Cosmetically, a major point for the RoG Ally is its favorable form factor. While the Steam Deck weighs approximately 1.47 pounds, the RoG Ally is the lighter of the two at 1.34 pounds. It is also slightly less cumbersome. The Steam Deck’s dimensions are roughly 11.73 inches long, 4.6 inches tall, and just under two inches thick. While the length and height of the RoG Ally are similar, the ASUS handheld is less than half as thick as Valve’s handheld, which is likely where the difference in weight comes from.
The RoG Ally’s favorable form factor does not end there. The handheld does not feature the trackpads that are a core part of the Steam Deck’s look and feel, but the product might be better for it. With no trackpads, the positioning of the analog sticks, d-pad, and size of buttons are able to better emulate the look and feel of a standard video game controller, namely an Xbox One Controller that many are used to holding. The trackpads, while innovative, forced the Steam Deck to have to sacrifice size on its d-pad and buttons which are instead positioned directly to the outside of its analog sticks.
Overall, the RoG Ally’s form factor not only makes it the more portable device of the two but perhaps the most comfortable for console gamers.