After a first entry in the laptop gaming market, Lenovo is now going into the PC Gaming desktop market. This is a difficult market, and from what I have heard in China, Lenovo is not entering it lightly. Although it is a niche market, the company thinks that it is very important because of the level of passion that users have. It is fair to say that most OEMs fail because their designs did not live up to users’ expectations.
That’s precisely what Lenovo wants to avoid. With the ideaCentre Y900 and Y700 gaming desktop, Lenovo has addressed a couple of key points:
1/ the default configs have to be powerful enough to satisfy customers who want a great out of the box experience. This means having options like dual-GPU configuration and fast, overclockable, CPUs.
2/ have chassis that can be customizable and easy to deal with. This is an important one because most “Gaming PCs” that OEMs have produced in the past have failed at this, usually because they cheaped-out on the case design. After looking at this computer in the real world, I’d say that Lenovo has done a pretty good job here. It’s not 100% perfect, but they get that it’s important, and have covered it well.
The guts of the Y900 is an Intel gen6 Core i7 “K” processor (K means that it is designed to be overclocked), 64GB of DDR4 RAM and up to two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 graphics cards with 4GB of RAM each.
At order-time you can select a number of different SSHD / SSD combinations, along with a DVD or Blu-Ray drive (RAMBO). There’s room for more drives if you want to add some. There are plenty of ports as well:
Back ports: 2 x USB 2.0, 4 USB 3.0, 1 Giga LAN, HDMI/VGA/DVIHDMI-out, 6 audio jack with SPDIF (7.1 surround sound), 1 PS/2 Combo
Front ports: 7 in 1 card reader, 2 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, 2 audio/microphone jacks
All in all, the ideaCentre Y900 is a quality gaming desktop (33 Lbs!) which comes at a price tag of $1599+. This is not “cheap”, and it shows that Lenovo is serious about quality and performance.