The other day while I was scrolling through Lenovo Community, the doorbell rang. When I opened the door there stood a UPS delivery person. He handed me a Lenovo box and said, “I have a surprise for you.” He certainly did. The first thing that came into my mind was to say, “That was quick!” He looked puzzled, but it was as if a Yoga jumped off the website and into the hands of the UPS driver standing in front of me. Obviously, I was not expecting it; however I am always excited to review products that are sent to Lenovo Insiders and Lenovo Advocates. This device was sent as part of the Lenovo Insiders program and did not provide additional compensation. All opinions are my own.
Trying to be neat in opening a box that makes us feel like a kid on Christmas Morning is always a challenge. Fortunately, I managed to open and unpack this one pretty well so that I could get a photo of it.
My first impression was that this unit, introduced by Lenovo in October 2021, was designed for ease of mobility and with style in mind. Its Slate Gray metal case is light, sleek, and comfortable to handle. Considering that it is a Yoga it features a 360-degree hinge allowing laptop/tent/tablet modes.
If you are interested in ordering a Yoga 7i, depending on how you “build” your model. Your specs may be different from this review unit. These specs are what I found on the unit that I received:
* Processor 11th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7 Processor (2.80 GHz, up to 4.70 GHz with Turbo Boost, 4 Cores, 8 Threads, 12 MB Cache)
* Operating System Windows 11 Home 64
* Graphics Integrated Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
* Memory 16 GB DDR4 3200MHz (Soldered)
* Storage 1 TB PCIe SSD
* Display 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, glossy, touchscreen, 300 nits
* Camera 720p HD
* Security Fingerprint Reader and Webcam Shutter
* WLAN 802.11AX (2 x 2) & Bluetooth® 5.0
* Keyboard Backlit – US English
Notes: *According to Lenovo the battery will produce 15 hrs. of power. Of course, that will depend on your activities. * There is a pen available. Is not included and must be ordered separately.
Ports and Slots
Now that I have installed my favorite everyday apps, I can say that this is a very comfortable device to use. However, I prefer to have at least one USB port on the left where I can use a hub if needed, because occasionally I use an external mouse along with thumb drives for graphics work. On a Yoga, I miss the ThinkPad Trackpoint that I am used to but I try to be flexible for testing purposes. Having the number keypad on the right is a different Yoga experience for me as well. One thing that I really enjoy as an artist is the glossy display and vibrant colors. Whenever I receive a new computer, one of the first things I do as an administrator is to configure a few settings using Group Policy. The Home version of Windows 11 does not offer that. For that reason, at some point I will be upgrading to Windows Pro for extra security and flexibility, but for now the Windows 11 Home version can suffice.
In conclusion I feel that the Yoga 7i is a good machine for anyone on the go. The audio is clear which is evidence of good speakers and the display’s colors are outstanding. I love the glossy screen with its thin bezel. The color, size, and thinness produce a feel of premium quality. The Yoga 7i has run all my applications flawlessly. From my experience with this unit, I feel that anyone who purchases the 7i will not be disappointed.
Lenovo Advocate/Lenovo Insider