ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) brings to the Philippines the ROG Flow X13, the brand’s first 2-in-1 convertible gaming laptop. This machine also joining earlier announced 2021 ROG models with AMD Ryzen 5000 series.
Dubbed the world’s most powerful 13-inch ultraportable laptop, the ROG Flow X13 brings versatility and portability. This gaming laptop also offers desktop-class gaming performance and connectivity on demand.
Design & Construction
The ROG Flow X13 flaunts a slick convertible design. The 360-degree hinge allows users to use different modes for different tasks.
The standard laptop mode is optimal for serious gaming and multitasking. Meanwhile, the tablet mode makes it possible to swipe through content. It also lets users draw and take handwritten notes with a compatible active stylus like the ASUS Active Pen. The touchscreen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, which resists scratches from everyday use.
The 360° hinge also enables stand mode, which brings the display closer to the user. Another is the tent mode, which minimizes the device’s footprint. These positions give the cooling fans more unobstructed access to airflow, lowering temperatures by up to 8° C.
The 13-inch chassis is slim at only 15.8mm thickness and lightweight at only 1.3kg. A textured exterior with a wave-like design adds style while providing a secure, fingerprint-resistant grip for easy carrying. Integrated one-touch login also allows the ROG Flow X13 to log users in with a simple touch of a finger.
Display & Multimedia
A 4K Ultra HD display provides a high pixel density well-suited to artistic work. The Adaptive-Sync feature synchronizes the panel’s refresh rate with the GPU’s frame rate. This reduces lag, minimizes stuttering, and eliminates visual tearing. The ROG Flow X13 is also factory-calibrated to meet the PANTONE validation standard for color accuracy. It also has a taller 16:10 aspect ratio that provides more vertical space for games and creative workflows.
A virtual 5.1.2-channel surround sound powered by Dolby Atmos provides a richer, and more immersive audio experience. The Smart Amp technology keeps the onboard speakers within thermal and excursion limits. Users can then enjoy a louder and more engrossing experience.
To improve voice chat, advanced Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation removes unwanted sounds from both input and output audio. It can be applied to any device and even customized on a per-app basis, so users can limit noise-canceling to chat apps without affecting in-game sounds. Gamers can communicate better with teammates, creators can record cleaner audio in any environment, and everyone can enjoy clear conversations.
The Flow X13 features up to an AMD Ryzen 9 5890HS CPU with eight cores and 16 threads. This provides the much-needed performance required by demanding workloads. Additionally, the Ryzen 5000 Series mobile processors feature the new Zen 3 architecture. It is faster and more efficient to last throughout the day.
To complement the powerful processor, the ROG Flow X13 incorporates a GeForce GTX 1650 GPU. This graphics card is capable of hitting clock speeds up to 1255MHz at 35W in Turbo mode with ROG Boost. It also has the ability to draw an additional 5W via Dynamic Boost, enabling strong performance in the latest games.
This gaming laptop also has up to 32GB LPDDR4X-4266 RAM for memory. It consumes 50% less power and generates less heat than typical DDR4 memory. The LPDDR4X memory also takes up 46% less surface area on the motherboard. This is thanks to smaller chips and simplified traces, creating more room for the X13 to house a powerful CPU and GPU. A PCIe SSD provides high performance and up to 1TB of capacity. Users get ample storage space for games and professional portfolios.
For cooling, a liquid metal thermal compound improves thermal transfer from the CPU to the heat pipes. It reduces the CPU’s temperatures by up to 10°C compared to standard thermal pastes. Heat is transferred away from the CPU, GPU, and VRM by 2 heat pipes, which have a slimmer profile to save space while still increasing the contact area for better thermal transfers. With the help of the new Dual Arc Flow fans, the X13 will generate maximum airflow with minimal noise. The fans switch off completely when CPU and GPU temperatures are low in Silent operating mode. This makes cooling truly silent under light workloads.
Finally, a long-lasting battery powers this laptop for up to 10 hours of video playback. Its Type-C charging support allows users to replenish the battery from portable power packs and third-party adapters. This enables users more time away from wall sockets.
Pricing and availability
The first of the ROG Flow X13s is slated to arrive by February end, with the later variants to follow in March 2021.
The ROG Flow X13 Supernova Edition (GV301QH-K5245T) comes in with a specialized metal nameplate with an iridescent shine, in the ultraviolet shade. It is powered by the ROG X13 exclusive: Ryzen 9 5980HS. This limited-time offer is complete with a ROG XG Mobile GC31S (RTX™ 3080) and the new Xbox Wireless Controller for its first owners. It be available for P189,995 in March 2021.
Meanwhile, the ROG Flow X13 GV301QH-K5113T will hit stores on February 2021 for P99,995. The Flow X13 GV301QH-K5303T will also arrive on March 2021 for 89,995.