Asus ROG Flow X13 with XG Mobile review: The gaming beast you deserve.

Asus ROG Flow X13 with XG Mobile review: The gaming beast you deserve.

The ROG Flow X13 laptop is a great all-rounder device that can be your personal, work, or gaming companion. The ROG Flow X13 price in India starts at Rs 1,19,900 and is available via online as well as offline channels. Asus has now launched an external GPU called XG Mobile that enhances the gaming prowess of the laptop. But is it worth your money? India Today Tech tries to answer that in the review.


The Asus ROG Flow X13 tries to bring a change to the gaming laptop ecosystem, and it is indeed a good attempt.

The gaming laptop ecosystem has seen many evolutions over the years, right from a bulky machine to a slightly sleek profile. The Asus ROG Flow X13 is a new attempt by the company to offer power consumers something extra, not only something that’s limited to just the form factor but also an external graphics card. The ROG XG Mobile is another example of how I can turn a decent package into a great one. More on that in a bit.

Asus ROG Flow X13 is the company’s new convertible gaming laptop which is powered by the latest AMD Ryzen 5000 H-Series Mobile processors that target the gaming community with a slightly better-looking design. As I mentioned earlier, gaming laptops, at times, can be bulky devices that are not easy to carry. However, this doesn’t apply to ROG Flow X13.

At a starting price of Rs 1,19,900, the ROG Flow X13 isn’t just targeted at the gaming community but is very relevant for people who wish to get a laptop that can be a great work and gaming companion. I have been using the ROG Flow X13 for a few weeks, and here’s why I think this is an ideal machine for people who love to stick to the same machine, be it for work or playing games. And, with the added boost from the XG Mobile, the Flow X13 becomes a beast. All about that in my review, so read on.

Asus ROG Flow X13 review: A perfect 2-in-1 design.

Asus has been making considerable strides in the laptop segment, and ROG Flow X13 is the perfect example of that work in India. For design, the ROG Flow X13 uses a mix of materials, right from magnesium alloy to high-quality plastic. The design feels robust, and the backlit keyboard comes with a 1.7mm travel distance which feels nice to type on, and I liked the overall tactile feel. However, the company, for some reason, has used plastic material in all major touchpoints, which feels slightly odd. Though that doesn’t make the ROG Flow X13 inferior, it feels not premium enough, especially considering the high price tag.

Considering this is a 2-in-1 laptop, the hinge plays a major role, and I had no issues while reviewing the ROG Flow X13. The hinge is very convenient to use, and you can even open the lid with just one hand. The hinge allows the laptop to be used in different modes, including tent mode and tablet mode.

The 13.4-inch display looks stunning, and the 4.9mm side bezels add to the style quotient for this gaming-oriented laptop. The laptop comes with a touchscreen display, which means you can rely either on the keyboard and trackpad to do things on the device or use the display. At 1.3 kilograms, the Asus ROG Flow X13 feels lightweight for the entire package it offers.

If there’s something that I loved in the design part of the ROG Flow X13, then it has to be the huge palm rest area with fine diagonal lines running that gives it a textured pattern feel. It is convenient to rest your hand on the vast palm rest area while you can keep typing on the laptop for many hours without any hassle. The trackpad on the ROG Flow X13 is slightly smaller compared to regular laptops. However, it is precise, and we faced no issues while working daily on the laptop.

I also liked the fact that Asus hasn’t gone all out with the branding on the Flow X13. There’s the Republic of Gamers logo subtly blended in the palm rest area and a metal nameplate on the lid with ROG branding. These factors make it more prominent that the ROG Flow X13 isn’t just targeted at hardcore gamers but people who can do their regular work on the machine while it can double up as their default gaming machine.

The Asus ROG Flow X13 comes out as a perfect everyday companion in the design department, but then, as always, this too has a few shortcomings.

The power button placement is awkward, in my opinion. During the review, I pressed the power button accidentally multiple times, which puts the laptop to sleep, or continuous pressing can even initiate force shutdown. I’m surprised that there was enough space above the keyboard where it could have been conveniently placed. The next one is something that I haven’t seen on many laptops available at this price point. The ROG Flow X13 easily gets many smudges while it is easier to clean, but this could have been easily taken care of by using some coating on the top shell around the keyboard and palm rest area.

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