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Lenovo Slim Pro 7 14 (2023) Laptop Review

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Reviewed Aug 29, 2023 at 11:39 am
Latest change: Writing modified Sep 19, 2023 at 02:41 pm
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8.0
School
7.8
Gaming
7.7
Multimedia
8.7
Workstation
8.0
Business

The Lenovo Slim Pro 7 14 (2023) is a mid-range workstation laptop designed for content creators. It's available with an AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS or 7740HS CPU, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU (73W TGP), 16GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of storage. For the display, you can choose between a QHD+ or 3k panel; the former has full sRGB coverage, while the latter has full DCI P3. It has Wi-Fi 6E wireless connectivity, a 1080p webcam, an IR facial recognition camera, and a 73Wh battery. Ports include one USB-A, two USB-Cs, an HDMI 2.1, and a headphone jack.

You can see our unit's specifications and the available configuration options in the Differences Between Variants section.

Our Verdict

8.0 School

The Lenovo Slim Pro 7 is great for school use. It's very portable due to its compact and lightweight design, and its battery lasts around 10 hours of light use. It has a sharp display, a spacious and tactile keyboard, and a large touchpad. Its AMD Ryzen CPU and NVIDIA discrete GPU can handle demanding workloads, making it a good option for students in fields like 3D graphics and engineering. Its port selection is great, though there's no Thunderbolt 4 support since it's an AMD system. It has a good 1080p webcam for remote classes; the image looks detailed but a tad underexposed.

Pros
  • Easy to carry around.
  • Battery lasts nearly 10 hours of light use.
  • Sharp display.
  • Comfortable keyboard; large touchpad.
  • CPU and discrete GPU can handle demanding workloads.
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 4.
  • Display's glossy finish struggles with bright reflections.
7.8 Gaming

The Lenovo Slim Pro 7 is good for gaming. Its AMD Ryzen CPU and NVIDIA dedicated GPU can deliver a smooth gaming experience at 1080p; however, you may have to play with medium to low settings in the most demanding AAA titles to get over 60 fps. You can choose between a 90Hz QHD+ or 120Hz 3k display; their high refresh rates improve responsiveness when gaming, but they don't have the best response time as they're mainly for content creation and productivity, resulting in visible ghosting in fast-moving scenes. Also, neither display supports VRR to reduce screen tearing.

Pros
  • CPU and discrete GPU can handle demanding workloads.
  • 90Hz and 120Hz display options.
  • Minimal thermal throttling under load.
  • Quiet fans under load.
Cons
  • Slow display response time and no VRR.
  • Limited to 16GB of soldered RAM.
7.7 Multimedia

The Lenovo Slim Pro 7 is good for media consumption. It's very portable due to its compact and lightweight design, and its battery lasts over seven hours of video playback. You can get the laptop with a QHD+ or 3k display; both look sharp and get bright enough for use in most indoor settings, though they aren't ideal for dark room viewing, as both have a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray. As for the speakers, although they get very loud and sound natural, they have very little bass.

Pros
  • Easy to carry around.
  • Battery lasts over seven hours of video playback.
  • 3k display option with 100% DCI P3 coverage.
  • Loud speakers sound clear and natural.
Cons
  • Blacks look gray in dim settings.
  • Display's glossy finish struggles with bright reflections.
  • Speakers lack bass.
8.7 Workstation

The Lenovo Slim Pro 7 is an excellent workstation. Its AMD Ryzen CPU and NVIDIA discrete GPU can handle demanding workloads like video editing and 3D animation. There's very little thermal throttling under load, and the laptop never gets overly hot or loud. Its wide port selection includes a USB4 and an HDMI 2.1, but there's no Thunderbolt 4 support since it's an AMD system. As for upgradeability, while the storage drive is user-replaceable, the memory isn't, meaning you can only get up to 16GB of RAM.

Pros
  • Comfortable keyboard; large touchpad.
  • CPU and discrete GPU can handle demanding workloads.
  • 3k display option with 100% DCI P3 coverage.
  • Minimal thermal throttling under load.
  • Quiet fans under load.
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 4.
  • Limited to 16GB of soldered RAM.
8.0 Business

The Lenovo Slim Pro 7 is great for business use. It has a compact and lightweight design, and its battery lasts around ten hours of light use. You can get the laptop with a QHD+ or 3k display; both look sharp, provide enough room for multitasking, and get bright enough to combat glare. The keyboard feels spacious and tactile, and the touchpad is responsive to all movements and gestures. Its AMD Ryzen CPU is fast and can easily handle productivity tasks like text processing, web browsing, spreadsheets, and presentations. You can even do some video editing for your business, thanks to its discrete NVIDIA GPU. Its wide port selection includes a USB4 and HDMI 2.1 port but no Thunderbolt 4 support.

Pros
  • Easy to carry around.
  • Battery lasts nearly 10 hours of light use.
  • Sharp display.
  • Comfortable keyboard; large touchpad.
  • Good 1080p webcam.
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 4.
  • Display's glossy finish struggles with bright reflections.
  • 8.0 School
  • 7.8 Gaming
  • 7.7 Multimedia
  • 8.7 Workstation
  • 8.0 Business
  1. Updated Sep 19, 2023: Added mention of the Dell XPS 15 (2023) as an alternative with newer NVIDIA 40-series GPUs in the GPU section.
  2. Updated Aug 29, 2023: Review published.
  3. Updated Aug 23, 2023: Early access published.
  4. Updated Aug 11, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  5. Updated Aug 09, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  6. Updated Jul 26, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

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Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Lenovo Slim Pro 7 (model 83AX0000US) with an AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS CPU, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage. The display, CPU, and storage are configurable; the available options are in the table below. Our review applies to variants with a model number starting with '83AX' and '83AW'.

Screen
  • 14.5" IPS 2560 x 1600 90Hz (100% sRGB, 350 cd/m²)
  • 14.5" IPS 3072 x 1920 120Hz (100% DCI P3, 400 cd/m²)
CPU
  • AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS (8 cores/16 threads, up to 4.75GHz, 4MB L2/16MB L3 cache)
  • AMD Ryzen 7 7740HS (8 cores/16 threads, up to 5.1GHz, 8MB L2/16MB L3 cache)
GPU
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU 6GB GDDR6 (73W TGP with Dynamic Boost 2.0)
Memory
  • 16GB LP-DDR5 6400MHz (LP-DDR5x on models with a Ryzen 7740HS)
Storage
  • 512GB M.2 PCIe Gen 4 x4 NVMe SSD
  • 1TB M.2 PCIe Gen 4 x4 NVMe SSD
Color
  • Storm Gray 

You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Laptops

The Lenovo Slim Pro 7 14 is an excellent thin and light creator laptop and among the best in its class. It stands out for its sturdy build, excellent performance, and long battery life. However, unlike most workstation laptops, it only has a single discrete GPU option, and its RAM modules aren't user-replaceable.

For more options, see our recommendations for the best workstation laptops, the best video editing laptops, and the best laptops for graphic design.

ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (2023)

While the Lenovo Slim Pro 7 14 (2023) and the ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (2023) are both 14-inch laptops, there are many differences between them. The Lenovo is a mid-range workstation designed for content creators, while the ASUS is an ultraportable designed for general productivity. The Lenovo has more processing power to handle demanding tasks and doesn't throttle as much as the ASUS under load. On the other hand, the ASUS has a nicer OLED display, making it a better option for media consumption, and it supports Thunderbolt 4. The ASUS is also a 2-in-1 convertible, meaning you can use it as a tablet.

Acer Swift 14 (2023)

The Lenovo Slim Pro 7 14 (2023) and the Acer Swift 14 (2023) are both great laptops. The main difference is that the Acer is better suited for CPU-intensive tasks because its Intel 13th Gen processor performs better, while the Lenovo is better for GPU-intensive tasks since it's available with an NVIDIA discrete GPU. The Lenovo has a better keyboard and touchpad, while the Acer has a better webcam and port selection. As for the display options, the Acer's displays get brighter to combat glare, but the Lenovo's displays have a higher refresh rate to provide a more responsive desktop experience.

HP Pavilion Plus 14 (2023)

The Lenovo Slim Pro 7 14 (2023) is better than the HP Pavilion Plus 14 (2023) for most uses. The Lenovo has a sturdier build, a better keyboard and touchpad, and significantly longer battery life. It's also available with a faster NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 discrete GPU. However, the HP has a better 1440p webcam, and it's available with an OLED display, making it a better option for media consumption.

Dell Precision 5570 (2022)

The Lenovo Slim Pro 7 14 (2023) and the Dell Precision 5570 (2022) are both excellent workstation laptops. The Lenovo is more portable since it's a smaller device, and its battery lasts much longer. It also has a better webcam and doesn't get as hot or loud under load. On the other hand, the Dell is available with brighter displays as well as faster CPUs and GPUs. The Lenovo has a wider port selection, but unlike the Dell, it doesn't support Thunderbolt 4.

Dell XPS 15 (2023)

The Dell XPS 15 (2023) and the Lenovo Slim Pro 7 14 (2023) are both great mobile workstations. The Lenovo provides a better user experience overall, as it has a more comfortable keyboard, a better 1080p webcam, and a wider port selection. However, the Dell feels slightly more premium and is available with more powerful Intel 13th Gen CPUs and NVIDIA 40-series GPUs. You can also get more RAM and storage on the Dell, and these components are user-replaceable. In contrast, the Lenovo is only available with 16GB of soldered RAM and up to 1TB of storage. The Lenovo doesn't get as hot under load, but its battery life isn't as good as the Dell's.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Form Factor
Traditional (Clamshell)

The Lenovo Slim Pro 7 has a simple, sleek design that fits well in most professional environments. It has a full aluminum chassis with rounded edges, thin, under-glass bezels, and a large glass touchpad. Instead of an inward notch like recent Apple MacBooks, there's a small lip at the top of the display to house the camera and provide a place to hold onto when opening the laptop. There are four speakers: two on each side of the keyboard and two more on the bottom near the front. The air vents are on the bottom and the back of the laptop. You can only get this laptop in the Storm Gray color.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

The Lenovo Slim Pro 7's build quality is excellent. Its all-aluminum chassis feels sturdy, exhibiting little to no flex on the keyboard deck, lid, and display. The finish feels premium and doesn't easily scratch or pick up fingerprints. The weight doesn't feel as evenly balanced as on a MacBook, like the Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023), but it's still excellent. The feet are solid and adhere firmly to the bottom of the laptop.

6.9
Design
Hinge
Range
180°
Stability
Good
One Finger Lift
No

The hinge is okay. It feels smooth when opening and closing the lid, and it has a wide range, which can be handy when you need to share something with someone sitting opposite you. It's very stable, so there's very little wobble, even when typing aggressively. It's possible to open the laptop with one hand, but only to 90 degrees—you need two hands to go past that because the resistance increases significantly.

8.0
Design
Portability
Size
14.5"
Thickness
0.8" (2.1 cm)
Width
12.6" (32.1 cm)
Depth
8.9" (22.5 cm)
Volume
93.4 in³ (1,531.2 cm³)
Weight
3.6 lbs (1.6 kg)
Charger Size
11.0 in³ (180.0 cm³)
Charger Weight
0.9 lbs (0.4 kg)

The Lenovo Slim Pro 7 and its power adapter are compact and lightweight.

6.0
Design
Serviceability
Ease Of Access
7.0
RAM Slots
0
Storage Slots
1
Replaceable Battery
Yes
Replaceable Wireless Adapter
Yes

The Lenovo Slim Pro 7 14's serviceability is mediocre. Accessing the internals is easy; you only need to remove six screws and undo the clips holding the bottom panel with a prying tool. The clips require some effort to undo, and make sure you keep the screws organized, as they're of two different sizes. The RAM isn't user-replaceable, but the SSD is. The SSD slot supports M.2 2242 and 2280 SSDs.

You can see the maintenance manual here.

Design
In The Box

  • Lenovo Slim Pro 7 laptop
  • 140W USB-C power adapter and cord
  • Documentation

Display
Display
Screen Specs
Resolution
2560 x 1600
Aspect Ratio
16:10
Pixel Density
208 PPI
Panel Type
IPS
Touch Screen
Yes
Screen-To-Body Ratio
89%

The Lenovo Slim Pro 7 14 is available with the following displays:

  • 14.5" IPS 2560 x 1600 90Hz
  • 14.5" IPS 3072 x 1920 120Hz

Both displays look very sharp. The 3k (3072 x 1920) display is technically sharper since it has a higher pixel density of 250 PPI; however, the difference isn't immediately noticeable on a 14.5-inch display at typical viewing distances. Also, the 3k 120Hz display will drain the battery faster. Both displays have a 16:10 aspect ratio, which is slightly taller than a standard 16:9 screen. The increased vertical space is great for productivity, as it lets you see more information at once when reading a document or website, so you don't have to scroll as much.

7.0
Display
Refresh Rate
Refresh Rate
90 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No

While a 90Hz refresh rate isn't essential for a productivity laptop, it's still a nice addition, as it makes the system feel more responsive than on a standard 60Hz display, especially when scrolling through documents or moving the cursor. However, the display's response time is slow, resulting in visible ghosting behind fast-moving objects. The 3k display has a faster 120Hz refresh rate that further improves responsiveness, though it likely has a slow response time as well.

7.4
Display
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,351 : 1

The QHD+ display's contrast ratio is decent for an IPS panel but still relatively low compared to other display technologies like VA and OLED. This level of contrast makes blacks look gray in dim settings. The 3k display has the same advertised 1500:1 contrast ratio.

7.2
Display
Brightness
Maximum Brightness
321 cd/m²
Minimum Brightness
3 cd/m²

The QHD+ display gets bright enough for use in most indoor environments but not in direct sunlight or outdoors in broad daylight. Lowering the brightness to the minimum setting makes the screen very dim, which is great for dark room viewing, as it causes less eye strain. The 3k display has a higher advertised brightness of 400 cd/m²

6.9
Display
Reflections
Screen Finish
Glossy
Total Reflections
4.84%
Indirect Reflections
0.63%
Calculated Direct Reflections
4.21%

The display's reflection handling is okay. Its glossy finish struggles with direct, mirror-like reflections. It's best to avoid having bright light sources directly behind you, as the reflections are visible even with the screen at maximum brightness.

6.4
Display
Black Uniformity
Uniformity (Std. Dev.)
1.733%

The QHD+ display's black uniformity is passable. Blooming around the test cross is visible, which is typical for a backlit LCD, and there's some backlight bleed at the top left corner and bottom edge of the screen.

6.3
Display
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
24°
Color Washout From Right
23°
Color Shift From Left
27°
Color Shift From Right
32°
Brightness Loss From Left
26°
Brightness Loss From Right
27°
Black Level Raise From Left
60°
Black Level Raise From Right
60°
Gamma Shift From Left
24°
Gamma Shift From Right
24°

The QHD+ display's horizontal viewing angle is passable. The image dims and washes out relatively quickly as you move to the side, so you need to be more or less directly in front of the screen to get the best accuracy. The 3k display likely has the same viewing angle.

6.3
Display
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
25°
Color Washout From Above
21°
Color Shift From Below
28°
Color Shift From Above
31°
Brightness Loss From Below
27°
Brightness Loss From Above
25°
Black Level Raise From Below
45°
Black Level Raise From Above
45°
Gamma Shift From Below
26°
Gamma Shift From Above
25°

The QHD+ display's vertical viewing angle is passable. Like the horizontal viewing angle, the image dims and washes when viewing from above and below, so you need to look at the screen more or less straight on to see an accurate image.

5.4
Display
Out-Of-The-Box Color Accuracy
Avg. White Balance dE
5.33
Avg. Gamma
2.31
Avg. Color dE
3.95
Avg. Color Temperature
6,359.3 K

The QHD+ display's out-of-the-box accuracy is sub-par. The color inaccuracies are fairly minor and hard to notice; however, the white balance is visibly off, especially at higher brightness levels. The color temperature is only a tad warmer than the standard 6500K target, not enough to make much difference visually. The gamma doesn't follow the curve at all; most scenes appear over-darkened.

8.5
Display
Color Gamut
sRGB xy
98.88%
sRGB uv
96.36%
Adobe RGB xy
79.82%
Adobe RGB uv
88.49%
DCI P3 xy
80.55%
DCI P3 uv
83.2%
Rec. 2020 xy
58.18%
Rec. 2020 uv
61.84%

The QHD+ display has an excellent color gamut. It's an sRGB panel, meaning it only covers the commonly used sRGB color space. It doesn't have enough coverage of the wider Adobe RGB and DCI P3 color spaces for print graphics, photography, or HDR video production. For the latter, the 3k 120Hz display is a better option because it has full DCI P3 coverage.

10
Display
Flicker
Flicker-Free
Yes
Flicker Frequency
No Flicker
Flicker Active Below
0%

The display's backlight is flicker-free, which helps reduce eye strain. Like the Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 (2023), the measurement at 50% brightness appears very low on the graph because the display is very dim at that brightness setting.

Interface
8.2
Interface
Keyboard
Typing Quality
8.0
Numpad
No
Backlighting
Adjustable
Operating Force
65 gf
Actuation Force
31 gf
Pre-Travel
1.20 mm
Total Travel
1.9 mm

The Lenovo Slim Pro 7 has a great keyboard. The layout feels spacious and is relatively standard, so it's easy to get used to. Key stability is decent; there's some wiggle, but it's not too bad. The keys have a good amount of travel, don't require much force to actuate, and provide satisfying tactile feedback. It feels comfortable to type on for extended periods. It isn't the quietest keyboard, though it isn't loud enough to be bothersome in noise-sensitive settings. You can set the backlight brightness to Low, High, Auto (based on ambient lighting), or Off.

8.2
Interface
Touchpad
Tracking Quality
8.0
Size
16.7 in² (108.0 cm²)
Material
Glass
Dedicated Buttons
No

The touchpad is great. It's large and smooth, and it tracks all movements and gestures well. There are no issues with palm detection or accidental triggers. Dragging and dropping over a long distance doesn't always work, as the item sometimes gets dropped unless you keep a very firm press on the button. The buttons feel satisfyingly clicky, but they only work in the bottom half of the touchpad.

8.5
Interface
Speakers
Max Volume
80 dB SPL
Standard Error @ Normal Vol. (65 dB)
5.6 dB
Slope @ Normal Vol. (65 dB)
-0.2
Bass Extension (Low-Frequency Ext.)
354 Hz
Treble Extension (High-Frequency Ext.)
20 kHz
Dynamic Range Compression @ Max Vol.
0.2 dB

The Lenovo Slim Pro 7's speakers get very loud with minimal compression artifacts at max volume. They sound clear and natural, with good instrument separation, but like most laptop speakers, they have very little bass.

7.4
Interface
Webcam & Microphone
Video Quality
7.5
Resolution
1080p
Position
Top Center
Privacy Cover
No
Face Unlock
Yes

The webcam's video quality is good. The image looks detailed with only a small amount of noise; however, the exposure is a little too low, and some colors look unnaturally oversaturated. As for the microphone, voices sound clear but slightly sibilant.

Instead of a physical privacy cover, you can turn off the camera at the software level with a physical switch on the right side of the laptop. You can disable the microphone separately using the F4 hotkey.

Connectivity
8.0
Connectivity
Ports
USB-A Ports
1
USB-C Ports
2
Thunderbolt
No
USB-C Charging
Yes
USB-C Display Out
Yes
HDMI
2.1
DisplayPort
No
3.5mm Jack
Combo mic/headphone
Card Reader
No
Ethernet
No
Proprietary Port
No
Security Lock
No

The Lenovo Slim Pro 7 has a great port selection. The USB-A port supports USB 3.2 Gen 1 data transfer speed and is always on, meaning you can use it to charge a mobile device even when the laptop is in sleep mode. The USB-C closest to the HDMI port supports USB4 (up to 40Gbps data transfer speed), while the other USB-C supports USB 3.2 Gen 2 data transfer speed (up to 10Gbps). Both USB-Cs support DisplayPort 1.4a and Power Delivery 3.0. The latter allows for fast charging of the laptop and other PD-compatible devices connected to the port. Lenovo's specifications say that the HDMI port can only do 4k @ 60Hz, but we can confirm that it supports up to 4k @ 120Hz.

Connectivity
Wireless Communication
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax)
Bluetooth
5.2

The Lenovo Slim Pro 7's wireless adapter is a MediaTek RZ616. Wi-Fi 6E has faster speeds, lower latency, and less signal interference than previous Wi-Fi standards. However, you need a router that supports Wi-Fi 6E to benefit from these features.

Configuration
Configuration
CPU
Brand
AMD
Model
Ryzen 7 7735HS
Core Count
8
Thread Count
16

The Lenovo Slim Pro 7 is available with the following CPUs:

  • AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS (8 cores/16 threads, up to 4.75GHz, 4MB L2/16MB L3 cache)
  • AMD Ryzen 7 7740HS (8 cores/16 threads, up to 5.1GHz, 8MB L2/16MB L3 cache)

Both are high-performance CPUs based on AMD's Zen 3+ architecture. They're usually in thinner mobile workstations and gaming laptops, as their lower TDP of 35W—compared to the usual 45W on the H-series CPUs—doesn't require as much cooling. These CPUs can handle demanding tasks like video editing, coding, and gaming. The Ryzen 7 7740HS is faster than the 7735HS, though the difference isn't significant.

Configuration
GPU
Brand
NVIDIA
Model
GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
Dedicated/Integrated
Dedicated
VRAM Size
6 GB

The Lenovo Slim Pro 7 is only available with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU running at a TGP (Total Graphics Power) of 73W. The RTX 3050 is an entry-level discrete gaming GPU often found in thin and light creator laptops. It won't give you the best render times, but it's fast enough to provide a relatively smooth experience and much better than integrated graphics. For gaming, it can handle AAA titles, albeit at 1080p, with medium to low settings. The CPUs have an integrated GPU, which the system engages to prolong battery life when performing light tasks; the Ryzen 7 7735HS has the AMD Radeon 680M, while the Ryzen 7 7740HS has the AMD Radeon 780M. The Radeon 780M is faster, though the difference is minimal. If you want a similar laptop with newer NVIDIA 40-series GPU options, check out the Dell XPS 15 (2023).

Configuration
RAM
Capacity
16 GB
Modules
4 (Soldered)
Type
LP-DDR5
Speed
6,400 MHz

You can only get this laptop with 16GB of RAM. Models with an AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS CPU use LP-DDR5 memory, while models with an AMD Ryzen 7 7740HS use LP-DDR5x. The RAM isn't user-replaceable.

Configuration
Storage
Advertised Capacity
512 GB
Usable Capacity
450 GB
Drive 1
Micron MTFDKBA512TFH
Drive 1 Type SSD
Drive 2
No 2nd Drive
Drive 2 Type No 2nd Drive

You can configure this laptop with 512GB or 1TB of storage. Depending on the model, the 512GB SSD can be an M.2 2242 or 2280 PCIe Gen 4 x4 SSD. The SSD is user-replaceable; the slot supports the shorter 2242 and the full-size 2280 M.2 SSDs.

Performance
9.4
Performance
Geekbench 5 (Synthetics)
CPU Single-Thread
1,503 points
CPU Multi-Thread
9,099 points
GPU Compute
58,608 points

The Lenovo Slim Pro 7 has an outstanding overall score in the Gekkbench 5 benchmarks. The AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS has excellent single- and multi-thread performance, making it suitable for nearly every type of workload, including demanding tasks like compiling code and physics simulations. That said, there are faster CPUs on the market, like the Intel Core i7-13700H in the Acer Swift 14 (2023) and Apple's M2 Pro/Max chips in the Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2023).

For GPU computing tasks, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU performs well, but again, there are much faster GPUs, as the RTX 3050 is only an entry-level model. It can get the job done; just don't expect the fastest completion or render times. The Lenovo Vantage software has a GPU overclocking feature that boosts the GPU clock speed by 200MHz and the GPU memory by 400Hz. Setting this feature to max increases the GPU compute score to 64,677, which is roughly a 10% increase.

9.6
Performance
Cinebench R23 (CPU Rendering)
Single-Thread
1,505 points
Multi-Thread
12,522 points

The Lenovo Slim Pro 7 performs exceptionally well in the Cinebench R23 benchmarks, making it suitable for 3D graphics rendering and other related workloads. Upgrading to the AMD Ryzen 7 7740HS CPU will only improve performance slightly.

8.9
Performance
Blender (3D Rendering)
CPU Render Time
3.8 min
GPU Render Time
0.9 min
GPU Render Time (Optix)
30 s

The Lenovo Slim Pro 7 performs well in Blender. Although the CPU can complete renders in a reasonable amount of time, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 discrete GPU is significantly faster, especially when using Optix API hardware acceleration. Overclocking the GPU improves the render time slightly to 0.78 minutes and 0.43 minutes with Optix.

7.5
Performance
Basemark GPU (Game Scene)
Overall Score
46,768

The Lenovo Slim Pro 7 with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU scores well in the Basemark GPU benchmark. Overclocking the GPU brings the score to 56,647. This means the RTX 3050 can handle most games at 1080p, though you'll have to play with medium to low settings to get over 60 fps in the most demanding titles.

9.1
Performance
Storage Drive Performance
Sequential Write Speed
741.2 MB/s
Sequential Read Speed
4,058.7 MB/s
Random Write Speed
71.0 MB/s
Random Read Speed
45.4 MB/s

The 512GB SSD's performance is outstanding. The sequential read speed is very fast, allowing the system to quickly boot up, launch apps, and retrieve large data sets. The sequential write speed is on the slower side for a PCIe Gen 4 x4 SSD, so writing large files to the drive will take a while. The 1TB SSD is likely faster, as larger-capacity drives usually perform better.

8.2
Performance
Battery
Capacity
73 Wh
Battery Life (Web Browsing)
9.8 hrs
Battery Life (Video Playback)
7.5 hrs
Battery Life (Gaming)
2.3 hrs
Charge Time
1.4 hrs

The Lenovo Slim Pro 7 has great battery life. It lasts easily through a typical day of light productivity on a full charge. If you do more intensive tasks like video editing, you can expect it to be much shorter and closer to the gaming battery life. Models with a 3k 120Hz display will have shorter battery life. The 1.4-hour charging time is with Rapid Charge enabled (on by default) in the Lenovo Vantage application. Turning it off increases the charging time to almost two hours. There's another feature called Overnight Battery Charging, which helps improve battery longevity by limiting the charge to 80% when idle and resuming charging (to 100%) when you start using the laptop.

5.7
Performance
Borderlands 3
Avg. FPS
45 fps
1% Low
28 fps
0.1% Low
15 fps
1% Low Delta
13 ms
0.1% Low Delta
43 ms
Avg. FPS On Very Low
97 fps

Performance in Borderlands 3 is middling. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 can push 60 fps at 1080p with high settings, but only with the GPU overclock feature set to maximum, and even then, you'll likely experience stutters due to frame drops. The gameplay is much smoother with low settings, with an average frame rate of 129 fps (with GPU overclock).

7.7
Performance
Civilization VI
Avg. FPS
82 fps
1% Low
52 fps
0.1% Low
49 fps
1% Low Delta
7 ms
0.1% Low Delta
8 ms
Avg. FPS On Minimum
224 fps
Avg. Turn Time
7.24 s

Civilization VI runs well. The RTX 3050 has no problem pushing high frame rates in this game. The frame rate drops below 60 fps sometimes, but it happens rarely. You can expect the same performance in other similar strategy games. With the GPU overclock set to maximum, the average frame rate increases to 97 fps (with high settings), and the turn time decreases to 6.99 seconds.

9.5
Performance
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Avg. FPS
215 fps
1% Low
129 fps
0.1% Low
93 fps
1% Low Delta
3 ms
0.1% Low Delta
6 ms
Avg. FPS On Low
304 fps

CS:GO runs well on the Lenovo Slim Pro 7. The gameplay is very smooth, with almost no noticeable stutter. Overclocking the GPU boosts the average frame rate to 228 fps with high settings and 318 fps with low settings.

7.3
Performance
Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
Avg. FPS
80 fps
1% Low
55 fps
0.1% Low
28 fps
1% Low Delta
6 ms
0.1% Low Delta
23 ms
Avg. FPS On Lowest
109 fps

Shadow of the Tomb Raider runs well at 1080p with high settings. Except for a few occasional stutters, the gameplay is very smooth, with an average frame rate well above 60 fps. Overclocking the GPU pushes the average frame rate to 90 fps with high settings. The large frametime spikes are scene changes and aren't representative of the laptop's performance.

7.9
Performance
Thermals And Noise
Keyboard Temp While Idle
31 °C (87 °F)
Keyboard Temp Under Load
44 °C (112 °F)
Fan Noise While Idle
25.0 dBA
Fan Noise Under Load
40.0 dBA
Power & Fan Control App
No

The keyboard is mildly warm when idle. It gets hot under load but isn't uncomfortable by any means. Likewise, although the fans are audibly at full speed, they aren't distracting or annoying. Setting the GPU overclock to maximum will result in slightly higher temperature and fan noise.

9.6
Performance
Performance Over Time
CPU Temp (Cinebench)
82 °C
CPU Perf. Loss (Cinebench)
2% loss
GPU Temp (Heaven)
61 °C
GPU Perf. Loss (Heaven)
0% loss

The Lenovo Slim Pro 7's performance over time is outstanding. Neither the CPU nor the GPU gets particularly hot under load. Although the CPU throttles very quickly when starting a demanding task, it regains its performance once the temperature stabilizes. Overclocking the GPU seems to affect the CPU's performance, resulting in a higher temperature of 89°C with no performance loss.

Additional Features And Software
Additional Features And Software
Software
Operating System
Windows 11
Additional Software
Yes

The Lenovo Slim Pro 7 has many pre-installed applications, including:

  • AMD Software: Adrenalin Edition: Lets you tweak the performance settings, check for updates, change the display's color profile, monitor system status, and view system information.
  • Lenovo Hotkeys: Lets you create keyboard macros.
  • Lenovo Now: Ads for Lenovo Support Services, like Accidental Damage Protection and Smart Lock (remote lock and data wipe). Also contains ads for Amazon Music, Dropbox, Adobe Acrobat, and Lenovo accessories.
  • Lenovo Vantage: Lets you check for drivers/BIOS updates, view system status, change power and audio settings, and view warranty information.
  • Lenovo Voice: Speech-to-text application.
  • McAfee: Antivirus software. Requires subscription.

Additional Features And Software
Extra Features
RGB Illumination
No
Touch Pen
No
Secondary Display
No
Biometrics
Face Recognition

The Lenovo Slim Pro 7 has a Windows Hello facial recognition IR camera. You can use it to log in quickly, authorize purchases in the Windows Store, and auto-fill saved passwords on supported websites.