Technically, the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold is not the first of its kind, but it is the first computer to make a serious push into the foldable laptop market.
At the exhibition, I got the opportunity to experiment with the device. It’s fantastic — but for the time being, only an idea.
The second laptop can be folded.
When Was It Launched!
The year 2020 marked the introduction of the foldable laptop at CES. Then March rolled around, and businesses began cancelling their plans.
Lenovo forged on with the ThinkPad X1 Fold laptop, even though it was cramped and difficult to operate, and its performance was subpar.
Even though it is the second foldable laptop to hit the market, Asus has learned from the mistakes made by its predecessors two years ago.
For starters, it’s huge, with a 17-inch screen that folds down to be around the size of a 13-inch laptop when not in use.
Furthermore, it should be more efficient. Although I was unable to test the machine’s performance, Asus claims that it is equipped with one of the most recent Intel processors.
The corporation won’t specify which generation it is, but I’m guessing it’s the 12th. And that should outperform the Lakefield chip found within the X1 Fold in terms of performance.
What Are Benefits From Windows?
It also benefits from Windows 11, which I found to be surprisingly speedy during my little experience with the laptop.
It’s still not as speedy as iOS, but when I connected the keyboard, Windows instantly turned and shrunk in size.
I do have a couple of minor gripes, though. The screen has the appearance of having a plastic film over the top of it, and closing the machine needs the use of both hands.
There was also a ripple in the centre of the screen where the fold is located. Asus claims that the issue will be resolved by the time the machine is released.
What About Its Size And Specification?
The most significant issue is weight and size. The Zenbook 17 Fold is quite portable in terms of width and height, but its thickness is another story.
When two thin 13-inch notebooks are piled on top of each other, it’s nearly the same thickness and weight as a single thick 13-inch laptop.
The majority of the weight is borne by the machine.
The keyboard is as light as can be, while still being pleasant to type on.
Because it requires separate charging, you’ll need two cables if you wish to recharge the Zenbook 17 Fold.
Taking it a step farther
It Has Folded Screen!
Although the screen may be folded, the Zenbook 17 is still a laptop that requires more than a simple folding screen.
The screen in and of itself is fantastic.
This monitor fulfils Asus’ outrageously high display specifications, which include a 2560 x 1920 resolution, a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, reaction times of 0.2 milliseconds or less, and a refresh rate of 90 hertz, and VESA DisplayHDR 500 True Black certification.
What About Its Appearance?
It has a rich and bright appearance, especially when the Zenbook 17 Fold is set up like a traditional laptop computer.
When the keyboard is not in use, the screen is simply not flat enough to be enjoyed. Colours and deep contrast can be seen, as well as specks of glare caused by imperfections in the top of the display.
I was taken aback by the detachable keyboard. Because it is removable, I figured it would be excessively clicky and inexpensive.
That is not the case. It’s the same ErgoSense keyboard seen on Asus’ other Zenbook notebooks, which happens to be one of my favourite mobile keyboards.
Rather, it is the areas around the keyboard that are lacking.
The magnets weren’t always effective, and the design makes it appear as though you might easily snap the keyboard in half without giving it a second thought. It was a pleasure to type on, although it is not a true laptop keyboard from top to bottom.
Pains associated with the development
Is It A Prototype!
The Zenbook 17 Fold is still at the stage of being a prototype. It’s a step closer to folding heaven than the ThinkPad X1 Fold, but it’s still a long way off.
I’m expecting that Asus will address some of the issues with the machine before it goes on sale, but even in that case, this isn’t the final form for foldable notebooks.
Asus has informed me that the final version would be more secure, but I’m not confident that this will resolve all of the concerns with the computer.
Even so, it’s a promising indicator for the future and an essential step toward the development of foldable computers.
The Zenbook 17 Fold is noteworthy because it is one of the first truly functional folding laptops to hit the market.
The Zenbook 17 Fold is a godsend for early adopters who want to get their hands on the latest and greatest.