It caused a sensation when it was launched at the IFA in Berlin. The Zenbook Fold OLED is now a consumer product, although accessible to the thickest wallets.
Marketed at 4,000 euros, this laptop is gifted with contortion skills. Able to fold back on itself, it can turn into a giant tablet, desktop PC, digital book…
Always quick to show off its talents for innovation, is Asus giving a preview of our PCs of tomorrow or is the Zenbook Fold OLED still a gadget? To find out, we tested it for several days. So what is a folding laptop good for?
Modular but bulky
What is a flexible PC used for? To be flexible of course. Thanks to this new format, Asus is able to offer no less than 6 different uses. The Zenbook Fold OLED can take the form of a laptop PC, a laptop PC with virtual keyboard, a laptop PC with remote keyboard, a desktop PC (thanks to the kickstand on the back of the chassis), a a tablet or a digital book/journal.
This feat is therefore made possible by the integration a flexible 17.3” screen which, when folded, turns into a PC with 12.5” keyboard. When closed, it does not fold completely but curves in the center of the screen, leaving enough space between the two parts to slide a physical Bluetooth keyboard.
On paper, it’s dreamy. Indeed, we cannot hide our admiration for such a technological advance. However, theThe Zenbook Fold OLED still lacks finesse to look like a truly revolutionary product.
To integrate such technology, Asus had to make considerable aesthetic sacrifices, making the Zenbook Fold OLED as sexy as a prototype. The choice of faux leather and glass to dress this beautiful beast may bring a touch of elegance, but we can’t help but see the Zenbook Fold OLED as a big machine that lacks class.
The finishes may be exemplary, this folding PC weighs in with its weight of 1.8 kg and its size when folded. Not really cut out for mobility, the Zenbook Fold OLED is therefore a hybrid device with a neat but ultimately unattractive construction. Fortunately, its stunning foldable screen makes up for this slightly disappointing design.
As with all folding electronic devices incorporating a screen, that of the Asus Zenbook Fold OLED is its main attraction.
Asus opts for a 17.3 ” touch screen (nothing less) at 4/3 ratio with a definition of 2560 x 1920 pixels. Once the PC is folded up and associated with its keyboard, the definition goes to 1920 x 1280 pixels in 3/2 format.
Using OLED technology (as its name suggests), the screen of the Zenbook Fold OLED is distinguished by its infinite blacks and its excellent colorimetry. On the other hand, its brightness does not exceed 400 cd / m2 with HDR which prevents the reflections from being blurred, the only black point of this sublime screen.
Because yes, the Zenbook Fold OLED screen is stunning. By its size, by its image quality, by its modularity, it is a unique work and entertainment tool in the world. A gem of technology.
Efficient and enduring
With such a gigantic screen, one would have thought (in view of what folding smartphones are capable of) that autonomy would be one of the weak points of the Zenbook Fold OLED. It is not so.
If it does not reach the performance of the reference models, thehe Zenbook Fold OLED is positioned in the soft underbelly of the ranking of the most enduring laptops. A very correct performance and, let’s admit it, unexpected, given the size of its screen.
This good result is made possible by the integration of an imposing battery (75 Wh) on the one hand, but also of a 12th generation Intel processor (the latest) with low energy consumption.
The latter (in i7 version on our test model) associated with 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB of SSD also allows you to enjoy a very good level of performance while limiting heating.
It must be said that this chip is designed for very thin ultrabooks. The thickness of the Zenbook Fold OLED therefore allows better heat distribution and exploits the full potential of the processor.
Concretely, the Zenbook Fold will meet the expectations of users looking for productivity (excluding overly demanding creative software) and entertainment. However, players will have to do without the most recent games, which consume too many graphic resources.
In theory, a price of 4,000 euros for a machine unable to run the latest games of the moment would be inadmissible. As for the Zenbook Fold OLED, the level of performance is not the essential purchase criterion. Let’s say the pill goes better.
Asus Zenbook Fold OLED at the best price
Base price: €3,999
Our opinion on the Asus Zenbook Fold OLED
Technically, the Zenbook Fold OLED is a dream. The prowess achieved by Asus undoubtedly makes it a unique machine of its kind. Sometimes tablet, sometimes laptop, sometimes desktop PC, sometimes multimedia screen, the Zenbook Fold shines with its modularity. Its 17.3 ” screen capable of folding back on itself is also breathtaking.
Asus has also equipped it with high-performance hardware ensuring good endurance as a bonus. So much for the advantages of this Zenbook Fold OLED.
The set is not devoid of defects: the connection is too limited, the reflections on the screen are sometimes annoying and the keyboard is not backlit. But all these little weaknesses are just details.
Zenbook Fold OLED
Design and finishes
Autonomy and charging
Value for money
- Stunning screen
- Good performance
- Good autonomy
- Innovative concept
We love less
- Heavy and bulky
- Reflections on the screen
- In-game performance needs improvement
- Connection too fair
- Very high price