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ASUS ROG Flow X13 GV301 2-in-1 Gaming Laptop

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Product Overview

The ASUS ROG Flow X13 GV301 is a 13.4-inch 2-in-1 gaming laptop powered by AMD Ryzen processors. The first 2-in-1 in the ROG lineup, the Flow X13 features a custom PCIe 3.0 x8 interface that is faster than Thunderbolt 4, named ROG Mobile Interface, to connect to its eGPU.
With this eGPU support, the Flow X13 is able to feature up to AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS CPU in a chassis under 1.6cm thin. There is also a dedicated GeForce GTX 1650 GPU inside supports everyday tasks.
Thanks to its unique 2-in-1 form factor, the Flow X13 was able to offer a unique gaming experience. ASUS unveiled the ROG XG Mobile eGPU specifically for the Flow X13.
Alongside the Flow X13, ASUS also refreshed the ROG Strix G17, Strix SCAR 15, Strix SCAR 15, Strix SCAR 17, Zephyrus G14, Zephyrus G15, and Zephyrus Duo 15 SE at CES 2021.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Powerful gaming performance
  • Unique eGPU
  • Excellent portability
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

Ext 73% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good multi-core performance
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Very good performance
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Lackluster speakers
  • Lackluster port selection
  • Low color space coverage
  • Mediocre performance
  • Not as powerful as a dedicated gaming laptop
  • Underwhelming battery life
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Specifications

FHD+UHD+

Connectivity

Ports1x UBS 3.2 Gen1 + 2x USB-C 3.2 Gen1 / DP + 1x HDMI 2.0b + 1x Audio combo + 1x ROG XG Mobile Interface
Wireless ConnectivityWiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.1

Construction

Battery | Capacity62 Wh
Camera | Front720p HD camera
Form Factor2-in-1 convertible laptop computer
MicrophoneBuilt-in array microphone
Speakers2x 1W speaker with smart AMP technology

Dimensions

Bezels85% screen-to-body ratio
Size | Depth222 mm / 8.74 inch
Size | Height15.8 mm / 0.62 inch
Size | Width299 mm / 11.77 inch
Weight1.3 kg / 2.87 lbs

Display

Aspect Ratio16:10
Display Diagonal13.4 inch
Display TypeIPS, matte
Gamut75% DCI-P3, 75% Adobe RGB, 100% sRGB85% DCI-P3, 86% Adobe RGB, 116% sRGB
Refresh Rate120 Hz60 Hz
ResolutionWUXGA / FHD+ (1920x1200) or WQUXGA / 4K UHD+ (3840x2400)
Response Time3 ms

Function

GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB
Keyboard BacklightYes
Operating SystemWindows 10
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 7 5800HS, Ryzen 7 5900HS, or Ryzen 9 5980HS
RGB LightingAura Sync, Aura Sync Light Bar included
Touch ScreenYes

Performance

Memory | CapacityUp to 32 GB, onboard
Memory | TypeLPDDR4X
Power Supply100 W
Storage1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD

Production

Debut2021-01-13 (CES 2021)

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

gizmodo[1]

Sentiment Score 71%
Reviewers from gizmodo have found the following***:
The Asus ROG Flow X13 is a 2-in-1 gaming laptop. It has a GTX 1650 Max-Q graphics card and a 6-hour battery life. You can't buy the X13 without also purchasing Asus' eGPU with an RTX 3080. That's a big ask for someone like me in the market for a new laptop.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Extremely lightweight and portable
  • Long battery life
  • Very good performance
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3
  • No eGPU

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score 79%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The ROG Flow X13 is a unique gaming laptop, thanks to its unique eGPU and its incredible portability. Despite a few odd design choices and mediocre battery life, it's hard to not be wowed by how much performance Asus stuffed into this compact laptop. The Razer Blade Stealth 13 is the primary alternative, though, and is currently still stuck with older graphics and processor options.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Unique design
  • Unique eGPU
  • Long battery life
  • 120Hz display
Cons
  • Mediocre performance
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port

laptopmag[3]

Sentiment Score 88%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
Asus has the ROG Flow X13 rated for 10 hours of battery life. It fell short of the mark, lasting only 6 hours and 30 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test. The smaller the system, the harder it is to keep cool, especially when it's a gaming laptop.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Powerful AMD Ryzen CPU
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3

notebookcheck[4]

Sentiment Score 65%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The Asus ROG Flow X13 has a 62 Wh battery, which can supply the device with energy for almost 6 hours according to our WLAN test. The power consumption of the Asus device is worse compared to the competition, which is due to the components that are installed. With the eGPU dock, the small convertible transforms into a full-fledged desktop replacement in terms of performance.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Matte IPS display
  • High-quality case
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Low color space coverage
  • No Thunderbolt 3

pcmag[5]

Sentiment Score 84%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The ROG Flow X13 represents an impressive achievement. It offers some of the best CPU performance we've seen to date from any kind of laptop. It managed a respectable 7 hours and 19 minutes in our battery rundown test. It doesn't upstage the Blade Stealth in this regard, though it gives it a run for its money.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Best-in-class CPU performance we've seen from a gaming laptop
  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons
  • Battery life could be better
  • No Thunderbolt 3

pcworld[6]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from pcworld have found the following***:
The aluminum-clad laptop has a generally solid feel with a pleasant industrial texture on the lid, bottom panel, and keyboard deck. The trackpad features a carbon-fiber look to match the keyboard deck and is Microsoft Precision-complaint. The speakers on the ROG Flow X13 are about average for an ultraportable.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Top-end graphics performance for an ultraportable laptop
  • Solid build quality
  • Comfortable keyboard and trackpad
Cons
  • Lackluster speakers

t3[7]

Sentiment Score 58%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following***:
The Asus ROG Flow X13 offers both desktop-level gaming at home and decent gaming on the road. With the CG docking station connected, the X13 achieved an excellent 3D Mark Time Spy score of 10,340. The XG Docking Station uses a laptop version of the Nvidia GTX 3080 GPU that doesn't offer the same performance as the desktop version. The process of disconnecting the external graphics card is also overly complex, forcing you to quit out of most programs.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Not as powerful as a dedicated gaming laptop
  • No Thunderbolt 3

theverge[8]

Sentiment Score 84%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following***:
While using the GTX 1650, the X13 ran Shadow of the Tomb Raider at an average of 40fps. The Razer Blade Stealth 13 ran that title at 45fps, and the Zephyrus G14 ran it at 74fps. While the Flow X13 is a top-notch convertible, and an impressive achievement from Asus, it also costs over $3,000.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Top-notch performance
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Expensive for what you get

tomsguide[9]

Sentiment Score 60%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
The Asus ROG Flow X13 is a 2-in-1 laptop that doubles as a tablet. Its 720p resolution is fine for video conferencing or having a quick chat with friends. However, the underwhelming gaming performance, mediocre battery life, and cumbersome port placement leave much to be desired.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful gaming performance
  • Solid build quality
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons
  • Underwhelming battery life

tomshardware[10]

Sentiment Score 59%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following***:
The Asus ROG Flow X13 and the XG Mobile are an ambitious project that combines the latest processors from AMD for thin devices. It's a noble pursuit that attempts to make a gaming laptop more portable for users on the go while being a Herculean gaming rig at home. But this first iteration feels clunky when you use the two devices together.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Thin and light
  • Good multi-core performance
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • Lackluster port selection
  • No Thunderbolt 3 support

trustedreviews[11]

Sentiment Score 70%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
The Asus ROG Flow X13 has an impressive 1747:1 contrast ratio. The display renders a rock-solid 97.3% of the sRGB colour gamut. There’s 32GB of memory and a 1TB SSD, and connectivity comes from dual-band WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1. The docked RTX 3080 provides lots of gaming power.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Stunning 120Hz display
  • Powerful gaming performance
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Fan noise during gaming
  • No Thunderbolt 3

User Reviews

References

1. ^ I Fell in Love With the Asus ROG Flow X13, and Then It Broke My Heart. [gizmodo]. https://gizmodo.com/i-fell-in-love-with-the-asus-rog-flow-x13-and-then-it-1846113572. 2021-01-26. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Asus ROG Flow X13 review: The king of small gaming laptops?. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/laptop-reviews/asus-rog-flow-x13-review/. 2021-08-25. Retrieved 2021-08-27.
3. ^ Asus ROG Flow X13 review: When AMD Ryzen Met Nvidia's 30-series. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/asus-rog-flow-x13-review. 2021-01-26. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Asus ROG Flow X13 in review: Gaming convertible with an AMD Ryzen 9 5980H and an optional RTX 3080. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Asus-ROG-Flow-X13-in-review-Gaming-convertible-with-an-AMD-Ryzen-9-5980H-and-an-optional-RTX-3080.519584.0.html. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Asus ROG Flow X13 Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/asus-rog-flow-x13. 2021-01-26. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Asus ROG Flow X13 Review: This laptop breaks all the rules. [pcworld]. https://www.pcworld.com/article/3607911/asus-rog-flow-x13-review-with-xg-mobile-gpu.html. 2021-03-02. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Asus ROG Flow X13 Laptop review: a killer gaming combo. [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/asus-rog-flow-x13-review. 2021-08-10. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
8. ^ Asus ROG Flow X13 review: a game-ready 2-in-1. [theverge]. https://www.theverge.com/22249408/asus-rog-flow-x13-review-price-specs-features. 2021-01-26. Retrieved 2021-08-27.
9. ^ Asus ROG Flow X13 review. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/asus-rog-flow-x13-review. 2021-09-15. Retrieved 2021-09-19.
10. ^ Asus ROG Flow X13 Review: XG Mobile Meets Ryzen 9 5980HS. [tomshardware]. https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/asus-rog-flow-x13-xg-mobile-ryzen-9-5980hs. 2021-01-26. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
11. ^ Asus ROG Flow X13 (2021) Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/asus-rog-flow-x13-2021. Retrieved 2021-11-08.

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