Asus ROG Flow Z13 Review: Engineering art – Reviewed
Weak battery life
The Asus’s ROG Flow Z13 gaming tablet is a remarkable feat in engineering and art.
About the Asus ROG Flow Z13
Here are the specs of the gaming tablet we tested:
- Processor: Intel Core i9-12900H
- Graphics: Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti (discrete), Intel Iris Xe (integrated)
- Memory: 16GB LPDDR5
- Storage: 1TB PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSD
- Display: WUXGA (1920 x 1200) 16:10 120HZ IPS touch screen with stylus support, 473 max nits (tested)
- Ports: 1 x Thunderbolt 4 / USB-C, 1 x USB-A 2.0, 1 x 3.5mm headset jack, 1 x microSD
- Battery: 56WHrs, 100W AC adapter
- Dimensions: 11.89 x 8.03 x 0.47 inches
- Weight: 2.60 pounds
- Accessories: RGB backlit folio-style keyboard with trackpad
The Asus ROG Flow Z13 comes in a few different configurations. Along with the CPU above, this gaming tablet can be configured with either a 12th-gen Intel Core i7-12700H or Core i5-12500H. The Core i7 version comes with an RTX 3050, up to 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage space. The Core i5 version has the same, except there is no discrete graphics card, only integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics.
What we like
Credit: Reviewed / Joanna Nelius
How cool is this peek-a-boo window?!
Asus has become a champion of unique gaming computers over the last couple of years. In 2021, it released the innovative ROG Flow X13, a 2-in-1 gaming tablet with an optional RTX 3080 external GPU. This time Asus went further with the tablet form factor and created, well, an actual gaming tablet and included a detachable folio keyboard.
The peek-a-boo window on the back of the device is a lovely touch. Not only can you see a small portion of the circuitry that helps power the ROG Flow Z13, but—in true gaming fashion —RGB lighting casts a beautiful, rotating rainbow of colors that gleams against the solder and tiny electronic components. Other than the detachable folio keyboard, that is the only spot on the ROG Flow Z13 that has RGB lighting, which is sure to please a lot of minimalists (like me!).
With all the hardware components stuffed into the display like a traditional tablet, keyboard surface temperatures are no longer an issue. In fact, heat isn’t a big issue at all with the ROG Flow Z13; the tablet has two exhaust openings built into the very top of the tablet’s display and two larger exhausts on the back of the tablet. This pushes all the hot air away from you while using the tablet in laptop or tent mode, meaning the Flow Z13 is propped up by its attached stand.
If you think that means the back of the tablet is too hot to rest on your lap, get ready for a surprise! While using the Flow Z13 …….