Review | Lenovo Ideacentre Y720 gaming desktop

Today’s fast-paced generation does not just require speed, but also efficiency. Giant tech brands have answered every computing demand by packing impressive specifications in their devices.

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In the case of Lenovo, the Chinese company has also enhanced their desktop’s facade, hence the inception of Ideacentre Y720 cube gaming desktop.

Unboxing and Design

Lenovo sends out the Y720 boxed in a hefty case that is half of the cube’s size. Along with the unit, it is bundled with HDMI, VGA, and DVI connectors. These connectors are intended to hook up with the Y72g – a 27-inch LCD gaming monitor that we’re reviewing in another post.

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It’s no secret how attractive this desktop is. Despite its voluptuous measurement (12.38 inches), the Y720 kept its appeal with sexy curves and edges placed on thoughtful areas.

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At the top are the rib cage-looking surface for heat ventilation and a handle bar for convenient carrying of the cube. They are joined by the power button, two USB 3.0 ports, and two 3.5mm sockets for audio input and output. Additionally, we also love the rubber-like material used to cover the top surface supplying grip when carrying the cube around.

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The gladiator-looking Y720 has thumbscrews on the back so you could remove the left and right cheek if you got something to fix inside. Although you can modify the lighting intensity of the cube’s red accents through the Nerve Center, Lenovo gives you no options to change its color.

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Rear ports include two USB 3.0, four USB 2.0, one PS/2, one RJ45 Gigabit LAN with Killer LAN, six audio input and output including an S/PDIF. Using the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070, there are three DisplayPort, HDMI, and VGA sockets surfacing the rear.

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Overall, the Y720 cube is a perfect thing to see on your desk from a gaming standpoint. Although it may take a lot of space, placing it on your desk rather than on the floor is still a better idea given the arrangement of USB ports, which you don’t want to be unreachable.

Performance

Before we dig into the benchmarking scores, we’d just like to mention how convenient the Y720 is. Its remarkable set of RAM (16GB), processor (Intel Core i7-7700 @ 3.60GHz), graphics processing unit (Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB DDR5), and internal storage (128GB solid-state drive + 1TB hard disk drive) has been more than enough to nurse our needs from productivity, video and photo editing, to gaming. For the complete specifications, here it is:

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With that, we’re happy with how the benchmark scores went:

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Using the maximum settings in 1920 x 1080 resolution in heavy games such as Metal Gear V: The Phantom Pain, Rise of the Tomb Raider, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and Battlefield 1, the Lenovo Ideacentre Y720 gaming desktop hit the following scores in frames per second (FPS):

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Conclusion

The Lenovo Ideacentre Y720 gaming desktop surely hit a spot in our hearts with its supreme performance and dashing visage. We feel like it deserves its retail price of $1,400 (at roughly P80,000 with additional government duties) given its ability to welcome hardware customization from users. Even if you’re into building your own rig, the Ideacentre Y720 could still catch your attention wearing its compact design.

The Good:

  • Sufficient input/output ports
  • Compact and cool design
  • Swift performance

The Bad:

  • Chunkier among its peers
  • Can’t modify the LED color

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