2022-10-02
Image: Nintendo Life / Damien McFerran

While the Switch is selling well, many feel the hardware needs a power boost. That’s why rival handhelds like Valve’s Steam Deck are getting a lot of interest. These portable PCs cost more than Nintendo machines, but offer impressive tech specs. This has, predictably, led some people to ponder a Switch successor. can It seems.

chinese company Aya Neo has already released other Windows-based portable PCs, but its latest effort is many Smaller than other products of this kind. In fact, it’s about the same size as the Switch Lite.sister site time extension I actually used the device – We are currently doing rounds on the crowdfunding circuit. – and I was appropriately impressed with it, albeit with a few caveats.

On the plus side, it’s the best Aya Neo design to date, with fancy LED lights and great build quality. Since the analog input is based on a “Hall Effect” sensor, there are no moving parts inside to wear out, so in theory there should be no controller drift. The OLED panel is great, too, but since all but the most demanding games should be played at 720p to avoid draining the battery too quickly, the Time Extension wastes a lot of its 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. It states that

Aya Neo Air
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Unfortunately, stamina is the Aya Neo Air’s biggest weakness. If you pay close attention to the games you play, can A single charge might get you close to three hours of use, but most of the time you’ll be rushing to the wall outlet after just over an hour of gameplay. shows one of It’s hard to make a handheld console more powerful than the Switch. As a result, battery life will be shortened. Steam Deck has the same problem, much less than the Aya Neo Air. Nintendo’s handheld may not be as powerful as its flashier competitors, but thanks to its mobile-focused Tegra chipset , a good balance between power and battery life.

So, will Sai Neo Air become a rival to Switch? Maybe not, especially since it has a hefty price tag of around £500 / $600, but there are Steam Deck-style devices on the market, but more portable ones (with OLED panels that boot ), it’s probably worth a look.