Back at CES 2020, Alienware showed off the concept UFO, a handheld gaming PC reminiscent of the Nintendo Switch. Fast forward two years to CES 2022 and we still don’t have anything like it, at least not from a major manufacturer. The Asus ROG Flow X13 could be the solution we’ve been waiting for.
In short, the Asus ROG Flow is just a gaming Surface Pro with an RTX 3050 Ti and a removable keyboard. It’s by no means the most powerful GPU on the market, but it’s powerful enough to play most games at 1080p, even if you have to turn down some graphics settings here and there.
However, it’s not exactly the same thing; You’ll still need to plug in a controller to get a similar experience, but until the Steam Deck actually hits the market, the closest thing we’re going to get is the Nintendo Switch for PC gaming. Huh.
Everything will depend on the battery life
We haven’t got the Asus ROG Flow X13 for testing yet, but if previous gaming laptops are any indication, battery life tanks as soon as you boot up PC games. It’s improved a lot in recent years, but even with gaming laptops like the Razer Blade 15, which got 6 hours of battery life in our standard battery tests, that number will drop to two hours or so if you want to play. Trying to play a AAA game on it.
Unfortunately in promoting a gaming tablet this small, Asus hasn’t spent a lot of time talking about battery life, other than to say that it will last a long time for video playback – a lot compared to doing some gaming. less demanding.
But if the Asus ROG Flow X13 can last more than two hours while playing games, it will definitely be my portable gaming device for a while.
you don’t need a lot of power
One of the reasons why such an ultra-portable PC gaming device is so appealing is due to the very nature of what makes up the bulk of the best PC games – indie games. Some of the best games can run natively on a toaster, and a tablet like this with the RTX 3050 Ti will power through them with ease.
The thought that comes to my mind while waiting at the doctor’s office is pulling the ROG Flow X13 out of my bag and waiting to play some Darkest Dungeons II.
And because it’s being sold with the keyboard attachment included in the box, it would be perfect for getting some twists on Civilization V while commuting on the subway.
That’s why it’s only recently that handheld gaming PCs from smaller manufacturers like OneXPlayer have become such a thing. These certainly aren’t powerhouses by any stretch of the imagination, but they don’t need to be.
Now I look forward to seeing the Asus ROG Flow X13 on store shelves soon, so we can actually have more portable PC gaming products. actually exist … instead of concepts that are constantly teased but never actually surfaced.
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