The Asus ROG Flow X16 is a big and powerful 2-in-1 gaming laptop


Asus has added a 16-inch option to its smart (and generally good) ROG Flow lineup. It’s called the Flow X16, and it seems like a 2-in-1 beast for multimedia and even some high-end gaming. While the 13.4-inch X13 and Z13 tablets could do some games, they weren’t able to play games smoothly at high settings – at least not without the powerful and expensive XG Mobile external GPU dock. The X16, on the other hand, seems like a solid gaming laptop in its own right, given that it can be configured with up to AMD’s Ryzen 9 6900HS and Nvidia’s RTX 3070 Ti (maximum graphics power of 100W). It also supports up to 64GB of fast 4800MHz DDR5 RAM.

There’s an option for a Mini LED glass-covered touchscreen that has up to 1,100 nits at peak brightness, 100% DCI-P3 gamut coverage, and support for VESA’s DisplayHDR 1000 standard. As if those specs weren’t impressive enough for a gaming laptop, this range can be outfitted with QHD displays at a 165Hz refresh rate and 512 dimming zones. The range sports a 16:10 aspect ratio, surrounded by slim bezels, but there’s enough room for a 1080p Windows Hello webcam at the top of the screen.

The X16 appears to have a carbon fiber-like look to its chassis with a massive trackpad.
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There aren’t many gaming laptops that feature a 360-degree hinge allowing for greater versatility like the X16 does. It also stands out for its stylus support. This might be a model to look out for if you want something relatively light (it weighs around 4.4 pounds). The X16 also offers a host of ports, including a USB 4.0 Type-C port, two USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 ports, an HDMI 2.1 port, a headphone jack, and a microSD card slot. And, of course, it supports the proprietary XG Mobile eGPU docking station in case you want to spend over $1000 to get a portable version of the RTX 3080 or Radeon 6850M XT.

I tested the Flow Z13 with the 3080-equipped XG Mobile, and it improves gaming performance. goal of buying a portable machine. The X16’s price is the key ingredient missing from Asus’ announcement, but we’ll update this post once that information becomes available.

Asus Strix Scar 17 SE

This special edition Strix Scar 17 comes with a flashlight that reveals a hidden design on the lid.
Picture: Asus

Asus has also announced a more rigged special edition of its Strix Scar 17 which has some surface-level design changes as well as support for Intel’s 16-core Core i9 12900HX which peaks at 65W. Additionally, it supports up to Nvidia’s RTX 3080 Ti (175W max graphics power). It seems much more powerful than the Strix Scar 17 I recently tested. But this announcement seems to be one for the super fans of Asus.


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