If you’re looking for a great all-round laptop to get you through the day, the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon might be the notebook for you.
For just $1,189, the IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon offers powerful performance paired with a beautiful 14-inch OLED display, Dolby Atmos speakers, and a comfortable keyboard. The only real downside to this machine is its below-average battery life, but even that difference is negligible. It still lasted almost 10 hours on a charge.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon is a great laptop for the price and a worthy contender for our best laptops page.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon price and configurations
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon Specifications
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
GPU: AMD Radeon graphics
Storage: 512GB SSD
Display: 1800p OLED screen
Mate: 12.3 x 8.5 x 0.6 in
Weight: 2.4 pounds
The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon I tested costs $1,189 and comes with an AMD Ryzen 7 5800U CPU, AMD Radeon Graphics, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and an 1800p OLED display.
The only other model comes with an Nvidia GeForce MX450 GPU and a 1TB SSD, it’s available on Lenovo’s website at the time of writing for $1,279.
If you’re looking for something cheaper, check out our best laptops under $500 page.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon Design
Even for an IdeaPad, the Slim 7 Carbon has a fairly simple design: a silver hood accompanied by a Lenovo logo stamped into the corner. However, I was impressed with how light it felt in my hands when I opened it.
The interior shows off a clean design packed with a small keyboard flanked by two long speaker openings, and just below that is the wide touchpad. Thanks to the thin bezels, the screen almost seems to float. There is a lip on the top ring where the webcam is located.
At 2.4 pounds and 12.3 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches, the IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon is not only thin, but also incredibly light. In comparison: the HP Envy 14 (2021) (3.3 pounds, 12.3 x 8.8 x 0.7 inches) and MSI Prestige 14 Evo (2.8 pounds, 12.6 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches) are not nearly as light.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon Ports
Although the IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon has few ports, Lenovo does supply a dongle with the laptop.
On the left are two USB Type-C ports and a headphone jack. The right side has a USB Type-C port, the webcam kill switch, and the power button (this isn’t a 2-in-1 – I’m not sure why it’s here). The included dongle is a USB Type-C dongle with ports for one USB Type-A port, one HDMI port, and one VGA port. Lenovo should have disabled the VGA port and provided another USB Type-C port to replace the one using the dongle.
If you need more ports, you can find solutions on our best USB Type-C hubs and best laptop docking stations pages.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon Display
The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon’s 14-inch, 2800 x 1800 OLED display is not only beautiful, but also super smooth thanks to its 90 Hz refresh rate.
In the trailer for The contractorChris Pine’s US Army uniform shone with a camouflage green, and it contrasted well with the US flag in the background. During the night scene in the van, I could still make out the details behind Pine, but the screen is glossy, so there was a bit of glare. Despite that, the panel is super sharp, detailing the sweat dripping from Pine’s pores.
According to our colorimeter, the IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon covered 139.3% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, which is above the 85.6% average for premium laptops. The Envy 14 (82.6%) and Prestige 14 (81.9%) couldn’t come close.
With a brightness of 369 nits, the IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon didn’t outperform the average premium laptop (412 nits), but it’s still plenty bright: it kicked the Envy 14 (362 nits) and Prestige 14 (245 nits) out of the running.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon keyboard, touchpad and touchscreen
Lenovo packs in a comfortable and punchy keyboard in the IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon that I love to tap-dance with my fingers. The only thing I don’t like is the keyboard backlight – it’s too dim.
I hit 80 words per minute on the 10FastFingers.com typing test, which is slightly above my current wpm average. The spacing and size of the keys made it very easy to type on.
I experimented with the touchscreen and it felt relatively smooth for a laptop that wasn’t designed to turn into a tablet. I ran into no problems when I drew a creepy looking stick figure in Paint.
The 4.7 x 2.9-inch touchpad was surprisingly smooth and offered a deep set of clickers that were satisfying to use. Windows 11 gestures such as two-finger scrolling and three-finger tapping worked well.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon Audio
This would be the point where I’d shit on a pair of speakers, but Lenovo brought the heat up with these top-firing Dolby Atmos speakers.
I listened to Halfalive’s “creature” and the opening guitar radiated me with intensely clear and loud audio. It felt like I was listening to a dedicated Bluetooth speaker. The vocals were oh so clear and when the chorus hit I could still clearly distinguish each instrument. The percussion could use a little more bass to round it out, but overall it sounded decent.
You configure your audio via the Dolby Access app, which gives you access to presets such as Game, Movie, Music, Voice and Dynamic. Inside you will find presets for detailed, balanced and warm.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon Performance
Tucked into the belly of this 14-inch beast is an AMD Ryzen 7 5800U CPU with 16GB of RAM. The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon juggled 40 Google Chrome tabs and five 1080p YouTube videos without breaking a sweat.
In the overall performance test of Geekbench 5.4, the IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon achieved 6,241 points, flying above the premium laptop average (5,222). The Intel Core i5-1135G7 CPU of the Envy 14 (4,761) and the Intel Core i7-1185G7 CPU of the Prestige 14 (5,727) couldn’t keep up with the AMD processor.
The IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon transcoded a 4K video to 1080p in 8 minutes 51 seconds on our HandBrake benchmark, which is fast compared to the category average (12:50) and the Envy 14 (13:20) and Prestige 14 ( 12:54).
Lenovo’s 512 GB SSD has a transfer rate of 800 megabytes per second, which is faster than the average premium laptop (764 MBps). It’s also much faster than the Envy 14’s 256GB SSD (305MBps) and the Prestige 14’s 1TB SSD (608MBps).
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon graphics
With its integrated AMD Radeon Graphics, the IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon scored 3,561 on the 3DMark Fire Strike synthetic graphics benchmark, which falls short of the premium laptop average (7,001). The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti (7,423) from the Envy 14 and the Intel Iris Xe Graphics from the Prestige 14 (5,162) were better suited for graphics tasks.
On the Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: Gathering Storm (1080p) benchmark, the IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon achieved 37 frames per second, which is safely above the 30 fps threshold. It still couldn’t top the Envy 14 (63 fps), but it did take a small win over the Prestige 14 (25 fps).
Battery Life Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon
We’ve seen 16 hour laptops in the premium laptop category, so the IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon has some tough competition. In the Laptop Mag battery test, the Slim 7 lasted 9 hours and 56 minutes, which is respectable, but still over an hour shorter than the premium laptop average (11:06). It narrowly surpassed the Envy 14 (9:51), but died before seeing the Prestige 14 (10:59) shine.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon Webcam
Unfortunately, nothing is perfect, and far from it are 720p webcams.
The IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon’s 720p shooter took grainy shots that distorted my Big Boss poster behind me. Plus, the poor contrast blew out half of my face. However, the color of my pineapple blue shirt was quite represented. Anyway, I wouldn’t want it play D&D online with this. I recommend jumping to our best webcams page to make yourself look as good as you should.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon Heat
Look into the silvery void of this laptop and it instantly stares back with icy power. When we streamed a 15-minute video, the bottom reached just 94 degrees Fahrenheit, safely below our comfort threshold of 95 degrees. The center of the keyboard and touchpad reached 92 and 80 degrees, respectively. The hottest, however, was 98 degrees, at the bottom just above the hinge.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon software and warranty
All key features are packed into the Lenovo Vantage app, where you can find the latest BIOS and driver updates, IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon information, system settings, and warranty information.
Some Windows 11 apps come pre-installed, but nothing that you can’t easily uninstall.
The IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon also comes with the average one-year limited warranty. See how Lenovo performed on our Technical Support Showdown and Best and worst brands ranking.
What it comes down to:
Between the performance of the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon and the beautiful display, it’s hard to say no to this machine. Battery life could be better though, and there are plenty of great machines out there that do extremely well in that category.
If you’re looking to add an hour to your battery life, the MSI Prestige 14 Evo is a solid buy. However, you are stuck with a dimmer and duller screen.
Overall, the IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon is a great machine, and it would be a shame to miss it just because the battery life doesn’t match the competition.