Addressed to nomads needing help, the Lenovo Yoga Yoga Slim 7 14ARE05 (82A2001VFR) has no shortage of arguments to seduce. This 14-inch ultrabook is placed in a slate blue metal case and stands out as the multimedia tool par excellence with its latest Ryzen 5 Hexa Core processor and its integrated Vega 6 graphics solution, its fast 512 GB SSD storage with 8 GB of RAM (4266 Mhz) and its bright and colorful borderless screen. In addition to the main architecture, it uses artificial intelligence to make your life easier, provides 10 hours of work without trembling and provides a variety of connections supplemented by the latest Wifi 6 (ax). On the other hand, it will be necessary to deal with a welded RAM and with a reflective screen.
Specifications of the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14ARE05 (82A2001VFR)
|Screen (s)||14.0 “Full HD IPS LED 300 nits Glass (1920×1080, glossy)|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 5 4500U Renoir (2.3 GHz, 6 cores)|
|RAM installed||8 GB LPDDR4X 4266 Mhz (soldered)|
|Graphic card||AMD Radeon Vega 6|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD|
|Connectivity||2 USB 3.2 (Gen1) + 2 USB 3.2 Type-C (1 Gen2, power supply, DisplayPort 1.4 and data), HDMI 2.0, microSD|
|Network||Wi-Fi 6 ax (2×2), Bluetooth 5.0|
|Windows Hello||Yes, via IR webcam|
|Audio system||2 2W Dolby Atmos speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home 64-bit|
|Autonomy announced / Battery||14 hours / Li-Ion 60.7Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||1.4 Kg / 320 x 208 x 14.9|
Chassis, connectors, screen of Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14ARE05 (82A2001VFR)
Surrounded by aluminum , the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14ARE05 (82A2001VFR) is above all sober, goes everywhere and robust with a high-end frosted finish. Its “Slate gray” color changes from gray or silver with a shade that draws towards deep blue. The surfaces are soft, smooth and matte and do not catch fingerprints for a simple look, without any flashy elements, ideal for slipping into a professional environment.
In terms of measurements, the 14 inches optimizes its format with 15 mm thickness for a frame of 320 x 208 mm around a borderless screen and 1.4 kg on the scale for this version with a glass screen.
Moreover, the design element that steals the show from the chassis is probably the screen. Its bright IPS panel (300 nits) reveals a Full HD definition (1920 x 1080 px) which allows you to get the best out of High Definition content. A layer of glass is placed on the screen, bringing a little more sharpness to the content but with the appearance of reflections caused by the ambient light, a detail that could bother some. Interesting detail, the screen opens flat on 180 degrees to install it comfortably on the knee for example, or slide it under an external screen. The colorimetric coverage is also interesting with almost the entire sRGB space covered, a plus for photographers in particular.
The connection is in the variety despite the small profile of the machine. Lenovo adds to its Yoga Slim 7 14ARE05 an HD Infrared webcam with Windows Hello facial recognition and a long-range microphone for the use of Amazon Alexa and Windows Cortana assistants. No need for a fingerprint reader, so the session opens by itself, without touching anything. The interfaces as such include two USB Type-C ports including one Gen2 which supports charging, video stream and data stream as well as two standard USB 3.2 Gen1 ports. But that’s not all. A microSD card reader is also present, as is an HDMI 2.0 output. It’s pretty generous compared to the competition now. Note also that Lenovo equips this model with thelatest Wifi module to date (Wifi 6 ax) . Bluetooth 5.0 is of course on the menu.
To enrich the user experience, Lenovo leverages artificial intelligence . Step away from your computer and the video you were watching automatically pauses, transfer content from your screen to another monitor with just the turn of your head, and more. Lenovo’s AI should also facilitate authentication and translation while helping to extend battery life by optimizing performance based on usage patterns.
Performance, battery life of Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14ARE05 (82A2001VFR)
But the Yoga Slim 7 14ARE05 82A2001VFR does not only have its aesthetics as an asset, it is based on a major AMD Ryzen Renoir (2020) processor, the low-power Ryzen 5 4500U Hexa Core . This shows a significant increase in performance compared to the Ryzen 5 3500U (2019), thanks in particular to the number of cores which increases but also to the finer engraving used. Basically, it allows scores close to an Intel Core i7-1065G7 on simple tasks (web, word processing, video playback) but takes the advantage when it comes to exploiting multi-cores, in particular in more resource-intensive tasks such as video editing, exporting or occasional photo retouching, where its 6 cores clearly take the advantage. In front,, the minimum at present to enjoy comfortable multitasking, but its speed is perfect thanks to its high frequency (LPDDR4X 4266 Mhz). On the other hand, the RAM is welded and therefore not scalable.
The graphics part is entrusted to an AMD Radeon Vega 6 integrated into the CPU, which can be compared to a dedicated GeForce MX230 in terms of performance. Its capabilities are more than enough for everyday work and the tasks listed above and even allows for a few games from time to time on games that are not graphically demanding. Most will require you to make some concessions on screen definition and / or details.
Opposite, the storage is entrusted to a 512 GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD which will bring a welcome dose of responsiveness to the system. Compared to a standard mechanical hard drive, is is quieter, more robust and energy efficient and allows Windows to achieve remarkable fluidity with short load times and zero latency execution. What’s more, its capacity is nothing short of ridiculous and can accommodate a good chunk of your game library although some may not find it sufficient.
Finally, a word on autonomy. Despite its small profile, Lenovo has still managed to slide a 60.7 Whr battery, allowing it to be self-sufficient for almost 10 hours . A force to carry it with you for a whole day. Plus, RapidCharge technology lets you power up to 80% of the battery’s capacity in just one hour.