When comparing Yoga 3 Pro vs Lenovo ThinkPad T460s, the Slant community recommends Lenovo ThinkPad T460s for most people. In the question“What is the best laptop for programming?” Lenovo ThinkPad T460s is ranked 5th while Yoga 3 Pro is ranked 34th. The most important reason people chose Lenovo ThinkPad T460s is:
The Thinkpad T460s is more than adequate at performing daily mainstream tasks. It achieved a Geekbench 3 score of 6796 which is way ahead of the average for this laptop category (6271). The 256GB SSD is also very fast and is able to copy 4.97GB worth of data in just 33 seconds. Even though the GPU does not support any heavy gaming or CAD work, it's still possible to do some picture or video editing comfortably.
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Pro Weighs just 1.19kg / 2.62 pounds
At 2.62 pounds this ultrabook is on the lighter side of available devices.
Pro Runs almost completely silent
Intel's Core M energy efficient CPUs allow designing devices without a need for fans that create unwanted noise. And because the device has a 256GB SSD, the Yoga 3 Pro runs almost completely silent.
Pro Well-spaced, back-lit keyboard
The keyboards spacing feels comfortable and is back lit, making it easy to use in low light situations.
Pro 9 hour battery life
At 9 hours battery life users should be able to get through a full work day without charging.
Pro Can adjust settings based on app in use
Screen lighting levels and color temperatures can change automatically depending on what app is being used.
Pro Fantastic display 3200 x 1800 QHD+ display
The Yoga 3 Pro has a 3800 by 1800 IPS display that is very bright & sharp.
Pro Versatile design
One of the most useful features of the Yoga 3 Pro is how versatile the design is. You can use it as a standard laptop, as a tablet and in the stand/tent configurations. The solid hinge means you won't be afraid to move it around to find whatever position feels best for you.
Pro Great performance for daily mainstream tasks
The Thinkpad T460s is more than adequate at performing daily mainstream tasks. It achieved a Geekbench 3 score of 6796 which is way ahead of the average for this laptop category (6271). The 256GB SSD is also very fast and is able to copy 4.97GB worth of data in just 33 seconds.
Even though the GPU does not support any heavy gaming or CAD work, it's still possible to do some picture or video editing comfortably.
Pro Great build quality
The body is made of magnesium and the lid is reinforced by carbon fiber which makes it extremely durable as well. Lenovo claims that the laptop has passed MIL-STD 810G durability tests for extreme temperatures, high altitudes, humidity and vibrations.
Pro Great minimalistic design
The chassis has a simple matte black coating that surrounds the whole laptop. The only dashes of color are provided by the red trackpoint on the keyboard and the red dot on the logo on the back of the lid.
Pro Good touchpad
The T460s has a 3.9x2.2inch buttonless touchpad which provides relatively accurate navigation without lag or stuttering. It has a matte surface which has the right amount of friction to be enjoyable to use. The touchpad also supports multi-touch gestures and two-finger swiping.
Pro Very portable
At 3lbs and at 13 x 8.9 x.74 inches it's a very small, lightweight, and portable laptop.
Con Computers may have man-in-the-middle adware installed
Lenovo is shipping computers preinstalled with man-in-the-middle adware called Superfish. It's a web proxy that can hijack any web session, including encrypted/https sessions. And since the root certificate is the same for everyone with private key present on the machine that's now publicly known, anyone can spoof any site to people using Lenovo laptops. Currently, it affects IE and Chrome browsers with Chrome expected to push an update that will block the certificate soon.
Uninstalling Superfish won't remove the certificate.
Lenovo are standing by their choice to install adware.
Con Worse battery life than Yoga 2, its predecessor
Goes for only about 6-7 hours (Lenovo advertises 9).
Con Slower than Yoga 2, its predecessor
The Yoga 3 is actually slower and has worse battery life when compared to its previous model.
Con Glossy screen might cause issues in bright environments
Glossy screens are just not good for a work machine, they are meant more for multimedia. So when the ultrabook market is geared towards users who need the portability for work a glossy screen does not make a lot of sense. High lighting situations such as an office (work) or outdoors (portability) create an extremely hard to see screen when they are glossy.
Con Poor battery life
In order to make this laptop thinner Lenovo have opted to remove the extended and removable batteries which in turn has decreased the overall battery life of this laptop. Simple web surfing using Wi-Fi at a screen brightness of 100 nits caused a full battery to be drained in just 7 hours.
Con Stiff and shallow keyboard
The keys are relatively stiff and require too little actuation force which in turn makes users "bottom out" rather often which can get quite annoying.