ASUS ROG Flow X13

ASUS ROG Flow X13

ASUS ROG Flow X13

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BEST RATING
Portability:
4.7
GENERAL USE: Good7.8/10
GAMING/AI: Fair6.8/10
ENG/DESIGN: Good7.5/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Good7.5/10
CONTENT CREATION: Good7.8/10
PORTABILITY: Very Good8.9/10
BATTERY: Good7.1/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Good7.6/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Good7.7/10
SIZE: 13.4"

The ASUS ROG Flow X13 is a 2-in-1 convertible, offering the flexibility of a laptop and a tablet, with a 13.4-inch touchscreen display that promotes productivity and creativity. Its midrange price is justified by its capable AMD Ryzen 9 processor and Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti graphics, providing very good general performance and suitability for gaming. This machine is equipped with 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage, making it a strong option for multitasking and large projects. A significant feature is the high 120hz refresh rate display that enhances fast-motion visuals, important for gaming or video editing. However, with a weight of almost 3 pounds and a battery life that's moderate, it's portable yet might need frequent charging compared to lighter laptops with longer battery life. It does not feature a number pad but comes with a backlit keyboard, enhancing usability in low-light conditions. This device is suitable for intensive gaming and has a good build quality, though it might not be the best option for engineering tasks that require the top tier graphics performance. If you're looking for a versatile laptop that can handle a variety of tasks including gaming, and prioritize portability and convertible functionality, the ASUS ROG Flow X13 is a compelling choice. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars.








Evaluation

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Pros
  • High-performance AMD Ryzen processor
  • Premium build quality
  • Touchscreen with 2-in-1 convertible design
  • Compact and portable form factor
  • Robust GPU for gaming and creative work
Cons
  • Limited battery life under typical use
  • No dedicated number pad on keyboard
  • No hardware ray tracing support
  • No Ethernet port for wired internet

Ratings by Category

Portability:
4.7
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.
Build Quality:
4.6
PerfectRec’s Build Quality Score incorporates case materials, display and keyboard flex, hinge quality, chassis rigidity, and overall reliability. Our assessment of build quality includes many details that are difficult to quantify. Our laptop experts use their best judgment to produce the final score.
Keyboard Quality:
4.6
The Keyboard Quality score is based on the PerfectRec experts’ assessment of tactile feedback, typing comfort, keyboard reliability and typing noise.
General Use:
4.4
The ASUS ROG Flow X13 boasts a powerful AMD Ryzen 9 processor and 16GB RAM, making it responsive for a variety of applications, while the high-quality, bright IPS touchscreen display offers versatility as a 2-in-1 convertible for both laptop and tablet use, enhanced by its lightweight and compact form. Despite its portable design, users should be aware that battery life is moderate, which may require more frequent charging during heavy use.
General Use Screen Quality:
4.4
The general use screen score is based on the screen technology, contrast ratio, resolution, brightness, color gamut and color accuracy. This score does not take into account specialized display features for specific use cases, such as high refresh rate for gaming.
Content Creation:
4.3
PerfectRec’s Content Creation Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for photo editing, and video editing work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Engineering & Design:
4.2
PerfectRec’s Engineering and Design Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for graphic design, CAD and 3D work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Software Development:
4.2
PerfectRec’s Software Development Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for software development. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Battery Life:
4.1
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.
Operating Noise:
4.1
PerfectRec’s Operating Noise Score is based on fan noise measurements. Laptops with a fanless design, such as Macbooks, receive the maximum score.
Gaming & AI:
3.8
The ASUS ROG Flow X13 is considered fair for gaming and 3D because, while it has a capable Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti GPU that can handle many gaming and 3D tasks, the screen's maximum refresh rate is 120Hz, which is decent but may not be the highest available for the smoothest gaming experiences. The CPU and screen quality are also important but secondary to these considerations.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$1,298
Release Date
October 1, 2021
Overall Dimensions
11.8'' x 8.7'' x 0.62''
Weight
2.87 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
Graphics
RTX 3050 Ti (40 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
No
RAM
16 GB
DDR Memory Version
4

BATTERY

Battery Life
6.5 Hours
Battery Capacity
62 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
13.4"
Display Technology
IPS
Resolution
1920 x 1200
Refresh Rate
120Hz
Display Brightness
500 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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8.5/10
Portability Score
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8.9/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
Yes
Fan Noise Score
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7.3/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
White
Warranty Period
1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
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8.5/10
Speaker Quality Score
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7.5/10
Webcam
720p
Fingerprint Reader
Yes
Backlit Keyboard
Yes
Number Pad
No

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
1
USB-C ports
2
USB-C Charging
Yes
Display Outputs
3
Thunderbolt Ports
0

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Sebastian Bade | February 2021
"The Asus ROG Flow X13 is not an off-the-shelf convertible. This quickly becomes clear when you take a closer look at the technical specs. The AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS is a state-of-the-art SoC with 8 cores and 16 threads, which also makes the 2-in-1 interesting as a work device. With 32 GB of RAM and a 1 TB SSD, gamers are also well taken care of. The dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q fits well into the overall concept and ensures a solid 3D performance. With the eGPU dock, which is equipped with a GeForce RTX 3080, the small convertible transforms into a full-fledged desktop replacement in terms of performance."

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