Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 14″ Review (AMD Ryzen)

by birtanpublished on October 4, 2020

This is lisa from mobile tech review and this is lenovo ideapad slim 7. i believe overseas is going to be called the yoga 7 or is so this is pretty exciting this is the year of amd they're rising up sorry i couldn't resist the pun it has amd ryzen 2 inside otherwise known as renoir otherwise known as the ryzen 4000 series u-series cpus that really rock besides that it's very slim metal chassis nice build you know with lenovo the the seven series is pretty high there's a nine series above it that's the most

Expensive and fancy pants but this is often where the meat is for a lot of people getting a really nice build quality and good specs but without spending you know fifteen hundred or two thousand dollars in fact with amd inside this one is list price of nine hundred dollars and you might find a little cheaper at retailers now there is an intel version as well and that one is a thousand and fifty dollars but we're just looking at the amd one we're gonna look at it now so this is a 14 inch ultrabook it's a

Conventional laptop design clamshell it doesn't do the 360 degree thing or anything like that in fact it doesn't even have a touch screen it has a very pleasing full hd ips glossy display though and we'll talk about the display quality a bit but it's pretty darn nice especially for the price inside we have an amd ryzen series 4700u that's an eight core eight thread cpu which is a lot in an ultrabook that's what amd's been doing this year they

Have really been blowing the top off of performance thanks to their seven nanometer architecture that has less heat it uses less power all those good things now interestingly ours actually has the ryzen 7 4 800 unit and not the seven 4700u so we got a little bit more performance and a little bit more heat the 4700 might actually be better he was ram is soldered on here and it is phenomenally fast you can see the

Specs on screen because amd does really fast ram soldering on eight gigs is what i see on lenovo's site right now but our particular unit is 16 gig so i'm hoping that'll be available for you power users out there who might want it as the usual m.2 nvme ssd slot and you get 512 gig ssd for that 900 dollar price tag ours is a sk hynix one and the benchmarks pretty well so i'm fine with that also what's nice is besides that ryzen's typically really good on battery life as well as

You know light to moderate work let's be fair here you're not trying to play skyrim or edit video or something like that but you know your average normal light business personal kind of use we have a 60.7 watt hour battery inside which is pretty darn big for a 14 inch ultrabook it's also quite light three pounds which is 1.4 kilograms and how thin is it 14.9 millimeters yet they do find room for some legacy ports here like usb-a ports you get two of those we have usb-c two of them no thunderbolt

Three on the amd version i'm probably hailing back to the fact that that was intel's intellectual property though now is opening up to everybody if you do go with the intel version of this you do get thunderbolt 3. anyway two ports one of them is used by the 65 watt charger well when you need to charge it of course you have a headphone jack on board as well oh and you also get hdmi and a micro sd card slot so if it's not this thin and light it's got all the ports that you could need to actually get work done or get school

Work done pretty nice stuff build quality on this is very good it's rigid it's metal the color that we have is the only color that's available so that's fine on the display on this again it's full hd it's an ips type of display and it's quite good they claimed 300 nits we actually measured a little bit above that you can see the metrics on screen contrast is better than average on this and the color gamut's pretty respectable especially in this price range to see you know when you're pushing 80 to 84

For adobe rgb and p3 color gamut subjectively speaking it looks very nice it is glossy there's some glare but it's not hideously glossy the laptop has a windows hello ir camera and this interesting presence detection thing that it does it's not the first time we've seen this on laptops so if you walk away it dims if you walk close it wakes up and then hopefully it'll use the windows ir camera to well log you in lenovo often does a good job with audio and while this might not have a fancy rotating soundbar

It does have up firing stereo speakers that surround the keyboard and they're surprisingly loud and full actually they're quite good great for watching movies certainly the keyboard on this is your typical ultrabook short travel it's not a thing pad folks but it's not too bad it has a nice key return to it it makes it feel responsive crisp and firm without being harsh on your fingertips we have a microsoft precision trackpad on board as well okay so that's all the basics what about the performance on

This and that ryzen cpu inside it is crazy just even if you just look at the benchmarks let alone real world use on this thing benchmarks look more like a six to eight core intel 45 watt cpu you would find on a gaming laptop or a mobile workstation that's the level of performance that we're seeing out of these ryzen cpus and this is a 15 watt ultrabook cpu with radeon graphics radeon graphics are pretty good too if you go with the intel version they give you a mx350 nvidia low-end dedicated gpu

There well this one benchmarks ever so slightly higher than the average for that nvidia mx350 just on the radio and graphics so it's all very good so if you're looking for 14 ultrabook that can do a little bit more than the usual stuff you might think of like office web serving zoom calls streaming video this can do it the only caveat is because it's so thin 14.9 millimeters even though it has two fans inside when you're pushing it really hard and you can see here on the benchmark graph

Where it goes into the more cpu intensive parts this thing will hit the thermal ceiling we're talking 101 centigrade now under normal use it doesn't get nearly that hot the cpu core temperatures are absolutely fine 40s 50s sometimes 30s but don't get this thinking you're going to cheat your way into getting the equivalent of a lenovo thinkpad x1 extreme because it's not built to take that kind of heat for eight hours on end or four

Hours on it if you get my draft but it has enough power there and enough spiking and hump to that if you do do need to do some videos a lot of people now are doing videos for presentations or for school that sort of thing you've got the horsepower here where usually on an ultrabook video editing especially if you get to 4k can be a little slow and tedious battery life on this is well you might guess good because amd seven nanometer cpu is very efficient and we have a relatively

Speaking quite large battery for 14-inch ultrabook and the lenovo always has these crazy claims like 17 and a half hours of battery life or something obviously real world you're never going to see that sort of thing but i actually got through a complete work day with this that means from 9 00 am to 5 pm never shutting the laptop off letting it sleep occasionally sure but so yeah you can do eight to nine hours with this unlike to moderate use again if you are editing video or doing skyrim play or something like that

Then obviously it's going to be shorter but that's another win there and probably the intel one isn't going to be quite as good with the intel 10 gen cpu so we don't have it in preview so i can't say that for sure to take off the bottom cover just unscrew the torx t5 screws they're all visible nothing hiding under the rubber strips or anything like that and pry it off and it has some tenacious rubber clips attached to that metal bottom cover particularly these over here so if you

Feel like it's grabbing in the middle that's why it's these metal clips right here so once we get it off here our internals mostly filled up with the relatively speaking very large for a laptop to size 60.7 watt hour battery pretty much everything else here is soldered on we have ram soldered on board here we have the m.2 ssd which is an m.2 socketed nvme ssd ours happens to be a 512 gig sk hynix

Ssd installed there benchmarks pretty well i am assuming the wi-fi card is soldered on as well i really can't see any antenna leads perhaps these would be it here unless it's on the other side of the motherboard uh that is what it is and we have a good wi-fi six card there from intel so no worries about that two fans which is very unusual to see in an ultrabook and as you've heard about the thermals on this it really does need those and our kind of typical

Ultrabook size heatsink here and some heat tape shroud stuff going on over here so that's the lenovo ideapad slim 7 and what a nice ultrabook for the price particularly if you get that amd cpu inside because the performance here is just crazy bonkers way better than ultrabooks should ever be yes you got to keep an eye on your thermals and on the heat and stuff like that the chassis doesn't get that hot to touch but those core temperatures could get a little bit up there but overall nice package very good full hd display good set of ports and did i

Say ryzen's fast i'm lisa from mobile tech review be sure to subscribe to our youtube channel for more cool tech videos and hit the notification bell so you know about them too

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