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Asus ROG Flow Z13 review: a practical gaming laptop in the form of a tablet

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  • Specifications Asus ROG Flow Z13
  • Design and appearance
  • Laptop screen
  • Keyboard and touchpad
  • Component performance
  • Autonomy Asus ROG Flow Z13
  • Total
  • Should I buy
  • Asus ROG Flow Z13 gaming hybrid laptop review - video
  • Asus ROG Flow Z13 - gaming tablet,disguised as a Surface Pro style laptop. This is a practical laptop for every situation: you can connect an external graphics card and enjoy the most demanding games, as well as carry out common tasks. By disabling the keyboard, it is convenient to use the Z13 as a tablet.

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    There are downsides too: battery life isn't long, the keyboard isn't great for gaming, and an external graphics card is expensive. Despite all the advantages, the ROG Flow Z13 is not for everyone.

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    Specifications Asus ROG Flow Z13

    Screen

    13.4" IPS, 1920x1200/3840x2400 resolution, 120/60Hz refresh rate, 16:10 aspect ratio, HDR10+

    CPU

    Intel Core i5-12500H 2.5 GHz (18 MB cache, up to 4.5 GHz, 12 cores)

    Intel Core i9-12900H 2.5 GHz (24 MB cache, up to 5.0 GHz, 14 cores)

    Video card

    Intel Iris Xe

    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti for Notebooks

    RAM

    2×8 GB LPDDR5

    Inner memory

    512 GB

    1 TB

    operating system

    Windows 11 Home

    Camera

    8 MP + 720p

    Connectivity and connections

    Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax), 2 bands 2×2, Bluetooth 5.2

    Connectors

    1xUSB 2.0 Type-A, 1xUSB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C, 1x Thunderbolt 4/DisplayPort, microSD card reader (UHS-II), 3.5mm, 1x ROG XG Mobile interface, 1xUSB 3.2 Gen2 Type- C/DisplayPort/Support Power/G-SYNC

    Battery

    Li-Ion, 56 Wh, charging 100 W

    Dimensions and weight

    302×204×12mm, 1.12kg/1.18kg

    Price

    $137,990

    Design and appearance

    Formally, the Asus ROG Flow Z13 is a 2-in-1 tablet, but it is larger than the large iPad Pro 12.9 and functions like a laptop.

    Screen diagonal 13.4 inches, sides andthe corners are not rounded, which is why it is not very convenient to hold the Z13 in the hands. The thickness of the device is 12 mm, and outwardly it looks more like a display detached from the keyboard than a tablet.

    The ROG Flow Z13 is primarily designed to be used as a laptop.

    Comes with a magnetic keyboardlower part. This is good because Windows 11 is poorly optimized for gesture navigation. The Flow Z13 weighs 1.18 kg, which is not much for a gaming laptop, it is convenient to carry it with you in your bag. However, the light weight is possible thanks to a lightweight keyboard case that cannot be compared with a full-fledged peripheral.

    Laptop screen

    The Asus ROG Flow Z13 has an excellent 13.4-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1920x1200 or 3840x2400, depending on the version.

    Screen aspect ratio 16:10, there is support for HDR10+. The shades are clear and saturated, although the diagonal may seem too small to many. The maximum brightness reaches 500 nits, and the contrast ratio is 1346:1.

    Alas, the color scheme of the ROG Flow Z13 panel is too dark, in some games it is difficult to see the details in the shadows.

    Coverage of the sRGB color space is 96%, so the shades are quite accurate. In addition, wide coverage of Adobe RGB and DCI-P3 spaces allows you to work professionally with photos and videos.

    Keyboard and touchpad

    The Asus ROG Flow Z13 laptop is primarily designed for gaming, but the included keyboard is not very comfortable.

    It is too thin, and the key travel is small, so it is difficult to type text for a long time, it is easier to connect an external mechanical keyboard. The trackpad is also small and can't compare to a gaming mouse.

    The main problem with ROG Flow Z13 is that you need to carry a mouse or keyboard with you.

    But here it is easy to connect a gamepad - on the backThe cover of Z13 has a built-in metal stand, which makes it convenient to play with the controller. The stand has an excellent build quality, it securely holds the gadget in an upright position.

    Component performance

    The Asus ROG Flow Z13 tested was powered by an Intel Core i9-12900H processor and an Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti graphics card, the most powerful configuration available.

    You can choose a version with an Intel Core i5-12500H and an integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics card, but you should not count on high performance in modern games.

    Intel Core i9-12900H processor no problemcopes with any task, which is confirmed by performance tests. GeekBench 5 gives 1885 points in single-core mode and 10665 in multi-core mode. And in PCMark 15, the ROG Flow Z13 scores 6967 points.

    The RTX 3050 Ti isn't very impressive - it's one of thethe weakest new generation Nvidia graphics cards. This is confirmed by the 3DMark Time Spy test, where the Flow Z13 scores 4577 points. However, the device supports connecting an external graphics card through the Asus XG Mobile docking station. With it, you can equip a laptop with an RTX 3080 graphics card.

    Of course, XG Mobile is expensive, and constantlyCarrying a docking station is problematic. But, the difference is obvious: with the RTX 3050 Ti at high graphics settings in Borderlands 3, I had about 27 fps, and with XG Mobile and RTX 3080 - 91 fps. In Dirt Rally, these figures are 61 and 192 fps, respectively, while Horizon Zero Dawn is 35 and 99 fps.

    Another problem with XG Mobile, besides the price, is the noise andheat. If any cable gets too close to the fan, a burnt smell will almost immediately appear and the noise can be distracting. The capacity of the SSD is 512 GB or 1 TB, which is enough for a large collection of games. The read and write speeds are 3466 Mb/s and 2311 Mb/s, so loading and saving are instantaneous.

    Autonomy Asus ROG Flow Z13

    The ROG Flow Z13 is a great portable gaming laptop, but it does have one big downside: a weak battery.

    When playing a new (not the most demanding) RPGTunic battery will run out in a few hours. Of course, you can lower the brightness and graphics settings, but it's hard for me to call the Z13 a very portable device.

    When performing everyday tasks, the Flow Z13 has a battery life of approximately 5 hours, which is a good indicator for a gaming laptop. However, if autonomy is important to you while gaming, it is better to take the Steam Deck.

    Total

    The Asus ROG Flow Z13 is a unique 2-in-1 gaming laptop that transforms into a tablet when the keyboard is turned off.

    It can be used to performeveryday tasks - typing, photo processing, and for playing, including with a gamepad. The GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics card is not the most powerful, but it is possible to connect the XG Mobile dock with any card, up to the RTX 3080.

    All in all, the ROG Flow Z13 could be the perfect portable gaming device, but this is hindered by a weak battery that barely lasts for several hours of gaming.

    Should I buy

    The ROG Flow Z13 from Asus is recommended for anyone looking for a portable gaming laptop. But you will have to carry a separate keyboard, mouse and charger with you.

    Asus ROG Flow Z13 gaming hybrid laptop review - video ROG Flow Z13 gaming tablet - better than Steam Deck! Alexander ShamanAlexander has been writing for a long timealmost two decades. Initially, he collected technology news for local media. His love of science fiction awakened a huge thirst for knowledge. Trying to understand how it works and whether it can work better, he becomes so carried away, as if he is immersed in a trance. For this, among colleagues in TehnObzor, he received the nickname - Shaman. Gaming tablet laptop from Asus Design and ergonomics95/100 Display and multimedia95/100 Keyboard and input devices85/100 Connectors and ports90/100 Performance95/100 Communications and connections95/100 Autonomy works85/100 Total 91.4Asus ROG Flow Z13 is the company's second attempt at a gaming tablet. The device offers great versatility, but remains specialized and expensive. Advantages and disadvantages Unique design Compact and lightweight Excellent IPS display High performance Connecting an external graphics card Weak battery External graphics card is expensive Bundled keyboard case not for gaming