Hands-On: Lenovo’s New Slim 7 Pro X and Slim 9i Lines Shine With Power, Eye Candy

Two new Slim-family laptops stand out with a stunning glass-top chassis (plus an OLED display!) for everyday users, and Core H-Series muscle for professional content creators.

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– Hello, I’m Matthew Buzzi, with PCMag And I’m here with two
different Lenovo Slim laptops. This is the 7 Pro X and this is the 9i. Now this also comes in the 7i
version if you go for Intel, But the base model, the starting
price, $1,499, is an AMD SKU. 200 more dollars
will get you that 7i, The Intel version. This is a
sort of pro creator laptop. A 14 and a half inch screen
size, which is pretty unusual. I don’t recall us ever having seen one. We’ve seen 14 inches. We’ve seen 15.6. Those are much more common. 14 and a half, kind of in between. It’s a QHD plus thereabouts resolution Because of the unusual size. It won’t be a resolution
that you’re familiar with But it is better than HD And not quite 4k. Now, because this is for creators, It’s a more advanced screen. It’s touch, It’s 120 Hertz refresh
rate, which is unusual In anything that isn’t
a gaming system, frankly But Lenovo figures we’re starting
to see that in smartphones You get 90 Hertz or 120
Hertz smartphone screens, So why not in your general
use high end laptop? So that’s a bit of a nice feature though Wide color gamut for creators as well. So hopefully this is something You can take with you,
pretty light, pretty thin And get some actual work done. See your work pretty clearly
and use the touchscreen If you need to. As far as getting work done on the go,

In addition to that nice screen, It weighs about three and a half pounds And the internal components
are also important. You get up to Intel Core H series. So it’s not the P, it’s not
something that’s low powered Same with the AMD version. You can get Ryzen 9. So pretty serious contender for CPU power. And on both the AMD And the Intel versions up
to Nvidia RTX 3050 graphics Which not a super high end GPU, But it is pretty good, Slightly above the lower
power entry level options. So that can be useful In professional 3D workloads
and a little bit of gaming, If that’s what you desire On this nice and portable system, Of course Any professional users
are going to want to know What their connectivity options are And modest but useful enough,
is how I would describe it. Thin systems you don’t get a ton Of ports as you do,
large creative laptops. So here you have standard
USB-A and two USB-C connections On the Intel model that
will be Thunderbolt support Not so much on the AMD unit. And you do have You might have noticed
this little switch here. This is for camera privacy,
turns the camera off. It disconnects it for
all intents and purposes. So it won’t even show up. So you can really trust That this will actually
power the camera off, If that’s what you
desire for some privacy,

And that sums it up for this system, It feels nice in the hand Very roomy touch pad, very portable And a really nice display, Even if it’s that bizarre 14
and a half inch screen size Touch, good color coverage. So, yeah, but a pretty
good creator system. We’ll wait for our full
review to see how it performs. Always a question in
thin chassis like these. But since we can go up to H series, We expect pretty good performance. Now let’s move over to the Slim 9i 14. Before we even turn it around Or look at anything else,
let’s focus on this lid. This is the most, eye-catching
probably part of this laptop And this design, I know
you’re not going to pay $1,799 Which is what the starting
price is, for just a lid. But while we’re here, it does look nice. And it adds that premium look and feel. This is what Lenovo is calling 3D glass, Similar to what some smartphone designs Use on their rear, Kind of a curved glass that kind of covers The aluminum beneath. It looks sharp. It feels good. The glass feels like a nice quality touch, And it has the sheen That is just kind of pleasant to look at. So overall between this shiny sides here And the white color, this
is a nice looking system. So let’s turn around, look
at the rest of the system. Like I said, not going to
pay $1,799 for just the lid. So something else must
be driving that price.

This is a pre-production
model, so it’s not powered on. But this is an OLED display. You can get OLED QHD or 4k OLED panel. Obviously that’ll run
you a bit of extra money But in all of our experiences OLED is brilliant to
look at, vibrant colors. It’s really something that you haven’t, If you haven’t seen in person, You should just check out yourself Because it doesn’t really
come across on the camera, Especially when this one’s not on But it looks brilliant in person, And in my opinion is usually
worth the extra money Unless you’re trying to buy
a budget conscious system. Joining this fancy OLED
screen, are powerful speakers. There’s four. It’s a Bowers and Wilkins tuned system. And we got a demo, and it
really did fill the room Definitely above average speaker volume Without really losing a
lot of the quality there. So that’s a plus For anyone who likes to
watch the shiny display And really boom their audio. As far as the interior, though You may be wondering what
is powering the system. It is P series Intel,
Intel only, 12th Gen. So it’s not H like this. It doesn’t go to the
top of the power tier, But P series 12th Gen Should give you still
pretty good performance. We tend to see that in
thin and light systems Which you could definitely say this is. Also unlike this system, no discrete GPU. This is integrated graphics only.

So not a professional, Animator or designer system really. It is more about the portability, And then some it’s kind
of a general use laptop That’s nice to travel with, But just has a bit more premium
feel in terms of the design. So if you want something
for more serious work The Pro X is probably the way to go, But this is the sort of fancy looking, Conversation piece bit more premium If you have the budget for
it and good performance Hopefully from the 12th gen,
despite being a P series. We will, of course, test both of these When they come in for review, We expect more horsepower to this one, Expect this to be a good daily driver With a little bit of flair. So check back for the full reviews On PCMag.com when they become available.

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