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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
ASUS ROG launches Cool for School Promo
Exclusive bundles and discounts!
The start of the new school year in the Philippines is right around the corner. With that in mind, ASUS ROG is offering plenty of devices on their lineup for exclusive bundles and discounts with its Cool for School promo.
Promo duration is from July 15 to August 31, 2021 and features laptops, desktops, smartphones that are available for up PhP 18,000 worth of discounts. Take a look at the bundles below.
ASUS Notebooks and Zenfones
- All ASUS ZenBook — Nespresso Mini Essenza with free Coffee Capsules (PhP 7,500)
- All ASUS VivoBook — Aviche M5 Wearable Air Purifier (PhP 2,500)
- Zenfone 8 and Zenfone 8 Flip — JBL Go 3 (PhP 2,300)
- All ASUS X Series laptops with Intel Core i5 and i7 processors — PhP 2,000 discount
- All ASUS X Series laptops with Intel Core i3 processor — PhP 1,000 discount
- ROG Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS/LV, ROG Zephyrus S15 GX502LXS/LW, ROG Zephyrus M15 GU502LW/LU — Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit 9W, Google Nest Hub (PhP 18,000+)
- ROG Flow X13 SuperNova Edition, ROG XG Mobile GPU with RTX 3080 — ROG Slash Cap, ROG Slash Sling Bag, Xbox Controller (PhP 8,500+)
- ROG Flow X13 — ROG Slash Cap, ROG Slash Sling Bag (PhP 2,500+)
- ROG Zepyhrus G14 GA401IVC — ROG Slash Cap, ROG Slash Messenger Bag, Chromecast 4K TV, Google Nest Mini (PhP 8,500+)
- ROG Zephyrus G15, ROG Zephyrus G14 GA401IV/IU/IH/II — Chromecast 4K TV, Google Nest Mini (PhP 4,500+)
- ROG Strix Scar 17 G732LXS/LWS/LV, ROG Strix Scar G532LWS/LW/LV — ROG Slash Cap, TUF AX3000 router, Xbox Controller (13,000+)
- ROG Strix G17 G712LV/LU, ROG Strix G15 G512LV/LU/LI — Google Nest Mini, Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Bulb 9W (PhP 4,000+)
- ROG Phone 5 Classic — ROG Cetra II Core (PhP 3,300)
- ROG Ranger Backpack (RGB BP3703) — PhP 1,000 Discount
- ROG Ranger Backpack (BP2500) — PhP 500 Discount
ASUS and ROG Desktops
- ASUS Desktop S3401SFF — PhP 1,000 Discount
- ASUS Desktop S500SA — PhP 1,000 Discount
- ROG Strix G35DX-PH009T, ROG Strix G35DX-PH011T — TUF Gaming VG249Q1A
- ROG Strix GD30CI(OPT.)-PH003T — TUF Gaming VG249Q1A
- ROG Strix G15DH-PH014T , ROG Strix G15DH-PH002T — TUF Gaming VG249Q1A
- ROG Strix GL12CM-PH019T — TUF Gaming VG249Q1A
- ROG Strix GL10CS-PH042T , ROG Strix GL10CS-PH040T — TUF Gaming VG249Q1A
- TUF Gaming FX10CP-PH004T — TUF Gaming VG249Q1A
For the complete mechanics and list of participating products and stores, check out https://bit.ly/ASUSROGCoolForSchool2021.
ASUS reveals PCs, laptops that can upgrade to Windows 11
Check if your laptop or PC makes the cut
Windows 11 is official now, and more OEMs are jumping aboard to the new OS. For its part, ASUS is making it easy for consumers to know if their PCs and laptops can upgrade to Windows 11.
Consumers who brought recent ASUS laptop models can rest assured that theirs will get Windows 11. Users who revel on the latest ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED laptop, ZenBook Duo 14, ZenBook 13 Flip OLED, or even the ZenBook 13 OLED can enjoy a much streamlined experience with Windows 11 later this year. As for other laptop lineups, ASUS got their backs too as Windows 11 will come as a free upgrade for ProArt StudioBook, Zenbook, and Vivobook laptops.
Meanwhile, gamers out there will be delighted to find that the new OS is coming to their ROG Strix, Zephyrus, and Flow gaming laptops and desktops as well as TUF Gaming ones. The same goes for business owners of ExpertBook laptops and ExpertCenter desktops.
Of course, there’s a full list of Windows 11-ready ASUS PCs which you may view here.
Ready for Windows 11
Users can download the latest PC Health Check from Microsoft to see if their PC meets all the necessary requirements for running Windows 11. It’s free — and you can download it directly from Microsoft. Compatible PCs will receive the update later once Microsoft rolls it out to the public. Users with these PCs may back up their files to OneDrive for ease and peace of mind.
ASUS PCs with Windows 11 right out of the box are also coming soon. Users may wait for new ASUS PCs later in the year to get the new OS for free and right out the box.
Acer has massive discounts plus freebies on select devices
Get a free Acer tablet with every purchase of select models!
Acer laptops can be your next purchase with its latest “Learn from Home” program. From June 16 to July 18, buyers can get up to PhP 40,000 worth of discounts plus some cool freebies when they shop Acer’s latest devices.
For this program, Acer laptops, desktops, monitors, and projectors now come with PhP 8,000 discount. This is a big deal, especially for higher-end models. But the deal doesn’t stop there. Acer is also giving away a free Android tablet on select models.
Consumer Notebooks & Desktops
SF514-55TA-54J7 — from PhP 59,999 to PhP 56,999 with free Acer tablet
A514-54G-77ZK — from PhP 49,999 to PhP 47,999 with free Acer tablet
A514-54G-51PU — from PhP 37,999 to PhP 35,999 with free Acer tablet
Aspire TC-875 — from PhP 48,999 to PhP 44,999
Aspire XC-830 — from PhP 21,999 to PhP 18,999
Projector and Monitors
X1126AH — from PhP 18,999 to PhP 15,999
32HC5QR Z — from PhP 18,199 to PhP 17,199
Meanwhile, gamers who purchase the latest Predator gaming laptop, desktop, and AOPEN monitor can get up to PhP 40,000 worth of discount. A gaming chair is up for grabs too, provided that they buy the participating models.
PT515-52-73VZ — from PhP 199,999 to PhP 159,999 with free gaming chair and loot bag
PH315-54-723N — PhP 94,999 with free gaming chair and loot bag
PH315-53-5634 — from PhP 79,999 to PhP 64,999 with free gaming chair and loot bag
Predator Orion 3000 — from PhP 69,999 to PhP 59,999
Nitro 50 — from PhP 49,999 to PhP 44,999
Predator XB253Q — from PhP 19,999 to PhP 18,499
Promoting this program are Acer’s ambassadors, Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla. To see the list of eligible models, visit Acer’s website today or shop through one of their stores or authorized retailers. Buyers may also follow Acer on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to day to catch up on the latest program updates.
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