IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon 14” AMD Review: Tough Elegance
Overall
4.2
  • Design/Build Quality
    (4.5)
  • Features
    (4.5)
  • Performance
    (4)
  • Battery
    (4)
  • Audio
    (4)

Summary

The IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon is an all metal, sleeker ThinkPad X1 Carbon – with dedicated graphics and a crispier 2K display. 

Pros

  • Great Design,
  • Fast, Snappy Performance
  • Punchy OLED display with 90Hz refresh rate

Cons

  • Only two Thunderbolt ports, one for charging
  • 720p Camera resolution could be better

Introduction

ThinkPad, ThinkBook, IdeaPad… Lenovo has a product naming pattern going on here if you’ve noticed. Today we’re looking at a first here at Labfreq – the Slim 7 Carbon – our IdeaPad debut.

Specs

The Slim 7 Carbon is a 14-inch laptop rocking the signature, sleek “IdeaPad” design language with aspirations for ThinkPad X1 Carbon-level durability. Upon opening the lid of the device, the vibrant display with punchy hues and deep blacks immediately stood out from the usual cooler matte look/feel seen on most laptops. It helped that it’s Touchscreen, the glossy screen giving the colors an almost polished feel.

Specs IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon 14
Processor AMD Ryzen™ 7 5800U Processor (1.90 GHz, up to 4.40 GHz Max Boost, 8 Cores, 16 Threads, 16 MB Cache
Operating System Windows 11
Graphics NVIDIA® GeForce® MX450 2GB
Display 14.0″ 2.8K (2880 x 1800) OLED, glossy, touchscreen with Dolby Vision™, True Black, HDR, 400 nits, 16:10 aspect ratio, 100% DCI-P3, 90Hz, TÜV LBL Eyesafe® + Eye Comfort
Memory 16 GB LPDDR4X dual channel
Storage 1 TB M.2 PCIe SSD
Audio 4 x speakers with Dolby Atmos® Speaker System
Smart amp
Digital signal processing (DSP)
Camera IR + time of flight (TOF) camera
Connectivity 802.11AX (2 x 2)
Bluetooth® 5.1
Ports USB-C 3.2 Gen 1
2 x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 (DisplayPort™ 1.4 + PD 3.0)
Headphone / mic combo

Special Features

One of the more unique additions is the Lenovo AI Chip, making features like Smart Rapid Start for fast, hands-free login, Smart Adaptive Sensors for automatic display tuning, and Smart Presence Detection that automatically wakes up or locks the PC possible.

The 14-inch, QHD+ OLED display with 90Hz refresh rate has a 16:10 aspect ratio, offering more screen space for productivity boosts. It also features Dolby Vision™ HDR, color accuracy with 100% DCI-P3, and deep blacks from VESA®DisplayHDR 500 True Black (whew!)

There’s also Dolby Audio, which adds the ability to listen to and create Spatial Audio experiences. Preloaded software was minimal, with Alexa, Dolby Vision, Lenovo Vantage, McAfee, and Office 365 pre installed.

Conclusion

The IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon is a very capable ultrabook, packing an AMD Ryzen 6000 SoC, with a Nvidia graphics card – AAA gaming is possible with this laptop. The 16:10 display ratio leaves headroom for fitting more info on the screen. For anyone looking for an AMD-powered laptop with decent gaming specs, the Slim 7 Carbon just might me the perfect fit.

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