ASUS ROG Flow X13 – One of The Best 2 In 1 Laptop
The ASUS ROG Flow X13 is a seemingly perfect blend of all the items that have crystallized as essential to a mobile PC. Do things work so well in practical use? Among the devices presented at this year’s CES was one that sounded almost too good to be true. However, a month later, he found himself in our editorial office.
We’ve already met the great innovations from the beginning of the year. as we had a chance to see the ROG Strix Scar G733Q laptop. Which is, brought by the new Powerful AMD Ryzen 5000 (Cezzane) processors and Nvidia RTX 3000 graphics. However, now we have the opportunity to hang out with something fundamentally similar. It is still a member of the ROG family – and yet, totally different. The device is also, based on the aforementioned chip. But now instead of a bulky seventeen in our hands. We hold a thin and light 13.4-inch computer that brings everything from the world of ultramobile technologies. And at the same time promises top performance.
Thin and light, which are easy to carry. As processors have largely erased the boundaries of these categories when it comes to performance (popularly speaking. And an ultramobile processor is often good enough. The question of graphics remains. The graphics chip is a large consumer, often larger than a processor. And that requires a very good cooling system. Which entails larger dimensions and the like. ROG Flow X13 eliminates this dilemma by using modules with external graphics.
ASUS has brought a great ultra-mobile 2-in-1 machine to the ROG Flow X13 computer. The regular edition is a luxurious and high-quality device that can be used as a laptop, tablet. Or something in between, with a screen that allows touch or pen control in the package. The thin and light device weighing only 1.3 kilograms is very comfortable to use in various modes. Especially thanks to the atypical 16: 10 aspect ratio. What if you need excellent graphics performance? However, this computer bears the ROG label. This is where ROG XG Mobile comes into play. Which thanks to the PCIe x8 interface brings the option of connecting external graphics.
Our copy came with GeForce RTX 3080 graphics. Which delivers fantastic speed in all scenarios. In addition, the module brings a variety of USB ports. As well as video and network connectors… The module needs to be connected directly to the power supply. But then there is no need for a laptop adapter. All connections are possible in flight. So everything is done simply and understandably.
Note that this is not necessary to buy. The ROG Flow X13 comes with GeForce GTX 1650 graphics. Which is quite solid for an ultra-mobile computer. In such an edition. It is more than enough for the tasks that are usually set before such a machine. And more than that. If the user wants. He can buy an external module with graphics of his choice and thus turn the computer into a top gaming machine!
ASUS has developed the ROG XG Mobile interface. Which will be used in some other devices as well as subsequent iterations of various laptop solutions. With the development of the PCI Express interface. Space has opened up for such add-ons. As the connection is very simple. Does not require any complicated procedures, and brings many useful bonuses. Given the possibility of the serial connection of components. This will ensure compatibility with future generations of devices. There’s also vapor chamber cooling that allows powerful graphics to be housed in a small package. With a bandwidth of 63 Gbps that allows you to reach your full potential.
For a start, the offer will include modules with GeForce RTX 3080 and 3070 graphics. So users will be able to choose the desired graphics. And in the foreseeable future. We should expect an expansion of the range of available solutions. Also, it’s not just about graphics options, since the ROG XG module also brings four USB ports, DisplayPort and HDMI video outputs, as well as a LAN connection. So the range of laptop capabilities is well expanded. It is a great solution, that has great potential because it allows us to use the device optimally at any time. With the addition when we need good performance or as an ultra-mobile laptop weighing only 1.3 kilograms when we are on the go.
The slim and light laptop can fool you. It comes with an octa-core AMD Ryzen 9-5980HS processor. Which runs in the range of 3.1 GHz to as much as 4.8 GHz. Cooling is entrusted to a new system with two heat pipes and an automatic self-cleaning mechanism that disperses the accumulated dust. It hides as much as 32 GB of RAM and a 1 TB NVMe SSD under the hood (at least in the edition we received, do not doubt that there will be various options).
Technologies in terms of wireless connections, there is Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1. As many as three graphics chips are available. We also can find the integrated AMD Radeon Vega. GeForce GTX 1650 with its own 4 GB of GDDR5 memory. And an external module with RTX 3080 graphics with 16 GB of GDDR6 memory. We compared the performance with the ROG Strix Scar G733Q laptop. Tested before the before a month. And we are positively surprised that the results of this kind of toddler are comparable to a large, oversized cousin.
The 13.4-inch screen is a true masterpiece. We have already mentioned the unusual 16: 10 aspect ratio. Which results in more usable space in height. The resolution is above 4K (3820 × 2400), brightness 300 nits. Contrast 1000: 1, adaptive refresh. But it is not only this data that makes an impression.
It is complemented by the facts, about extremely thin edges ie screen frames. As well as the incredible success that even though the ROG Flow X13 can be shaped like a tablet. The ErgoLift mechanism, was successfully implemented. Which lifts the screen from the surface, improving ergonomics and cooling. The keyboard with a white backlight is great, just like the touchpad. Which is characterized by a high degree of responsiveness. As we said, touch control is also possible, just like with a pencil. And using this computer is a supreme pleasure.
All this needs to be kept under control and for that the old ASUS Armory Crate software. Which becomes a unified solution for monitoring and fine-tuning operating parameters. The most important functions are certainly the operating modes. Where you can optimize the laptop for quiet. The noiseless operation, high performance, or various types of balance between. System monitoring involves monitoring computer resources, especially memory and graphics. But there are also some sophisticated options. Such as sound settings, visual effects, connection to a mobile phone, and the like.
The fantastic design of the laptop deserves only words of praise. In general, the performance is unreal for something that arrives in such a compact edition. Even if you do not decide to buy an external module with graphics. However, it is equally important that the whole system is very usable and that the use is intuitive and without any “bugs” that often know how to spoil the experience in real work. The two speakers deliver solid sound for this class. With Dolby Atmos support as well as AI Noise Cancelation.
There was no compromise with the battery either. ASUS uses a four-cell 62 Wh battery in this laptop. Which in practice brings ten hours of autonomy. That’s not all, because the laptop comes with a 100 W charger that uses a USB-C connection. Which deprives you of the need to carry more adapters on the road (important in light of the trend of removing the charger from mobile phones). The battery is characterized by fast charging which charges halfway in just 30 minutes.
ROG Flow X13 is much more than a successful realization of a single mobile device. This is not just a laptop that checks certain items in the list of requests. While in itself it turns out to be an inconsistent, bulky whole. He is the newspaper of the new time. In which we reach the golden grail of modularity. There is no need for demanding graphics to be inside the laptop. You will not be forced to carry a bulky laptop with you, but you will simply (re) purchase a module with the appropriate graphics. The best of both worlds, without compromise. When we add to that all the gorgeous features that the ROG Flow X13 can be proud of. It is a pearl of engineering that is above all – very functional!