Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 reviews and prices: 12.5" Laptop computer

29 customer reviews

This laptop is a good all rounder.

£1170 – £1625 at 5 retailers out of 423 retailers checked

8.2 out of 10 based on 29 reviews.
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 with Intel , and on Windows. See full product description

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Victor, Hardware/Software Engineer

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
1. Great design - very clean, slick, typical for TP series and this is one of the best things about TP!
2. Very light and portable
3. Sturdy build quality
4. Hinges initially feel flimsy, but are in fact quite solid and robust, so don't be fooled by the first impression.
5. Both USB ports are high speed USB3, which is excellent (USB 2 is finally history).
6. Touchscreen is very responsive.
7. Stylus and touch screen work great and also work straight out of the box on other OS (such as Linux). +1 for compatibility!
8. Keyboard has a great mechanical lock to prevent key presses in tablet mode
9. FHD 1080p is a great option to have. However, given the 12.5" size be aware that you will need good High DPI support from your OS for things not to appear too tiny. Windows users shouldn't have problems with this since Windows has fairly good support for HiDPI. Linux users may struggle.
10. Battery life is good and will easily last 5-7 hrs with medium load work, but don't fool yourself thinking it will last anywhere near the advertised 10 hrs unless idle with the screen off (which defeats the purpose).
11. Keyboard backlight is good, but not great.
12. Standard Think-series trackpad and touchpad with three buttons over the touchpad. This is very handy and I highly support the fact that Lenovo keep having it.
13. Good cooling. Unlike other reviews, I've never experienced overheating, hardly ever reaching 80°C at 100% load on both cores, four threads (with hyperthreading) and turbo boost at 3GHz. No throttling either and this is with the i7 6500U. For people reading this, note that laptop CPUs have higher thresholds for thermal tolerance. 80°C seems like a lot compared to a desktop, but at full load it is very much acceptable and will not damage your CPU.
14. USB OTG support for charging devices when switched off is a very welcome feature.
Bad points:
1. Only two USB ports. Having an external keyboard and mouse you're out of options for removable drives unless you have a hub or buy the OneLink+ 'dock' (the latter being a bit expensive for what you get).
2. No USB 3 type C port with Thunderbolt - this would have been very welcome and would have solved the above point too. It's tiny in size as well, and there's more than enough space for one. Given that it's been out for quite a while, there's really no excuse for not having one as standard feature, especially for this price range.
3. The battery could have been made easily removable so you could (if needed) swap it with a bulkier one with more capacity like on other TP laptops.
4. Touch- and trackpad could make use of an automatic hardware-based switch to turn them off when in tablet mode (just like the keyboard). The current solution is entirely software based and works great on Windows, but needs ad-hoc script based methods on Linux and other OS.
5. The display could use with a bit more of the anti-glare coating. It's ok, definitely better than none, but it's not matte like other TP models and you will have some degree of glare in wel lit rooms or outside.
6. The bezel around the screen is a bit too wide. This is good when in tablet mode as the Yoga is heavier than tablet devices and having enough space for a good grip without triggering touch events is necessary. However, the bezel's width could have been reduced a bit at the top where the camera is and at the bottom where there's a huge Windows logo staring at you right in the middle. Possibly with a 16:10 screen instead of 16:9 which would also give you a bit more screen space in the same packaging (1920x1200 vs 1920x1080 for a FHD screen).
7. Keyboard backlight's "auto brightness" mode is software controlled and will not work without proper drivers where you will only have three states - Off, Low, or High. This is trivial to implement in hardware with direct connection from the light sensor to the backlight controller with driver controls only for 'tweaking' the default behaviour of "auto".
8. The keyboard's Fn button is to the left of the Ctrl button. Luckily this can be swapped from the BIOS, but is an incredibly bad idea which seems to have become fashionable. Please stop doing it, it's just plain wrong.
9. Would have been good to have the option to ship the laptop OS-free for those of us who don't use Windows as it doesn't make sense to pay for an OS we'll remove straight away.
10. It's a little bit on the expensive side, but not excessively and it's definitely considering the investment for the great build quality that it has.
11. Finally, I realise some of the points I mention may not necessarily apply to all, especially business or casual customers, but I've tried to be thorough and fair particularly raising points that 'power-users' such as myself might find useful. So I hope this helps.
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 21 Sep 2016

MIKE, Hong Kong Often on the move

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Light, A4, powerful enough for what I want. Doubles as a tablet.
Bad points:
I had it for a week and the touch screen started working intermittently. A week later the touch screen stopped all together.

Lenovo repaired it under warrantee (which is nice, but it took four working days and required me to travel two hours across town to drop it off and again to pick it up). They replaced the screen. The touch screen is still a bit sketchy: sometimes it works fine; sometimes I get no response at all.

Close it all down, let it think about what it has done, start it up again. Sometimes the touch screen works again, or not. Very annoying. Not what I have come to expect from Lenovo, which usually seems to make very nice lap tops.
Overall rating 7.0
Battery life 9.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 13 Aug 2016

Mario, Cambridge, UK Business user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Robust, Definitely a professional laptop
Bad points:
Pen. I would have prefared a proper pen like that of the surface pro
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 5.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 09 Jul 2016

Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 12.5
Operating system Windows
Processor brand Intel

Also known as: IFA 2015: Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260, ThinkPad Yoga 260

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Manufacturer's Description

A premium business convertible with everything you need. This thin and lightweight 2-in-1 laptop with four modes adapts elegantly to how you want to use it. Add to that a brilliant 12.5" HD or FHD display with IPS, an integrated digital pen and all-day battery life, and you have the ultimate in flexibility and control.

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