When leading PC maker Lenovo and gaming accessory maker Razer announced in 2015 they were teaming up on a PC gaming project, we weren't quite sure what to expect. Now we've seen the first two products to come out of this partnership, special "Razer Editions" of a desktop gaming PC and a curved gaming monitor.
The base hardware in both cases comes from Lenovo. The desktop is a variant on the Ideacentre Y900, a basic black tower with just a hint of gamer-like edge, thanks to some sharp angles on its front panel. The Razer element comes from the inclusion of Razer's Chroma effects, a customizable multicolored lighting scheme already found in several of Razer's standalone keyboards.
Inside, there's a current sixth-generation Intel Core i7 K-series processor, overclockable through built-in software, and up to Nvidia's GeForce GTX 970 graphics card -- not the very top of the line, but close enough for most gamers, especially considering you can include two of the cards running together (Nvidia calls that an "SLI" configuration).
If you feel like starting out with one graphics card and adding a second one later, or upgrading the hard drives, RAM or other components, the semi-transparent side panel is easy to remove without tools, with a push lever popping the panel off.
The co-branded gaming desktop is definitely more Lenovo than Razer, so the latter company added a couple of extras to help this model stand out from the non-Razer Y900 Lenovo also makes. The RE version includes a Razer Chroma keyboard (with a very similar lighting system), which sells for about $150 on its own, and a Razer Mamba mouse, worth $130.
The second product to come from the Lenovo/Razer partnership is the Y27g RE, a 27-inch curved gaming monitor. The panel has a standard full HD resolution of 1,920x1,080, and while curved televisions are fairly common by now, this is one of the first curved monitors targeted at PC gamers. It has a fast 144Hz refresh rate and includes Nvidia's G-Sync technology, which matches the output of the video card to that refresh rate, virtually eliminating screen tearing and making for smoother-looking games. The Razer Edition of the monitor has the same Chroma lighting effects along the back panel, while a standard nonlit version will also be available for about $50 less.
The Lenovo Ideacentre Y900 RE will be available in the US for $2,299 in June. The Lenovo Y27g RE display will be available at the same time, for $599.
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