Lenovo is putting even more stake in the virtual reality market with their Legion Y720 laptop which they debuted at CES 2017. This new laptop might be the perfect companion for their virtual reality headset which they also revealed at CES 2017.
The Legion Y720 will come with a Kaby Lake i5 or i17 processors, a 512 GB SSD or 2 TB SATA HDD, 16 GB of RAM, and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU. The laptop can be equipped with either a 1080p display or a 3840x2160 resolution screen on the premium model. Lenovo’s Legion Y720 features many of the same features that other gaming-centric laptops do, such as an RGB LED keyboard. It also comes with Dolby Atmos built in, which should be able to provide a surround sound experience without headphones or external speakers. The Y720 also features a built-in Xbox One receiver, so you don’t have to carry a dongle with you on the go.
Lenovo’s custom Entertainment Hub software debuting on the Legion Y720 promises to optimize consumption of non-VR comfort on an HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, or Lenovo’s own upcoming Windows Holographic platform headset. The entertainment hub consists of an internal media library that is optimized for sifting through your favorite media in VR. When watching 2D video, you’ll be transported into a facsimile of a movie theater complete with seats, exit signs, and fabric walls. Lenovo’s custom VR software also features “VR upscaling” which transposes the screen of a 2D PC game into the full view of an attached VR headset.
If Lenovo can perfect their custom software experience on the Legion Y720, this laptop is poised to be a great alternative for a full desktop PC VR set-up. As VR headset technology advances, and inside-out tracking lets them become more portable, solutions like the Lenovo Legion Y720 will become more and more appealing to VR enthusiasts.
The Lenovo Legion Y720 will be available beginning in April 2017 starting at $1,399 for the base model. You can sign up on Lenovo's website to be reminded when the laptop becomes available