Best Asus ROG Ally dock 2024: official & third-party docks

We talk through a variety of ASUS ROG Ally docking stations to help you find the right one for your handheld gaming device

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An ASUS ROG Ally dock or docking station, is the best way of connecting your otherwise portable device to a TV or monitor, plus add all the peripherals and accessories that you want. We’ve listed the best ASUS ROG Ally dock models below for your consideration, listing the pros and cons of each.

If you’ve ever used a laptop docking station in an office these are essentially the same thing. Using one of these docks can theoretically bring you the functionality of a desktop computer but from a much more flexible handheld device that takes up much less space. They also allow you to save time manually connecting and setting all your devices and peripherals every time you want to plug in your handheld – all it requires is one connection between your ROG Ally and the dock and you’re good to go.

Can you use third-party ASUS ROG Ally docking stations?

The ASUS ROG Ally has an official dock accessory that we have listed below, but fortunately, much like the best case for ASUS ROG Ally, you also get a good number of third-party options to pick from that support the same necessary connections, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.

As we’ll discuss more below, whilst the official ASUS dock has its strengths, it is a bit limited in terms of the number of connections it supports, and this functionality is more advanced on the other models, so picking the third-party option might be the best bet, depending on your needs.

There are a range of different design types and form factors available (compact versions, stand designs, ones with in-built cooling) so make sure you have a think about what would work best in your workspace.


Best ASUS ROG Ally dock: in-depth review

Below we will take you through the advantages and disadvantages of what we consider to be the best ASUS ROG Ally docking stations on the market. Some of these are pre-existing docking stations for other platforms (like the Steam Deck) that are also compatible with the ROG Ally. We expect to see more ASUS ROG Ally-specific docks come out over the coming months and years, as the product is relatively new.

Best officially branded ASUS ROG Ally dock

ASUS ROG 65W Gaming Charger Dock

Charging type

Wired

Wattage

65W

I/O ports

1x HDMI 2.0, 1x USB 2.0 Type-A, 1x USB-C

Color options

Black

Pros
  • Compact, portable design
  • Supports 4K output
  • Charges two devices simultaneously
  • Fast charging
Cons
  • Not many ports
  • Somewhat expensive

Our first, but not necessarily best pick for every scenario, is the official ASUS ROG 65W Gaming Charger Dock. This particular model was constructed specifically for the ROG Ally, so there are absolutely no concerns in terms of compatibility.

The two main advantages of this particular dock are its compact nature (it will take up minimal space on your desk or in your living room and is easily transportable in a small bag), plus the fact it has dual charging, meaning you can charge up another device (which doesn’t have to be a ROG Ally) at the same time as your main one.

There’s no stand with this model, but considering the ROG Ally comes with it’s own free stand this might not be an issue. What might put more people off, however, is the price (official merch often doesn’t come cheap) plus the limited number of ports compared to every other pick on this list. Still, if you don’t need many this might not be a problem.

Best third-party ASUS ROG Ally docking station

JSAUX Docking Station

Charging type

Wired

Wattage

100W

I/O ports

1x USB-C, 1x HDMI 2.0, 3x USB-A 3.0, 1x Ethernet

Color options

Black/Silver

Pros
  • Reasonably priced
  • Supports 4K output @60FPS
  • 100W charging
  • Decent array of I/O ports
Cons
  • No HDMI 2.1 support (only 2.0)

The JSAUX Docking Station is a third-party brand that is cross-compatible with the Valve Steam Deck, in fact this is what it was originally designed to support.

Using the more classic ‘docking station’ form factor it acts as an in-built stand, plus comes with a wider array of ports compared to the officially branded dock, including an ethernet port and two additional USB-A ports. Although it’s less compact than the official option and doesn’t have dual charging functionality, it is better value for money which may sway your choice.

Best-cooled ASUS ROG Ally docking station

LISEN 10-in-1 Docking Station w/ Fan Cooler

Charging type

Wired

Wattage

100W

I/O ports

2x USB-A 3.1, 3x USB-A 2.0, 1x USB-C, 1x HDMI 2.0, Ethernet, SD & TF

Color options

Gray

Pros
  • Dual fan design provides superior cooling
  • Huge number of I/O ports including Gigabit Ethernet & SD card readers
  • 40Gbs adapter included
Cons
  • Fan noise may be distracting

If you want to reduce the thermal degradation that your ASUS ROG Ally might experience over time if you consistently push it to the max (this isn’t limited to this device in particular, but all gaming PCs/laptops etc.) then getting a docking station with in-built cooling might be the right option for you. This should improve the longevity of your precious handheld, hopefully allowing you to get your money’s worth.

You do have to consider the additional noise the fans produce, which might bother some people, but it’s not terrible. Again the design is the traditional docking station layout, meaning you can use it as a stand.

In addition to this, you get a large array of ports, including both a full-size and micro-SD card reader, as well as ethernet connection, all of which are very welcome indeed. Included freely is a 40Gbs adapter for good measure.

Best premium ASUS ROG Ally dock

Anker 575 USB-C Docking Station (13-in-1)

Charging type

Wired

Wattage

85W

I/O ports

13x ports including 2x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort, 1x 3.5mm AUX

Color options

Gray

Pros
  • Supports up to 3 monitors (2x HDMI, 1xDP)
  • Huge number of I/O ports including 3.5mm AUX, Gigabit Ethernet & SD card readers
  • 18W phone charging
Cons
  • Not cheap

This Anker 575 USB-C Docking Station is a pricier model but for your money, you get the biggest array of ports and socket connections of any model on this list.

It’s the ideal choice if you’re looking to connect multiple displays to your ROG Ally, as it supports up to three of them: one via the DisplayPort connection, the other two with the HDMI ports.

Additionally, you get a Gigabit Ethernet port, full-size SD and microSD readers, a 3.5mm audio combo jack, plus a huge array of USB-A and USB-C ports. Given the huge number of ports less compact than the official ASUS dock and doesn’t come with a stand like some of our larger models here, but besides this, it’s a premium device.


Asus ROG Ally connectivity

While not essential, a dock is a useful peripheral for your Asus ROG Ally handheld as it unlocks the devices full potential. the ROG Ally has a variety of input and outputs with a 3.5mm combo audio jack, microSD card reader, ASUS ROG XG Mobile interface (for their external GPUs), and a USB Type-C combo port, with both USB 3.2 Gen2 and DisplayPort 1.4 supported.

Additionally, the Asus ROG Ally also features Wi-Fi 6E support, as well as compatibility for Bluetooth 5, making it a highly capable machine.

Does the ROG Ally have SD card slot?

The ASUS ROG Ally gaming handheld comes with a UHS-II microSD slot built in.

If you’re interested in having a full-size SD card slot, you can always buy a ROG Ally dock that has one included, allowing you to transfer data from full-sized SD cards to the handheld.

What wattage is the ROG Ally charger?

The official ASUS ROG Gaming Charger Dock is capped at 65W, but alternative third party models are available, which are still compatible with the device, that can charge to a Wattage of 85W or 100W.


Final Word

We hope that this ASUS ROG Ally dock guide has brought you fully up to date with what’s available and help you pick the right model for your needs. Do make sure you have a quick look at our various other handheld how-tos, including how to set up ASUS ROG Ally emulation, and how to factory reset ASUS ROG Ally guides.

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