Foldables are now the norm, and folding laptops have joined the club. The ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is a game-changer in the world of laptops. Its unique foldable design with a flexible OLED panel and proprietary hinge co-developed by ASUS and Intel® has redefined the laptop experience. This review tries to cover the folding aspects of the ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED, its design, and use case scenarios, to its visual and immersive experience.
I. Redefining the Laptop Experience
The ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is designed to meet the needs and expectations of users who prefer easy-to-carry laptops that are stylish, and modern, but also want humongous displays. The laptop is truly transformative, with a foldable form factor and a Bluetooth keyboard that allows it to be used as both a 12.5-inch laptop and a 17.3-inch PC. The laptop can also be used as an interactive pad or connected to an external monitor via one of its two Thunderbolt™ 4 ports.
II. Unfold New Possibilities
The foldable design of the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED allows users to fold it into laptop mode and use it with a virtual onscreen keyboard on the lower screen. Alternatively, users can use it with its ASUS ErgoSense Bluetooth keyboard and touchpad. When fully unfolded, the laptop turns into an impressive 17.3-inch tablet that helps visualize content more clearly or share content with others seamlessly. In reader mode, with the hinge aligned vertically, users can use Zenbook 17 Fold OLED for reading eBooks or multitask with ease.
The ASUS ErgoSense Bluetooth Keyboard and Touchpad, provide a comfortable typing experience and up to 24 hours of battery life. The keyboard features commonly used function keys, as well as a set of Bluetooth hotkeys for quick switching between devices. It also includes an Fn key with a lock option for easy switching between hotkey functions or general F1-F12 key functions. The keys of the keyboard have a dish-shaped indentation and a 1.4 mm key travel, providing better feedback and improving typing accuracy. Additionally, the keyboard is compatible with ASUS Adaptive Lock, which allows users to log in to their Zenbook 17 Fold OLED quickly and securely using their smartphone’s fingerprint sensor or face recognition technology.
III. ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED Use Case Scenarios
The ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED has multiple use case scenarios:
A. Laptop mode (with Bluetooth keyboard)
- 12.5” 3:2 Laptop
B. Laptop mode (with virtual keyboard)
- 12.5” 3:2 Laptop
C. Extended mode
- 12.5” 3:2 Laptop with two 12.5” full-size displays
D. Reader mode
- 17.3” 4:3 Folded E-book
E. Desktop mode
- 17.3” 4:3 2-in1 PC
F. Tablet mode
- 17.3” 4:3 Pad
IV. Sophisticated Design
The ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED’s chassis is made of magnesium aluminum alloy and finished in a Tech Black color. It features the new ASUS logo design with the “A” in the ASUS name pointing upward. With a total weight of just 1.5 kg of weight (without a keyboard), the ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is easy to carry around.
V. Tough and Durable Hinge Design
To ensure durability in any scenario, ASUS says the hinge and OLED panel of the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED have passed over 30,000 open/close cycles in tests. The laptop also features a built-in leather kickstand to protect the chassis and keep the device upright when needed.
VI. Immersive Visual Experience
The ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED features a 17.3-inch OLED display that delivers amazing visuals in a transformative way. The OLED display emits 70% less harmful blue light than an LCD display, which protects users’ eyes from potential strain and discomfort. Users can split the screen into three windows for multitasking, making the laptop a powerful PC with a large, immersive display.
To further help with immersion, The ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED boasts an impressive audio system, featuring sound by Harmon Kardon and Dolby Atmos®. The quad speakers provide louder volumes, richer depth, and better surround-sound effects compared to other laptops of a similar size. Dolby Atmos offers a unique listening experience, with perfect clarity and lifelike spatial separation, while the wide range of equalizer settings allows users to customize their sound preferences. Additionally, the smart amplifier can enhance the maximum volume by up to 350%, providing clearer sound at all frequencies while preventing long-term damage to the sensitive speaker voice coils. The ASUS AI Noise-Canceling Audio feature ensures clear communication in remote conferencing scenarios, making the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED an excellent choice for business travelers and remote employees.
The ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED boasts impressive specifications that make it a desirable device for tech enthusiasts. With a sleek and lightweight design, this laptop is equipped with the latest 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 U-series processors, providing powerful performance for demanding tasks. The onboard memory of up to 16 GB and a 1 TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD also offers ample storage and speed. Additionally, the Fold features two Thunderbolt™ 4 ports and a 3.5 mm audio combo jack, providing users with multiple connectivity options. The large 75-watt-hour battery ensures long-lasting usage sessions without the need for frequent charging.
To sum it all up, The ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is a truly transformative laptop that redefines the laptop experience. Its foldable design, Bluetooth keyboard, and multiple use case scenarios make it an ideal device for users who demand premium features and cutting-edge technology. It is suitable for professionals who require a powerful and portable device but are up to testing the new future of foldable devices.