It even seems like a rule: every major PC brand has at least one 2-in-1 notebook model (which turns into a tablet). O Yoga 7i is there to prove that the Lenovo is no different. However, the 360-degree opening screen is just a detail. The equipment also stands out for offering “premium experience”.
In the version tested by Techblog, this experience is provided by hardware with 11th generation Core i7 chip and 8 GB of RAM, in addition to a 14-inch screen with full HD resolution and WVA LCD technology.
But how does the laptop behave on a daily basis? Is the performance good? Does the battery have decent battery life? Is the screen a strong point? I have been testing the Lenovo Yoga 7i for two weeks and will tell you what I have found out about it as of now.
Lenovo Yoga 7i review on video
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Design, Connectivity and Audio
The first detail that caught my attention in the design of the Yoga 7i is the fact that the model is very similar to the Lenovo Ideapad Flex 5i, another 2 in 1 (convertible) model that recently passed through the Techblog.
But the differences between the two soon become evident. For starters, the Yoga 7i has an aluminum body, while the Flex 5i has plastic predominating. Theoretically, metal makes the Yoga 7i sturdier and, of course, conveys a well-finished product feel.
Robustness is also noticeable in the display hinges, which are wider than those of the Flex 5i. They’re also sturdy, a feature that requires you to make a little effort to fully open the screen. On the other hand, the component doesn’t easily go down on its own, even when you shake the notebook.
But the Yoga 7i has an important drawback: the reduced amount of connections. On the right side, the laptop has only one USB 3.2 type A port (conventional). There we also find the on / off button.
The left side houses the connection for headphones and microphones, in addition to two USB-C ports. That’s all. It’s not uncommon for notebooks with an ultra-thin design like this to have a reduced number of ports, but at least one HDMI connection the Lenovo Yoga 7i should have.
At least the USB-C ports are compatible with USB4 and Thunderbolt 4. Interestingly, Lenovo signals that only one of them recharges the equipment (the product comes with a USB-C charger), but in tests, the charger worked with both .
Not least: Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 are also part of the specs.
Unlike most notebooks, the Yoga 7i has the audio outputs positioned on the side of the keyboard, not on the bottom. This detail makes the sound more immersive.
To top it off, the speakers have clear audio and Dolby Atmos, plus a high volume that barely distorts at full level. You can even notice some details that we normally only notice with headphones.
Screen, tablet mode and webcam
The Brazilian market has so many notebooks with those limited TN screens that it’s a relief to find a notebook with a better LCD panel. The Lenovo Yoga 7i features a 14-inch display with WVA LCD technology, a standard similar to IPS.
This panel is capable of displaying vivid colors, provides satisfying viewing from varying angles, and has decent maximum brightness, which verges on 300 nits. Decent, not excellent: for a premium notebook like this, the ideal would be for the screen to offer even more brightness and, to top it off, enhance the contrast.
Despite that, this screen manages to offer a good experience with movies, games and reading, for example. The resolution, 1920×1080 pixels, contributes to this. It could be bigger, but this pixel ratio is fine for a 14-inch panel.
Remember that this is a 2 in 1 notebook. If you open the screen 360 degrees, it turns into a tablet. Because of this functionality, the Yoga 7i’s display is touch sensitive. The main idea is that you can use this attribute together with a special pen (stylus) to carry out artwork or make notes by hand, for example.
Unfortunately, such an accessory is not included with the product. But, touching the screen with my fingers, the answer seemed quick and precise. Based on this, one can assume that this canvas can be useful for illustrators, designers and the like, at least for a touch-up here, another there.
As usual, the Yoga 7i has a webcam on top. As in other models of the brand, the component has a retractable lock that locks the camera.
But what matters most is the image quality, right? Well, know that the webcam has 720p. You can use it in online meetings okay, but the setting is just ok. If you think it’s long past time for notebooks to come with a 1080p camera, I totally agree.
Keyboard, touchpad and fingerprint reader
The keyboard on the Yoga 7i is pretty much the same as it appears on the Flex 5i. The layout, based on the ABNT2 standard, is identical, as well as the number of keys.
When typing, the keyboard is comfortable and has good spacing between the buttons. But it would be interesting if, like what we find in advanced notebooks from other brands, the keys had a little less soft pressure.
Despite that, this is still a good keyboard. The fact that there is a backlight with two levels of intensity here adds up to points.
The touchpad is far from bad, but I have the impression that the component could be a little bigger and have a firmer click. At least the touchpad responds well to touch, including for use with Windows gestures.
Ah, did you notice that, just below the keyboard, on the right, there is a “little square”? It’s the fingerprint sensor, a feature that’s so handy that it should be in every notebook.
On the Yoga 7i, the feature works great: reading is fast and almost flawless. The effect could not be different: Windows unlocking is immediate.
Performance, battery and software
The trump card of the 2021 versions of the Yoga 7i lies in the presence of 11th generation Intel Core chips. The unit tested here features the Core i7-1165G7, a processor with four cores, maximum TDP of 28 W and Iris Xe graphics.
This is a chip that ran with aplomb all tested applications: Word, Chrome with about five tabs open, Netflix in full screen, Photoshop, among others.
In performance tests, the notebook took 7 and a half minutes to convert a video in 4K and three minutes of duration from MOV to MP4 in Handbrake 1.4.0 software.
For comparison purposes, the same test, when performed with the Flex 5i, which has a 10th generation Core i5-1035G1, took 12 minutes to complete the task.
In Asphalt 9: Legends, the laptop showed some slight choke with the graphics settings at the maximum level, but ran very well at the intermediate level.
These tests suggest that the Core i7-1165G7 is a chip with consistent performance, even being able to handle some not very demanding games with relative ease.
Note that the Yoga 7i comes with a 256GB SSD and 8GB of DDR4 memory that are soldered to the motherboard. You can’t simply change the RAM module to upgrade.
With a 71 Wh battery, the laptop also did well in terms of autonomy. The test was run over the course of a day with the following tasks, starting at 100% load: hard hours of video on Netflix with maximum screen brightness, one hour of browsing in Chrome, 1h15m video call per Zoom, one hour of Spotify via speakers and half an hour of editing in Word.
By 10:00 pm, the battery was still about 35% charged. And look, the tests were done without any economy mode activated. Under these circumstances, the autonomy can be estimated at between eight and nine hours with moderate use of the notebook, an average that is not bad.
The recharge time from 20% to 100% was approximately two and a half hours.
It should be noted that the Yoga 7i comes standard with Windows 10 Home and applications such as Lenovo Vantage, which gives access to settings and, well, it also serves as an advertising channel for the brand.
Ah, there are antivirus trials around here. Uninstall it and be happy.
Lenovo Yoga 7i with Core i7: is it worth it?
The Yoga 7i with the Core i7 chip has several positive points, highlighted by the consistent overall performance, good battery life and compact size. These details make the laptop an interesting option for those who need a notebook with firepower and ease of transport.
Okay, the reduced number of connections is a major drawback. On the other hand, this characteristic may not be that relevant for those who prioritize mobility, a category that is precisely the focus of this model.
If that’s you, go ahead, the Yoga 7i can suit you very well, in part because of the other attributes of the equipment, such as the good quality screen, the backlit keyboard, the fingerprint reader, the surround sound and the mode tablet also add points.
Of course, all this comes at a price. A high price: on the date of publication of this review, the version of the notebook with Core i7 cost R$ 7,999 on the Lenovo website, without considering discounts or rebates. It is a high value, but unfortunately this is the reality of the entire Brazilian notebook market.
The tip, therefore, is to go after promotions or, when possible, opt for cash payment to get a discount. Lenovo’s own website sold this Yoga 7i for about R$7,200 in payment with bank slip. It’s already something.
- Processor: quad-core Intel Core i7-1165G7 3GHz and Iris Xe GPU (there are versions with the i5-1135G7)
- RAM: 8 GB of 3200 MHz DDR4 (module soldered to the motherboard)
- Storage: 256 GB NVMe M.2 SSD
- Screen: 14-inch WVA LCD, full HD (1920×1080 pixels), touch sensitive, 300 nit brightness
- Drums: 71 Wh (four cells)
- Connectivity: USB 3.2 type A (1), USB-C compatible with Thunderbolt 4 (2), connection for headphones and microphone, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0
- OthersFeatures: ABNT2 LED-backlit keyboard, fingerprint reader, 360-degree folding screen (tablet mode), 720p webcam with retractable lock, two 2W speakers with Dolby Atmos, graphite color
- Operational system: Windows 10 Home
- dimensions: 320.4 x 214.6 x 17.7 mm
- Weight: 1.43 kg
Lenovo Yoga 7i notebook
- Consistent overall performance
- Battery with plenty of autonomy
- The screen does not disappoint
- Robust external finish
- A better webcam would be fine
- Seriously it has no HDMI port?
- RAM memory soldered to the motherboard