MSI Claw is the new Steam Deck Alternative: Specs and Features

The world of handheld gaming devices is rapidly expanding. In 2023, we saw a good number of portable handheld gaming devices from brands like Asus, Valve, Aya Neo, and Lenovo just to name a few.

Today, we got to see a brand-new portable handheld gaming device from a popular brand that is known for producing a good number of gaming laptops. MSI at CES 2024 unveiled its first-ever portable gaming device, the MSI Claw.

The MSI Claw is an interesting portable gaming handheld that is designed to let you play high-end games with ease. If the MSI Claw is the device that has caught your attention and you want to know more about it, you’ve come to the right place.

MSI Claw – 2024’s Newest Portable Gaming Device

The MSI Claw is out there to compete with the popular Steam Deck. Having a competitive device is a great benefit for gamers as they can choose what works best for them.

Let’s dive into the tech specs and features of the MSI Claw A1M.

MSI Claw A1M – Specifications

One thing to note about the MSI Claw A1M is that it is one of the few handheld portable gaming devices that comes with an Intel processor. The other devices in the portable gaming space come with an AMD CPU. Here are all the details of what’s packing the MSI Claw.

MSI Claw specs
  • Official name: Claw A1M
  • Operating System: Windows 11 Home
  • CPU: Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
  • RAM: 16GB DDR5
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Display Size: 7-Inch FHD 1920 x1080
  • Display Refresh rate: 120 Hertz
  • sRGB Value: 100%
  • Display Brightness: 500 Nits
  • WiFi: WiFi 7
  • Bluetooth: 5.4
  • GPU: Inter Arc Graphics
  • Battery Capacity: 55W (6 cell)
  • Connectivity Ports: Thunderbolt 4
  • Speakers: 2W x2 with support for HiRes

Looking at the tech specs of the newly announced MSI Claw, we can see that it is quite a sensible portable gaming device. MSI has ensured that if it has to tap into the gaming universe, it has to come with a device that can play any game that you throw at it.

MSI Claw specs

If you plan to play games from Steam, or Epic Games Store, or even emulate various games, the MSI Claw can handle it quite well.

MSI Claw – Ports Onboard

When it comes to portable gaming devices no matter what brand releases, they all need a reasonable number as well as type of ports so that the user of such devices doesn’t have to run around with dongles and adaptors. Here is a list of all the ports available on the MSI Claw A1M.

MSI Claw specs
  • 1x Audio Jack
  • 1x Thunderbolt 4
  • 1x Micro SD Card Reader

MSI Claw – All The Buttons

Since this is a portable gaming device, it needs to have all the necessary buttons that would make playing games on the MSI Claw comfortable. Here are all the buttons on the MSI Claw A1M.

MSI Claw specs

Top Facing Buttons Of The MSI Claw

  • Right Trigger
  • Right Bumper
  • Volume +/- 
  • Fingerprint/Power Buttons
  • Left Bumper
  • Left Trigger

Rear Facing Buttons of The MSI Claw

The back of the MSI Claw has two buttons. Named Macro 1 and Macro 2 you will be able to customize and assign these two buttons to whatever function you desire within the game’s key binding menu. These are perfect buttons for racing and other battle royale and FPS games.

Front Facing Buttons Of The MSI Claw

Now, let’s take a look at the list of all the buttons that are present at the front of the MSI Claw handheld gaming device.

  • Left Stick
  • D-Pad
  • View Button
  • MSI Center M button
  • Menu b button
  • Quick Settings Button
  • ABXY Buttons
  • Right Stick

RBG Presence on The MSI Claw

Knowing that MSI’s range of gaming laptops come with a  good amount of RGB lights on them, people also expect the MSI Claw to have some RGB elements. Unlike the gaming laptops from MSI, the MSI Claw has RGB rings around the Left and Right sticks of the device. No other RBG element is present at the sides or rear of the MSI Claw.

MSI Claw – Pricing and Availability

This newly announced handheld gaming device will be made available during the first half of 2024. So expect the device to be launched before or during the summer season of 2024.

Now let’s talk about the pricing. The MSI Claw is expected to be released in three variants. The price tags for the MSI Claw will be between $599 and $799 (depending on the storage and CPU variant).

MSI Claw – Software

The MSI Claw will be running the Windows 11 Home edition. Additionally, you will also get the MSI Center app that will let you manage your games as well as other settings for your Claw A1M.

MSI Claw specs

If you want to take a break and enjoy a good number of other games, the MSI Player is your go-to store. This MSI Player Store will let you download several Android games onto your MSI Claw and let you play those games right away.

Closing Thoughts

This concludes everything you need to know about the new entrant into the portable gaming universe. The MSI Claw seems like a handheld device that is not only promising but can deliver the perfect performance when playing your favorite titles on the go. What do you think about the MSI Claw?

Is this a device that you think will rule the market? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Enjoy games, 90's hip-hop, and tech. Loves exploring the infinite world of laptops and food. Every ready to provide assistance in anything that rocks his boat. Will gladly enjoy capturing memories through various lenses. Worked previously at PiunikaWeb as an author and researcher.

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