HomeTechnologyComputingROG Flow X13 (2023) vs. ROG Zephyrus G14 (2023): so compact!

ROG Flow X13 (2023) vs. ROG Zephyrus G14 (2023): so compact!

Asus has announced updates to two of its most portable gaming laptops at CES 2023. The 13.4-in ROG Flow X13 has been slimmed down and made more powerful, making it an even more viable portable gaming option. Meanwhile, the 14.o-in ROG Zephyrus G14 has received its own updates and is an incredibly powerful machine given its smaller chassis.

Both are solid offerings for anyone wanting a powerful gaming laptop they can easily carry around. The Flow X13 is slower on its own, but much faster with its XG Mobile add-on, while the Zephyrus G14 is more like a gaming laptop, carrying more power. Which is the right portable gaming solution for you?

Specifications

Asus ROG Flow X13 (2023) Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (2023)
Dimensions 11.77in x 8.35in x 0.74in 12.28in x 8.94in x 0.72
Weight 2.87 lbs 3.88 lbs
processor AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS

AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS

Pictures AMD Radeon 780M
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070
Nvidia GeForce GTX 3050
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090
RAM 8GB
16GB
32GB
8GB DDR5-4800

16GB DDR5-4800

32GB DDR5-4800

Display 13.4″ 16:10 Full HD+ (1920 x 1200) IPS, 120Hz
13.4″ 16:10 QHD+ (2560 x 1600) IPS, 165Hz
14.0-inch 16:10 Full HD+ (1920 x 1200) IPS, 144Hz
14.0-inch 16:10 QHD+ (2560 x 1600) IPS, 165Hz
14.0-inch 16:10 QHD+ mini LED, 165 Hz
Storage 512GB PCIe 4.0 SSD
1TB PCIe 4.0 SSD
1TB PCIe 4.0 SSD
ports 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2
1 x USB-C 4
1 x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2
1xHDMI 2.1
1 x 3.5mm audio jack
1 x microSD card reader
1 x ROG XG Mobile Interface
1 x USB-C 4.0
1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2
2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2
1xHDMI 2.1
1 x 3.5mm audio jack
1 x microSD card reader
Wireless Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3
Webcam 1080p with infrared camera for Windows 11 Hello 1080p with infrared camera for Windows 11 Hello
Operating system Windows 11 Windows 11
Battery 75 watt hours 76 watt hours
Price To be determined To be determined
Review not rated yet not rated yet

Design

The ROG Flow X13 is all about packing as much gaming power into the smallest possible package, and this time it’s a little thicker. Still, it has a smaller footprint overall than the ROG Zephyrus G14. The biggest difference is in the weight, with the Flow X13 being a full pound lighter than the Zephyrus G14.

Aesthetically, the Flow X13 has a simpler, less gamer-focused design with an all-black chassis. Its greatest design flair is a series of diagonal lines across the lid that give it some texture for a better grip. The vents along the sides and bottom of the chassis are aggressive, but otherwise this could be any premium 13-inch laptop.

The Zephyrus G14 has a slightly more gamer-oriented design, with more angles and two colors, silver and black. The optional AniMe Matrix display can add animations and other flair that the Flow X13 lacks. If you want a machine that’s more like a gaming laptop, the Zephyrus G14 is the way to go.

We’re not sure about the construction or build quality of the laptop, but they will likely match previous versions of both laptops, both of which were rugged.

The keyboard of the ROG Flow X13.

The keyboards on each laptop seem to offer ample space and nicely sized keys, with gamer-oriented fonts. If they are equal to previous versions, then they are good keyboards that are great to use during intense gaming sessions. Both the Zephyrus G14 and Flow X13 only offer single-zone RGB lighting in the keyboard. The touchpads are normal mechanical versions and, again, will probably work just fine. The Zephyrus G14 has a larger version thanks to more space on the palm rest.

Connectivity is about the same, with each device offering a mix of USB-C and USB-A ports, along with HDMI 2.1. Due to the AMD chipset, there is no Thunderbolt 4 support. Both have up to date wireless connectivity and 1080p webcams with IR cameras for Windows 11 Hello passwordless login.

However, the Flow X13 has another plus. It offers the ROG XG Mobile Interface that can connect to the XG Mobile docking solution that includes up to an RTX 4090. So as long as you’re willing to game in one place, you can drastically improve the gaming performance of the Flow X13.

Performance

The ROG Zephyrus G14 on a demo table at CES 2023.

Both laptops are based on the new AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS, an 8-core/16-thread CPU running at 35 watts to 54 watts (configurable) and with a maximum boost clock of up to 5.2 Hz. It all depends on how Asus tunes each machine, but in terms of pure CPU performance they will probably be quite similar. The Zephyrus G14 will have a bigger chassis and theoretically better thermal design and more airflow so it can move forward. Both will deliver excellent performance and are likely to do well with CPU-intensive creative apps.

The Flow X13 maxes out at the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070, which is great for a small laptop, but the Zephyrus G14 benefits from its larger chassis and can be configured all the way down to an RTX 4090. So at least it has the potential to be significantly more powerful to be. The extra GPU horsepower also makes it faster for creative apps that use the GPU. Overall, the Zephyrus G14 has offered significantly more configurations, while the Flow X13 is more limited.

However, remember that the Flow X13 supports the Asus XG Mobile docking solution which can also include the RTX 4090, and so with an expensive upgrade you can get closer to the same performance in a much less portable package.

Display

The ROG Zephyrus G14 on a demo table at CES 2023.

The Flow X13 offers two display options, both 13.4-inch 16:10 IPS panels. One comes in in Full HD+ and runs up to 120Hz, while a QHD+ version runs up to 165Hz. The Zephyrus G14 has similar 14.0-inch 16:10 IPS panels, with the Full HD+ version hitting 144Hz and the QHD+ matching the Flow X13.

But the Zephyrus G14 also offers a spectacular QHD+ mini-LED option at 165 Hz that is incredibly bright, offers excellent colors and offers deep contrast. It will be the superior option by far and will also improve HDR for both games and media.

Portability vs. Performance? That is the question

If you’re looking for the most portable gaming machine, the Flow X13 has the edge. The touchscreen is a nice addition, as is the 360-degree hinge. But the trade-off for performance is perhaps better balanced by the Zephyrus G14, which has been a popular option in the past. The additions to an RTX 4090 and a mini-LED display go one step further.

The Flow X13 has its secret weapon, the XG Mobile docking solution that increases power, but takes away portability and comes at a significant cost. And the Zephyrus G14 has the more gamer-oriented aesthetic. We’ll have to wait to review the updated models and get some more detailed pricing information, but for now it looks like the ROG Zephyrus G14 will continue to have wider appeal.

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