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Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon is torn down online in search of carbon fiber

Can the 7i Carbon survive dissembly? (Source: JerryRigEverything via YouTube)
Can the 7i Carbon survive dissembly? (Source: JerryRigEverything via YouTube)
Lenovo touts the latest version of the Yoga Slim 7i Carbon as reinforced with carbon fiber as well as a magnesium alloy for toughness despite its low weight. However, as the lid and base-plate of the Alder Lake laptop are covered in the latter, one might wonder where the former is. The YouTuber JerryRigEverything set out to find out with pry-tools and screwdrivers in hand.

With a total mass rated at 960 grams (g), the Yoga Slim 7i Carbon is one of the lightest ultrabooks Lenovo has produced to date. The OEM seeks to dissuade any durability-related worries by touting it as having a "Carbon Fiber + Magnesium Chassis". Nevertheless, the company may not have expected the vlogger Zach Nelson of the channel JerryRigEverything to disassemble a Storm Gray review unit of the laptop to verify these claims.

The video doubles as a rough guide as to the 7i Carbon's repairability - which, as it turns out, is potentially feasible, with its "modular" battery, motherboard and matte-black thermal management system accessible via a rear panel held down with screws and clips.

Nelson even demonstrated that it is possible to expose the 7i Carbon's Core i7-1260P platform from under its thermal paste - which was replaced before the end of the video. However, there was no carbon fiber on show thus far.

Nelson thus resorted to taking the Yoga variant's 13.3-inch 2.5K 90Hz display apart, which, surprisingly, progressed without fatal incident thanks to the careful application of a heat-gun and pry-tools.

Accordingly, the carbon fiber was eventually found (and partially eroded) behind the display panel and its metal backplate.

Slightly disappointingly, this "Web-Core 2.0" material is not laid down in the classic weave pattern; nevertheless, Lenovo asserts that its 20-step bonding process and 8-hour high-temperature treatment time confers the rigidity this half of the laptop needs to stay in 1 piece - and also, apparently, fully functional after being put back together again.

Therefore, the Yoga Slim 7i Carbon is portrayed as being as user-serviceable as it is portable and durable in this new video. Just a shame about that keyboard, though.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-12- 5 (Update: 2022-12- 5)