scrolling. 

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Lenovo claims the Slim 7i Professional’s touchscreen covers one hundred pc of the sRGB colour area and might hit 400 nits of peak brightness. For comparability, the Swift 5 claims one hundred pc sRGB and 340 nits. Regardless of the slight nit benefit, what actually stood out throughout my side-by-side comparability was how reflective the Swift 5’s display was. In the meantime, the IdeaPad’s display fought off reflections higher. The display nonetheless appeared vibrant when utilizing it exterior, too. Each shows declare the identical quantity of protection, however issues appeared extra vivid on the Lenovo. When watching motion pictures, the scenes appeared extra vivid, with deeper oranges, rosier pores and skin tones, and barely stronger pinks, though each delivered about the identical quantity of shadow element.

You may be hard-pressed to note the distinction between 60 and 90 Hz with your personal eyes (I would suggest transferring to at the least 120 Hz for that). Once more, what actually made the IdeaPad’s display a lower above the usual are the vivid colours, brightness, and high quality that total made motion pictures and graphics look extra energetic. After all, with all of the 16:9 content material on the market, I needed to cope with bigger black bars, however I can get used to that.

The laptop computer helps Dolby Imaginative and prescient for HDR motion pictures. Its preinstalled app has three modes: Dolby Imaginative and prescient Vibrant, which is the default, Dolby Imaginative and prescient Darkish, and Dolby Imaginative and prescient Vivid. Nevertheless, after I toggled by them whereas watching HDR motion pictures, I did not discover an apparent distinction.


Lenovo calls the IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional’s colour Slate Gray and says the chassis is fabricated from aluminum. The machine has a extra premium construct that feels much less plastic-y and extra dense—at the least to the fingers—than different machines, such because the Swift 5. The lid can also be a bit thicker than that laptop computer, regardless of displaying about the identical quantity of flex when compelled.

A little detail.
Enlarge / Somewhat element.

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There is a little bit of a digicam notch that Lenovo says is meant to make the pc simpler to open one-handed. It not often labored, even when the PC was on a flat floor, like a desk. In any other case, the deck nonetheless clunked about till I shook the lid free.

The notch isn't that effective for opening the PC with one hand.
Enlarge / The notch is not that efficient for opening the PC with one hand.

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Lenovo was sort sufficient to go away a USB-A and headphone/mic jack, however there isn’t any HDMI right here. As a substitute, you get two Thunderbolt 4 ports that may cost the laptop computer, cost different units, or hook up with a show on the left facet of the deck. It includes a headphone jack and an always-on USB-A port on the suitable. There’s additionally an influence button on the suitable facet, one thing I do not see usually as of late.

Creepy webcam

Lenovo’s product web page for the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional says the machine makes use of “consideration sensors” to ship you an alert “when somebody’s shoulder-surfing.” This characteristic comes from an AI-powered, preinstalled software program referred to as Look by Mirametrix. You may’t obtain the app from simply anyplace, like from the Microsoft Retailer. In keeping with Mirametrix’s web site, its software program is presently licensed to Lenovo, LG, and NEC solely.

The app makes use of the laptop computer IR digicam to trace the your eyes and head and reveals the place it thinks you might be in real-time by a small pop-up you’ll be able to convey up (your head is a dot in a crosshair). In case you’re utilizing a number of screens, Look’s Sensible Pointer characteristic detects which monitor your head is taking a look at and strikes your mouse to that display whereas blurring out the opposite monitor. The characteristic was additionally fairly correct so long as I saved my head at the popular distance from the webcam. Look can can even convey a window from one monitor to a different. In case you maintain the window along with your mouse then flip to take a look at your different monitor, the window will seem there promptly.

Lastly, Privateness Alert senses when somebody is taking a look at your display from behind you, and it responds by blurring the show. Generally, nonetheless, this could occur when nobody was behind me, even when I used to be inside Look’s subject of view and stationary. The excellent news was that solely appeared to occur after I had a second monitor hooked up to the laptop computer.

Nevertheless, Look itself will make your privateness senses tingle. It requires the webcam to be on always, together with a pink mild to the left and a white one which, annoyingly, is not completely in step with the others. For a lot of, that’ll be an excessive amount of danger and distraction to make retaining the app on worthwhile.

For these simply searching for one thing for the occasional net name, the IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional has a 720p shooter. It is not the sharpest, but it surely has correct colours and solely a bit little bit of that blurred, watercolor-like impact.

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