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Lenovo's new VR-ready gaming PCs look like damn Cylons

Lenovo's new VR-ready gaming PCs look like damn Cylons

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Lenovo has announced a pair of new gaming PCs: the IdeaCentre Y710 Cube and the all-in-one IdeaCentre AIO Y910. Both conform to the established gaming PC aesthetic, using red and black coloring, industrial textures like faux carbon fiber, and a surfeit of a angular lines and grills. (The Y710 tower also bears a striking resemblance to a Cylon's head.) And, like many of the most recent PC and laptop releases, they're also advertised as "VR-ready."

Lenovo is even dubbing the Y710 the "console conqueror" — a grandiose, but accurate title. Choosing the highest-end options on the Y710 gets you Nvidia's beefy, power-efficient GeForce GTX 1080, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, a 6th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, and a hybrid storage system with 2TB HDD and 256GB of SSD. This, says Lenovo, will let players "confidently handle 4K gaming, VR and high-quality streaming," although with prices for the Y710 with a GTX 1070 GPU starting at $1,299, we're not sure everyone will be able to handle the price.

It's also worth noting that the Y710 is oddly deficient when it comes to ports. There are connections for HDMI and VGA, but only one apiece. And there are just four USB ports — two 3.0 ports on the front, one 3.0 and one 2.0 port on the back. Given that some gaming keyboards use two USBs, and that you'll then want to connect your mouse and maybe a headset, that's just not enough ports. The Y710 also has a built-in handle and an optional Xbox One wireless controller, but these extras aren't as useful as better connectivity.

Next up is the all-in-one Y910, which is again being marketed as VR-ready. Its top specs are identical to those of the Y710 (GTX 1080, 32GB of RAM, 2TB/256GB storage, Intel Core i7 processor), but, of course, all these components come packed behind a 27-inch display with Quad HD 2560 x 1440 resolution. Prices start at $1,799 for the Y910 (that's with a GTX 1070 GPU), but again, we don't know what the cost is for the highest specs. Both the Y910 and Y710 will be available from October.