Five Windows Handheld Alternatives You Can Buy

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The Steam Deck is the standard-bearer for PCs with a portable console format to move the most ambitious titles. But it is not the only one: the Valve console has had competitors to play wherever you are. In this Windows laptop console PC buying guide You will find the main devices that you can buy so that you can hit the mark with your next gaming device.


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Steam Deck

It was not the first, but it is the one that takes all the spotlights. We start with what is the pretty girl of the categoryearning this title by hand for several reasons.

To begin with, and as you will see throughout the article, its price is the most competitive (since €419now in reserve) (although our recommendation is that you do not bet on the base model: spending a little more is worth it) compared to other alternatives.

On the other hand, we must not forget Valve’s good work, experience and market. The firm has carried out a great deal of work in advance in terms of hardware development, battery optimization and performance, with cards up its sleeve such as the AMD FSR natively in all your games.

We can’t forget the vast catalog of Steam gamesa guarantee of entertainment for hours on a device adapted to fit you like a glove.

However, as Valve explains, “Steam Deck is a PC, so you can install third-party software and operating systems“, as well as other platforms such as Xbox Game Pass in case you want more. In addition, any peripheral can be connected to the dock via USB, including a keyboard and mouse, which facilitates this task.

Between the crisis in the supply chain and the hype, the units put up for sale have flown. But if you couldn’t buy a Steam Deck, you can always opt for these alternatives in the form of third-party Windows handheld consoles to play your PC games.

Aya NEO Next

Next

In the absence of the modest AyaNeo Air Plus and the new generation AYANEO2 expected to go on sale at the end of the year (for the moment the first is only available in financing phase via Indiegogo), Today the most interesting proposals of the manufacturer are the standard Aya Neo and the Pro.

However, you can also buy the AYANEO 2021 in a standard and Pro version, but considering the price difference and your hardwarethe Next will probably cost you more.

First of all a nuance: the difference between standard and Pro only affects RAM and storage, going from 16 to 32GB and from 1 to 2TB respectively. In any case, they mount a 7-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels.

Although either of the two are some beasts from the hardware point of viewit is a pity that it has remained in the Ryzen 5000 generation and that its graphics card is a Radeon Vega 8, which weighs down the performance of the whole.

These nuances could be less crucial if the console was more affordablebut its official PVP is 1,315 dollars (available on Amazon for 1,547 euros with a coupon.)


AYANEO NEXT Glossy White Ryzen Laptop PC;  AMD Ryzen 7-5825U CPU;  16GB LPDDR4x RAM, 2TB NVMe SSD, 1280 x 800p H-IPS Touchscreen [AYA-NEO-NEXT-BW-2]

AYANEO NEXT Glossy White Ryzen Laptop PC; AMD Ryzen 7-5825U CPU; 16GB LPDDR4x RAM, 2TB NVMe SSD, 1280 x 800p H-IPS Touchscreen [AYA-NEO-NEXT-BW-2]

AYA NEO 2021 Dark Star PC Ryzen 4500U;  16GB of LPDDR4x RAM;  1TB NVMe SSD;  1280x800p IPS touch screen;  USB-C Gen 3.2;  Wi-Fi 6;  Bluetooth 5.0 [AYA-NEO-2021-DARK-STAR].

AYA NEO 2021 Dark Star PC Ryzen 4500U; 16GB of LPDDR4x RAM; 1TB NVMe SSD; 1280x800p IPS touch screen; USB-C Gen 3.2; Wi-Fi 6; Bluetooth 5.0 [AYA-NEO-2021-DARK-STAR].

GPD Win 3

Win

GPD Win 3 lives up to the PC title thanks to the fact that it has a physical keyboard (you just have to slide the screen) and a very useful dock for expansion that will allow you to connect peripherals to get the most out of it, for example a monitor to work old-fashioned.

And its hardware precisely corresponds to configurations typical of computers for general use, with eleventh-generation Tiger Lake processors, the minimum 16GB of RAM essential for a good experience with a gaming PC, and a 1TB SSD. The Achilles heel to play vs. a computer is on the charta modest Iris Xe.

Of all the portable Windows consoles that we are going to see,** this is the most compact, lightest and the one with the smallest diagonal screen**: only 5.5 inches with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels.


GPD WIN 3 i7 Silver AAA Gaming Laptop PC;  Core i7 11th Gen, Xe Graphics, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Windows 10 Gaming Laptop [W3-S-i7]

GPD WIN 3 i7 Silver AAA Gaming Laptop PC; Core i7 11th Gen, Xe Graphics, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Windows 10 Gaming Laptop [W3-S-i7]

OneXPlayer

onexplayer

Although in stores like Amazon you can find models like the ONEXPLAYER 1S, there are two consoles from this firm for sale: OneXPlayer and the more compact model, the ONEXPLAYER Mini.

One of the strengths of the house are its alternatives: Not only can you go for the Mini, but you can also choose between different configurations of processor, RAM, storage and even the version of Windows, since there are those with the latest from Microsoft pre-installed if you want the most up-to-date.

These are the versions of the OneXPlayer (1458 euros) that its official website has for sale: with an Intel processor, a single model with Core i7-1195G7, 16GB of memory, 1TB of storage and Windows 10. If you choose by AMD as a manufacturer, then it will integrate the veteran Ryzen 7 4800 with 16GB of RAM and Windows 11, with the option to choose between a 512GB or double SSD. Precisely that version with AMD Ryzen 7 4800/16GB/512GB and Windows 11 is the most affordable in the catalog, with an RRP of 799 euros. Though its features are interesting, it is not exactly an affordable device.

The most striking of this console is the size and resolution of your screen: 8.4 inches and 2560×1600 pixels, features to differentiate themselves by improving the experience even at the cost of sacrificing a little bit of portability. It also has a noticeably larger battery than its competitors.

  • If you prefer something more compact, the OneXPlus Mini (1299 euros) stays at 7 inches diagonally with a 1280 x 800 dpi resolution, Windows 11 preinstalled, an AMD Ryzen 7 5800U processor and three storage options ranging from 512GB to 2TB. Its PVP starts from 1229 dollars.

ONEXPLAYER Mini with Intel i7-1195G7 (Quad-Core @ up to 5.0GHz), 16GB LPDDR4x RAM;  1TB NVMe SSD;  7 screen" 1920x1200p;  Wi-Fi 6;  Bluetooth 5.0;  Windows 11 [OXP-MINI-1TB]

ONEXPLAYER Mini with Intel i7-1195G7 (Quad-Core @ up to 5.0GHz), 16GB LPDDR4x RAM; 1TB NVMe SSD; 7″ 1920x1200p display; Wi-Fi 6; Bluetooth 5.0; Windows 11 [OXP-MINI-1TB]

ONEXPLAYER AMD Ryzen 7-4800U PC Gaming Handheld;  16GB Dual-Channel RAM, 1TB NVMe SSD, 8.4" touchscreen [OXP-AMD-4800U]

ONEXPLAYER AMD Ryzen 7-4800U PC Gaming Handheld; 16GB Dual-Channel RAM, 1TB NVMe SSD, 8.4″ Touchscreen [OXP-AMD-4800U]

Summary table of specifications

Steam Deck

AYANEO Next (+ Pro)

AYANEO 2021 (+Pro)

GPD Win 3

OneXPlayer Mini

OneXPlayer

Size and weight

298mm x 117mm x 49mm Approx. 669g

267 x 112 x 30mm, 720g

106x255x20; 650g

198 x 92 x 27mm; 560g

260 x 104 x 23mm; 619g

288 x 130 x 21mm; 820g

Processor

CPU: AMD Zen 2 4 core/8 thread, 2.4-3.5 GHz (up to 448 GFLOPS FP32) GPU: RDNA 2 with 8 compute units, 1.0-1.6 GHz (up to 1.6 TFLOPS FP32)

AMD Ryzen 7 5825U ZEN 3, 7nm, 8-core, 16-thread GPU: AMD Radeon Vega 8 2000MHz

AMD Ryzen 5 4500U 7nm 6-cores, 6-threads 2.3GHz Base Clock, 4.0GHz Max Boots Clock GPU: AMD Radeon Graphics, 1.50 GHz

Pro: AMD Ryzen 7 4800U 7nm 8-core,16-gilo 1.8GHz Base Clock, 4.2GHz Max GPU: AMD Radeon Graphics, 1.75 GHz

CPU: Intel Core i5-1135G7 / Intel Core i7-1165G7 GPU: Intel Iris Xe 80 EUs (Core i5) /Intel Iris Xe 96 EUs (Core i7)

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800U, Zen 3, 8 cores, 16 threads, 1.90 GHz Base Frequency, 4.4 GHz Max Turbo Frequency GPU: AMD Radeon RX Vega 8

CPU: I7-1195G7, 4 cores 8 threads, 12M Cache, 2.90 GHz Base Frequency, 5.00 GHz Max Turbo / AMD Ryzen 4800U

GPU: Intel Iris Xe Graphics/AMD Radeon Graphics

RAM

16GB RAM LPDDR5 5500MT/s

16GB LPDDR4x 4266MHz Pro: 32GB LPDDR4x 4266MHz

16GB 4266MHz LPDDR4x

16GB LPDDR4X-4266Mhz

16GB LPDDR4x 4266MHz

16GB LPDDR4x 4266MHz

Storage

Depending on the model (all include a slot for high-speed microSD cards):

64GB eMMC (1 PCIe Gen 2) 256GB NVMe SSD (4 PCIe Gen 3) 512GB High Speed ​​NVMe SSD (4 PCIe Gen 3)

1TB M.2 (NVMe) 2280 Pro: 2TB M.2 (NVMe) 2280

1T Hard disk M.2 (NVMe)

1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD

512GB /1TB/2TB M.2 2280(NVMe) PCIe 3.0 x4

1TB M.2 2280(NVMe) PCIe 3.0 x4 / 512GB /1TB M.2 2280(NVMe) PCIe 3.0 x4

Screen

1280 x 800 pixels IPS LCD (16:10 aspect ratio) 7″ diagonal 400 nits (typical) 60 Hz Touch

7.0″ IPS LCD 1280 X 800, Capacitive 5 points

7″ IPS 215 ppi HD with wide color gamut, 1280*800 pixels, 500 nits brightness

5.5 inches 1,280 x 720 (287 dpi) IPS Touchscreen, 84% NTSC color gamut Gorilla Glass 5

7″ IPS FHD with resolution 1280 x 800 dpi and 216 ppi, 10 points

8.4″ IPS with resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, 358 PPI

connectivity

Bluetooth 5.0 (compatible with controllers, accessories and audio) Dual-band Wi-Fi radio, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, 2 x 2 MIMO, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac

Wi-Fi 6IEEEBluetooth 5.2

Wi-Fi 6IEEEBluetooth 5.2

Wi-Fi 6 Bluetooth 5

Wi-Fi6 / Bluetooth 5.0

Wi-Fi6 / Bluetooth 5.0

POWER AND BATTERY

40Wh battery. 2-8 hours of play

47Wh / 4100mAh 11.55V, Li-ion

47wh /4100mAh Li-ion 60W

44Wh

12,450 mAh with 65W GaN charging

15,300 mAh with 65W PD charging

EXTERNAL CONNECTIVITY

USB-C compliant with DisplayPort 1.4 Alternate Mode; up to 8K@60Hz or 4K@120Hz, USB 3.2 Gen 2

2 x USB-C with PD 3.0, DisplayPort 1.4, 4K 60fps and 3.5mm jack

2 x USB 3.2 with support for DP and PC, 1 USB 3.2, 3.5 mm jack

1 x USB-C (Thunderbolt 4) 1 x USB-A Headphone jack MicroSD card reader

USB-C 3.2 x2, USB-A 3.0 x 1, 3.5mm jack x1

USB 3.2 x2, USB 3.0 x1, 3.,5mm jack x1, TF Card slot x1

SOFTWARE

OS: SteamOS 3.0 (Arch-based)

Windows 10 Home

Windows 10 Home

Windows 10 Home

Windows 11

Windows 11

PRICES

Since €419

Since $1,315

Since 1015 dollars

From 799 euros

Since $1,229

Since $799

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The Steam Deck is the standard-bearer for PCs with a portable console format to move the most ambitious titles. But…

The Steam Deck is the standard-bearer for PCs with a portable console format to move the most ambitious titles. But…

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