Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED: On Thursday, November 10, Asus launched the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED as its newest high-end folding laptop. The brand-new Zenbook 17 Fold OLED from Asus features a foldable 17.3-inch screen with 100 percent DCI-P3 color. It has a terabyte of quick SSD storage and the 12th Intel Core i7 processor.
The brand’s top-tier ProArt Studio book Pro 16 OLED costs more than Rs 3 lakh in India than the new foldable Zenbook. Let’s examine all of its specifics. Priced at Rs 3,29,990 in the nation, the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is only available in Black.
The Intel Core i7-1250U processor and Iris Xe graphics are what give the laptop its power. It contains 1TB of PCIe 4 SSD storage with a 6500 MB/s speed and 16GB of DDR5 RAM running at 5200 MHz
Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED: Key Features
- Asus features a foldable 17.3-inch screen with 100 percent DCI-P3 color.
- It has a terabyte of quick SSD storage and the 12th Intel Core i7 processor.
- With a 12th-gen Intel Core i7 U-series CPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD, the Fold comes packing solid specs inside.
- 17-inch touch display folds in half and it can be instantly used in laptop mode.
Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED: More about the Laptop
The laptop recently underwent pre-booking in India. A free external SSD, a 3-year warranty bundle, and one year of accidental damage protection are available to those who pre-ordered it. A big laptop with a magnesium-aluminum alloy shell, the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED features a large form factor. It is also certified to MIL-STD 810H, the military standard.
It has a 17.3-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1920 pixels. The panel has a resolution of 1920 x 1280 pixels and measures 12.5 when folded. The screen features a 1000000:1 contrast ratio, a 500 nit brightness, and a 100% DCI-P3 color gamut. It also has Dolby Vision and DisplayHDR True Black 500 compatibility.
The Intel Core i7-1250U processor and Iris Xe graphics are what give the laptop its power. It contains 1TB of PCIe 4 SSD storage with a 6500 MB/s speed and 16GB of DDR5 RAM running at 5200 MHz.
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Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED: Usability
The core difference between a traditional laptop and the ZenBook Fold is the ability to use the Asus device in different ways. When traveling for work or attending conferences I used the ZenBook Fold like a normal 12.5-inch clamshell laptop. This is possible due to a folding screen. The big, nice-looking 17-inch touch display folds in half and it can be instantly used in laptop mode. The whole experience didn’t translate into some cramped and difficult-to-use laptop which was the case with the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold. With this laptop not only do I get a display that’s sharp and vivid, but I also have the freedom to transform the device the way I want.
The included keyboard magnetically attaches to the lower half of the display for a classic laptop mode. The keyboard is comfortable to type on with plenty of travel. As a writer, I feel the typing experience needs to be front and center for any keyboard. The keys aren’t backlit though. The touchpad, too, is decent. While the Bluetooth keyboard may seem like the perfect fit, it makes the device thick and heavy when folded.
Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED: Features that Impress You
It includes an ASUS ErgoSense Bluetooth keyboard that supports Quick Toggles. The front of it sports a 5MP webcam for video chats and meetings. For audio, there is a quad-stereo speaker configuration, and Cortana and Alexa speech assistants are supported.
The laptop has a 75WHr battery that supports 65W rapid charging. The laptop starts with Windows 11 Home and comes pre-loaded with MyASUS and ScreenXpert 3. Additionally, it has a subscription to Microsoft Office Home & Student and WiFi 6E. It contains a USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm audio jack, two Thunderbolt 4 connections, and other interfaces.
Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED: Optimum Performance
My main purpose in using the ZenBook Fold was to see if it was better or near my MacBook Air M1 in performance. It served that well. With a 12th-gen Intel Core i7 U-series CPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD, the Fold comes packing solid specs inside. There will always be a section of users who go for specs and benchmarks. I greatly admire the user base, but the ZenBook Fold is more of a lifestyle computer than a device designed as a video editor’s machine. The ZenBook Fold is a fast machine, but have I benchmarked it? No, when I spent my time juggling between my MacBook Air M1 and ZenBook Fold doing the same tasks day in and out, I could tell Asus’ computer was as good as Apple’s computer. Rarely have I felt the Fold struggling with average computing tasks.
To be clear, there is no dedicated graphics card, so don’t expect gaming or professional-grade editing capabilities on this machine. For those worried about battery life, there is good news. The battery on the ZenBook Fold lasted between 6 to 7 hours on a single charge, which is impressive for a device that has a 17-inch screen.
Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED: Should Buy or Not?
You may be wondering whether you need a foldable laptop and the answer is probably a no. But if you can afford one I think it offers an experience like no other device. Even though the ZenBook 17 Fold is still a first-generation product, I see a lot of potential in the foldable form factor if done right. The price can be a barrier for most people but, most importantly, I wanted the software experience to be on another level which is sadly not there as yet.