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Asus showcases the ROG Flow Z13, a Microsoft Surface-like tablet for gaming

Have you ever felt like gaming on an ultra-portable gaming machine? If yes is your answer, Asus has come through with a gaming device that looks very much like the Microsoft Surface tablet line.

Asus came to CES 2022 with a tablet you might mistake for the Microsoft Surface tablet and called it the most powerful gaming tablet in the world. By gaming, Asus means PC level of gaming. It has an RTX 3050 for the extra computing resources your games might require. You can even connect to Asus’ own ROG XG Mobile external GPU for more power!

Just like the now-famous and trendsetting Surface line of tablets, the ROG Flow Z13 has a kickstand behind for balancing on its own, a slim keyboard that you can easily detach and that acts as a cover for the screen when you are not using the tablet, and a sleek black body. The tablet also has the high quality that Microsoft’s tablets are known for. It looks neat, sturdy, and well put together, giving premium vibes.

Adding to the premium feel are the minimal bezels and the red color backlight option of the keyboard. In fact, the keyboard looks nice. Typing on it is also a breeze, with the 1.7 mm travel. However, Monica Chin of The Verge, who has spent time with the tablet, says the keyboard has a noticeable flex when you type. But then, earlier versions of the Surface keyboard had the same issues, but Microsoft eventually got it right. Chin even advises waiting for the second-gen if the flex would bother you. However, that may not be necessary because you can use any keyboard with ROG Flow Z13.

And more interestingly, this is an actual product that Asus plans to sell, not just a concept to tease us with.

However, you must be warned about the size of the ROG Flow Z13. There is no doubt that it is huge. The Microsoft Surface Pro is relatively light, for what it is capable of. However, Asus really didn’t have a choice here because a PC-class gaming tablet needs all the power it can get. This Asus machine weighs 2.43 pounds, meaning you will soon feel the weight if you have to hold it in your hands. So you can forget about carrying this while, for example, making a presentation. However, compared with the 10.5 pounds Mothership gaming tablet, Asus’ first stab at gaming tablets, the ROG Flow Z13 is very light.

Something else you will quickly notice in person is the thickness. At 0.47 inches, you can’t call this gaming tablet slim. Again, this is a full-fledged gaming tablet, so the same rules do not apply.

The screen measures 13 inches diagonally with a 3840 x 2400 resolution. The touch display works very well and is responsive. Asus has not skimped on port options on the ROG Flow Z13. The gaming tablet has USB-C with Thunderbolt 4 and DisplayPort 1.4, USB-A, a MicroSD slot for expanding the internal memory, and even a headphone jack. You even get more options by connecting the XG Mobile external GPU, which adds a DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.1, and RJ-45 Ethernet.

You can spec out the ROG Flow Z13 up to 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900H with 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage. One of the advantages of the ROG Flow Z13’s form factor is in cooling. Since the part housing the internals is not always directed against a surface like it is on gaming laptops, the ROG Flow Z13 handles heat better. It could get warm, but there isn’t any need for the elaborate cooling mechanisms other gaming machines require.

Battery life is unknown yet, but that is almost a moot point because this is not a tablet you will carry around that often. So for any serious gaming session, you simply plug in to charge the battery.

Since the ROG Flow Z13 is an actual product, it needs a release date and price. On the former, Asus promises a first or second quarter release this year. However, on the pricing, there is no info yet. But it is hard to imagine this sleek and powerful-looking gaming tablet will be cheap. For reference, the ROG Mothership started at $5.499.

Written by HackerVibes

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