Aya Neo Next, a powerful gaming laptop, started its crowdfunding campaign and you can get a discount by ordering during the campaign. If you’ve been following the rise of the laptop market, you may have heard of the Aya Neo already. Earlier this year, I reviewed the Aya Neo Pro, a device that reached the hands of Indiegogo backers just a few months ago. Although the Aya Neo Pro was and still is impressive, I mentioned in my review that a revamped version of the Aya Neo was on the horizon. I now had a chance to check out the Aya Neo Next ahead of its April launch, and I can say with confidence that if you’re interested in the Aya Neo brand, Next is the edition to pick.
The Aya Neo Next is more of an iteration on the current Pro and 2021 models than an entirely new mobile device. It still shares the same core DNA, as a Windows laptop with an AMD mobile processor and integrated Radeon Vega graphics. If you already have Aya Neo Pro, upgrade to Next likely Does not make sense. If the Next included a 6000 series processor – rather than a 5000 series – it might be a different story, but as it stands, Next looks more like the final version of the company’s initial move into the gaming laptop market.
It might seem odd that the new Aya releases just several months later than its predecessors, but if you think about it from a PC gaming perspective – where minor component upgrades are released regularly – it makes sense. Although this is an iterative upgrade, the Aya Neo Next boasts significant improvements in terms of build and moderate performance improvements.
NB: For a more in-depth look at the features of the Aya Neo, check out Verse New Pro مراجعة Review. This article aims to detail the improvements in Next.
Exceptional work environment
The Aya Neo Next features a stellar form factor. Despite the fact that the portable device is somewhat heavy compared to mainstream devices like the Switch, Next is the most comfortable portable gaming device I have ever carried. With subtle curves and circular knobs along the back to mimic a traditional gamepad, the next carry feels completely natural. It’s as if you’re playing a switch with a form-fitting grip. Previous Aya Neo models were flat across the back and had more angled edges. The back of the Next has a rubber feel to it. While I thought these models were convenient, Next takes it to the next level. The mobile device comes in several color schemes, including pastel blue, night blue, jet black, bright white, and silver (which I tested).
The stellar feel extends to handheld controls, most notably the analog triggers and sticks. The triggers feel much wider and denser than the Pro’s, like pockets in which to rest your fingers comfortably. The analog sticks also help in the ergonomics department, as they’re larger and stand higher than the switch-like thumb sticks found on the 2021 and Pro models. I found that the sticks were more accurate and had a finer range of motion, while the triggers were more sensitive to slight drag, which is useful in a variety of games.
The triggers and sticks are actually quite new in design. Next is the first portable gaming device to use “Hall Effect” sensors. Analog sticks and triggers have magnetic systems, which means the components don’t actually rub against each other when in use. In this sense, Hall Effect components are not subject to normal wear and tear. In theory, this should limit any potential for drift or other unwanted bugs that are prevalent in many modern consoles, including Switch Joy-Cons. Since we only tested the following for a few dozen hours, we can’t really comment on the components’ longevity and durability, but they are built to last. Along with the Hall sensors, the wand has a modular design, so it’s possible to swap out to suit your preference. Out of the box, the Next has concave stick grips, similar to Xbox controllers.
Next has slight differences elsewhere in terms of design. The various menu and setting buttons have been reduced from eight to four. On the right side, there are two unlabeled buttons. The biggest pulls up a quick list for Aya Space, a proprietary software that makes managing your games and experience feel like a proper gaming console. Aya Space is available on all Aya Neo models, but the following is pre-installed. The smaller empty button provides a one-click option to exit windows, which is useful on a computer like this. I don’t think all the buttons, like the Xbox Game Bar, on the Aya Neo Pro were particularly necessary, and so a cleaner, less cluttered look by dropping some of them.
The power button on the Next doubles as a fingerprint sensor for login, which is a neat little feature. The sensor works fine as long as it isn’t smudged, but I had to scan it a few times to get it registered. You can still enter your Microsoft password or use a unique PIN to unlock the device as well. The volume buttons and the headphone jack are located, as with the Aya Neo Pro, next to the power button. The Next has only two USB-C ports, which is two fewer than previous Aya Neo models. This is kind of a bug, but it will only make a difference if you are connecting several peripherals to the device simultaneously.
improve the performance
As mentioned, Aya Neo Next offers moderate performance improvements over its predecessors. The model I tested was equipped with an AMD Ryzen 7 5800U processor and Radeon Vega 8 graphics, while the Pro has a Ryzen 7 4800U processor and Vega 6 graphics. I noted in my review of the Aya Neo Pro that the difference between the Pro model and the Base 2021 model was minimal from a performance perspective. On the other hand, Next’s performance improvements are sure to be noticed.
Without messing with TDP or adjusting in-game visual settings, I was able to get significantly higher frame rates and better fidelity with Next from Pro. And with a few setup tweaks, most games I tried ran around 60 frames per second or higher, including Grand Theft Auto V, Kena: Bridge of Spirits, Psychonauts 2, Forza Horizon 5, and Tomb Raider Trilogy. Some outliers included Control and Halo Infinite, which hovered in the high 30s while still playable. Finding the right balance of frames per second and visual fidelity is unique to each game and the person who plays it. And if you raise the TDP at the expense of battery life, you can get better results.
Since the Aya Neo’s 7-inch IPS screen reaches a maximum resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, the GPU doesn’t need to work as hard as it would at 1080p or 4K resolution. In turn, this leaves more room for the GPU to work on rendering textures and keep gameplay performance smooth. The Next uses the same display panel seen on previous Aya Neo models, which is totally fine considering it’s a nice display. You don’t get high-end graphic features like ray tracing, but many games still look amazing on the Next screen. Keep in mind that you can connect Next to a monitor or TV and take advantage of better resolution, but performance is naturally affected.
Although the following is a natural step forward in performance for the Aya Neo brand rather than a giant leap, slight improvements in frame rate and visual settings can add up to make an impactful difference. This is the case here.
Price and models
I tested the Aya Neo Next Advance, which has a 5800U processor, 16GB of RAM, and 2TB of storage. The standard Next will have a slightly better 5825U processor, and the Next Pro will have a 5825U processor and 32GB of RAM instead of 16GB. Prices range from $1,265 to $1,565, and you can save money by ordering when you start your crowdfunding campaign.
Yes, all Aya Neo models are pricey, but given that the Next is a bit more expensive than the Pro (which starts at $1,215), the Next Line is the perfect choice between the two. A significantly overhauled form factor and performance improvements make it worth the extra money. If you are looking for a Windows laptop, then Aya Neo Next is your best bet. Of course, Valve’s Steam Deck is on the verge of release, and it’s definitely a more budget-friendly option.
|Aya New Next Advance||Aya New Next||Verse New Next Pro|
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 7 5800U||AMD Ryzen 7 5825U||AMD Ryzen 7 5825U|
|GPU||Radeon Vega 8||Radeon Vega 8||Radeon Vega 8|
|RAM||16 GB||16 GB||32 GB|
|storage||2TB||1 TB or 2 TB||2TB|
|Precision||1280 x 800||1280 x 800||1280 x 800|
|Show||7-inch IPS touch screen||7-inch IPS touch screen||7-inch IPS touch screen|
|Battery life||2-5 hours (labored)||2-5 hours (labored)||2-5 hours (labored)|
|ports||USB-C x2.0||USB-C x2.0||USB-C x2.0|
|price||$1,345 at launch / $1,465||US$1265 to US$1465||$1,465 (at launch) / $1,565|
Stephen Pettit has tested the Aya Neo Next for over 30 hours. Aya Neo provided a sample unit.