At IFA, Lenovo has announced two new products running Windows 8.1 — a 17-inch touchscreen gaming notebook called the Y70 Touch and a budget desktop catered to gamers, dubbed the Erazer X315.
The Lenovo Y70 Touch is the hardware vendor's first 17-inch notebook with a multi-touch screen. The 17.3-inch full-HD display is standard across all models, but internal hardware is customisable. You can configure up to an Intel Core i7 CPU, 16 GB DDR3L RAM, 1 TB internal storage — SSHD with either 8 GB SSD or a 512 GB SSD — and an NVIDIA GTX-860M with 4 GB video memory. The notebook features JBL stereo speakers and comes with a backlit keyboard, two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, card reader (SD,MMC,SDXC,SDHC), HDMI out, Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac and optional Bluetooth 4.0.
With dimensions of 422.9mm x 290.6mm x 25.9mm and on overall weight of 7.5 pounds, the Y70 Touch isn't exactly portable, but it does offer decent gaming prowess. The notebook is set to go on sale in October, with a starting price of $1299.
If you're looking for a desktop solution that won't run into thousands of dollars, the Erazer X315 is a system you should consider. The desktop has been designed to play mainstream titles at full-HD resolutions, with most configurations coming under $1000.
Lenovo is offering a host of AMD processors, going up to the A10 series. Also on offer are the Radeon R9 and R8 series of video cards, although the dimensions of the chassis mean that the higher-end R9 290 or R9 280 GPUs will not fit in the enclosure. In terms of memory, Lenovo offers up to 12 GB of RAM and 2 TB of internal storage. The front panel houses four USB 3.0 ports, with one port offering an always-on connection that will allow you to charge your mobile or tablet even when the machine is not powered on. The Erazer X315 will be available across major retailers from November, with the entry-level configuration costing $599.
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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia for Android Central, Windows Central's sister site. When not reviewing phones, he's testing PC hardware, including video cards, motherboards, gaming accessories, and keyboards.