Asus ROG Ally Handheld – Hands On

Asus ROG (Republic of Gamers), a brand known for heavy gaming, is entering the portable gaming section with its handheld device, the ROG Ally. We heard the rumors of the Asus ROG Ally handheld device when they teased it as a joke at the beginning of the month.

We got some hands-on time with it, and it’s pretty impressive. It’s lighter than the Steamdeck and feels pretty comfortable in hand. For the specs, it has a 7-inch 1080p display with 120Hz refresh rate and 500 nits of brightness, and it’s powered by an AMD Ryzen™ Z1 series processor with 16GB of RAM. Regarding storage, it has 512GB with a micro SD slot. It has dual front-facing speakers, which get pretty loud, and two fans, which you can barely hear. It runs Windows 11, meaning you can access any gaming library you can access from PC.

We’re not heavy gamers by any means, but we tried it out for a bit. Gamed for about 10-15 minutes, and it was smooth. No glitches or lags. I wasn’t doing the most in any way, but the experience was great. It felt comfortable. Can’t speak to long-term gaming and fatigue correlation, but I didn’t feel too much discomfort.

There was also a gaming station with a ROG Ally handheld connected to the ROG XG Mobile docking station. The XG Mobile has an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 GPU (it can also be used with other PCs). /

We weren’t given battery specs or official pricing yet. We have to wait for the official launch for the ROG Ally on May 11th.