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Hands on with the Lenovo ThinkPad YOGA 260 & 460

By Adam Z. Lein September 2, 2015, 3:00 am

For the more business-related and content creation crowd, Lenovo makes the ThinkPad YOGA series and today two new models have been announced; the ThinkPad YOGA 260 and ThinkPad YOGA 460. These are a couple of 2-in-1 tablet PC convertibles that are able to pack a huge amount of power both as a Windows 10 tablet or a Windows 10 laptop computer. They’re very similar, but the 460 is capable of packing even more features into its form factor.

Both have the 360 degree screen hinge that offers multiple usage modes; laptop mode, stand mode, tent mode, and tablet mod. Both come with Windows 10 as well, but a Windows 7 downgrade is still supported.  They’re configurable with different processor types that include up to a 6th generation Intel Core i7 CPU.

The ThinkPad YOGA 260 has a 1920 x 1080 300 nits 12.5-inch screen while the 460 has a 2560 x 1440 px 14″ screen and the YOGA 460 also supports the option of adding an NVIDIA GeForce 940M 2GB dedicated GPU. Both have 2 or 3 USB 3.0 ports, a Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, OneLink+ docking station expansion and the 260 has a MicroSD slot while the 460 has a 4-in-1 media card slot.  The YOGA 260 can support up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM, while the 460 supports up to 8GB.  With the 260, you can choose up to a 512GB SSD for storage while the 460 supports up to a 1TB hard disk or up to a 256GB SSD. The 260 is lighter at about 2.9lbs, while the 460 would be about 3.9lbs. Both versions are available in black or silver.

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One of the interesting innovations in these new ThinkPad YOGA 260 is the keyboard.  In the above picture, you can see how the keys nicely extrude from the base, and it looks like there’s a good amount of travel for typing.  That’s great for laptop mode, but… 

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If you flip the screen around and convert it into tablet mode, those keys are exposed on the back of the device. This new feature collapses the keyboard so that it’s flush with the back of the tablet in tablet mode. There are little rubber feet on the corners to protect the keys even more if you’re laying the device down on a table in “stand mode” for example. It feels a lot more sturdy in tablet mode too since you can hold the device on the back and the keyboard is no longer full of movable keys.
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There’s a garaged pressure-sensitive stylus on these ThinkPad YOGA tablet convertibles too!  The pressure-sensitive stylus does support palm rejection so you can rest your hand on the screen while drawing or writing.  In the above photo you can see two metal contacts on the stylus.  These allow it to be recharged while it’s housed in the PC’s base.
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The stylus is a bit thin and small, but that is to be expected since you want it to be able to fit inside the tablet when not in use. The samples we got to see weren’t set up with any high-end creative software that would really take advantage of the stylus (even OneNote wasn’t set up and there was not internet connection for it), so we didn’t get to test it extensively, but writing in the handwriting recognition panel worked quite well.

The Lenovo ThinkPad YOGA 260 will start at $949 for the base configuration and the ThinkPad YOGA 460 will start at $1049 for its base configuration. Obviously the price will increase as you choose optional add-on configurations.

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