39 days to Christmas: Star Wars fans would definitely ask Santa for this

Jeeves de Veyra

Posted at Nov 16 2017 01:59 PM | Updated as of Nov 16 2017 03:44 PM

The Force is clearly with Lenovo this Christmas season with the release of Star Wars-related hardware to coincide with the showing of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" in cinemas. 

Michael Ngan, Lenovo Philippines country general manager, announced at a media launch that the products that will be available in December to coincide with the movie's opening.

"Through this partnership, we’re bringing together the latest technology and one of the most recognized franchises in the galaxy to fulfill the wishes of anyone who’s ever wanted to be part of the Star Wars Universe. We also hope that this would be the start of a long-lasting partnership with Disney that will bring in more exciting products,” Ngan said.

Among these products is the Star Wars: Jedi Challenges package which contains a smartphone-powered Lenovo Mirage headset, tracking beacon, and a beautiful lightsaber controller bundled with Star Wars games.

The experience begins with the player securing installing the app on one's smartphone and securing it into the headset. The app will run on either IOS or Android, though for Android users, it is recommended to use a powerful phone to run the games. After that, you strap on the headset and get ready to play. The Mirage’s design allows users with eyeglasses to wear them while using the headset and still be comfortable.

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Lightsaber battles fulfill a longtime fantasy to channel your inner Jedi. There’s a certain joy when you put on the visor, press the button, hear that familiar hum from the Star Wars movies while seeing the lightsaber slowly extend out of your hilt. With the limited time I had to demo this game, it was fun to deflect and reflect blaster shots, and hack and slash stormtroopers.

The other game that was featured was HoloChess, the same game that Luke Skywalker and Chewbacca were playing in "Star Wars Episode IV" and was briefly seen when the Millennium Falcon was rediscovered in "The Force Awakens." The player uses the controller to point and highlight banthas and other familiar creatures from the Star Wars Universe and move them to their destination spaces.

The other product line that was launched were the special Star Wars editions of the latest Lenovo 920 convertible touch screen ultrabooks: A white version with a red Rebel Alliance logo, and a black one etched with the Galactic Empire for those who are comfortable with the dark side. This will be ultra-exclusive as only less than 100 units will be on sale in the Philippines.

Lenovo’s Yoga series is known for its multimode form factor. It can be used in the standard laptop configuration. It can be laid flat on a surface so that people can crowd around the screen and see what’s being show. Moreover, the keyboard can be folded 180 degrees to be used like a tablet. 

The higher end Yogas are much thinner and lighter making the tablet more elegant due to its proprietary metal hinge.

 

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The Yoga 920 has been given a lot more power under the hood to support its high-end positioning. Its zippy 8th gen Intel i7 CPU is paired with an SSD and twin Thunderbolt USB-C ports. 

Marathoning the Star Wars movies on the Yoga 920’s 4K display and Dolby Atmos is one of the best ways to prepare for “The Last Jedi.” 

Lenovo has thoughtfully configured the 920 to integrate with Windows 10 by enhancing voice commands with Cortana, security and logins with Windows Hello or the fingerprint scanner, and accessing Windows Ink with the bundled Lenovo Active Pen 2.

These 920s are a lot more expensive than similar ultrabooks like the Dell XPS. This is clearly not for gamers as the on-board Intel video card won’t be enough to satisfactorily run modern shooters like the specialized gaming laptops from MSI and Acer’s Republic of Gamers line. 

Artists and photographers will probably consider this laptop particularly because of the Lenovo Active Pen, onboard SSD and its Thunderbolt/USB-C ports, clearly encroaching on Apple’s traditional territory. The other laptop that comes close to the 920 is the Microsoft Surface Book, but this is not officially available in the Philippines.

Overall, Lenovo definitely knows its target market with these two devices. These will be great stocking stuffers for technophiles who are really into Star Wars.

The Lenovo Star Wars: Jedi Challenges bundle is priced at P14,999 and is now available for pre-order at select Toy Kingdom branches. The Special Edition Star Wars Yoga 920 starts at P139,995 and is now available for pre-order at selected SM Appliance Centers. Both will be available in stores in time for Christmas.