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Review: Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 (AMD Ryzen 7 4800U)

by Tarinder Sandhu on 28 August 2020, 14:01

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Conclusion

...it's no surprise to see the sleek Yoga Slim 7 tear up the benchmarks against similar-sized machines.

AMD launched the Ryzen Mobile 4000-series chips with much gusto at the turn of the year. For reasons that are obvious, it has taken a while for laptop manufacturers to adopt the technology across their Ultrabook and gaming ranges.

Now available in multiple configurations, the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 has been worth the wait. Outfitted with a Ryzen 7 4800U chip boasting eight cores, 16 threads and an established Vega GPU, Lenovo and AMD fundamentally redefine performance in the thin-and-light segment.

With CPU numbers analogous to big and heavy laptops housing far thirstier chips it's no surprise to see the sleek Yoga Slim 7 tear up the benchmarks against similar-sized machines. Lenovo has managed to marry superb performance with day-long battery life, which is an impressive feat in every light.

Our only gripe on an otherwise excellent package is with the lack of a touchscreen or high-resolution screen option for these AMD models. If you can accept the 14in FHD screen for what it is, this is one performance-packed laptop that breaks neither the bank nor your back. Recommended.

The Good
 
The Bad
Brilliant CPU performance
Best-in-class IGP
Fantastic battery life
Solid build quality
Silent for everyday tasks
Good selection of ports
 
No 4K or QHD screen option
No touchscreen option



Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 (14ARE05)

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Impressive. I'm not a huge fan of 4k laptop displays (save where that means the display has other qualities like colour accuracy, and it shouldn't do) so this looks like a really well-rounded piece of kit.
This means it surpasses the 25W TDP briefly and consistently, though long-term power remains below this figure. This explains why the Yoga Slim 7 looks so good in short-term load tests such as Cinebench.

I guess this suits a lot of real life situations as well. Yes of you are genuinely hammering the CPU for a length of time then performance will drop, but when you load your 5th application or the virus scanner goes nuts over a tar file you've just extracted. Did you try back to back benchmarks to see how much the numbers did drop? Obviously difficult to get repeatable results.
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Impressive. I'm not a huge fan of 4k laptop displays (save where that means the display has other qualities like colour accuracy, and it shouldn't do) so this looks like a really well-rounded piece of kit.

Don't forget the other problem with 4K and other ultra high res diplays: battery life. Driving the backlight through smaller pixels uses more power.
In theory an emitive technology like OLED shouldn't have that problem, but currently any laptops with OLED see a huge drop in battery life in the first place. Guess for OLED, if you mainly use your laptop on battery in a dark room the battery life might not be too bad but can't see any notebook reviewers changing their established testing process to huddle in a corner in a darkened room.
Looks good. Whilst not a ‘Yoga’ model, will be getting a Ryzen 4800U powered Lenovo Ideapad shortly so hoping for similar figures myself. These 4800U chips seem pretty hard to get at the moment (Laptops generally pretty hard to get thanks to Covid and distance learning/working from home shenanigans).
Can anyone offer any insight where you can actually buy this, or any other 4800U based machines?

Really keen to get hold of one, but having no luck at all. The Yoga Slim 7 seems to have disappeared from the Lenovo website entirely and only reseller I can find is Argos with a 4700U model.
Only other option I can find is the ASUS PN50 Mini PC which is £500 barebones with a 4800U and available from October - £130 premium over the 4700U!