Published on March 27th, 2017 | by Remy Cuesta2
Lenovo IdeaCentre Y910 Review: All-in-One Gaming King
For those that are PC gamers know that not many All in One Gaming PC’s come out and have the functionality and performance that a gaming desktop would have bit you might want to take a look again. Lenovo created a beast when releasing the IdeaCentre Y910. It features things you wouldn’t have expected including a few extras so how to it rank with us?
First off this thing looks great, equipped with a 27″ monitor at 2560 x 1440 which makes for gorgeous visuals. The monitor tower has a bunch of ports, hidden compartments and upgradability. With two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, a headphone and mic jack, a 6-in-1 card reader, an HDMI in and HDMI out which gives you a lot of accessibility with this thing. We also had discovered the pop up RealSense 3D camera on top which is great for webcams and streams and the pop out stand to place gaming headphones if you like.
Our model has a GTX 1080 graphics card, 16gb of ram, a 256gb SSD hard drive and a 2TB hard drive. This made for some off the charts performance but we’ll get into that in a minute. The 144hz refresh rate is also a big highlight for smooth and competitive gaming alike. I had no sync issues or tears while playing a few games and looking at trailers which I’d expect from monster PC towers.
In terms of upgradability Lenovo are giving you the ability to simply pop off the back panels and change out the ram, the hard drives and the graphics card itself. This is great to keep the longevity of the unit going for sometime. The keyboard and mouse that come with it are pretty lacking for a setup like this. The keyboard works fine but the mouse feels like something from 2001. You would hope you got something a bit more for your money but you might also have your own preference mouse and keyboard handy as well.
Since this is all packed into one form factor the unit itself is not small at all and weights a decent amount but that only makes sense. While we like the security of a pop out camera on top we can’t help feeling that the spring at some point will give in or make it difficult to use. We also stress to be careful while placing things on the stand for headphones as too much weight could bend or break it.
The Y910 has harman/kardon speakers which make for great sound, cranking it up sounded surprisingly good. Within the Lenovo brain center on the computer you have an option to boost the audio which gave it a bit more pop. I’ve found I like to have it on for games but off for movies and looking at shows. Both give a rich experience but like any other monitor speaker setup, at a 100% they start to distort but not too much where it becomes a problem. Most gamers might have gaming headphones and provides separate jacks for audio and mic if you have a boom mic or a splitter which is better.
So this is where it really matters as the GTX 1080 graphics card and 16gb’s of ram come into play. The machine performs excellent compared to other All-in-Ones. When playing games like Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Overwatch and Battlefield 1 I had no problem cranking this up to the highest settings (Ultra) getting 70-100fps. Some games when the battles really got hectic would be between 60-80fps but I was really amazed it performed this well across the board.This thing is also fully capable of VR as well running on the higher end of performance with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
You can also configure settings with Lenovo Nerve Center app within the computer as their’s not much there beyond that. The app lets you configure different display options, performance, audio and network settings as well which is great for those not trying to do tons of work to get the best out of the machine.
This is possibly one of the best All-in-One’s we’ve ever tested. Its performance is top notch, great screen refresh rate for smooth gameplay and component parts and to be honest you’re only really paying a few $100′s more on its design and warranty options. Our only real complaint is that beyond another generation or so we’re not sure if the power supply will hold up with graphics cards that’ll come out then since it will require more power then this can handle. The monitor is also not 4K which as that’s growing could be a concern but I personally would take the 144hz refresh rate over and if it means that much could hookup another source via the HDMI out to do so on that. We’d fully recommend the Lenovo IdeaCentre Y910 as it has exactly what you need to step up your gaming while not investing the time and energy required to making your own tower.
Check out our video review in the coming days as we show off a bit of the machine with our review.