The successes of CES 2023 just keep coming. Asus is rolling out a slew of new hardware announcements for its ROG gaming brand, and among those are refreshed models from its Flow line. The Flow X13, X16, and Z13 all benefit from hardware improvements, including the latest mobile processors and GPUs, but perhaps the most noticeable improvement in these gaming laptops is their larger batteries.
Asus’ Flow line is relatively unique among gaming laptops, sports 2-in-1 displays, and in the case of the X16 and Z13, compatibility with an external GPU made by Asus to improve gaming performance. more recent iterations of these laptops have suffered from abysmal battery life, which Asus is trying to change with the new X13 and Z13 models.
The Flow X13’s battery jumps to 75 Wh, up from 62 Wh on the 2021 model, while the new Flow Z13’s battery is rated at 130 Wh, up from just 56 Wh on the original model. Those earlier battery sizes were a huge problem. In my colleagues’ reviews, Monica Chin wrote that her “only complaint” about the Flow X13 was its battery life, and Cameron Faulkner warned Z13 buyers not to go anywhere without the block supply if they plan to play.
Curiously, the X16 will still use the same 90Wh battery present in the 2021 model. And it’s worth bearing in mind that battery performance in real-world situations can vary wildly.
Details about other hardware configurations in the new Flow lineup are a bit sparse at the moment, but we do know that the X13 Flow will use a version of AMD’s R9 processor paired with an Nvidia GPU, and it can be configured with up to to 32 GB of DDR5 RAM and 2 TB of SSD storage. The X16 offers similar specifications but will be configured exclusively with Intel processors.
The Z13, meanwhile, will be limited to a maximum of 16GB of DDR5 RAM and 1TB of storage. Naturally, there will be a variety of display options available for the new laptops, but only the X16 will have the option of a 240Hz screen equipped with Asus’ Nebula technology which offers a maximum brightness of 1,200 nits.
Final pricing and availability for the new Flow laptops has yet to be announced, but for comparison, the 2021 models of the ROG Flow had configurations starting at around $1,300 reaching as high as $2,700. These prices do not include Asus’ external GPU, which is an additional $1,300 investment, but will likely also be offered as part of a bundle with the new configurations.