The Asus ROG Flow Z13 Acronym review is touted as the world’s fastest gaming tablet, and it certainly lives up to the hype. It is one of the most unique and interesting gaming laptop available, featuring a completely insane design that is arguably a fashion accessory. The tablet is incredibly fast, featuring up to a 13th gen I9, an RTX 4070, 32GB of RAM, and 1TB storage, with the option of upgrading to the XG mobile dock with up to a 1490 for even more graphics power.
Asus ROG Flow Z13 Specs
- ROG Nebula touch display, 13.4-inch, QHD+ 16:10 (2560 x 1600), 165Hz
- 13th Gen Intel Core i9-13900H processor 2.6GHz (24M Cache, up to 5.4 GHz, 14 cores with 6P and 8E)
- Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 laptop GPU, 8GB DDR6, ROG Boost 1620MHz at 65W (1620MHz Boost Clock + 50MHz OC, 50W+15W Dynamic Boost)
- 16GB*2 LPDDR5 on board (max capacity 32GB)
- 1TB SSD storage
- 13MP camera and 5MP IR camera
- Wi-Fi 6E
- 56Whr battery
- 130W PD adapter
Asus ROG Flow Z13 Price: $1749.99
Let’s discuss the specs of this laptop. It comes with a 13.4-inch 165Hz Quad HD+ 500 nit HDR display that uses IPS technology instead of OLED or mini LEDs. It’s powered by an H-series I9 CPU and a 4070 GPU. However, the only issue is that if you want the top specs of 4070 and 32GB RAM, you’re forced to go with the acronym version. The laptop also features an improved Vapor chamber cooling system and Nvidia’s Advanced Optimus, which controls the mux switch, enabling the device to switch between the integrated and discrete GPUs depending on usage, providing decent battery life when not gaming. The adjustable kickstand allows for up to 170 degrees of flexibility, allowing it to lie almost flat. This feature is especially useful for creative work, like drawing or doodling, with the use of a pen. Moreover, the stand can also be used in portrait mode, which could be helpful for coding or to add an extra cool factor. Additionally, the full-sized and backlit keyboard is detachable, allowing the device to be used as a tablet.
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Now, the keyboard is very nice to use for a folio, and Acronym’s design is all over the place here, from the three-tone keycaps to their funky font. But it can all get a bit busy. They’ve added their own little alphabet-style typography underneath the regular characters, and at first glance, it can get a little bit confusing about what key you’re actually pressing. So, I mean, it works fine. I just don’t necessarily love the design of asus rog flow z13 acronym. But what do you think? Also, bear in mind, this is not a Bluetooth keyboard, so it does need to be attached to the tablet to use it.
Asus ROG Flow Z13 Acronym Design
Now before we dive into the rog Z13 screen and other features, we need to talk about the unique design of rog flow z13 acronym laptop. It is one of the most distinctive laptop/2-in-1 designs I’ve seen in a long time. This is the second collaboration between Rog and Acronym, a fashion brand that specializes in high-tech cyberpunk/utilitarian designs and apparel. As a bit of a fashion expert myself, I have to say that the custom aluminum alloy chassis, CNC machine lines, and laser-etched logos certainly look the part. The rubber grips and hefty metal bumpers on the corners not only add to the form but also provide some function. However, I’m not convinced that the Intel components would survive a full-on drop despite these bumpers. The downside is that these chunky bumpers add significantly to the overall size and portability. Additionally, the design looks a bit like an industrial prototype, and all the metal adds to the weight. We’re talking 1.32 kilograms versus 1.18 on the regular z13, and when you add the Folio keyboard, it becomes even more hefty.
Moreover, the corner bumpers also serve as attachment points for the bundled straps, making it a bit of a fashion accessory. The multifunctional strap acts as a carry handle in briefcase mode, a shoulder strap in shoulder mode, and a hands-free producer mode, although I prefer to carry it in a backpack. The rog flow z13 also comes with a velcro pouch that has a strap, which is handy for carrying the power adapter and the pen. It’s compact and portable and fits in the palm of your hand. The 130-watt power adapter charges via USB-C, and the rog flow z13 also comes with the Acronym edition of the Asus Pen 2. Despite Gamers literally being in their Rog name, this laptop is meant for creatives, editors, developers, designers, or anyone who needs a portable and powerful machine with a color-accurate touchscreen. You might get a few looks pulling this out in a meeting, but is that a bad thing?
ROG Flow Z13 Acronym Screen
The screen is a real highlight though and as I said, while OLED or mini LED would have been nice and the absence is a bit surprising for an Asus Rog product, and especially one with their nebula HDR branding, this is still a top-notch IPS giving us 100% sRGB, 85% Adobe RGB, and 98% P3 coverage. We also get HDR 10 and Dolby Vision support, which is great for watching a bit of Netflix in HDR. I measured a peak brightness of 475 nits. Elsewhere, we have a 5-megapixel webcam up front with Windows Hello support.
ROG Flow Z13 Acronym Performance
Let’s talk about performance. Just how fast is the world’s fastest gaming tablet? Well, bear in mind that despite the impressive i9 and 4070 specs on paper, these are the more efficient mid-range parts in terms of power. Both the H-series i9 and the 4070 run around 65 watts, with the latter benefiting from ROG’s 15 watts of dynamic boost. Although the wattage of the CPU and the GPU will dynamically adapt based on the task and also the performance mode that you’re in. Also, bear in mind that only the storage is upgradable here, so if you are going to buy one, I would opt for the highest spec 16 gig version on the regular Z13, although, as I say, this Acronym gets 32 gigs.
So let’s bring in the results from Geekbench 6, 3DMark Time Spy, and also a handful of games all tested with high settings at native quality plus and with DLSS enabled, of course, in games with support for it because I don’t know why you’d play without it. In Forza Horizon 5, we’re just shy of triple digits in the benchmark, although when actually playing it, I found it was more like in the 110s. Cyberpunk in RT ultra mode averaged just shy of 60fps, and Nvidia’s frame generation exclusive to the 40 series of cards definitely helps here because without it, it drops to around 48. Frame gen also makes all the difference in Flight Simulator, and in Rainbow Six Siege, again maxed out, we are easily taking advantage of that 165Hz refresh rate. Now, I’m testing the 4070 version here, and compared to the 4050, this is around 20% faster in terms of GPU performance.
Armory Create App
Jumping into the Armory Crate app, which gives you access to all the hardware info, lighting, audio, their fancy ROG wallpapers which are actually very nice, all the bells and whistles, and there are four standard profiles: silent, performance, turbo, and manual, with additional GPU-only options to choose from, including Ultimate which only uses the dedicated GPU. This is what I’ve been using for my testing, although most of the time I stick with standard, which enables the advanced Optimas. Can you hear that? So, that is what it sounds like under load running a gaming benchmark and it’s around, I think about 50 dB for my tests. You can actually have this completely silent if you put it in “silent” mode, and the fans will only kick in when the temperatures hit over 50 degrees Celsius. So, everyday use, in terms of like, you know, browsing Chrome, watching YouTube, doing office work, the fans do kick in. You can just about hear it, but it’s not particularly significant. Even on the load, it’s doing a pretty good job with these cooling vents at the top, which really are blasting out quite a lot of warm air, and also the vapor chamber cooling inside. I think it does a pretty good job overall keeping the noise and the heat under control. And actually, one benefit of having a folio keyboard is there isn’t really much heat transfer, unlike regular laptops where the fans and all the components are underneath and the heat rises. With this, the touchpad, the keyboard all stay nice and cool throughout.
As for the battery, we have a decent-sized 56 watt-hour cell in here, which I don’t think is too bad at all, given that it’s a 13-inch tablet. With the standard profile and regular non-gaming use, I get about five hours, maybe just under five hours from this. Not great, not terrible, but not great, not terrible.
Webcam, Mic And Speaker
We also have a 13 megapixel rear camera, stereo mics, and stereo speakers which do a decent job, but they’re nothing really special. As always, a good pair of headphones is the way to go.
It certainly has a very unique design, not least for being an incredibly powerful two-in-one gaming laptop and tablet thing, but also this collaboration with the acronym designer. The lovely display, really impressive performance, 32 gigs of RAM on this particular model, is nice as well. It stays pretty cool and quiet, and it’s also relatively portable for a gaming laptop, although these chunky bumpers and the added weight of this metal chassis do certainly make it a bit more of a chunky monkey than the other regular z13.
Which brings me to the bad stuff, you may absolutely hate this design, and also not really appreciate that it does add that extra bulk. Battery life is not great at all; it is very average, and it is also quite expensive. Now, this is going to start at around 1750 or about two thousand pounds for the 4050 and go up from there, and I believe this acronym model will start around 2500 or slightly above in the US. I’m not sure about UK pricing, but I will update pricing and leave links in the description below if you do fancy checking this out. And of course, you do also have the option of the XG mobile dock, which is quite expensive by itself, but Asus has shown over the last few years that they are continuing to support it, and it is a great way of maybe down the line upgrading the GPU of this, albeit externally.
What do you reckon? Would you be tempted to buy something like this, or do you think perhaps it’s a bit of a gimmicky design? Let me know what you make of the Flow Z13 in the comments below.
Asus ROG Flow Z13 Acronym Review
It certainly has a very unique design, not least for being an incredibly powerful two-in-one gaming laptop and tablet thing, but also this collaboration with the acronym designer. The lovely display, really impressive performance, 32 gigs of RAM on this particular model, is nice as well.
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