There is something infinitely comforting about a ThinkPad. Somehow, few things have changed over the decades: the old design and retro logos date back to IBM-day devices, and even the name dates back to the early days of IBM in the 1920s – it was born. company’s. motto, «Think.» Now, in 2016, the ThinkPad Yoga 260 combines the past with the latest technology.
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260: Design
Following the steps from the charming HP EliteBook Folio 1020 , ThinkPad Yoga 260 offers its compact emotions in a 12.5-inch display package. This, in itself, gives it a slight edge over the countless 13.3-inch devices on the market. It is only slightly smaller and easier to handle with one hand, even if it is not lighter than most, it weighs 1.33 kg. However, it is a certified nut. Although there is a bit of flexibility in the Yoga 260 body, the MIL-STD-810G certification suggests that this is a device that will jump more often than it breaks.
ThinkPad Yoga 260 features a now familiar party trick. Its flexible hinge allows you to twist from a standard laptop and do pirouettes through the tent, stand and tablet modes. However, if the Yoga 260 deviates from the usual Yoga formula is that it also clicks on a stylus that is inserted in the right edge. Carefully, the stylus charges its internal battery while in the home slot, and in an additional maneuver, the keyboard keys automatically return as you fold the screen back halfway. This perfectly avoids the slightly weird feeling of pressing the keys when the Yoga 260 is used in tablet mode.
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260: Connectivity
It really is a business as usual elsewhere. While it’s reasonable to expect some compromises, given the size of the Yoga 260, Lenovo has done an excellent job of including all the connectivity and security options you’d expect from an office device.
The presence of two USB 3 ports, HDMI, mini-DisplayPort and a microSD slot is not particularly visible, but the OneLink + owner port is. An in-box adapter uses it to add Ethernet and a VGA output, but it’s also possible to connect one of Lenovo’s docking stations, which adds six more USB ports, Gigabit Ethernet, additional DisplayPort and DVI video outputs, and charging. simultaneously the internal battery.
Needless to say, wireless networks are well served, with the option of a Broadcom or Intel 802.11ac chipset (the latter comes in standard and vPro versions) and you will receive Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC support, whichever you choose.
Interestingly, although there is a SIM slot, our review unit was not equipped with a 4G adapter and there was no sign that it would be an optional supplement on the Lenovo website. I will have to hunt down Lenovo and confirm when, and indeed yes, the UK will see a 4G version of Yoga 260.
And last but not least, the security options are also on the money. A fingerprint reader and TPM 2 are equipped as standard and you can add a full size smart card reader for 14 GBP. So far, so good.