Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga: A Yoga Dressed For Business

PCMark 7 & 8

Futuremark’s PCMark 7 is a well-known benchmark tool that runs the system through ordinary computing tasks, including word processing and multimedia playback and editing. Graphics and processor power figure prominently in this benchmark, but graphics power doesn’t play as big a role here as it does in another Futuremark benchmark, 3DMark (which is designed for testing the system’s gaming capabilities). This test also weights heavily on the performance of the storage subsystem of a given device.

Futuremark PCMark 7
Simulated Application Performance

In PCMark 7, the ThinkPad Yoga did brisk work, coming in second only to the Toshiba KIRAbook, which has a lesser IGP but a faster Core i7 processor. The ThinkPad Yoga notably put some distance between itself and a cluster of other systems with the same (or similar) processor and graphics.

Futuremark PCMark 8 v.2
Trace-based Standard Workload Testing

Futuremark recently launched PCMark 8, which has several built-in benchmark tests. The Home test measures a system's ability to handle basic tasks such as web browsing, writing, gaming, photo editing, and video chat. The Creative test offers similar types of tasks, but has more demanding requirements than the Home benchmark and is meant for mid-range and higher-end PCs. The Work test measures the performance of typical office PC systems that lack media capabilities. Finally, the Storage benchmark tests the performance of SSDs, HDDs and hybrid drives with traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and a selection of popular games.

Again, the ThinkPad Yoga showed off its hardware by delivering strong scores in PCMark 8 v.2. Its Storage test score was right on par with all the other systems in our test bank, while the Work score was tops and the Home score was second to just the more powerfully-appointed Dell XPS 15 configured with a Core i7 processor and discrete NVIDIA 750M graphics.

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