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Lenovo gets serious about gaming with the Lenovo ideacentre Y900, Y700 desktops

A wide-array of gaming desktops and accessories were announced this week from Lenovo. The company announced three new premium PCs and a long-list of accessories designed for gamers.

Staring with the Lenovo ideacentre Y900 and Y700 desktops, and the ideapad Y700 laptop, Lenovo offers several different price-points to match customers needs.

All of the new devices come with with Windows 10, the new ideacentre Y900 and Y700 desktops feature internal and external red LEDs and offer ample room for future upgrades.

The new ideacentre Y900 and Y700 desktops can come equipped with up to 6th generation Intel Quad Core™ i7 processors and “discrete” graphics options according to the company. Both the ideacentre Y900 and Y700 offer a chassis big enough to fit a full ATX motherboard and support power supplies up to 1000W.

The new ideacentre Y900 also supports up to two graphics cards, all accessible via an easy access push lever that opens a stylish semi-transparent side panel. An internal cable routing system keeps cables neat on the inside. Additional space to upgrade a cooling system on top and two dust filters that increase the reliability of the 120mm and 140mm fans ensure the PCs run cool even when gamers push the limit.

As for the new ideapad Y700, the device comes with Intel or AMD processors and “discrete” graphics once again. The device also offer the popular JBL speakers and subwoofer and an optional 10-point multitouch display or Intel’s RealSense 3D camera (on the 15-inch laptop).

As for the new accessories, Lenovo now offers the Lenovo Y Gaming Surround Sound Headset, which includes 7.1 virtual surround sound, quick mute and in-line volume adjustment control box and a detachable passive, noise-cancelling microphone.

Also announced was the Lenovo Y Gaming Precision Mouse, with adjustable speeds, eight programmable buttons, four levels of adjustable DPI, five levels of adjustable weight and an ergonomic design made for intense gaming sessions.

The Lenovo Y Gaming Mechanical Switch Keyboard includes backlight anti-ghosting mechanical switch key matrix, six customizable keys for macro recording, five adjustable levels of brightness and a default key for controlling the Lenovo Y Gaming Surround Sound Headset and a detachable palm rest.

You can carry all of this inside the Lenovo Y Gaming Backpack, which fits up to a 17.3-inch laptop, includes padded pockets, a protective hard shell compartment and a chest strap for extra carrying support.

“PC gaming has seen a renaissance, partly thanks to superior graphics and processing but also the meteoric rise of the e-sports scene and free-to-play games,” said Dilip Bhatia, Vice President, Worldwide Marketing and User Experience, PC & Enterprise Business Group, Lenovo. “The new Y series was created from the ground up to serve this growing appetite, a hunger that is expected to see the industry grow from US $26 billion in 2014 to US $35 billion by 20181. Historically much of the growth has been due to adoption of the platform in Asia, but today’s research has identified a potential 86 million PC gamers2 outside Asia as the future market growth drivers.”

Bhatia adds, “Lenovo is committing to serving the premium PC gamer. Our new Y series was created to match the very specific desires of the discerning modern gamer – enthusiasts who grew up alongside gaming, from arcade to console to PC, but now require a premium PC ready to play out of the box. We have created just that – a high performance PC that offers the lure of easy future upgradability, with a distinctive designer look, and the capacity to take them effortlessly from day to play.”

Price and Availability

Lenovo ideacentre Y900 and Y700: starts at US $1599 and $999 respectively, and will be available in November 2015. As for the Lenovo ideapad Y700, that mobile option starts at $949 and will be available in October 2015.

For accessories, the Lenovo Y Gaming Surround Sound Headset will cost $69.99 and will be available in September 2015. The new Lenovo Y Gaming Precision Mouse will have a MSRP of $69.99 and will be available in September 2015.

Both the Lenovo Y Gaming Mechanical Switch Keyboard ($139.99) and the Lenovo Y Gaming Backpack ($99.99) will be available in September 2015.