Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 Gen 7 (2022) in review

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For 2-in-1 laptops, 16 inches is pretty big. Most convertible laptop/tablet hybrids have screens ranging in size from 12 to 14 inches to make them more comfortable to carry in tablet mode. A 16″ tablet isn’t used all the time, but a 16″ desktop replacement laptop that can be rotated for presentations or used as a tablet for annotation or sketching? That’s a combination that could make more sense, and that’s where the Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 Gen 7 ($1,399.99) comes in. The larger model, coming alongside the mainstream Yoga 7i 14 Gen 7, offers users a little more freedom of movement, a slightly beefier CPU, and a larger battery. It has the sleek, feature-packed design and rock-solid performance we love about the 14-inch model, but in a huge economy size. Bigger might not always be better, but in this case, it doesn’t really matter.


The biggest convertible since Mary Kay’s Cadillac

Like its smaller sibling, the Yoga 7i 16 is available in two colors, Storm Gray and Stone Blue, both hues anodized to enhance the CNC-machined aluminum body. The Lenovo measures 0.76 x 14.2 x 9.8 inches, more or less in line with its archrival 2-in-1, the HP Specter x360 16 (0.78 x 14.1 x 9.7 inches), but is lighter — the Lenovo tips the scales at 4.19 pounds, at 4.45.

Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 Gen 7 (2022) laptop mode

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Our $1,399.99 review unit combines Intel’s 12th Gen Core i7-1260P processor (four performance cores, eight efficient cores, 16 threads) with 16GB of LPDDR5 memory, a 512GB PCIe 4.0 Solid state drive and a glossy IPS touchscreen with 2,560 bytes -1,600 pixels resolution and 400 nits brightness. No other screen is available (i.e. you can’t match the Specter x360 16’s OLED panel), but other models on Lenovo.com offer a 4GB Intel Arc A370M GPU instead of the integrated Iris Xe Graphics of our device.

There are a few design changes that come with the increase in mass from the Yoga 7i 14 to the 7i 16. The wider case offers space for a compact number pad, which is wedged to the right of the keyboard. The number pad keys are slightly narrower than the primary keys, but not so much that they feel cramped when entering spreadsheet data.

Rear view of the Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 Gen 7 (2022).

(Image credit: Molly Flores)

Another change is a different position for the speakers, with a speaker grill between the screen and the keyboard. With four stereo speakers, two 3-watt woofers and two 2-watt tweeters, the 16-inch laptop offers excellent sound with robust volume and great clarity. It comes with Dolby Atmos support and auto gain.

Considering the Yoga 7i 16’s sleek, streamlined design, the convertible offers an impressive array of ports. It’s a welcome departure from current minimalist chic, which relies on just a few Thunderbolt 4 ports plus adapters or dongles for most connectivity, and makes the Yoga 7i a versatile choice for users on the go. On the left side you’ll find an HDMI video-out, two USB Type-C/Thunderbolt 4 ports, a USB 3.2 Type-A port, and a full-size SD card slot.

Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 Gen 7 (2022) left ports

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On the right side is a 3.5mm headphone jack and a second USB-A port, as well as the power button. The Lenovo also offers up-to-date wireless support with Wi-Fi 6E instead of Ethernet and Bluetooth 5.2 for quick connections to peripherals and audio devices.

Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 Gen 7 (2022) right ports

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The display: Thin screen sides, with a bump

The 16-inch touchscreen looks great, with crisp details thanks to a 2560 x 1600 resolution, good contrast and full touch and active pen support. (Unfortunately, there’s no stylus in the box.) But it’s all the more impressive when you stop to notice the slim bezels surrounding the display — if you’re not looking, you might miss them entirely, as Lenovo boasts that the Laptop has 91% screen-to-body ratio in tablet mode.

Also impressive is that despite the narrow screen bezels, you never feel like you’re missing a place to hold the Yoga in tablet mode – the rounded edges of the case provide enough finger and thumb grip to hold comfortably without interfering with the display Property.

Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 Gen 7 (2022) front view

(Image credit: Molly Flores)

Above the screen is the slight protrusion of what Lenovo calls the communications bar, the housing for the 1080p webcam, dual microphones, and Windows Hello-compatible IR facial recognition sensors for the laptop. It’s sort of the reverse approach to Apple’s infamous notch, which is raised above the display rather than dipping into it. There’s a sliding webcam privacy screen (although it’s so small you might not notice it) and the bar itself provides a handy ridge that lets you open and close the lid, despite the smoother rounded corners.


Yoga 7i 16 performance test: A high-end laptop competition

For our benchmark charts, we compared the Yoga 7i 16 Gen 7 to two other 16-inch deluxe notebooks, the directly competing HP Specter x360 16 convertible and the AMD-powered Asus VivoBook Pro 16X OLED. We also compared it to another plus-size convertible, the 15-inch business-oriented Dell Latitude 9520 2-in-1.

Our main productivity benchmark for Windows systems is UL’s PCMark 10, which simulates everyday tasks such as word processing, spreadsheets, web browsing and video conferencing. We also run PCMark 10’s Full System Drive test to assess the responsiveness and throughput of a laptop’s boot drive. Geekbench 5 is another test that simulates popular apps, including PDF rendering and speech recognition, with a little more emphasis on processing power.

Two other CPU-intensive benchmarks that tax all available cores and threads are Maxon’s Cinebench R23, which uses the company’s Cinema 4D engine to render a complex scene, and the open-source video transcoder HandBrake, which we use to convert a 12 minute clip from 4K video to 1080p resolution (lower times are better). Our final productivity test is workstation vendor Puget Systems’ PugetBench extension for Adobe Photoshop, which uses the Creative Cloud 22 version of the famous image editor to perform a variety of common and GPU-accelerated tasks ranging from opening, rotating, and resizing of an image to applying masks, gradient fills, and filters. Like HandBrake, the test assesses a PC’s suitability for digital content creation and multimedia jobs.

All of these systems sailed above the 4,000-point mark in PCMark 10, which indicates excellent productivity for Microsoft Office and Google Workspace, but they traded wins in certain benchmarks, with Asus claiming the most CPU honors, but the Yoga 7i 16 Winning at Geekbench. The big picture shows that they are all powerful productivity and creative machines.

We test the graphics capabilities of PCs with two game-like animations each from two benchmark suites. The DirectX 12 tests Night Raid (more modest, suitable for laptops with integrated graphics) and Time Spy (more demanding, ideal for gaming rigs with discrete GPUs) come from UL’s 3DMark, while GFXBench contributes the 1440p Aztec Ruins and 1080p Car Chase sub-tests. Rendered off screen to accommodate different screen resolutions. The latter two tests focus on high-level image rendering and low-level routines such as texturing, respectively.

HP and Asus dominated these tests, which was predictable since they have discrete Nvidia GeForce GPUs that outperform both Dell’s 11th Gen Intel integrated graphics and Lenovo’s 12th Gen Intel integrated graphics.

Finally, we test laptop battery life by watching a locally saved 720p video file (the open-source Blender movie tears of steel) with a display brightness of 50% and an audio volume of 100%. We make sure the battery is fully charged before testing, with Wi-Fi and keyboard backlight off. We also use a Datacolor SpyderX Elite monitor calibration sensor and software to measure the screen’s color saturation — what percentage of the sRGB, Adobe RGB, and DCI-P3 color gamuts or palettes the display can represent — and its brightness in nits ( candelas per square). Meter).

Battery life on the Lenovo was impressive, clocking in at over 18 hours in our video rundown. That outlasted the Dell by almost two hours and shattered the runtimes of the OLED-shielded Asus and HP. These systems got their revenge in our color coverage measurement by showing more vivid tones compared to the laptops with IPS panels and covering virtually all different color gamuts. The Yoga 7i’s screen brightness was a bit lower than we’d like to see on a high-end notebook (the same number of nits looks more brilliant on an OLED rather than an IPS display), but perfectly acceptable. The screen supports Dolby Vision HDR and reserves the maximum brightness for smaller parts or application windows and not for the entire screen that our test measures.


Conclusion: More leeway if you want it

In general, 15.6-inch and 16-inch convertible laptops are awfully bulky for tablet use, but when pivoted to an easel or kiosk, they shine more for presentations and can continue touch interaction bring than a smaller notebook. If your budget allows, we prefer the HP Specter x360 16’s dazzling OLED display, but the Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 Gen 7 is a great alternative and a superbly made solution for those looking for a larger 2-in-1.

Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 Gen 7 (2022)

advantages

  • The aluminum chassis is robust and comfortable in all modes

  • Large display with impressively thin bezels

  • Comfortable keyboard and large touchpad

  • Great port selection

  • Impressive performance and battery life

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Disadvantages

  • Too big and heavy for many users

  • Less than playable integrated graphics

  • Active pen is supported but not included

The final result

Lenovo’s Yoga 7i 16 Gen 7 offers the company’s acclaimed convertible in a larger form factor, while still delivering excellent usability and excellent performance thanks to 12th Gen Intel processors.

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