By TechThop Team
Posted on: 15 Aug, 2022
16 inches is a pretty large size for a 2-in-1 laptop. The screens of most convertible laptop/tablet hybrids measure 12 to 14 inches for greater comfort when used as a tablet.
While a 16-inch tablet won't be used all the time, what about a 16-inch laptop that pivots for presentations or becomes a tablet for annotating or sketching? In that case, the Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 Gen 7 ($1,399.99) makes more sense.
With a little more elbow room, a beefier CPU, and a bigger battery, the bigger model launches alongside the more mainstream Yoga 7i 14 Gen 7.
The 14-inch model has the same sleek, feature-packed design and rock-solid performance as the giant economy model. There are times when bigger isn't always better, but in this case, it's not half bad.
The CNC milled aluminum chassis of the Yoga 7i 16 comes in two anodized colors, Storm Gray and Stone Blue. In terms of size, the Lenovo is similar to its 2-in-1 archrival, the HP Spectre x360 16 (0.78 by 14.1 by 9.7 inches), but it's slightly lighter at 4.19 pounds compared to 4.45 pounds for the HP.
A 12-core Core i7-1260P processor (four Performance cores, eight Efficient cores, 16 threads) combines with 16GB of LPDDR5 memory, 512GB of PCIe 4.0 solid-state storage, a glossy IPS touch screen, 400 nits of brightness, and 16GB of LPDDR5 memory to make it a $1,399.99 review unit.
Lenovo.com offers a few models with Intel Arc A370M graphics instead of our unit's Iris Xe integrated graphics, but no other screen is available (i.e., you can't compare the Spectre x360 16s OLED panel).
As the Yoga 7i 14 becomes the 7i 16, a few design changes occur. On the right of the keyboard, a compact numeric keypad is squeezed into the wider chassis. When entering spreadsheet data, the number pad's keys are a little narrower than the primary keys, but not so narrow that they feel cramped.
In addition, the speakers are now located between the screen and keyboard, with a speaker grille between them. The 16-inch laptop offers robust volume and great clarity with its four stereo speakers, two 3-watt woofers, and dual 2-watt tweeters.
Amplification is automatic and Dolby Atmos is supported. Yoga 7i 16 offers an impressive selection of ports thanks to its slim, streamlined design.
For users on the go, the Yoga 7i is a versatile option that departs from the current minimalist chic that relies on just a few Thunderbolt 4 ports plus adapters or dongles. You'll find an HDMI video output on the left side, as well as a USB Type-C/Thunderbolt 4 port and a full-size SD card port on the right.
There are two USB-A ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack on the right. Additionally, Lenovo offers wireless connectivity with Wi-Fi 6E instead of Ethernet and Bluetooth 5.2 for quick peripheral and audio connections.
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