Now that Lenovo has introduced its mid-LOQ gaming laptops, it’s revising its Slim and Yoga laptop lines. The title Slim Pro 9i (shown above) has a 3K Mini LED screen option on both the 14.5- and 16-inch models. You’ll get improved contrast, of course, but Lenovo also touts 100 percent coverage of the DCI-P3, sRGB, and Adobe RGB color spaces, and a 165Hz refresh rate and 1,200 nits brightness aids in HDR visuals and outdoor work. And yes, it’s a viable option for gaming and other GPU-heavy tasks — you can use up to a GeForce RTX 4070 graphics card.
Both Slim Pro 9i sizes support up to a 13th Gen Intel Core i9 H-series processor, 64GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD. You can also expect Dolby Atmos-capable speakers and a healthy port selection that includes Thunderbolt 4, USB-A, a headphone jack, and HDMI, though you’ll have to get the larger device to get a full-size SD card reader.
Lenovo expects the Slim Pro 9i family to ship in May starting at $1,700 for the 14.5-inch model and $1,800 for the 16-inch equivalent. You won’t get a mini-LED at this price and you’ll have to “settle” for an RTX 4050 video, but that still makes the base version viable if you want a balance between raw speed and a reasonably portable chassis.
You have options if you don’t need as much power. The updated Slim Pro 7 (in the middle) includes a larger battery and better cooling while offering mandatory performance upgrades to the Ryzen 7000HS CPUs. You won’t get more than RTX 4050 graphics, 1TB of storage, or 16GB of RAM, but the 14.5-inch laptop still offers up to a 3K LCD with a 120Hz refresh rate. There is also an updated 14-inch Slim 7i with 13th-generation Intel Core processors. Both ranges arrive in April, starting at $1,180 for the Slim 7i and $1,200 for the Slim Pro 7.
The new Yoga models are straight bumps in the specs. The Intel-based Yoga 7i now uses 13th-generation Core chips in 14- and 16-inch forms, while the AMD-powered Yoga 7 relies on Ryzen 7000 CPUs. You can use up to a 2.8K OLED screen. Both Yoga updates start at $800 ($850 for the 14-inch 7i). 7i comes out in April, while you’ll have to wait until May to get the Ryzen version.
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