The “Perfect” Laptop Has One Very MAJOR Flaw

The “Perfect” Laptop Has One Very MAJOR Flaw

this is the rog flow x13 laptop and i thought it was going to be the best on-the-go workstation laptop that i could potentially pick up but unfortunately a lot of its portability comes with a lot of sacrifices let’s talk about this laptop after i tell you about today’s video sponsor today’s ufd tech video is sponsored by raycon i use wireless earbuds all the time whether it’s when i’m working or exercising to stay focused on the task at hand whether it’s an inspiring podcast or my new favorite band goodkid my audio experiences is a key part to everything that i do and raycon’s everyday earbuds help me to accomplish that with comfort and without having to constantly recharge which is something i’m really thankful for raycon’s come with a bunch of gel tips for your comfort and unlike some other brands they don’t stick out of your ears raycons have a 32-hour battery life i can’t tell you how important that is to me and they start at half the price of other premium audio brands but they sound just as good and raycons come with a 45-day happiness guarantee you can click the link in the video description down below or go to buy raycon dot com forward slash ufd to get 15 off your raikon purchase and when you purchase any of the raycon everyday earbuds you’re helping to support the ufd tech channel big thanks again to raycon for sponsoring today’s video so the main appeal of the rog flow is its specs and its size it’s 13.4 inch screen that comes in a package that’s only 2.87 pounds and roughly half an inch thick it’s barely thicker than two iphones stacked on top of each other and then in that size here’s the spec list you get a ryzen 9 5900 hs which is eight cores and 16 threads my particular model has 16 gigabytes of lp ddr4x memory rated at 4266 megahertz a one terabyte nvme ssd intel wifi ax 200 a 62 watt hour four cell battery and a dedicated gpu this thing comes with an rtx 3050 ti which is absolutely astounding eight cores 16 threads dedicated gpu and 13 inches this is the easiest thing to throw in your backpack and you’re going to be able to edit or do any sort of production great stuff on the go at least that’s what the spec list makes you believe and on top of that it’s also a great at home station because it has this port which allows you to connect to asus’s xg mobile dock which has an rtx 3080 in it and you can have it so that you have desktop class power with eight course 16 threads and an rtx 3080 at home or potentially on the go since the xg mobile dock is actually quite small so in theory this thing is great at like starbucks and it’s great at home for playing video games but the unfortunate truth is in order for asus to cram everything that’s in the spec list into this package they made a lot of sacrifices that gets me more ambivalent and not necessarily deciding whether or not i want to keep the laptop rather than fools and ecstatic about it so number one the biggest detractor is the price this thing cost me fifteen hundred dollars at best buy it’s currently going for 17.50 over on amazon you can check both of those at the link in the video description but that is really expensive there are other rtx 3050 ti laptops that you can get out there for roughly a thousand maybe 1200 bucks but they don’t have everything the rog flow has which is namely that ryzen 9 processor and the 13-inch form factor and that 13.4 inch display is also 16×10 so it’s 1920 by 1200 resolution as opposed to 1920×1080 which again is great for productivity having that extra vertical height means that you have more space to store things like bins in premiere pro it’s actually really good from a production standpoint but that price is really hard to swallow but while we’re talking about this display let’s keep on that for a second it is an ips screen and it can also be a tablet because it can fold as a two in one which means it is indeed a touch screen that ips screen has 116 of srgb coverage 85 percent of the dc ip3 coupler space and 86 of adobe rgb which actually is really good for just on-the-go needs if you’re making youtube videos like i am this means that i could go to the hospital and be able to edit while my son’s being taken care of so again check for the specs i o on this thing is kinda all right i get it it’s a 13 inch laptop on the left hand side you’ve got the xg port you’ve got the hdmi 2.0 b out as well as the headset port and then on the right hand side you have a usb type-c a usb type-a 3.2 by 2 which is good for 10 gigabits per second and then the power on the back there’s nothing but exhaust ports which we’ll get to in a second but one thing that i did find out in my testing of the rockflow is that xg mobile port if you just pop off the cover you can actually use that usbc port like it will actually work it’s not just necessarily for the extended gpu that they give you you can use it for file transfer or if you need an extra usbc port since the usb c port on the right hand side is actually used by the charging brake which is a 100 watt ac adapter so it’s a little slim on ports but every 13-inch notebook is this is actually pretty decent especially if you use that usb-c port on the xg mobile slot my biggest complaint is going to come when i get to the benchmarks and how hot and loud this thing gets but let’s cover the rest of the device first as far as webcam and microphone here’s your luck so webcam and microphone uh webcam pretty bad it’s really hazy i kind of look like i’m high like there’s some smudgy filter really red in the face compared to what the a cam is microphone not too bad actually it picks up my voice pretty well even though i’m sitting like a good three feet away from it any interaction with the touch pad like right here doesn’t really pop up that much typing on the keyboard actually also sounds pretty fine there’s good sound rejection there the audio is pretty good for zoom calls the webcam is like serviceable but like this looks terrible i mean it could just be me but is it build quality of this thing i have no issues with throwing this chassis into my backpack kind of just flapping it about it has no give whatsoever this is a solidly built laptop i absolutely love it the keyboard and touch pad are good the white backlit chiclet keys type as good as you possibly want here’s a sound test for you and the touchpad is a little wider than it is tall so it’s kind of extra widescreen view but it works as well as any other touchpad i’ve seen no issues here and then battery life this is actually probably one of the more disappointing sides of this thing i was only able to manage three hours and 10 minutes on my normal like web browsing battery life test that i do and that’s just really not good especially for having a ryzen processor in here and i actually redid the test disabling the rtx 3050 ti and it didn’t make a difference whatsoever because that’s what the battery life was like running on the igpu since i wasn’t actually using it for gaming i would expect that if you’re trying to use this as a portable workstation you’re going to need to be plugged into the wall because three hours on a ryzen laptop with 64 odd hours is actually some of the worst that i’ve gotten recently and i suspect that’s likely because of some of the issues that we’re running into when it comes to the actual gaming and productivity benchmarks and that is this thing is hot as but and it’s super loud and super annoying because of asus’s just i i don’t know if it’s engineering limitations but bad design on the actual thermals of this laptop so if you look on the underside of the laptop you can see that there are only two openings for air to come into the actual laptop and it’s not even very big openings it’s just enough for it to breathe ever so slightly but as you can see it’s sitting flush on the desk right now there’s nothing that actually lifts it up so those fans can get any sort of breath and the exhaust on the back of the laptop as soon as you open up the screen blocks the exhaust so that it comes up the top or it has to be kind of forced through the back a little bit more making it so that it can’t even exhaust the heat properly which led to some really rough benchmarking sessions on this laptop so i tested this thing at 1080p at 1920×1080 or 1920×1200 depending on what the game allowed me to do and it was it was really disappointing it either basically matched or did slightly worse or slightly better than a recent pc build that i did the 650 pc which you can check out the video right there which had an i3 and a gtx 1063 gigabyte so this thing is not performing particularly well and part of that is because in all of the testing the temperatures are atrocious the cpu averaged around 89 degrees celsius and never really went above 3.2 gigahertz the gpu averaged between 80 and 85 degrees celsius and was roughly around a thousand megahertz all the time but the kicker came is if i did an extended benchmarking session let’s say i played a game of warzone that clock speed on the gpu dropped steadily steadily steadily until i got below 800 megahertz to the point where i was seeing up to 25 performance drops based on the longevity of using this device because the heat continued to sap away the gpu’s power and the cooling is so bad in this thing that when i was doing something like a simple ssd benchmark which by the way that one terabyte ssd can get 2400 megabytes per second read and around 2000 megabytes per second right when i was doing that the fans ramped up because it couldn’t handle the heat that was coming out from the ssd i haven’t actually experienced that in another 13-inch laptop something like the macbook air m1 doesn’t do it the surface laptop fours that i’ve tested haven’t done it the lenovo yoga 13 hasn’t done it i haven’t experienced something where the fan had to ramp up crazy in order to cool the ssd because the internal structure of the laptop isn’t designed for to actually properly cool what’s on the inside so the gaming benchmarks were like alright if you end up getting the xg mobile dock it’ll make it so that you don’t have to deal with a lot of the heat coming off the gpu in order to play video games so that might be a worthwhile upgrade i decided that i wasn’t gonna spend the fifteen hundred dollars on the mobile dock until i decided that i was actually okay with this laptop and i’m just i’m not the only other performance benchmark that i want to talk about is in premiere pro i did a test 4k video render and my 10 900k main desktop which has a gtx 1650 super as the gpu and 64 gigs of ram was able to render out this 4k video in eight minutes and 16 seconds on the other hand this ryzen 9 setup with a 3050 ti was able to do it in five minutes and 40 seconds so that’s actually a pretty big leap over what is my normal desktop day to day usage so in a production side of things it actually worked pretty well but there’s a couple things to note that was just a render test when i’ve tried to edit videos on this laptop it again encounters that heat problem where it continues to sap away the performance to the point where it gets stuttery and then when i tried to render it out after editing the render time over doubled because the gpu and the cpu actually couldn’t run at the full proper speed so for short bursts this laptop’s great for long and extended use whether in gaming or productivity it actually sucks and you’re losing between 25 and 50 performance depending on how long you actually want to use the laptop for because it can’t actually be cooled but i can see a situation where you use it with the xg mobile dock and instead of having this sit on your desk where the fans can’t get any breath you put it in let’s say a laptop dock stand and there it can actually properly breathe maybe the temperatures will be a little bit better especially since at that point you’re only trying to cool the cpu and not the gpu but as it is as a standalone laptop this thing does not perform as its specs would indicate battery life is not good its long-term gaming and productivity use case is not good it’s well built it’s got a good microphone setup it’s got good speakers i really enjoy the expandability that it gives the screen is of high quality the 16 by 10 display is great it has so much good about it that i really wanted to love it but after using it for at least three weeks at this point i honestly think i’m going to sell it because it’s just not worth it for me to keep it here it doesn’t actually meet all the needs that i want especially with the thermal issues and i’m going to be looking elsewhere for a different laptop so that is the rog flow x13 inch i’ve really wanted to love it but what i did love was building a pc with my son for the first time you can go check out that video over there it’s one of the more recent ones here on ufd tech and i’ll see you in the next video my friends cheers [Music] you
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