The Lenovo Erazer X700 is an all in one gaming PC that deserves a review, one reason being that it is the brand’s foray into this specialized niche and our review suggests that Lenovo does a good job. It begins with an eye-catching design that’s funky and yet houses gaming components that are genuinely powerful and could well be found in customized gaming computers that boutiques design. The CPU looks the helmet of a futuristic marshal from an intergalactic agency from an episode of Star Trek.
Make no mistake about the Lenovo Erazer X700 all in one gaming PC, it’s a big machine. It weighs 60 pounds. The card reading array is a 29-in-1 reader and is situated on the front top side; this side opens up via a door and also houses the DVD reader. The hard drive bay features two rows that facilitate hot-swapping hard drives. These include a two removable 3.5-inch drive bays and two 5.25-inch bays for expansion. You’d expect Liquid Cooling and Overclocking options — 3.9 GHz overclock — as standard on a gaming PC and these are present on the X700.
Moving on to the heart of the machine; it holds an Intel Core i7-3930K, 3.2GHZ processor, 16GB DDR3 RAM, and 2TB of storage through a SATA drive. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti is the all-important graphics processor that brings to the table several video quality enhancing features such as deblocking, denoising, Edge enhancement, and automatic deinterlacing. There are enough options to expand, and you can carry it all without tools. For example you can go for a much more powerful Intel Core i7-3970X processor and 32GB RAM. Peripherals include the Lenovo LED-backlit gaming keyboard with a choice of three colors and manual brightness adjustment and the Lenovo L251G 9-button LED-lit gaming mouse with a rubber grip for better handling and 9 detachable panels that help regulate the weight in the range of 3.5 and 4.3 ounces. It runs on the 64-bit Windows 8 Professional Operating System.
Ports in the rear include two DVI-D, one HDMI, and one DisplayPort, the last mentioned lets you rig up an additional display monitor for enhanced competitive gaming action. The USB ports are all in the rear, two USB 3.0 ports and six USB 2.0 ports. One the front side, the CPU holds two USB ports, and a mic and headphone ports. There are four DIMM slots and it is unlikely that you will fill all four any time soon. However, the machine is a little stingy when it comes to PCI-e slots, there are only two. So you really need to make do with the kind of graphics and audio that you can get out of two slots.
The inside of this all in one gaming PC chassis reveals that Lenovo has opted for solidity instead of flash. Be careful while moving your hands around though, there are a few pointed edges that ideally should not have existed. This is a $1599 device and most assuredly not a high end gaming machine, but even given its mass-production credentials it is a good enough device for your gaming needs, especially if you opt to install an additional Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti GPU by sacrificing the 128GB Samsung SSD.