We don't know what it is with us and our view of industrial design, but even though we want to dislike the look of the somewhat new, stationary budget gaming PC from Lenovo, the Legion C730 Cube, we just can't. Instead, we love it, even though it kind of looks like a deep fat fryer (with the exception of its lack of oil residue). This also extends to our trusty Mac Pro (the black barrel looking one) that one could compare to a trash bin yet still holds a dear place in our hearts design-wise.
Our reviews of pre-built brand-name computers can sometimes be met with the opinion that people are getting ripped off because pre-builds are never quite worth what one pays for them since the option of building your own rig often means getting the same level of performance but at a cheaper price. We've always had trouble understanding from what standpoint people sharing this critique are coming from but we can't help but compare it to critiquing a Porsche GT2RS solely for the fact that it's an expensive car bought from money you could use to buy a Volvo V60 which can then be upgraded have a higher top speed for a fraction of the price. Even though we could compare a PC with a PC of equal value, there's differences in more than price, the main difference being convenience. Sure, there is some truth to the analogy, but we wouldn't exactly call Lenovo the PC world's equivalent of a Porsche.
Lenovo Legion C730 Cube isn't, in any way, a powerhouse. Instead it's, more or less, a reasonably powerful computer at a reasonable price point. Here at Gamereactor, we've mostly tried the PC as a part of our newly built racing simulator rig. The cube is the home of a six-core (2.8 GHz) processor, a GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card, 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD hard drive. This means it's not exactly a grunting, high-performance beast that players can use to play Battlefield V in 4K with all the fancy effects on screen, but still stands as a capable and compact PC. The fact of the matter is that the Lenovo Legion Cube, in reality, is a highly portable computer and bringing it with you to a LAN party feels like bringing a toaster with a super convenient handle. This is one of the reasons why we're refraining from comparing it to the fastest stationary computers we've tried in the past year.
Just like many other brand-name pre-built computers specialised for gaming, the Lenovo Legion Cube has a ton of ports to use for all your fancy peripherals and monitors. There are eight USB-ports (two of which support USB 3.0), three DP ports, one mini DP-port, an ethernet port, a headphone jack, and an HDMI port. The sound card supports Dolby Atmos and even though it doesn't have any USB C ports we'd say that the possibilities to connect basically anything else are better than just good. We've been testing the PC out paired with our racing rig, as previously mentioned, with tons of hardware such as pedals, wheels and headsets as well as with our three 43'' Philips Momentum monitors.
Lenovo Legion C730 Cube comes delivered in a massive box and with it comes a threaded keyboard and a wireless, optical mouse. The keys of the keyboard sadly aren't of the mechanical sort though. Both of the included peripherals are on the simpler side but work as well as one would expect from one of the leading peripheral manufacturers. To upgrade and switch components in the Lenovo Legion C730 Cube is incredibly simple (which is to be expected from any computer company other than the one with a half-eaten apple as its logo) and we quickly and easily added 8 extra gigabytes of RAM.
For the gamers out there who are looking to play games in 1080p on a stunningly designed, incredibly compact, semi-portable quality computer without having to deal with the hassle of building one from scratch, the Lenovo Legion C730 Cube is a great option. Those wanting to play games in 4K with a high frame rate, however, we'd recommend something a bit more powerful.