ASUS Flow X16 2-in-1 gaming laptop with 165Hz mini-LED display

Igor Bonifacic

ASUS has refreshed its gaming laptop lineup to add the latest components from AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA. Of the two computers announced today, the most intriguing is the ROG Flow X16. It builds on the company’s previous gaming 2-in-1s by adding an enviable display to the mix.

The X16 will come with a mini-LED panel. According to the company, the QHD display features a 165Hz refresh rate and 3-millisecond pixel response time, in addition to 100% DCI-P3 coverage and 1,100 nits of peak brightness. With 512 local dimming zones, the X16’s display has VESA-safe DisplayHDR 1000 Certification. When it comes to gaming monitors, you’ve usually had to choose between speed and HDR performance. With the Flow X16, ASUS promises an uncompromising display, and that’s exciting if you’re playing a mix of competitive titles and immersive single-player games.


Internally, you’ll have the option of configuring the X16 with AMD’s latest 6000-series Ryzen processors, including the eight-core 6900HS. NVIDIA’s recently announced RTX Ti GPUs for laptops are also on offer. ASUS hasn’t forgotten about DDR5 either. The X16 can be configured with up to 64GB of fast 4800MHz DDR5 RAM and up to 2TB of PCIe storage.

To cool all these components, ASUS has equipped the Flow X16 with its “Pulsar” heatsink and an additional fan. The company claims that these components will help keep the computer cooler for longer. It’s all powered by a 90Wh battery with built-in fast-charging support, and the entire laptop weighs just under four and a half pounds.

On the I/O front, you can expect HDMI 2.1 connectivity, allowing you to plug the Flow X16 into the latest 120Hz TVs to play games at 120fps like you would a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X. The X16 also comes with a single USB 4.0 port that can act as a DisplayPort 1.4 connection. For good measure, the laptop will also come with stylus support and a Windows Hello-enabled Full HD webcam. Pricing for the Flow X16 will start at $1,950, rising to $2,700 for the top-end model.

On Tuesday, ASUS also announced an updated version of its ROG Strix Scar 17 laptop. The company claims the new “Special Edition” model features among the “most powerful” components you’ll find in a laptop. You can configure the computer to feature Intel’s 16-core i9-12900HX processor in combination with a GeForce RTX 3080Ti. Additionally, the SE includes a Turbo mode, allowing both components to draw more power than they normally would, increasing their performance. For cooling, the CPU and GPU feature a metal thermal interface, which ASUS says keeps components up to 15 degrees Celsius cooler than traditional thermal paste. Additionally, the company claims that the SE will produce no more than 40 decibels of noise when in Performance mode.

ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 SE


Unfortunately, the laptop won’t feature a mini-LED display like the Flow X16, but it will feature an IPS panel with QHD resolution, 240Hz refresh rate, and 3 millisecond pixel response time. . Just like the X16, it also comes with up to 64GB of 4800MHz DDR5 RAM, HDMI 2.1 connectivity and a 90Wh battery. Unique to the SE is an invisible ink finish ASUS says it spent six months developing. The finish produces a blue and green glow under UV light.

Pricing for the Strix Scar 17 SE starts at $3,500. ASUS expects both models to go on sale before the end of the first half.

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