Gaming Consoles

A review of the ROG Flow Z13 from Asus

Asus' gaming sub-brand ROG has explored all of these categories, but this time we're focusing on the latter. Gaming laptops often introduce new, and potentially innovative, features. These include constantly improving display technology, second screens, and external graphics card units.

Asus' ROG Flow X13, a super-slim laptop with the option of boosting gaming power with the eGPU, introduced the ROG XG Mobile eGPU for the first time. With the Flow Z13, ROG takes this performance bump idea a step further by offering a full-featured 2-in-1 gaming tablet. 

The VivoBook 13 Slate OLED, which looks very similar to this one, has already tried to emulate the Microsoft Surface Pro but was ultimately too underpowered and overpriced to compete effectively with Microsoft's 2-in-1 system. This unique proposition is enhanced by the level of portability gained by being a tablet when used as a gaming device.

In terms of weight, the tablet and keyboard combo weigh 2.6 lbs (1.2 kg), which is not as light as some thin laptops, but it's impressive. You can also remove the detachable keyboard (included in the price, unlike with Surface Pros), which allows you to position it in different ways based on the controller or the separate gaming keyboard you use.

ROG Flow Z13's graphics card, however, doesn't live up to its exciting form factor. Even though the Z13 is so thin and relatively light, it is difficult to expect more horsepower than what is offered by the GPU, but it still limits its appeal and potential.

Even though the RTX 3050 Ti's performance isn't spectacular, combined with the Intel Core i9-12900H chip, it excels in games where the frame rate is more important than graphic detail. With its 120-Hz, 1080p display, this machine's 120-Hz performance will range from 50 to 80 frames per second on titles like Borderlands 3 and Ghost Recon: Breakpoint. 

Flow Z13s also come with lower-powered graphics and processors, as well as higher-resolution UHD+ displays, which have a lower refresh rate of 60 Hz. Although they aren't perfect, they aren't all bad for such a thin device with the option of dropping to 720p for extra frames. 

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