I didn’t need to buy an ASUS ROG Ally. I already have a desktop gaming PC that’s more than powerful enough for my needs, and my portable gaming needs are largely covered by the Nintendo Switch and a handful of mobile games. Heck, I don’t even plan on using it outside of the house.

But there’s something magical about laying down on the sofa after the kids have gone to bed and chiseling away at my bountiful backlog of PC games. It’s a luxury that for me is absolutely worth it, but I’d still hesitate to recommend the ROG Ally to anyone who’s on the fence. Let me explain why.