Lenovo Y710 Cube Review: PC gaming in a compact form factor

I love my custom-built gaming desktop in just about every way, but size is one of the most annoying things about it. To save my sanity during building, I opted to put it in a huge H440 case from NZXT. With my setup, that means I have to have an entire table just to hold it up.

That’s the case with a lot of PCs too. More power usually means more size, but that’s not the case with one of Lenovo’s latest gaming machines. The Lenovo Y710 Cube packs enough power for just about everything, including VR, all while staying incredibly compact. Is it worth buying? Let’s take a look…



Specifications and Configurations

Lenovo offers the Y710 Cube in a number of different configurations. The model I tested included an Intel Core i7-6700 CPU, 16GB of RAM, 128GB of SSD storage, 1TB of HDD storage, and an NVIDIA GTX 1070 GPU (8GB). However, you can cut that down to a Core i5-powered model with 8GB of RAM and AMD RX 480 graphics to cut the cost in half. Regardless, each model is more than powerful enough to handle anything you throw its way.

Hardware & Design

As I mentioned, the Y710 Cube isn’t your traditional PC in terms of size. In fact, it’s just a fraction of the size, both in height and width. It does this by using a unique case design which condenses the size of everything in the PC significantly.

The innards are all connected to a standard mini-ATX motherboard, so if you ever need to swap things out, you can. Access to the RAM (DDR4) and storage is also fairly easy. The stock configuration, however, is pretty well done. There’s a surprising amount of room for airflow, although the cables are a bit messy.

Of course, most buyers of this machine aren’t looking at it for what they can do on the inside. Rather, they care about the performance, which we’ll get to in a bit, and the look of the case on the outside.

With the former, you’re going to be getting one heck of a looker. Like most gaming PCs, the Y710 is a beastly machine accented by matte black, carbon fiber textures, and black mesh intake grilles. That combined with the unique corners, curves, and red LED accents to make for an impressive looking machine in any setup.

That design also covers all visible sides of the machine, including the top which actually has a carrying handle. While Lenovo doesn’t expect anyone to pick up a 20-lb gaming PC and drag it around the house, this did come in handy when moving the Cube between my TV setup and my desk.

Ports

Lenovo was also pretty generous with ports on the Y710 Cube. Up front for easy access, you’ll have two full-size USB 3.0 ports as well as a headphone and microphone jack. On the opposite side, there’s also a larger power button.

There aren’t any ports around the sides, but there is a plethora of options around back. There you’ll find the power port, six USB ports (2 USB 3.0), an older keyboard/mouse plug, an array of audio input/output ports, as well as a single DVI port, three DisplayPorts, and an HDMI port. That Ethernet port, as well as the built-in Wifi card, are both powered by Killer, which lends itself to a very speedy connection.

Performance

As for performance, the Lenovo Y710 Cube is predictably great. From pushing my favorite games at 1080p on one of Lenovo’s curved monitors to playing Rocket League on the big screen in 4K, this machine held up to everything without skipping a beat. Further, it held up to my demands with general work on Google Chrome and other applications just fine as well, as I expected.

3D Mark Scores:

  • Fire Strike – 13977
  • Time Spy – 5461

It’s also worth noting that Lenovo includes a mouse and keyboard with the Y710 Cube. Both are solid, but personally, I prefer using a mechanical keyboard and wireless mouse with my PC.

Final Thoughts & Pricing

At the end of the day, the reason you’d buy a Y710 Cube isn’t the power inside, but the form factor. It’s not all that often you’ll find a PC this small that packs this much power. Starting at about $999, it’s not out of the question when it comes to pricing either. If a VR-ready, compact gaming PC is what you’re looking for, then the Lenovo Y710 Cube might be the perfect fit…

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