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Asus has been wanting for a long time push the limits of traditional notebook. We have some examples like your Zenbook Pro Duo or your Rog Flow z13. Its new Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is another example of this attempt to go beyond the most common computers. This is a folding laptop with state-of-the-art features.


We have a foldable 17-inch Windows 11 tablet that you can attach a keyboard to and turn it into a traditional laptop. A product very similar to the one launched by Lenovo, the ThinkPad x1 Fold, but with a larger size and greater power. I’ll tell you what I thought of this new bet from Asus.

ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED, technical specifications

ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED

Screen

Unfolded: OLED 17.3 “foldable, touch, 2,560 x 1,920 pixels, 4:3, 500 nits
Folded: 12.5″, 1920 x 1280 pixels, 3:2
NanoEdge edges, 87% use of the front

Processor

Intel Core i7-1250U
Intel Iris Xe graphics

Memory

16GB LPDDR5 5200MHz (not expandable)

Storage

1TB NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD

cameras

5 MP with AI for video calls
HD IR for facial recognition

color sensing

Sound

Four integrated speakers with Dolby Atmos
Harman Kardon Certified

Built-in microphone with voice recognition, Cortana, Alexa

connectivity

WiFi 6E

Bluetooth 5.2

ports

2x USB-C (Thunderbolt 4)
1 x 3.5mm mini jack

Drums

75Whr
65W adapter (USB-C)

Operating system

Windows 11 Pro / Home

Dimensions and weight

Unfolded: 378.5 x 287.6 x 12.9mm
Folded: 287.6 x 189.3 x 34.4mm
Weight without keyboard: 1.5 kg
Weight with keyboard: 1.8 kg

Others

ASUS ErgoSense Bluetooth keyboard + magnetic touchpad (285 x 182 x 5.5 mm)
MIL-STD-810H certification

Price

Starting at $3,499

Design: light and premium, but with some gaps

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Starting with the design section, it is clear that we are facing a very premium product. It has an aluminum finish on the back and the edges. The rest is covered by leather very pleasant to the touch. In the lower part, a part of this leather moves to become a pin with which to support the tablet.

It shows that we are facing a very premium product. It is not very heavy and is quite thin, although there is some space between both ends when it is folded.

For the type of product it is, it is not very heavy, 1.5 Kg without the keyboard and it is quite thin: 8.7 mm unfolded and a little more than double folded: 17.4 mm. There is quite a gap between both ends when it is folded since it leaves space in case we close it with the keyboard on.

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If we turn it around, we find the huge 17.3-inch panel that could be better used If I didn’t have such generous margins. In what would be the upper part if we use it as a laptop we find the 5MP webcam and a color sensor that will try to improve our image in video calls.

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As for connections, we have two thunderbolts 4 ports and a headphone port. The good news is that a USB-C to USB-A adapter is included. Following the edges we find a power button and the two classic volume buttons.

An overwhelming 17.3″ OLED screen

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Undoubtedly the great protagonist of this tablet is the screen. It is almost overwhelming to unfold it and find the 17.3 “that fits. It is a 2.5K (2560×1920) OLED panel with a 4:3 aspect ratio that, as you can imagine, with OLED technology and resolution that, although it is not the highest that we can find in the market for tablets and laptops, yes, it is the best we found in the folding field. If we use it in portable mode, with the dockable keyboard we will have 12.5 “and a resolution of 1920×1280 with an aspect ratio of 3: 2.

The 17.3″ OLED screen is a joy to enjoy multimedia content when fully unfolded.

Obviously, the big question in a folding screen is the wrinkle, and here I have good and bad news: the good news is that it is barely visible unless the light hits it very directly or we have it semi-folded. The bad news is that it is noticeable to the touch. When we pass the finger we will notice the indentation at the moment. Something that really shouldn’t be much of a problem with such a large screen. It is rare that we have to slide our finger so much as to touch it. But there it is.

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The hinge for its part feels robust and makes some resistance when folding and unfolding, which allows us to leave the tablet in different positions. But above all it gives us a feeling of good construction.

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Ultimately, it is a joy to enjoy multimedia content when it is fully unfolded and we leave it supported with the pin that I mentioned before. The OLED panel is noticeable and complies perfectly.

More than enough power with the new Intel

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In terms of power, it is not short. Have a 12th generation Intel Core I7 1250U accompanied by 16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM. For the graphic part, it has an Intel Iris XE. And in storage we have 1 TB PCI express fourth generation SSD.

The experience has been very fluid in this first contact with everything responding perfectly. It would be necessary to be able to give it a little more time with heavy applications such as Photoshop or Premiere, but it is something that we will check in the analysis.

User experience: we need a foothold

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But apart from the power and the screen, what is really interesting is how it takes advantage of its folding capacity. For this, Asus has included a function with which when we fold or unfold the tablet we will see a little window that will tell us what layout we want on the screen. For example we can put two windows on one part of the screen and a third on the other. But there are many possibilities and for productivity scenarios I find it quite useful.

On the other hand, and as I have commented during these impressions, the tablet has a bluetooth keyboard that is magnetically attached. With it we can use the tablet in desktop mode, that is, fully unfolded and using the keyboard separately. We can also do the same thing but change the orientation of the tablet and fold it, which Asus has called the extended mode. Finally, if we attach the keyboard we will get closer to the purest experience with a traditional laptop.

The ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED can be used in various ways, from the purest experience of a traditional laptop to tablet mode. Its folding format allows it to adapt to the situations we want.

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This large battery of options makes it a very attractive product. as long as we have a surface to support it because even though it is not very heavy, it is a big tablet and using it as such is not the most comfortable thing in the world.

The sound is an important section and I did not expect to find such a good one on this tablet. We have 4 speakers signed by Harman/kardon and Dolby Atmos sound that not only give us a very high maximum volume that barely distorts, but also has a more than decent quality. It lacks a bit of punch in the bass but it is something that we can overlook in such a good set. If we miss a little more, we can always connect our wired headphones to its jack port.

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With regard to autonomy, it is difficult to get an idea with so little use of the device. The brand promises 9 hours and a half in its portable mode. We imagine that something less in its desktop mode. We will have to wait for the analysis to corroborate these data. Regarding the load, we have a 65W charger included but we can charge it practically with any USB-C we have at home.

The Asus Zenbook Fold 17 OLED is not for everyone, but it is a luxury

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As is often the case with the brand, this Asus Zenbook Fold 17 OLED is a curious device that works very well and can be used a lot… but it’s not for everyone. And it is not for two reasons: the first is that its use is closely tied to efficiency when working or perform certain types of tasks such as photo or video editing with a workflow that requires this division of windows or such a large screen. And even so, in the latter case, there are perhaps more interesting options in terms of value for money.

As is often the case with the brand, this Asus Zenbook Fold 17 OLED is a curious device that works very well and can be used a lot… but it’s not for everyone.

and second because the price is high. Quite high. We do not have an official price in euros, but we do know that it starts at $3,499. For pockets that can afford it, it’s a unique device that works very well, although it’s probably still niche.

Asus has been wanting for a long time push the limits of traditional notebook. We have some examples like your…

Asus has been wanting for a long time push the limits of traditional notebook. We have some examples like your…

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