The Lenovo’s new ThinkPad Yoga 260 convertible ultraportable has the classic Yoga characteristic of a rotating screen for multi-mode usage. Throw in a stylus, some neat handwriting-recognition software and half a terabyte of storage in the top-end configuration, and Lenovo just might have come up with smart format computer. The 260 is relatively thin and light and sports a typically solid ThinkPad chassis that’s reinforced by Lenovo’s honeycomb-designed roll cage.
- Excellent keyboard
- Keyboard retracts when in tablet mode
- Solid build
- Useful stylus
- Would benefit from longer battery life or an optional long-life battery
- Relatively heavy for a 12.5-inch laptop
- SIM caddy is present, but mobile broadband option is lacking
The Yoga 260’s average battery life could be forgiven if it was rocking a QHD+ display,
but it’s not – it’s 1080p – and not a great-looking one at that. It’s been some time since I’ve seen a display lacking in color saturation and vibrancy. I wasn’t surprised to see it hit just 62% of sRGB coverage when measured with my i1 Display Pro colorometer.
In my view, 1,920 x 1,080 is a suitable resolution for a 12.5 inch display. Fonts and
menu labels are a little smaller than what you might be used to coming from a 13-inch
machine. But, if you can get used to working with it, then you’ll reap the benefits of
the extra screen space versus working at the default, magnified 125% scaling setting.
The display’s jagged fonts are more likely to be a problem than the size of text.
It’s a real shame that the 260 isn’t offered with a QHD display to raise its pixels-per-inch
count (or ppi), which would make a world of difference to readability.
Graphics duties are taken care of via the Intel HD 520 solution inside, which isn’t as
strong as the ThinkPad Yoga 460’s dedicated GTX 940M chip but is suitable for low-level
image editing and modest graphics work.
- CPU: 2.5GHz Intel Core i7-6500U (4MB cache, Turbo Boost up to 3.10GHz)
- Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520
- RAM: 8GB
- Screen: 12.5-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS, multi-touch
- Storage: 512GB SSD (SATA3)
- Ports: 2 USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort, HDMI, OneLink+, microSD
- Connectivity: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC (2×2) 8260, Bluetooth 4.1
- Camera: 720p HD webcam
- Microphone: Dual digital-array microphone with VoIP enhancement
- Speakers: Stereo speakers with Dolby Advanced Audio
- Battery: 44Wh 4-cell, Li-Polymer
- Weight: 1.3kg
- Size: 31 x 22 x 1.78cm
As mentioned before, the ThinkPad Yoga 260 is highly configurable and can be ordered
with hardware such as a Core i3, i5 or i7 processor, 1080p display and up to 16GB of
RAM as well as Windows 10 Pro 64-bit.
You can’t specify more than 512GB of storage, or a bigger battery than the standard,
non-removable, 4-cell unit. The 4-cell battery, which Lenovo rates as good for up to 10 hours’ life, is one of the of the ThinkPad Yoga 260’s more disappointing features. In everyday usage during testing, we found that it got through a working day involving mainstream document creation/editing, email and web browsing tasks. But if you make significant use of
streaming media, you may well need a power boost during the day.
As far as connections are concerned, there’s a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a Mini-
DisplayPort, a full-sized HDMI port and a proprietary Lenovo OneLink+ port for
connecting a docking station. There’s a microSD card slot for storage expansion.
Physical volume buttons on the right edge are handy when you’re working in tablet mode;
this is also where you’ll find the power button.
Prices for Lenovo’s OneLink docking stations range prices from £89 to £171.60.
There is a 720p webcam above the screen and an integrated fingerprint reader on the
wrist-rest area. The right edge also houses a SIM card slot, but there’s no means to
take advantage of that in any configuration option. Presumably it’s present for bespoke
configurations to fill bulk orders.
|ThinkPad Yoga 260(£889 ex. VAT)||ThinkPad Yoga 260 (£1,009.99 ex. VAT)||ThinkPad Yoga 260 (£1,289.99 ex. VAT)|
|Intel Core i3-6100U (3MB cache, 2.30GHz)||Intel Core i5-6200U (3MB Cache, up to 2.80GHz)||Intel Core i7-6500U (4MB Cache, up to 3.10GHz)|
|Windows 10 Home 64||Windows 10 Home 64||Windows 10 Pro 64|
|12.5in. HD (1366 x 768), IPS, multitouch||12.5in. FHD (1920 x 1080), IPS, multitouch||12.5in. FHD (1920 x 1080), IPS, multitouch|
|Intel HD Graphics 520||Intel HD Graphics 520||Intel HD Graphics 520|
|4GB DDR4-2133 SODIMM||4GB DDR4-2133 SODIMM||8GB DDR4-2133 SODIMM|
|192GB SSD, SATA3||256GB SSD, SATA3||512GB SSD, SATA3|
|Broadcom Wireless AC, Bluetooth 4.1||Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260, Bluetooth 4.1 No vPro||Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260, Bluetooth 4.1 No vPro|
The Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 is a attractive convertible laptop. It’s built a very
functional stylus that’s stored on the device, and is available with the latest Core
i3, i5 and i7 processors. If you can put up with the ThinkPad Yoga 260’s bright yet average-looking display and mediocre battery life, there’s a versatile and feature-packed laptop waiting for you. It may lack the forward-thinking design of the XPS 13 or the HP EliteBook 1020 G’s slim dimensions, but it packs in more business-focused features and has the best keyboard going.