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Lenovo Legion Go – The Best Windows Gaming Handheld

Lenovo’s Windows gaming handheld is an impressive machine, rendering game visuals superbly most of the time. Unfortunately, though, its battery drain will quickly diminish if playing games at high settings for long. Contrary to Valve’s Steam Deck or Asus’ ROG Ally, this device runs a full desktop operating system and allows users to install any programs they like.

Display of Lenovo Legion Go

The Legion Go has one of the finest displays available in a portable gaming device, boasting an 8.8-inch QHD IPS touchscreen with 2560 x 1600 resolution and 144Hz refresh rate for maximum gaming fun. Plus, onboard tools enable you to adjust its settings – such as its base power limit (TDP) which regulates how much of CPU and GPU resources can be allocated toward gaming!

The AMD Z1 Extreme processor and Radeon GPU offer surprising game performance on the Legion Go. My Cyberpunk 2077 benchmark tests yielded 36 FPS unplugged; its plug-in performance equalled that of ROG Ally. VRR support would have enabled users to reduce screen tearing without manually changing settings manually themselves; that being the only major shortcoming.

There’s also a USB-C port on both ends, plus 3.5mm audio combo jack and microSD card slot; additionally, its right side can be detached for use as mouse+keyboard controls in titles which benefit from this combination.

Performance of Lenovo Legion Go

Lenovo’s initial attempt at the handheld PC market may seem disorganized right now. Its 1600p display may be too demanding for casual gaming, while its buttons may be difficult to use and Legion Space doesn’t come close to offering the ease-of-use found with SteamOS. Yet Lenovo’s Yet Lenovo’s Legion Go nonetheless represents an progressive spin on hand-held computing that would pave the way for advanced hardware down the road.

The Legion Go boasts an AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme GPU and 16GB of RAM, making it considerably more powerful than the Steam Deck or Asus ROG Ally.

In addition, its generous storage capacity and substantial battery make it well-suited for gaming titles that demand a lot from portable systems.

Its best feature may be its controllers, which can be removed and used independently of the machine a la Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons. This enables you to use it comfortably on your lap while simultaneously setting it up in FPS Mode so you can use one controller as a mouse in accuracy-dependent games – an effective and ergonomic travel solution!

Battery life

My tests of the Legion Go revealed an approximate two hour battery life when used for both gaming and video playback – that’s an acceptable average for handheld console gaming devices, though not nearly as long as with my ROG Ally. When powered up using an extra 65W power bank, battery life increased substantially up to nearly five hours of light gameplay!

It does become warm while gaming, though not as much as with Steam Deck or ROG Ally devices. While this shouldn’t be an issue in your own home environment, traveling or visiting friends might make things uncomfortable for gaming sessions. When its cooling system kicks in during playback it produces an audible woosh noise but this does not seem to alter gameplay experience in any significant way.

The Legion Go comes equipped with its own proprietary software called Legion Space that serves as the default interface for interacting with it. This provides quick access to settings, game libraries and other important features – as well as offering access to platforms like Epic Games and Steam for purchasing games.

Ports

Since the unprecedented success of Nintendo Switch, many companies have attempted to create portable gaming devices that double as powerful Windows PCs, like Steam Deck, Asus ROG Ally, and the AYANEO 2S; but each has had some major drawbacks. Lenovo Legion Go aims to be different by being an all-encompassing handheld gaming machine.

At its heart lies an 8.8-inch display and powerful AMD Ryzen processors, giving users access to true Windows PC functionality. Furthermore, there’s also a detachable controller which can dock vertically like Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons; its right side can even be placed into a plastic disk for use as mouse controls in games that support such controls.

Users of the device can gain access to other game stores like Steam, GOG and Epic Games as well as Xbox Game Pass bundled within it. Legion Space serves as a dedicated gaming launcher allowing gamers to quickly find and play all their titles; you can even stream video and audio using HDMI port!

Software

The Legion Go is designed to provide desktop-class gaming in handheld form, and boasts one of the best screens on the market. Equipped with AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme Processor and Radeon GPU technology, its 8.8-inch QHD (2560x 1600) IPS touchscreen display with 144Hz refresh rate displays flawless gameplay experiences.

Lenovo offers an easy to use version of Windows 11, but their Legion Space app can be an annoyance. It starts up automatically on bootup and even when disabled in settings it still launches each time a game launches.

Bloatware on this mobile gaming system isn’t as severe as that found on systems like Steam Deck or the Asus ROG Ally, yet it still gets in the way of creating a PC-like experience. Luckily, there are shortcuts for all of the PC launchers which allowed me to quickly get Steam, Xbox’s app, Ubisoft Connect, EA Play, and the Epic Games Store installed and ready for action.

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