MSI has debuted its first handheld PC gaming machine, the Claw, at CES 2024, joining the competitive market of portable gaming PCs. PCWorld’s Adam Patrick Murray compares the Claw to the Steam Deck and the Asus ROG Ally in a recent YouTube video.
All three devices are similar in dimensions and layout, with the Claw featuring hall effect thumbsticks and rear triggers, providing an advantage over its competitors. The Claw also boasts a larger battery and extra RGB lighting compared to the other devices. Additionally, both the Claw and the ROG Ally have better screens with 1080p resolution, outperforming the Steam Deck’s 1280×800 screen. The Claw is also based on Intel hardware, running a Core Ultra 5 or Core Ultra 7 processor with integrated Arc graphics, potentially providing more power than its competitors. However, the actual performance of Intel’s integrated graphics remains to be seen.
Despite the similarities, each device offers unique features, and Adam acknowledges the potential of the Lenovo Legion Go, with its 8.8-inch QHD screen. The Claw, ROG Ally, and Steam Deck all have custom software for browsing, launching games, and customizing controls, but the Steam Deck stands out with its Linux-based interface created by Valve.
The breakdown of these portable gaming PCs will require a retail release of the Claw, where thorough comparisons, including battery tests and benchmarks, can be made. For more coverage of CES tech, subscribe to PCWorld on YouTube.