We got our hands on the Zenbook Fold 17, the first foldable laptop from Asus

Asus will market its foldable laptop, the Zenbook Fold 17, in late 2022. A 12.5-inch 17.3-inch PC, according to which it will be sold for €3999.

After smartphones, it is the turn of PCs to bend their screens. Asus had presented its Zenbook Fold 17 in January 2022. On the occasion of IFA, we learned that the marketing will take place before the end of the year. Present at the Berlin show, we were able to get our hands on it.

Asus Zenbook Fold 17 ©Tom’s guide

The device unfolds easily. Once opened, it reveals a physical keyboard. This is released to release the entire screen surface of this Zenbook Fold 17.

An advanced configuration

In terms of characteristics, they have all been known since the presentation of this Zenbook Fold 17, but here they are again:

  • Screen > 12.5 or 17.3 inches / OLED / 90 Hz / 2560 x 1920 pixels / HDR / Dolby Vision
  • Processor > Intel Core i7-1250U
  • Graphics chip > Intel Iris Xe
  • RAM > 16GB
  • Storage > 1TB SSD
  • Sound > four Dolby Atmos-certified Harman Kardon speakers
  • Connectivity > Wi-Fi 6E / Bluetooth 5.2 / two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports / 3.5 mm jack
  • Battery > 75 Wh (1 day autonomy announced)
  • Dimensions > 28.7 x 18.9 x 3.2 cm (37.8 x 28.7 x 1.2 cm, open)
  • Weight > 1.6 kg without keyboard, 1.99 kg with

We are therefore dealing with a typical high-end office machine. No games here or lights, but that wasn’t Asus’ goal. The proposal is on a huge screen, making it the first portable all-in-one.

Asus Zenbook Fold 17 foldable PC
Asus Zenbook Fold 17 ©Tom’s guide

From laptop to all-in-one in no time

Once opened, you can remove your keyboard to take advantage of the 17.3 inches of its Oled display. Several positions are possible:

  • portable format with its physical keyboard or a virtual keyboard
  • fully developed for playful use, for example with a Monopoly or other board game
  • in display mode via the extendable foot on the back

With this last arrangement, you can put the Bluetooth keyboard in front to get a desktop computer and no longer a laptop.

Asus Zenbook Fold 17 foldable PC
Asus Zenbook Fold 17 ©Tom’s guide

A discreet fold

When we talk about a foldable screen, we are talking about its folding. Here it is unobtrusive to the eye and does not interfere with use. To the touch it is much more pronounced. The edges of this hinge are covered with small rubber bands that are quite thin and whose solidity must be tested.

Asus Zenbook Fold 17 foldable PC
Asus Zenbook Fold 17 ©Tom’s guide

Contrary to the first official images we had, the Fold 17 is not that smooth. In order to best protect its screen, Asus has deliberately thickened its entire rubber frame.

A faux leather that sticks out

On the finish side, it is covered with imitation leather. Even its keyboard inherits this treatment. And there we have doubts about the robustness of its edges. Imitation leather protrudes slightly. It gets stuck under your fingers when you grab the device. To see if it lasts over time and is not damaged.

Asus Zenbook Fold 17 foldable PC
Asus Zenbook Fold 17 ©Tom’s guide

A webcam that films from the side

The other flaw that we noticed during this grip is the location of the webcam. When using its full diagonal, it is found on the left side of the device. Therefore, we are no longer in the center when it is activated. And clearly, when we look at his interlocutor, he has the impression that we are looking elsewhere.

A first solution would be software by tightening the framework for the user, like what Logitech can offer on its webcams.

€2000 more expensive than a classic PC

Otherwise, our handling was decisive. The device remains compact and relatively light. The option to use it as a classic laptop with a real keyboard is a really good idea. No need to bother with a virtual keyboard or a completely flat ersatz keyboard. Here the keys sink well.

Asus Zenbook Fold 17 foldable PC
Asus Zenbook Fold 17 ©Tom’s guide

And if you have a little more space to put it down, you can take full advantage of its 17.3-inch screen, which will be great for watching a movie comfortably or working in multi-windows.

The OLED screen is fantastic. Although it needs to be tested, there is little doubt about its quality, familiar to the panels normally used by Asus.

Finally, there is the price. The configuration is a top class for €2000, just like the new XPS 13 2-in-1. There we double the effort, it is the somersault of innovation.

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