After using the the IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon for the past month it is a laptop I can definitely recommend. Whether it is for day to day use or business use you shouldn’t have too many complaints about this laptop.
For starters let’s talk about the Ryzen 7 5800U. As I mentioned Intel pretty much dominates the laptop market so it is good to see AMD getting a little market share here. The Ryzen 7 5800U was able to handle everything I threw at it from basic day to day tasks like web browsing and word processing to more intense tasks like photo and video editing. The internal graphics on the chip are not as good as Intel’s offerings, but I don’t think anyone looking to get this laptop are looking at doing any type of hardcore gaming.
The real seller of this laptop is the screen. Lenovo has gone with an absolutely stunning 14-inch 2880 X 1800 OLED display. Some people say once you go OLED you never go back and I can definitely see why. This screen is so crisp and vibrant, it might be the best screen that I have seen on a laptop that I’ve tested. The screen is also a 90 Hz screen, which just adds to the smoothness of everything. You are also getting a touchscreen here, which many will appreciate. In my testing I did not run into any issues using the touchscreen.
I am still impressed at how thin and light this laptop is! At only 2.4 lbs (1.1kg) it is actually lighter than Lenovo’s own ThinkPad X1 Carbon! It is really nice that we actually have “thin and light” laptops that are powerful enough for pretty much all types of tasks. The construction on the laptop is quite good too, this is a “Carbon” laptop from Lenovo so the lid is made of a carbon fiber reinforced magnesium while the rest of the chassis is magnesium alloy.
One thing I was not that impressed with on this laptop was the webcam. At only 720p it is not the best so if you are going to be doing a lot of Skype or Zoom calls I would definitely suggest getting a dedicated webcam. Also many people might not like the limited amount of ports on this laptop. You get three USB-C ports and that’s it, not even a single Type-A. Lenovo does include a dongle, but that is less than ideal.
When I was looking up pricing for this laptop it actually turns out it is “temporally unavailable” on the Lenovo website. I am not sure if this is due to a chip shortage or what, but the last available price I was able to find for this specific unit was $949, which I feel is a great price! If AMD is going to continue to offer affordable and competitive mobile CPU solutions we are going to see some really great laptops in the future. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon a 9 out of 10 score.
– Beautiful OLED display
– 2880 X 1800 resolution display gives you more vertical room
– Ryzen 7 5800U proved up to the task
– Comfortable to type on
– Thin, light, and excellent build quality
– Only a 720p webcam
– Limited ports