Gamers who aren’t fans of the giant full-tower case are getting another company in their corner. Lenovo announced two compact, VR-ready gaming PCs for the fall. It’s the consumer choice between the IdeaCentre Y710 Cube with a carrying handle, or the IdeaCentre Y910 All-In-One (AIO).
“With VR, live streaming, and lifelike visuals that dwarf consoles, PC gamers have completely new ways to experience and immerse themselves in games today,” Senior Vice President for Lenovo’s PC and smart device business group, Johnson Jia, said in a statement. “Our new IdeaCentre Y710 Cube and IdeaCentre AIO Y910 gaming desktops are the products of years of listening to the growing ways and places in which gamers choose to play, giving them even more freedom with these unique, space-saving forms.”
The specs sound great. Whatever magic they managed to fit the components, I’m impressed with specs up to a sixth-gen Intel i7, GTX 1080, 32GB of DDR4 RAM and your choice of a 256GB SSD or 2TB hard disk. Why is there even an option for non-SSD? Other than hitting the ‘starting at’ price point.
It’s the top line specs that Lenovo promises will be able to handle the 4K gaming, VR, and high-quality streaming. The Lenovo AIO is a 27-inch 2,560 x 1,440 borderless monitor that looks curved in images. Opt for the AIO if you’re anti-cords. The back panel allows for easy access when it’s time to slap a new GPU in.
Each model ships with a 1070, allowing it to push the price down. The Y710 starts at $1,299.99, while the AIO Y910 tips the register at $1,799.99. Adding the full RAM and graphics upgrade will push the price of both systems past the $2,000 mark. Both units have October marked as release dates. Battlefield 1 anyone?
It’s affordable for those looking to grab a VR-ready machine that also sells itself as a compact option for those not looking to clutter their living room with a massive tower.
Can you build it cheaper? Of course, but if you want to slap the easy button, Lenovo is another option in the growing list of VR-ready gaming PCs.