This lightweight AMD laptop is ideal for creatives

One of the highlights of this machine is its screen. This 14.5-inch screen has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, making it a 2.5K resolution. It does have touch capability, though I haven’t found much use for touch on a laptop yet. More interesting is the 90Hz refresh rate, which isn’t enough to make hardcore gamers happy (if that’s you, the Slim Pro 7 X is the machine you want, with its 144Hz refresh rate), but it does. makes everything. otherwise quite smooth. The screen has a 16:10 ratio, giving it a bit more height than the more common 16:9. It doesn’t look like much, but I find it useful when browsing the web. It also makes the preview pane in video editors a bit bigger.

Speaking of video editing, I did, and Slim Pro 7 handled it pretty well. i used both Blender on windows and Kdenlive on Linux. I had to enable GPU support in Kdenlive before I saw a big performance boost, but in the end I was able to generate 5 minutes of 5.2K footage in just over 12 minutes. For reference, my Lenovo X14 with an AMD Ryzen 7 6000 series takes over 30 minutes to play the same footage. The main difference? The dedicated graphics card.

You don’t need to edit video to appreciate the performance here, but if you’re not editing video or doing other GPU-intensive tasks, this might be a bit overkill for your needs. At the same time, the slower screen refresh rate means this isn’t the best option for mobile gaming, though it would certainly be useful for casual gamers. stardew valley.

Good ports, bad camera

Good video performance like this often means poor battery life, but that’s not the case here. Lenovo has included a 73-watt-hour battery that manages to get about seven hours of real-world battery life. That number will drop the more time you spend editing video, but it’s still very impressive for a laptop with these specs. Suffice to say that for casual use, it can get a day’s work done, but if you’re heading to the coffee shop for video editing, bring the charger. I should also note that the charger, while quite large for a laptop charger these days, charges the battery very quickly. Lenovo says you can get three hours of battery life from a 15-minute charge, a claim that held up in my tests.

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