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Asus ROG Ally teardown results in minimal iFixit criticism

A ROG Ally X-ray. (Source: Creative Electron via iFixit)
A ROG Ally X-ray. (Source: Creative Electron via iFixit)
Asus' new handheld gaming device, the ROG Ally, has now paid a visit to a well-known electronics disassembly and repair YouTube channel. The portable console came in for glowing praise as a result of its new iFixit assessment, as well as and favorable comparisons between it and its Steam Deck rival - with some caveats.

The ROG Ally is the long-awaited answer to the Steam Deck from Asus. The mobile console might look complicated to take apart thanks to its RGB accents; however, according to iFixit, it is not that difficult to dissemble after all.

With few exceptions (such as the in-built display), it seems most major ROG Ally components (such as the 40Wh battery, upgradeable M.2 storage and even the new Ryzen Z1-series chipset) are fairly accessible to a user with a Phillips-head screwdriver, thanks to a "modular" design that even extends to the Ally's thumbsticks.

Accordingly, it might be relatively easy to replace one if necessary due to the ever-impending risk of drift, an issue shared with the Nintendo Switch thanks to the "resistive film-based potentiometer" response type Valve eschewed in making the Steam Deck.

Nevertheless, iFixit has lauded the ROG Ally as superior to its big-name rival in terms of its repairability - if Asus were ever to release spare parts for the device, that is. Nevertheless, the Steam Deck was also backed as potentially preferable in actual everyday use, as Windows 11 remains poorly optimized for the Ally out of the box at present.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2023-06-23 (Update: 2023-06-23)