The Ultimate Gaming Tablet PC? (ROG Flow Z13) + Gameplay [RTX 3050 Ti / RTX 3080]

13 Feb 2022

Unboxing gameplay of new Asus ROG Flow Z13 gaming tablet / laptop hybrid PC. Windows 11, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-12900H processor, 16GB LPDDR5 RAM, 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD, 120Hz 1920x1200 IPS touch screen. External ROG XG Mobile RTX 3080 Laptop GPU. Thanks to ROG for sending these review samples! Will send the laptop back at some point.
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Please note: performance is based on multiple factors and could improve over time with updates to BIOS, drivers and software optimization. Using the Turbo fan mode with headphones could give you some performance boost with the cost of battery life and creating more noise. Adjusting the following will likely give you even smoother frame rates:

- lowering graphical fidelity in general
- lowering resolution
- choosing "performance" in upscaling methods such as Nvidia DLSS or AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution
- using the external ROG XG Mobile RTX 3080 Laptop GPU (or similar) with an external monitor
- running Windows 10 (?)

This video is merely an example on what the device can do with specific in-game settings with latest Nvidia driver and Windows 11 updates.

The unit did get quite hot during gameplay . I would not feel comfortable holding the Flow Z13 in hands for long periods of time. Due to the temperature and weight, it's probably intended to be placed on table (or similar flat surface) when playing. I find controller to be the ideal companion for this type of device. In my opinion the screen is simply too small for keyboard and mouse gaming - unless you're using the XG Mobile with an external monitor. It is indeed a versitile device with many ways of using it and it can adapt to various situations.

Personally, I would probably still choose a 15" or 17" gaming laptop with more powerful GPU over this. For certain type of specific scenarios Flow Z13 could be ideal. Overall, I was happy to see it can most games quite smoothly. Except for Cyberpunk 2077. That game seemed have stuttering issues. ROG is currently looking into it and it will probably get fixed with an update.

Let me know your thoughts on this device!

Fluids & Sounds (thanks to the dev for sending a review code)

00:00 Intro
00:24 Unboxing ROG package
02:27 Unboxing Flow Z13
06:42 Unboxing RTX 3080 eGPU
07:57 Power [ON]
09:12 Gameplay [RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU]
18:13 Gameplay [XG Mobile RTX 3080]
21:40 Outro

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