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Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 (Gen 7) vs. Lenovo Slim 9i

Ultimately, we feel that the Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 will be the better choice for most people since it has better battery life, a convertible design, and a lower price, yet still offers great specs and performance along with a wonderful display. However, don't count the Lenovo Slim 9i out, as it can be configured with a more powerful CPU, comes with double the memory, and features triple Thunderbolt 4 ports.

Yoga 9i 14 vs. Slim 9i: Comparison and specs

The Lenovo Slim 9i. (Image credit: Windows Central)

The Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 and Slim 9i are very similar in terms of specs, although the Slim 9i does pull ahead slightly overall. The Yoga can be outfitted with Intel 12th Gen Mobile CPUs like the Core i5-1240P and the Core i7-1260P, but the Core i7-1280P found in the Slim 9i takes home the top performance crown. Both laptops also feature cutting-edge DDR5 memory, but the Slim 9i has 32GB of it while the Yoga 9i 14 is limited to 16GB. Both devices have Intel's Iris Xe integrated graphics and options for up to a full 1TB of SSD storage space.

Display-wise, each device can be outfitted with a gorgeous WQUXGA 3840x2400 OLED panel that features Dolby Vision, HDR support, 400 nits of brightness, and a 100% DCI-P3 color gamut. With that said, the Yoga also allows you to choose a 1920x1200 IPS or 2.8K OLED screen, both of which will be less taxing on battery life than the WQUXGA panel.

Lenovo Yoga 9i 14Lenovo Slim 9i
OSWindows 11 HomeWindows 11 Home
Windows 11 ProWindows 11 Pro
Processor12th Gen Core i5-1240P12th Gen Core i7-1280P
12th Gen Core i7-1260P
MemoryUp to 16GB LPDDR5 5200MHz32GB LPDDR5 5200MHz
GraphicsIntel Iris XeIntel Iris Xe
StorageUp to 1TB PCIe SSD Gen 4Up to 1TB PCIe SSD Gen 4
Display14-inch WUXGA (1920x1200) IPS, Dolby Vision, 400 nits (touch) 14-inch WQUXGA (3840x2400) OLED, glossy, Dolby Vision, HDR, 400 nits (touch)
14-inch 2.8K (2880x1800) OLED, glossy, Dolby Vision, HDR, 400 nits (touch)
14-inch WQUXGA (3840x2400) OLED, glossy, Dolby Vision, HDR, 400 nits (touch)
Ports2x Thunderbolt 4, 1x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, 1x 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo3x Thunderbolt 4, 1x 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo
AudioBowers & Wilkins soundbar, quad speakers, dual micsBowers & Wilkins soundbar, quad speakers, dual mics
WirelessWi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.1
CameraFHD with IR hybrid, physical shutterFHD with IR hybrid, physical shutter
SecurityFingerprint reader, Windows Hello (face)Windows Hello (face)
Battery75Wh, up to 23 hours75Wh, up to 11 hours
Dimensions12.52 x 9.06 x 0.6-0.65 in.12.52 x 9.06 x as thin as 0.6 in.
318mm x 230mm x 16.5mm315mm x 214.4mm x as thin as 14.9mm
WeightStarting at 3.26 pounds (1.48kg)Starting at 3.02 pounds (1.37kg)
PriceStarting at $1,530Starting at $2,070

The biggest difference between the two laptops is battery life, as the Yoga can last for up to 23 hours (with the standard HD display), while the Slim 9i can only last for a maximum of 11 hours since it's only available with the WQUXGA screen. That's far from being a bad result — in fact, it's quite good for a device equipped with a 12th Gen P-Series chip — but it's worth keeping in mind if you value longevity over panel sharpness.

Both devices are incredibly similar when it comes to their sleek and durable designs, although there are a few notable differences. The Yoga is a convertible with the ability to rotate a full 360 degrees, allowing you to use it like a tablet if you want to. The Slim 9i is a clamshell and doesn't have this capability, and it also doesn't come with a fingerprint reader that you can use to log into Windows securely. However, it does have three Thunderbolt 4 ports compared to the Yoga's two (though the Yoga does come with a USB-A port instead that you may prefer if you have older laptop accessories you'd like to use).

Yoga 9i 14 vs. Slim 9i: Which should you buy?

The Lenovo Yoga 9i. (Image credit: Future)

While both of these devices are unquestionably some of the best Windows laptops that money can buy, we ultimately feel that the Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 is the better choice for most people. It's true that the Lenovo Slim 9i has better overall performance thanks to its more advanced Core i7 CPU and its large 32GB of memory, but the higher price, lower battery life, and inflexible clamshell design prevent it from winning the day. Even though it's technically less performant, the Yoga will still be more than good enough for the average user's needs — and it doesn't come with any of the Slim 9i's drawbacks.

With that said, you can't go wrong with the Lenovo Slim 9i. Despite its weaknesses, it's nevertheless a fantastic productivity laptop that you'll love if you want top performance and don't mind dealing with its caveats. Since it comes with an extra Thunderbolt 4 port, it's also the best choice for folks who plan on turning their laptop into a workstation with peripherals like Thunderbolt 4 hubs and docking stations.

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.