Lenovo YOGA Slim 7 Pro (Ryzen) review – A fast, lightweight performance laptop that even has good battery life – Ausdroid

For the last 18 months or so, we have had experience with various laptops of different ranges. Everything from highly functional laptops to an absolute beast that ticks all the boxes except for being inexpensive.

On the benchmark for the last few weeks we have had the Lenovo YOGA Slim 7 Pro (Ryzen), which is very, very Awesome. This is a device positioned to take laptops like Huawei’s Matebook X Pro, Apple’s Macbook Pro, and Surface laptops. So unsurprisingly, it won’t be a cheap option, it’s a powerhouse, and it’s an investment.

What is it?

It’s clearly a laptop, but there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye on the surface. When you look at the specifications of the YOGA Slim 7 Pro, you are seeing some very precise specifications. It has been designed to be thin, light, aesthetically pleasing, and to meet all user performance needs.

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Internally, there are some pretty precise specs with a couple of SKUs available:

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  • Graphics: ATI Radeon
  • Memory: 16GB DDR4-3200
  • Screen: 14 “2880 x 1800 pixel 90Hz upgrade at 243 PPI
  • Storage: 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD
  • Weight: 1.32 kg

Design and features

It’s a really stylish looking laptop, with some great design elements and well thought out hardware features. The basic interface with the laptop is of course the keyboard which has a really nice touch and somewhat smooth being a set of chiclet type keys. Unlike other laptops we’ve had recent experience with, the power button doesn’t interfere with typing as it’s built into the right side of the device.

The keyboard also looks really stylish, it has full-size keys, but it’s too small, not a full-size keyboard. The keys are backlit and that makes it easy to see in various lighting conditions.

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When it comes to the appearance of the laptop, there are a couple of things that are quite surprising. The 14 ”screen has a narrow bezel, curiously not a touch screen that seems to be the norm in high-end notebooks. The fact that it is high resolution, high refresh, and decent PPI makes the screen very easy on the eyes and produces dynamic lighting in your surroundings as well as vibrant colors for everyday productivity and entertainment.

If you have a great laptop and terrible connectivity, you have a terrible experience. In this case, a delicate balance needs to be struck between meeting the needs of users with older peripherals and modernizing the system.

Sporting Wi-Fi 6 includes a future-proofing element right from the start. There is a pair of USB-C ports (1 x Thunderbolt including charging) on ​​the left side, with a USB-A port on the right, between the headphone port and the power button. USB-C charging is really welcome because it is a standard connection, many chargers will work effectively (although some do charge slowly), which also means you don’t have to carry a huge charging block.

Daily performance and games

The specs are clearly very good, while many will argue that AMD is “not that great” or “it’s just a cheaper option”, those are statements that are out of date about 15 years ago. These days, in terms of performance, you’ll still see a great deal for the money, but most users (aside from those who need specific Intel / Nvidia support) won’t notice the difference. That’s certainly the case here, whether it’s for everyday use or to play around with the video a bit, the Yoga managed just fine.

This is truly a laptop that is designed to work for you and last. While I wasn’t expecting it to, the Yoga also managed a few games with recent (ish …) releases, including Call of Duty, Portal, F1 2020, and Diablo II, which didn’t cause any real drama. There were some frame-skipping and lag moments at the really heavy graphics processing moments, but to be fair this is not a laptop for purpose gaming and that’s to be expected.

Battery life is an absolute highlight for me, with nearly a full day of overall productivity work, performance settings reduced with a click, on a single charge. This, of course, is relatively low processor intensity and the screen adjusts downward to accommodate the lighting.

Of course, if you’re gaming or doing other processor and / or graphics-intensive tasks, your battery life will be significantly less. But with a portable battery pack of adequate capacity, it would be feasible to take a day or night trip and not need to carry the charging pad to recharge your 61Wh battery.

The good and the bad…

The Slim 7 Pro has a lot going for it, starting with a somewhat understated look and great design. But that appeal will only capture a small percentage of users, you need the performance to back it up. The only time I really noticed any performance issues was running relatively high-end games that pushed the GPU beyond its capacity, something I don’t really have a problem with given that this isn’t a purpose-built gaming machine.

Probably the highlight for me on this machine is the display. While 90Hz isn’t exactly momentous, it’s pretty lovely when your everyday laptop isn’t anywhere near that level. It also makes video playback significantly smoother and more enjoyable to watch.

The biggest barrier I can see for it to be an extremely popular laptop is price. It (available from November) is expected to sell in Australia for $ 2,149.00 for the base model and thereafter. While that in itself is close to the mark for a device with sharp-end specs, if you’re looking for a workhorse and don’t need the power of video: there are plenty of very capable options for a significantly lower price. In my experience and in discussion with those still in the retail game, laptops over $ 2,000.00 are a rarity to sell and a $ 200- $ 300 price drop would make them much more salable to the general market. .

Personally, I tend to wear headphones when listening to music, so it wasn’t a big factor for me when playing games or playing music, but I did find the audio a bit tinny. It wasn’t horrible, but it was noticeably unbalanced for what I would expect from a machine of this caliber. However, in daily use, if you are playing music quietly or in video calls, it is unlikely that you will notice any problems.

Should you buy one?

It’s a great laptop, works well, and is even capable of delivering a pretty good gaming experience. So if you’re looking for a new, high-end laptop, yes, it should probably be on your shopping list, but unless you need all of this, on the go regularly it’s a little hard to sell.

Clearly the biggest problem is the starting price of over two thousand dollars and going up from there. It almost feels like a missed opportunity, because one more touch of prowess in terms of graphics and you have a capable desktop replacement.

This is truly an impressive piece of hardware, assembled to meet a need, not a budget. It has done everything I asked of it, without really stressing any of the components. Whether you’re looking for content creation, a productivity workhorse, or even some casual games, it’s really worth checking out, but only if you have the budget to buy.

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