- The Lenovo Yoga 7i brings the best of worlds with an improved 360-degree hinge design.
- The premium design and powerful performance make it one of the best laptops in this price segment.
- The Lenovo Yoga 7i 14 (2023) scored 8.2/10 in our review
The 2-in-1 segment has been picking up in India with brands like Lenovo, HP, Dell, Asus, and more bringing some great products in the premium segment. These laptops bring the best of both worlds: the productivity of a computer and the comfort of a tablet.
Lenovo Yoga 7i 14 (2023)Rs 1,56,690
KEYBOARD AND TRACKPAD8.0/10
PORTS AND I/O8.0/10
VALUE FOR MONEY8.0/10
What Is Good?
- Premium design
- Good keyboard and trackpad
- Top-notch performance
- Great audio
- Solid battery life
What Is Bad?
- A bit heavy
- Brightness could have been better
Lenovo has introduced a new laptop to the ever-growing list of premium 2-in-1 laptops with its Yoga 7i (2023). The latest device from the company comes loaded with a plethora of features and top-notch specifications along with support for the Evo platform, making it an excellent option for those who upscale their productivity on the go. However, does it make sense to go with the latest Yoga laptop from Lenovo? Check out this review to clear up all your doubts.
Lenovo Yoga 7i (2023) Review: Design and Build Quality
- The laptop comes with an aluminium design for a premium feel
- It has also passed MIL-STD-810H military test making it a versatile laptop
Lenovo Yoga 7i is made (from lid to base) from strong but lightweight anodized aluminium material that yields it a premium look and feel. It is an absolute head-turner with its subtle design and glossy look. Moreover, the MIL-STD-810H certification also speaks about its durability. The edges are rounded, which adds a certain softness to the design, while the protruding lip design for the webcam helps to open the lid with one hand.
The company has cleverly placed the Lenovo and Yoga branding diagonally on the lid. Once you open the laptop, you will be greeted with a large keyboard and trackpad housed between two speaker grilles. The Full HD webcam is placed right on the top and comes with a physical privacy shutter, which is a welcome move.
We got the Tidal Teal colour option, which is a unique colour that looks appealing. On the flip side, the laptop is a bit heavy at 1.49 kg and you can feel it once you carry it in your hand.
For a 14-inch laptop, the Lenovo Yoga 7i sure packs some decent connectivity ports. On the left side, you have one HDMI 1.4b port, and two Thunderbolt 4 ports that offer data transfer, support DisplayPort 1.4 and can be used for fast charging complemented with a 3.5mm headphone jack. On the right, you get a USB 3.2 Gen 1 port along with a microSD card reader and a power on/off button.
Lenovo Yoga 7i (2023) Review: Display and Audio
- The Lenovo laptop features best-in-class stereo speakers
- The display is crisp, though the glossy panel might create some problem
The Lenovo Yoga 7i 14-inch is loaded with a 14-inch WUXGA OLED touchscreen display that offers 1920 x 1200 resolution, 100 per cent DCI-P3 colour gamut, and 400 nits of peak brightness. The display also supports Dolby Vision and TUV Low Blue Light certification.
The screen comes with an on-trend 16:10 aspect ratio and offers decent viewing angles as well as thin bezels on all four sides. The display comes with a 60Hz OLED panel that offers sharp contrasts and close-to-natural colours. The touchscreen is smooth to use and we didn’t notice any kind of input lag while scrolling through multiple Chrome browsers or doodling using the stylus, known as Lenogo Digital Pen. The stylus is a bit bulky in our opinion, but still gets the work done.
The laptop comes with a 360-hinge that allows it to be used in different settings. Once flipped the display into tent mode, one can seamlessly watch shows on Netflix and do casual streaming on YouTube. The HDR and Dolby Vision support also helps elevate the whole viewing experience. However, the brightness may seem to be low if you use it in ambient light conditions and the glossy panel can further hinder the visibility.
Moving on, the Lenovo Yoga 7i is probably one of the best-sounding laptops in this price segment. You get stereo speakers optimised with Dolby Atmos providing one of the best experiences we ever had in this price segment. Although the sound lacks some bass at full volume, the highs and mids are on point. You can also customise your listening experience with the Dolby Access application.
Lenovo Yoga 7i (2023) Review: Keyboard and Trackpad
- A backlit keyboard offers a good typing experience
- The trackpad is smooth as well
The Lenovo Yoga 7i features a backlit keyboard, which provides a good typing experience (way better than Yoga Slim 7i Carbon). The keys span across the left and right edges of the laptop and are well-spaced. This takes a little bit of getting accustomed to, but once you are over with the learning curve, you will enjoy the typing experience. We used the laptop as our daily driver and were quite satisfied with the whole typing experience as the keys were comfortable, offered a good depth of travel, and looked visually appealing.
The intensity of the backlight can be changed with Fn + Spacebar, which is quite helpful during those late-night typing sessions. The buttonless trackpad also provides good feedback throughout our testing period. The trackpad comes with a palm rejection and multi-finger gesture support also works well with it.
Lenovo Yoga 7i (2023) Review: Performance
- Intel Core i7-1360P powers the laptop
- 1080p webcam is also a major highlight
The Yoga 7i is a beast when it comes to specifications. The model is equipped with the latest 13th-Gen Intel Core i7-1360P Raptor Lake processor. The chipset comes with 12 cores with a max turbo frequency of 5.00 GHz with four performance cores. It also has eight efficiency cores that reach up to 3.7GHz. Moreover, the laptop comes with integrated Iris XE Graphics G7 graphics along with 16GB of DDR5-5200 RAM and 1TB SSD M.2 2242 PCIe storage. You also get Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.1 and comes with the Intel Evo platform, making it a secure laptop.
The Lenovo Yoga 7i flies through the benchmark scores. Starting with Cinebench R23, the laptop scored 8758 points in the multi-core test and 1684 in the single-core. In PCMark 10, the Yoga 7i got a decent score of 5672 points. Coming to Geekench 6, we got 2209 points in single-core and 10486 points in multi-core tests. 3D Mark also gave good results in the CPU Profile test with 5835 in max threads points. Lastly, Crystal Disk Mark scores were also on point with 5266.31 (MB/s) read and 4864.30 (MB/s) write speeds.
This clutch benchmarking performance also reflects in Yoga 7i’s real-world performance. We never faced any kind of lag or stutter during our daily usage, be it opening multiple Chrome windows or listening to music in the background. The laptop performance can be further tweaked with the Lenovo Vantage application that gives you the option to choose between three modes: Performance Mode, Intelligent Cooling, and Battery Saving. Alternatively, you can use Fn + Q to change between the modes.
Another highlight of the product is the webcam. This is one area where most laptop makers tend to look away. However, Lenovo has up the game by giving a 1080p webcam on this device. This simply results in a sharper video feed when you are video conferencing and the physical shutter button adds another layer of security.
Lenovo Yoga 7i (2023) Review: Battery Life
- It features a 71Whr battery
- The included charger is rated at 65W
Lenovo Yoga 7i 14 (2023) comes with a large 71W battery and comes with 65W fast charging support. The battery life is simply amazing in this laptop. We got a full day of battery backup on a single charge that lasted almost 10 hours. The day included typing stories on Docs, listening to music, watching videos on YouTube, and playing casual games. The 65W adapter also aids in faster charging under 2 hours, which is just a cherry on top.
Lenovo Yoga 7i 14 (2023) Review: Verdict
The 14-inch Lenovo Yoga 7i (2023) is probably one of the most polished products from Lenovo that offers a stellar design and incredible battery life. The laptop brings top-notch performance, all thanks to the latest Core i7 processor. The Yoga laptop is available in multiple variants, while our review unit came with top-specced option that is roughly around Rs 1 lakh. That said, it still has its share of down points and the display brightness is one of them. Also, the arrow keys placement is a bit cramped. However, if you can ignore these, it still is a good package that is highly reliable.