A colourful keyboard, a green logo, striking chassis shapes, chunky designs – gaming laptops often look very different from typical mainstream notebooks. This is not necessary a bad thing, even though it can make a device less suitable for situations where you need to present a certain image, such as in a business environment. There are undoubtedly many dedicated office workers who want to play some PC games after work to unwind.
The Lenovo Legion Slim 7i seems to be targeting this group of users. Lenovo made the device so clean-looking that you almost can’t tell that it is actually a gaming laptop. If it weren’t for the Legion logo on the lid, the Legion S7i could easily pass for a business laptop. The model we reviewed doesn’t even come with an RGB keyboard but instead has a white backlight. Lenovo offers an RGB option, but you’ll have to pay extra for it.
Despite its subtle design and slim chassis measuring just 16.9 mm (0.67″) thick, the Lenovo Legion S7i offers the level of performance you would expect from a gaming machine. This should come as no surprise, considering that it is equipped with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 and an Alder Lake-H chip. The Legion S7i is thus very well kitted out for LAN parties.
However, there is ultimately one thing that may make it less suitable for the masses: the lacklustre battery life. Despite having a large 99.99 Wh battery, the Lenovo S7i only lasted roughly five hours during our Wi-Fi test. Laptops built for business are still the better option when it comes to battery life.