For most Lenovo laptop, Yoga laptops is an ultra-thin laptop for productivity, flexibility, and entertainment. This review unit we have is different from other Yoga laptops, it is a 2-in-1convertible laptop with Intel Iris XE graphics and running with an Intel Core-i7 11th gen processor. It comes with 14-inch to 15.6-inch display sizes and it is made for productivity on the go or even at the office. But what is the best deal that Lenovo can offer on their laptops to make it a worthy buy?
What’s in the box?
The Yoga 7i comes with a lot of freebies in its box that are essential for daily use and flexibility. It has a free stylus active pen that already comes with a triple-A battery to enable touch-free navigation using the buttons in the pen. It also has a free dongle, A 3-in-1 adaptor for the HDMI, VGA, and a single USB port. And lastly, a 65W charger with a USB-C connector. These freebies are reliable for flexibility so read along.
Build and Architecture
Compared to the Yoga Slim series, the Yoga 7i is a lot thicker and heavier. this matte slate grey color laptop has a smooth sandblasted texture with aluminum chassis. It is not that super thick unlike other powerful gaming laptops and you can still see the touch of Lenovo’s ultra-thin look that comes from their very own architecture.
However, due to its aluminum build, it is still quite heavy especially when you folded it 360-degrees and used it as a tablet for a long time. It weighs around 1.43kg, but still not that bad considering the price of this laptop.
Despite the quite weighty build, the design, ergonomics, and overall architecture of the Yoga 7i for me have a gamer and futuristic feel without the RGB. The style and cooling architecture of it are totally great.
At the back, it has two airflow grille and one ventilation grille underneath. It is for better heat management and for me, this is also a better architecture as it can still breathe properly even the lid is folded close.
Now on the lid, it has a magnetic feel when closing the laptop, but the hassle comes when you start to lift up the lid, it is not that smooth because the main body tends to come along with the screen, so you need to support it with your other hand.
The hinge of the Lenovo Yoga 7i is quite different, there are 2 hinges that are pretty unique, however, my concern is that it may be less durable compared to laptops that have a full hinge built. Since the hinge is exposed, it makes the bottom bezels appear much thicker. Considering the bottom bezel, the bezels at the top and sides are just fine,
Ports and Connectivity
Now let’s talk about the ports, at first I noticed that it only has one USB-A port on the right side plus the power button. Having only one USB port for me is not enough, but the good thing is, as I’ve said earlier it has a free adaptor with a USB-C male socket that can be attached to the port on the left side of the laptop.
I can easily put an extra keyboard and extra monitor whenever I need them. Again, talking about flexibility, the Lenovo Yoga 7i laptop can do a lot, it can be a laptop, desktop, or even a tablet all at the same time, an all-in-one package. For connectivity, it has Wifi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0
Now Going back to the left side of the device, it has two Thunderbolt 4 ports for extending the display, and for Rapid Charging, then it has a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Now some may find the ports unnecessary since there are a lot of devices already runs via Bluetooth, but Lenovo still made the laptop a wire-friendly device for people who don’t own wireless devices. The best of both worlds in my opinion.
Security and Convenience
Now on the Yoga 7i’s surface, the keyboard is a TKL low profile. Typing with the keyboard is stress-free, it also has two backlit levels to aid your typing in low light and it can be turned on when pressing the FN key plus spacebar.
Around the keyboard are the stereo speakers, one on each side. The two speakers have a Dolby Atmos speaker system which is why the sound is great and loud. In the lower part, is the trackpad that is very responsive and has smooth scrolling with its very clicky buttons.
For security, there’s a fingerprint scanner in the Yoga 7i, located at the bottom right of the keyboard. It has fast and reliable fingerprint security, it also has a built-in privacy shutter at the top display to make you feel more secure when using the laptop but it doesn’t have windows hello IR camera so we don’t get facial recognition.
The Lenovo Yoga 7i is available in 14-inch and 15-inch display sizes. Our review unit boasts a 14” FHD (1920×1080) pixels with IPS LCD and it is a touch screen display with 99% sRGB and 300nits brightness.
The screen is convertible that rotates up to 360-degrees, I don’t have any complaints regarding the display quality, the screen delivers a sharp and crisp resolution. It is less reflective even though it has a glossy texture on the screen. It also has good viewing angle. The colors are great and accurate as well, it is not that bright for outdoor use but the display is really meant for productivity and is also a touchscreen that can be used for graphic design.
Now to its performance, the Lenovo Yoga 7i 14itl5 is powered with Intel Core -i7 1165g7 processor. Multitasking is not an issue thanks to the 16GB of ddr4 ram. Also, the speed and launch time is great, it has a 1TB m.2 SSD storage, it has fast boot-up, and has less render time in premiere pro. With the Intel Iris XE graphics, you can produce quality content with great color accuracy for all, without any lags and delays.
Yoga 7i is made for everyday productivity, for a graphic designer, or even for a video editor and even it is not a gaming-focused machine it has the power to do so. The Lenovo Vantage is the best software companion for Lenovo Yoga laptops although what I notice about the built-in apps is–the free software that has limited time. Nonetheless, it has Microsoft office and running on Windows 10 Home.
As for the battery, it can last up to 8-10hrs of usage and it will endure more if you just use it as watching videos while it is in stand mode or tent mode.
Overall the Lenovo Yoga 7i is a great and promising laptop, it is flexible and the performance, quality, and design are some of the things that I love. The build is somehow a hassle as it is a bit heavy when you carry it around as a tablet. Also lifting the lid needs support whenever you open it one-handed. But if we’re talking about heat management, I can say that it is suitable for a content creator like me, since it delivers a constant speed due to its cooling system architecture.
The price of the Lenovo Yoga 7i starts at P69,995, it is a laptop with powerful specs and quality display suitable for people with a productive lifestyle and perfect for content creators and people who work under pressure.
- Up to 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7 Mobile Processor
- Up to Windows 10 Pro
- Integrated Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
- Up to 16 GB DDR4 3200MHz (Soldered)
- Up to 1 TB PCIe SSD
- 14″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, touchscreen, 300 nits, 72%NTSC, 360° Hinge
- Weight: Starting at 1.4kg
- Dimension: 15.68-17.7mm x 320.4mm x 214.6mm
- 2 x 2W user-facing Dolby Atmos® Speaker System
- 720p HD Web Camera
- Wi-Fi 6 802.11AX (2 x 2)
- Bluetooth® 5.0
- Colors: Slate Grey, Dark Moss
- 1x USB 3.2** Gen 1
- 2 x USB 4 Type-C (Thunderbolt™ 4/PowerDelivery/DisplayPort)
- Headphone / mic combo
- NOVO hole
- Lenovo Vantage
- McAfee® LiveSafe™
- Microsoft Office 2019