Lenovo as a company is well known for making premium-quality laptops that serve the corporate masses with their ThinkPads. But as the market is shifting towards more sophisticated designs with utility, Lenovo is slowly making waves with its 2-in-1 convertible laptop line, the Yoga series. One of the most affordable laptops within the Yoga lineup is the Yoga 7i 14 Gen 7, which comes with a ton of value but is also a mainstream device.
Design And Build
To make a laptop stand out in the market, you do not require extravagant colors or tons of changes but rather the right curves, lines, and angles, which Lenovo has found through their Comfort Edge design. The design boasts rounded chassis edges instead of sharper corners and flat edges, which makes it not only more functional but practical and comfortable. The device comes with a strong build with entirely anodized aluminum and weighs 1.45 kg, and can be easily carried around. The dimensions of the device are 12.47 x 8.67 x 0.68 in, and a few laptops can carry the minimalist aesthetic like the Yoga 7i 14 Gen 7, with its Storm Grey and Stone Blue colors. You will not find any bending, flexing, or twisting in the chassis bottom, lid, or keyboard deck, and the 360-degree hinge works perfectly in the clamshell, tablet, media, and tent modes.
The Lenovo Yoga 7i comes with a 14 in 2.2K IPS touch display with an aspect ratio of 16:10. The 16:10 requires less scrolling than the 16:9 as it is a bit taller, but is definitely better and works well in tablet mode. The laptop comes with an active stylus and 10-point touch display support, but unfortunately, the stylus is not included with the box of contents. With a peak brightness of around 321 nits, the laptop has a 60 Hz refresh rate, and you will find the display sharp and colorful with deep blacks when viewing content or documents. The display panel registers 80% Adobe RGB, 99% sRGB, 81% P3, and 76% NTSC. It comes with a color accuracy of DeltaE 1.89 and a contrast ratio of 1380:1. Overall, the display may fall a bit short for demanding content creators, but for media consumers and productive workers, this is a high-end display. Further, the laptop is equipped with low-blue light technology, which causes less fatigue or damage to the eye and thus can be used for working long hours.
Software And Performance
The Lenovo Yoga 7i comes with the Intel Core i7-1255U processor and an integrated Intel Iris XE Graphics Card. It has a 15-watt CPU with 10-cores and 12-threads along with 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of internal storage. In the UL PCMark 10 test, which reflects the overall productivity of the device, the Lenovo Yoga 7i scored 5,548 which is decent. The graphics and gaming test is conducted under the 3D Mark (Time Spy subtest), where the device showed 1,758 on the benchmark. The score is enough for casual gaming and streaming high-quality content. On Geekbench 5, the device scored 1,694 on the single-core and 8,370 on the multi-core, while on Cinebench R23, it came up with 1,763 on the single-core, and 7,315 on the multi-core.
Battery And Connectivity
Compared to many other 14 in laptops, the Lenovo Yoga 7i has a big battery of 71 Wh, which is enough for handling everyday work schedules. In the web browsing test, where the laptop is used to open some demanding websites, it provided a little above 7 hours, while in the video test, where a 1080p trailer is played on a loop, it came up around 14 hours. The device provided a little under 11 hours in the PC Mark 10 Applications test, which is good and is used for measuring productivity battery life. For seamless connectivity, the device is equipped with multiple ports, along with Bluetooth 5.2 and WiFi 6. The ports included in the laptop are 2 USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 support, an HDMI 2.0 port, a USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 port, a microSD card reader, and a 3.5 mm audio jack.
Lenovo has focused on excellent-quality keyboards in their laptops, and the Yoga 7i 14 Gen 7 has the same setup. With excellent key spacing, the keys provide excellent comfort while typing, perfect springiness with each keystroke, a good depth of travel, and a scalloped key design, which is Lenovo’s signature finish, that is both tactical and visually appealing. The keyboard is followed by a large trackpad that supports multitouch gestures and works flawlessly in tablet mode as well. On each side of the keyboard, there are two tweeters that are upward-firing, while on the front bottom of the device, there are two downward-firing woofers. The sound quality is not spectacular, but it is decent, providing clean audio without distortion. The Yoga 7i 14 Gen 7 comes with a Windows Hello-compatible webcam that offers excellent image quality and has 1080p resolution, along with a privacy shutter. Not only the laptop is equipped with facial recognition for passwordless login, but also has a fingerprint reader on its palm rest.
Starting at a price tag of $709/ ₹1,24,990, the Lenovo Yoga 7i 14 Gen 7 is a great choice if you are looking for a convertible 2-in-1 laptop with good performance and battery life. But if you are a power user who does heavy gaming and video editing, then it is better to look for other options. The addition of multiple ports, portability, a bright display, and a sturdy design make the laptop a great choice for everyday productivity and a trustworthy mainstream laptop.