Imagine a gaming platform. It’s big, bulky, red and black. While Lenovo’s Legion Y720 Cube still sports the stereotypical colors of gaming gear, it’s much smaller and even has a handle so you can easily carry it around the house or to LAN parties.
The entry-level unit we reviewed, which costs $719.99, has a GTX 1050 Ti and a 7th Gen Intel Core i3 CPU, which will give you mid-tier gaming. But you’ll need to get a more expensive setup if you want to play on higher settings.
I suspect mechanics of the future will carry a toolbox that looks like the Legion 720 Cube. It’s a compact gaming PC with the menacing red highlights of Lenovo’s full-size towers and gaming laptops, but crammed into a 15.5 x 12.4 x 9.9-inch footprint. Oh, and then there’s that handle for easy transport.
This machine is made of a soft-touch plastic that feels good, and the machine is covered with ventilation, so it shouldn’t get hot. But it retains the hallmarks of the rest of the Legion line, including protruding angles and a futuristic red glow.
You’ll still have to put your back to lift the 17.2-pound Y720, but the convenient handle on top makes this PC much easier to transport than your average desktop.
Compare that to similar entry-level desks: The Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop is 30.2 pounds and 18.1 x 17.2 x 8.5 inches, and Acer’s Aspire GX-281 is 18.2 x 15.7 x 6.9 inches and 18.4 pounds. Both are heavier and neither has a handle to make it easier to transport the machine.
|Cubo Lenovo Legion Y720||Base model (revised)|
|UPC||Intel Core i3-7100 a 3,9 GHz|
|GPU||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti / 4GB|
|Storage||1TB 7200RPM hard drive|
|Size||15.5 x 12.4 x 9.9 inches|
Ports and upgradeability
The Y720’s small stature doesn’t mean there’s less room for ports. In fact, the Cube is covered in them. At the top are easily accessible headphone and microphone jacks, as well as a pair of USB 3.0 ports.
While some small gaming PCs can’t be upgraded, that’s not the case with the Y720.
The back has everything you’d expect, including two more USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, DVI and VGA outputs for older monitors, HDMI and Mini DisplayPort, as well as optical, PS/2 audio out for older peripherals, and more. Ethernet. Jack.
While some small gaming PCs can’t be upgraded, that’s not the case with the Y720. There are four screws on the back, and while they’re technically meant to be unscrewed by hand, they were tighter than I expected. I had to get tools. However, with them I was able to slide out both side panels to access the storage, RAM, power supply, fans, motherboard, and GPU. But while access is easy, you’ll have less room to maneuver and in some cases need to get smaller parts if you upgrade.
With its Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and 4GB of video memory, the Y720 isn’t exactly a powerhouse. It will work with most games, but you may need to lower the settings to get games running faster than 30 frames per second. When I played Middle-earth: Shadow of War on high settings and 1080p resolution, it ran at 28fps and grass and muddy terrain were blurry. When I turned the game down to medium settings, everything went crisp and sharp and ran between 48 and 55fps.
As far as the Grand Theft Auto V benchmark (1080p, very high) goes, the Y720 played the game at 33fps, just above our 30fps threshold for gameplay. The Aspire (GTX 1050) fell below that mark, at 28fps, but the Inspiron (AMD Radeon 560) was even faster, at 38fps.
The Y720 will play most games, but you may need to lower the settings to get games running faster than 30 frames per second.
In Rise of the Tomb Raider (1080p, very high), the Y720 hit just 23fps, falling behind the Inspiron (36fps) but still faster than the Aspire (15fps). When we reject some of the configurations for the same test that we use for cheap gaming laptops, with high and medium settings and less intense anti-aliasing, the Y720 reached 52.5 fps.
While the Legion Y720’s Core i3-7100 CPU runs at a relatively high clock speed (3.9GHz), it has a slow 1TB 7200RPM hard drive and just 8GB of RAM. This should be fine for everyday browsing, though Chrome struggled when I switched between 20 tabs (one of which was streaming a 1080p episode of Late Night with Conan O’Brien).
On Geekbench 4’s overall performance benchmark, the Y720 scored 8,110, below the Aspire (10,756) and Inspiron (10,795).
The Y720 took one minute and 14 seconds to transfer 4.97 GB of files, at a speed of 68.77 MBps. It took the machine 3:12 to match 40,000 names and addresses in the OpenOffice spreadsheet macro test.
keyboard and mouse
While Lenovo includes a keyboard and mouse in the box, you’ll want to replace them quickly, especially when gaming.
The mouse is harmless. It has two buttons, left and right click, and a scroll wheel. The keyboard, however, is bad. Despite Lenovo’s legendary laptop keyboards, this one is a disaster.
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The keys are soft and wobbly, a lethal combination that slowed me down and sent my error rate through the roof. On the 10fastfingers.com typing test, I hit 105 wpm (just below my usual 107 wpm average), with a 10 percent error rate (much higher than my usual 2 percent). .
The Legion Y720 Cube we reviewed costs $719.99 and includes a 7th-gen Intel Core i3-7100 CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB 7200-rpm hard drive, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU. At the time of this writing, this configuration is sold only on Amazon.
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Lenovo’s website features many more configurations, including a VR-ready system for $799.99 that comes with a Core i5 and AMD RX 480, and goes all the way up to a $1,400 system with a Core i7, 16GB RAM, 2TB and 7,200-rpm HDD, a 256GB SSD, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with 8GB of VRAM.
Software and Warranty
Lenovo tends to be light on preloaded software, and I’m fine with that. However, what little the company does include is helpful. There are two main programs: Lenovo Vantage, a one-stop place to check system settings and get updates, and Nerve Center, a gaming-focused app that lets you adjust LED brightness and check CPU and GPU performance.
The rest of the preinstalled software is the kind of bloat you’ll find on every Windows 10 PC, including Candy Crush Soda Saga, Hidden City: Hidden Object Adventure, March of Empires: War of Lords, Disney Magic Kingdom, and Drawboard PDF. .
Lenovo sells the Legion Y720 Cube with a one-year warranty.
If you’re a desktop PC gamer without a lot of space, the Lenovo Legion Y720 Cube is right in your wheelhouse. This equipment is easy to move and fits almost anywhere. But the entry-level model lacks power, and you’ll need to pay more for VR-ready and for gaming on high settings.
Other entry-level desktops have similar problems, requiring you to pay more for that kind of power. But if you can handle a larger PC, the Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop ($699 for a similar configuration) is easier to upgrade because you can get full-size components.
For an entry-level gaming PC, the Y720 will give you what you need in a stylish package. But we recommend upgrading in advance if you have the money; that will give you better gaming performance in the long run.
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