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Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 20FD001XGE Convertible Review

Sebastian Jentsch (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 02/02/2016

Predetermined breaking point. Does the Yoga 260 follow in the footsteps of the ThinkPad X250? Is it the better ThinkPad subnotebook thanks to its various modes? Lenovo provides reasons for criticism. This is surprising and unexpected in view of the otherwise apparently 100% well-conceived ThinkPad.

Highly sophisticated? Lenovos ThinkPad Yoga 260 fuses superb input devices, performance, connectivity, and a matte touchscreen.
Highly sophisticated? Lenovos ThinkPad Yoga 260 fuses superb input devices, performance, connectivity, and a matte touchscreen.

For the original German review, see here.

Lenovo has a practical, 12-inch convertible in its lineup with the ThinkPad Yoga 260. Once again, it brings the multi-mode concept to the business sector. Can Lenovo's Yoga also impress fans of conventional clamshell subnotebooks? Examples would be the ThinkPad X250 and HP's EliteBook 820 G2 convertibles, also with matte Full HD screens but not a 360 degree hinge.

There are also the EliteBook Revolve 810 G3 (11.6 inches), Toshiba's Satellite Radius 12 and Lenovo's Yoga 3 Pro 13 (Core M-5Y51) that turn a small subnotebook into a tablet in the professional sector. Unfortunately, while the Revolve 810 G3  only offers an HD resolution, it is more expensive with a price tag of over  2000 Euros (~$2181). The Satellite Radius 12 is not quite as expensive; we are currently testing it and thus many rates are already in the database. Lenovo's Yoga 3 Pro 13 features remarkable, incredibly slim casing design. The tester did not like the keyboard in view of professional use quite as much. Users who want a docking solution might consider the 12-inch Toshiba Portege Z20t-B-10C tablet (Core M-5Y71), which is inserted in the keyboard unit.

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Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 20FD001XGE (ThinkPad Yoga Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 520, Core: 1000 MHz, Memory: 1067 MHz, DDR4
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4 single-channel, 1 slot
Display
12.5 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, 10 fingers, native pen support, LEN40E6 N125HCE-GN1, IPS, 360 degree hinge, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Skylake-U Premium PCH
Storage
Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP, 256 GB 
,
Soundcard
Intel Skylake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: line + mic, Card Reader: micro-SD, 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, docking port
Networking
Intel Ethernet Connection I219-V (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 17.8 x 309.9 x 220 ( = 0.7 x 12.2 x 8.66 in)
Battery
44 Wh Lithium-Ion, SMP
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD 1280x720
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: island style, Keyboard Light: yes, active stylus, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.342 kg ( = 47.34 oz / 2.96 pounds), Power Supply: 308 g ( = 10.86 oz / 0.68 pounds)
Price
1500 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

Lenovo delivers a high-quality construction that is plain yet highly pleasing with matte, firm surfaces. It is not uniformly robust; two hands can warp the base to some degree. The hinges are mounted very well in the base. No movement tugs at the plastic adversely. The hinges are pulled very tight, but they cannot prevent the slim lid from rocking. Thus, the display rocks more or less when touched by a finger (touch in laptop mode). The hinges can be rotated by 360 degrees. A mechanism lifts the keyboard grid and fixes the keys. The keyboard is disabled in tablet mode. The mechanism provides a haptic feature: The fixture makes the tablet's new underside more even and thus more pleasant to carry in the hands.

Unfortunately, the convenient stylus compartment on the left mars our impression. The stylus is inserted and recharged here. The opening creates a weak point that also tore right away in the review sample. That does not happen when picked up at a corner, but it can often happen when loading the chassis mechanically. We have marked the small tear in screenshot three.

We could visibly warp the lid. However, this flexibility is not annoying during use, especially since pressure marks are not produced at the edges. This did not happen when we applied selective pressure on the back, either.

Predetermined breaking point?
Predetermined breaking point?
The stylus' compartment creates a ...
The stylus' compartment creates a ...
... sensitive breaking point.
... sensitive breaking point.

Connectivity

Virtually all known interfaces with the exception of the USB Type C are installed. However, this new USB 3.0 cable version will probably need longer to establish itself in the business sector than in consumer devices. The docking port for Lenovo's OneLink+ Dock on the right and the SmartCard reader (banking, security critical applications) is interesting. Unfortunately, the manufacturer does not install a standard SD card reader, and only allows reading micro-SD cards. HDMI and mini-DisplayPort are not mutually exclusive; both are present.

Power, volume, stylus holder, line/mic combo, micro-SD, Sim card slot, UBS 3.0, HDMI, Kensington
Power, volume, stylus holder, line/mic combo, micro-SD, Sim card slot, UBS 3.0, HDMI, Kensington
Power supply, docking port, DisplayPort, USB 3.0 sleep & charge, SmartCard reader
Power supply, docking port, DisplayPort, USB 3.0 sleep & charge, SmartCard reader
OneLink+: VGA, 2x DisplayPort, RJ-45 GBit LAN, 2x USB 2.0, 4x USB 3.0, DC-IN, combo audio
OneLink+: VGA, 2x DisplayPort, RJ-45 GBit LAN, 2x USB 2.0, 4x USB 3.0, DC-IN, combo audio
Rechargeable stylus
Rechargeable stylus
Convenient: Holder and charging bay
Convenient: Holder and charging bay

Communication

Intel's Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 including a Bluetooth 4.1 chip (without vPro) always ensured a reliable connection to the router in the test. It also functioned outstandingly outside the building; the connection did not break off at the 45 meter (~148 ft) measuring point (outdoors). Optionally, a Broadcom 802.11ac (2x2) with Bluetooth 4.1 Wi-Fi chip can be selected in Lenovo's store. This adds vPro, but then Intel's Wireless Display will no longer be available.

Although an RJ45 port is not installed due to the slim build, customers do not have to forgo cabled networks. Intel's I219-V Ethernet Connections is on board so that the Ethernet port in the docking station functions.

Security

The Yoga 260 is equipped with a Trusted Platform Module (dTPM), which contains a cryptographic key for uniquely identifying the computer. A SmartCard reader, fingerprint scanner and Kensington lock supplement the security in terms of hardware.

Accessories

In addition to the 45-watt power supply, a digital pen is included in the box and handwriting detection software is installed. The ThinkPad Pen Pro is the same size as a pen. Its 2048 pressure levels are to ensure accurate inputs. The WRITEit software turns handwriting in almost every text field into data input. For example, we could jot keywords directly in the browser URL bar and WRITEit converted them, providing word suggestions when illegible. The stylus is recharged automatically in its compartment in the tablet. It reaches a capacity of 80% within a few minutes for quick use; the rest needs much longer.

Docking Options

Native docking stations are still an important criterion for professional users. The USB 3.0 docks have not changed in the recent years. Usually they function well, but they have to convert all data, such as image, audio or Ethernet, into the USB protocol. This always requires a bit of performance on the fly, and thus manufacturer-specific docks that are docked to the hardware (without drivers) are still in fashion. Lenovo has favored the OneLink port for years. It is an extension of the power supply and corresponding docks are offered for it. This technology has also moved into parts of the budget class.

This is different in the current Yoga 260. It has a OneLink+ port separated from the power supply. A OneLink dock cannot be connected. It has to be the "ThinkPad OneLink+" docking station. It also supplies the laptop with power (dedicated 90-watt power supply). This docking station is a better choice than USB 3.0 solutions when using two external monitors. Users who do not need a docking station can use a single adapter; Lenovo has a VGA/RJ45 and mini-DP/VGA adapter in its lineup.

Warranty

Yoga 260 buyers can select from a set of different services. A two-year warranty (bring in) is included. The ThinkPlus ePac warranty upgrade to 3 years with battery replacement in case of defect costs 120 Euros (~$131). Users who need on-site repair in a worst case scenario can buy Lenovo's ePac On-Site repair. This service extension includes time and effort as well as spare parts with response on the next business day.

Webcam

The camera takes pale photos with relatively grainy surfaces in the usual HD resolution. It is sufficient for a video call. However, photos are virtually useless due to the heavy noise.

Webcam 1280x720
Webcam 1280x720
Reference Canon EOS 1100D
Reference Canon EOS 1100D
Few details, heavy noise
Few details, heavy noise
Strongly pixelated areas
Strongly pixelated areas

Hardware

The base plate allows easy access to all components. The CPU is soldered and thus only elements such as LTE, Wi-Fi, RAM, fan, battery, and CMOS battery can be replaced. Accessing is impressively simple. However, a warning: The breaking point in the stylus holder is most vulnerable, particularly without the supportive base plate.

Easy maintenance via base plate
Easy maintenance via base plate
The plate can be removed without hitches
The plate can be removed without hitches
Wi-Fi chip and CMOS battery
Wi-Fi chip and CMOS battery
Fan and SoC (soldered)
Fan and SoC (soldered)
Base plate
Base plate
Firmly mounted: 360 degree hinge
Firmly mounted: 360 degree hinge
Empty M.2 slot - e.g. for LTE module
Empty M.2 slot - e.g. for LTE module
RAM: 8 GB
RAM: 8 GB
256 GB SSD module in M.2 slot
256 GB SSD module in M.2 slot
One of the speakers
One of the speakers

Input Devices

Keyboard

The keys' layout and technical qualities are similar to the ThinkPad X250 to the last detail. This is also true for the UltraNav unit composed of TrackPoint and touchpad. The chiclet keyboard is still splash proof. The ThinkPad characteristic of swapping the FN and Crtl keys (can be changed in BIOS) is found here again. The combination of firm pressure point, generous drop and high stability contributes to the input device's rich, mechanical typing feel. This is rarely found in other laptop lineups. The keys can be illuminated with white LEDs in two levels when desired.

ClickPad

The TrackPoint has three dedicated, gently triggering buttons. The touchpad (8.7 x 5.3 centimeters/~3.4 x 2.1 in) is installed as a fully integrated ClickPad. Lenovo's implementation stands out with a crisp and well-defined pressure point. However, some users will miss real keys. Of course, the TrackPoint's keys can be used together with the ClickPad. The pad does a good job and convinces with good gliding traits and finely adjusted multi-touch gestures.

Touchscreen

The manufacturer has applied an anti-glare layer to the touchscreen. It is naturally bubble-free and fitted absolutely impeccably. The surface feels pleasantly matte, but is still sleek enough to allow the finger to glide without stops. The surface is sensitive up to its edges. A finger can clearly move along the black bezel and the object is still moved. Inputs are implemented quickly, whether with one or several fingers, or with the ThinkPad Pen Pro. We quickly got used to handwriting detection. It is now finally possible to fill out every text field using the stylus without having to attach the keyboard in tablet mode.

Typical ThinkPad layout
Typical ThinkPad layout
Backlight level 1
Backlight level 1
Backlight level 2
Backlight level 2
ClickPad with keys and TrackPoint
ClickPad with keys and TrackPoint

Display

Subpixel array LEN40E6 N125HCE-GN1
Subpixel array LEN40E6 N125HCE-GN1

The screen size is 12.5 inches, and offers 1920x1080 pixels as a finger touchscreen. The panel with the model number N125HCE-GN1 (LEN40E6) is an IPS screen mounted on a 360 degree hinge. The resolution equates to 176 PPI. The pixel grid is still visible at a close distance. Lenovo is the only manufacturer besides Toshiba that sells touchscreens with anti-glare surfaces. However, this only applies to elite business devices like the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch. An IPS HD version with 1366x768 pixels is also offered in Lenovo's shop (touchscreen).

The brightness in the screen's center reaches almost 400 cd/m², but the average is "only" 335 cd/m² because the surrounding area is darker. The brightness differences are not great; we measured an illumination of 84%, which is in a good midfield. The rivals are also within a range of almost 400 cd/m².

328
cd/m²
356
cd/m²
329
cd/m²
328
cd/m²
371
cd/m²
329
cd/m²
321
cd/m²
343
cd/m²
313
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
LEN40E6 N125HCE-GN1
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 371 cd/m² Average: 335.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Center on Battery: 371 cd/m²
Contrast: 1279:1 (Black: 0.29 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 8.51 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 9.23 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
62% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 41% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.24
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 20FD001XGE
IPS FHD non-glossy
HP Elitebook Revolve 810 G3
IPS HD glare
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
IPS UHD glare
Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 P20W-C-106
IPS 4K glare
Toshiba Portege Z20t-B-10C
IPS FHD non-glossy
Response Times
-27%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
64 (30, 34)
68 (27, 41)
-6%
Response Time Black / White *
30 (5, 25, Nano Seconds ns)
44 (13, 31)
-47%
PWM Frequency
Screen
7%
-22%
28%
-14%
Brightness middle
371
322
-13%
287
-23%
388
5%
342
-8%
Brightness
335
312
-7%
280
-16%
351
5%
301
-10%
Brightness Distribution
84
87
4%
88
5%
85
1%
76
-10%
Black Level *
0.29
0.32
-10%
0.792
-173%
0.32
-10%
0.393
-36%
Contrast
1279
1006
-21%
362
-72%
1213
-5%
870
-32%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
8.51
5.19
39%
3.08
64%
1.83
78%
9.69
-14%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
20.43
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
9.23
4.36
53%
3.36
64%
2.17
76%
9.27
-0%
Gamma
2.24 98%
2.26 97%
2.5 88%
2.43 91%
2.95 75%
CCT
6759 96%
5985 109%
6087 107%
6703 97%
6010 108%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
41
44.3
8%
60
46%
40.4
-1%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
62
95
53%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
7% / 7%
-22% / -22%
1% / 18%
-14% / -14%

* ... smaller is better

Buyers looking for high color space coverage will not find it here. sRGB is covered by only 62%, no need to mention AdobeRGB. A color profile was not loaded on our Yoga 260 ex-factory, but the manufacturer has installed a selection of profiles for different applications. They can be loaded via Windows' tools; Lenovo does not have a convenient tool for this.

Although we did not discover a bluish tint, the CalMAN analysis (TFT without color profile) exhibits a light shift toward green. This is seen in the CalMAN Grayscale screenshot under Target/Actual. Consequently, the Grayscale DeltaE is 9, which is a relatively bad rate that is only surpassed by low-cost TN screens (DeltaE of 12 -15). However, more expensive rivals do not always do a better job. The Portégé Z20t-B-10C has DeltaE rates of 9 and 10. Calibration via a photospectrometer can reduce this inaccuracy slightly. The color profile linked in the box for the Yoga 260 FHD can also be used for this.

Color profiles on board but not loaded
Color profiles on board but not loaded
AdobeRGB 41%
AdobeRGB 41%
sRGB 62%
sRGB 62%
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps

The brightness does not change in battery mode. It can be set to 371 cd/m² in the center, provided that the brightness sensor is disabled. That is situated in the display bezel's upper right corner. In conjunction with the AR-layer, we are faced with a Yoga 260 that is perfectly suitable for outdoor use.

Keeping going despite ice-cold fingers: decent wireless range
Keeping going despite ice-cold fingers: decent wireless range
Anti-glare foil reduces reflections, ...
Anti-glare foil reduces reflections, ...
... but cannot completely prevent them.
... but cannot completely prevent them.
High brightness can also be set in battery mode.
High brightness can also be set in battery mode.

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
30 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 5 ms rise
↘ 25 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 73 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
64 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 30 ms rise
↘ 34 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 97 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39.5 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9331 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The viewing angle stability of the IPS panel is very good in every direction.

Viewing angles of the 12.5" LEN40E6 N125HCE-GN1 IPS panel
Viewing angles of the 12.5" LEN40E6 N125HCE-GN1 IPS panel

Performance

Lenovo offers its Yoga 260 with either Intel's Core i5-6200U (2x 2.30 GHz) or i7-6500U (2x 2.50 GHz) on the market. Buyers who order directly from Lenovo can also select an i3-6100U or i5-6300U processor. 8 GB of single-channel working memory is installed in the review sample. Lenovo offers a 4 GB DDR4-2133 SODIMM in its shop. The hard drive is a 256 GB SSD (SATA, M.2). Intel's HD Graphics 520 (iGPU) is part of the SoC.

System info CPU-Z CPU
System info CPU-Z Cache
System info CPU-Z Mainboard
System info CPU-Z Memory
System info CPU-Z SPD
System info GPU-Z HD Graphics 520
Latency discovered
Latency discovered

Processor

Prime95: Start @2.2 GHz
Prime95: Start @2.2 GHz

Theoretically, the i7-6500U (2x 2.50 GHz) has a Turbo of 3.1 GHz, at least on one core. We did not come close to this clock rate in the tests. 2.2 to 2.3 GHz is achieved in both the Cinebench tests as well as during the Prime95 CPU stress test (multi). Thus, the computing performance quickly drops below the nominal clock in permanent load. The i7-6500U (Skylake) lags 9% behind its i7-5600U (Broadwell) predecessor in the R15 test. The single-core tests are roughly on par. This is also true for the R11.5 and R10 tests with minor deviations.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 20FD001XGE
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
128 Points ∼59%
HP Elitebook Revolve 810 G3
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
130 Points ∼60% +2%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
91 Points ∼42% -29%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 P20W-C-106
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
125 Points ∼57% -2%
Toshiba Portege Z20t-B-10C
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GVNU
97 Points ∼44% -24%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 20FD001XGE
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
264 Points ∼6%
HP Elitebook Revolve 810 G3
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
289 Points ∼7% +9%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
180 Points ∼4% -32%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 P20W-C-106
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
317 Points ∼7% +20%
Toshiba Portege Z20t-B-10C
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GVNU
190 Points ∼4% -28%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 20FD001XGE
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
1.46 Points ∼60%
HP Elitebook Revolve 810 G3
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
1.51 Points ∼62% +3%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
1.13 Points ∼46% -23%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 P20W-C-106
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
1.34 Points ∼55% -8%
Toshiba Portege Z20t-B-10C
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GVNU
1.15 Points ∼47% -21%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 20FD001XGE
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
2.94 Points ∼7%
HP Elitebook Revolve 810 G3
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
3.16 Points ∼7% +7%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
2.09 Points ∼5% -29%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 P20W-C-106
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
3.54 Points ∼8% +20%
Toshiba Portege Z20t-B-10C
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GVNU
2.14 Points ∼5% -27%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
5195 Points ∼50%
Toshiba Portege Z20t-B-10C
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GVNU
5068 Points ∼49%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
8939 Points ∼12%
Toshiba Portege Z20t-B-10C
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GVNU
8486 Points ∼11%
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
6361
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.46 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.94 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
27.31 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
128 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
264 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
32.23 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
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System Performance

PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 8 Storage

The Yoga 260 is on par with HP's EliteBook Revolve 810 G3 based on the former i7-5600U SoC in the PCMarks. The Revolve even takes the lead in PCMark 7. The differences to the 15-watt systems can be negligible. However, clear losses in processing speed are noticed in Core M systems, such as Lenovo's Yoga 3 Pro that falls behind by 19% in PCMark 8. The also passively cooled Toshiba Portege Z20t-B-10C presents a very similar score here. It must be emphasized that Core M based rivals do not have a noticeably weaker performance. This device category should be sufficient, especially when the user is not focused on high-performance tools.

PCMark 8
Storage Score v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 20FD001XGE
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
4958 Points ∼97%
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 20FD001XGE
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
4368 Points ∼67%
HP Elitebook Revolve 810 G3
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
4473 Points ∼69% +2%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
3721 Points ∼57% -15%
Toshiba Portege Z20t-B-10C
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GVNU
3936 Points ∼60% -10%
Creative Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 20FD001XGE
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
3952 Points ∼37%
HP Elitebook Revolve 810 G3
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
3876 Points ∼37% -2%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
3108 Points ∼29% -21%
Toshiba Portege Z20t-B-10C
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GVNU
3263 Points ∼31% -17%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 20FD001XGE
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
3263 Points ∼54%
HP Elitebook Revolve 810 G3
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
3358 Points ∼55% +3%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
2633 Points ∼43% -19%
Toshiba Portege Z20t-B-10C
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GVNU
2816 Points ∼46% -14%
PCMark 7
Computation (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 20FD001XGE
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
14727 Points ∼52%
HP Elitebook Revolve 810 G3
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
17470 Points ∼62% +19%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
17263 Points ∼61% +17%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 P20W-C-106
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
15557 Points ∼55% +6%
Toshiba Portege Z20t-B-10C
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GVNU
12787 Points ∼45% -13%
Productivity (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 20FD001XGE
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
2581 Points ∼24%
HP Elitebook Revolve 810 G3
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
2806 Points ∼26% +9%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
2273 Points ∼21% -12%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 P20W-C-106
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
2590 Points ∼24% 0%
Toshiba Portege Z20t-B-10C
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GVNU
2356 Points ∼22% -9%
Score (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 20FD001XGE
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
5043 Points ∼55%
HP Elitebook Revolve 810 G3
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
5322 Points ∼58% +6%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
4650 Points ∼51% -8%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 P20W-C-106
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
5204 Points ∼57% +3%
Toshiba Portege Z20t-B-10C
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GVNU
4421 Points ∼48% -12%
PCMark 7 Score
5043 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3263 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3952 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4368 points
Help

Storage Device

Samsung's PM871 SSD (256 GB) is among the top SSD speeds. It is on par with Samsung's PM851 SSD and Toshiba's HG6. There does not seem to be any significant differences here, as PCMark 7's System Storage also confirms.

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 20FD001XGE
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
HP Elitebook Revolve 810 G3
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 P20W-C-106
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
Toshiba Portege Z20t-B-10C
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GVNU
PCMark 7
System Storage
5302
5222
-2%
5263
-1%
5430
2%
5379
1%
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
7%
10%
10%
15%
Write 4k QD32
136.6
238.4
75%
240.6
76%
249
82%
197.3
44%
Read 4k QD32
398.3
389.8
-2%
339.8
-15%
323.9
-19%
295.6
-26%
Write 4k
85.06
102.3
20%
104.5
23%
89.71
5%
88.24
4%
Read 4k
33.11
28.09
-15%
35.95
9%
33.48
1%
22.91
-31%
Write 512
297.1
239.5
-19%
242.4
-18%
307.1
3%
446.9
50%
Read 512
397.9
420.5
6%
430.9
8%
408.9
3%
424.7
7%
Write Seq
297.3
239.9
-19%
242.1
-19%
306.5
3%
473.3
59%
Read Seq
468.9
526
12%
528.9
13%
492.6
5%
529.5
13%
AS SSD
-3%
-10%
3%
Score Total
1037
924
-11%
934
-10%
954
-8%
Score Write
361
299
-17%
283
-22%
305
-16%
Score Read
448
416
-7%
433
-3%
428
-4%
4K Write
70.03
90.26
29%
61.28
-12%
76.82
10%
4K Read
29.07
26.91
-7%
27.14
-7%
21.4
-26%
Seq Write
282.87
249.1
-12%
229.1
-19%
457.22
62%
Seq Read
482.26
511.24
6%
482.43
0%
513.1
6%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
1% / 2%
-0% / 0%
6% / 9%
6% / 9%
Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
Sequential Read: 468.9 MB/s
Sequential Write: 297.3 MB/s
512K Read: 397.9 MB/s
512K Write: 297.1 MB/s
4K Read: 33.11 MB/s
4K Write: 85.06 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 398.3 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 136.6 MB/s

Graphics Card

The HD Graphics 520 only uses single-channel RAM, which is also noticed. The 520 GPU should be measurably faster than the Broadwell HD 5500. It is however on par in the Yoga 260. That cannot be related to the clock rates; 850 to 1000 MHz is reached in the GPU tests. Thus, the reason can only be the single-channel memory. This cannot be remedied by installing a second module since the Yoga 260 only has one RAM bank.

The video decoder integrated in the iGPU is meant as support, but not for computing-driven GPU applications. However, it should be considered that the performance of the HD Graphics has consistently improved in the recent years, and it has now achieved the performance of small dedicated solutions, e.g. GeForce 920M, in some cases. Therefore, the topic of gaming is rather a negligible issue. Only very undemanding games will run smoothly in high details.

3DMark - 1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 20FD001XGE
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
5299 Points ∼9%
HP Elitebook Revolve 810 G3
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
5369 Points ∼9% +1%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
3673 Points ∼6% -31%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 P20W-C-106
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
5589 Points ∼9% +5%
Toshiba Portege Z20t-B-10C
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GVNU
3585 Points ∼6% -32%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 20FD001XGE
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
1333 Points ∼4%
HP Elitebook Revolve 810 G3
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
1149 Points ∼3% -14%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
756 Points ∼2% -43%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 P20W-C-106
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
1573 Points ∼4% +18%
Toshiba Portege Z20t-B-10C
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GVNU
775 Points ∼2% -42%
3DMark 11 Performance
1333 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
46556 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5299 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
721 points
Help
Crysis 3 - 1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 20FD001XGE
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
20.4 fps ∼11%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
12.5 fps ∼7% -39%
Fifa 15 - 1366x768 High Preset AA:2x MS (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 20FD001XGE
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
35.6 fps ∼10%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
13.8 fps ∼4% -61%
Battlefield Hardline - 1024x768 Low Graphics Quality (DX11) (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 20FD001XGE
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
36.2 fps ∼18%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 P20W-C-106
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
50.1 fps ∼25% +38%
low med. high ultra
Crysis 3 (2013) 20.4 13.5 fps
Fifa 15 (2014) 35.6 21.3 fps
Battlefield Hardline (2015) 36.2 27.9 10.1 fps

Emissions

Noise in various load states
Noise in various load states

System Noise

The Yoga 260 is a rather quiet device. The active cooling remains disabled most of the time while idling. The noise level is approximately low 36 dB(A) during load no matter if via stress test, processor benchmark or 3DMark. This is proportionately little for comparable devices with active cooling. Lenovo's Yoga 3 Pro is a hybrid in this regard - although it is based on a Core M, it has a fan.

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 20FD001XGE
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
HP Elitebook Revolve 810 G3
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 P20W-C-106
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
Noise
5%
9%
-7%
off / environment *
31.3
Idle Minimum *
31.5
29.1
8%
28.9
8%
32.5
-3%
Idle Average *
31.5
29.1
8%
30.1
4%
32.6
-3%
Idle Maximum *
32
29.1
9%
30.1
6%
32.6
-2%
Load Average *
36.4
35.6
2%
31.5
13%
41
-13%
Load Maximum *
36.6
37.2
-2%
31.9
13%
41
-12%

* ... smaller is better

Noise Level

Idle
31.5 / 31.5 / 32 dB(A)
Load
36.4 / 36.6 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1 Arta (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The stress test continues what the above CPU benchmarks had already indicated: High thermal load causes the processor clock rate to throttle significantly. Load from the iGPU is added in the stress test, and the clock drops even further to 1.4 GHz. The iGPU is favored, i.e. although it does not fully utilize its full potential at just 850 MHz, it still comes close to its maximum. The clock recovers its normal level of 2.3 GHz within 5 seconds after the GPU part of the stress test is stopped, which is the same as in the CPU tests.

The waste heat produced on the surfaces in the stress test - see chart - are of course not applicable to routine use. They represent the top rates in a negative sense. Thus, users can potentially expect at most 43 degrees Celsius (~109 degrees Fahrenheit) in individual areas during load. The average is only 32 degrees Celsius (~90 degrees Fahrenheit). The Yoga 260 always remains acceptably cool. Unfortunately, we also know why: It is due to the CPU clock rate's massive throttling in the extreme stress test (1.4 GHz) as well as during simple CPU load (2.2 to 2.3 GHz). The casing only heats up slightly while idling despite the mostly inactive fan. We only measured 25 degrees Celsius (~77 degrees Fahrenheit) in selective areas at a room temperature of 22 degrees Celsius (average: 24 degrees Celsius/~72 degrees Fahrenheit; average 75 degrees Fahrenheit). These temperatures are virtually unnoticeable.

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 20FD001XGE
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
HP Elitebook Revolve 810 G3
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 P20W-C-106
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
Toshiba Portege Z20t-B-10C
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GVNU
Heat
-4%
-12%
-9%
-10%
Maximum Upper Side *
42.6
39.9
6%
42.1
1%
46.5
-9%
48.3
-13%
Maximum Bottom *
42.6
39.5
7%
37
13%
43
-1%
43.2
-1%
Idle Upper Side *
25.1
28.4
-13%
34.4
-37%
28.9
-15%
28.9
-15%
Idle Bottom *
25.3
28.8
-14%
31.7
-25%
28.4
-12%
27.7
-9%

* ... smaller is better

 24.2 °C
76 F
25.1 °C
77 F
24.7 °C
76 F
 
 24.1 °C
75 F
24.6 °C
76 F
24.5 °C
76 F
 
 23.4 °C
74 F
23.5 °C
74 F
23.9 °C
75 F
 
Maximum: 25.1 °C = 77 F
Average: 24.2 °C = 76 F
24.7 °C
76 F
25.3 °C
78 F
25 °C
77 F
24.2 °C
76 F
24.9 °C
77 F
24.7 °C
76 F
23.5 °C
74 F
23.7 °C
75 F
23.6 °C
74 F
Maximum: 25.3 °C = 78 F
Average: 24.4 °C = 76 F
Power Supply (max.)  28.1 °C = 83 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 31.5 °C / 89 F, compared to the average of 30.3 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Convertible.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 42.6 °C / 109 F, compared to the average of 35.4 °C / 96 F, ranging from 21.8 to 55.7 °C for the class Convertible.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 42.6 °C / 109 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.2 °C / 76 F, compared to the device average of 30.3 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 29.5 °C / 85.1 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.9 °C / 84 F (-0.6 °C / -1.1 F).

Speakers

Pink Noise
Pink Noise

The speakers are situated above the keyboard with their opening toward the display. This reflects the sound waves slightly toward the user. The little speakers are not particularly strong. Mids are emphasized, but trebles and low-pitches are neglected. The sound is sufficient for background music while typing. Speech is very intelligible. At least the little membranes do not scratch at maximum volume. The pink noise at the side shows that only half the frequency bandwidth is rendered. This is typical for basic speakers in little laptops. Speech and music are sufficiently covered, but any differentiation beyond that goes by the boards. This results in a thin, vague sound impression (compared with stereo speakers, subwoofer laptops).

The microphone only does a satisfactory job. Unfortunately, the recorder in conjunction with the stereo microphone beside the webcam does not record static-free. A base noise not only remains, but the voice also clangs and it sometimes records a muffled distortion of speech no matter at what distance the user speaks. The distortions decrease the closer the speaker is to the laptop and the more he speaks directly into the microphone. Lenovo states a dual-digital array microphone with VoIP optimization. We find its outcome less than ideal.

Energy Management

45 watt, 308 gram power supply
45 watt, 308 gram power supply

Power Consumption

The 45-watt power supply always provides enough energy. The charger needs only two hours for fully recharging the Yoga 260's 44 Wh battery when idling. The power consumption is very low. 23 watts during peak load is very little for a 15-watt Skylake system. That would be exemplary if we did not know that throttling leads to a lower stress test power consumption than temporary normal load.

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 20FD001XGE
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
HP Elitebook Revolve 810 G3
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 P20W-C-106
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
Toshiba Portege Z20t-B-10C
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GVNU
Power Consumption
5%
-10%
-88%
19%
Idle Minimum *
3.6
2.1
42%
3.7
-3%
8.8
-144%
2.4
33%
Idle Average *
6.3
4
37%
8.9
-41%
12.8
-103%
4.6
27%
Idle Maximum *
7.6
5.4
29%
10.7
-41%
13.7
-80%
5.6
26%
Load Average *
27.2
27.1
-0%
22
19%
38
-40%
15.6
43%
Load Maximum *
22.8
41.5
-82%
19.5
14%
39
-71%
30.7
-35%

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.35 / 0.64 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.6 / 6.3 / 7.6 Watt
Load midlight 27.2 / 22.8 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Runtime

44 Wh, only screw-fastened
44 Wh, only screw-fastened

The battery life of almost six hours is useful, but not extraordinary. The EliteBook Revolve 810 G3 achieves 44% more with the same capacity in the Wi-Fi test (2:30 hours longer!). The idle power consumption does not look quite as bad. In relation to almost 16 hours (idle) and almost 6 hours (Wi-Fi), almost seven hours might be possible. Lenovo states up to 10 hours of runtime (MobileMark 2007, estimated maximum rate), but we cannot confirm that. Toshiba's Portégé Z20t steps out of line with its 72 Wh battery. The Core M easily achieves almost 13 hours in the Wi-Fi test with this lavish reserve.

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 20FD001XGE
44 Wh 6500U
HP Elitebook Revolve 810 G3
44 Wh 5600U
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
44 Wh M-5Y70
Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 P20W-C-106
42 Wh 6500U
Toshiba Portege Z20t-B-10C
72 Wh M-5Y71
Dell Latitude 13 7350
50 Wh M-5Y10
Battery Runtime
28%
18%
-30%
156%
102%
Reader / Idle
943
1103
17%
635
-33%
1616
71%
953
1%
WiFi v1.3
346
499
44%
241
-30%
760
120%
Load
92
113
23%
155
68%
348
278%
278
202%
H.264
428
379
787
472
WiFi
379
522
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
15h 43min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
5h 46min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 32min

Pros

+ excellent input devices + stylus
+ bright, matte touchscreen
+ interfaces + docking port
+ low noise
+ extensively configurable
+ security features

Cons

- heavy CPU throttling
- TFT's color reproduction
- "predetermined breaking point" on chassis
- slightly distorted microphone recordings
- poor webcam

Verdict

In review: Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 20FD001XGE. Test model courtesy of Notebooksandmore.
In review: Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 20FD001XGE. Test model courtesy of Notebooksandmore.

The smallest version of the Yoga 260 already costs 1131 Euros (~$1234) in Lenovo's shop. It comes with an IPS HD panel (touch, matte), a Core i3 and a 128 GB SSD. The review sample is priced at 1480 Euros (~$1614) with higher configurations (16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD) available. A device has to offer more than just the aura of legendary ThinkPad subnotebooks to justify these prices.

The Yoga 260 accepts the challenge and follows in the footsteps of Lenovo's ThinkPad X250 Ultrabook. The input devices are adopted 1:1, which is very positive. The rest of the 360 degree convertible's aura is a completely different one than that of the classic ThinkPad X250. Converting a laptop into a tablet is undoubtedly avant-garde in a meeting. The same is true for Tent Mode that allows making lovely presentations. However, the Yoga 260 becomes unique with its combination of matte touchscreen and stylus with pressure levels. Fill out a Web form via stylus, make side notes - the modern ThinkPad user can now do that productively.

Only the mediocre battery life restricts productivity somewhat. At least the battery is recharged fully within two hours. We like the bright, matte touchscreen. Besides that, the OneLink+ docking port adds multiple ports externally without needing the USB protocol and it even recharges the Yoga 260. The multiple configurations of low-end (i3, 4 GB, HD panel) up to high-end (i7, 512 GB, FHD panel) are typical business. The optional LTE module (M.2 not in review sample) and SIM card slot enable mobile data connections independent of a smartphone. Low emissions round off the package of a practical and light convertible.

There does not seem much to complain about. But then why is the rating "only" in the upper Good section (86%)? The Yoga 260 cannot outclass the "quasi-predecessor" ThinkPad X250 (87%) despite its multiple modes. We mostly disliked the breaking point in the bezel. As nice as it is to store and recharge the stylus here, the designers should have thought about a potential risk of breakage. The TFT's color reproduction is quite weak, but that can be remedied if not eliminated via calibration or using the installed color profiles. And then there is the issue of CPU throttling during just normal load. Why should the fastest 15-watt i7 be purchased if it cannot deliver what it promises?

In our opinion, HP's EliteBook Revolve 810 G3 with better runtimes and also very good input devices is a lucrative rival. It also has a docking port and LTE modem, but the very good IPS TFT only has an outdated HD resolution of 1366x768 pixels. The price of 2000 Euros (~$2181) is good but somewhat exaggerated. Then we would prefer the Portégé Z20t-B with a Full HD panel (AR coated!). The tablet with docking keyboard also costs 2000 Euros (~$2181).

Thus, Lenovo's Yoga 3 Pro (starts at 1100 Euros/~$1200) remains to be our favorite among the rivals in terms of price. It has a resolution of 3200x1800 pixels, but is glossy. It also lacks some business options, such as upgrade possibilities, docking and security. We have not finished testing Toshiba's Satellite Radius 12 P20W-C, but we can already say: The Radius 12 is a high-quality device with decent input devices that, however, lacks relevant professional features (maintenance, connectivity, security).

It is ultimately not a question of choice: The buyer or company either has 2000 Euros (~$2181) at their disposal, which would make the EliteBook Revolve 810 G3 or Portégé Z20t-B the matching device (almost) without compromise, or the Yoga 260 is a good choice when "only" 1000 to 1500 Euros (~$1090 to ~$1636) are in the budget. Its entry-level configuration is relatively affordable and features professional business qualities that HP and Fujitsu provide at approximately 2000 Euros (~$2181). Dell's Latitude 13 7350 with a Core M-5Y10 and FHD touchscreen for around 1400 Euros (~$1527) should not be forgotten. The long battery life of 8:42 hours (Wi-Fi test) is complemented by very good input devices, a superb FHD panel and a maintenance hatch. However, the device's stability is a shortcoming just like the comparatively weak computing performance.

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 20FD001XGE - 04/18/2016 v5.1(old)
Sebastian Jentsch

Chassis
88 / 98 → 90%
Keyboard
92%
Pointing Device
94%
Connectivity
61 / 80 → 77%
Weight
71 / 35-78 → 84%
Battery
86%
Display
83%
Games Performance
57 / 68 → 84%
Application Performance
84 / 87 → 97%
Temperature
92%
Noise
90%
Audio
44 / 91 → 48%
Camera
50 / 85 → 59%
Average
76%
86%
Convertible - Weighted Average

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