The Asus ROG Flow X13 is a compact 2-in-1 gaming laptop that’s impressive for its price, though it delivers underwhelming gaming performance without the external GPU.
Price: $1,499 as reviewed
Display: 13.4-inch 16:10 screen (1,920 x 1,200 pixels)
CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS CPU
GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU as reviewed; optional GeForce RTX 3080 external XG Mobile GPU
RAM: 16 GB
Storage: 1 TB SSD
Ports: 1 USB-C, 1 USB-A, 1 HDMI, headphone jack, external GPU port
Size: 11.77 x 8.74 x 0.62 inches
Weight: 2.87 pounds
The 2021 Asus ROG Flow X13 ($1,499 as reviewed) is one of the thinnest, lightest gaming laptops we’ve seen yet, which is notable given their reputation for being hefty, cumbersome machines. Thanks to tech advances, they’ve begun to slim down in recent years: devices like the Razer Blade 14 or Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 are great examples of laptops that manage to deliver serious gaming power in a thin and light package — and now they have some competition.