The worlds of gaming and work have been drawing closer to each other over the years and have crashed headlong into each other due to the pandemic with more and more people in lockdown and needing to find new ways to entertain themselves. This has led to a boom in gaming but with component shortages as well as limited space the need to find a two in one machine has just grown. With the Flow X13, Asus has created a potential solution that will outlast the lockdowns (we hope) and prove valuable when we can start moving around freely again and work in coffee shops.
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Designed to Appeal to the Minimalist
The Flow X13 is a plain black, slim ultrabook that won’t draw much attention. This is meant to appeal to the professional and certainly does the job. The laptop lacks the usual gaming Unicorn vomit as the keyboard backlight is plain white and while you can set to Breathe or Pulse in the Armory Crate Software, the Aura Creator software used to create multicoloured lighting effects is useless on this laptop.
The only indication of the laptop's gaming pedigree is the nearly invisible tag on the lid as well as the ROG button at the top of the laptop that launches Armoury Crate.
The build quality is up to the usual Asus standard. Made from a combination of aluminium, magnesium and plastic the laptop exhibits next to zero flex. The same is evident in the keyboard and around the decently sized touchpad where presses around the touchpad don’t accidentally activate the touchpad buttons.
Specced to Impress, but That’s Half the Story
The review laptop provided is a high spec machine, as are all the SKUs with this being a “mid-tier” system, featuring the following:
Grumpy Old Man who still collects toys (THEY. ARE. NOT. DOLLS), PC Gamer lured to the Dark Side of console gaming, comic book reader and fan of all things pop culture.
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29 September 2021
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