If you guys recall, Lenovo Legion first launched the Legion Slim 7i back in 2020, right around the time of ESGS. Now, almost six months later, the Legion fam asked me if I wanted to try the laptop out, and I said yes!
So let’s get down into the OMGluie Unboxing & First Impressions of the Lenovo Legion Slim 7i!
Lenovo Legion Slim 7i – Specs, Pricing, & Availability
From the announcement post I made, I’m reiterating the technical specs of the Lenovo Legion Slim 7i down here:
- CPU: 10th Generation Intel® CoreTM i7-10750H
- GPU: NVIDIA® GeForce RTXTM 2060 with Max-Q Design
- OS: Windows 10 Home
- Memory: 16GB 2933hz
- Storage: 1 TB SSD (with an extra SSD slot)
- Battery: 71Wh Battery
- Display: 15.6″ FHD 144Hz 100%s RGB
- Dimensions: : 14.01″ x 9.84″ x 0.6-0.7″ / 1.86 kg (4.1 lbs)
- Camera: Top-placed Built-in HD Webcam (720p) with Privacy Shutter
- Keyboard: White or RGB Backlight Corsair® iCUE RGB Keyboard
- Input/Output (I/O) Ports:
- Left Side
1 x 4-in-1 SD Card Reader
1 x Audio Jack
- Right Side
2 x ThunderboltTM 3.0
2 x USB 3.26 Gen 2
1 x Power-In
- Left Side
- Color: Slate Grey
The laptop is currently priced at Php 99,995 and its initial offer came bundled with a Legion Recon Gaming Backpack. However, when I unboxed the unit lent to me, I didn’t get the backpack, so it was probably a freebie that came with the laptop during the time it was first launched. 🙂
The Lenovo Legion Slim 7i is already available in official Lenovo stores and authorized resellers, should you be interested in purchasing one.
Lenovo Legion Slim 7i – Packaging & Features
Packaging As Slim As The Laptop
The Legion Slim 7i comes packaged in a very slim black box that perfectly complements how lightweight the laptop is. I’ve noticed that this is standard to most of the Legion laptops I’ve unboxed such as the Legion 5Pi and Legion Y740Si.
As per usual, you can’t expect any bells and whistles with the laptop’s packaging being this straightforward. Just open up the box and the unit is ready for use! XD
“The World’s Lightest Gaming Notebook”
The Lenovo Legion Slim 7i currently touts itself as the “world’s lightest gaming laptop” that houses an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card. With a weight of 1.8kg and being only 17.9mm thin, I completely understand what they are talking about.
I am quite impressed by how lightweight the laptop is, considering it also has a 15.6” FHD (1920×1080) In-Plane Switching (IPS) display. Most 15″ gaming laptops that I’ve reviewed are around 1.9-2kgs. This is with the exception of the Legion Y740Si, which was at 1.7kg, but that didn’t have a dedicated GPU and needed the external Boost Station to be considered a “gaming laptop.”
Standard Legion Chassis Design
The Legion Slim 7i also has a typical Legion chassis design and layout, which seems like the standard in their lineup. The overall color scheme of the unit is Slate Grey, which is similar to the previous Legion laptops I’ve been able to test.
As usual, the power and USB ports can be found on the rear side of the laptop. This was quite an adjustment for me, given that I’m used to plugging in my USB peripherals on either side. It feels a bit inconvenient since I had to lower the lid and stand up just to switch out whatever USB peripheral is plugged in.
However, I did enjoy having the two USB-C slots on the side of the laptop. I could easily plug-in a USB-C hub to extend the laptop’s display into a 2nd monitor or have the USB slots on the side, like I prefer.
Comes With RGB LED TrueStrike Keyboard
The Lenovo Legion Slim 7i also comes with the brand’s TrueStrike keyboard. The chiclet keys are also something I needed to get used to, as my personal laptop’s keyboard had raised keys.
ALSO I KEPT PRESSING NUM LOCK INSTEAD OF BACKSPACE. I assume this is because my fingers aren’t used to a full keyboard anymore that comes with a full set of number keys, LOL.
The Legion Slim 7i’s keyboard is also RGB-lit! To be honest, since my personal laptop’s keyboard is only back-lit in white, I was really surprised when I first turned the Slim 7i on. It’s been a while since I had full RGB on a keyboard, and it was a really pleasant surprise, haha!
What’s great about the TrueStrike keyboard is that it can be customized using the iCUE software that’s pre-installed into every unit. There are a lot of pre-set options, but you can feel free to create your own lighting scheme that pairs with your set-up’s aesthetic. 🙂
Lenovo Legion Slim 7i – First Impressions & Gaming Experience
I used the Lenovo Legions Slim 7i for both work and play. I mostly have no complaints when accomplishing tasks when I work at home, though I noticed that the laptop slows down slightly whenever I have 2 Microsoft Edge windows open, each with five or more tabs.
However, since my work doesn’t require too many programs running at the same time, the specs on the Slim 7i provide more than enough power and support. The boot up is speedy, and I can easily switch between windows or several programs without experiencing significant lag.
When it comes to gaming, I mostly played Monster Hunter World on this laptop, for at least 2.5 – 3 straight hours, in the span of two weeks.
Using the Afterburner program, I was able to record some of the CPU and GPU usage, as well as the FPS while playing the game. The FPS was at its highest at 144 FPS for loading screens, while it was at its lowest at 39 FPS in the middle of the hunt. The highest it goes while hunting is around 58 FPS.
For CPU and GPU temperatures, CPU maintains its temp at 85-90 degrees, and the GPU is at 69-92 degrees. When you’re playing with your hands off the keyboard, anyway, it doesn’t really matter. The Lenovo Coldfront 2.0 thermal system tries to keep these temperatures at a minimum, so you don’t fry your internal hardware, but you can’t expect a gaming laptop this slim to keep cold when playing intensive video games. 🙂
For CPU and GPU usage, the laptop’s CPU is at 35-50% while the GPU is at 95-97%. These were the numbers even if I had several Microsoft Edge windows open, including Afterburner and OBS Studio.
In the end, the Lenovo Legion Slim 7i is powerful in its own right. It is also impressive that they were able to squeeze in a 2060 GPU into a 1.7kg laptop, haha! The price range is pretty much what you’d expect for the specs that you’ll get. And most laptops nowadays with these specs are priced in the same manner anyway.
The look and feel is great for people who prefer subtlety with their gaming laptops, but may not be a perfect match for gamers who like a lot more bling on their equipment.
Overall, it’s a matter of brand loyalty and your aesthetic preference! So purchase the laptop with the looks and hardware that speaks to you personally. 🙂 For more details, you can visit their official website or Facebook page!