After spending a considerable amount of time with the Slim 7i Carbon the thing that I really like the most about it is its size and portability. This ultra-portable is only 2.17 lbs and super-thin being 14.8mm at its thickest point. This combined with the smaller 65W power adapter makes travelling or even just taking this laptop to and from work a breeze. On top of that with the rounded edges you have a really sleek package.
This laptop packs in the Intel Core i7-1260P, 16 GB LPDDR5 memory, and a super-fast PCIe solid state drive. This means your boot times are going to be minimal and you’ll be able to throw pretty much anything in terms of productivity at this laptop. For me, I was able to do all of my daily tasks with ease on this laptop. This included web browsing, photo editing, e-mailing, etc. You are also getting very fast connectivity options like WiFi 6E and Thunderbolt 4.
I really like that instead of a normal 60 Hz display Lenovo has included a 90 Hz display. This just looks better and smoother overall, which you’ll definitely appreciate, even if productivity applications. I will have to say I would have much rather have seen an OLED display though.
With the thin and light design you are going to have some compromises. I think that the biggest has to be that you are only getting two USB-C ports in terms of connectivity. While Lenovo does include a dongle that gives you HDMI, DVI, a USB-A port, and headphone jack it is a bit clunky. I really wish Lenovo would design a dongle that sort of fit flush with the side of the laptop. Also I was very unimpressed with the 720p webcam. In the world of Zoom and Team meetings it would have nice to have at least a 1080p webcam here.
I think that if you are looking for a thin and light laptop in the 13-14-inch size the Slim 7i Carbon should be on your list. It is more than powerful enough for most daily tasks and it is one very sleek package. The review model that we took a look at today is currently not available on Lenovo’s website, but there is an identical model that just has a larger SSD (1TB vs 512GB) for $1149.99. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Lenovo Slim 7i Carbon an 8 out of 10 score.
– Super thin and light
– Powerful enough for most daily tasks
– 90 Hz display
– Power can be connected to either USB-C port
– Compact power adapter
– Super fast SSD
– No OLED display option
– Keyboard definitely has some flex to it
– Only two USB-C ports total
– 720p webcam is disappointing