Lenovo Tech World may have wrapped some weeks back, but there was one thing that we haven’t yet covered: a discovery at the Experience Zone that shows Lenovo’s rather strong gaming presence in its home country. We may be used to the awesome Y series of gaming laptops, but in China, Lenovo also offers a range of peripherals and even a new gaming laptop called the “Rescuer”.
Lenovo’s gaming heritage may not be as storied as other brands, but its products have generally been well-received as offering good value for money. In the global market, the current 14-inch gaming laptop Lenovo has is the Y40-80, packing an Intel Core i7 processor and an AMD R9 M275 GPU for RM2,999. What we saw in China was just as interesting: a Dota 2-inspired gaming laptop known as the “Rescuer”.
Company reps at the event stressed that the “Rescuer” moniker sounds a lot better in Mandarin, which is presumably just as impressive as the specs: Intel Core i7-4720HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M with 2GB GDDR5 memory, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD with 1TB HDD and a 14-inch Full HD IPS display. Connectivity options on this laptop include 3 USB ports (2x USB 3.0), Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi A/C, HDMI, VGA, LAN, 4-in-1 card reader, and an audio jack.
Interestingly, the laptop is designed as a Dota 2 gaming machine, with the company pushing the game very strongly – as you can see from the product microsite. Alongside the Rescuer, Lenovo also unveiled a special Rescuer edition of the Steelseries Rival gaming optical mouse. There’s also a Lenovo mechanical keyboard (which does not use Cherry MX switches) with customisable RGB backlights.
When asked, a Lenovo rep mentioned that the company currently isn’t looking to take the Rescuer laptop out of the Chinese market, but there is a chance that the Lenovo-branded mechanical keyboard may make it into some international markets – and if it does, we can expect it possibly around September.
The Rescuer gaming laptop is currently retailing in China for 6,999 Yuan (about RM4,235), while the Steelseries Rival Rescuer Edition is available for 199 Yuan (about RM120) and the Lenovo mechanical keyboard is priced at 449 Yuan (about RM270).