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Asus ROG Ally X for $799 is here

The new Asus ROG Ally X is finally here and offers more storage, more battery, Thunderbolt 4 and USB-C 3.2 Gen 2. There is only one downside.
Asus ROG Ally X

The Asus ROG Ally X is finally here, the company’s latest handheld gaming PC that was originally unveiled early last month. This isn’t the successor to last year’s ROG Ally, but a more expensive variant that does a lot better than the original model. Chief among them is the larger battery, which Asus has doubled from 40Wh to 80Wh. While there are no concrete figures on actual battery life, almost twice as long is pretty obvious.

The Asus ROG Ally X also features 1TB of PCIe NVMe SSD storage, compared to 512GB on the original model. More importantly, the console uses the more common M.2 2280-sized drives, compared to the Ally’s 2242-sized drive. This also makes upgrading the drive both cheaper and easier. The memory goes from 16GB 6400MHz LPDDR5 to 24GB 7500MHz LPDDR5. This means you can now allocate more memory to the GPU without affecting the operating system and the rest of the apps.

Asus has also made several changes to the internal cooling system. The ROG Ally X uses new fans that are slimmer but still offer 10% more airflow. The new design also moves air towards the display, keeping it cool while gaming. The company has also moved the microSD card slot, which was prone to malfunctions on the original model due to its proximity to the exhaust vent.

The Asus ROG Ally X’s chassis now features smoother curves rather than the sharper angles of the original. The handgrips are deeper to provide a more secure and comfortable grip. The position of the joysticks and controls has been adjusted for an easier transition. The joysticks are also new and offer better feedback and a longer lifespan. The D-pad has been redesigned and is now less sticky when making circular movements. The fingerprint sensor has moved to a slight recess to make it easier to find. And finally, the rear buttons have been made smaller to reduce accidental presses.

Asus ROG Ally X with Thunderbolt 4 and USB-C 3.2 Gen 2

In terms of connectivity, the Asus ROG Ally X swaps out the combined USB-C and ROG XG Mobile Interface port for two USB-C ports. One supports Thunderbolt 4 and the other USB 3.2 Gen 2. Pretty much the only downside is the weight, which increases by 68g to 678g.

The chipset, however, has remained the same – a Ryzen Z1 Extreme, there is no non-Extreme variant. Just like the 7-inch IPS LCD display with 1080p, a 120Hz refresh rate, and AMD FreeSync Premium. The speakers are the same, as is the wireless connectivity. You also get the same 65W charger. The software is based on a newer version of Asus Armoury Crate SE, but still runs Windows 11 Home.

Overall, the ROG Ally X seems to be a big step forward compared to the original model. Asus pretty much improved all of the criticisms on the new model, plus there’s the much larger battery and storage space. Pre-orders are already underway, and only in black, priced at $799 (€736) and with a 3-month Game Pass subscription.


Mats Hellqvist
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