The ASUS ROG Flow Z13 is being touted to be the “world’s most powerful gaming tablet”, and it may be so. The Flow 13, which is a convertible, and powered by Windows 11, packs in some impressive specifications, which includes a 12th Gen Intel Core i9 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage space.
What’s more, you also get up to NVIDIA RTX 3080 inside, powering all the graphics requirements. You can even hook up the ROG Flow Z13 to the ASUS ROG XG Mobile external GPU for even more frames.
Design | Display
The Flow Z13 is exceptionally portable. The design of the Flow Z13 is simply unique. It comes built into a 13-inch CNC chassis, measures just 12mm thin and weighs just 1.1kg. On the front of the device, you can choose between either a 4K panel offering a refresh rate of 60Hz or a Full HD panel offering a refresh rate of 120Hz. The panel also offers an aspect ratio of 16:10, and a peak brightness of 500 Nits. In addition, the panel supports Dolby Vision, Adaptive-Sync, and is Pantone certified.
You can pair it to the optional XG Mobile and then connect it to extra monitors, ethernet networking, or other USB accessories. You can also leverage the muscle of the XG Mobile for intense loads such as video or 3D rendering, not that the ASUS ROG Flow Z13 isn’t very capable on its own, thanks to the hefty specifications it is built using.
For connectivity, you get a host of I/O ports. This includes one USB Type-A port and a USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 4. There’s also a MicroSD card slot hidden under the kickstand, giving the side chassis sleeker look and being extra protective of the MicroSD card. In addition, if you connect the Flow Z13 to an XG Mobile, you get additional ports such as DisplayPort, HDMI, and ethernet.
The Flow Z13 also comes with two cameras. The front camera can be used for video chats with friends and family, while the rear-facing 8-megapixel camera can be used for photography and videography. The Z13 also supports the latest Wi-Fi 6E standard, which ensures lower latency and better network connections, even on a crowded Wi-Fi connection.
You can use the Flow Z13 as a regular tablet to scroll the web, watch movies, or play mobile games on the touch screen, you can also use it as a productivity tool. This is possible, when you use the device in clamshell mode, using the kickstand and included keyboard case. You can even create the ultimate gaming rig for the latest AAA games by connecting it to an external monitor, mouse, and any other peripherals such as an Xbox controller.
The ASUS ROG Z13 is a very capable convertible laptop that does not take up too much desk real estate and isn’t bulky to carry around. It is a device that can be used for both work and play without any worries. It’s a thin and light device that offers ultra-portability without sacrificing any laptop features that users would want.
The Flow Z13 is equipped with Dual Smart Amp speakers with Hi-Res Audio and Dolby Atmos support. For voice communications, a 3-mic array and AI Noise Cancelation keep communications clear for both you and your teammates, even in noisy environments. The two Smart Amp speakers on both sides of the screen ensure the audio level and quality is top-notch.
The ROG Flow Z13 is powered by a 56 Wh battery, which is not bad for a 13-inch tablet with this kind of hardware and cooling, so ASUS didn’t skimp on this end either. The device automatically switches the screen to 60 Hz on battery mode, but overall, the 12th gen Intel platform is still not as efficient as the AMD options out there, especially with casual loads and streaming. The Flow 13 ships with a mid-sized 100W USB-C charger. It’s a standard dual-piece design with two long cables and plugs in via USB-C, in either of the two ports on the left edge. mode.
At purchase, the Flow Z13, ASUS includes a free one-month subscription to Xbox Game Pass, offering unlimited access to over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 11. The Flow Z13 is versatile enough to use in multiple usage scenarios.
As with any ROG device, you also get access to the ROG Armoury Crate, which unifies system and lighting controls to put essential settings at your fingertips in a single utility. You can easily define and customize Scenario Profiles that automatically adjust when you launch your favourite gaming titles.
The ROG Flow Z13 is quite a unique product, a powerful all-purpose computer in a compact 13-inch tablet form factor. In very few words, it comes highly recommended. You can think of this one as a thicker, heavier, and more powerful Surface Pro, and given the popularity of that series, I can see this appealing to a fair segment of potential buyers.