Gaming PCs that are both crazy powerful and portable enough to carry to LAN parties are growing in numbers. And no, we’re not counting luxuries like the 8pack Asteroid, which come with their own flight cases, among them. Like the Alienware Aurora R5, Lenovo’s new Ideacenter Y700 Cube has a handle built into its case that makes lugging it to gaming halls, your friend’s bedroom, or the room next door much less of a hassle.
Wherever you take the Y710 Cube, which was on show at IFA 2016, its design is bound to catch eyes. Its front edge houses the main attraction – a three-pronged glowing red light that lends this box-shaped offering the appearance of a Cylon from Battlestar Galactica. The case is decked in various shades of matte grey plastic that’s chopped up with red and black, borrowing design language from the company’s Ideacentre Y900 desktop from last year. It looks clean, modern and menacing to boot.
Lenovo has built ports into the Y710’s top edge, alongside its rear. On the top are two USB 3.0 ports, in addition to headphone and microphone connections. Flip the machine around and you’ll find DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA and DVI-D ports, alongside the ones for USB and power supply. PC gaming isn’t purely a bedroom activity any more, and Lenovo has to some lengths to make the Y700 as TV-friendly as possible.
Running a finger alongside the bottom edge of the machine locates a button that switches on a built-in Xbox Wireless controller adapter. Of course, Lenovo is bundling an Xbox One controller for Windows 10 with the machine, so you’ll be able to dive into controller-friendly titles without having a massive dongle sticking out the back of your tidily-designed rig, or having to put up with any wires snaking from the controller to the PC.
There’s enough power on offer here to run the latest titles in all their glory. The Y700 can be configured with Nvidia’s GTX 1080 Founder’s Edition graphics card, which has massive overclock potential and places gaming within 4K squarely in reach. That’s twinned with up to a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor clocked at 3.4GHz and up to 32GB of DDR4 memory.
It’s not clear what scope there is for upgradability, but it’s possible to gain entry to the right-hand side of the machine via two screws near the power supply. The display unit here being used to power through a session of Hearthstone, which wasn’t something we dared interrupt.
The Lenovo Y710 Cube is a compact and smartly-designed gaming PC that could do a job for gamers who travel around with their machine or simply move it between rooms in the house. And if you’re keen on gaming with an Xbox One controller, it’s hard to think of a PC that makes doing so more convenient. And then there’s traditional keyboard-and-mouse gaming that, along with VR, should be no problem for this cube-shaped monster.