When we think of gaming laptops, the first image that comes to our mind is large, bulky laptops with an over-the-top design and massive heat vents to cool the hardware under the hood. However, Asus ROG Flow X13 is exactly the opposite of that, while maintaining a powerhouse under the hood. And from the moment I first switched it on, my mind was truly blown.
Here are five things that I really loved about the Asus ROG X Flow 13
Sleek and sturdy construction
Even though it’s a gaming laptop, the whole machine is in a compact 13-inch form factor. That weighs just 1.30 kilograms and is barely 1.58 centimetres thick. This means the machine is light enough to be carried in a backpack all day without any backache.
The entire laptop gets a wave texture that adds some character to the otherwise all-matte black aesthetics. This laptop works great as a sleeper machine, where no one can really make out it’s a gaming laptop. Even though most of it is made out of polycarbonate, the machine feels sturdy and has zero flex.
The flexible nature of the Flow X13 allows it to be used in a variety of use cases. And is not just limited to the conventional laptop orientation. Its touch display can flip all the way back, turning it into a Wacom-like tablet.
It can also be propped up in tent mode that could be ideal if you’re watching a movie or playing games using a controller, without the keyboard adding to the overall distance. And even while flipping it through its different modes, the machine gave just the right amount of flex making it feel it was made just right for whatever mode you pick.
Colour-accurate touch display
The 13.4-inch touch display makes this machine a dream for creative professionals. The panel features a resolution of 3840 x 2400 pixels in a 16:10 aspect ratio. The touch screen panel supports 116 percent sRGB, 86 percent Adobe and 85 percent DCI-P3 colour gamuts.
The panel is a joy to work on, and the high resolution and colour accuracy makes it perfect for editing images and videos. The added support for the stylus (not provided in the boX) is surely something people who love to doodle will fall in love with.
No slouch in performance
Under the hood, Flow X13 is powered by AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS Processor, clocked at 3.1 GHz. This is pair with 16GB of DDR4 memory and Nvidia’s GTX 1650 GPU.
Putting it through some synthetic benchmarks, the results translate to a machine that’s great for editing, vector graphics and even light gaming on the go.
While playing Forza Horizon 4, the machine delivered 60 fps with ease on the full-HD resolution at very high settings. Even demanding titles like Microsoft Flight Simulator gave 30-35fps with ease on full-HD settings.
XG Mobile Dock Station
While the performance of ROG Flow X13 isn’t a slouch, the machine gives you an option to take things to the next level with the XG Mobile Dock Station. It is essentially an external GPU enclosure that can include up to an RTX 3080 clocked to 1810MHz at 150W with ROG Boost.
Powered by PCIEx8, it connects to the laptop via a proprietary port as per Asus’s claims can offer better performance.
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It also holds a bunch of ports, including an HDMI 2.0b port, one DP 1.4, one RJ-45 LAN port, a DC input jack, four USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A and one SD card reader. The unit we got didn’t come with the XG Mobile Dock Station. But if you’re looking for more firepower, you always have the flexibility for that.
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