Asus’ forgotten ROG Ally is now the best deal you’ll find on a handheld gaming PC

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Jacob Roach

By Jacob Roach November 30, 2023 7:38AM

Starfield active on the Asus ROG Ally.Jacob Roach / Digital Trends

Asus’ ROG Ally Z1 wasn’t actual acceptable back it released. As you can apprehend in our ROG Ally Z1 review, the handheld was way too big-ticket to absolve at its $600 barrage price, with the much faster Z1 Extreme model advancing in for alone $100 more. That’s alteration with a big amount drop.

Best Buy currently has the , and although it’s technically on sale, it’s adamantine to brainstorm the amount will go aback up any time soon. The Z1 Extreme model, for example, has been accessible for about $100 beneath than its $700 account amount for weeks, afterward the advertisement of the Steam Deck OLED.

At $400, the ROG Ally Z1 is decidedly competitive. It now matches the abject archetypal of the Steam Deck, which comes with an LCD awning and 256GB of accumulator for $400. The ROG Ally Z1 offers a higher-resolution awning and alert the aggregate of accumulator for the aforementioned price. To get the Steam Deck OLED with the aforementioned aggregate of storage, you’ll charge to absorb $550.

Asus ROG Ally Z1 achievement adjoin the Steam Deck.Jacob Roach / Digital Trends

It’s not a bad performer, either. As you can see in the blueprint above, the ROG Ally with the abject Z1 gets abutting to the achievement of the Steam Deck. That was a botheration at its aboriginal account price, but it’s a fair accommodation at $400 back the ROG Ally is alms added storage, a bigger screen, and Windows 11.

Asus ROG Ally Z1 achievement at altered achievement modes.Jacob Roach / Digital Trends

By far, it’s the cheapest way to get a handheld Windows PC. The Z1 is now $200 to $300 cheaper than the Z1 Extreme archetypal depending on sales, and it’s $300 cheaper than Lenovo’s Legion Go. It’s not alike account comparing i to added abstruse handhelds like the Ayaneo 2S, area you’ll calmly absorb over $1,000.

There’s a lot of upside with the ROG Ally, in particular, too. It supports Asus’ XG Mobile alien GPU, alike if you opt for the Z1 model. This abject agreement struggles mainly in the cartoon department, so an alien GPU would action a huge addition to performance, and that’s article Valve, Lenovo, and competitors like Ayaneo aloof don’t offer.

Although the new amount of the ROG Ally Z1 provides the best amount you can acquisition on a handheld gaming PC, that doesn’t beggarly it’s the appropriate aces for everyone. It’s still adequately anemic in agreement of performance, and Windows 11 still shows quirks with this anatomy factor. However, if you’re attractive to assuredly get in on a handheld gaming PC, the ROG Ally Z1 is by far the best accord you can find.

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Jacob Roach

Jacob Roach is a biographer accoutrement accretion and gaming at Digital Trends. After acumen Crysis wouldn't run on a laptop, he…

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