Lenovo Yoga 7i 16: Large and long-lasting 2-in-1 to flip

Lenovo Yoga 7i 16: Large and long-lasting 2-in-1 to flip


Lenovo Yoga 7i 82YN-16IRL8

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  • 16-inch 16:10 large display

  • All metal casing

  • Lively performance for the price

  • Exceptional battery life

I don’t like

  • Inconvenient in tablet mode

  • Blurred text on panel at 1920×1200 resolution

  • Noisy touchpad

The Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 offers large screen real estate and two-in-one versatility along with strong performance and long battery life, and it does so at a reasonable $1,000. Lenovo’s largest convertible features a large 16-inch, 16:10 display that makes it perfect as a home or work laptop where you’re not connected to an external monitor. And despite its large display, the Yoga 7i 16 offers outstanding battery life.

As a tablet, however, this 16-inch, 4.5-pounder feels a little bulky in your hands and is best used on a lap or desk. If you’re after a 16-inch two-in-one and envision a nearly 50/50 split between laptop and tablet modes, I’d steer you toward the LG Gram 16 2-in-1 because it offers a big display and long battery life in a package that’s more than a pound lighter than the Yoga 7i 16. This Lenovo’s lineup of components is strong for the price, but the Yoga 7i 16’s real value is its large display and long battery life. . It’s a good choice for convertible buyers who will be using the system more as a laptop than a tablet.

Lenovo Yoga 7i 82YN-16IRL8

Price as reviewed $1,000
Display size/resolution 16-inch, WUXGA 1920 x 1200 16:10 aspect ratio, 60Hz refresh rate, 300 nits,
processor Intel Core i7-1355U 1.7GHz processor
Memory 16GB DDR5 5200MHz RAM
Graphics 128MB Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Warehousing 512GB Intel NVMe SSD
Net Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) (dual band) 2*2 + Bluetooth 5.1
Operating system Microsoft Windows Home 22H2

THE The Yoga 7i 16 line starts at $885 (regularly discounted to under $800 from Lenovo) for a model with a Core i5-1335U CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and a 16-inch touch display with a resolution of 1,920×1,200 pixels and a brightness of 300 nits. Our $1,000 test system is available at Best Buy and it takes you up to a Core i7-1355U CPU and 16GB of RAM while providing the same display. A display upgrade to a 2.5K resolution (2,560×1,600), 400-nit panel is available on models starting at $1,140 (but, again, currently discounted to $885). We strongly advise you to opt for the higher resolution display. THE Yoga 7i 16 starts at 759 in the UK. Pricing is not yet available in Australia, where the Yoga 7i 16 is listed as available soon.

The Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 inch two-in-one laptop on a wooden table with a blue background.

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The Yoga 7i 16 provides a 13th generation Core i7 CPU and 16GB of RAM; many models at this price point make you squeak with a Core i5 chip and 8GB of RAM. The system’s efficient 13th-generation U-series Core i7 processor is in the sweet spot to deliver great application performance while delivering impressive battery life. Compared to similarly sized laptops and convertibles, the Yoga 7i 16 finished top or near every test. It was particularly strong in our PCMark 10 and Geekbench 5 tests, indicating a well-rounded machine that’s ready to tackle office tasks and engage in multitasking smoothly. Most impressive was its demonstration in our battery life test, where it lasted 13 hours and 40 minutes. That’s an impressive amount of battery life for any Windows laptop, especially a system with a 16-inch display.

Slim yet sturdy

There’s nothing particularly striking about the Yoga 7i 16’s exterior. Like so many other laptops these days, it features a rather dull dark gray chassis that Lenovo calls Storm Grey. But for the price, it’s a solid container. For one thing, it’s an all-aluminum case at a price where many models slap a metal lid behind the display and hope you don’t notice the plastic keyboard. It feels stiff, with just a hint of flex in the lid and keyboard. Plus, it passed MIL-STD 810H testing, which means it offers military-grade protection against drops, vibration, shock, dust, altitude, and extreme temperatures.

The Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 inch two-in-one laptop on a wooden table with a blue background.

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Military ruggedness doesn’t come at the expense of portability. The Yoga 7i 16 features slim display bezels and measures a 14.3-by-9.8-by-0.7-inch trim. It’s pretty slim for a 16-inch laptop, especially a two-in-one since touchscreens require extra display layers. While it’s slim for a 16-inch laptop, it’s average in weight, weighing in at 4.5 pounds (the extra layers of the display also add to the weight). It’s the same weight as the HP Specter x360 16 and an ounce or two lighter than the Dell Inspiron 16 Plus laptop. The LG Gram 16 2-in-1 is the exception to the rule among 16-inch models; weighs just 3.3 lbs.

I would describe both the keyboard and touchpad as below average. The keys offer shallow travel and yet feel a little soft and loose. I prefer a snappier, more solid feel. You get a numeric keypad, an item most 16-inch laptops find room for. And the keyboard offers a two-level backlight, which is always handy when typing in a dark room or flying with red eyes. The touchpad is generously proportioned and has a matte finish for smooth gliding, but its click response travels a bit too much and feels noisy.

The Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 inch two-in-one laptop on a wooden table with a blue background.

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The best part about the display is its size. The 16-inch panel with a 16:10 high provides ample room to work or play. If you’re going to be lugging around a 4.5-pound laptop, at least do it with a display like that. The 1,920×1,200-pixel resolution is sufficient for watching shows and movies, but if you plan to use the Yoga 7i 16 for school or work and will be spending long periods reading on the screen, then I’d encourage you to pick a model with the upgraded 2.5K (2,560 x 1,600 pixels) panel. Text looks fuzzy when sitting closely on the 1,920×1,200 display, and it lacks the inky black sharpness you get from finer resolution. The display refresh is also rated for 400 nits of brightness, which is significantly higher than our test system’s 300-nit rating.

The webcam ticks all three boxes we like to see ticked: 1,080p resolution [check]; IR functionality for using facial recognition for easy and secure logins [check]; and a physical shutter to cover the lens to protect your privacy when not in use [check]. Camera images looked sharp and well-balanced, with only a fraction of the graininess that plagues that of 720p webcams.

The Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 inch two-in-one laptop on a wooden table with a blue background.

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The Yoga 7i 16 comes with a basic pair of built-in stereo speakers and produce average laptop audio. Many larger laptops pack in four speakers for fuller sound, but here you only get two. You may not mind watching shows and movies, but music playback is less than enjoyable with the distinct lack of bass response.

Port selection is solid, with a pair of USB Type-C ports and a pair of USB Type-A ports as well as an HDMI output. Both USB-C connections support Thunderbolt 4, and you get a microSD card slot too.

Budget two-in-one shoppers will find a lot to like about the Yoga 7i 16, from its sturdy all-metal chassis and spacious display to its lively performance and long battery life. However, we suggest choosing a model with a higher resolution display, as it’s a small price to pay for sharp text. We also recommend the impressive lightness LG Gram 16 2 in 1 for those looking for a convertible for the big screen. It costs a little more, but you get a better display and battery life of just under 13 hours.

The review process for laptops, desktops, tablets, and other computer-like devices has two parts: performance testing under controlled conditions in CNET Labs, and extensive hands-on use by our expert reviewers. This includes evaluating a device’s aesthetics, ergonomics, and features. A final review verdict is a combination of objective and subjective judgments.

The list of benchmarking software we use changes over time as the devices we test evolve. The most important baseline tests we are currently running on each compatible computer include: Primate Labs Geekbench 5, Cinebench R23, PCMark 10 and 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra.

A more detailed description of each benchmark and how we use it can be found on our How We Test Computers page.

Geekbench 5 (multicore)

Lenovo Yoga 7i 82YN-16IRL8 8809LG Gram 16 2 in 1 8765Asus VivoBook 16X OLED 7984Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 7202HP laptop 17 5880

Note: Longer bars indicate better performance

Cinebench R23 (multicore)

Asus VivoBook 16X OLED 12385Lenovo Yoga 7i 82YN-16IRL8 9476Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 8181LG Gram 16 2 in 1 8137HP laptop 17 7098

Note: Longer bars indicate better performance

3DMark Extreme wild life

LG Gram 16 2 in 1 3853Lenovo Yoga 7i 82YN-16IRL8 3736Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 2543Asus VivoBook 16X OLED 2133HP laptop 17 1720

Note: Longer bars indicate better performance

PCMark 10 Pro

Lenovo Yoga 7i 82YN-16IRL8 5988HP laptop 17 5781LG Gram 16 2 in 1 5383Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 5331Asus VivoBook 16X OLED 5282

Note: Longer bars indicate better performance

Online streaming battery discharge test

Lenovo Yoga 7i 82YN-16IRL8 820LG Gram 16 2 in 1 767Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 697HP laptop 17 530Asus VivoBook 16X OLED 454

Note: Longer bars indicate better performance

System configurations

Lenovo Yoga 7i 82YN-16IRL8 Microsoft Windows 11 Home; Intel Core i5-1355U 1.7GHz; 16GB DDR5 5200MHz RAM; 128MB Intel Iris Xe Graphics; 512GB SSD drive
Asus VivoBook 16X OLED F1603ZA-DS74 Microsoft Windows 11 Home; Intel Core i7-12700H 2.3GHz; 16GB DDR4 3200MHz RAM; 128MB Intel Iris Xe Graphics; 512GB SSD drive
Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 Microsoft Windows 11 Home; Intel Core i5-1235U 1.3GHz; 8GB 3200MHz DDR4 RAM; 128MB Intel Iris Xe Graphics; 512GB SSD drive
HP laptop 17 Microsoft Windows 11 Home; AMD Ryzen 5 5625U 2.3GHz; 8GB 3200MHz DDR4 RAM; AMD Radeon Graphics 512MB; 256GB SSD drive
LG Gram 16 2 in 1 Microsoft Windows 11 Home; Intel Core i7-1260P 2.1GHz; 16GB LPDDR5 5200MHz; 128MB Intel Iris Xe Graphics; 512GB SSD drive

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