MSI’s new Claw handheld goes head to head with Lenovo and Asus at $700

Lenovo and Asus may need to keep a watchful eye as MSI has officially unveiled the pricing for its upcoming handheld gaming PC, the MSI Claw. Priced at a starting point of $700, this Intel-powered device presents a competitive option in the handheld gaming market, although higher-spec models come with a heftier price tag.

MSI has recently disclosed the official pricing for the Claw on its US webstore, with three distinct models set to hit the market soon:

  • Claw A1M-050US with 1TB SSD and Core Ultra 7 155H priced at $800
  • Claw A1M-051US with 512GB SSD and Core Ultra 7 155H priced at $750
  • Claw A1M-052US with 512GB SSD and Core Ultra 5 135H priced at $700

The entry-level model, priced at $700, features the Core Ultra 5 135H processor from Intel’s Meteor Lake lineup. While this processor may have fewer P-cores compared to its counterparts, it compensates with a full complement of 8 Xe-cores within its GPU component, ensuring solid graphical performance for a 1080p gaming experience.

Despite facing competition from AMD’s Ryzen 7 7840U, the Claw holds its ground with notable features such as Hall effect thumbsticks and Wi-Fi 7 support, offering added value to gamers. Additionally, the Claw boasts a 53Whr battery, surpassing the battery capacity of mainstream handhelds from Asus and Lenovo.

However, the Claw faces a tough challenge in persuading gamers away from Lenovo’s Legion Go, especially considering the latter’s ongoing sale offering the top-end model with a 1TB drive and the Z1 Extreme chip at a similar price point.

Having had a brief hands-on experience with the MSI Claw at MSI’s CES booth, I found it to be a decent device but lacked the refined finish of the Lenovo Legion Go. With a similar price range, MSI must work hard to differentiate its offering and attract gamers seeking a high-performance handheld gaming experience.

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