A quick look at the design of the ROG Flow Z13 tablet from Asus will remind you of the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 which inspired Asus to create a tablet that can double up as a detachable gaming laptop. The Asus ROG Flow Z13 follows in the footsteps of the FlowX13 convertible launched in 2021. The device is a compact convertible with a more user-friendly design, avoiding the bulky and cumbersome design features commonly found in convertibles.
ROG Flow Z13- Design and Display
The handy kickstand in the back and a magnetic strip to attach the removable keyboard backed by a sold CPU performance makes the gaming tablet highly attractive for gamers. The 13.4-inch full HD screen has a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The small touchpad and the bounciness of the keyboard will remind you of the Surface that has been inspirational behind the creation of the ROG Flow Z13 tablet. The external keyboard meets the expectations of FPS or RTS gamers who always seek an external keyboard for more convenience. Behind the kickstand, you will find a removable M.2 cover and a Micro SD card slot. Around the back is an 8 MP camera, but the camera performance is not up to the mark. The device has ports for Thunderbolt 4.0, USB A, and a few other ports concealed under a protective seal.
Specifications and Performance
The CPU has Intel Core i9 -12900H inside a 1TB M.2 SSB, 16 GB RAM, and an RTX 3050TI. You enjoy a cool and quiet browsing experience under normal circumstances that drastically change when playing games. The fan noise is audible during gaming, although it does not distract users. Knowing that heating of the Z13 tablet is unavoidable during use, the Asus design and arrangement of the vapor chamber cooling system ensure minimal throttling.
The pairing of the high-end CPU with the GPU seems to create necks. There is enough scope to add some XG mobile graphics dock in the concealed ports to enhance the gaming performance.
The portable gaming tablet matches the performance of bigger laptops like a 15 or 17-inch notebook.
The small-sized device is unsuitable for using a large battery, which is a drawback. Although Asus claims that the 56Whr pack should assure extended battery life, testing showed that, at best, the battery lasts for 5 hours and 38 minutes. It is much less than some comparable tablets, Alienware X14 and Zephyrus G14.
The ROG Flow Z13 is a stunning gaming tablet that serves as a laptop too. Asus presents an intriguing device for users as they can look upon it as a heavy-duty tablet or a highly portable laptop, but in the end, it is an exclusive gaming device.