I may be late to the party but it’s better late than never, right? Today, I decided to compare this year’s ROG XG Mobile and compare how different it looks from last year’s ROG XG Mobile. How big is the difference?
Starting with the ROG XG Mobile (2021) version, upon initial reaction, the box of this 2021 model is slightly shorter than the 2022 version. In terms of appearance, the black box comes with a small ROG logo on the bottom.
Upon opening the box, you will be greeted with the following items:
ROG XG Mobile
The XG Mobile comes in an off-black color and features NVIDIA features like DLSS 2.0 and Ray Tracing to further enhance user experience.
In terms of portability, it only weighs a mere 1kg which certainly makes it light enough to bring to and fro places. The built-in stand on the other hand allows it to be used in places with not much table space.
For ports, it comes with an HDMI 2.0b port, a DisplayPort 1.4 port, an RJ-45 Ethernet Port, a DC input jack, 4 USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, and an SD card reader. I personally find this selection of ports great as the ROG Flow series has incredibly limited port access.
This version of the ROG XG mobile supports both the ROG Flow X13 and ROG Flow Z13 line of laptops.
While the 2021 version comes with NVIDIA graphics, the 2022 version had to cater to the other team, which is why it comes with AMD Radeon RX6850M XT graphics.
As I mentioned above, the box looks almost identical if not for the difference in height. This year's version comes in a slightly taller box but still the same black box and ROG logo on the bottom.
Upon opening the box, the inside has the same exact contents as the previous version. You will get:
ROG XG Mobile
This version did not stray far as it has the same off-black colour and integrated stand. The external GPU is slightly taller which explains the difference in box height. Being taller, it is also a tad bit heavier weighing 1.2kg.
One of the major differences would probably be the change of watts that the adapter comes with, the new version now comes with 330w compared to last year's 280w.
For ports, it is rather very similar to the previous version as it comes with an HDMI 2.1 port, a DisplayPort 1.4 port, an RJ45 Ethernet port, 4x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, and an SD card reader.
This version also comes supporting two lines of laptops in the Flow Series which are the ROG Flow Z13 and the ROG Flow Z13, essentially meaning that all current Flow laptops are supported by both the XG Mobile.
At the end of it all, these two external GPUs aren’t that far apart from each other, it all comes down to the user to make a decision. Are you an AMD or an NVIDIA user, from there you can easily make your decision on whether it’s worth the money.