Asus ROG Flow X13

convertible gaming laptop, optional external RTX 3080

Asus takes advantage of CES to unveil the ROG Flow X13, a convertible ultraportable dedicated to gaming, and an associated external graphics card, the ROG XG Mobile.

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The evening is rich in novelties at Asus, CES obliges. After its ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE, the manufacturer unveils the ROG Flow X13, a convertible laptop for the gaming market. It also presents an external graphics card associated with this product, called ROG XG Mobile.

A convertible ultraportable for playing

The ROG Flow X13 is therefore a 13-inch ultraportable, light with only 1.3 kg on the scale and with an ultra-thin chassis only 15.8 mm thick. Equipped with a 360 degree hinge, it can be used in a classic way, but can also be placed in easel, tent or tablet mode.

Asus ROG Flow X13
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Its small dimensions (299 x 222 x 15.8 mm) does not prevent it from carrying rather powerful components since it benefits from a latest generation AMD processor (a Ryzen 7 5800HS, a Ryzen 9 5900HS or a Ryzen 9 5980HS depending on the version) and a GeForce GTX 1650 with 4 GB of GDDR6 memory. 16 GB or 32 GB of LPDDR4X-4266 memory and 512 GB or 1 TB of storage space (M. NVMe SSD), depending on the exact model, complete the package.

On the screen side, the ROG Flow X13 benefits from a 13.6-inch touchscreen IPS panel in 16:10 format, with a Corning Gorilla glass coating and a frame of only 4.9 mm thick. Two versions are available: one with Ultra HD WQUXGA definition (3840 x 2400 pixels) and a refresh rate of 60 Hz, and a second Full HD WUXGA (1920 x 1200 pixels) at 120 Hz. The first covers 116% of the sRGB gamut while the second is limited to “only” 100% of the sRGB color space. In both cases, we owe a Pantone certification, guaranteeing a faithful reproduction of colors.

Asus ROG Flow X13
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The keyboard is an N-Key chiclet type, with a key activation distance of 1.7 mm. It has of course a backlight. The rest of the characteristics are rather complete since there are WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 controllers, as well as a connection rather provided for a product of this type: a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 port Type-C with DisplayPort 1.4 and PowerDelivery (100W max) support, combo audio connector and HDMI 2.0b output. A ROG XG Mobile (PCIe 3.0 8x) port is also present to connect the external graphics card of the same name. The audio part made up of two speakers is finally Dolby Atmos compatible, and everything is powered by a 62W battery.

An optional powerful external graphics card

For those who would feel limited by the built-in GTX 1650, Asus also offers an external graphics card, the ROG XG Mobile. Autonomous at the electrical level thanks to its 280 watt AC adapter. Inside, there is a GeForce RTX 3070 with 8 GB of GDDR6 memory or a GeForce RTX 3080 with 16 GB of GDDR6 memory. The nomenclature tells us in passing that these are the mobile versions of these Ampere GPUs.

Asus ROG XG Mobile
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This small (208 x 155 x 29.6 mm) one kilo case also offers USB 3.2 Gen 1 (x4), HDMI 2.0a and DisplayPort 1.4 ports, as well as a gigabit Ethernet connector and a memory card reader. It will therefore perfectly complement the ROG Flow X13 in terms of connectivity and features.

All this comes at a price, however: count 1,799 euros for the most affordable version of the ROG Flow X13, and 1,499 euros for the ROG XG Mobile (probably in RTX 3070 version). The two products will also be available as a bundle at 3999 euros. The ultrabook should be available at the end of January, while the external graphics card should be marketed during the first quarter, without further details.

Yannick Guerrini

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