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Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 - i5-6200U - 12.5' - 1920x1080

Technical Details
Marca Lenovo GmbH
Modelo 20FD001XGE
Nombre del modelo ThinkPad YOGA 260
A√Īo de fabricaci√≥n 2015
Peso del producto 1,32 Kg
Dimensiones del producto 31 x 22 x 1,8 cm
N√ļmero de modelo del producto 20FD001XGE
N√ļmero de producto 0889955757371
Capacidad de la memoria RAM 8 GB
Capacidad de la memoria 8 GB
Ranuras de memoria disponibles 1x SO-DIMM
Capacidad de la memoria flash instalada 256
Capacidad de la memoria RAM instalada 8 GB
Capacidad m√°xima de la memoria RAM 16 GB
Tipo de memoria del ordenador SDRAM
Capacidad del disco duro 256 GB
Interfaz del disco duro Serial ATA-600
Descripción del disco duro ssd
Tipo de disco óptico Nicht
Sistema operativo Windows 10 Pro
Fabricante del procesador Intel
Velocidad del procesador 2.3 GHz
Tipo de procesador Core i5
N√ļmero de procesadores 2
Toma del procesador LGA 1356 (Socket B2)
Plataforma inform√°tica Ordenador port√°til
Plataforma de Hardware PC
Descripción de la tarjeta gráfica intel_hd
Coprocesador gr√°fico No
Aparatos compatibles MicroSD (TransFlash)
Tipo de chipset Intel SoC
Versión de aplicación del software 64-Bit
Tecnología de pantalla del portátil LED
Dimensión de la pantalla 12.5 pulgadas
Pantalla a color Sí
Relación de aspecto de imagen 16:9
Relación de aspecto 16:9
Resolución de pantalla 1920 x 1080 Pixel
Máxima resolución de pantalla 1080p Full HD
Potencia nominal de salida de los altavoces 2 vatios
Configuración del canal de sonido Surround del altavoz Dolby Home Theater v4
Factor de forma del micrófono Ja
Potencia eléctrica 2 vatios
Descripción de la batería Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Duración media de la batería 10 horas
Pilas / baterías incluidas No
Pilas / baterías necesarias No
Tipo de conexión inalámbrica 802.11.ac
N√ļmero de canales de salida del altavoz 2
N√ļmero de puertos USB 2
Entrada de interfaz humana Touch Pad
Tipo de dispositivo ultrabook
Tipo de medio Nicht
Incluye batería recargable Sí
Compatible con tecnología Bluetooth Sí

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.

 

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.

_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 (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 (a/b/g/n/ac), 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

_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, KensingtonPower, 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 readerPower supply, docking port, DisplayPort, USB 3.0 sleep & charge, SmartCard reader

_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 1280x720Webcam 1280x720
Reference Canon EOS 1100DReference Canon EOS 1100D
Few details, heavy noiseFew details, heavy noise
Strongly pixelated areasStrongly 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 plateEasy maintenance via base plate
The plate can be removed without hitchesThe plate can be removed without hitches
Wi-Fi chip and CMOS batteryWi-Fi chip and CMOS battery
Fan and SoC (soldered)Fan and SoC (soldered)
Base plateBase plate
Firmly mounted: 360 degree hingeFirmly mounted: 360 degree hinge
Empty M.2 slot - e.g. for LTE moduleEmpty M.2 slot - e.g. for LTE module
RAM: 8 GBRAM: 8 GB
256 GB SSD module in M.2 slot256 GB SSD module in M.2 slot
One of the speakersOne 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 layoutTypical ThinkPad layout
Backlight level 1Backlight level 1
Backlight level 2Backlight level 2
ClickPad with keys and TrackPointClickPad with keys and TrackPoint

_

Display

Subpixel array LEN40E6 N125HCE-GN1Subpixel 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
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)
őĒE Color 8.51 | 0.8-29.43 √ė6.3
őĒE Greyscale 9.23 | 0.64-98 √ė6.6
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
2.24 107%
2.26 106%
2.5 96%
2.43 99%
2.95 81%
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 loadedColor profiles on board but not loaded
AdobeRGB 41%AdobeRGB 41%
sRGB 62%sRGB 62%
CalMAN GrayscaleCalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN ColorCheckerCalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN Saturation SweepsCalMAN 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.

 




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