Lenovo Legion glasses
Newest on the market
Lenovo’s new Legion Glasses are some of the best AR glasses on the market. They deliver an excellent gaming experience and are also great for media consumption.Benefits
- Elegant design
- TUV certifications
- Easy to carry
- Peaks at 60Hz refresh rate
Older, nice model
Xreal’s Air AR glasses are the perfect option for those looking to get some smart glasses that will look great and deliver a great media experience.Benefits
- The USB cable is removable
- Gets up to 120Hz refresh rates
- Not the latest model available
Consumer-focused AR glasses have started to gain momentum in recent years, as companies may have begun to achieve the goal of providing an immersive experience that keeps you hooked for more than 15 minutes. The best part is that these AR glasses look pretty much like a regular pair of glasses, making them more comfortable and easier to wear. Luckily, I’ve had the chance to try out some of the latest options available, and now I can help you decide between a new pair of Lenovo Legion glasses or the original Xreal Air AR glasses to see which is the best option for your needs.
Price, availability and specifications
Lenovo’s new Legion Glasses were announced alongside the Lenovo Legion Go, the company’s first Windows-based gaming handheld, back in September. You can pick them up for $330 on Lenovo’s official website. But you better hurry as there is limited stock available.
The Xreal Air glasses have been around longer, as they were announced back in September 2022 as the Nreal Air. Unfortunately, the Chinese augmented reality glasses startup had to change its name to Xreal back in May to avoid legal problems with Epic Games and to increase its influence in the European market.
The Xreal Air came with a $379 price tag and a must-have accessory, the Xreal Adapter, for iPhone users that costs $59. But the Xreal Air is now more affordable and can be purchased for under $340 on Xreal’s website and Amazon at the time of writing. You can also pick up the Xreal Adapter for $49 and the Xreal Beam for $119.
Lenovo Legion glasses Xreal water Speaker High fidelity built-in speakers Dual open ear speakers with bass boost, Weight 3.39 ounces (96g) 79g/2.79oz Measure 50×79 mm 52mmx60mm Update frequency 60 Hz 120 Hz Resolution 1920×1080 per eye 1920x1080p per eye Connection possibilities USB-C and HDMI USB-C Included accessories 3 adjustable nose pads, carrying case, prescription lens frame, cleaning cloth and anti-slip adapters Detachable cable, 3 nose pads, case, cleaning cloth
Function over fashion
Both AR glasses look good, so the winner in this category is decided by your taste. My attention initially drifted towards the Lenovo Legion Glasses, as they have a boxy design that makes them feel more futuristic, and they basically mimic the design of the reading glasses I use. Yes, they are a bit bulkier than regular glasses, but that won’t be a problem for extended use after you adjust the temples and replaceable nose clips to your needs.
The Xreal Air design will be more convincing for those who love the look of the Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Classic. They have an almost identical design, so you can easily wear them wherever you want, and people might not realize you’re wearing a pair of AR glasses unless they take a second look. They also come with adjustable hinges, which allow you to adjust the direction or height of the temples for a better fit. Unfortunately, I wish the temples I got were a little longer or the temple tips were adjustable because I can still remember the headaches I got after wearing them for a while. The Xreal Air glasses also have a visor that completely blocks out light, making them perfect for those who don’t want to be distracted by their surroundings.
The Xreal Air’s design will be more convincing to those who love the look of the Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Classic while the Lenovo Legion Glasses have a boxy design.
Now for the similarities. You might think that the Lenovo Legion Glasses and Xreal Air are somewhat fragile, as they are mainly made of plastic, but both devices feel strong and premium. They take a beating while maintaining an incredibly light build. You also get the same power button, a rocker control to adjust brightness and volume, and the speakers embedded in the temples.
In my case, I found the longer temples of the Lenovo Legion glasses to be a better fit for my large head as I felt the shorter temples of the Xreal Air dig into my skull after wearing them for more than 20 minutes. So, as I mentioned above, the final winner in this section will be determined by looks and your taste, as you will most likely have an excellent experience regardless.
Software and features
Best portable display that fits in your pocket
Again, we find some interesting similarities between the two contenders, making the final decision a bit more complicated. These AR glasses do not contain any specific software to run, as they basically act as a display so you can see what you want. Lenovo Legion Glasses and Xreal Air are compatible with Android smartphones, portable gaming consoles such as Steam Deck, Asus ROG Ally, Nintendo Switch and basically any device with a fully functional USB-C port and more devices if you manage to get the necessary dongle to connect it to devices with a Lighting to HDMI adapter (it will be easier if you have one of the newer USB-C iPhones).
Both AR glasses also come with plenty of goodies inside the box, as you get a carrying case, three adjustable nose pads, a cleaning cloth, and a prescription lens frame. The only major difference here is that the Xreal Air includes a braided, strong USB-C cable, while the Lenovo Legion Glasses come with an anti-slip adapter, and the USB-C cable is already connected to one of the skins on the device.
The only real advantage you get with the Xreal Air is that they’ll deliver up to 120Hz refresh rates, while the Lenovo Legion Glasses still top out at 60Hz.
Lenovo and Xreal have also taken the time to ensure that your eyes are not harmed while you enjoy your game and content. Both glasses include TUV certified eye protection, which means low blue light and low flicker for a better visual experience. The only real advantage you get with the Xreal Air is that they’ll deliver up to 120Hz refresh rates thanks to one of the latest firmware updates, while the Lenovo Legion Glasses still top out at 60Hz. This might sound like a game changer, but it will be hard to tell the difference if you primarily use your smart glasses for media consumption or gaming, especially given that they both have 1080p resolution.
However, there is one department where you can tell the difference between these smart glasses: sound quality. Lenovo’s Legion Glasses deliver exceptional sound that makes you forget the sound is coming from the device’s tiny built-in speakers, providing an immersive experience that its challengers can’t match. Admittedly, the Xreal Air will have decent sound, but you’ll only get a top-notch immersive experience if you add a pair of headphones or earphones to your setup.
Lenovo Legion Glasses vs Xreal Air: Which is right for you?
AR glasses have come a long way since their initial inception, and it seems that companies have finally found a formula that works, as they are becoming more popular over time. I use these devices, and I feel the same excitement I felt when I was a small child playing Panic bombs on Virtual Boy, but now I get to enjoy other great titles with vivid colors, better graphics and some retro games to keep my inner child alive. But the question remains. Which is the best option for you?
If it was my money, I would definitely go for the Lenovo Legion Glasses, as they are an improved version of the Lenovo Glasses T1, with many of the issues resolved for this generation. They provide a very comfortable fit, a unique sound experience and an affordable package that you can use almost anywhere and anytime without disturbing your surroundings.
Lenovo Legion glasses
Lenovo’s Legion Glasses use micro-OLED display technology to put a 60Hz FHD screen in front of each eye for an immersive gaming experience. These glasses come with built-in speakers and can be connected to devices with USB-C DisplayPort. They also come with adjustable nose pads and support for fitting prescription lens frames.
Yes, Xreal Air is also a good option if you want to try something from a company that is fully committed to delivering an exceptional AR experience. However, I would skip the Xreal Air and go for the latest version of these amazing AR glasses, as the new Xreal Air 2 and Xreal Air 2 Pro are already available for purchase, although they also come with a hefty price tag. Either way, you’ll get a great pair of AR glasses that will work perfectly with most of the top gaming consoles, including the Asus ROG Ally and other great products.
Go for a newer model
Xreal has just launched Windows support for its Air AR glasses, which create a 130-inch virtual screen that floats in the air. You’ll never want to use the 7-inch built-in screen again.
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