The Asus ROG Flow Z13 offers the one thing customary gaming PCs can’t movability. While gaming PCs are the same old thing, there’s a topic among the top entertainers: they’re still all massive and weighty. Asus is one of few organizations attempting to change that, with trial gadgets like 2021’s ROG Flow X13 and presently, the tablet-structure ROG Flow Z13.
The thought is engaging – it’s a 2-in-1 not divergent in plan to Microsoft’s Surface Pro line, however with a devoted GPU and other top-end specs that put it in accordance with all out gaming PCs.
There’s likewise similarity with the organization’s XG Mobile eGPU to zest things up, which can possibly transform the Flow Z13 into a work area gaming force to be reckoned with – yet everything comes at an extremely high premium contrasted with contending gaming workstations.
Design and Build
- Portable 2-in-1 design
- Lighter than a conventional gaming PC
- Rear-facing intake vents keep it cool
The Asus ROG Flow Z13 is, basically, a wonder of designing. The 2-in-1 tablet scarcely gauges any bigger than Microsoft’s Surface Pro 8, yet figures out how to pack in sufficient tech to qualify as a completely fledged gaming PC with a twelfth gen Intel CPU and a Nvidia GPU at its heart.
Take one gander at the Flow Z13 and obviously compactness was an immense concentration for Asus. Regardless of the PC level tech on offer from the convertible, it measures in at 1.18kg and 11.9mm thick – making it a lot more straightforward to haul around than a conventional gaming PC, and it’s the best size to slip into little backpacks as well.
For reference, the Alien ware M15 R5 measures in at 2.5kg and 23mm thick.
It’s quite significant that while the Flow Z13 is lightweight and convenient contrasted with gaming workstations, it’s a lot bigger and heavier than standard tablets like the 680g iPad Pro, making it difficult to use as a real tablet. You’ll probably be utilizing the Flow Z13 on a table (and logical connected) most of the time.
The front of the Flow Z13 looks genuinely standard with little, yet recognizable bezels, that encompass the 13.4in board however it more than compensates for it on the back. Flip the 2-in-1 over and you’ll observe the mark Asus ROG marking, complete with adapted vents and rakish examples that make it clear it’s a gaming gadget.
On the off chance that that wasn’t adequately clear, then perhaps the little RGB-decorated window that gives you an investigate the internals of the tablet could part with it. However just a little plan highlight, it’s one that gamers – including this essayist – truly appreciate.
You’ll likewise observe a little 8Mp camera on the back of the tablet, a reward contrasted with standard gaming PCs, joined by a 720p camera on the front. These aren’t industry-driving cameras using any and all means, yet they’ll get the job done for a speedy snap and a video call.
Ventilation is amazingly significant on a gaming gadget where temperatures can climb rapidly. It’s a specific problem area for gaming PC clients with admission fans for the most part on the base limiting where the PC can be utilized.
The 2-in-1 plan of the Flow Z13 implies the admission vents are on the back instead of the base, permitting you to utilize it on a bed without overheating issues while vents on the top oust heat without you or your hands getting hot. That means better gaming execution, yet all at once to a greater degree toward that later.
Console, Trackpad and Ports
- Extraordinary console insight with incredible travel and illuminated keys
- Responsive trackpad, yet entirely somewhat little
- Less ports than a customary gaming PC
The lightweight console offers a shockingly very good quality composing experience with incredible travel, a wonderful snap and even illuminated keys. It’s not exactly mechanical console levels, but rather for a console that slim, it’s incredible to see. That pattern go on with the trackpad that, while somewhat on the little side contrasted with certain PCs, felt incredibly responsive being used.
The 2-in-1 nature of the Flow Z13 implies you can withdraw the console at whatever point you like, picking rather for a genuine tablet structure factor. It’s incredible for gaming with a regulator, particularly on the off chance that you’re lacking in work area space, with the 160-degree kickstand giving extraordinary points.
However, there are disadvantages to the 2-in-1 structure factor. For example, the kickstand configuration implies it won’t remain still when sat on your lap, and there’s an absence of ports contrasted with the PC rivalry as well.
USB-C Thunderbolt 4 port
You’ll observe a solitary USB-C Thunderbolt 4 port on the left side, joined by Asus’ exclusive port for its XG Mobile eGPU (erring on that in a little), as well as a USB-A port and an earphone jack on the right. There’s likewise a microSD card opening underneath the kickstand if you have any desire to add any additional capacity.
The power button, housed on the right, bends over as a unique mark peruser. It’s anything but another idea, accessible on cell phones, tablets and PCs for quite a while, yet it fills in as well as you’d expect, perusing your unique finger impression for validation as you turn it on. It works the initial time more often than not, however you in all actuality do need to be careful about finger position.
Screen and Speakers
- Remarkable Mini-LED show
- Among the most brilliant presentations around
- Speakers are fine for YouTube recordings, however earphones are suggested
At the core of the ROG Flow Z13 is the 13.4in Mini-LED show with full touchscreen support – not out of the ordinary from a tablet, all things considered. The 16:10 angle proportion might look somewhat odd for a tablet when adversaries are generally a lot squarer in shape, however the more extensive viewpoint proportion loans itself well to gaming and amusement.
Critically, the Flow Z13 is accessible in two kinds of Mini-LED show; 1080p@120Hz and 4K@60Hz, with the previous accommodated survey. While you might be enticed to go for the 4K model, I’d contend that at simply 13.4in, the Full HD goal is sharp enough for a charming gaming experience, and the rich smooth 120Hz revive rate is urgent for gamers.
I’d just truly prescribe the high-res model to video editors and content makers that work in 4K video.
Goal and revive rate to the side, the Flow Z13 show is flawless with lively shading, a lot of detail and a degree of brilliance that embarrasses most opponents at a great 483nits in tests. The almost 100% sRGB and 76% AdobeRGB shading range might put some tone rectifying creatives off, however it’s incredible for gaming and of preferred quality over most gaming PC rivals.
With regards to sound, the Flow Z13 sports two side-mounted speakers that are all that anyone could need for watching YouTube recordings and relaxed ongoing interaction, yet the absence of bass means most devoted gamers will select a gaming headset.
Asus XG Mobile
- Transforms the 2-in-1 into a work area with numerous showcases and greater availability
- Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 power
- Can’t redesign the RTX 3080 in future
Assuming you need more gaming ability than the RTX 3050 Ti from the Flow Z13, you can pick to purchase a pack including Asus’ XG Mobile. It’s Asus’ twist on the eGPU utilizing exclusive tech, offering an overhauled Nvidia RTX 3080 versatile GPU.
That is not awful for a black box that actions in at 208 x 155 x 29.6mm and 1kg, occupying almost no room on a work area or in a backpack.
The XG Mobile associates with the Flow Z13 through a restrictive port on its left side, got into put by means of a little switch on the rear of the connector. Asus claims that there are more than 67 wires inside the link that permit PCIe 3.0 information move paces of around 63Gbps, practically twofold the 32Gbps on offer from contending Thunderbolt 4 eGPUs.
I’ll meticulously describe how it plays out somewhat later.
It’s not only an eGPU however; the XG Mobile hugely grows availability, including a HDMI 2.0 port, Display Port 1.4, four USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, a RJ-45 Ethernet jack and a SD card peruser just in case.
The XG Mobile basically transforms the Flow Z13 into a work area PC arrangement, considering a mixture experience with full network, work area level power and a multi-show arrangement at home, and a versatile 2-in-1 structure factor when you’re in a hurry. It won’t meet everyone’s requirements, except it’ll scratch the tingle for some.
The main catch to the framework?
Dissimilar to a standard eGPU, the RTX 3080 inside the XG Mobile can’t be traded out from here on out. That is fine for the present, with the RTX 3080 being one of the most impressive GPUs around, yet games will keep on getting seriously requesting and eventually, it in all likelihood won’t be sufficient.
At the point when that opportunity arrives, you’ll have no real option except to get a completely new XG Mobile – assuming Asus is making them for the cutting edge cards, in any case. Until further notice, it stays perhaps the most effective way to get a work area level gaming experience from either the ROG Flow Z13 or last year’s X13 – but along with some built-in costs.
Specs and Performance
- Full gaming PC spec with discrete GPU
- Incredible game execution when connected
- XG Mobile can control a work area level insight
The Asus ROG Flow Z13 comes in two center arrangements: a variation with a strong Intel Core i9-12900H and an AMD-enhanced variation accessible donning the Ryzen 9-5900HS, however this main accompanies the Full HD show.
RTX 3050 Ti with 4GB of GDDR6 memory
No matter what the model you pick, you’ll get the Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti with 4GB of GDDR6 memory, 1TB of SSD stockpiling, 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and full Windows 11 to play with. For reference, I’ve looked into the Intel model here.
With regards to execution, it generally relies upon how you’re utilizing the Flow Z13; associated with power, associated with the XG Mobile eGPU or on battery, with nothing unexpected that the last option gives minimal measure of snort while gaming.
Most gamers will probably utilize the Flow Z13 associated with power, so how about we start there. Using the twelfth gen Intel CPU and Nvidia’s RTX 3050 Ti, it should not shock anyone that the convertible is equipped for driving a nice gaming experience.
Cyberpunk 2077 at RTX Ultra
While you will not have the option to play any semblance of Cyberpunk 2077 at RTX Ultra designs settings. It hit only 22fps during testing you can accomplish a consistent 60fps in many games at a medium preset. The Flow Z13 easily outperformed the 60fps mark in Wolfenstein. Youngblood at mid-range quality. And it’s a comparative story in Far Cry New Dawn. However turning it up to ultra-brought it down to 54fps.
That is genuinely standard for the spec on offer, yet assuming you need more power – be it for gaming or content creation – then, at that point, you’ll need to connect it to the XG Mobile eGPU for a more work area level insight. Beside the additional network on offer, the eGPU gives RTX 3080 power that can truly give the tablet a lift in execution.
When associated with the eGPU, we saw critical leaps in benchmark results in all cases. Long ways: New Dawn at Ultra bounced from 54-to 102fps. And even Cyberpunk 2077 was playable at its RTX Ultra quality settings with a normal of 57fps in tests.
Considering the little elements of the convertible and eGPU contrasted with a standard work area. It’s noteworthy, despite the fact. That it’s significant that the XG Mobile fans are impressively stronger than the practically indiscernible. Fans on the actual tablet while gaming, siphoning out. A lot of hot air to keep the GPU moving along as expected.
While the tablet structure element would recommend extraordinary versatile execution. Gaming workstations tell us in any case. And it’s the same with the Flow Z13. In a bid to hold battery utilization down when turned off from the mains. The equipment doesn’t perform at maximum velocity and there’s a slight dunk in execution. Even with the ROG Armory preset set to execution mode. However not as sensational as you would expect. I saw plunges in all cases in testing, with Far Cry New Dawn at Ultra dropping from 54-to 41fps. The main game to really endure was Cyberpunk 2077. Which just oversaw 12fps at RTX Ultra on battery.
Once more, this is ordinary among gaming workstations. However it merits bringing up for those that fantasized playing AAA games on lengthy vehicle ventures.
While GPU execution can differ contingent upon the arrangement you have. CPU-based undertakings like web perusing. Video calling and running numerous applications immediately perform. At a comparative level no matter what its arrangement.
- Disheartening battery duration while gaming
- Battery isn’t vastly improved while working/watching motion pictures
Battery duration is one more region to consider; while the fantasy about playing AAA games untethered from the divider is conceivable. You’ll just get around 60-an hour and a half of recess before the 56Wh battery runs level. Then, at that point. You’ll have to go after the average sized 100W USB-C charger.
Fortunately, that is not characteristic of general battery duration less execution extreme undertakings like web perusing. Watching films and video calling all charge somewhat better on the battery. In our standard video circle test. The Flow Z13 extended to five hours and 15 minutes.
While that will be alright for some, it’s at the low finish of the scale. And will probably put off those that need to involve the Flow Z13 for work purposes. Particularly those away from the workplace.
Price and Availability
The Asus ROG Flow Z13 isn’t the least expensive around. Beginning at £1,899.99 in the UK and $1,799 in the US – and that is without the XG Mobile. To package the dock with the tablet. The expense goes up to around £2,998/$3,229. Around a similar cost as a top of the line gaming PC with practically identical. While perhaps worse, specs.