Unlocking ROG Ally's Turbo Mode with These Five Docking Stations
ASUS debuted the ROG Ally, its inaugural PC handheld console, on June 13th. Distinguished by superior design, performance, and user experience, this device sets a new benchmark in the realm of high-quality gaming handhelds. Boasting cutting-edge design elements, a lightweight build, and a gaming prowess that rivals or even exceeds that of the PlayStation 4, it represents a substantial leap forward from the Nintendo Switch.
While its 608g weight is comparatively lighter than direct competitors like the Steam Deck OLED and Lenovo Legion Go (640g and 854g respectively), it still appears slightly bulkier when compared to the earlier Nintendo Switch Oled (420g). This means prolonged hand-held use might feel a bit taxing. Also, while its built-in 7-inch 1080P display is relatively large for this type of product, it doesn't quite match the visual experience offered by monitors or TVs. Consequently, expanding display options and using external accessories, especially a docking station, become crucial for optimizing the ROG Ally's utility for PC handheld gaming scenarios. Because it offers sturdy support, provides an optimal viewing angle, and allows for connections to devices like keyboards, mice, and Ethernet cables.
JSAUX 6-in-1 Docking Station with M.2 Slot
At first glance, the JSAUX Steam Deck docking station doesn't flaunt anything extraordinary in terms of ports, featuring an HDMI 2.0 port, 2 USB-A 3.2 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and a 100W USB-C port for fast charging during use with the ROG Ally. Additionally, it includes a cable perfectly suited for connecting to the Ally.
However, its standout feature lies in the built-in M.2 slot supporting 2280, 2230, 2242, and 2260 SSDs, accommodating both NVMe and SATA types for seamless storage expansion. Apart from its compatibility with the ROG Ally, it's also compatible with other USB-C devices like smartphones, tablets, and the Steam Deck.
Hagibis USB-C Docking Station for Steam Deck, ROG Ally, Lenovo Legion Go
As the name suggests, this Hagibis docking station is compatible with the Steam Deck, ROG Ally, and Lenovo Legion Go. Its overall pure white design complements the ROG Ally, even resembling an official accessory from ROG.
Featuring various ports, including a PD 100W port, 2 USB-A, and 1 USB-C port (all USB 3.1), an HDMI port, and a 2.5G Ethernet port, it guarantees a stable and smooth gaming experience. Additionally, it boasts a feature highly compatible with the ROG Ally - RGB lighting! With 15 color modes and touch-controlled color switching, it synchronizes the RGB lighting between the left and right joysticks of your ROG Ally and the docking station, somewhat akin to a budget-friendly version of Aura Sync. Furthermore, it supports the turbo mode of the ROG Ally.
Hagibis 4-in-1 Steam Deck Docking Station
While the previous model excels in performance, lighting effects, and design, it inevitably comes at a higher price. For those seeking a docking station primarily for basic functionality, Hagibis's 4-in-1 model might fit the bill. Its overall design seems to use minimal materials, resembling the stand for the older version of the Nintendo Switch.
In terms of performance, it includes only two USB 2.0 Type-A ports, one 100W USB-C port, and one HDMI 2.0 video port, meeting basic expansion requirements. What's more, its price is incredibly affordable, currently priced at $24.99 after discount.
Baseus GamerX 6 Ports USB-C Steam Deck Docking Station
Crafted from aluminum alloy and featuring a multi-layer sandblasting process, this Baseus docking station boasts silicone non-slip mats on the bottom and where the handheld is placed, ensuring stability. It supports an adjustable range from 45° to 70° for convenient placement and quick storage for on-the-go use, maintaining a tidy desktop.
Featuring six ports including a Gigabit Ethernet port, a 4K@60Hz HDMI port, and 3 USB 3.0 Type-A ports, with the USB-C port supporting 100W fast charging, it ensures a more stable network connection through the Gigabit Ethernet port. Besides compatibility with the ROG Ally, it also supports the Steam Deck and offers a turbo mode for the Ally.
UGREEN 6-in-1 USB-C Docking Station
Lastly, UGREEN offers a docking station crafted from aluminum alloy with an anodized surface for enhanced heat dissipation and durability. It features an integrated USB-C cable to prevent loss.
Its USB-C port supports PD 100W input, meeting charging and expansion needs for devices like the Steam Deck, ROG Ally (supporting the turbo mode), tablets, or laptops. The USB-A ports can connect peripherals like mice and keyboards, the HDMI port supports 4K@60Hz signal transmission, and the Gigabit Ethernet port adapts to various network speeds, ensuring higher compatibility.
Summary of ChargerLAB
All five selected docking stations can activate the turbo mode of the ROG Ally, support 100W PD charging, 4K@60Hz screen mirroring, Gigabit Ethernet ports, and multiple USB-A ports. However, they also exhibit several differences, summarized below.
In terms of appearance, although the more expensive Hagibis model uses ABS+silicone materials, its overall heat dissipation performance doesn't match up to other metallic models. Nevertheless, its all-white color scheme and RGB lighting make it the most visually striking and suitable docking station for the Ally.
Regarding ports, the pricier Hagibis USB-C docking station is the only one with two USB-C ports, enabling connections to other USB-C devices. The JSAUX 6-in-1, on the other hand, demonstrates remarkable creativity by incorporating an M.2 slot, further expanding a gamer's library.
Moreover, the Baseus model is the only one offering angle adjustment, catering to specific preferences.
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