Asus’ ROG Flow Z13 is a Magnificent Gaming Tablet That You Shouldn’t Buy – Gizmodo

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I’ve never had such a conflicted relationship with a gadget, and it’s agonizing. You see, Asus made a really cool thing, but I’m having a hard time recommending it. It’s not so much the execution, but rather the price and, well, the entire concept. OK, so let me get to it: the device I’m talking about is the Asus ROG Flow Z13, a gaming tablet with a detachable keyboard and an optional external GPU.

Somewhere between an engineering marvel and an impractical experiment, the Flow Z13 is essentially a Microsoft Surface turned gaming rig. I don’t mean something that can stream from the cloud or run Android games—this is a proper gaming machine, complete with a discrete GPU. If that wasn’t odd enough, the Flow Z13 gains serious horsepower when connected to Asus’ proprietary eGPU, the XG Mobile.

In theory, the ROG Flow Z13 provides loads of power in a compact chassis along with the flexibility to turn into a gaming workhorse when stationary. It mostly achieves that promise; the Flow Z13 is a capable tablet—with or without the eGPU—thanks to its speedy performance, good display, and comfortable keyboard. There are just a few problems: it’s expensive (very expensive when you add the eGPU), awkward to hold or use in your lap, and the battery life is well below average. That said, if you want a Surface Pro-like device with more graphics oomph, this is your best (and only) bet—otherwise, look elsewhere.

Asus ROG Flow Z13

Asus’ ROG Flow Z13, a gaming tablet, while an impressive engineering feat, ultimately fails as a concept.

Asus ROG Flow Z13

Asus’ ROG Flow Z13, a gaming tablet, while an impressive engineering feat, ultimately fails as a concept.

What is it?

A portable gaming tablet that can connect to an eGPU with an RTX 3080


Starts at $1,799 (Reviewed at $1,899); $3,299 with XG Mobile dock


Wonderfully overdesigned, More portable than most laptops, Fast performance, Bright display, Comfortable keyboard


Prohibitively expensive with XG Mobile, Poor ergonomics, Subpar battery life, No IR camera

Price and configurations

The ROG Flow Z13 I tested comes with an Intel Core i9-12900H CPU, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, an RTX 3050 Ti GPU, and a 13.4-inch, 1920 x 1200-pixel at 120Hz display. It costs $1,899 at Best Buy. You can buy it bundled with the XG Mobile Dock with an RTX 3080 GPU for—sit down for this—$3,300.

There is a slightly cheaper model, though the economics don’t add up. For $1,799, …….



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