The Asus ROG Ally is one of the better handheld gaming experiences available for those who enjoy gaming on the Windows OS, and it is a mighty powerful handheld PC. Despite it being available for a while, there aren’t many Asus ROG Ally accessories available for it yet, but that’s okay, as most of the accessories that work with the Steam Deck will also work with the ROG Ally. Thankfully, several companies have gotten on board and are cranking out ROG Ally-specific accessories.
So, if you know someone who has one or is considering picking one, including yourself, we have a list of recommended Asus ROG Ally accessories for you to consider.
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tomtoc Carrying Case – $32.99
When the Asus ROG Ally was first released, it came with a flimsy carrying case that Asus should be ashamed of selling. Thankfully, multiple companies have started making cases specific to the ROG Ally, such as this one, which is great for protecting the device when leaving the safe confines of your home, as it keeps the ROG Ally safe and has a raised section to protect the joysticks. It comes with an EVA hard shell that protects against drops and includes storage for SD cards.
Hounyoln EVA Hard Case for ROG Ally – $27
While the tomtom Carrying Case is nice, the Hounyoln EVA Hard Case for ROG Ally takes things a step further by providing more space that can also be used to transport and protect the ROG Ally charger or battery, and a couple of cables while the inside is made out of flannel and won’t scratch your device. I own this and can personally attest to its value and recommend it.
JSAUX Docking Station for Steam Deck/Rog Ally – $59.99
I had initially purchased this for my Steam Deck, but it works just as well with the ROG Ally. Not only does it allow for gaming while changing, but it also acts as a stand so you can connect Bluetooth controllers to the ROG Ally. This also adds a 4K@60 HDMI 2.0 and 4K@60 DisplayPort output, three USB-A 3.2 ports, a 1GB ethernet port so you won’t have to rely on Wi-Fi, and a USB-C port for connecting the ROG Ally charger to it. This thing is perfect if you like playing games on a bigger screen, and you can even connect arcade sticks to it, making it great for playing fighting games on the go.
The JSAUX docking station can also provide up to 100 watts of power, which is more than enough to satisfy the charging requirements of 65 watts required of the ROG Ally. Should you have a 100-watt charger or higher, you can even run the ROG Ally in turbo mode if you have updated your device to bios version 334 (which you really should have, as it fixes several issues).
4. XPC Technologies 2TB M.2 2230 NVMe PCIe SSD – $169
By default, the ROG Ally only comes with a 512GB SSD, which is hardly enough for anyone who plays lots of games. It doesn’t matter if it’s a AAA, AA, A, or indie; games use up space. Thankfully, the XPC Technologies 2TB is a great deal, as it’s not as expensive as other M.2 SSDs and is as fast (5100MB/s Read, 4800 MB/s Write) as other SSDs in or above its price range. However, make no mistake, these are no-frills SSDs. It doesn’t have any cool-looking labels. But when you install the drive into your Asus ROG Ally or even Steam Deck, does that even matter?
This was my first upgrade to my Asus ROG Ally when I took possession of it, and given the issues that the device has with microSD cards, I highly recommend this.
Sabrent Rocket Q4 2230 2TB SSD – $199
Now, if a brand name is what you want, then look no further than the Sabrent Rocket Q4 2230 NVMe 4.0 2TB SSD. It’s fast with lots of storage and incredible read and write speeds (5100MB/s Read, 4800 MB/s Write). However, it’s pricey, but if that doesn’t bother you, then this beast is calling your name. I have this installed in my Steam Deck, and I haven’t had any issues yet.
SanDisk 1TB Extreme microSDXC MicroSD Card – $87.99
If you don’t feel up to the task of opening up your ASUS ROG Ally, you can still add some extra storage by using a microSD card. The SanDisk 1TB Extreme microSDXC microSD card is fast (but still doesn’t take advantage of the UHS-II microSD reader of the device) and is as simple as putting the microSD card into the reader slot, and you’re done.
However, the ROG Ally suffers from issues with the microSD card reader, where it will occasionally corrupt the card or stop reading it altogether due to the reader overheating. Asus has admitted it screwed up and was going to address this via a software fix. However, the only devices that no longer exhibit this issue are those with their motherboard replaced. Due to this, I skipped the microSD route and went with the SSD. But, hey… it’s your call.
JSAUX ROG Ally Screen Protector 2-Pack – $11.19
No one wants their screens scratched, and that’s a fact. It doesn’t matter if it’s a smartphone, handheld gaming device, or whatever. So, get these and protect your Asus ROG Ally screen. They’re durable, cheap, and even better, they are anti-glare, so you won’t get any mirroring that comes with other screen protectors. There’s even a guiding frame to ensure your installation is perfect… though it can’t stop those pesky dust particles from invading your screen.
Anker 317 100W USB C Charger – $23.99
While the included 65-watt charger is nice, stepping up to more watts is always better, especially if you plan on plugging external accessories into the ROG Ally. That said, I highly recommend the Anker 317 100W USB C Charger. It gives you that extra power bump and fast charging while protecting your device by monitoring temperature and adjusting power output to ensure nothing goes wrong.
That said, this only comes with a single USB C input, so if you want more, I’d recommend going with the Anker 736 100W USB C charger, as it comes with three inputs.
Baseus 65W 20000mAh Power Bank – $45.99
No one likes to be in the middle of taking down that boss you have been fighting for hours, only to have your experience interrupted by a dead battery. So, I recommend taking a power bank with you whenever you don’t have access to an outlet, and I can’t recommend this one enough. While it is a bit heavy, it does give you access to fast charging, 65W 20000 Milliamp Hours of power, and is safe enough to take on an airplane if need be.
Asus ROG Ally Battery Mount – $29.99
While you won’t find an official batter mount for the Asus ROG Ally, thankfully, there are scores of them on ETSY, such as this one. I’ve been using this for a few days and am impressed with the quality. It does what it was made to do. I no longer have to worry about gaming with a stationary power bank, and I can play on the go. It’s amazing how a little ingenuity goes a long way.
If you order this, please pay attention to which one you order, as multiple versions are designed to fit various power bank sizes.
8BitDo Ultimate Controller with Charging Dock – $69.99
While I could say that the Xbox Series or DualSense controller would be best for the ROG Ally, I will switch things up and recommend the 8BitDo Ultimate Controller. It’s a great controller that’s been reliable, and unlike the aforementioned controllers, this one includes a charging dock and features Hall Effect joysticks, ensuring that it won’t exhibit joystick drift. It can be connected to the ROG Ally via Bluetooth or with the USB 2.4 GHz dongle for a nearly lag-free experience, and once fully charged, it will provide at least 20 hours of gameplay.
Despite having more Xbox Series and DualSense controllers than I’d like to admit, I love mine.
ASUS ROG Ally Thumb Grip Caps – $11.99
I’m not a fan of the Asus ROG Ally analog sticks due to the lack of surface on them, and when things get hot and heavy, my thumbs tend to sweat, and that’s not cool. Thankfully, a company makes thumb grip caps that are perfectly sized for the ROG Ally analog sticks. Get a pair and enjoy a better gaming experience.