I initially wrote off the ASUS ROG Ally as a Steam Deck clone, but I was wrong. The ROG Ally is a unique device with its own strengths and weaknesses.
One of the biggest advantages of the ROG Ally is its form factor. It’s much smaller and more portable than the Steam Deck, making it a better choice for travel. The ROG Ally also has a better build quality, with a more premium feel in the hand.
The ROG Ally also has a more powerful processor than the Steam Deck, which means it can run more demanding games. However, the ROG Ally’s battery life is not as good as the Steam Deck’s.
Another advantage of the ROG Ally is its software. It runs Windows 11, which means you have access to a wider library of games than you would with the Steam Deck. And this also means that you need to be familiar with Windows PC gaming to get the most out of the ROG Ally.
Overall, the ASUS ROG Ally is a great device for people who want a portable gaming PC that’s small, and powerful. And it’s not the best choice for people who are looking for the longest battery life or the easiest learning curve.
Here are some additional thoughts on the ASUS ROG Ally:
- The ROG Ally’s controls are excellent. The sticks, buttons, and triggers feel great, and the back buttons are a nice addition.
- The ROG Ally’s display is good, but not great. It’s a 7-inch 1200p display, which is fine for most games. And if you’re looking for a truly immersive gaming experience, you’ll want a larger display with a higher resolution.
- The ROG Ally’s battery life is decent, but not great. You can expect to get around 3-4 hours of battery life on Turbo mode, and around 6-8 hours on Performance mode.
- The ROG Ally is a bit expensive, And it’s worth the price if you’re looking for a powerful and portable gaming PC.