The AYANEO AM02 is a small desktop computer from a company best known for making handheld gaming PCs. But while this little PC may not have discrete graphics, it’s not hard to see that it’s also designed for gaming.

It has a boxy shape and color scheme that borrows heavily from the NES and SNES, making the little computer look more like a retro console than a traditional PC. AYANEO first unveiled the design a few months ago, and now the company has provided some details about the hardware in a preview for an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign set to begin on January 18, 2024. Update: The crowdfunding campaign is now live, and full specs for the AYANEO AM02 have been unveiled.

The computer is powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS processor, which is a 35 – 54 watt chip with 8 AMD Zen 4 CPU cores, 16 threads and CPU speeds up to 5.1 GHz.

It’s a chip that’s often used for gaming laptops, which typically pair the processor with a discrete GPU. But while the AYANEO AM02 doesn’t have discrete graphics, the integrated Radeon 780M GPU is actually pretty competitive with entry-level dGPUs from a few years ago, featuring 12 RDNA 3 GPU cores with speeds up to 2.7 GHz.

In fact, that’s the same integrated GPU used in a number of recent handheld gaming PCs including several recent models from AYA as well as the Lenovo Legion Go and Asus ROG Ally.

In other words, while this little machine might not exactly be the most powerful gaming PC money can buy, it should be able to handle many recent PC games at low or medium settings.

It also has a few other distinctive features including a 4 inch touschreen display on the top of the system, which can be used to show a clock or other graphics, and a cover on the front that you can lift to reveal a set of USB and audio ports in a design element that’s meant to resemble the location where you’d insert cartridges on a classic game console.

I can’t help but feel like that front panel, while cute, is also going to get in the way if you actually plan to use the front ports on a regular basis, as the lid will be permanently lifted if you want to leave anything plugged into the front of the computer on a 24/7 basis… and that means the cover will partially obstruct your view of the display.

via AYANEO Discord

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  1. The exterior is good aesthetics, maybe. But honestly I don’t get the form factor. Someone please explain this to me, why this form factor makes sense over other options, other than presenting as a well executed retro desk clock. I don’t understand mini computers of this size, I’d either want it much smaller, much larger or as a laptop or tablet.

    1. It’s mainly just keeping itself the size of most mini PCs which try to stay within 4″x4″ so they can fit on the back of a monitor using the VESA bolt pattern, without needing a bracket or being so heavy they put the monitor off balance, while still being big enough to use m.2 2280 cards for storage.
      And this has been going on long enough that there are quite a lot of people who generally know how to take a laptop CPU and design a 4×4″ motherboard for it.
      Except in this case, putting it on your monitor is contradicted by the clock and the usb ports you have to fiddle with the cover over.

  2. @liliputing_ Lol, pretty overkill for SNES emulation. This thing is more on the order of emulating the PS2, the GC, maybe even a very light bit of Switch emulation. (The CPU has a high boost, but is designed for low TDP, so likely drops that boost very fast — especially as hot as it would get in such a small case.)

    I don't think you'd use this thing for real gaming. The stuff you'd use it for the 12 graphics cores should be plenty for though. Emulation and light gaming should go great.

      1. Yeah, WordPress ActivityPub integration still leaves a lot to be desired at this point. I’m still disappointed that the only way I can reliably get all blog posts to show up in the main Liliputing feed is to publish them twice. For some reason they only show up in author feeds the first time you hit publish.

        I’d also like a way to interact with comments, follow other accounts, etc from the WordPress admin view. Right now I can publish articles to the fediverse, and users can leave comments that (mostly) show up on the site. But I can’t, for example, leave comments on posts from other users with my @liliputing account.

        1. @liliputing_ @liliputing For me the main limitation I would like to see removed in a future update is not being able to see the comments from people (guests without WP accounts) who write them on the website, from what @pfefferle said it seems like there are potential GDPR issues but maybe still something that will become possible at some point.

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  3. Programming note: I’ve been referring to the company name as “AYA” and the devices as “AYA Neo” for the past few years, because that’s how it seemed to be branded at launch in 2020.

    But more recently it looks like the company has gone all in on the AYANEO brand, so I’ll probably start using that moving forward. I don’t have the time or energy to go back and edit all older articles though, so don’t be surprised if there’s some inconsistent branding of AYA/AYANEO devices on Liliputing from here on out.