Asus ROG Ally Review: Outstanding PC Gaming

At $700, Asus ROG Ally may appear way more intrinsic than the Steam Deck.

Image Credits: Asus

Given that Asus is one of the most well-known brands in the PC hardware industry, it's not surprising that they were the first significant hardware manufacturer to introduce a portable gaming PC. It is up to the industry's titans to make the commandeering push and propel handheld gaming PCs into the mainstream, despite the fact that smaller boutique firms from China have ignited the entire handheld gaming PC mania.

With its Steam Deck, Valve may have been one of the most unexpected participants. The Steam Deck was an immediate hit for many people thanks to its unique software designed specifically for the company's good-grade hardware at a competitive price.

Despite having no prior expertise in developing hardware goods, Valve has been able to capture the attention of the larger gaming community with the Steam Deck. Can Asus take up Valve's mantle and convince the public that portable PCs are the way of the PC gaming future? In our assessment of the Asus ROG Ally, let's examine this.

The Asus ROG Ally appears blatantly gamey in terms of design. If the two analog sticks aren't sufficient cues, then the handheld's principal use should be evident from the device's sharp edges, speaker grilles with acute angles, RGB rings surrounding the analog sticks, and holographic stickers with the ROG logo on their outside corners, reports TechSpot

Fortunately, Asus didn't go overboard; designers made sure the corners weren't too harsh for comfort. Moreover, fortunately, the Ally just has two RGB rings. While the backside has two paddle buttons, dual air intakes, and another holographic sticker, the top has shoulder buttons, triggers, and a variety of ports. Additionally, there are two broad air exhausts on top.

Compared to the Steam Deck, the ROG Ally is lighter and smaller. It is considerably simpler to hold for prolonged periods of time without support or to take around in a backpack and never seems as intimidating in the hand. This has the disadvantage of being slightly less gripping; in contrast to the ROG Ally, the Steam Deck has thick grips that give your fingers something to hold onto. The ROG Ally's compactness required a trade-off, but people with larger hands will find the Steam Deck more comfortable.

The RGB lighting on the ROG Ally is confined to the rings around the joysticks. There are only two zones in each ring, yet the colors complement one another wonderfully. Fortunately, the illumination is set to a much lower intensity out of the box and may be entirely muted. It can still grow very bright, much brighter than the panel itself. Additionally, you may configure the illumination to match CPU utilization or temperature as well as your music or compatible games.

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There is a lot going on at the device's top. The power button serves as both the fingerprint scanner and the power button. Then, just next to the volume controls, there are two status LEDs for power and charging. A huge port has a USB-C connector and an exclusive Asus connector for external GPUs. Finally, there is a headphone jack and a microSD card slot.

Even in the already specialized market for handheld consoles, the Ally is undoubtedly a niche device. This device will undoubtedly satisfy your very unique gaming itch if you are an experienced PC player who simply cannot spend enough time in front of your PC but needs a solution to continue playing your games whenever and wherever. To appeal to a wider audience, it will need improved software and longer battery life.

Pros

·       Good build quality, reasonably small, and lightweight.

·       Great performance on the display.

·       Performance from the Ryzen Z1 Extreme CPU that is best in class.

·       Controls on the gamepad that are convenient and effective.

·       Good cooling results.

·       Software that is flexible and unrestrictive.

Cons

·       Battery life is not impressive.

·       UI experience was poor.

·       Awkward positioning of the fingerprint sensor.

·       Minimal haptics.

Sam Draper
August 10, 2023

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