Traditionally, desktop computers accept been of the belfry array for assorted reasons. For starters, the taller appearance allows for added amplification slots and easier admission for upgrading. That hasn’t chock-full assorted OEMs from advancing out with altered sizes and shapes and our Lenovo Ideacentre Y720 Cube joins added contempo Lenovo reviews actuality at Techaeris and takes a attending at a chic attractive cube shaped desktop computer. Read on to see how it performs in our abounding review.
The Lenovo Ideacentre Y720 Cube (as tested) has the afterward appearance and specifications:
While not a able cube, the cubic architecture of the Lenovo Ideacentre Y720 Cube lends to its namesake. The architecture is rather glassy and fun with aciculate angles and lighting which emphasis the Lenovo Y gaming logo.The advanced console is aboveboard attractive beeline assimilate it but angles out sharply. The Lenovo Y LED is advanced and center, and on either ancillary of the accoutrements and about the basal of the Y, the advanced is accomplished with a grille blazon accomplished metal piece. The actual basal of this console forms a V appearance beneath which is hidden the Xbox wireless bond button. On either ancillary of the metal panel is an angled artificial allotment accomplished with a carbon cilia look. The appropriate console has the LEGION by Lenovo nameplate at a appropriate bend up the basal bend in red. Beneath anniversary of these ancillary panels is accession red LED allotment which glows angling bottomward appear the apparent of your desk.
The Lenovo Ideacentre Y720 Cube gaming desktop.
The top of the advanced console extends up over the top of the computer and the absolute top/front top is accomplished with a atramentous bendable blow paint. While the bendable blow acrylic gives the belfry a nice look, it is a appealing big dust magnet. The Lenovo logo is debossed in the high left-hand corner of the top front. The top console has a analytical architecture as it angles upwards and Lenovo has implemented a handle actuality for easier affective and alteration of the tower. Appear the advanced of the top, in advanced of the handle, you’ll acquisition the annular ability button on the appropriate and two USB 3.0 ports breach by the headphone and microphone jack. The larboard USB anchorage is additionally a powered port. Beneath the handle is two rows of angled vents with red grille beneath it to tie into the atramentous and red motif.
Top appearance of the Lenovo Ideacentre Y720 Cube.
The ancillary panels are appealing agnate in appearance and architecture with the carbon cilia accomplishment extending forth the narrower top angled edge. Across the centermost of anniversary console is accession angled allotment with the Lenovo logo debossed on the larboard console and the specs, authoritative advice and assorted Windows/Intel/Dolby stickers on it. Aloft this allotment are four aperture slats and beneath are three added acceptance for added airflow through the system. The panels are both busted into the aback of the belfry with two screws anniversary that are calmly disposable after a screwdriver.
The larboard console of the Lenovo Ideacentre Y720 Cube.
The aback of the arrangement is area you’ll acquisition all your ports. In the case of our analysis unit, there is a DisplayPort, HDMI port, and DVI anchorage on the top left-hand ancillary from the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB video card. Hardly off-centered appear the larboard ancillary is your capital array of ports which accommodate the accepted bristles 3.5mm audio connectors, an optical audio port, Ethernet jack, two USB 2.o ports, two USB 3.0 ports, onboard DVI, VGA, and HDMI ports which are all capped with a atramentous awning with the do not use attribute on them, and assuredly a PS/2 anchorage and two added USB 2.0 ports abreast the bottom. The appropriate bisected of the aback is acclimated up by the ability accumulation with the fan about centered actuality with the ability bung anchorage in the basal appropriate corner.
The ports on the rear of the Lenovo Ideacentre Y720 Cube.
Finally, the exoteric is angled out on the basal with an appropriately angled architecture with added vents and four elastic anxiety which acquiesce the belfry to sit about 3/8″ aloft your desktop.
While regular-sized building acquiesce for added amplification slots and advancement choices, the autogenous of the Lenovo Ideacentre Y720 Cube is a lot added cramped. That’s not to say you can’t advancement components, but you will be bound to what you can add here. Beneath the larboard console is area you’ll acquisition the ability accumulation and the best way to admit added adamantine drives.
The centralized larboard ancillary of the Lenovo Ideacentre Y720 Cube.
The appropriate ancillary is area you can admission the motherboard. Again, in our analysis unit, there was one HDD installed but there is allowance for accession HDD or SSD based on the admeasurement of the drive bay enclosure. A distinct 8GB DIMM is additionally installed and there is a chargeless DIMM anchorage for a additional stick. The video agenda takes up the top — and alone — PCIe 3.0 slot. Beneath this is a fan apartment for cooling the CPU. In addition, there’s no atom or way to put in an optical drive of any affectionate if you’re attractive to accommodate that array of affair in your arrangement build.
The centralized appropriate ancillary of the Lenovo Ideacentre Y720 Cube.
As you can tell, while you can advancement the Y720 Cube slightly, best of the upgrades would be replacements of added drives/video cards should you accept at some point bottomward the alley to do so. Overall, though, the Y720 cube does accept a fun, cool, agressive attractive architecture and although it’s a bit added than a accepted computer belfry case it’s not as abysmal or alpine and looks bigger sitting on your desk.
The Lenovo Ideacentre Y720 Cube ships with the 64-bit Windows 10 Home — which is no absolute abruptness actuality as that’s appealing abundant the accepted for best systems these days. As far as Windows 10 as an operating system, there are no complaints actuality from the accepted computer use to gaming front.
The big question, as always, is aloof how abundant bloatware does this appear with? Windows seems to be accepting worse with some of the pre-installed apps and amateur it comes with and unfortunately, this one is no exception. You’ll acquisition the usual Candy Crush Soda Saga, Disney Magic Kingdoms, and more. On the app ancillary of things, Plex and Keeper were preinstalled. Fortunately, all of these can calmly be uninstalled if you don’t appetite them but, as some of you’ll agree, we’d abundant rather install what we appetite than accept to uninstall what we don’t. On that note, the above apps and amateur that are preinstalled aren’t absolutely Lenovo’s accountability as those install with a “fresh” install of Windows 10.
As far as Lenovo specific apps are concerned, the accepted can be begin on this system. These accommodate Lenovo Nerve Centre (for gaming and arrangement tuning), One Key Recovery (for accessible recovery/resetting of the system), Lenovo Account Portal, Lenovo App Explorer (easy links to frequently installed apps/games), and Lenovo Vantage (for arrangement updates, support, accouterments scans, Lenovo offers, and more). Of these apps, the Lenovo Nerve Centre is by far the best advantageous and lets you ascendancy the accuracy of the alien LEDs, set arrangement priority, toggle the Dolby audio enhancer, and acquiesce you to toggle an added approach to automatically alpha back a bold is running. Interestingly enough, Ctrl B was set as the absence hotkey for toggling the LEDs on the arrangement and, as anyone who types knows, that’s not absolutely the best combination. In addition, Ctrl S was set as the OSD quick about-face hotkey as able-bodied so you’ll appetite to attenuate those hotkeys or change them up to article else.
Overall, there are no surprises here. The accepted Windows 10 bloatware and a few advantageous Lenovo specific apps to annular things out.
As any gamer knows, achievement is anon impacted by the apparatus in the system. In the case of our analysis unit, we’re gaming with lower end specs. Aloof to recap, our analysis assemblage came able with a 7th Generation Intel Core i3-7100 Processor (3.90GHz 3MB), NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB video card, 8.0GB DDR4 UDIMM 2400MHz RAM, and a 1TB 7200 RPM.
My accepted arrangement has a Core i7, an SSD, and at atomic 16GB of RAM with a GTX 1060 video card. That actuality said, the aboriginal time I booted up the Lenovo Ideacentre Y720 Cube, it was acutely slow. It is rather a funny affair to say as it still boots up adequately bound in the admirable arrangement of things but back you’re acclimated to booting up and actuality logged in in seconds, accepting to delay a minute or added is absolutely noticeable.
During testing, we had the computer affiliated to a 4K monitor, so we’ll be befitting that in apperception as able-bodied as far as achievement goes. With added amateur advancing out with 4K support, however, and 4K media burning accepting ground, it’s absolutely the way you’re activity to appetite to go eventually anyway.
As far as basal tasks are concerned, the Y720 Cube captivated up appealing decently. I could accept eight or ten tabs accessible in Chrome with no issues and active Lightroom or Photoshop was able enough, although things did booty a bit best to consign or cede due to the HDD and lower RAM than I’m acclimated to. As far as gaming is concerned, my capital analysis amateur were Forza Motorsport 7 and Heroes of the Storm. For Heroes, back active at 4K resolution on Ultra settings, I was almost hitting 27fps. Dropping bottomward to average settings and the bold ran at a abundant added acceptable 50-65fps. One affair to agenda actuality as well, I did apprehension that while playing Heroes there was a bit of lag actuality and there if I had annihilation — like Chrome — active in the background. Already closed, however, and the lag abolished so if you’re gaming on this with these specs, you’ll absolutely appetite to accomplish abiding annihilation is active in the background. This captivated accurate alike back the added approach for gaming was toggled in the Lenovo Nerve Center.
Unfortunately, Forza Motorsport 7 was a abundant altered story. The bold auto-detected High settings for the arrangement and gameplay wasn’t absolutely that great. I was accepting boilerplate abreast the 60fps and the bold alike froze up and booted me to the desktop. I approved restarting the apparatus and relaunched FM7 alone to accept the aforementioned affair appear again. Switching it up to 1080p resolution, I approved already more. This time the bold ran accomplished at High settings and I was hitting amid 55-60fps with no issues.
In summary, while our lower-end analysis assemblage was able to handle amateur o.k., it wasn’t able to handle them with college resolutions or ultra settings like abounding gamers prefer. However, attractive at the blueprint and apparatus accessible for added tiers in the Y720 Cube series, you should be able to get one that apparel your gaming needs.
The Lenovo Ideacentre Y720 Cube comes with a appealing basal USB keyboard and mouse. The keyboard has a appealing humble architecture with chiclet-style keys, not absolutely article one expects to see on a desktop computer keyboard. It wasn’t too bad to blazon with but if you’re accomplishing any blazon of gaming, you’ll absolutely appetite to advancement to your favourite gaming keyboard.
The included keyboard and abrasion are appealing basal and not absolutely acceptable for gaming.
The abrasion has an appropriately humble architecture and is almost 1 1/2″ in height. The larboard and appropriate abrasion buttons are breach by an orange annal wheel/button and that’s about all there is to this mouse. While it seemed adequately responsive, it was way to low contour for my affection and I bound swapped it out for a gaming abrasion which acquainted abundant bigger not alone for gaming but additionally basal computer use.
While it’s nice of Lenovo to accommodate these in this system, because it is allotment of the Legion by Lenovo gaming computer series, it would accept been nice to see article a little added able-bodied and bigger ill-fitted for alike basal gaming.
The Lenovo Ideacentre Y720 Cube starts as low as $719.99USD (for our analysis unit) and upwards of $1,649.99. As with any added system, that absolutely depends on the specifications. As mentioned in the achievement section, you’ll absolutely not appetite to skimp out on the apparatus actuality and I would awful advance an i5 or i7 processor forth with an SSD drive. Unfortunately, Lenovo is currently out of banal on the i7 with SSD and NVIDIA 1060 or 1070 video cards so you may accept to hit your bounded banker or Amazon. On the ablaze side, our analysis assemblage — as activated — is currently affairs for $599.99 USD. Add on a $100-$150 or so and you can get a 256GB or 512GB SSD drive to at atomic accomplish amount times a bit faster. For $799.99USD (regular amount $999.99USD), you can get a agnate adaptation with the i5 and an AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB. Again, it ships after an SSD but you can add one calmly for a reasonable price. All that aside, the Lenovo Ideacentre Y720 is adequately analytic priced based on what apparatus you get central with anniversary tier.
If you’re attractive for a bunched belfry for a desktop computer, the Lenovo Ideacentre Y720 has a fun and glassy attractive architecture with a fair cardinal of basic options. You’ll appetite to skip the lower end version, in my opinion, but you can consistently add an SSD, added RAM, and advancement the video agenda at a after date if you appetite to alpha off smaller. While you won’t be able to bung bifold video cards or four sticks of RAM in this system, it’s absolutely a abundant little assemblage for a abecedarian or abstinent gamer.