Terrans Force Handle 5 Gaming Handheld Boasts Ryzen 7 PRO 7840U

The recently launched Terrans Force 5 handheld has entered the market. Although initially projected to be priced around $650, which would position it as a strong competitor to ROG Ally or Legion GO, the current listing reveals a price of $999.

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While the handheld boasts distinctive features that set it apart from the Ryzen Z1 handheld, these attributes may not sufficiently justify the notable price increase. Powered by the Ryzen 7 7840U processor, some public specs indicate a “Pro” variant, seemingly not a typo. Despite the ETA PRIME review not reflecting this variant, its inclusion seems puzzling unless Terrans Force acquired a stock of these CPUs, although performance-wise, it may not significantly impact the device.

The AMD Ryzen 7840U processor boasts an 8-core, 16-thread configuration, reaching turbo speeds of up to 5.1 GHz. This APU includes AMD Radeon 780M integrated graphics, operating at speeds of up to 2700MHz. The handheld features a 7-inch 120Hz touchscreen IPS display with a 1080p resolution, offering 100% sRGB color gamut coverage and a maximum brightness of 450 nits.

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Players have the choice between 16GB or 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM, running at 6400MHz. In terms of storage, the Terrans Force Handle 5 is equipped with a 1TB PCIE 4.0 SSD, expandable to 2TB, providing more initial space compared to the ROG Ally. The 50Wh battery surpasses the capacity of many handhelds by approximately 25%, and the system supports rapid 100W USB Power Delivery charging.

The system’s connectivity stands out, including Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, USB 4.0 ports, and a micro SD card slot, offering flexibility for accessories and storage. Notably, the console features Hall-Effect analog sticks, noted by Topm’s Hardware for their resistance to long-term joystick drift.

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Although initially set at $650, the current listing on MiniXPC.com shows the Terrans Force Handle 5 at $999, prompting inquiries about its steep price, particularly when the ROG Ally, providing a similar experience, is priced at $599. Yet, a comprehensive hands-on review by ETA PRIME on YouTube focuses on the strengths of the Terrans Force Handle 5.

ETA PRIME’s review underscores the significance of the device’s Hall-Effect analog joysticks and USB 4 connectivity, capable of 40 Gigabits per second, providing an advantage for external GPUs compared to ROG Ally’s USB 3.2 Gen2. Boasting superior overall performance, including a temporary boost to 28W with the built-in “Rage Mode,” enhanced eGPU support, and more robust analog sticks, the handheld positions itself as a formidable competitor, albeit not necessarily at its current price.

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