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The Lenovo Legion Go is a handheld gaming PC that stands out in an increasingly crowded field for a few reasons. It has a high-resolution display with a high screen refresh rate, a powerful processor designed specifically for handheld gaming, and detachable controllers that make the Legion Go something like a cross between a Windows gaming PC and a Nintendo Switch.

It’s also one of only a handful of models to come from a company with a long-established presence in the mainstream gaming PC market, and it has a reasonably competitive price tag. Following a series of recent leaks, Lenovo has officially introduced the Legion Go and the company says it will be available in November with prices starting at $700 in the US and €799 in Europe (including VAT).

According to a Best Buy product page, the entry-level $700 model features a Ryzen Z1 Extreme processor, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of solid state storage. Customers who want more storage can also pay $750 for a 16GB/1TB model.

That puts the Legion Go in direct competition with Asus ROG Ally and Valve Steam Deck, not to mention dozens of (mostly higher-priced) models from companies like AYA, AYN, GPD, and One Netbook.

Lenovo’s entry manages to stand out due to a combination of pricing and features. At the heart of the system is the same AMD Ryzen Z series processor that powers the Asus ROG Ally, delivering a significant performance boost over the custom AMD chip used in the Steam Deck. But the Lenovo Legion Go is also only the second handheld gaming PC with an x86 chip to feature detachable controllers – the only other model I’m aware of so far is the ONEXPLAYER 2, which sells for around $1,000 and up.

Detachable controllers allow you to use the handheld in a variety of ways. For example, you can hold it in your hands, use the included kickstand to prop up the base unit on a table while using the controllers via Bluetooth, or plug the Legion Go into your gaming monitor or TV while using the wireless controllers for a more console-like experience.

While the controllers were designed to be held with one in each hand, the company has received a lot of requests for a connector that will allow users to hold them like a more traditional one-piece controller. So the company has announced it’s developing a light plastic connector. It’s unclear if it will be ready by the time the Legion Go ships and Lenovo hasn’t yet determined if it will be included in the box or if it will be an optional accessory available for purchase, but the company does plan to release 3D design files for those that would prefer to print their own connector.

The Legion Go is also the first model I’m aware of to features a display with a 144 Hz refresh rate (the ROG Ally tops out at 120 Hz, but also has a smaller, lower-resolution screen).

While the hardware all looks pretty great on paper, it remains to be seen whether Lenovo will be able to crack a more difficult challenge that faces all gaming handhelds: the software.

Valve’s Steam Deck might not be the most powerful handheld gaming computer, but it’s become an incredibly popular option thanks to a Linux-based operating system that actually feels like it was made for handhelds (because it was), as well as Valve’s software that allows most Windows games to run on Linux without any major modifications.

Windows-powered handhelds may have better game compatibility out of the box, and even higher-performance processors, among other things. But they tend to require a lot of software overlays to make Windows more handheld-friendly.

The GPD Win line of handhelds addresses this by including physical keyboards, something which almost no other devices in this category have. But Lenovo seems to be banking on other hardware workarounds, by including features like a trackpad, mouse wheel, and mouse sensor.

Update: For those who had been wondering, like I was, why there’s a mouse sensor and mouse scroll wheel on a controller that also has a touchpad, it’s because the mouse functions aren’t meant to be used when you’re holding the Legion Go in your hands. Instead, you can flip a switch to enable mouse mode, pop the right controller into a base, and use it like a vertical mouse for FPS gaming and other applications where a mouse tends to outperform a trackpad or game controller.

YouTuber Dave2D has a pretty good demonstration:

It’ll be interesting to see how gamers feel about all of those features once real-world reviews start to arrive in the coming months.

Lenovo Legion Go specs
Display8.8 inches
2560 x 1600 pixels
144 Hz
IPS LCD
500 nits
97% DCI-P3 color gamut
ProcessorUp to AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme (8 x Zen 4 CPU cores up to 5.1 GHz)
5W – 30W (plugged in)
5-30W (on battery power)
Quiet, Balanced, Performance, and custom power modes
GraphicsUp to 12 x RDNA 3 compute units
RAM16GB
LPDDR5x-7500
Storage512GB / 1TB
PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD (user replaceable)
M.2 2242
Input10-point multitouch
Detachable controllers w/gaming buttons and touchpad
Hall effect joysticks
1 x mouse wheel
1 x mouse sensor
6 x assignable buttons
6-axis gyroscope
RGB lighting around joysticks and on power button
Ports2 x USB4 (DisplayPort 1.4, USB PD 3.0)
1 x microSD card reader (up to 2TB)
1 x 3.5mm audio
WirelessWiFi 6E
Bluetooth 5.2
Audio2 x 2W speakers
Dual-array near-field microphones
3.5mm audio
CoolingLiquid Crystal Polymer 79-blade fan
Less than 25 dB fan noise in Quiet Mode
Battery49.2 Wh (base unit)
900 mAh (controller batteries)
Charging65W USB-C
Dimensions210 x 131 x 200mm (without controllers)
299 x 131 x 41mm (with controllers)
Weight640 grams (without controllers)
854 grams (with controllers)
PriceStarting at $700 / €799 (including VAT)

Lenovo is also offering one other thing that helps set its handheld apart: an optional pair of AIR glasses called the Lenovo Legion Glasses.

While they aren’t designed exclusively for the Legion Go (the company says they can be used with “most Windows, Android, or macOS devices with full-function USB-C ports),” they’re basically wearable monitors that give you a virtual big-screen experience for gaming on a mobile device like the Legion Go.

The glasses have dual 1920 x 1080 pixel micro OLED displays with 60 Hz refresh rates and built-in speakers, and they come with a 1.2 meter (3.9 foot) USB-C cable and two adjustable nose pads.

They aren’t cheap though. The Lenovo Legion Glasses will sell for $330 (or €499 including VAT) when they go on sale in October, 2023.

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  1. Is this coming out in September or November? Article says November but headline says September.

  2. By rule I already don’t buy Lenovo stuff anymore… they have a past history of messing with firmware and bios that I’m really not comfortable with.
    But judging on specs alone, I like that they put hall sensor sticks, I like that they have joycon style removable pads – though that really depends on how well made the connectivity between them and the device is, both physically and in terms of communication/lag -, and as for the different ideas it really depends how well that will work. Touch is just a nice add, that weird mouse thing I’m not so sure….
    I don’t really expect nor think is necessary for these things to have high refresh rate screens or high res… those come with a battery cost that will often not be worth it. Good quality screens are nice though.
    The thing that caught my attention though is that Lenovo decided to go the AyaNeo Kun route… xD
    That thing is massive and heavy, not sure if people noticed. The display is even bigger than AyaNeo Kun’s 8.4″ at 8.8″, but it is a bit lighter at 854 grams… AyaNeo Kun is 900 grams.
    Then again, it’s all about the battery, and reason to worry for this one… the close to 50Wh that Legion Go has is more than the 40Wh that the Steam Deck has, but with a bigger screen with higher refresh rate, this will consume way more than the Deck. AyaNeo Kun is heavier because they put 75Wh battery in there.
    Anyways, seems the category really caught on. Still waiting to see if some of the Steam OS alternatives will run perfectly in some of them…