Ever since Valve announced it was developing a handheld gaming PC, it’s been hard to resist comparing other handhelds from companies like GPD, One Netbook, and AYA to the Steam Deck. Now that the Steam Deck has actually begun shipping and the first reviews are in, those comparisons have become inevitable.

Valve Steam Deck

And it’s obvious why: the Steam Deck has the highest-performance GPU of any handheld to date, and it also has one of the lowest price tags: you can easily spend 2-3 times more on an AYA Neo Next or ONEXPLAYER than you’d spend on a Steam Deck. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still some good reasons to spend the extra money… they just probably aren’t going to be good enough reasons for most people to justify paying the premium

The Verge’s review of the AYA Neo Next is a prime example. What’s ostensibly a review of AYA’s second-gen handheld is as much about how it stacks up against the Steam Deck as it is an article about what you can actually do with the AYA Neo Next itself. The review is still worth a read though, as it really does make a case that there’s room for niche devices like the Next.

AYA Neo Next

In other recent tech news from around the web, the list of mini desktop PCs powered by a 10-watt Intel Celeron N5105 Jasper Lake processor continues to grow, another sign that Google is taking gaming on Chromebooks seriously arrives (Chrome OS 101 adds support for variable screen refresh rates), and Microsoft has released a new preview build of Windows 11 for Insiders on the dev channel.

 

The Bewinner mini PC is yet another compact computer with an Intel Celeron N5105 Jasper Lake processor. This model sells for about 399 Euros (in Europe) and has 8GB of RAM, and an M.2 2280 slot for an SSD. https://t.co/AwLdgTD9RZ

— Liliputing (@liliputingnews) March 18, 2022

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  1. Nice summary of the state of play, thanks.
    I’m looking forward to getting a Steam Deck for the utility and access to good part of the pc back catalogue and for emulation of older systems its a no brainer