Whenever a new gaming desktop comes out, I’m always curious to see whether they look like space jetfighters, alien motherships, or some other kind of sci-fi trope. In the case of the Lenovo Ideacentre Y710 Cube, the darn thing looks like a robot alien’s pet animal – the kind that doesn’t really do anything useful, but is downright adorable all the same.
While traditional gaming PCs are relegated to designated workstations where you sit down to play your game, Lenovo is pushing the idea of its new rig as a console-like machine that you can move around the house for playing wherever you feel like it. As such, it comes with a carry handle on top for easily moving from the bedroom to the living room (and back), along with a bundled Xbox One controller and built-in receiver for playing games without having to worry about your mouse-and-keyboard setup.
The Lenovo Ideacentre Y710 Cube has a 3.4GHz quad-core processor, with up to 32GB of DDR4 memory, a 256GB SSD with up to 2TB HDD, and your choice of GPU (with a NVIDIA GTX 1080 Founder’s Edition at the high end). It measures 15.5 x 9.9 x 12.4 inches and weighs just over 16 pounds, so it’s reasonably compact enough for moving around the house, with an Ethernet and Wi-Fi setup that allows both to connect at the same time for faster networking performance. And, yes, the embedded LEDs in the case are customizable via the Lenovo Nerve Center software.
Slated for availability in October, the Lenovo Ideacentre Y710 Cube is priced at $1,299 with the GTX 1080 on board.