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Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon review: Featherweight champ

Petite powerhouse

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It’s always fun to talk about devices with a clear value proposition especially when they live up to it. That’s exactly what the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon does — live up to expectations of being a portable powerhouse.

Now, I can tell you that it weighs just 966g (yes, under a kilogram) and is only 14.25mm thin. But it’s really hard to put into words just how thin and light this is. So, take a closer look at the featured image we used.

Yoga Slim 7i Carbon

I swear you can carry the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i like this for a while without putting a strain on your hand. It’s unbelievably lightweight. So much so that our Associate Creative Director MJ felt it may not be sturdy enough.

Personally, I didn’t share this observation. I thought it still felt tough despite being light. And that’s also another advantage of this being the Carbon Edition.

Lenovo made the chassis of this thing with their 2nd gen proprietary Web-Core 2.0 multi-layer Carbon Fibre. That’s a mouthful, yes. The company specifically noted that the material makes Screen flex — when your laptop’s display feels bendier than it should be — a thing of the past. For most of my usage, I can confirm this is the case.

Punches above its weight class

You don’t expect notebooks this thin and light to do too much when it comes to handling heavy work tasks. But again, I was pleasantly surprised. Having used it as my primary laptop for about a month, it was just an absolute joy to use.

Powered by an 11th Gen intel core processor (up to Core i7), the Yoga Slim 7i Carbon helped me power through my daily tasks which include plenty of word processing, some deck and video editing, and having an ungodly number of tabs open on Chrome.

That said, my heavy duty days showcased a minor inconvenience. It doesn’t quite get to the 13-hour battery life promised on the marketing materials. Naturally, this will vary per a person’s usage, but for my daily tasks, I found myself wanting to plug in after around five to six hours of work.

That’s a little alarming considering how its biggest value proposition is mobility. That said, when you do find a power outlet, it doesn’t take too long to juice it up.

It has pretty large keys

Despite having an overall compact frame, it’s home to a full-sized keyboard with wide enough keys. Someone like myself who has stubby fingers (hand in the image above not mine), didn’t have trouble adjusting to it at all.

No cover for the webcam

Yoga Slim 7i Carbon

Unlike other Lenovo laptops, this doesn’t have the feature that lets you physically cover the webcam. I guess that’s the price they had to pay for making it this thin.

The Yoga Slim 7i Carbon’s webcam also leaves a lot to be desired. It’s… alright. I used it during an interview and a few zoom calls but I got turned off by the quality that I opted to not use it altogether.

Display is decently bright 

Yoga Slim 7i Carbon

The image above was shot with the sunlight directly hitting the display. As you can see, the image is still very visible. If you ever find yourself in this kind of situation, know that you won’t have problems with display visibility.

Despite being a Yoga, this only bends up to 180 degrees. Although I’ve never really found the whole bendy thing a need, it’s certainly nice to have. In my work from home set up, I have this laptop on a stand. That means it also blocks my view of the TV when I work. But having it bend this way lets me create some room to adjust my view.

Ports!

There’s not a lot. You get two USB-C thunderbolt 4 ports, one USB-C (USB 3.2 Gen 2) port, and an audio jack. You’re gonna want to get a dongle should you need more types of connection.

Easy to carry in whatever bag

Yoga Slim 7i Carbon

This should go without saying but given its size, the Yoga Slim 7i Carbon is also one of the easiest notebooks to carry around. It’ll most likely fit in whatever bag you’re using right now.

Looks Immaculate 

Yoga Slim 7i Carbon

The Moon White finish is surprisingly not a dirt magnet. You’d think being white makes it more susceptible to catching all kinds of dust and unwanted prints, but Lenovo has done a good job of making this look pristine.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

Yoga Slim 7i Carbon

Performance-wise, the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon is an all-arounder, and that’s the surprising part. The kind of almost no sweat heavy lifting it does betrays how it looks.

As an overall notebook package, it’s quite outstanding. I cannot stress enough how lightweight this is and if that’s a primary consideration, know that you’re getting that and more when you shell out PhP 74,995 for this petite powerhouse.

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Infinix launches a new premium notebook lineup

Say hello to the ZERO BOOK series

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Earlier today, Infinix launched a duo of smartphones that each tout a first for the smartphone business. Well, the brand can offer more than just phones. Going along with its new flagships, Infinix has also launched a new premium lineup of notebooks called the ZERO BOOK series.

Infinix ZERO BOOK

The lineup’s first device is impressive in itself. With a workable 323.3 x 211.1 x 16.95mm chassis, the ZERO BOOK comes with a 15.6 IPS display, putting out images in 1920 x 1080 resolution and a 16:9 ratio.

Underneath the keyboard, the notebook sports up to an Intel Core i7-12700H chipset and Iris Xe graphics. It comes with 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 1TB NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD of internal storage.

For more power, the series also comes with an OVERBOOST Switch which boosts the laptop’s performance to 54W. Despite the additional infusion of power, it also comes with ICE STORM 2.0, an advanced cooling system consisting of two 65mm fans and a shark fin design to prevent overheating.

Further, the series also has an AI BeautyCam Enhancement for its webcam. Using software, the device automatically improves image quality for video calls. It also has a Dual-mix Array and AI Noise Cancellation which can block out background noise and maximize volume for a user’s voice.

Finally, it comes with a 70Wh battery for juice throughout the day.

Infinix ZERO BOOK ULTRA

Though the ZERO BOOK ULTRA ships in the same size as the regular ZERO BOOK, it is anything but the same.

The ZERO BOOK ULTRA carries an even more packed set of hardware. For example, the device can go up to an Intel i9-12900H chipset with Iris Xe graphics. It goes up to 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 1TB NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD of internal storage.

Price and availability

Both models of the new ZERO BOOK series are available now. The ZERO BOOK will start at US$ 799. Meanwhile, the ZERO BOOK ULTRA will start at US$ 999.

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Samsung, Intel are making a slidable PC

Prototype right now

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When Samsung heralded the coming of the foldable phone, all eyes were unfortunately fixed on the ghastly crease stretching from end to end. Years since that moment, the crease never really disappeared. Smartphone brands did their best to reduce their impact, but it still remains a problem. Samsung, perhaps doubling back to fix the long-standing problem, has introduced a new form factor for the future: the slidable PC.

During Intel’s Innovation event, Samsung Display and Intel unveiled a prototype device showcasing a unique (but not altogether new) concept. Instead of a foldable hinge, the 13-inch display “slides” into a 17-inch display. Both companies effectively created a tablet that can turn into a laptop.

Since the prototype already works as a display, it’s easy to see how an eventual device might work. Starting off as a large tablet, the device expands and connects to an external keyboard (or another accessory).

The prototype should look familiar, too. Although Intel uses “slidable” as a term, other brands — like LG — have created similar form factors but labeled as “rollable.” Unfortunately, LG exited the smartphone business before creating a workable product for everyone.

Without other brands, it looks like Samsung and Intel are both on the hunt to bring the device to reality. At the moment, it is still a prototype. There is no timeline for a product yet. However, Intel seems resolute that foldable isn’t the future of PCs.

SEE ALSO: Samsung teases that sliding, rolling displays are coming

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Lenovo ThinkPad P16s, ThinkStation P360 now in the Philippines

Two new Think products

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ThinkPad P16s

Lenovo continues to be in a league of its own. After making new IdeaPad and Yoga laptops available earlier this month, Lenovo has introduced two new products in their Think lineup: the ThinkPad P16s Gen 1 and ThinkStation P360 Ultra.

ThinkPad P16s Gen 1

Price — starts at PhP 95,999

The powerful and high-performance ThinkPad P16s Gen 1 is powered by up to the latest 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and NVIDIA T550 or Intel Iris Xe graphics.

It can support up to 48GB DDR4 memory and up to 2TB PCIe SSD Gen 4 storage, making it ideal not only for work but also gaming.

The display is 16-inch, 400 nits (2560 x 1600) screen. It has Intel WiFi 6E and Intel Thunderbolt 4, with a suite of ports and slots for seamless and high-speed connectivity.

While reliable and durable, the laptop also comes in a lightweight and slim design, weighing just 1.7 kilograms and with a thickness of 20.5mm for portable use.

ThinkStation P360 Ultra

ThinkStation P360 Ultra

ThinkStation P360 Ultra

Price — starts at PhP 114,799

On the other hand, the small but powerful ThinkStation P360 Ultra is boosted by up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i9 12900 vPro processor for a maximum power of up to 5GHz, and advanced graphics options such as the NVIDIA RTX A5000.

Half the size of traditional small form factor desktop workstations, the machine supports a wide range of tasks for professionals and even creatives, making it one of its kind for its size.

It has up to 64GB of DDR5 memory and up to 1TB of SSD PCIe Gen4 storage. The ThinkStation P360 Ultra also has seven (7) USB ports, including 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports.

Dual onboard ethernet and WiFi 6E options ensure access to superfast networking connectivity. Pair it with wireless keyboards, mice, and monitors, and you’ll be able to take productivity to a whole new level.

The release of these Think devices follows Lenovo’s release of three new Yoga laptops — the Yoga 9i, Slim 7i Pro X, and Slim 7i Carbon — and three new IdeaPads — Slim 3 and 3i, Slim 5i, and 5 Pro earlier this month.

 

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