The smaller ZenBook 13 might not be as powerful as its larger form-factor cousin, but it still packs quite a punch and offers solid entry-level gaming at the attractive price point of $1,000, thanks to its GeForce MX150 GPU. Even our beloved XPS 13 only gives you Intel HD graphics for similar money.
Despite the added GPU though, you don’t lose out with battery life or CPU power. It comes with a Core i5-8250U CPU at the entry-level price point, with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. All of that can chug along for most of a working day, or give you a few hours of gaming, if you prefer.
The hardware means that even in AAA titles like Civilization VI and Battlefield 1, you can hit playable frame rates at medium detail levels. If speed is more important to you than beauty, with some tweaking you could nudge those numbers towards 60 FPS. Some titles will be too much for the MX150, though. In our testing, we found that the Zenbook 13 really struggled with Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.