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Asus Unveils Enhanced Portable Gaming Console: ROG Ally X

Asus has finally officially unveiled the updated ROG Ally X handheld gaming console, which was “created based on user feedback.” The new product received more memory, which also became faster, but more importantly, the manufacturer has seriously increased the battery life of the console. The design of the console was also slightly updated, thereby improving ergonomics.

ROG Ally X is built on the same AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme processor as older versions of the regular ROG Ally. However, the new product should become faster due to a significant upgrade of RAM. The console received 24 GB of dual-channel LPDDR5X-7500, while the regular Ally offered only 16 GB of slower LPDDR5-6400 memory. This upgrade will be especially useful here, since the console relies on integrated graphics, for which RAM speed can be a bottleneck.

At the same time, the new product received a solid-state drive with a capacity of 1 TB, which is twice as large as the 512 GB SSD in the original Ally. This will allow you to store many more modern games on the console. In addition, ROG Ally X uses an updated motherboard, thanks to which it supports solid-state drives of the most popular form factor – M.2 2280. This will allow you to easily upgrade your storage system using higher-capacity SSDs. Let us add that the new product, as before, uses the PCIe 4.0 interface.

Asus ROG Ally X is equipped with an 80Whr battery, which is double the capacity of the previous model, so users can play longer when away from a power outlet. Despite the significant increase in battery life, ROG Ally X weighs only 70 grams more than the original ROG Ally. At the same time, Asus took care of the weight distribution, which ensures a comfortable grip on the device. According to Asus, the device feels lighter than its 678g weight would suggest.

The ROG Ally X has a redesigned body in a new black color, slightly recessed handles and a more rounded shape for improved ergonomics, without increasing the thickness of the device. The buttons and thumbsticks are angled at a more ergonomic angle, and the angled triggers make them easier to press. The macro buttons on the rear panel have also been made smaller to reduce accidental clicks while still keeping them easily accessible.

The joysticks have been replaced with new, more durable ones, rated for 5 million clicks, with stiffer springs for a more familiar response curve for seasoned gamers. The D-Pad has also been improved, with more precise input in eight directions.

Asus also noted that many users have been asking for more versatile I/O ports, so the proprietary XG Mobile port on the ROG Ally X has been replaced with two USB-C ports, one of which is USB4 compliant and Thunderbolt compatible, opening up more options for connecting third-party docking stations and external GPUs.

Accommodating the new battery required redesigning the interior space, which is why the ROG Ally X features new fans. They are 23% smaller but use 50% thinner blades for improved airflow. The ventilation holes were also redesigned – the previous Ally often had a memory card slot that failed due to overheating. The new cooling system provides 24% more airflow and also keeps the screen cooler – up to 6°C cooler for more comfortable long-term use. By the way, the display here has a 7-inch diagonal, Full HD resolution and an adaptive refresh rate of up to 120 Hz.

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