Handheld AMD Gaming PC: AYA NEO Review Benchmarks of a Switch Alternative

This handheld AMD gaming PC is the AYA NEO, and aims to compete with the GPD WIN3 and, to some extent, maybe the Nintendo Switch. It can do PC gaming on the go and we tested it.
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The AYA NEO is more interesting as a handheld PC than it is as a “portable console” or “Switch alternative,” although it could certainly be marketed as either. Our testing benchmarks the thermals, battery life (while gaming), charging time, framerate (FPS) of a few games, and the usability of the AYA NEO. It’s a heavy, somewhat awkwardly constructed device, but that’s the nature of a handheld PC. The question is whether it’s good enough to justify. The AYA NEO’s history is also extremely strange, as are some of its partnerships, and we’ll look at that backstory in this content as well. The most critical is user experience, navigation, and usability, so the team took turns with the device to really develop some opinions on how it handles.

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TIMESTAMPS

00:00 – Handheld AMD Gaming PC / Console
01:08 – Nintendo Switch & GPD Win3 vs. AYA Neo
03:30 – Specs & AMD CPU, GPU, RAM, & More
05:20 – Controls & Buttons
07:05 – “Overclocking,” Battery & Power States
09:15 – Fortnite Benchmarks on AYA NEO
09:50 – Rainbow Six Siege Benchmarks on AYA NEO
10:51 – Rocket League Benchmarks on 4500U
11:27 – Battery Life Benchmarks & Charging Time Test
13:45 – Thermal Benchmarks on AYA NEO
14:18 – Power & Frequency Tests
15:48 – Bizarre History of AYA NEO
18:11 – Even Odder History of AYA NEO
19:50 – Long-Term Goals of Competing with Nintendo
21:00 – User Experience Review of AYA NEO
26:00 – Conclusion

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  2. Is their next console going to be called the peyo? lmao

    Ayahuasca and peyote, for the uninitiated

  3. It’s not an odd mix at all. That’s exactly how it should work. If you take it apart your warranty is void however they are offering parts to all DIYers.

    You people shot yourself in the foot when you demanded you should be able to self break your toys WHILE DEMANDING companies still honor the warranty.

  4. My past comment about this portable in another youtube channel review was the following :
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    So let me get this straight :
    I’m supposed to pay *699* $(theoretically) in to order to play :

    1) *docked/30watt max* : current games@1080p/low/medium and in some most demanding ones 720p/low/medium.
    And you probably say : that’s good enough( sure it is ) *BUT we are talking about current games* !!! you don’t have to be a genius to realise that in lot of future games this thing even at its highest 30watt/docked-settings will have some serious issues.
    2) *portable/15watt* : with the docked/30watt version performing as mentioned above , this means that the portable(15watt) version will certainly struggle even in a lot of today’s current games , soo i’ll pay 699$(theoretically) in order to play …. emulators when portable ?? there are much cheaper ways to play emulators , who wants to pay 699$ in order to play Dreamcast/Saturn/Playstation emulators ???

    Personally , i would either buy a *NEW console@499* $ , or a powerfull PC in … parts.
    (just like i did recently : first i bought the CPU/SSD/tower , and 2 months later i also bought the mobo/RAM/PSU/speakers. I’m currently using an older GPU and at some point i’ll buy a new GPU as well , and i’ll have a system about … *20 times more powerful* than spending 699$ for this thing here. )

  5. Man I wish this thing wasn’t so expensive. Its just so cool and I want it so badly.

  6. Seeing a product like this actually quite excites me! The performance may not be anything to write home about for a 1280×800 resolution but when you put it into perspective of a handheld screen I think it is quite impressive. Most of that credit really goes to AMD for making such good mobile CPUs, but Aya deserves some credit for putting together a solution with a minimal size footprint. See, I am an owner and regular user of both the Nintendo Switch and a high end custom built PC. I love the Switch’s portability but it does leave something to be desired on the performance level – and lets be real, the battery of the original model is only about 3-ish hours. However, a hand held device that can get around 60fps on PC games with some compromises to fidelity is pretty lit. Some of the games you tested that do have Switch ports don’t even look nearly as good or run nearly as well, even something like Rocket League.

  7. It’s too bad they abandoned the detachable controllers. I could see something like this as being a NUC competitor (just having a screen is a big plus in my book) and if wanted to game you could just slide on the controllers.

  8. It’s amazing, but I don’t have a need for it (especially these days) or the budget (though it is actually good value)

  9. Anyone know what ever happened to the gigabyte PSU failures they were looking into? I didn’t see a follow up video for it..

  10. You see…. If Nvidia didnt kill off their Nvidia Shield K1 tablet. Who knows how far it could have gone as far as porting windows and all sorts of other stuff to it.