Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 review

A business laptop with a modern twist

ThinkPad 260

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The ThinkPad Yoga 260 is evidence that Lenovo is getting better at combining the reliability of traditional ThinkPads with the modern features that we've come to expect from its Yoga range.

Business owners in need of enterprise-friendly features, such as security, docking and stylus support could do worse than picking up Lenovo's versatile machine.

We liked

The Yoga 260 is in every way a modern ThinkPad, complete with a rotating touchscreen, responsive recharging stylus and Skylake processor.

It has the mettle to chew through everyday tasks without slowdown, thanks to its Skylake chip and healthy amount of RAM. Plus, whether you're typing up documents, surfing the web or communicating with colleagues, you'll love the 260's responsive keyboard.

The 260 isn't overly light or compact for a 12.5-inch machine, but it never feels bulky or weighty, thanks to its grippable design and solid build quality.

There are enough ports to get by on a daily basis, and you can get hold of even more using the OneLink+ dock, sold separately.

We disliked

It's a shame that the 260 possesses a display that's merely acceptable rather than one that does the laptop justice.

Lifeless colors threaten to derail what is an otherwise attractive machine, so it's a good job that the display is sufficiently bright for comfortable viewing.

The Yoga 260's average battery life somewhat limits its productivity potential, and for laptop that's designed to go wherever you go it's disappointing.

Its keyboard is excellent, but watch out for quirky build issues when using its Lift 'n' Lock mechanism.

Final verdict

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.

The laptop's convertible form factor and decent selection of ports makes it more convenient overall than the XPS 12, but it's too chunky to be used as a tablet comfortably for long periods, unlike Dell's machine.

A sensible option all around for the office, the ThinkPad Yoga 260 is a jack of all trades while being a master of none.

Kane Fulton
Kane has been fascinated by the endless possibilities of computers since first getting his hands on an Amiga 500+ back in 1991. These days he mostly lives in realm of VR, where he's working his way into the world Paddleball rankings in Rec Room.