Second Screen Added To ASUS ROG Ally Handheld By A Modder

In the last ten years, there has been notable progress in portable gaming. Thanks to advancements in CPU and GPU technology, companies like ASUS can offer powerful Windows-based systems tailored for gaming, featuring large, high-resolution screens.

Enthusiasts of Nintendo DS systems, known for their dual-screen setups, might consider customizing their ASUS ROG Ally console to incorporate a secondary screen since there are currently no official or third-party accessories providing this feature.

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A modder utilized a Wimaxit M728 screen, a 7-inch 1024×600 pixel IPS display that connects via HDMI. Since the Ally doesn’t have an HDMI port, an adapter utilizing the available USB Type-C connector is necessary. The secondary screen isn’t simply an attachment; it depends on a hinge mechanism that necessitates a modified (printed) back cover for the ROG Ally, effectively transforming the device into a genuine clamshell design.

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The latest lineup of handheld devices, such as those offered by ASUS, MSI, and Lenovo, acts as an experimentation platform for innovative concepts. Depending on consumer demand, these companies might introduce enhanced devices in the upcoming generation. Although the integrated graphics may not be robust enough to handle simultaneous rendering on dual screens, this accessory could prove beneficial for tasks like managing Discord chats, showcasing maps, or presenting real-time system information without the need to switch back to Windows. However, it’s important to recognize that utilizing such an accessory may lead to rapid battery depletion unless the device is connected to a power source.

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If you’re considering trying out this modification, the modder has provided all the necessary links for materials and 3D models. However, it’s advisable to wait until your Ally’s warranty has expired before delving into such mods. This approach ensures that you won’t jeopardize the warranty in case anything goes wrong.

Via Liliputing

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