Laptops for games he is seldom shy about introducing new and potentially innovative features. These range from constantly evolving display technology to second screens and new external graphics card unit (eGPU) solutions. Asus’s gaming sub-brand, ROG, has delved into all of these categories, but the latter is the focus here. It’s an interesting idea that offers portability with the option to spend more to increase your slim device to full gaming laptop levels.
The ROG XG Mobile eGPU first came out with the Asus ROG Flow X13, a super slim laptop with the option to increase gaming power with the eGPU. The new ROG kit takes this performance idea further, as the Flow Z13 is a rare 2-in-1 gaming tablet.
Asus has already made an effort to create a good device similar to Microsoft Surface Pro with the VivoBook 13 Slate OLED, a machine that is very similar to this one. Still, it was too weak and too expensive to take on Microsoft’s 2-in-1 formula. The Z13 does not make the same mistakes. As a gaming device, the level of portability obtained by being a tablet improves this unique proposal.
Full of Promise
The tablet and keyboard combination weighs 2.6 pounds (1.2 kg), which isn’t as light as many slim laptops, but it’s impressive considering the specs under the hood. It is also a device that invites you to remove the removable keyboard (included in the price, unlike Surface Pro machines), which will allow you to easily place it while playing with a controller or a stand-alone gaming keyboard. This contrasts with many other non-gaming 2-in-1s that are not normally justified as standalone tablets. It looks like a truly portable gaming computer, something that picks up the best chunks of a high-powered laptop and Valve’s Steam Deck.
However, the ROG Flow Z13 does not fully meet its fascinating form factor, and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics card is to blame. For such a thin and relatively light device, it’s hard to expect more power than this GPU offers, but it does limit the potential and overall appeal of the Z13.
But while the power of the RTX 3050 Ti, along with the Intel Core i9-12900H chip, is far from titanic, it stands out if you’re a fan of games with a greater focus on frame rate than delicacy. graphic. For titles in the latter category, com Borders 3 i Ghost Recon: Breakpointyou will get 50 to 80 fps performance with the “Low” setting on this machine’s 120 Hz 1080p display.
The Flow Z13 is also available in varieties that carry lower power graphics and processors, as well as an option for a higher resolution UHD + display, but with a 60 Hz refresh rate. These results aren’t exactly great, but for such a slim device and the option to go down to 720p for a few extra frames, they’re not bad either.