Asus has recently launched the all-new Republic of Gamers (ROG) Flow Z13. Asus has taken a unique approach to the form factor. ROG Flow Z13 is a convertible gaming laptop/tablet hybrid, one of the first of its kind. Last year ROG made a portable convertible laptop, the ROG Flow X13 which had an AMD processor inside. This time they have managed to fit an Intel i9 processor inside. When Asus unveiled its ROG Flow X13 gaming laptop/tablet hybrid at CES 2021, Tomsguide called it the best 2-in-1 laptop of the show. This year the company announced a successor at CES 2022, the ROG Flow Z13, and once again it is honoured as the best 2-in-1 in Tomsguide CES 2022 Awards.
Just like a Surface Pro it has a detachable keyboard and a kickstand. The kickstand on the back can open up to 170 degrees making it easy to set up the screen on the table for gaming and other tasks. Asus is well known for making portable gaming laptops and the Flow Z13 is no less. Z13 weighs in at 1.1kg and 0.47-inch-thick with 13.4-inch display making it quite portable for a gaming device.
The ROG Flow Z13 comes with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics for smooth gaming. The device features a 13.4-inch; 3840 x 2400 touch display with an aspect ratio of 16:10. The display comes in two different variants starting with a 60 Hz, 450-nits and a 120 Hz and 500 nits. The display also supports pen and is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass.
Talking of the ports, it has a handful of ports which includes a USB-C with Thunderbolt 4 and DisplayPort 1.4, a USB-A, a microSD slot and a headphone jack. Being a gaming device, it comes with RGB backlit chiclet keyboard. For aesthetic purposes, it also comes with a rear window with lighting which shows the internals.
“The Flow Z13 is one of the thinnest devices which comes with a i9-12900H processor. The device is available with 16GB RAM and up to 1TB SSD for storage. Along with inbuilt RTX 3050 Ti graphics, you can also plug in an external GPU for extra performance while gaming.”
The Flow Z13 is configurable up to the latest 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900H processor which is quite powerful for a tablet. It is one of the thinnest devices which comes with an i9-12900H processor. The device is available with 16GB RAM and up to 1TB SSD for storage. Along with inbuilt RTX 3050 Ti graphics, you can also plug in an external GPU for extra performance while gaming.
Being a tablet, you even get an 8MP rear camera. To enhance the multimedia experience, the device also comes with Dolby Atmos audio system and AI noise-cancelling technology. The Z13 has an advantage over traditional laptops as fans are placed at the rear giving it more room for cooling.
The Flow Z13 gets a 56WHrs battery, however, Asus hasn’t made any official claims yet about how long the battery will last but we can’t expect much from this battery as last year’s Flow X13`s 62WHr battery only lasted an average of less than two hours. Included in the box, you get a 100w Type-C AC adapter which is much more conventional than a proprietary charging port.
Overall, the device is promising as it is much improved compared to its predecessor in terms of port selection and external GPU support. The X13 was priced at $1249 but Asus hasn’t confirmed the price for Z13. However, it is expected to be priced over $1,500.
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