Lenovo just unveiled a fantastic gadget at the IFA show in Berlin, and it’s called the Lenovo Legion Glasses. If I had to pick a favorite from their lineup, this would be it! These aren’t just any ordinary glasses; they’re augmented reality glasses that can connect to anything with a USB-C port. And what’s cool about them is that they display whatever you’re watching or doing right in front of your eyes, kind of like having a 27-inch monitor right in front of you.
Now, here’s the technical bit: each eye in these glasses has a 60Hz miniLED panel, which is pretty impressive. Lenovo initially designed these glasses as companions for their Legion Go and the Legion 9i, but the beauty is that you can use them with almost any device that can display video. They even come with built-in speakers and brightness controls. Plus, they’re super portable, so you can take them anywhere.
What really surprised me is how well Lenovo has nailed the augmented reality experience. I mean, let’s be honest, AR can be a bit tricky to get right. It’s not just about slapping a small display close to your eyes and calling it a day. It needs to be comfortable, useful, and powerful. And Lenovo seems to have nailed all of that in my brief 15-minute test with these glasses.
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I decided to test them out with my Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Samsung DeX, turning my phone into something closer to a desktop. With these glasses, I could watch YouTube videos, surf the web, and do a whole lot more. Imagine being able to catch up on your favorite TV shows discreetly, even when you’re on public transport. These glasses are perfect for that.
One thing to note, though, these glasses aren’t like a VR headset, so you can still see what’s happening around you. They don’t make you completely blind to your surroundings. However, you can’t see through them, so walking around with them on might lead to a few bumps if you’re not careful.
Now, here’s the clever part: Lenovo has made sure these glasses work seamlessly with existing APIs and software to extend your device’s display to the glasses. That means they’ll work with pretty much anything, even an iPhone with the right adapter.
I must admit, I really enjoyed using these glasses. If you ever find yourself wishing for a bigger smartphone screen while you’re out and about, these Lenovo Legion Glasses might be just what you need. They’re not for everyone, sure, but if you crave that extra-screen real estate on the go, consider picking them up. They’ll be available for $329 in October. Exciting stuff!