Like a gadget from the future, the Lenovo Legion Glasses is a pair of spectacles you can wear to give you a big-screen experience whether you are out and about or lazing around at home on the couch.
With two micro-OLED Full HD displays with a refresh rate of 60Hz, it offers an experience similar to watching my living room’s 55-inch TV from 2m away.
It is good that the image is quite sharp and contrasty, so watching YouTube or Netflix is quite enjoyable. Just make sure the image is placed in front of a wall or ceiling to see it. A window or light will wash out the glasses’ projection.
To use the Lenovo Legion Glasses, plug it into your PC or laptop’s USB Type C port, which will be used as an additional screen. They also work with my Oppo Find X5 Pro smartphone, so it is easy to use them during my commute. Do check if your smartphone supports external screen projection before buying.
Although they are similar to goggles you wear when flying a drone, the Legion Glasses, at 96 grams, is much smaller and lighter, making them easier to wear for extended periods. Even though they are front heavy, I got used to them very quickly.
Yet another advantage is watching my favourite programmes while lounging on my armchair or lying flat on the bed without straining my neck and looking down on my smartphone all the time.
The Legion Glasses also come with clear and audible built-in speakers, but pairing your active noise cancelling earphones or headphones is the better way to enjoy your content with immersive audio.
For those wearing prescription glasses, the Legion Glasses cannot sit on top of your spectacles. Even though Lenono has provided a template for your optician to make a pair for you to use with the gadget, it is an unwelcome additional expense.
Lenovo should follow the example of DJI’s Goggles by including a pair of diopters. That will bulk up the Glasses but at least it will appeal to more people.
The Legion Glasses’ width is smaller than my face, so Lenovo provided some nose pads and anti-slip adapters to ensure the glasses stayed snug on my head.
The small size also means the screen is shorter for my eyes, so the image’s sides are a bit distorted. The bad news is that there is no way to adjust the distance between the eyes. It is best to test them out for yourself before buying.
On the whole, the S$499 Lenovo Legion Glasses are a good first attempt at a new type of device, but there are many improvements needed to make the wearable gadget more consumer-friendly.