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Lenovo Slim Professional 9i 14 Evaluation: A Vibrant Spot in a Sea of Opponents

Lenovo Slim Professional 9i 14 Evaluation: A Vibrant Spot in a Sea of Opponents



Lenovo Slim Professional 9i 14IRP8 (14-inch)


  • Glorious HDR show

  • Nice efficiency for its elements

  • Premium construct high quality and design

  • Good sound

  • Good set of connections

Do not like

  • Meh battery life

  • SDR is not very coloration correct

  • On the heavy and thick facet for its dimension

Lenovo hits the highlights — actually — with its Slim Professional 9i 14-inch laptop computer, a creator- and gamer-focused mannequin with a shiny HDR display screen. The laptop computer competes with OLED-screen outfitted fashions, just like the cheaper Acer Swift X 14, however the Lenovo’s DisplayHDR 1000 mini LED display screen holds its personal fairly nicely in opposition to OLED in HDR because of comparable dense blacks and better brightness than you will get with an OLED display screen on a laptop computer. In SDR, although, it would not fare as nicely compared. Add within the sturdy construct, easy however putting design, snug keyboard and touchpad, stable efficiency and glorious sound and it is a fairly compelling bundle, if not for individuals who want.

It additionally competes with the 14-inch MacBook Professional, which is much more costly as soon as you’ve got added reminiscence and storage to match. However it has a display screen with related capabilities.


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The 14.5-inch laptop computer basically is available in a single $1,800 configuration, outfitted with higher midrange processors — Intel Core i7-13705H CPU and Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 GPU — plus 1TB SSD and 32GB RAM. Lenovo has loads of related opponents inside its many strains. That is not low cost, however the display screen’s rated 1,200-nit HDR, 600-nit SDR brightness ranges and full P3 gamut protection and 165Hz refresh price elevate it for creating, gaming and vegetating in entrance of films.

There’s additionally a 16-inch mannequin of the Slim Professional 9i with a step-up configuration of Core i9-13905H and GeForce RTX 4060, plus a 3,200 x 2,000 model of the mini LED show. Though it is nominally $2,149.

Lenovo Slim Professional 9i (14-inch)

Value as reviewed $1,800
Show 14.5-inch touchscreen, 3,072 x 1,920 165Hz, 250ppi, 1,200 nits HDR
PC CPU 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-13705H
PC Reminiscence 32GB LPDDR5-6400 (soldered)
Graphics 6GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050
Storage 1TB NVMe SSD, SD card slot
Ports 2 x USB-C (1 x Thunderbolt 4), 2 x USB-A, 1 x combo audio, 1 x HDMI 2.1
Networking Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211, Bluetooth 5.3
Working system Home windows 11 House (22H2)
Weight 3.7 lb/1.7 kg

Lenovo would not skimp on the ports, that are extra plentiful than you sometimes see on a laptop computer this dimension. When you’re choosy about which facet the charger connects on, righties are out of luck; each of the USB-C/Thunderbolt ports are on the left. However the two USB-A ports are on the proper if it’s good to join older keyboards or mice. Plus, it has an SD card slot, which is handy, and an HDMI connector for screens that do not have USB-C or when you do not have your USB-C-to-HDMI adapter.

It additionally feels solidly constructed, with a matte grey end and slight protrusion on the prime the place the webcam and IR cam (for Home windows Hi there) sit. The webcam is simply okay; it is 5MP, however the high quality would not stand out and it has a hard and fast subject of view and focus. The mic array picks up sound and processes out background noise very nicely, however it additionally sounds prefer it’s been processed — a bit little bit of the talking-in-a-tunnel impact.


It is a bit thick, however in trade you get a full HDMI port. There’s additionally an SD card slot.

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All of those add as much as a barely thicker and heavier laptop computer than loads of opponents; as an illustration, it is 0.8 inch (21mm) and the MacBook Professional 14 is barely 0.6 inch (15.5mm).


The Slim Professional 9i delivers common to above common efficiency. The CPU falls precisely consistent with all Core i7-13700H laptops we have examined (the 13705H is basically the identical chip), and the GPU runs about the identical as the opposite RTX 4050 programs of comparable dimension; larger programs, just like the 16-inch Samsung Galaxy Guide 3 Extremely, can often push it extra because of further room for cooling. However the Lenovo additionally has the flexibility to overclock the GPU and the video reminiscence — a functionality often uncovered solely in gaming programs, not primarily inventive ones.

Merely turning on the overclocking in Lenovo’s Vantage software program and leaving it at its default values yielded a stunning bump in body charges, in each video games and professional graphics software program; sufficient of a bump to push its efficiency as much as RTX 4060 ranges. The followers do kick in, and it could actually get a bit loud, although, and efficiency can get inconsistent because it often throttles again when it hits the thermal ceiling.


It is not exceptionally fashionable, however it’s modern and fashionable.

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In HDR mode, it seemed extraordinarily good. As a result of the tiny dimension of the mini LED array components and the native dimming, it could actually ship successfully zero-nit blacks — under the 0.018-nit threshold of my colorimeter, at the least and visually barely detectable. All kinds of content material seemed terrific. The one disadvantage is that it is profiled for the default system brightness setting (40), however the brightness management is not locked down the best way it must be in HDR, and when you enhance it, the HDR can get thrown off, hitting peak brightness too early after which simply clipping it.

In customary mode, it is much less spectacular. In keeping with Lenovo, mini LED backlights make it tougher to calibrate, which might be true to some extent. And mini LED is basically supposed for HDR with native dimming, which SDR would not use. However this additionally makes use of a TCL-owned CSOT panel, and its TVs additionally present rising skewing as grays go from black to white. Right here, it means as brightness/whiteness will increase, the purple channel will get boosted approach an excessive amount of and the blue approach too little, leading to a visual red-yellow forged (that low white temperature).

Show measurements

Preset Gamut (% protection of related gamut) Predominant coloration temperature Gamma Peak brightness (nits) Accuracy (DE2K common/max)
sRGB 100% 5,350K 2.19 658 3.9/10.5
D65 P3 (default) 97% 5,300K 2.19 660 (136 at default setting) 3.9/10.6
Adobe RGB 72% 5,400K 2.19 654 4.12/10.85
D65 P3 HDR 99% roughly 6,000K; darkest blacks and brightest white throw the calculation off n/a 1,407 n/a
D65 P3 (after calibration) 89% 6,300K 2.3 524 1.2/5.9

After calibration, it will get loads higher, type of. It is compelled to tug again the purple channel, which implies peak brightness drops and it has a bit extra hassle hitting the goal values within the shadows (therefore the two.3 gamma slightly than 2.2). However pulling again the purple decreases the P3 gamut protection loads; it falls fairly wanting the saturated purple major that defines the nook of the P3 gamut. And it means the outlined coloration area presets that may entry within the Vantage utility aren’t very helpful. 

On the default brightness, it is too dim for on a regular basis use, so you might possible need to bump it up for snug viewing (to 50 or 60). That cuts again on battery life, although. And like all Home windows laptops, I counsel you flip off the autobrightness  adjustment. It is designed to save lots of battery and compensate for giant adjustments in ambient lighting — like going from indoors to exterior — however I discover that the brightness adjustments both too typically or not typically sufficient, in addition to too randomly and really clearly (not progressively sufficient). Plus, the sunshine sensor picks up adjustments solely when the sunshine supply is behind you or if it is actually shiny out. So it is extra distracting than helpful. Your mileage could fluctuate, after all.

And talking of battery life, it is fairly so-so. On our streaming video exams it makes it to about 8.2 hours, however that is actually the surface you possibly can anticipate to see.

I just like the Lenovo Slim Professional 9i loads, which makes the colour accuracy points extra disappointing than they could in any other case be. However when you’re prepared to do your personal calibration and do not care in regards to the contraction of the P3 coloration area while you do, then it is fairly a pleasant possibility.

Geekbench 6 (multicore)

Microsoft Floor Laptop computer Studio 2 9,870Acer Swift X 14 12,628Samsung Galaxy Guide 3 Extremely 12,717Lenovo Slim Professional 9i (14-inch) 13,215Dell Inspiron 16 Plus 7630 13,250

Notice: Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Cinebench R23 CPU (multicore)

Microsoft Floor Laptop computer Studio 2 11,223Acer Swift X 14 14,760Apple MacBook Professional (16-inch, 2023) 14,803Lenovo Slim Professional 9i (14-inch) 15,737Samsung Galaxy Guide 3 Extremely 15,965Dell Inspiron 16 Plus 7630 17,167

Notice: Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Streaming video playback battery drain check (minutes)

Acer Swift X 14 446Microsoft Floor Laptop computer Studio 2 478Lenovo Slim Professional 9i (14-inch) 496Dell Inspiron 16 Plus 7630 608Samsung Galaxy Guide 3 Extremely 634

Notice: Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Shadow of the Tomb Raider gaming check (1080p)

Microsoft Floor Laptop computer Studio 2 83Acer Swift X 14 87Lenovo Slim Professional 9i (14-inch) 92Samsung Galaxy Guide 3 Extremely 105Dell Inspiron 16 Plus 7630 109

Notice: Longer bars point out higher efficiency (FPS)

3DMark Time Spy

Acer Swift X 14 5,975Lenovo Slim Professional 9i (14-inch) 7,244Samsung Galaxy Guide 3 Extremely 7,432Microsoft Floor Laptop computer Studio 2 8,555Dell Inspiron 16 Plus 7630 9,118

Notice: NOTE: Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Guardians of the Galaxy (Excessive @1920 x 1080)

Microsoft Floor Laptop computer Studio 2 64Acer Swift X 14 127Samsung Galaxy Guide 3 Extremely 131Lenovo Slim Professional 9i (14-inch) 135Dell Inspiron 16 Plus 7630 144

Notice: Longer bars point out higher efficiency

SpecViewPerf 2020 SolidWorks (1080p)

Lenovo Slim Professional 9i (14-inch) 152.27Lenovo Slim Professional 9i (14-inch) overclocked 191.45Microsoft Floor Laptop computer Studio 2 201.05

Notice: Longer bars point out higher efficiency (FPS)


Apple MacBook Professional 16 (2023) Apple MacOS Ventura 13.2; Apple M2 Professional (12 CPU cores, 19 GPU cores); 32GB LPDDR5 RAM; 1TB SSD
Dell Inspiron 16 Plus 7630 Microsoft Home windows 11 House; 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-13700H; 16GB DDR5 4,800MHz RAM; 8GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 graphics; 1TB SSD
Lenovo Slim Professional 9i (14-inch) Microsoft Home windows 11 House; 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-13705H; 32GB DDR5 6,400MHz RAM; 6GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 graphics; 1TB SSD
Microsoft Floor Laptop computer Studio 2 Microsoft Home windows 11 House; 2.9GHz Intel Core i7-13700H; 64GB DDR5 5,200MHz RAM; 8GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 graphics; 1TB SSD
Samsung Galaxy Guide 3 Extremely Microsoft Home windows 11 House; 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-13700H 16GB DDR5 6,000MHz RAM; 6GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 graphics; 1TB SSD



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