Lenovo Y710, Y910 PCs' Features Could Stir Up Placid Desktop Market

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2016-08-17
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Key Features That Give Lenovo Y710, Y910 Desktops High-End Performance
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    Lenovo Y710, Y910 PC's Features Could Stir Up Placid Desktop Market

    Lenovo's Y710 Cube and Y910 desktops deliver high-end performance and compelling features that might help distinguish them in a saturated PC market. Lenovo Y710, Y910 PC's Features Could Stir Up Placid Desktop Market
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    Lenovo IdeaCentre Y710 Cube Has Sleek, Angular Lines
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    Lenovo IdeaCentre Y710 Cube Has Sleek, Angular Lines

    The Y710 Cube's components are packed inside an angular box with trim lines. Best of all, the device, which weighs 16 pounds, is designed to be easy to carry—an important factor for gamers who want to go anywhere to take on all challengers. Users can plug in a keyboard, mouse and monitor wherever they might be and let the games begin.
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    IdeaCentre Y910 Delivers a Different Experience
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    IdeaCentre Y910 Delivers a Different Experience

    The IdeaCenter Y910 is completely different from the Y710. While the latter is designed to be small and portable, the Y910 is an all-in-one PC designed to remain tethered to a wall. The device features a big 27-inch screen and built-in Harman Kardon stereo speakers.
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    IdeaCentre Y710 Offers Options for Solid-State or Hard Drives

    The Y710 comes with the customer's option of either a hard-disk drive or solid-state drive. Those who choose the hard drive can get up to 2TB of storage while customers who pick the solid-state option will get up to 256GB of storage. Of course, solid-state drives are faster and less prone to mechanical errors, but if it's big storage capacity you're looking for, the hard drive option is quite nice.
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    IdeaCentre Y910: The HD Display Could Attract Buyers

    The 27-inch display in the Y910 could be one of its chief selling points. The screen has quad-HD resolution of 2,560x1,440 and an exceedingly thin bezel. In addition, users accustomed to watching fast-action content, such as sports or video games, will be happy to hear that it has a 144Hz refresh rate and 5ms response time.
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    IdeaCentre Y710 Includes Optimized WiFi

    Since the IdeaCentre Y710 is designed to be a portable computer, it shouldn't come as a surprise that it offers wireless connectivity. However, Lenovo has amped things up a bit by offering Killer DoubleShot Pro WiFi, which optimizes wireless connections and supposedly dramatically reduces lag time. Specifically, the feature analyzes internet usage and prioritizes certain traffic to deliver the best results for important applications.
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    IdeaCentre Y910: A Look Under the Hood
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    IdeaCentre Y910: A Look Under the Hood

    When it comes to power, the Y910 and Y710 are surprisingly similar. The Y910 supports up to a sixth-generation Intel Core i7 processor, 32GB of RAM and the customer's choice of a 2TB hard drive or 256GB solid-state drive. Buyers also can choose either the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 or AMD Radeon RX 460 graphics processor cards.
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    IdeaCentre Y710 Processor Options Are Stellar
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    IdeaCentre Y710 Processor Options Are Stellar

    To get the very best performance from the Cube, Lenovo will allow customers to choose up to a sixth-generation Intel Core i7 processor, although the company didn't provide its clock speed in a statement accompanying the device's announcements. Customers also can bundle up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM and choose Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 for graphics.
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    Y910 Includes Upgradeable Components

    Here's something customers don't hear often about all-in-one PCs: The Lenovo Y910 is fully upgradable. In fact, the device has a detachable back panel that allows users to access its core components. From there, users can upgrade its graphics chip, RAM and other components. It's a feature that shouldn't be overlooked.
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    Y710 Pricing and Availability

    According to Lenovo, the IdeaCentre Y710 basic model will start shipping in August for around $1,000. However, the higher-end versions are slated to launch in October for a starting price of $1,300. An optional mechanical keyboard and optical mouse are available, which will increase that price. Adding some of the higher-end internal components also will boost its price tag.
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    Y910 Pricing and Availability

    Depending on the feature options buyers select, the Y910 is scheduled to ship in September or October at prices ranging from about $2,000 to $2,500 to start. A nicely equipped virtual reality-ready Y910 with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 will start at a more-affordable $1,800 when it ships in October.
 

Lenovo, the world's largest PC manufacturer according to research firm IDC, announced Aug. 16 that it is expanding its presence in desktops. At Gamescom in Germany, Lenovo announced two new IdeaCentre Windows 10 desktops, the Y710 Cube and Y910, that deliver both high-end performance and some compelling features that might help to distinguish them in a saturated PC market. The Y710 Cube, for instance, has a slim, angular profile that looks as if it came from a "Star Wars" movie set, and is designed to make it easy to transport from one place to another. The Y910 is an all-in-one PC that includes a quad-HD display, Nvidia GeForce or AMD Radeon graphics chips and other high-end features. If nothing else, Lenovo's latest PC models are interesting takes on the venerable desktop category. This slide show covers some of the best features in each model and explains why those seeking a high-end computing experience could readily find it in Lenovo's new IdeaCentre computers. Read on to learn why.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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