Review of the Asus ROG Flow Z13: Beautiful, Expensive, and A Little Annoying

The 13.4-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Pantone-validated screen for the ROG Flow Z13 boasts a smooth 120Hz refresh rate and covers the whole sRGB color gamut. The aspect ratio of this device’s display panel is 16:10, giving it a tiny bit more vertical area than the typical laptop or tablet screen. Letterboxing occurs at the top and bottom of the screen in a lot of games, although it’s useful for routine tasks and some types of video material.

This touch-sensitive screen is outstanding in terms of quality. With a maximum brightness of 500 nits, working on the screen is simple, even outside, without having to worry too much about dark content or reflections. Excellent viewing angles, vibrant colors, and a 120Hz refresh rate provide for a quick, fluid experience.

Asus also makes the device available with a 4K screen, but does so by switching from 120Hz to 60Hz. Choose the FHD 120Hz option if you’re buying the ROG Flow Z13 primarily for gaming. The bezels are not the narrowest in the industry, but given the weight of the device, they are essential to ensuring a firm grip.

SlashGear/Nadeem Sarwar SlashGear / Nadeem Sarwar SlashGear / Nadeem Sarwar SlashGear / Nadeem Sarwar SlashGear/Nadeem Sarwar The two fans inside will channel air via two heat vents along the top border. Asus has installed a liquid metal cooling system over the CPU and a vapor chamber cooling system within. This method minimizes the amount of space required for cooling, and strangely, it also appears to minimize fan noise most of the time. On the other hand, even under minimal stress, the rear panel heats up. Normally, the fans are quiet, but if you’re pushing the silicon in Turbo mode, brace yourself for some fan noise.

Considering that this is a tablet after all, Asus hasn’t slacked off on the port option section. A 3.5mm headphone combo jack, a USB Type-A connector, a volume rocker, and a power button are all located on the right edge of the device.

SlashGear / Nadeem Sarwar A Thunderbolt 4 port for charging and data transfer, a USB-C port that is standard, a full-sized DisplayPort port, and a special ROG mobile port for connecting to an external eGPU with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 series card that Asus sells separately are all located on the left edge of the device.

SlashGear/Nadeem Sarwar For a tablet, this is a surprisingly large number of ports, but not many by comparison with a typical laptop. Users of MacBooks (non-Pro) may think it to be generous, but Asus might have done a few ports better for the rest of the Windows PC user base, especially with the sufficient inches for edge thickness.

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SlashGear/Nadeem Sarwar The system under study included a 14-core, 12th-generation Intel Core i9 (12900H) processor with a maximum frequency of 5 GHz. It was coupled with a 16 GB LPDDR5 RAM and a 4 GB graphics-capable NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU. It may seem strange to match a high-end Intel CPU with a low-end GPU, but the results are acceptable.

With the Armory Crate’s Turbo overclocking mode activated, I performed three runs of each benchmark. The standard BMW automobile scenario was completed by Blender in 3 minutes and 2 seconds. While the V-Ray GPU RTX run generated 614 vray points, the V-Ray GPU CUDA test yielded 461 pathways.

SlashGear / Nadeem Sarwar Those outcomes are only somewhat worse than a GeForce RTX 3050Ti in a dedicated gaming laptop like the ROG Zephyrus G14. With “Battlefield 5” (1440p resolution, Ultra settings), 3DMark Time Spy produced a respectable graphics score of 4246. Contrarily, Cinebench R23 provided a single and multi-core score of 9805 and 1840 points, respectively.

On the single-core and multi-core tests of Geekbench, the ROG Flow Z13 scored 1922 and 12903 points, respectively. These outcomes surpass the best outcomes provided by Apple’s most recent 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro notebooks equipped with the potent M1 Max.

SlashGear/Nadeem Sarwar SlashGear / Nadeem Sarwar SlashGear/Nadeem Sarwar SlashGear/Nadeem Sarwar SlashGear / Nadeem Sarwar There isn’t much inside the Asus ROG Flow Z13 to support that asking price, except from the unusual design factor. With an Intel Core i5-12500H processor and no discrete graphics, the entry-level model costs $1,300. Asus’ website lists the Core i7-12700H model with a GeForce RTX 3050 card at $1,800.

The Core-i9 CPU was paired with the marginally more potent GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics card in the configuration we examined. On the Asus website, this one is now marked as out of stock, but interestingly, Best Buy is currently selling it for $1,700 with a discount, even though it usually costs a swanky $1,900.

Just to put things in perspective, you can choose more potent gaming laptops from Asus’ own lineup for that price—or a hundred dollars less. The most impressive laptops to consider here are the most recent Asus ROG Zephyrus G-series models, which combine potent internals with a more portable design and more affordable asking prices.

SlashGear / Nadeem Sarwar SlashGear / Nadeem Sarwar If being powerful and thin are your top priorities, you should check out Razer’s selection of laptops, which provide graphics cards all the way up to the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080Ti and also let you choose between AMD chips. If you can’t see past the Asus ROG Flow Z13 but still desire additional power, your only choice is the external eGPU that Asus sells (separately or together).

To increase your gaming capabilities, the ROG XG Mobile is a portable external GPU enclosure that provides the GeForce RTX 3080’s power. This equation’s bad result is that your total cart value will soar all the way to $3,300. That is an absurdly expensive amount to pay for a gaming device, whether it be portable or not. You can still save some money by spending that much on a couple tablets and a more conventional laptop.

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