ASUS ROG FLOW Z13 Review – A 2-in-1 Powerful Gaming Laptop

The ROG FLOW Z13 delivers a new and exciting form factor for gamers. A powerful all-in-one computer you can get right now in a compact 13-inch tablet form factor.

Portable and hybrid design for a mobile gaming laptop Short battery life for gaming
Impressive screen and display quality Bad keyboard experience for gaming
Option to improve performance with eGPU Optional eGPU quite pricey

Below are some of the important features that you should be aware of before purchasing a ROG FLOW Z13.

Most important features:

  • Operating system: Windows 11 Home
  • Processor: 12th generation Intel®Core™ i9-12900H processor 2.5 GHz (24M cache, up to 5.0 GHz, 14 cores: 6 P-cores and 8 E-cores)
  • Graphics: NVIDIA®GeForce RTX™ 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, ROG Boost: 1085MHz* @ 40W (1035MHz Boost Clock+50MHz OC, 35W+5W Dynamic Boost) 4GB GDDR6
  • Display: 13.4-inch, WQUXGA (3840 x 2400) 16:10, glossy screen, DCI-P3:85, touchscreen, 60Hz refresh rate, IPS level, Adaptive-Sync, Pantone-validated, Support Stylus, MUX Switch + Optimus, Dolby Vision
  • I/O ports: 1x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack, 1x ROG XG Mobile Interface, 1x USB 2.0 Type-A, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C Support DisplayPort™ / Power Delivery / G-SYNC, 1x Thunderbolt™ 4 Support DisplayPort™ / Power Delivery, 1x card reader (microSD)

Design and style

Unlike the FLOW X13, the new ROG FLOW Z13 ditches the display hinge of previous ROG models and instead features a hybrid design with a detachable keyboard that allows users to enjoy it as both an ultraportable laptop with its kickstand kicked out and a tablet with the keyboard detached and not swung around and stuck on its back.

The chassis is covered with spacecraft-inspired machining, carved into the high-density aluminum alloy itself, and the premium anti-fingerprint coating repels fingerprints and reduces appearance, making surface cleaning a breeze.

The stand has a fantastic build quality and the hinge is sturdy enough to hold the tablet securely in place when propped up on a desk. To be fair, the whole tablet has a premium build quality. There are some snazzy etchings on the back that give the tablet an undeniable gaming personality – there’s even a glass panel that gives you a taste of the motherboard inside, complete with RGB lighting. Another key selling point of this tablet format is the fact that the components are placed behind the screen, meaning the keyboard folio always feels cool and comfortable no matter what you’re using on the device. That’s not the case with other compact performance laptops.

Display Performance

ASUS ROG FLOW Z13 comes with an impressive display for a tablet/laptop. The FLOW Z13 has options including a 1920×1200 display with a 120Hz refresh rate and also a 3840×2200 60Hz option. The added smoothness of a 120Hz refresh rate is useful for gaming, but the panel’s slow pixel response time can show a lot of ghosting. The versatility of the FLOW Z13 extends to a choice of displays that tailor the experience for serious gaming or creativity. Depending on your option, you can go for 4K and immerse yourself in Ultra HD detail, or Full HD at 120Hz for super-smooth gaming. Both edge-to-edge displays have a larger 16:10 aspect ratio with more space for toolbars and tabs. Touch and stylus support balances the visual experience with more intuitive inputs for entertainment and artistry.

Gaming/Computer Performance

  • Built-in GPU only good for casual gaming
  • Can be paired with an RTX 3080 eGPU

The CPU performance is very solid, showing off the high-quality Alder Lake chip. By itself, the tablet ASUS sent has an Intel Core i9-12900H processor with six performance cores and eight efficiency cores, in addition to 16 GB (standard for all models) LPDDR5 memory and an Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti graphics processor. This makes it a fairly robust little tablet, and the performance matches it.

As an option, ROG FLOW Z13 supports the XG Mobile external GPU, which can give the laptop the power of an RTX 3080 when plugged into its own port. This suddenly makes the ultraportable gaming tablet even more powerful than a Razer Blade 14. Of course, the XG Mobile is sold separately and is incredibly pricey.

Keyboard and trackpad

ROG FLOW Z13 comes with an included keyboard folio that offers a backlit keyboard and a ClickPad. The folio attaches to the tablet via a physical connector, so there’s no lag like with Bluetooth peripherals, and magnets are cleverly placed to aid in the docking process. At the same time, it means that you cannot use the keyboard if it is not physically connected to the tablet.

The deck of this folio feels sturdy and doesn’t bend in any noticeable way when set up in an inclined position. It’s also finished in this faux leather for the inside and canvas for the back – both have a nice feel and are good at hiding smudges and fingerprints. Hopefully they will also age well, especially the leather on the palm rest. The deck flexes a little more than on a regular laptop, but it’s not so pronounced that it bothers me in day-to-day use, and the keycaps are full-sized and very similar to those found on the ROG Scar series of full-size laptops.

ASUS also implemented single-zone RGB lighting here, with bright and evenly lit LEDs. The lighting is uniform, but some light still creeps in from under some of the keycaps with the folio’s slim profile.

In summary, the attractive aspects of ASUS ROG FLOW Z13 are its particularly lightweight design, exceptional performance for a tablet, and the performance boost it gets from the eGPU. Learn more about the ASUS ROG FLOW Z13 here – https://rog.

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