Ayaneo Air: A Moveable and Aesthetic Various to the Steam Deck

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Indiegogo staffers are placing crowdfunded merchandise to the check in our new sequence of product evaluations. On this version, our very personal Affiliate Director of Content material and Social Media gives a overview of Ayaneo Air, a brand new extremely skinny OLED gaming handheld that everybody’s speaking about. Does it reside as much as the hype? Learn on as we put it to the check!

I like to journey, and after I do, my philosophy is to journey gentle with only a single carry-on and backpack. So I’m all the time looking out for devices which can be transportable, light-weight, and may maintain lots of media. For bringing some good books with me on trip, I’ve my Amazon Kindle Oasis. For catching up on my favourite exhibits and movies, I’ve my iPhone 13 Professional Max. For all my favourite video games, I often take my gaming laptop computer, but when I run out of house in my bag, I find yourself simply leaving it (and all my favourite video games) behind at house. Whereas I do have a helpful Nintendo Swap, I’m restricted to only taking part in video games which can be made for the Nintendo platform. So when the crew at Ayaneo requested me if I wished to take a look at a prototype of their new gaming handheld Ayaneo Air, I couldn’t go up the possibility to provide it a strive! I additionally wished to do a side-by-side comparability of the Ayaneo Air with different standard gaming handhelds, so I invited my brothers over to assist me overview as they’re each avid avid gamers, who personal a Steam Deck and Nintendo Swap.

Unboxing the Ayaneo Air

Unboxing the Ayaneo Air was a delightfully thrilling expertise. It jogged my memory of unboxing a brand new Apple product. The crew at Ayaneo was considerate about the way in which they packaged the system, designing an entire expertise from begin to end. From the second you carry the lid off the field…

You’ll come head to head with a traditional black inlay card like this…

So what comes within the field?

Upon unboxing, I discovered all of the components to be very well-packed in a type becoming foam. I just like the frustration-free packaging and as somebody who cares about sustainability, evidently solely minimal single use plastic packaging was used.

The field comes with a plug and an AC adapter (CE marked/UL listed), which turns out to be useful for journey. It additionally comes with two USB-C to USB-A dongles, a handbook with Home windows OS directions within the form of the system.

Lifting the handbook lastly reveals the much-anticipated Ayaneo Air!

It appears I acquired the Aurora White shade! The opposite accessible colours are Polar Black and Sakura Pink. One other factor to notice is that the Ayaneo Air crowdfunding marketing campaign has different accessible fashions, just like the Ayaneo Professional, which is available in Polar Black, Aurora White, and Brilliant Silver. There are additionally different particular editions accessible just like the B. Duck and Retro Energy.

First Take a look at the Ayaneo Air

A few first impressions stood out to probably the most to me upon lifting the system out of the field. First was simply how light-weight and durable it feels. The grips and buttons at first contact really feel much more ergonomic than the Steam Deck.

Second was the design and aesthetic. As you may see from the photographs I took under, the housing isn’t only a stable white. It has a twin gradient pink and inexperienced shade, which is actually distinctive. I just like the artistry and look of it!

On the backside of the system, it has a micro SD cowl, a USB port, and headphone jacks. There are additionally downward firing stereo audio system on the backside. To check, the Steam Deck is entrance firing, and this attribute may very well be lots higher for some avid gamers.

On the high of the system, it has one other USB port, quantity rocker, a vent for the cooling system, and On/Off buttons.

For a measurement comparability, right here’s what the Ayaneo Air appears like subsequent to the Steam Deck and the Nintendo Swap. As you may see, the Ayaneo Air is lots smaller and extra transportable than the others. Whereas it has a bulkier depth than the Nintendo Swap, it’s fairly skinny at 18mm. I additionally discovered the Ayaneo Air’s buttons and grips to be much more ergonomic than the Swap. The buttons and joystick glow and lightweight up too, which is an fascinating addition. Although I ponder if the glowing joystick might add to battery drain. One other benefit it has over the Steam Deck? Different reviewers declare SteamOS could be placed on the Ayaneo Air, calling it a mini OLED Steam Deck.

And talking of OLED, the display is pure OLED goodness. I’m very excited to check this out with some video games.

So let’s transfer on to the setup…

Setup

Unboxing the Ayaneo Air was a enjoyable expertise as a result of this factor is actually lovely in design and well-built.

The setup, nonetheless, was not a simple, easy one. Now this isn’t due to the way in which the system was constructed; reasonably, I believe it’s due to Home windows. Now Home windows has lots of benefits, however the draw back is its tedious setup. Upon connecting the system to wifi, I needed to check in with a Microsoft account. (Professional-tip: you may briefly block Web entry out of your router to check in with an offline account.)

Additionally, there are simply so many Home windows updates upon setup! It was slightly irritating, as a result of I used to be so excited to only play video games on the attractive Ayaneo Air straight away. For many who are used to taking part in on SteamOS (which hides every part within the OS and simply exhibits a recreation launcher), there could also be a steep studying curve with Home windows setup and driver updates.

For comparability, with the Steam Deck, SteamOS is a straightforward setup with video games preloaded. On the Nintendo Swap, it’s a simple plug and play expertise after you arrange or log in to your Nintendo account. Due to Home windows, establishing the Ayaneo Air took a really very long time.

My suggestion to the crew at Ayaneo is to have Direct-X preinstalled. It’s a gaming API for Home windows video games, and could be a pleasant to have for a future iteration.

Setup: Charging

Whereas I used to be ready for all of the Home windows updates (so many updates!) to finish, I made a decision to cost the system. Proper out of the field, the Ayaneo Air had a 30% cost. I discovered that charging it was a easy expertise. The system glows crimson when it expenses, and there are 2 ports, which implies there’s much more flexibility to cost whereas in its case. (As for the tomtoc carrying case it comes with, I’ll get to that later in my overview.)

Gaming: Placing it to the Take a look at

Now first off, I need to level out that this shall be a primary look, first impressions kind of overview. I do know that over time, I’ll uncover new issues to take pleasure in, like, or dislike the extra time I spend on it, taking part in all types of video games and having totally different sort of experiences. Possibly I can do one other overview 1 or 2 months any more my full Ayaneo Air expertise. However for now, I’m simply going to check with it a number of various video games that I like.

Recreation #1: Witcher 3

I do know this photograph taken on my iPhone 13 Professional Max don’t do it justice, however the OLED display is a factor of magnificence. Pair that with the ultra-wide angle and the total subject of view, the sport appears so vibrant on each facet. It makes for an immersive expertise, and heightens the story a lot extra. The one factor I seen that I didn’t like was that the textual content is a bit small on the display.

Recreation #2: Yoku’s Island Specific

My brother instructed I strive taking part in this indie recreation referred to as Yoku’s Island Specific. So we loaded it up on the Ayaneo Air and right here’s what it appears like…

With the OLED display, the colours had been good and vibrant. I watched as my brother performed, and in keeping with him, the controls — particularly the sensor on the Corridor impact joysticks — had been responsive.

Recreation #3: Gato Roboto (indie recreation)

I used to be curious how a black and white recreation would carry out on the Ayaneo Air. We loaded up an older, indie recreation referred to as Gato Roboto to place it to the check.

As you may see from the photographs, the excessive distinction B&W visible actually popped.

This recreation may be very action-packed so it has lots of vibration, and on the Ayaneo Air, we loved the haptic suggestions and management depth.

My brother and I took it exterior in my yard simply to see the way it appears like taking part in beneath the solar. In any case, it’s meant to be transportable sufficient to make use of even outdoor whereas on the go. And it didn’t disappoint! The graphics and visible expertise was simply as lovely.

Talking of being on the go, the Ayaneo Air comes with its very personal customized carrying and storage case by tomtoc. I like the colours that match the twin gradient shade of the Aurora White system.

The case appears to be made from a water-resistant materials, in case of any spills. It appears like the within materials can also be molded and flocked to guard the joystick and button of the system, holding them in place as you journey or in case you drop it or knocks round in your bag. l just like the YKK zipper which is easy, and the strap can also be adjustable. Apart from the helpful storage perform, it makes for an important journey accent.

There’s even slightly pocket to retailer stuff in.

With the Ayaneo Air in its tomtoc case, I’m able to go anyplace with all my favourite video games!

Last Ideas: Who’s This For?

Total, the {hardware} appears good. Mechanics appears good. The OLED display is a gamechanger, in addition to it measurement, weight, portability, and thinness. My solely suggestions is that Home windows is probably not the most effective factor for this system, because the setup time and updates took so lengthy.

The Ayaneo Air is for the gamer who’s prepared to sacrifice efficiency on the ever-popular Steam Deck for higher portability. As a result of it’s so light-weight and ergonomic, this one is actually for avid gamers on the go. It additionally comes with different media and productiveness options, which I not noted on this overview however will revisit afterward, so it may possibly act like a mini laptop computer.

This can be a good choice for avid gamers who don’t like the constraints of Nintendo as a closed system, as you get with the Nintendo Swap. Those that prefer to play indie retro video games like Yoku’s Island Specific, Lifeless Cells, and Gato Roboto, and want to play them with enhanced and wealthy visuals, the Ayaneo Air can have the extremely large angle OLED display the place the graphics self-illuminated on all sides. For those who’re in search of the next high quality efficiency than most retro handhelds available on the market, you’ll need to get this in your arms.

The Ayaneo Air is a conveyable and aesthetic various to the Steam Deck.

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