Lenovo is keeping us busy this week. Shortly after announcing its new ThinkPad lineup, Lenovo revealed the Ideacentre 610S and IdeaCentre Y900 desktops and the Yoga 900S and Ideapad Y900 laptops.
First is the IdeaCentre 610S. It's technically a desktop, but Lenovo doesn't have your office desk in mind for this machine. Instead, the 610S is focused on entertainment. It's powered by Intel Skylake processors and an optional Nvidia GeForce GTX 750M for mild gaming. The most interesting feature of this droid-like machine is a detachable projector capable of putting a 100-inch, 720p display on your wall from a distance of 2.4m. The projector has a 2w speaker and an HDMI input, as well, opening up some intriguing possible uses. The 610S will retail in June for $849.
Next is the Yoga 900S, a thinner and lighter alternative to last year's Yoga 900. It's 12.8mm thick and weighs less than 1kg, making it quite portable. In addition to making this machine thinner, Lenovo also improved its battery life. Lenovo claims that the 900s is capable of 10.5 hours of local video playback, as compared to 9 hours on the Yoga 900. There are some tradeoffs for going smaller and lighter. The Yoga 900S is powered by a Core M processor rather than a Core i7-class chip, and it has a smaller screen. The display is a 12.5" QHD IPS mutlitouch panel with a 2560x1440 resolution. The 900S should be available in March starting at $1,099.
These next two machines are built for gaming. The Ideapad Y900 is a gaming laptop with some serious power under the hood. Lenovo includes a Skylake Core i7 processor, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M graphics card, and up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM. The Y900 has a 17.3" 1080p IPS panel. Its 90Wh battery may give gamers about 5 hours of play time, but that'll probably go out the window if they hit the Y900's turbo button to automatically overclock the CPU and GPU. The Y900 is capped off with a mechanical backlit keyboard, and it'll start at $1,999 sometime in June.
Finally, we have the IdeaCentre Y900. Born from a partnership with Razer, this gaming desktop sports an unlocked Intel Core i7 processor, 2 Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 graphics cards in SLI, and 32GB of DDR4 RAM. For storage, options include a 2TB HDD and SSDs up to 256GB. The optional peripherals come from Razer's gaming line, and include the Chroma BlackWidow keyboard and Mamba mouse. To allow for easy upgrades in the future, Lenovo uses a full-size ATX motherboard, and the case offers tool-free access to its internals. The IdeaCentre Y900 will be available in June, and pricing will start at $2,299.
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