The Good The self-contained headset is wireless and generates some decent holographic effects. Will run on even some older iPhones and Android phones. A good handful of challenges and game modes. Comes with its own lightsaber hilt.
The Bad Doesn't always track your movements or the lightsaber very well. Lightsaber sometimes drops up out of sync. Requires a phone. Inserting and setting up the phone isn't easy or quick. Who knows if this will ever run other games?
The Bottom Line Lenovo's AR helmet for phones feels like a clever mini-HoloLens for Star Wars fans, but as a standalone headset with no other software, it's a tough sell.
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