Asus launched its handheld gaming console, the ROG Ally, back in April with two versions – the $700 model with the AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme and the slightly cheaper $600 version with the regular AMD Ryzen Z1. The former has been on sale for a while now and we gave it a mostly positive review. But now the cheaper version is available.
Is it worth saving $100? The only notable difference is the APU, the $600 version comes with the same 16GB LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB storage as the $700 model, same 7” 1080p 120Hz display (16:9) and same 40Wh battery too.
But the Z1 is proving to be too big of a step back compared to the Z1 Extreme. Digital Trends reports that it is slower than the Steam Deck APU and the Valve console is cheaper – $400 for the 64GB eMMC version, $530 for the 256GB NVMe version and a higher $650 if you want to match the 512GB storage of the Ally.
Here’s a look at their respective APUs:
|Z1 Extreme||Z1||Van Gogh (Steam Deck)|
|CPU||Zen 4||Zen 4||Zen 2|
|CPU cores (c/t)||8/16||6/12||4/8|
|GPU||RDNA 3||RDNA 3||RDNA 2|
Of course, the Ally has the better screen – a 7” 1,280 x 800px (16:9) 60Hz panel – so there are still reasons to prefer the ROG Ally over the Steam Deck. Check out our review for more details on the display, the controls and the other features.