AYA NEO 2S Overview
We continue our AYA NEO 2S review with an overview of the handheld gaming PC. The AYA NEO 2S mobile gaming PC is available in five themed colours; Starry Black, Sky White, Retro Power (model used in review), B.Duck Pink & Blue and B.Duck Joyful Black.
It measures 10.3 x 4.1 x 0.8 inches (26.4 x 10.5 x 2.1 cm) and weighs only 667g. The display is a 7” IPS touchscreen covered with a single sheet of glass across the front of the handheld. It has a 1920×1200 resolution which you can lower to 1280×800. At 500 nits it is bright and very colourful. It gives games that extra depth that we have come to expect with AYA NEO’s displays.
We have the usual gaming controls including hall effect sensor sticks for longer life and accuracy. The front facing controls have a nice placement, all of them within reach without having to adjust hand position, and they feel excellent quality.
On the top we have linear hall triggers and shoulder buttons which are very comfortable to use. Just beside those are shortcut buttons which can be defined in the AYA NEO SPACE software. They are a little harder to reach and do require some hand adjustment.
Following those are the power button with built-in fingerprint scanner and the volume rocker. Then a USB 3.2 and USB 4 Type-C port.
On the bottom are a second USB 4 Type-C port, a micro SD card reader and a 3.5mm headphone port.
AYA NEO 2S Technical Specifications
|Starry Black / Sky White / Retro Power / B.Duck Pink & Blue / B.Duck Joyful Black
|AMD Ryzen 7 7840U, 8 cores, 16 threads, Base Clock: 3.3GHz and Max Boost Clock: 5.1GHz. Default TDP 28W, up to 38W
|AMD Radeon 780M, 12 cores. Graphics frequency 2700MHzv
|16GB / 32GB / 4GB LPDDR5X 7500 MT/s
|512GB / 2TB/ 4TB m.2 2280 SSD
|7″ IPS, no-bezel screen, 1920×1200 resolution, 323 PPI, 500 nits, 130% sRGB, 1200:1 Contrast ratio, 6600K colour temperature
|Master controller, hall effect sensor sticks, with linear hall triggers
|Fuselage + Grip. Dual six-axis gyroscope
|HD Linear motor
|2x USB 4 Type-C
1x USB 3.2 Type-C
Extreme speed Micro SD card slot supports up to 300MB/s
|WiFi 6E & Bluetooth 5.2
|13050mAh 50.25Wh rechargeable battery
|Windows 11 Home Edition
|10.3 x 4.1 x 0.8 inches / 26.4 x 10.5 x 2.1 cm
Included in our AYA NEO 2S review are our temperature, fan noise and battery life tests. It is currently summer in the UK and the office is already roasting! These temperatures are not accurate for comparison with others recorded during lower ambient temperatures. While running Street Fighter 6 benchmark on a loop we got a highest temperature of 68 °C and highest fan noise of 65 dB.
The AYA NEO 2S portable gaming computer has a 13,050mAh 50.25Wh rechargeable battery. In our tests with running the Street Fighter 6 benchmark on a loop at 28W TDP with the Highest graphics settings at 1080P, we got a score of 1 hour 15 minutes. Leaving it idle on the desktop got a longer 4 hour 39 minutes.
As always we perform some system benchmarks to see the overall performance and compare it with other devices in our AYA NEO 2S review. We have the GPD WIN MAX 2 2023 and ASUS Ally which we will be comparing with, all at 28W TDP.
We should also point out that like the Win MAX 2 2023, the AYA NEO 2S does not have official AMD graphics drivers. We are using the drivers that are supplied by the manufacturer. We are very sure that these are unoptimised and over time will be more stable with improved performance.
The ASUS ROG Ally benchmarks were taken with the 3.19 BIOS with the performance hotfix, but it does still have some performance issues. We will be re-benchmarking everything in a forthcoming video once all these launch issues are sorted out.