Asus has unveiled its new ROG Ally, a handheld gaming device that runs Windows natively without the need for a pared-down version. As compared to the Steam Deck, the ROG Ally is a miniature PC that can run games that are generally played on a computer. Equipped with up to 16GB LPDDR5 dual-channel RAM and upgradable storage of 512GB PCIe Gen 4, the device can handle any game that runs on Windows PC.

The first thing noticed when picking up the ROG Ally is its flatness compared to the bulkier Steam Deck. However, it has larger bottom corners which make it comfier to use with the bottom edge resting on a desk. The lightweight aluminum chassis feels quite nice and boasts of a silent cooling system which uses a “Zero Gravity thermal system with a dual-fan system with ultra-thin heatsink fins and high-friction heat pipes. In my brief demo period, the Armoury Crate SE that lets you control pretty much everything on the system worked well though it’s something the company needs to nail down for users who plan to use the Ally solely for gaming as it may be the primary UI they interact with.

The screen that delivers the best viewing experience on a handheld gaming device is sharp and reaches 500 nits of brightness with a variable refresh rate between 30Hz and 120Hz. It can output to a desktop monitor with keyboard and mouse control, and users won’t necessarily want to go up to 120Hz if battery life is a concern.

By plugging the Ally into its XG Mobile docking station, users can get additional ports, an HDMI 2.1, a DP 1.4, an RJ-45 LAN, a DC input jack, three USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, a UHS-II SD card reader, and a USB 3 Gen 2 Type-C

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