At first glance, the Lenovo Legion Glasses seems like a nifty, albeit niche companion for the PC maker's latest Legion Go handheld gaming PC. But these augmented reality (AR) glasses also work with other devices, including certain laptops, and mobile devices. However, these glasses don't play nice with spectacles, and while the Legion Glasses accommodates prescription inserts, this also increases the overall cost. I can't see myself getting a pair, but it may appeal to those with good eyesight (or larger wallets).
- Micro OLED, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels each eye, 60Hz
- Requires USB-C with DP Alt mode
- Built-in speakers
The Legion Glasses has an attached 1.5m USB-C cable that you plug into a compatible device that supports USB-C with DP Alt mode. That's it, no drivers, or app downloads required. It's literally plug and play: The display on your device will be shown in the glasses' micro OLED screen. It's a nice, crisp display with a 1080p resolution and a 60Hz refresh rate. There's a bit of blurriness at the bottom corners that may impact your gaming experience. AR glasses like the Legion Glasses are not as immersive as VR headsets as the former don't block out your surroundings. You can still glimpse the real world intruding from the sides of the glasses. In fact, you can even see through the micro OLED screens, and the dark tinted glass in front of them, especially if you're in a brightly-lit room.
The default nose pad on the Legion Glasses did not fit me at all. Thankfully, Lenovo includes two other sizes of nose pads in the box. But even after switching to the best nose pad (of the three), these glasses have a tendency to slip down. Lenovo does include anti-slip adapters that can be placed at the ends of the temples (or arms) to alleviate this issue. Or you can lean back or even lie down to use these glasses. Also included is the prescription lens template. Simply bring this template to your optician if you plan to make prescription inserts, which attaches to the Lenovo Glasses. While Lenovo probably frowns on this, I discovered that I could actually rest the Legion Glasses on top of my spectacles. It's not ideal, but it works in a pinch. I don't recommend doing so for long gaming session, though.
When the Legion Glasses are connected to the Legion Go, the display for the handheld PC turns off. This helps to conserve the handheld's battery, and also ensures that bystanders can't see what you're playing or watching. The Legion Glasses comes with built-in speakers, which are decent, especially when they are so close to your ears. You can also adjust the volume and screen brightness using the buttons at the temples of the Legion Glasses. Besides the Legion Go, I also managed to use the Legion Glasses with the Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2. However, it didn't work with the Pixel 8 Pro. Lenovo has a list of compatible devices, but it's not exhaustive.
The Lenovo Legion Glasses add another facet to gaming with the Legion Go, but at S$499 (or almost half the price of the Legion Go), they are a significant investment. And that's not including the cost of the prescription insert for those wearing spectacles. On the other hand, AR glasses aren't exactly cheap, so Lenovo is merely charging market price. Personally, I think they are still fairly clunky to use. For instance, these glasses are still tethered to the device, even accounting for the relatively long cable. Whether you find these glasses worth your money ultimately boils down to your gaming preferences. But they are a niche, luxury accessory for me. Get them on Lazada, and Shopee.
Note: Review unit provided by Lenovo.
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