First Look At The Zotac Zone – Hands-On First Impressions

For those who are known for their graphics cards and small PCs? Well, for those who are stepping into the handheld gaming space with their own device, Zotac is preparing to launch a handheld gaming PC called Zotac, which is thrilling people with its specs and amazing features. I was lucky enough to check out this Windows-based handheld,

This aligns with mainstream graphics card lineups. Notably, it’s not the most portable handheld on the market, with dimensions of 310 x 135 x 40mm, it’s larger than both the ASUS ROG Ally (280 x 111 x 32.4mm) and the Steam Deck (298 x 117 x 49mm). You get a soft plastic finish all around, a glass piece covering the display, and contours on the edges to improve grip. All buttons, including the Hall-effect joystick, felt sturdy, and the overall finish was more than acceptable for a pre-production unit.

Zotac Gaming Zone preview
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Talking about the button layout, it has a D-pad, twin trackpad, XYAB buttons, and several additional keys for different functions. Which can be configured for different functions, and by default allows you to quickly adjust the volume. The shoulder triggers are well implemented with a two-stage adjustable setting switch, which you can use smoothly.

Display

You get a 7-inch 1080p 120Hz OLED screen with a maximum rated brightness of 800 nits. In my short period of using the handheld, I found the display to offer a good amount of sharpness and a decent lighting performance, at least for indoor use. The only problem is that it doesn’t support variable refresh rate, which is appreciated on the Steam Deck.

SpecificationDetails
DesignSubdued gray color, compact size (310 x 135 x 40 mm), soft plastic finish with glass display cover, solid buttons
Buttons LayoutD-pad, twin trackpads, XYAB buttons, jog dials under joystick, programmable macro buttons, adjustable triggers
PortsPower and volume buttons, 3.5mm audio jack, USB 4.0 Type-C ports (top and bottom), microSD card reader
Performance7-inch 1080p 120Hz OLED screen (800 nits), AMD Ryzen 7 8840U processor, Radeon 780M graphics
Battery48Whr battery, approximately 75 minutes of gameplay on a single charge
Final WordsSimilar to Steam Deck, runs on Windows, potential for performance improvements, moving in the right direction

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