Lenovo Slim 7i Carbon Overview
Taking a first look at the Slim 7i it has your typical clamshell design that we are used to seeing from Lenovo. Picking it up, it is extremely lightweight at only 2.17 lbs. This is thanks to the materials that make up its chassis. For the lid you have carbon fiber and the rest of the chassis is a aerospace-grade magnesium-aluminum alloy. Our unit is in their Storm Grey finish, which looks great. Right in the top corner of the lid you’ll find a subtle Lenovo logo.
If we take a look at the laptop from the side we can really see just how thin it is. At its highest point it is only 0.58-inches tall! On the left side we have a single USB-C port that is Thunderbolt 4 and supports DisplayPort 1.4 and Power Delivery 3.0. There is a small LED on this side of the laptop to let you know it is charging.
On the opposite side you have another USB-C port, but this one is only a USB 3.2 gen 2 port, it also supports DisplayPort 1.4 and Power Delivery 3.0. The nice thing here is that you can power the laptop for either of the two USB-C ports. Also on this side you’ll find a power button and a switch for the webcam privacy filter. With only two USB-C ports it is no wonder Lenovo includes the dongle because HDMI and an audio port are noticeably missing here.
The laptop does make use of a single hinge design which does allow you to open the laptop up with a single finger. You can open the laptop all the way up so the screen sits flat on your desk but no tent or turning the IdeaPad into a full on tablet like we’ve seen with Lenovo’s Yoga products.
When we open the laptop we find a 13.3-inch 16:10 2.5K (2560 x 1600) IPS display. We’ve mentioned it before but over the past few years Lenovo has switched from 16:9 to 16:10 screens which gives you more vertical room. This display is a touchscreen and is 90 Hz, which will make motion on the screen appear very smooth. Right above the display is a little notch where you’ll find the integrated webcam, which is only a 720p camera.
You’ll find a pretty standard keyboard and trackpad layout on the laptop with the keyboard taking up the top-half of the chassis and the trackpad taking up the bottom-half. If there is one thing Lenovo always gets right it is their keyboards, they are always comfortable and easy to type on and this keyboard is no exception. The keyboard is backlit, which will get into on the next page.