Gaming laptops are hardly ever shy about introducing new, and doubtlessly progressive, options. These vary from ever-developing show tech to second screens and new exterior graphics card unit (eGPU) options. Asus’ gaming sub-brand ROG has delved into all of those classes, but the latter is the main focus right here. It’s an attention-grabbing concept that provides portability with the selection of spending extra to reinforce your skinny machine into totally fledged gaming laptop computer ranges.
The ROG XG Mobile eGPU first cropped up with the Asus ROG Flow X13—a super-slim clamshell laptop computer with the choice of getting gaming energy boosted by the eGPU unit. ROG’s new equipment takes this efficiency bump concept additional, with the Flow Z13 being a uncommon totally fledged 2-in-1 gaming pill.
Asus has already had a stab at creating Microsoft Surface Pro-like machine with the VivoBook 13 Slate OLED, a machine that appears similar to this one. However, it was finally too underpowered and overpriced to tackle Microsoft’s 2-in-1 formulation. The Z13 doesn’t make the identical errors. As a gaming machine, the extent of portability gained by being a pill enhances this distinctive proposition.
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The pill and keyboard combo weighs in at 2.6 lbs (1.2 kg), which isn’t fairly as gentle as many skinny laptops, but it is spectacular given the specs beneath the hood. It’s additionally a tool that invitations you to take away the removable keyboard (included within the value, not like with Surface Pro machines), letting you simply place it as you play on a controller or a separate gaming keyboard. This contrasts with many different nongaming 2-in-1s that usually don’t justify themselves as stand-alone tablets. It appears like a really moveable gaming PC, one thing that cherry-picks the perfect bits of a hefty high-powered laptop computer and Valve’s Steam Deck.
The ROG Flow Z13 doesn’t totally dwell as much as its thrilling type issue, although, and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics card is the offender. For a tool so skinny and comparatively gentle, it’s exhausting to count on extra horsepower than what’s on provide from mentioned GPU, but, however, it limits the potential and total attraction of the Z13.
But whereas the ability supplied by the RTX 3050 Ti, alongside the Intel Core i9-12900H chip, is way from titanic, it excels if you happen to’re a fan of video games with a higher give attention to body fee than graphical finesse. For titles within the latter class, like Borderlands 3 and Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, you’ll get efficiency of fifty to 80 fps with ‘Low’ settings on this machine’s 120-Hz 1080p show.
The Flow Z13 can be out there in varieties that sport lower-powered graphics and processors, in addition to an choice for a higher0resolution UHD+ show, but with a decrease 60-Hz refresh fee. Those outcomes aren’t precisely nice, but for such a skinny machine and the choice of decreasing to 720p for some further frames, they aren’t all dangerous both.