Steam Deck competitor ASUS ROG Ally sees April price plunge on Amazon

Take your games with you anywhere, with the ASUS ROG Ally Z1 Extreme.

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While Valve’s Steam Deck is the most affordable competent handheld gaming PC available, a more powerful option is now on sale on Amazon. The ASUS ROG Ally Z1 Extreme Handheld Gaming PC is now 8% off, dropping its price back down to its lowest ever once again. With the Z1 Extreme CPU, most of the games within your Steam or Epic Games Launcher libraries will run at higher frame rates at 1080p.

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ASUS ROG Ally Handheld Gaming Console

(AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme Processor | 7″ Full HD 120Hz IPS 500nits Touchscreen | 16GB RAM | 512GB PCIe SSD | AMD Radeon Graphics | Windows 11 | 3 Months Xbox GamePass
Reasons to Buy
  • Z1 Extreme Processor maintains 8 cores and 16 threads
  • 500 nits of peak brightness
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • 1080p resolution
Reasons to Avoid
  • Windows 11 can be buggy with handheld devices
  • Potential micro SD card slot overheating

It is now just £549, £50 off the original £599 listed price.

Why should you choose the ASUS ROG Ally over the Steam Deck?

Technical DetailsSpecifications
ProcessorZ1 Extreme
Resolution1080p
Refresh Rate120Hz
Storage512GB SSD
Brightness500 nits
Upscaling/PerformanceFSR3/Fluid Motion Frames
Operating SystemWindows 11

The ASUS ROG Ally Z1 Extreme Handheld Gaming PC stands beside the Lenovo Legion Go as the most powerful among the three. While Valve’s Steam Deck is far more appealing due to its pricing and power to run a plethora of games, ASUS and Lenovo’s devices provide a full-fledged gaming PC experience.

With the Windows 11 operating system present with the ROG Ally, all games will be available to you. This is unlike the Steam Deck that uses the Linux OS, leaving users to install Windows 11 themselves. The issue with the Linux OS is that a plethora of popular games such as Call of Duty that use anti-cheat, are incompatible. The Ally comes out of the box with Windows installed, making the experience straightforward.

The Z1 Extreme Processor utilizes 8 cores and 16 threads, which is an APU enough to run games at the 1080p resolution. It also helps that FSR 3 and Fluid Motion Frames are present when installing a preview AMD driver. Games that may be a little more demanding will benefit massively from this. With a 120Hz refresh rate, you’ll be able to enjoy a smooth gaming experience, beyond the Steam Deck LCD’s 60Hz.

Why you should get your hands on it now

Before the current original price on Amazon, the ASUS ROG Ally was £699 MSRP, and since then it has fallen to the currently lowest price of £549.

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While it is possible the price could drop even further, or you could opt for the cheaper non-Z1 Extreme version, this is the same price as the Steam Deck OLED. For better performance, this is a no-brainer.

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Isaiah A Williams is a tech and gaming writer/editor for PC Guide. His interests run along the path of gaming via consoles, PC, and handheld devices such as Valve's Steam Deck.