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Forget the Ryzen Z1 ASUS ROG Ally, get the Extreme model for even cheaper

Is this the best handheld gaming PC deal right now?
Last Updated on April 10, 2024
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Everyone that knows a thing or two about the ASUS ROG Ally will tell you that the Z1 Extreme model is the one to go for. Yes, the cheaper model with an AMD Ryzen Z1 Processor is a decent choice, but it loses out to the Steam Deck in terms of value when compared. Now that you can get the high-spec model for even cheaper thanks to Best Buy’s open-box buying option, there’s no reason not to check it out.

Previously we noticed that the Z1 model had been discounted. That has since expired, leaving the Z1 Extreme a clean $100 off for a brand-new model. However, you can get drag that price down even further with open-box, in excellent condition.

Get the Z1 Extreme ASUS ROG Ally for cheaper than the Z1 model

As we’ve said, the Z1 Extreme model is on the receiving end of a fantastic deal right now. Usually priced at $699.99, it has dropped to just $599.99, but we can get it much cheaper with open-box (simply click the ‘Open-Box’ buying option on the product page). We fully recommend sticking with an excellent condition unit, which is verified to look and work like new.

The key difference between these two is the processor in question. ASUS themselves ran some benchmarks to compare. We’ve put together a list of the main specs just below to help you understand the kind of experience to expect. Thanks to the improved performance on the Z1 Extreme variant, it is better suited to take full advantage of the 120Hz refresh rate at its native 1080p resolution.

SpecificationsASUS ROG Ally (Z1 Extreme)
CPUAMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme
GraphicsAMD Radeon RDNA 3-based integrated graphics
Memory16GB LPDDR5
Resolution1920 x 1080
Panel typeIPS
Screen size7-inch
Dimensions (H x W x L)0.83″, 4.37″, 11.02″

Can I trust open-box on Best Buy?

We’ve done a little bit of research into how much open-box on Best Buy affects the quality, and it looks like great news. Best Buy put it through their Geek Squad verification process, restoring it to factory settings while ensuring original parts and accessories and included. What may be missing is the original packaging, owners manual, and manufacturer registration – but this varies.

This Reddit thread discusses some peoples’ personal experience with an open-box ROG Ally and the success rate is high. If you have the chance to test in a local store, that’s also a good idea. Some people even report that it didn’t even seem used.

At PC Guide, Jack is mostly responsible for reporting on hardware deals. He also specializes in monitors, TVs, and headsets and can be found putting his findings together in a review or best-of guide.