Lenovo Yoga Slim 750 review: A laptop for Ryzen lovers

Competent enough for business and daily use.

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2020年10月4日, 午後 02:35 in egmt

This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.

When we think of Lenovo's Yoga series, we think of a multi-mode PC that can be used as both a notebook and a tablet, but recently they've been focusing on the ultra-slim type as well, which is gaining popularity in a different context than Thinkpad. We'd like to review on the Yoga Slim 750, which was announced on September 1, and it's pretty cool.

There are three models in the 750 series this time around. The 750 is a 14-inch model with an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U CPU. The 750i uses an Intel Core i5-1035G4 CPU and comes in two models: a 14-inch model and a 15.6-inch model. The one we're going to introduce this time is the Ryzen-equipped "750".

The first thing that immediately catches your eye is the color. It's a deep purple with an elegant reddish hue, and it's hard to find a PC these days with such an elaborate finish. The color available on the 750i is a mediocre light gray, so it's tempting to choose the 750 for the color alone.

The colors are rare these days, and they're raising the desire for things.

It looks nice when it's closed.

The display is 1920 x 1080 full HD and has a good color balance. It has a pretty narrow frame and the horizontal bezel is less than 5mm. The series name is imprinted on the very slender part of the display's top surface.

The display with a narrow bezel.

The name of the series is printed in these places.

The keyboard and touchpad are also grouped in the same color. However, since the material is different, you can see some differences in shading depending on the degree of reflection. The speakers on both sides of the keyboard are the Dolby Atmos Speaker System for PC, and there is a very simple logo printed on the armrest.

The keyboard has a backlight.

The power button is at the back of the right side, so you won't accidentally press it while you're typing. There are two USB 3.0 ports and a MicroSD card slot. The other side is equipped with USB Type-C which serves as a power supply terminal, but it is USB 2.0 as a standard. Next to that is an HDMI port, and then USB Type-C is USB 3.0 with Display output. There's also an earphone jack that doubles as a microphone jack.

Power button on the right side.

Two USB Type-C ports on the left.

The GPU is AMD Radeon Graphics, and for external output, it supports up to 4096x2160/60p using HDMI or 5120x2880/60p using Type-C. It has 8GB of memory and a 512GB SSD.

If you look at the bottom, there is a fairly large slit for heat dissipation. If you look through the inside, you can see one fan on each side and a heat pipe in the middle. There is a long rubber foot to prevent the slit from being blocked when it is grounded. There is also heat dissipation slit at the hinge part of the display, with air intake at the bottom and exhaust at the top.

Bold heat dissipation slit on the bottom.

Exhaust port at the back of the hinge.

The AC adapter is slim, but is a 65W output USB TYPE-C. Battery life is approximately 20.4 hours with a JEITA 2.0 rating and 2.1 hours of charging time.

AC adapter included in the package.

Competent enough for business and daily use

I think the real concern with the Yoga 750 is the performance of the 6-core, 6-threaded 2.38GHz Ryzen 5 4500U and Radeon Graphics. According to CINEBENCH R15, it has a CPU of 962cb and OpenGL 67.34fps. It's hard to get a sense of how fast that is, but at least in the use of Zoom, it's a performance that makes virtual backgrounds work fine without a green screen.

Benchmarking with CINEBENCH R15.

In Zoom, you can use the virtual background without a green screen.

The camera on the display is in 720p and there is a white LED on the right side when the camera is in use. It would have been interesting to use it as a light, but it just seems to indicate that the camera is on. There is still a blinking red area on the left side, which is the IR camera and is used for face recognition login.

A white LED indicates when the camera is turned on.

You can play around with the camera a bit more with a utility called LENOVO VANTAGE, so let's take a look. In the camera settings, there is a feature called "Camera Background Blur". If you turn this on, it will only blur the background behind the main subject. This is useful when you have an online meeting in your room but your back is messy. However, the cropping accuracy is not so good and the blur is too strong and unnatural.

Blur mode is also available.

There was also an interesting tweak about the microphone. By optimizing the microphone to your voice, you can reduce keyboard noise and suppress echoes and feedback. These should come in handy for remote meetings.

Microphone feature so you don't get upset when you type a sentence during a remote meeting.

The Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers are automatically adjusted to identify the content. Equalizers are preset for movies, music, and games, respectively, and original equalization is also available. The demo content provided by Dolby allowed us to experience an expanse beyond the width of the stereo speakers. However, I was unable to clearly hear the vertical spread of Dolby Atmos, a major selling point of the system.

Dolby Atmos playback is possible.

As I confirmed with Netflix, these streaming services may have Dolby Atmos support for the content itself, but there is no way to verify that the content is really being played back in Dolby Atmos on a PC. I did feel that the speakers were more spacious than standard PC speakers, but they did not produce much bass, so they are still not as powerful as dedicated speaker systems.

The keyboard is full-sized, with a pitch of 19mm, and the keys are almost identical in width. However, the lower half of the Enter key, next to the "]" key, is narrower. I press this area with my little finger when I press Enter, but the width is so narrow that I sometimes miss my aim. I should aim a little higher, but it seems to take a little time to get used to it.

I'm a little concerned about the narrowness of the Enter key...

According to the press release, the estimated retail price is 117,800 yen (excluding tax); if Lenovo's signature e-coupon is issued, the actual sale price could be less than 100,000 yen.

This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.

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