Price: $1215 USD + import Tax
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Estimated Time With Gear:
12 Months

What Is It?: Handheld gaming PC
Product Manufacturer: Aya Neo

I found the Aya Neo Handheld PC a while back on Kickstarter, and I was hesitant to back it after being burned on a Kickstarter previously. After a bit of back and forward and reading through the campaign, I decided to support the project. It turned out to be a long project and blew out for many more months than expected, but finally, it was released. In the months leading up to the release, a new CEO took over the product and began improving many aspects of the original campaign. Towards the release date, there was the option to upgrade to the pro version for an increased fee, and I decided to move from the base model to the pro, adding a few more months of waiting time, but I have had my hands on the Aya Neo Handheld PC now for about a year. 

What I finally received was an interesting handheld Windows PC, slightly larger than the Nintendo Switch and marginally heavier. Inside the box was the device, the accompanying charger, and cables, USB C to A adapters, along with some bonuses from the company running the campaign to say sorry for the extensive delays. The initial setup was very straightforward as Windows 10 is preinstalled on the device following the standard setup and using the supplied USB C to A adaptors, I utilised a spare mouse and keyboards to assist. After a short period of updating drivers and downloading my gaming applications, the device was ready to go. The performance out of the box was good, and with slight tinkering, I had many of my games ready to go with little issue, loading games both from Steam and the Epic Games Launcher. These early sessions were good, but I soon tired of having to source problem-solving on my own; luckily, a dedicated community on the Aya Neo Discord was more than happy to converse and share some of their solutions. Aya Neo has even released its own software, Aya Space, to alleviate some of these issues and give access to a gaming zone on the handheld. 

Aya Neo Pro space full – image capture by the author

My Aya Neo Pro 2021 is a splendid White, but there were options for a Black or a Retro Grey styling, all of them looking unique and beautiful in their own way. Soon after the arrival of the device, the long-promised dock also arrived, approximately three months later, due to some issues getting parts and having the dock work efficiently. Once I had my dock, it was a real game-changer. It allowed more accessible access to networking, USB inputs and HDMI outputs, meaning bringing the device home and setting it up like a standard PC was now a breeze; farewell USB C adaptors and hello to the future. The Aya Neo Pros internal GPU easily allows 4K resolutions. Like all Windows devices, the simple command ‘Windows+P’ is a quick way to have the device transfer screen output to an external monitor. While you will not be able to game AAA titles at the highest resolution, you are more than able to run many indie titles and even retro and emulated games this way. I often used my Microsoft Controller and the device docked to play games like Rogue Legacy 1 or 2Dead Cells, and even Hades with little to no issues on my FHD monitor. The games are running with no lag or technical hiccups. While not perfect, the Aya Neo Pro holds its own against similar models in gaming laptops.

Aya Neo Pro 2021 in the dock. What a view! – image captured by the author

A question I get often is how does it feel? I say pretty good, although I purchased a 3D printed dock grip from Etsy and was later sent the original grips from Aya Neo. Both sets feel much better for longer gaming sessions, allowing the device to rest on the palms better and allowing better placement and movement of the fingers to reach the needed buttons for play. Even without the grips, I did find the device pleasant to hold, although, with my larger hands, it helped to have the added size of the grips to keep comfortable and clear of the rear fan output. 

The Aya Neo Pro features a 7″ touch screen for easy navigation of windows and the joystick to be used as a mouse. A late addition was the Aya Space software, which allows all your games to be grouped in one place and a simple way to make on-the-fly adjustments for power, fan speeds, resolutions, and much more. I utilised Aya Space and Steams’ big picture mode to run and find games I had installed on the device and control the handheld power requirements to run the current titles. The community creating an extensive list of compatible games and the best way to run them was a great additional tool to utilise. The face buttons feel smooth and move easily, while the trigger buttons have enough resistance to make shooting and driving natural. The additional face buttons come in handy while navigating windows, allowing items like the task manager and Aya Space to be accessed with the press of a button instead of having to navigate the start menu. 


  • OS: Windows 10 

  • Processor: Ryzen 7 4800U 

  • Cores/Threads: 8/16

  • CPU Frequency: 4.2Ghz

  • Graphics Processor: Integrated AMD Radeon Graphics

  • GPU Frequency: 1750Mhz 

  • Screen: 7” IPS Touch Screen

  • Screen Resolution: 1200×800

  • Pixels/In: 215 PPI

  • Memory RAM: 16Gb LPDDR4x @ 4266Mhz – Dual Channel

  • Storage: 1Tb NVME PCIe Gen 3.0

  • USB: 3x USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 2

  • Output: 2x USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 2 (DP 1.4 & PD Charging)

  • Audio: 1x 3.5mm Headphone/Microphone Combo

  • Inputs Mouse Via Joystick
    (Gaming) Joystick Dual
    (Gaming) Buttons D-Pad wit independent buttons, Gaming Button
    (Gaming) Vibration Dual-Motor

  • Dock: 1x HDMI 2.0b; 4K@60Hz, Ethernet, 2x USB Type-A 3.0 ; 2x USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 2, 1x MicroSD Card Slot / MicroSDXC

  • Game and Compatibility list:

While most games ran with few issues and a couple of tweaks, some didn’t like the smaller resolutions; luckily, there is software out there to assist with this type of issue, and it was quickly fixed. Most newer titles ran in handheld mode and maintained at least a steady 30 frames. I also loaded up games such as ControlHorizon Zero Dawn, and God of War ran almost out of the box without needing to be tweaked too much while maintaining their image quality. While many great indie titles like Rogue Legacy 2Dead Cells, and Hades were able to run amazingly well and are almost designed for this type of system. 

My favourite part of the Aya Neo Pro must be its size; being close to the Nintendo Switch in terms of weight and size makes it an easy travel companion, meaning I do not need to be on my main PC to enjoy many of the AAA titles. While utilising the internal NVME for a fast boot with an easy-to-operate sleep and wake mode makes it easy to pick up and put down. Having windows format also meant having fewer compatibility issues. My least favourite part of getting the handheld was during the early days. The lack of official support and having the technical know-how to figure out problems without the community put a dampener on the handheld release. 

The community is fantastic; from Reddit to Discord, there is a vast amount of information for anyone to look at and improve the use of their system. The other downside to the smaller system size is the smaller joysticks, like the Nintendo Switch, which aren’t the best for aiming. 

The Aya Neo Pro also has the option to upgrade the internal NVME for larger storage. I haven’t chosen this option as 1TB is more than enough for my on-the-go gaming needs, and with the fast USB C input transferring files in and out is a breeze. The Aya Neo Pro features 3 USB -C ports with two on the top and one on the base, and two of the three can be used for charging the device, while all three remain ready for high-speed data transfer. The screen is a beautiful IPS and bright enough to be used in bright lights without hassle. The speakers are set into the device and built around utilising the case to ensure the sound quality is excellent even without headphones. There is an external port for headphones, but with the built-in Bluetooth, you can remain untethered. 

The Aya Neo Pro 2021 is one of the better handheld PCs on the market, and with the new model being released shortly, it will be interesting to see where they take this device next. The device is a perfect companion for gaming on the go. It’s sturdy enough and easy to pack. The handheld makes the most of its internal specs to allow for various gaming types, while the community behind it is ever-growing and assisting new members.