There’s always a trick up ASUS sleeves every time they make their debut in the market or even a surprise. In the past years, we have seen the Zenbook Duo from the ASUS side whereas the ROG division has received some edgy devices like the Mothership and Zephyrus Duo. This year, it’s a thin and light gaming laptop that also comes in a 2-in-1 form factor – meet the ROG FLOW X13.
ASUS ROG FLOW X13
The ROG Flow X13 is as thin as 15.8mm and as light at 1.3kg – making it one of the thin and light gaming laptops to be ever made available to the consumer market. It does follow a slight similarity with the Zephyrus G14 in the body but houses a 13.6” display, interestingly in a 16:10 aspect ratio, which is new in a gaming laptop and a choice of FHD 120Hz or 4K60 Panel.
One thing not to forget about the display is that it’s a touch screen and has support for MPP – Microsoft Pen Protocol and ASUS Pen to take complete advantage of the display.
The moment you look at the power button on the side, it doubles as a Fingerprint sensor for quick login and easier way to turn it on. ASUS does claim that the laptop offers battery life up to 10 hours with video playback and up to 18 hours of maximum running time too. Since it’s a 2-in-1, you can use the FLOW X13 whichever way you want – be it in a Laptop mode, Tent, Tablet or Stand Mode. It makes sense to have the power button on the side now.
In terms of specification – ASUS chose to go with AMD’s latest generation of processors for the ROG Flow and coupled with a rather discrete NVIDIA GeForce 1650 Max-Q under the hood. Now the GPU in the laptop does sound inferior because generally in a gaming machine, its bound to have a better GPU and the 1650 is a good GPU but doesn’t do enough justice. So, ASUS decided to go to the drawing board to make an eGPU exclusively for the ROG FLOW X13 with a PCIe Gen 3×8 connector to bring down the bottlenecking and increase the speed – so in comparison with a Thunderbolt 4 which offers 40Gb/s, the PCIe Gen 3×8 offers a whopping 63Gb/s. Did they make it? Yes, they did, in fact, they made it portable.
It’s called the ROG XG Mobile – it is only 29mm thick, weighs in at 1kg, has a built in 280W Power Adapter that connects with PCIe Gen3x8 and has expandability for IO on the very thing, making it the most portable and powerful eGPU ever. It will be made available as a bundle or consumers can just buy the Flow X13 without it. The laptop is now capable of outputting to up to 4 displays – 2 from the XG Mobile and 2 from the laptop itself.