Introducing the Lenovo Legion Go: A Game-Changer in Handheld Gaming PCs
Exciting news for handheld gaming PC enthusiasts! Lenovo is set to make a splash in the market with its latest offering, the Legion Go. Having had the opportunity to try it out myself, I can confidently say that Lenovo has added some impressive features that are sure to make a difference.
Before we dive in, it’s important to note that the units I tested were pre-production samples. Some components, like the shoulder buttons, had minor differences. Lenovo also plans to include a custom app launcher, similar to ASUS’ Amoury Crate, although it was not present in the demo units. The Legion Go’s body also had some rough spots, but rest assured, Lenovo will refine those before the official launch in October.
Now, let’s talk about the Legion Go’s standout features, starting with its incredible screen. With an 8.8-inch 2,560 x 1,600 IPS panel, a 144Hz refresh rate, and 500 nits of brightness, this device boasts the fastest and largest display in its category. The colors simply pop, making it even more appealing than its competitors.
Design and Portability: A Familiar Yet Unique Feel
At first glance, the Legion Go may remind you of the Nintendo Switch. It features a clamshell design with detachable controllers on the sides. However, Lenovo has added its unique flair to the mix. Here’s what stands out:
- Build Quality: The Legion Go feels robust and well-built, with a premium finish that’s pleasing to the touch.
- Compact Form: When closed, it’s compact and easy to carry, making it an ideal companion for on-the-go gaming.
- Display: The Legion Go boasts a high-resolution display that offers sharp visuals, providing an immersive gaming experience.
- Detachable Controllers: Just like the Switch, the Legion Go’s controllers can be detached for a variety of gaming styles, whether you prefer handheld or tabletop mode.
Performance: Powerhouse in Your Hands
What sets the Legion Go apart is its performance capabilities:
- Processor: It’s powered by an Intel processor and an NVIDIA GPU, ensuring smooth gameplay for a variety of titles, from AAA games to indie gems.
- Battery Life: Lenovo has worked on optimizing battery life, offering hours of uninterrupted gaming on a single charge.
- Operating System: Running Windows, the Legion Go provides access to a wide library of games, including those on Steam and other platforms.
However, the Legion Go’s size is its notable drawback. Measuring 11.8 x 5.15 x 1.61 inches, it leans towards the bulkier side compared to sleeker alternatives like the ROG Ally or the Nintendo Switch. Nevertheless, the Xbox-style button layout in the front, along with the unique asymmetrical rear paddle layout featuring four rear buttons and a scroll wheel, provides additional input methods that are worth considering.
Inspired by the Nintendo Switch, the Legion Go features a folding kickstand and detachable controllers. While removing the controllers may not be as smooth or easy as on the Switch, it still provides an enjoyable experience with some practice. The kickstand allows for convenient tabletop gaming with remote controllers. Furthermore, with two USB 4 ports, you can connect peripherals like a mouse and keyboard, even transforming the Legion Go into a compact desktop.
A clever addition is the FPS Switch on the bottom of the right controller. When toggled and paired with the included cradle, it transforms the right controller into a vertical mouse for precision in shooter games. Although it may not be everyone’s preference, it offers a unique alternative.
In terms of specs, the Legion Go is equipped with an AMD Z1 Extreme chip, 16GB of RAM, up to 1TB of storage, and a 49.2 WHr battery, making it just as powerful as the ROG Ally. What sets it apart is Lenovo’s aggressive pricing strategy. Starting at $699, the Legion Go is priced the same as the ROG Ally, despite having a larger screen, bigger battery, and more advanced controllers. Plus, it comes with an included case, which is an added bonus.
While Lenovo is still making some final refinements before the official launch in October, it’s evident that the battle for handheld gaming PC supremacy is heating up. With the Legion Go joining the competition, the future of handheld gaming looks bright.