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Asus Zenbook 17 Fold review: Innovation at its best

Why should mobiles have all the folding fun, when you can have a larger folding touchscreen on a laptop.

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Asus has been at the forefront of innovation when it comes to laptops. In 2022 they came out with quite a few good-looking and powerful machines that not only blazed past the competition but put them so far behind that they looked like a dot in its rearview mirror. The latest innovation to come to our side of the town is the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold. We spent over 2 weeks with the device to understand its ins and outs. This is the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold review you all have been waiting for.

Asus Zenbook 17 Fold review: Design and Display

The ASUS ZenBook 17 fold has a distinct design that distinguishes it from other laptops on the market. The 17-inch touchscreen display is the most remarkable feature, which can be opened to 180 degrees to switch between laptop and tablet mode easily. It comes with a keyboard attachment that turns it into a 13-inch laptop. So, only the top part of the screen is in play. This makes it ideal for professionals working on complex projects, as well as individuals looking for a versatile gadget that can be used for both work and play.

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Talking a little more about its design, the ZenBook 17 fold has a clean and attractive design in addition to its folding display. The laptop is made of high-quality components, including a lightweight aluminium chassis. The laptop’s hinge is likewise precision-engineered, resulting in smooth and steady functioning when switching modes. When in tablet mode, the hinge also enables for a comfortable and ergonomic viewing position, making it ideal for watching movies, browsing the web, or taking notes. Overall, the ASUS ZenBook 17 fold is a well-constructed laptop that is ideal for anyone looking for a powerful and adaptable gadget.

When it comes to connectivity users get two thunderbolt ports, one on each side and one 3.5mm audio/mic port. To connect USB 3.0 devices you will need a USB type-C connections hub. Same as you used to get for the MacBook Airs.

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One of the laptop’s most noticeable features is its 17-inch touchscreen display. With a resolution of 3840×2160 pixels, the display offers vibrant, crisp images that are ideal for watching high-definition movies and video content. Additionally, the display fully supports the sRGB colour gamut, making it the perfect choice for experts in graphic design, photography, and video editing. The display is moreover Pantone verified, guaranteeing that colours are correct and constant, which is crucial for professionals who need to do colour-critical tasks.

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We played a lot of content on the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold, which includes FHD YouTube Videos, Netflix shows and Prime movies. The overall experience with the display was fabulous and the response of the touch screen was far superior to any we have seen in the segment. Sound drivers also do justice to the machine and one can use them for prolonged watching. At 8MM the laptop weighs just 1.5Kg, and 1.8Kg when you attach the keyboard to it.

Asus Zenbook 17 Fold review: Performance

The ASUS ZenBook 17 fold is a powerful laptop that is packed with high-end technology. It is powered by a 12th Gen Intel Core i7 (1250U) processor, which offers fast and efficient performance for all types of tasks. The laptop also comes with IRIS X graphics, which provides smooth and responsive graphics for day-to-day tasks as well as other graphics-intensive tasks. But, do not expect it to play high-end games. It might be able to run them, but at very low FPS at the base settings.

The laptop also comes with 16GB of RAM and 1TB of M.2 NVMe SSD storage, providing plenty of power and storage space for all your needs. We were hoping that there will be 32GB RAM model as well, but that is not available at the moment.

In terms of connectivity, the ASUS ZenBook 17 fold comes with WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.0, providing fast and stable wireless connectivity. The laptop also features a webcam with 5MP sensor. In the small form factor, Asus has also put in a 75WHrs 4-cell Li-Ion battery in the machine. On our tests, the laptop stayed alive for 5.5 hours. This included a mix of work as well as full-screen (tablet mode) movie watching.

Windows 11 Home OS comes out of the box and setting it up is a bit tricky if you do not have an active internet connection. Though it is not Asus’s issue, Microsoft really needs to allow users to set up a device without creating a Microsoft account or registering for it first in a forced manner. Take a clue from Android, they tried that at one point, but then they also reverted to allowing users to set up a device without signing in. If the user wants to use PlayStore apps then they need to sign in, else no need. Same should be done with all Microsoft OS’s and laptops.Asus-Zenbook-17-Fold-2

Moving on, we had a fabulous time with this laptop as when we needed to work, we connected the keyboard attachment, which turns it into a 13-inch laptop. And when we wanted to watch something, we flipped it 90 degrees to take full advantage of the 17-inch tablet mode.

Overall, we did not find any flaws in the performance of the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold. We even tried to edit a 4K videos on the machine and it handled the process well.

Read Also: ASUS introduced new lineup of ROG Flow and Zephyrus laptops at CES 2023

Verdict

The ASUS ZenBook Fold 17 is a cutting-edge laptop with a sleek and attractive design, robust performance, and a one-of-a-kind foldable display. This laptop’s 17-inch touchscreen display is ideal for professionals who want a large screen for working on complex projects, as well as individuals looking for a versatile computer that can be used for both work and enjoyment.

The ZenBook Fold 17 can perform even the most demanding jobs with ease because of its powerful Intel Core processor and speedy storage. And as said, it also has a unique folding mechanism that allows the display to be rotated around, making switching between laptop and tablet mode simple. Overall, the ASUS ZenBook 17 is a powerful and versatile laptop that is perfect for both work and play.

But the only thing that pinches is the price. Asus is asking you to break the bank and fetch them Rs 3,29,690, which is equivalent to buying a small car. You have to ask this question to yourself, do you really want a folding touchscreen laptop? If the answer is yes and you can afford it, we see no reason to not buy it.

Asus Zenbook 17 Fold Pros

Folding touchscreen

Superb Display

Good performance

Asus Zenbook 17 Fold Cons

High price

Windows 11 Home setup

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