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The ASUS ROG Flow Z13 is the Surface Pro for gamers we always dreamed of

Rog Flow Z13
Rog Flow Z13 (Image credit: ASUS)

Updated April 13, 2022, at 12:30 p.m. ET: The ROG Flow Z13 is available now. Information about where to buy it has been added to the bottom of this article.

What you need to know

  • The ROG Flow Z13 is a tablet with a kickstand very much like a Surface Pro.
  • Unlike the Surface Pro, this packs a 12th Gen H-Series Intel Core i9 and RTX 3050 Ti dedicated graphics.
  • It's compatible with the ASUS ROG XG Mobile for additional graphics horsepower.

The dream of having a Surface Pro built for gaming is finally a reality. ASUS has pulled the curtain back on the ROG Flow Z13, which, much like its Flow X13 from 2021, is changing the game.

Where the Flow X13 squeezed a gaming laptop inside a sleek Ultrabook, the X13 goes even further and squeezes a gaming laptop inside a Windows 11 tablet with a kickstand. And we're not talking about light gaming on integrated graphics, propped up by some flashy RGB. Just take a look at the main specs on this thing.

CategoryASUS ROG Flow Z13
Display13-inches, 16:10
4K 60Hz w/ 85% DCI-P3
1080p 120Hz w/ 100% sRGB
Gorilla Glass
Dolby Vision
ProcessorUp to Intel Core i9-12900H
GraphicsUp to NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti
Memory5200MHz LPDDR5
StorageUpgradable PCIe 4.0 SSD
Battery56Wh
Weight1.1kg (2.4 lbs)

There are ways it differs from the Surface Pro, of course, but if you've been dreaming of that form factor for your next gaming portable, this is it. Despite the constraints of building in a tablet, ASUS still went with a full-fat H Series Core i9 and a dedicated GPU in the form of the RTX 3050 Ti. And it's hardly a chunker at 12mm thick and 1.1kg (2.4lbs) in weight, either.

There are touches on the ROG Flow Z13 that remind you it's an ASUS product, notably the glass window over the motherboard shining brightly illuminated by RGB. Unlike the majority of tablet devices, this one not only uses standard PCIe 4.0 storage, but the SSD is upgradable as well.

The hardware package opens up a number of doors for on-the-go gamers, not least cloud gaming from something like Xbox Game Pass. Because it's a tablet, it has a full touch display, which means touch-friendly games can be enjoyed when you're not pushing the NVIDIA graphics to the limit.

The Flow Z13 is also compatible with the ROG XG Mobile, the external GPU launched with the Flow X13. This means access to an NVIDIA RTX 3080 or, now, with the latest addition, an AMD Radeon GPU as an alternative. The XG Mobile is the companion to turn the Flow Z13 into a full desktop machine, with additional connectivity and display outputs on hand.

The ROG Flow Z13 is available now, starting at $1,800.

Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

13 Comments
  • I thought it was confirmed at $1,899 in their event? Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwJUolCetCM
    Time stamp: 40:50
  • It's not 40:50, it's RIGHT at the one-hour mark. The $1,900 price tag is for the top SKU, with an i9 and RTX 3050 Ti. However, there are two lower SKUs with no pricing. The mid-tier is an i7 and 3050 (non-Ti) and the entry-level one is an i5 with no dGPU at all. It's possible that one (which makes a lot of sense if you intend to use the eGPU for gaming) is close to a Surface Pro in price because it's a much cheaper CPU and is completely skipping a GPU that probably adds $200+ to the cost.
  • I foresee this throttling a fair amount but I still kind of want it. A truly cool piece of technology indeed.
  • Looking at the weight and vents the cooling solution must be better then Surface Pro's though.
  • Wow... Very impressed with these products from Asus...
  • I was excited for this when it was rumored to use Ryzen 6000. Disappointing they're going Intel-only, so I guess I'll look for something else. The X13 seems OK, I'd maybe get it around $1,000-1,200.
  • Ryzen would be even better, still I look forward seeing this in action with Intel's new big little core design.
  • Besides pen implementation and price best overal 2-1 yet it seems.
  • I was really worried because I wasn't seeing any tablet PC news coming out of CES but this is perfect and will definitely be my next work machine. I doubt I will get the top model though.
  • Still waiting for my ZenBook Slate, Asus!
  • I got mine last week took me few days tweaking the settings to stop bottleneck now it runs great 60 fps all top titles med high settings mine is the fhd model needs to be plugged in while gaming for better performance ALL AN ALL I LOVE IT
  • Has anyone used this with Microsoft Flight Simulator?
  • Ok I bought one this comment is for anyone that buys one ...ok so theres a bug once it's charged you need to shut down start it up without the power cable in soon as it boots into windows put the cable in and you will gain about 50% performance tested this with all top titles 60fps medium high settings runs games so well it's impressive aslo doesn't get all that hot considering I love this device battery not so good needs the charger plugged in to reach its full potential