I must admit that over the years I have never been a lover of laptops: very often they put us in front of sacrifices and compromises, to which we did not have to go down with fixed computers (to which I was always used to). However, in the last 5-6 years the level has risen considerably and notebooks are comparable (and in some cases even higher) to fixed PCs.
This is also due to the various manufacturers who have been able to bring innovations not only on the performance front but also on that of design, where inevitably it is necessary to emerge and differentiate. Apple did it with its Macbook Pro with notch, Asus did it with its too Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED which I personally tried, but Lenovo did it too with a series of unique and exclusive products launched over the years such as the Fold or convertibles. Today it's up to Lenovo Yoga Slim 9i 14, a notebook that makes design its most exclusive strength and today I'll tell you about it in detail.
Lenovo Yoga Slim 9i 14 review
Design and Materials
Lenovo Yoga Slim 9i 14, as the name implies, is a notebook that fits into the range of 14-inch devices, in my opinion the most balanced for productivity and portability: its dimensions are 31,5 centimeters wide, 21,4 deep and 1,5 thick with a weight of only 1.37kg, distributed in an exceptional way.
Le finishes of this notebook are its most interesting peculiarity: the assembly and attention to every detail are obsessive and it is the first time that I find myself in front of a product (other than a Macbook) in this sector that I really like very much. I start from the side edges that are made of aluminum alloy with a rounded and glossy finish never seen elsewhere which, in addition to being very beautiful, gives the notebook a practicality different from any other competitor in circulation.
The other detail very attractive is the back cover of the notebook, behind the display: it is made of glossy 3D glass with an almost white enamel finish, also exclusive and never seen elsewhere. To all this great care, if you also add that the notebook is made entirely with recycled materials and green packaging, it goes without saying that Lenovo is applauded for the excellent work done.
Il notebookafter all, it is built in an impeccable way: the classic test of opening with one hand brought a positive result, a sign of the good balance of all the components in the body. Once opened, then, you are faced with a display with extra-small and well-optimized frames, except for the lower one which could be managed a little better. The interior finishes of the Lenovo Yoga Slim 9i 14, but it's probably my personal impression.
However they are no creaking phenomena and there is no sign of bending when using the keyboard, the body is solid and resistant in all contexts; the hinge is also good, but obviously the opening in this type of product is limited to a maximum of 180 degrees.
The provision of ports, then, provides for the presence of two USB-C on the left and a third on the right, all compatible with the Thunderbolt 4 standard, and in addition on the left side a 3.5mm connector has also been added for headphones. On the right side, on the other hand, in addition to the USB-C port already mentioned, the power button has been inserted with a white status LED and a small slider which allows you to electronically deactivate and reactivate thewebcam shutter.
The display was another great surprise: I left out the appearance of the rather small bezels I told you about poco ago, the user experience that this notebook is able to provide is on a very high level. Let's talk about a screen from 14 inches with 3K 2880x1800 resolution pixels with OLED technology and 100% DCI-P3 color coverage, without forgetting the certifications HDR500 e Dolby with which it is equipped. To this, if you want, add the fact that it is a 10-point multi-touch screen to close the circle, but frankly I do not consider this integration very useful which, in my experience of use, has proved to be one feature too many. .
The display obviously enjoys a very high quality: it is unfortunately equipped with a glossy finish, but on the other hand the company has worked well with a quality anti-reflective treatment, so it is absolutely not a problem. However, outdoor use could bring you some problems because the maximum brightness, declared by about 400 nits, it is not the best to guarantee you an exceptional view of the contents without running into some reflection, but in general I personally considered it an acceptable compromise after all. With active HDR you can get a little bit more from the brightness the screen, but on the other hand it will be necessary to connect the computer to the power supply in order to take advantage of this technology. Pity.
Speakers and audio quality
Thanks to the collaboration with Bowers & Wilkins even the audio sector does not raise concerns: technically speaking the company has integrated two front tweeters (inserted on both sides of the keyboard) from 2W each and two rear woofers from 3W.
The result that comes out in terms of power is in line with the competitors (about 80 dB) but in terms of quality, the step forward compared to competitors, including Apple, is significant. The output sound is perfectly balanced, the bass is good but also the medium and high frequencies are well calibrated, thanks also to the alternating positioning of the four speakers. Well done Lenovo!
Hardware and Performance
The hardware, then, is always an unknown, in the sense that different versions of these products are placed on the market and often between what we try and what we can find in circulation there are some differences. In my case the Lenovo Yoga Slim 9i 14 is the one with the product code 14IAP7, and is equipped with Intel Core i7-1280P, a very recent Intel CPU with 14 cores, of which 6 Performance cores and 8 Efficiency. The operation of these hybrid CPUs from Intel of the Alder Lake series allows, in short, to distribute the loads according to the use we are making of our computer, in order to ensure a good use of resources, balance the battery and better manage the temperatures.
The rest of the hardware in my setup provides 16GB of RAM memory LPDDR5 at 5600 MHz unfortunately soldered on the motherboard and not modifiable, 1TB of SSD NVMe PCIe 4.0 type, replaceable with another larger but only small format, shorter than the standard; the graphics card, unfortunately, is integrated and is the classic Intel Iris XE which remains exceptional for daily use in corporate and management, but not the best for creators or for those who want to play with the computer. Mind you: you will not have crashes or freezes if you decide to run Fortnite, for example, but know that you will not be able to play it in FullHD at more than 26-27fps. It is different, however, if you are satisfied with playing at low details you can also play heavier games without difficulty. In short, a matter of priority.
I benchmarking are certainly encouraging given the hardware present, but the absence of a dedicated graphics card in my configuration precludes some usage scenarios such as the4K video editing daily or gaming: it must be said, however, that products like this are not born for the uses I have just mentioned but are more suitable and designed for those who work with the notebook, and work above all with documents, management apps , web-based business apps and so on.
Il problems of a solution like this lies mainly in the form factor and in the construction, solid and extremely reliable: Yoga devices have always been characterized by these characteristics. To testify that it is a product designed mostly for office use, we think about it 1080p webcam with a very good video quality also equipped with infrared technology to allow access to the notebook via Windows Hello. In addition, thanks to Lenovo's intelligent detection technology, the notebook locks the operating system if it detects that we are no longer in front of the screen and will again request either the presence of our face in front of the camera or the entry of the password.
Keyboard and Touchpad
La keyboard it's one of those aspects tremendously subjective: The Lenovo Yoga Slim 9i 14, for example, has keys with a race very reduced, about 1mm, and you will feel like you are really flush with the body for how short the stroke is while typing. For those used to much greater strokes, perhaps the early days will be hard to acclimate, but in the end the size of the large frets well 16x15mm it is abundant and the good spacing between them will not put you in difficulty. There are the classic function keys integrated in the row of F keys, but the Home and End keys that many are used to are absent. The keyboard backlighting is good, even if it can only be adjusted on two levels.
As regards the touchpad, the dimensions are quite generous, about 14 x 8 cm: nice click feedback which is more pronounced towards the outside and continues to take the touch up to about half of the surface, but I did not find it super comfortable in terms of pointer precision, which is why I used it always with the external mouse. It is true that my relationship with notebook touchpads has always been rather stormy, but I would lie to you if I told you that I found it as accurate as that of the Macbook Pro 14 ″, for example. And no, it is not a forced comparison because the price range in which we find ourselves is, street price in hand, certainly the same.
The touchscreen is a good replacement in some operations such as zooming in pages, moving certain elements and so on, but I still believe that better 100 euros less on the list price rather than a touchscreen on a notebook of this kind, which is not meant to be used with your fingers on the screen.
The battery is definitely not one of the strengths of this product, but it is mainly due to the fact that it has a 3K OLED display, which absorbs a lot of battery. At medium brightness and with active Wi-Fi, this notebook can guarantee up to about 6 hours of use in web browsing and document processing in apps such as Office or similar, but the autonomy can also drop to no more than two hours of use. if we increase the brightness to the maximum and use it to render videos in FullHD or higher.
Overall the battery from 75Wh it is sufficient for most of the uses by common users and above all they are sufficient to cover almost entirely a day of work without difficulty. Plus, Lenovo's RapidCharge technology allows the notebook to fully charge in under two hours, so rest assured that battery life won't be a limit.
Price and Considerations
Lenovo Yoga Slim 9i 14 with XNUMXth generation Intel processor has a price starting from 2.099 € on the official Lenovo store, obviously it also provides the possibility of discounts for students and any financing for the purchase at zero interest through Findomestic: beyond the purely commercial and economic aspect, on the technical front I can tell you that it is a concrete notebook, I liked it. The hardware it is equipped with is reliable in everyday use, I do not expect to use it for gaming, just as I would not expect to do if I bought a Macbook. The display is beautiful even if not perfect, the audio is excellent and the design with attention to the smallest details is wonderful, truly a product different from the crowd.
On the other hand, however, I can tell you that there are some limitations on the hardware front, one of which is that you cannot extend the ram soldered on the motherboard. For the rest, the negative aspects, in my opinion, remain subjective: the very short keyboard stroke, the touchpad in my opinion not very precise, for example. After all it is a complete product, and for the productive and working aspect it can certainly be a product to be evaluated.