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Like many before it, the Asus ROG Flow X13 sets out to achieve mobile gaming nirvana. This time though, there’s a twist. While most laptops try to do it all in one often far-too-thin-chassis, Asus has gone for a different approach with the Flow X13 by releasing it with a powerful dock that houses an external graphics card, an eGPU that Asus refers to as the ROG XG Mobile.
It’s not a new idea, but it feels like Asus has got closer than most. Particularly because when docked the Flow X13 can call on the raw power of a mobile GeForce RTX 3080 to drive its vibrant panel. Oh yeah, and the laptop in question also happens to be a 2-in-1, so can double as a tablet. While it isn’t going to be spot on for everyone, for those needing such flexibility this has the makings of being the perfect machine. Never Underestimate A January Old Lady Who Loves Cats Shirt, hoodie, tank top
As the name suggests, the Flow X13 is a 13-incher, which is a great size for taking on the road with you, while also giving you enough room to see what you’re actually doing. Asus has changed things up a little here too, as the Flow X13 boasts a 16:10 aspect ratio, as opposed to the more normal 16:9. This is great in Windows as it gives you a bit more vertical space to work with.
The native resolution of 1920 x 1200 isn’t much more exacting than 1080p either, so it’s not like you’re suddenly asking much more from the GPU. Which is a good thing when you’re away from the eGPU, as the Flow X13 only has a GeForce GTX 1650 inside its thin chassis to call its own. Which isn’t exactly a powerhouse.
In fact, it’s fair to say that the GTX 1650 is the weakest part of the whole Asus ROG Flow X13 proposition. It isn’t a useless GPU, indeed it’s capable of serving up plenty of games at the native resolution. I saw an average of 34fps in Horizon Zero Dawn and Shadow of the Tomb Raider at the highest settings at the screen’s native resolution using the GTX 1650. Don’t worry you’ll get a lot more when using the XG Mobile eGPU, but I’ll get to that performance shortly.