Lenovo Gaming PCs announced
I have been absent from blogging during the summer – busy with other things. But now that autumn is coming, there will be some big announcements coming. At Gamescom 2016, Lenovo just announced a couple of gaming machines! And expect more announcements from Berlin starting on the 31st of this month, when #LenovoLaunch and IFA is happenning again.
If you are a gamer, you probably saw Lenovo announcing gaming strategy changes last year. They have been working on new gaming products to please this segment of the PC market. Today they announced a couple of interesting gaming rigs.
IdeaCentre AIO Y910
This is an All-In-One PC, meaning it combines the computer and the display together. And what a display it is, at 27″ and having a QHD resolution!
Quick look at the specs:
- CPU: up to 6th generation Intel Core i7 processors
- RAM: up to 32Gb of DDR4
- GPU: up to NVidia GeForce GTX 1080 with 8GB of video memory
- Display: 27″ QHD (2560 x 1440), nearly edgeless
- Storage: up to 2TB HDD + 256GB SSD.
Lenovo advertises the system as 4K and VR (as in Virtual Reality) ready – if you order it with the right kind of graphics card 🙂 But after that it should connect to Oculus and you can enjoy your VR gaming!
The Y910 AIO will be available from September 2016, starting at 1699€. The VR ready version will only come in October 2016, and will set you back 2199€.
Although gaming PCs have long been dominating the gaming market, gaming notebooks are also a very popular category. I would also choose a notebook instead of a computer, because I like to be mobile and move about. So if you are more of a mobile kind of gamer, then the IdeaPad Y910 might interest you more out of the gaming rigs announced today.
I might be so bold and call the IdeaPad Y910 the notebook version of the Y910 All-In-One. And I think the similar product identifier is a way for Lenovo to suggest the same. Specwise the two are pretty close together.
Let’s look at the hardware first.
- CPU: up to 6th generation Core i7 K series CPUs
- RAM: up to 64GB DDR4
- GPU: NVidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB
- Screen: 17.3″ IPS panel with FHD resolution (1920 x 1080) and anti-glare technology.
I could use that for work as well! 🙂
The IdeaPad Y910 will be VR ready and support Oculus.
The IdeaPad Y910 will be available in November 2016, for a price of 2799€. (In North America availability will be Ocober 2016)
IdeaCentre Y710 Cube
One really cool looking system (little brother to the Y910 All-In-One?) is the Y710 Cube.
It resembles a desktop, it is actually designed to be portable: it has a built in carrying handle. It also supports the XBox One wireless controller (although I don’t know what serious PC gamer would want to use the XBox One controller instead of the keyboard+mouse combo? 🙂
Specwise it is very similar to the Y910.
- CPU: up to 6th generation i7 CPUs
- RAM: up to 32Gb DDR4
- GPU: up to NVidia GeForce GTX 1080 with 8GB (for 4K gaming and VR)
- Storage: up to 2TB HDD + 256GB SSD
It is an interesting choice trying to appeal to console gamers to get a bigger system that is more modular. But because of price being a big thing with consoles, I am not sure how this strategy will work out. After all, gaming consoles are sold with a loss (at first, anyway), to make it more affordable to people.
The Cube will be available from August 2016, starting at 899€. The VR ready version will come in September with a price tag of 1699€.
If you are shopping for a new gaming rig, why not also pick up the Lenovo Y Gaming Mechanical Keyboard or the Lenovo Y Gaming Precision Mouse (I wonder if they have a left handed version of that?)