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  • Windows 11 Home
  • 13.4" 1920x1200 120Hz 500-nits IPS Touchscreen Display, 100% sRGB, Adaptive SYnc, Dolby Vision HDR
  • Core i7-12700H (6P+8E)/20T 2.3 GHz CPU (4.7 GHz Turbo, 24MB Cache)
  • 16GB LPDDR5 5200 MHz Ram
  • 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • Intel Iris Xe + RTX 3050 4GB GDDR6 Graphics (35W-40W TGP), Mux Switch
  • RGB Backlit Chiclet Keyboard Dock
  • Fingerprint Reader
  • 720p Webcam & 8MP Main Cam
  • Intel AX211 Wi-Fi 6E 2x2 + Bluetooth 5.2
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    • 1x USB 2.0 Type-A
    • 1x USB-C Thunderbolt 4 support DisplayPort / power delivery
    • 1x ROG XG Mobile Interface
    • 1x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack
    • 1x UHS-III Micro SD Card Reader
  • 4 Cell 56 WHr Battery
  • 2.60 lbs
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Thanks OP. Asus' pricing is looking up to surface. But Surface is a combination of hardware & software. I feel like if the 16GB i7 model sells at $1200 it would be a better product.
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This seems like a weird product. No doubt that it's fast and powerful, but why this over a Surface? And why a Surface anyways?

I never understood them. They have to be set up on a flat unmoving surface to use as a "laptop", but you can't use on your lap. They have a much larger footprint than a comparable laptop.

You can use it as a tablet and draw/write with a pen though.

This is a very potent system, but can anyone give a reason to get this (or a Surface) over a 2 in 1 or a Laptop/iPad combo?

Plus, doesn't this have a external gpu that costs a ton?
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This seems like a weird product. No doubt that it's fast and powerful, but why this over a Surface? And why a Surface anyways?

I never understood them. They have to be set up on a flat unmoving surface to use as a "laptop", but you can't use on your lap. They have a much larger footprint than a comparable laptop.

You can use it as a tablet and draw/write with a pen though.

This is a very potent system, but can anyone give a reason to get this (or a Surface) over a 2 in 1 or a Laptop/iPad combo?

Plus, doesn't this have a external gpu that costs a ton?
I bought Surface using company money and using it strictly to record meeting note. Afaik, the transcribe function of Words works ok using on laptop. I can write my own note aside from that. Rather than that, I don't use my Surface much
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Quote from ghostfreckle :
This seems like a weird product. No doubt that it's fast and powerful, but why this over a Surface? And why a Surface anyways?

I never understood them. They have to be set up on a flat unmoving surface to use as a "laptop", but you can't use on your lap. They have a much larger footprint than a comparable laptop.

You can use it as a tablet and draw/write with a pen though.

This is a very potent system, but can anyone give a reason to get this (or a Surface) over a 2 in 1 or a Laptop/iPad combo?

Plus, doesn't this have a external gpu that costs a ton?
Most of the high end detachable Windows Tablets are very niche products and the use cases are very specific. For general usage, you're absolutely right that you can get a similar high end laptop or 2-in-1 convertables at far lesser price and the smaller 360 degree devices are pretty good for tablet usage like drawing, taking notes etc. Also, Windows OS, even the latest Windows 11, not really practical for tablet only usage. It's really difficult to point out a specific use case for these devices, it may varry for users, what their works are. If you don't need it then simply ignore it.
As for this specific gaming tablet, I think this is a Show-Off product from Asus to advertise their engineering capabilities. Personally, I'll pickup X13 over this one anyday. That's not only cheaper but a far practical devices.
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Quote from ghostfreckle :
This seems like a weird product. No doubt that it's fast and powerful, but why this over a Surface? And why a Surface anyways?

I never understood them. They have to be set up on a flat unmoving surface to use as a "laptop", but you can't use on your lap. They have a much larger footprint than a comparable laptop.

You can use it as a tablet and draw/write with a pen though.

This is a very potent system, but can anyone give a reason to get this (or a Surface) over a 2 in 1 or a Laptop/iPad combo?

Plus, doesn't this have a external gpu that costs a ton?
If you want a Surface style device (there are some cases where it's nice to be able to turn it into a sub-optimal tablet), and you also want a GPU that can allow light gaming or extra productivity, this is the only device on the market that can do it. Microsoft doesn't make a model with a GPU.
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These kickstand machines [Surface-style] are confusing. I can't seem to fathom a proper use case for them.

They're too big and clunky to be used exclusively as a tablet (unless you are in a niche industry that needs a powerful Windows tablet with pen input). And speaking of which, there's virtually no worthwhile Windows tablet software. I've been looking since Windows 8...and there's nothing that isn't done better on iOS.

iOS does tablet & pen input tremendously better, and iOS has a cultivated ecosystem of mature applications.

They're not extremely portable -- you need a large table to use them, and they're virtually impossible to use when carrying or on your lap, unlike a traditional laptop. So that excludes most students taking notes in classes and on-the-go business travellers.

With the exception of this specific unit, which I'll admit is decently well-specced, most of these kickstand machines (Lenovo X12, Microsoft Surface Pro, etc) aren't very beefy. Lenovo's X12 is using a low-power line of Intel CPUs, the Surface line doesn't have a strong GPU. So these machines aren't typically for those with heavy workloads. And I'm sure with this Asus, you can find stronger traditional laptops at the same or lower price.

So, other than niche users or those looking for a fire-sale bargain who just don't care about the form factor (like the recent X12 sales) -- who are these kickstand machines for? Not too portable, not too powerful. It's just not practical.
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Most of the high end detachable Windows Tablets are very niche products and the use cases are very specific. For general usage, you're absolutely right that you can get a similar high end laptop or 2-in-1 convertables at far lesser price and the smaller 360 degree devices are pretty good for tablet usage like drawing, taking notes etc. Also, Windows OS, even the latest Windows 11, not really practical for tablet only usage. It's really difficult to point out a specific use case for these devices, it may varry for users, what their works are. If you don't need it then simply ignore it.
As for this specific gaming tablet, I think this is a Show-Off product from Asus to advertise their engineering capabilities. Personally, I'll pickup X13 over this one anyday. That's not only cheaper but a far practical devices.
I mean, it is an engineering marvel but it's a much better gaming device than the x13 too. The x13's screen response is slower, it's fans are WAY louder, it has surface temps that are far hotter because the actual 'laptop' part is thinner than the z13, and the hot air blows onto your hands if you have it in your lap if you're using 'presentation mode'. You have to use 'Tent mode' if you're wanting to use it in your lap with a controller to game which is far more awkward and unwieldy than just plopping a little tablet down and getting to what this thing is meant to do.

Honestly, this would be a transformative product like the steam deck IMO if the 3050ti model were priced somewhere closer to a pricepoint that most could justify as a secondary or tertiary gaming device. Of course, if you want to pick up the great but overpriced XG mobile, then it can be your #1 device, period.
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These kickstand machines [Surface-style] are confusing. I can't seem to fathom a proper use case for them.

They're too big and clunky to be used exclusively as a tablet (unless you are in a niche industry that needs a powerful Windows tablet with pen input). And speaking of which, there's virtually no worthwhile Windows tablet software. I've been looking since Windows 8...and there's nothing that isn't done better on iOS.

iOS does tablet & pen input tremendously better, and iOS has a cultivated ecosystem of mature applications.

They're not extremely portable -- you need a large table to use them, and they're virtually impossible to use when carrying or on your lap, unlike a traditional laptop. So that excludes most students taking notes in classes and on-the-go business travellers.

With the exception of this specific unit, which I'll admit is decently well-specced, most of these kickstand machines (Lenovo X12, Microsoft Surface Pro, etc) aren't very beefy. Lenovo's X12 is using a low-power line of Intel CPUs, the Surface line doesn't have a strong GPU. So these machines aren't typically for those with heavy workloads. And I'm sure with this Asus, you can find stronger traditional laptops at the same or lower price.

So, other than niche users or those looking for a fire-sale bargain who just don't care about the form factor (like the recent X12 sales) -- who are these kickstand machines for? Not too portable, not too powerful. It's just not practical.
Gaming. It's an amazingly portable gaming machine. You'd pay the same for any of the high end portable handhelds that are the steamdeck. This serves a similar function for me. Couch gaming with xbox controller. No keyboard needed.
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Gaming. It's an amazingly portable gaming machine. You'd pay the same for any of the high end portable handhelds that are the steamdeck. This serves a similar function for me. Couch gaming with xbox controller. No keyboard needed.
I'm not into gaming, but I'd imagine you'd find other decently specced gaming laptops in the same price point or cheaper -- which have the ability to be used as a traditional machine too. I can't imagine the desire to rip off a keyboard is worth that much of a cost, performance loss, utility loss.
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I'm not into gaming, but I'd imagine you'd find other decently specced gaming laptops in the same price point or cheaper -- which have the ability to be used as a traditional machine too. I can't imagine the desire to rip off a keyboard is worth that much of a cost, performance loss, utility loss.
You're not really understanding the use case. You cannot use even the x13, which is the closet traditional laptop turned 2in1 gaming device, effectively on the couch or in bed (any other traditional laptop is going to be far worse because of thermal issues, ergonomics, etc...). There is simply no device that does what this thing does. You're obviously not the market, and most people don't really understand how transformative and effective this thing is for on-the-go gaming. Like I said, the target audience for this thing is somewhere closer to the steam deck's. I bet if a lot of gamers were able to trial the thing for a week, they'd really, really enjoy the kind of gaming experience it enables.
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You're not really understanding the use case. You cannot use even the x13, which is the closet traditional laptop turned 2in1 gaming device, effectively on the couch or in bed (any other traditional laptop is going to be far worse because of thermal issues, ergonomics, etc...). There is simply no device that does what this thing does. You're obviously not the market, and most people don't really understand how transformative and effective this thing is for on-the-go gaming. Like I said, the target audience for this thing is somewhere closer to the steam deck's. I bet if a lot of gamers were able to trial the thing for a week, they'd really, really enjoy the kind of gaming experience it enables.
Yeah, you're right -- I'm very much not the target market for such a device. I'd never play a video game in bed, absolutely not something I would do or want to do. Y

ou mention thermal issues and ergonomics -- and all I can think of is "that tiny thin chassis is going have thermal throttling written all over it" and ergonomics "look at how much table space that uses! and it's impossible to hold or carry. it's an ergonomic nightmare."

I get what you're saying about thermals -- a normal laptop would sink into fabric causing terrible heat dissipation. I'd counter with this: get a piece of wood or plastic to sit it on, not unlike a bed tray for food/drink. They're inexpensive (especially if you DIY or repurpose literally any solid surface), and you can look at a proper laptop with better thermals & form factor -- pocketing the difference since you're not limited to pricey 2-in-1s. And with such a traditional setup, you can use a laptop cooler stand for additional airflow -- giving better performance.
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These kickstand machines [Surface-style] are confusing. I can't seem to fathom a proper use case for them.

They're too big and clunky to be used exclusively as a tablet (unless you are in a niche industry that needs a powerful Windows tablet with pen input). And speaking of which, there's virtually no worthwhile Windows tablet software. I've been looking since Windows 8...and there's nothing that isn't done better on iOS.

iOS does tablet & pen input tremendously better, and iOS has a cultivated ecosystem of mature applications.

They're not extremely portable -- you need a large table to use them, and they're virtually impossible to use when carrying or on your lap, unlike a traditional laptop. So that excludes most students taking notes in classes and on-the-go business travellers.

With the exception of this specific unit, which I'll admit is decently well-specced, most of these kickstand machines (Lenovo X12, Microsoft Surface Pro, etc) aren't very beefy. Lenovo's X12 is using a low-power line of Intel CPUs, the Surface line doesn't have a strong GPU. So these machines aren't typically for those with heavy workloads. And I'm sure with this Asus, you can find stronger traditional laptops at the same or lower price.

So, other than niche users or those looking for a fire-sale bargain who just don't care about the form factor (like the recent X12 sales) -- who are these kickstand machines for? Not too portable, not too powerful. It's just not practical.
I am only looking for a browsing tablet with the ability to allow me to use GeForce Now so I'm looking at the Surface Go 2/3, Lenovo Ideapad Chromebook Duet 3 (If the 8 GB ram version comes out), and the HP Chromebook x2 11 inch (with 8 GB of Ram as well). I'd surely pay $10 to game for one month instead of paying 4 times the price.
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I mean, it is an engineering marvel but it's a much better gaming device than the x13 too. The x13's screen response is slower, it's fans are WAY louder, it has surface temps that are far hotter because the actual 'laptop' part is thinner than the z13, and the hot air blows onto your hands if you have it in your lap if you're using 'presentation mode'. You have to use 'Tent mode' if you're wanting to use it in your lap with a controller to game which is far more awkward and unwieldy than just plopping a little tablet down and getting to what this thing is meant to do.

Honestly, this would be a transformative product like the steam deck IMO if the 3050ti model were priced somewhere closer to a pricepoint that most could justify as a secondary or tertiary gaming device. Of course, if you want to pick up the great but overpriced XG mobile, then it can be your #1 device, period.
I am not going to argue with you about the use case of this device as I have mentioned, if you need something like that, this is probably your only option. But your comparison about X13 is completely wrong. What you tried is trying to compare the last year's X13 with this device. 2022 X13 refresh has the exact same screen as this one. Go and check some reviews and you'll find that as well. And why this Tablet has lesser fan noise? Because the backside is not getting restricted and getting enough airflow, a concept they have taken from their ROG Mothership concept. It has even lesser fan noise than some of the big Gaming laptops with similar hardware.
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I am not going to argue with you about the use case of this device as I have mentioned, if you need something like that, this is probably your only option. But your comparison about X13 is completely wrong. What you tried is trying to compare the last year's X13 with this device. 2022 X13 refresh has the exact same screen as this one. Go and check some reviews and you'll find that as well. And why this Tablet has lesser fan noise? Because the backside is not getting restricted and getting enough airflow, a concept they have taken from their ROG Mothership concept. It has even lesser fan noise than some of the big Gaming laptops with similar hardware.
Incorrect. Different part numbers

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