Asus ZenBook 17 Fold OLED Review: Cool Concept, Poor Execution

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Don’t purchase the Asus ZenBook 17 Fold OLED. This is my recommendation to everybody. Not simply these in search of a sensible hybrid working machine, or those that wouldn’t think about a tool costing round $3,500, however even tremendous early adopters who’ve the money burning a gap of their pockets for such a purchase order.

Asus is aware of this, too. WIRED spoke to the freshman foldable producer for an (*17*) on the machine’s prototyping course of, and through our chat the director of technical advertising for gaming and PCs, Sascha Krohn, confessed: “Clearly price was not a consideration,” earlier than including, “this is not a mass-market product, this is not for everyone.” Indeed. The ZenBook 17 Fold OLED actually isn’t prepared but, however … I like the concept. And between Lenovo and Asus—the one foldable PC makers round proper now—there’s a future right here.

Screen With Smarts

Despite my reluctance to advocate anybody purchase this machine, after utilizing the ZenBook 17 Fold for a couple of weeks now, I’m totally onboard with folding PCs. The principal enchantment is having the ability to carry round a big show in your bag. Some could consider this machine as a laptop computer that may remodel into an expanded canvas. However, one thing akin to a conveyable show with Windows onboard, quite than a laptop computer with a folding display screen, is a extra correct description—particularly relating to highlighting the very best of this design.

When folded out and rested on the hooked up stand, the wonderful 17-inch OLED display screen is a perfect dimension for multitasking, or simply duties—like working in spreadsheets—that profit from a bigger show. 

The ZenBook 17 Fold OLED comes with a Bluetooth keyboard included within the bundle. The slim element may be tucked away contained in the machine when folded or carried individually. It’s a fine condition, dimension, and weight, akin to a 13-inch laptop computer’s keyboard, and may both sit on prime of half of the machine when folded (to which the show will reply accordingly) or may be positioned individually on a desk. The latter is my favourite manner to make use of this machine—a giant and vivid display screen with the keyboard sitting in entrance. And, if the included keyboard and trackpad mixture isn’t to your liking, you’ll be able to all the time join your personal.

Conversely, I’m a lot much less of a fan of the laptop computer mode. Asus says it has gone as massive as it may well with the 17-inch show right here, nevertheless it nonetheless isn’t fairly sufficient, as for this incarnation the display screen dimension is halved. It turns into the scale of a typical 13.3-inch clamshell machine, however thick bezels imply the show is 12.5-inches. The keyboard typing expertise is worsened on this mode, too, with the accent flexing extra when not on a flat floor. Overall, although, the typing expertise is powerful, if missing a little bit of journey, and the trackpad is pleasingly clicky. Having had hands-on time with its rival Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold (2022), Asus has it effectively beat. I’ll return to extra factors of comparability with its sole competitor later.

In equity, my first impressions of the laptop computer mode had been worse than they’re now, as the big bezels, initially jarring, do fade somewhat and it’s potential to get used to the quite small 12.5-inch show dimension—particularly if it is solely required when house is proscribed. 

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