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I Touched a Prototype of the Asus ROG Ally X and it Felt Better

On June 2nd, Asus will officially announce the ROG Ally X, a semi-sequel to its handheld gaming PC a much larger battery. Last Thursday we exclusively revealed the broad strokes, but now I’ve also touched an early technical example – and I’m happy to say it’s much more pleasant to hold.

Asus has made a whole host of ergonomic changes that ensure it practically melts into my hands, just like the original didn’t. While I still prefer the Steam Deck’s beefier grips and symmetrical thumbsticks, the Ally X could easily be my runner-up.

First, a disclaimer: This isn’t what I would call a real hands-on. Asus wouldn’t let me turn on the device, play games, or show you photos. I couldn’t get the old ROG Ally into the room or use any tools. The company even covered their connectors with black electrical tape to keep me from snooping around too much!

But I think you would still appreciate a discussion of the design changes. Let’s get into it, shall we?

The original ROG Ally, under the original Steam Deck.
Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

Imagine a black ROG Ally – a black version of the white handheld you see in the image above. This is what the ROG Ally looks like. But instead of palm rests with bumpy corners, you now get gentle curves.

Flip it over and those curves dominate the handheld’s rear handles, eliminating unnecessary edges. Asus no longer forces you to touch embedded versions of ROG’s signature diagonal slash – although the iridescent foil slash design mark itself is still there.

The back of the original ROG Ally as a visual aid. The Ally X’s rear buttons and handles are quite different.
Photo by Monica Chin / The Verge

The new back keys no longer represent the forward slash either; They were shrunk to small, almost heart-shaped pebbles and further away from the handles. The handles aren’t as massive as the Steam Deck’s, but there are enough for my fingers to get around.

Adding it all up, I can now pick up this handheld and hold it above my head without any edges poking my fingers or palm. It’s easier to grip and the buttons on the back no longer get in the way – they’re there when I need them, not when I don’t.

It’s not a light handheld. The larger battery makes it thicker and heavier, and the tech model definitely had more weight than the original. But I wouldn’t say it felt like it difficultalso thanks to the additional comfort when holding it.

I won’t estimate the weight, but I may Give an educated estimate of thickness: perhaps a third of an inch thicker at most.

How can I say? I used my index finger as a ruler! The “tablet” portion of the handheld is about as thick as the length of my index fingertip, and the handles are about as thick as my index fingernail. Since my fingertip is about 27mm long and my fingernail is about 13mm long, the Ally X is about 1.5 inches long overall and 40mm thick. Meanwhile, the original ROG Ally is 1.27 inches (32mm) thick, and 0.83 inches (21mm) of that is the tablet area.

Although I’ve mentioned before that the Ally melted in my hands, I think it’s a bit premature to say that: the technical sample I saw was a completely unpainted, slick, cheap-looking piano black, and Asus plans to to dot and texture his handles beforehand.

So that’s the sculpture… what about the rest? It’s pretty hard to judge without actually playing a game, but here’s what I think I noticed playing around:

  • The ABXY front buttons feel like they’ve moved slightly south, closer to the analog stick, so the B button now slightly intersects the grip
  • The buttons on the front rattle a little less, but are still pleasant to rattle
  • The joysticks now have a pleasantly sticky rubber coating in the middle, like the Steam Deck OLED – their stroke also felt a little tighter
  • The D-pad now has eight-way indicators and feels a bit more floaty
  • The triggers may have a slightly longer stroke but can still be pulled nice and gently
  • There are still only two back buttons
  • Phillips screws are still used
  • You still get RGB LED ring lights around the sticks; I couldn’t tell if they were added to the buttons but they are still double sided
  • Through the ventilation slots in the case I could see that there are a few more fans inside

That’s all I could find out – but whether Asus manages to provide comfort And Battery life without a much higher price tag, this is definitely a handheld worth checking out. Leaker @MysteryLupin claims it will cost $799 and have 1 TB of storage, 24 GB RAM and up to eight hours of battery life – but if I remember correctly, Asus claimed that the original Ally also had up to eight hours of battery life.

I guess we’ll find out in June!

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