Best Buy is currently running a sale on said Asus subnotebook for $250 USD off the original launch price of $1500 USD. The configuration is notable as it is the late 2020 SKU instead of the early 2020 SKU which launched with the slower Ryzen 9 5800H CPU, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU, and 60 Hz display instead of 120 Hz. Everything else from the chassis to the keyboard remain identical between the two versions.
Although the optional ROG XG Mobile GeForce RTX 3080 isn’t included in the sale, the internal laptop features will be more than adequate, especially when compared to the vast majority of other 13-inch options available. Moving from a 17-inch laptop to a 15-inch laptop usually results in only minor performance losses. It’s not until you get to the 14-inch or 13-inch range that performance starts to plummet due to cooling and physical constraints. With its 13.4-inch convertible form factor, H-class Zen 3 Ryzen 9 5900HS CPU, and even a discrete GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU, the Asus ROG Flow X13 2-in-1 tries to give everything and the kitchen sink. This is, without a doubt, one of the quickest (if not the fastest)
We recommend reading up on our review of the Asus ROG Flow X13 to learn more about the ins and outs of this unique system. During our time with the test unit, we appreciated its performance and display even though all that power came at the cost of louder fan noise and warmer surface temperatures. After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There’s a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I’m not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.