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Lenovo Legion Go handheld gaming PC is available for pre-order for $700 and up

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The Lenovo Legion Go is a handheld gaming PC with an 8.8 inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel 144 Hz display, an AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme processor, 16GB of RAM, and Nintendo Switch-like detachable controllers.

First unveiled in early September, the Legion Go is set to begin shipping in late October or early November. And now it’s available for pre-order from Lenovo or Best Buy for $700 and up.

The starting price is for a model with a 512GB SSD, but customers who want additional storage can pay $750 for a model with a 1TB SSD. And that’s really the only difference.

Both models have a 5-30 watt AMD processor with 8 Zen 4 CPU cores and 12 RDNA 3 GPU compute units, 16GB of LPDDR5-x7500 memory, and a user-replaceable M.2 2242 PCIe 4.0 NVMe solid state drive.

Other features include two USB4 ports, a microSD card reader and 3.5mm audio jack, support for WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2, stereo speakers, dual microphones, and a 49.2 Wh battery.

The detachable controllers have hall effect joystick sensors and six customizable buttons, in addition to the usual buttons and triggers. You can also use the right joystick like a vertical mouse for playing first person shooters or other games where a mouse may be quicker or more accurate than joysticks.

Lenovo Legion Go specs
Display8.8 inches
2560 x 1600 pixels
144 Hz
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
Storage256GB / 512GB / 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)

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  1. I can’t see myself buying anything that won’t accept a 2280 drive, I wouldn’t have anything less than 4TB inside the box. Otherwise, the rest seems fine.

  2. I don’t like the removable controller design, but I am starting to think that this might be a decent buy as a tablet alone.

    Although the pixel density of that screen is FAR higher than I’d like. You’re not going to be gaming at that resolution, and Windows is going to be obnoxious to use at that DPI.

    Such an unnecessary resolution, and it won’t be able to scale properly to 1920×1200. The next choice you have for integer scaling is 1280×800.

    I’m looking forward to seeing an objective review on this thing. Every review I’ve seen so far stinks of Lenovo payroll.

    1. The Dave2D video is fairly unbiased. And I doubt there would be much changes between the review unit versus retail unit. The biggest changes happen to be price and software.

      With this all said, I don’t think it is as good as the ASUS RoG Ally, and it certainly costs more. The mouse thing seems “okay” but personally I think it is clunky and a feature seldom used.

      I think if anyone is serious about portable gaming, the shortlist is:
      – GPD Win-Max-3 (best/expensive)
      – ASUS RoG Ally (best value)
      – Valve SteamDeck (low price)
      – AYN Odin2 (cheapest but not x86)
      – Used Nintendo Switch (15 year old graphics, buy if dirt cheap)