The Asus ROG Ally might be the Steam Deck’s biggest enemy yet, as the company claims the handheld is twice as fast when running at 35w. Naturally, we’d suggest waiting for independent benchmarks before getting too excited, but the claims make sense considering it’ll use “the fastest AMD APU” on the market.

The Steam Deck isn’t the only gaming laptop on the market, but the Asus ROG Ally has a big brand and bigger ambitions. On the outside, it’s an eye-catching laptop equipped with RGB lighting and a sleek casing. However, the Windows 11 device apparently backs up its sense of style with high-spec substance, and first impressions indicate it’s a high-end powerhouse.

In a new Asus ROG Ally preview video, Linus’ tech tips take a look at the upcoming laptop. While the YouTube channel’s main star says he can’t share any in-game frame rates, he relays Asus’ own claims. As mentioned above, the laptop can apparently double the performance over the Steam Deck at 35w, while achieving 50% faster speeds at 15w.

Again, we don’t have any solid performance numbers to work with at this point, but if the impressions are good, Linus exclaims that Horizon Zero Dawn’s gameplay looks “great”. He also comments that “at seven inches, 1080p looks amazingly sharp”, and it doesn’t appear that the images come with any notable frame rate caveats.

Linus screams a lot about fluidity throughout the video, but also tries to play it on the big screen with an Nvidia RTX 4090 case and ROG XG Mobile eGPU. It will probably cost you around $2,500 to set up, so renting it for 4K gaming management might be a little redundant. However, the fact that you can apparently squeeze out what looks like “60+ frames per second” using Asus’ rooted configuration is something worth exploring, especially if you’re considering buying the best gaming laptop for your computer. office and on the go.

Early previews of the Asus ROG Ally highlight that this handheld is no cost competitor to the Steam Deck. Of course, we’ll have to wait for pricing information to appear, but it looks like it will serve as an all-in-one desktop, laptop, and handheld console replacement. In other words, you could be a winner if you have a change and no materials are available.

It might be a while before Steam Deck 2 arrives, and Valve’s original handheld still has a bright future ahead of it. If anything, higher priced gamers entering the portable PC gaming space should just help lead the competition and provide more choice, and Asus certainly knows its stuff when it comes to mobile gaming technology.

Featured image credit: Linus Tech Tips.

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