Gaming laptops are not often shy about introducing new, and doubtlessly revolutionary, 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 thought that gives portability with the selection of spending extra to reinforce your skinny gadget into absolutely 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 thought additional, with the Flow Z13 being a uncommon absolutely fledged 2-in-1 gaming pill.
Asus has already had a stab at creating a superb Microsoft Surface Pro-like gadget 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 method. The Z13 doesn’t make the identical errors. As a gaming gadget, 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 below the hood. It’s additionally a tool that invitations you to take away the removable keyboard (included within the worth, 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 sometimes don’t justify themselves as stand-alone tablets. It looks like a really moveable gaming PC, one thing that cherry-picks the very best bits of a hefty high-powered laptop computer and Valve’s Steam Deck.
The ROG Flow Z13 doesn’t absolutely 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 arduous to anticipate extra horsepower than what’s on supply from mentioned GPU, but, however, it limits the potential and general attraction of the Z13.
But whereas the facility supplied by the RTX 3050 Ti, alongside the Intel Core i9-12900H chip, is way from titanic, it excels should you’re a fan of video games with a higher give attention to body charge 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 also be out there in varieties that sport lower-powered graphics and processors, in addition to an possibility for a higher0resolution UHD+ show, but with a decrease 60-Hz refresh charge. Those outcomes aren’t precisely nice, but for such a skinny gadget and the choice of reducing to 720p for some additional frames, they aren’t all dangerous both.