Lenovo ThinkPad Y260 and Y460 Hands-On Preview

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20150901_142129The Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga series is all about mixing flexibility with utility, offering the top notch performance of a ThinkPad, while simultaneously affording users the ability to easily transform between tablet and laptop with the Yoga’s 360 degree hinge design. The newly announced Lenovo Thinkpad Y260 and Y460 will be looking to expand on that with improved performance and wide array of features, including LTE-A options.Equipped with Intel’s newest 6th generation chipset and potent DDR4 memory these just may be Lenovo’s best business/convertible hybrids to date.

The Lenovo Thinkpad Y260 will be the more portable of the pair at only 2.9 pounds, making it the lightest 12.5-inch convertible on the market. The sleek angular design will be available in both midnight black and silver options. The carbon-fiber lid is soft to the touch, while the magnesium alloy offers a sturdy dependable design. In true Thinkpad fashion, Lenovo hasn’t skimped of the utility, despite the devices incredibly slim form factor. The laptop features a wide collection of ports including two USB 3.0 ports, a mini DisplayPort, an HDMI connector, a microSD card reader and a OneLink+ dock connector (capable of outputting 4K video resolution).

Aiming first and foremost at enterprise-grade users the Y260 will also comes equipped with a plethora of security tools including dTPM encryption, a Kensington lock slot, a Smart Card Reader, and an optional fingerprint touch reader. On the other end of the spectrum the Y260 also offers something for creatives with the new rechargeable Thinkpad Pro Pen. The new stylus comfortably fits in the right side of the chassis near the audio jack. Users won’t have to worry about batteries either as a quick 10 second charge is all you need for 3 hours of non-stop functionality according to Lenovo.

20150901_142211While all these new bells and whistles are nice, what really makes the Thinkpad Y series so special is the upgraded innards. The Y260 will offer top-notp performance with Intel’s 6th Generation Processors, up to 16GB of DDR4 and up to 512GB SSD storage with PCIe storage options. The Y260 will feature a 12.5-inch display with optional FHD (1920 x 1080) resolution, and road warriors can opt to include LTE-A mobile connectivity to ensure they can stay in touch no matter what.

The Lenovo Thinkpad Y460 will be a little heftier at 3.9 pounds. With a full carbon fiber chassis design, the 14-inch Y460 isn’t as angular as it’s counterpart, instead opting for rounded corners and slow moving curves. The Y460 will share the same color options of both midnight black and silver. Likewise the device will be outfitted with ample connectivity including three USB 3.0 ports, a mini DisplayPort, a 4-in-1 card reader and an HDMI connector. The Y460 will also offer a rechargeable ThinkPad Pro Pen, Kensington lock slot and optional fingerprint reader.

While both devices are pretty similar, there are some differences concerning their respective specs. The Lenovo Y460 will also feature Intel’s 6th generation processors, but it won’t support DDR4 memory, instead the Y460 will ship with up to 8GB of DDR3. Another noticeable difference is the various memory options, including both 1TB HDD and up to 256GB SSD, but the Y460 does not offer PCIe storage options. While the Y260 will likely be more attractive for the road warriors that need optimal performance, the Y460 looks like it will be a better option for those who need solid graphical performance. The Y460 will offer an optional WQHD (2560 x 1440) IPS panel and Nvidia Geforce GTX 940M (with 2GB of DDR5) discrete GPU option. For those that want both strong graphical performance and connectivity on the go, no need to worry, the Y460 will also offer optional LTE-A support.

20150901_141701Despite their differences both devices distinctively feel like Thinkpad devices. The Lenovo Thinkpad Y260 and Y460 both feel incredibly well built. The chassis held up well under pressure, and transitioning between the various modes was quick and easy via the 360 degree hinge design. The iconic island-style keyboard makes a triumphant return in both models. Key travel is impressive given their slim form factors and feedback feels responsive and consistent. While the trackpoint has never been kind to me personally, old-school users will be happy to that bright rubber ball just above the b-key, complete with mousepad buttons located above the smooth rubber touchpads.

The Lenovo Thinkpad Y260 and Y460 will start at $950 and $1,050 respectively. The Y260 will be made available starting in November, while the Y460 will be made available starting in select countries in October and in the United States starting in January.

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  1. aalexv

    I’m digging the y260. It’s making me impatient! I actually inquired with Lenovo sales; as far as they know it’s coming before December.