Asus ZenBook 17 Fold OLED review (foldable laptop, 2022 UX9702A model)

Asus introduced the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED some months in the past, and in intervening time, I’ve were given to spend the ultimate two weeks with a last fashion and I will be able to proportion my mind and impressions with you.

The laptop isn’t but to be had in retail outlets and is scheduled for someplace round November, however Asus says that this evaluation unit is the general design, with positive tool facets nonetheless to be additional tweaked within the subsequent months.

In a couple of phrases, the ZenBook Fold is a 17-inch 4:3 pill that folds on the center, right into a laptop structure. That suggests you’ll be able to use it as a compact laptop (in regards to the length of a contemporary 12.5-incher) without or with the integrated folio, or you’ll be able to set it up at the table and use it as a 17-inch all-in-one computer. There also are a couple of extra codecs to imagine, and we’ll talk about them additional down.

I used to be intrigued when this used to be first introduced however didn’t get my hopes prime on its real-life practicality, possibly biased by way of my previous revel in with the unique Lenovo X1 Fold from a couple of years in the past. The era has very much progressed within the intervening time, despite the fact that, each for the {hardware} and particularly for the display screen, and the truth that Asus went with a bigger 17-inch structure right here makes the ZenBook Fold much more sensible than I used to be imagining.

After all, this software is definitely no longer for everybody. First off, it’s prohibitively pricey at round 3500 USD/ 4000 EUR MSRP, and worth apart, it’s no longer as carefree or as succesful as an ordinary trendy ultraportable. Therefore, the Fold goals tech fans with a hefty price range and a want to possess the most recent laptop era recently to be had, and, so long as you’ll be able to come up with the money for it and perceive and settle for its barriers, this would possibly make sense for you. Possibly. Let me provide an explanation for why.

Specifications – Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED UX9702

Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED UX9702A
Display screen17.3 inch, 2.5K 2560 x 1920 px 4:3 facet ratio, 60 Hz, OLED, modern, contact, BOE panel
500-nits height, HDR400, 100% DCI-P3 colour protection
ProcessorIntel Alder Lake Twelfth-gen U9, Core i7-1250U, 2C+8c/12T
VideoIntel Iris Xe, 96 EUs, as much as .95 GHz
Reminiscence16 GB LPDDR5-5200 (soldered)
Garage1x M.2 PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD (Samsung PM9A1), unmarried M.2 2280 slot
ConnectivityWi-fi 6E (Intel AX211), Bluetooth 5.2
Ports2x USB-C 3.2 with Thunderbolt 4, audio jack
Battery75 Wh, 65W USB-C charger with quick-charging
DimensionPill: 379 mm or 14.9” (w) x 287 mm or 11.32 (d) x 8.7-12.9 mm or 0.34-0.51” (h)
Pc: 288 mm or 11.33” (w) x 190 mm or 7.43 (d) x 34.4 mm or 1.35” (h)
Weight3.35 lbs (1.52 kg) pill best, 4 lbs (1.82 kg) pill+keyboard folio,
plus .49 lbs (.22 kg) charger + cables, EU model
ExtrasBluetooth keyboard folio – non-backlit, 5 MPx digital camera with IR Hi, quad speakers, lift case integrated

Listed below are the few modes defined, with dimensions for every case.

dimensions

Design and daily-use revel in

As discussed already, the ZenBook 17 Fold is a 17-inch pill that folds in part within the center. The entrance face is composed of the display screen, surrounded by way of some thick edges at 10-11 mm throughout. They get this rubberized texture and feature the aim of making sure right kind grip when the usage of the software, in addition to combating your hands or the keyboard folio from touching the show.

That is essential, since the show isn’t lined in oleophobic glass as with different trendy contact gadgets, however as an alternative with a plastic layer, so it will probably fold. This accretion catches smudges and fingerprints simply, and it will probably additionally scratch more uncomplicated than glass. So that you’ll wish to deal with this with the maximum care.

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Moreover, this show is reasonably tricky to scrub up as soon as it smudges, because of the rather catchy texture of the plastic movie, but in addition as a result of dirt and dirt generally tend to collect across the edges the place the show meets the bezels. Therefore, all over my time with this Fold, I attempted the usage of the contact capability as low as conceivable, in order that I wouldn’t have to scrub this off. You may argue that doesn’t make sense, because the contact capability is one of the key promoting issues of the collection, and that’s true. I simply selected to not care for the fingerprints.

This wasn’t that tricky as a result of I don’t suppose this product is that helpful in pill mode. It’s simply too giant and heavy for that. As a substitute, I’ve utilized in most commonly two tactics: PC mode at the table, and laptop mode without or with the keyboard folio.

Talking of the dimensions and weight, this isn’t moderately your common ultraportable design, because it’s each thicker and heavier than an ordinary ultrabook. The pill and the folio upload as much as about 4.00 lbs mixed.

For PC use, that is just about absolute best. Asus applied an adjustable kickstand on the again and rubber toes on the base of the chassis, each taking into consideration excellent balance and practicality at the table, a minimum of when having it in Panorama mode. Portrait mode is sophisticated – it’s conceivable with the assistance of an additional cardboard kickstand integrated within the field, however I couldn’t moderately work out how the origami required to make it in truth paintings. So I best used this in Panorama.

I in finding the huge and lovely display screen superior for on daily basis use and productiveness. The punchy speakers lend a hand as nicely, each when working some tune within the background, or when streaming some films on your spare time. The {hardware} inside of it is a low-power Intel Twelfth-gen Core U, which feels responsive and snappy with on daily basis multitasking, however most commonly at the Efficiency profile that pushes extra height continual. You’re going to listen the fan every now and then on this mode. As a substitute, in case you preffer a quieter fan or a fanless revel in, that is best going to fare nicely with very elementary duties and little multitasking, differently, it gained’t really feel as responsive as different trendy gadgets.

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After all, you will have to imagine that my expectancies of responsiveness are very prime, as I usually use the most recent and maximum robust platforms and thus have little endurance or figuring out for any form of lag or sluggishness. You, however, is probably not moderately as hard as I’m, and thus would possibly in finding the on a regular basis revel in with this kind of software alright even at the different profiles. In any case, this kind of 1250U {hardware} is ready on-par with the type of Intel {hardware} to be had in maximum ultrabooks prior to now years, as much as the preferred i7-1165G7 from 2021 to be had within the Dell XPS or the Microsoft Floor Professional.

As a laptop, with the keyboard folio positioned over the decrease a part of the display screen, best part of the show is to be had for content material. The entire thing could also be reasonably thick compared to a contemporary ultrabook, however continues to be one of probably the most fascinating mini-laptop reviews I’ve attempted shortly. I particularly just like the 3:2 facet ratio on this mode, and the way the Home windows taskbar seems to be over the rounded crease on the center of the show.

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For sofa and informal use, I most popular the usage of this with out the folio, by way of activating the digital keyboard and resizing it to my wishes. That permits extra usable house at the display screen. Fingerprints are yet again the drawback of the usage of this Fold on this approach. I’ve added an image of ways this taken care of a couple of hours of touch-use, only for reference. After all, the smudges don’t seem to be as visual with the display screen on, however I nonetheless needed to wipe it blank on daily basis, which isn’t as simple as on an iPad or identical capsules with all-glass fronts.

Display screen apart, Asus put a lot effort into making this really feel like a premium-class computer. Magnesium alloys are used for all the building, so this feels robust and nicely made, whilst the outside is created from a mixture of steel, faux-leather and matte glass fabrics.

A strong chassis and a well-thought hinge gadget have been required with a purpose to permit for the display screen to fold and open easily, particularly as much more can move improper on this kind of vast product compared to a folding telephone like a Galaxy Fold. The hinges are stiff and you wish to have to use a good bit of drive to open up and fold this, however the procedure feels OK as soon as you were given used to the concept that you’ll be able to fold this in part and it gained’t wreck. Asus mentions the design used to be examined to verify 30.000+ open/shut cycles, and in all probability will last longer. Any production problems will have to be lined by way of a comfy guaranty coverage, to persuade possible consumers to make the leap with this kind of new structure.

There are some warnings that Asus mentions to you’ll want to gained’t harm the display screen when folding it, however they’re greater than logical to me. You will have to watch out to not press at the show itself, as an alternative, observe drive to the outside edges of the steel body. You will have to additionally watch out to not catch the rest between the foldable portions, and place the keyboard folio within the designed approach, as guided by way of the magnets.

Asus additionally applied a larger radius at the hinge, in order that the display screen is not going to tear up within the center over the years. This type of design lets in to sandwich the keyboard folio between the two display screen portions when final this up for delivery.

So far as the IO is going, there are two USB-C ports in this laptop with Thunderbolt 4 beef up, in addition to a headphone jack. For PC mode, one of the ports is positioned within the lower-left nook and the opposite is on the peak, subsequent to the audio jack. The decrease left permits you to comfortably plug within the laptop, whilst for peripherals you’ll have to stay a cable at the peak edge, which isn’t best. Or you’ll be able to use a USB-C dock, which is in all probability what I’d move with along this kind of software.

For laptop mode, the charging UBS-C port and the audio jack finally end up at the proper facet, whilst the opposite USB-C finally ends up on the peak.

I’ll upload right here that there’s no SIM choice for the Fold, which possibly some would possibly need on a conveyable multi-purpose software.

General, I very a lot loved my time with this Fold. For me, the structure is a perfect secondary computer, a quite compact mini-laptop for touring, being able to open up right into a large-format show on the place of business, the type that permits for a extra spacious paintings house than I may get with an ordinary thin-and-light laptop. For comparability, listed here are some footage of the ZenBook Fold subsequent to the MacBook Professional 13 and a full-size Legion 7 16-inch laptop.

On the identical time, that is just a first-gen structure and possibly the structure will enhance over the years, particularly since Asus don’t seem to be the one ones running on this kind of large-screen foldable product.

Keyboard and trackpad

Asus features a keyboard folio with this laptop, with a format very similar to what you’re getting with trendy ZenBooks, and a fair-sized plastic clickpad beneath.

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This pairs to the Fold by way of Bluetooth, so it doesn’t must bodily connect to the computer, and this makes it extra flexible than I imagined. On the identical time, it signifies that you’ll must rate the keyboard every now and then, and it takes a couple of hours with the laptop’s charger in this unit. I used to be anticipating it to rate a lot sooner. A minimum of a complete rate guarantees a few week of use.

Being Bluetooth, you’ll additionally want to settle for the enter lag and the quirk mechanics of pairing/unpairing with the software. As an example, waking up the computer doesn’t routinely get up the keyboard as nicely, you wish to have to press a key to do it and provides it a couple of seconds to glue.

The typing revel in is okay, each with the folio at the table or over the ground part of the Fold, in laptop mode. Asus applied a handful of rubber toes at the backside of the folio, and in laptop mode, they align at the rubberized display screen edges in order that the folio by no means touches the show. Magnets information this in position when attaching it to the Fold.

There’s a good bit of flex within the folio’s deck, despite the fact that, which is noticeable with on daily basis typing. I additionally in finding the perimeters of this folio sharp and unsightly, whilst the fake leather-like texture at the armrest isn’t moderately as top class as the entire different fabrics used in this computer.

However, this folio varieties alright, on par with contemporary ZenBooks. The clickpad is usable as nicely, even though the bodily clicks are clunky and loud – I generally tend to most commonly use faucets anyway, so that they didn’t trouble me as a lot.

I will have to upload that this keyboard isn’t backlit, despite the fact that, which feels ordinary at this point. They needed to move this fashion, despite the fact that, as differently, you’d must rate the folio a lot more steadily.

So far as biometrics move, there’s no finger-sensor in this unit, however the digital camera on the peak of the display screen helps IR monitoring with Hi.

Display screen

There’s a 17.3-inch 4:3 OLED touchscreen in this software, with a panel made in collaboration with BOE and Intel, and best to be had at the ZenBook Fold (a minimum of for now).

It is a sharp and wealthy show, with 2560 x 1920 px answer, 10-bit colours, and 100% DCI-P3 gamut protection. Distinction and viewing angles are after all superb, as anticipated with OLED panels, and the max-brightness is just a little over 400 nits. That’s wonderful for indoor use, however is probably not sufficient for vivid environments, particularly when corroborated with the ultra-glossy completing at the display screen.

Right here’s what we were given in our checks, with an X-Ceremony i1 Show Professional sensor (with HDR switched off):

  • Panel HardwareID: BOE ;
  • Protection: 100% sRGB, 97.4% Adobe RGB, 99.7% DCI-P3;
  • Kind: 10-bit with HDR400;
  • Measured gamma: 2.23;
  • Max brightness in the midst of the display screen: 403.22 cd/m2 on continual;
  • Min brightness in the midst of the display screen: 2.87 cd/m2 on continual;
  • Distinction at max brightness: 1:1;
  • White level: 6600 Okay;
  • Black on max brightness: 0 cd/m2;
  • PWM: to be mentioned.

The panel comes nicely calibrated out of the field, with a Pantone certification. It additionally proved uniform on our checks, each in relation to colours and luminosity.

This display screen is designed to fold in part, and consequently, there’s a crease within the center. Alternatively, whilst you’ll be able to spot the crease when the display screen is switched off, it’s hardly ever noticeable in any respect all over use. That’s most commonly the similar with all folding gadgets.

I’ll additionally upload that there’s no digitizer layer in this Fold, so not one of the graininess impact that’s noticeable over white backgrounds on different contact OLED laptops. On the identical time, that still method there’s no right kind pen beef up right here, a minimum of no longer for a higher-tier pressure-sensitive pen, most commonly as a result of Asus sought after to stop any harm at the display screen that could be led to by way of urgent with a hard-point pen at the plastic floor of the show. Now, plastic-point pens will paintings right here to some degree, however you’ll have to make use of them at your personal possibility and settle for the eventual scratches. As a substitute, Asus recommends the usage of one of the ones softer styluses with a rubber tip, as they aren’t as competitive at the floor.

I’m no longer completely positive whether or not it is possible for you to to make use of a display screen protector in this software. I used to be instructed no longer, as a result of how the display screen is designed to permit it to fold, however display screen protectors are to be had for folding telephones so possibly one thing can also be engineered right here as nicely. We’ll must additional glance into this over the years.

Backside level, in case you deliberate to make use of this for note-taking or drawing like you’ll be able to on an iPad and different touchscreen gadgets, you’ll be able to’t do this. Palm rejection isn’t nice with the present tool both, however that would possibly exchange in a while.

{Hardware} and function

Our check fashion is a top-specced configuration of the 2022 Asus ZenBook 17 Fold, code identify UX9702A, with an Intel Core i7-1250U processor and Intel Iris Xe graphics, 16 GB of LPDDR5-5200 reminiscence, and a quick 1 TB gen4 SSD.

Disclaimer: This evaluation unit used to be supplied by way of Asus for this newsletter. We examined it with the early tool to be had as of late-August 2022 (BIOS 202, MyAsus 3.1.4 app). Some facets would possibly nonetheless exchange with long run tool updates.

Spec-wise, that is in response to the lower-power 2022 Intel Twelfth-gen Alder Lake Core U9 {hardware} platform. The Core i7-1250U is a hybrid design with 2 Efficiency and 8 Potency Cores, in addition to 12 mixed threads. This ultraportable implementation provides the CPU with as much as 28W of height continual and 13W of sustained continual in hard so much, at the absolute best continual profile. Don’t be expecting a lot in multitasking efficiency by way of nowadays’s requirements, however on the identical time, this kind of {hardware} is with reference to the Core U15 platforms used on maximum ultrabooks prior to now years, together with the top-tier fashions. Thus, the 1250U is smart for this kind of product, so long as you meet it with lifelike expectancies.

Graphics are treated by way of the built-in Iris Xe chip, with 96 EUs and frequencies of as much as .95 GHz.

Our configuration additionally comes with 16 GB of LPDDR5-5200 reminiscence, in dual-channel. The reminiscence is onboard and non-upgradeable.

For garage, Asus opted for a quick PCIe gen4 Samsung PM9A1 pressure right here, which carried out nicely in our checks. It’s a standard-sized M.2 2280 structure, so it may be upgraded, a minimum of in concept.

It’s conceivable to open up this software to get to the internals, but it surely’s no longer one thing I’d counsel the typical purchaser to do, because it calls for disposing of the show within the procedure. Asus supplied some footage of the internals and I’ve added down beneath. You’ll see the interior configuration and the hinge, the thermal design used to expend warmth, in addition to how the show seems to be with its two show controllers.

All of the {hardware} is positioned at the left part of the software (as watched from the entrance – the image are shot the other way up), whilst the precise is reserved for the battery. Abundant speakers are to be had on each side, two on every part.

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So far as the tool is going, this ZenBook will get the usual MyAsus app which permits regulate over the facility profiles, battery and display screen settings, updates, and so forth.

There are three efficiency/thermal profiles to make a choice from:

  • Efficiency – lets in the {hardware} to run at 28W height and ~13W in sustained so much, with enthusiasts ramping as much as 37-38 dB;
  • Balanced/Same old – lets in the {hardware} to run at 28 Height and ~10W in sustained so much, with enthusiasts at as much as 30 dB;
  • Whisper – limits the CPU at 8-10W sustained, whilst maintaining the enthusiasts off.

Whisper mode helps to keep this utterly silent, however the entire revel in feels rather slow in this profile, so I’d best counsel it for elementary use and video streaming.

With the present tool, the Fold feels the snappiest with on daily basis multitasking on Efficiency mode, which is what I’ve most commonly stored my unit on, particularly when plugged in. The upper height continual conceivable in this profile lets in for a constant on daily basis revel in even with a number of apps working on the identical time, with the drawback being the truth that you’ll from time to time listen the fan ramping up.

Right here’s what to anticipate in relation to speeds and temperatures with on daily basis multitasking and light-weight use. Temperatures and general behaviour is similar between the usage of this in PC or laptop mode, because of how the {hardware} is located at the back of the left facet of the show. We’ll additional contact in this within the thermals phase beneath.

Efficiency and benchmarks

Directly to extra hard so much, we commence by way of checking out the CPU’s efficiency within the Cinebench R15 loop check.

At the Efficiency mode, the Core i7-1250U processor peaks on the 28W PL2 atmosphere for a short time after which briefly drops and stabilizes across the 13 W PL1 continual restrict, with temperatures within the 60s Celsius and fan-noise ranges of ~38 dB. Those lead to sustained Cinebench ratings of round 750 issues, which aren’t a lot by way of nowadays’s requirements, however on the identical time are on par with what maximum ultrabooks presented only a yr or two in the past.

On Same old, the gadget limits the enthusiasts at 30 dB, with right down to 10W of sustained continual. Whisper mode helps to keep the enthusiasts idle, with an 8W continual restrict and temperatures nonetheless within the 60s.

In spite of everything, on battery continual our pattern ran at 9W, with a lot briefer bursts to higher-power settings. Therefore, the efficiency on battery continual isn’t moderately on par with what you’ll get with this software when plugged in.

A majority of these are illustrated within the graph beneath.

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To place those in point of view, right here’s how this i7-1250U implementation fares in opposition to different {hardware} platforms to be had in trendy ultraportables. It’s on par with the similar {hardware} within the Dell XPS 13 9315, quicker than a higher-power i7-1165G7 in a 13-inch ultrabook chassis, however on the identical time slower than a 2022 Core P28 processor and particularly a Rembrandt Ryzen 6800U. A 6800U would were superior on this chassis, however this product used to be designed in collaboration with Intel, therefore it’s an unique Intel product. For now, a minimum of.

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We then went forward and additional verified our findings with the extra taxing Cinebench R23 loop check and in Blender, confirming our above findings.

We then ran the 3DMark CPU profile check.

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In spite of everything, we ran our mixed CPU+GPU pressure checks in this pocket book, at the Turbo profile. 3DMark pressure runs the similar check for 20 occasions in a loop and appears for efficiency variation and degradation over the years, and this unit isn’t in a position to move it, because of this the efficiency degrades because the gadget limits the allotted continual with a purpose to stay thermal at bay.

Subsequent, listed here are some benchmark effects. We ran all the suite of checks and benchmarks at the Efficiency profile in this Core i7-1250U configuration, with the display screen set on the default answer.

Right here’s what we were given.

  • 3DMark 13 – Hearth Strike: 3515 (Graphics – 3914, Physics – 10815, Mixed – 1266);
  • 3DMark 13 – Evening Raid: 12132 (Graphics – 15683, CPU – 5314);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Undercover agent: 1382 (Graphics – 1242, CPU – 3846;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 809;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 2468;
  • Handbrake 1.3.3 (4K to 1080p encode): 29.08 reasonable fps;
  • PassMark 10: 4256 (CPU – 16485, three-D – 2355, Reminiscence – 2471, Disk – 23112);
  • PCMark 10: 4862 (Necessities – 9472, Productiveness – 6657, Virtual Content material Advent – 4948);
  • GeekBench 5.4.3 64-bit: Unmarried-Core: 1704, Multi-core: 7110;
  • CineBench R15 (very best run): CPU 1278 cb, CPU Unmarried Core 242 cb;
  • CineBench R20 (very best run): CPU 3058 cb, CPU Unmarried Core 645 cb;
  • CineBench R23: CPU 6501 cb (very best run), CPU 5619 (10 min loop check), CPU Unmarried Core 1627 CB (very best run);
  • x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 55.71 s.

And listed here are some workstation benchmarks, at the identical Efficiency profile:

  • Blender 3.01 – BMW scene – CPU Compute: 7m 31s;
  • PugetBench – Adobe Photoshop: 541;
  • PugetBench – Adobe Premiere: 266;
  • V-Ray Benchmark: CPU – 4972 vsamples, GPU CUDA – 130 vpaths;

By way of nowadays’s requirements, in comparison to 2022 Ryzen or Core ultraportable platform, those effects would possibly no longer appear a lot.

Alternatively, they’re aggressive in opposition to low-power ultraportables from earlier years, equivalent to an XPS 13 or a Floor Professional or a ZenBook. Nonetheless, take a few of these numbers with a  grain of salt, as a result of as defined within the earlier phase, the platform is designed to run at height 28W of continual for a short time right here, however sooner or later stabilizes at round 13W, therefore one of the most short-duration benchmarks are skewed against the end and not-indicative of real-life sustained efficiency. They do trace at what you’ll be able to be expecting with on daily basis use multitasking, despite the fact that, which is a quite snappy revel in with uncommon hiccups.

After all, you’ll be able to additionally run extra hard so much at the {hardware} equivalent to enhancing pictures in Photoshop and even small movies in Premiere. It is going to take some time and the interface would possibly no longer carry out utterly easily all over enhancing, however it may be carried out.

You’ll even run some video games in this software. It’s no longer intended for that, however I did check a couple of titles on Efficiency mode, at 1600 x 1200 px answer with low settings, and threw in a couple of different platforms for comparability.

ZenBook 17 Fold –
i7-1250U, Iris Xe,
13+W, 1600 x 1200 px
ZenBook 14 2022
i7-1260p, Iris Xe,
30+W, FHD+ 1200p
ZenBook S 13 2022
R7-6800U, Radeon,
15+W, FHD 1200p
ZenBook 14 2021
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe,
19+W, FHD 1080p
Bioshock Limitless
(DX 11, Low Preset)
71 fps (47 fps – 1% low)70 fps (48 fps – 1% low)102 fps (63 fps – 1% low)70 fps (40 fps – 1% low)
Doom: Everlasting
(Vulkan, Medium Preset)
22 fps (11 fps – 1% low)29 fps (15 fps – 1% low)45 fps (34 fps – 1% low)
Dota 2
(DX 11, Absolute best Taking a look Preset)
52 fps (27 fps – 1% low)76 fps (52 fps – 1% low)74 fps (46 fps – 1% low)56 fps (44 fps – 1% low)
Shadow of Tomb Raider
(DX12, Lowest Preset, no AA)
26 fps (14 fps – 1% low)36 fps (23 fps – 1% low)47 fps (35 fps – 1% low)28 fps (16 fps – 1% low)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
(DX 11, Low Preset, Hairworks Off)
28 fps (13 fps – 1% low)38 fps (20 fps – 1% low)41 fps (26 fps – 1% low)
  • Doom, Dota 2, Witcher 3 – recorded with MSI Afterburner in recreation mode;
  • Bioshock, Tomb Raider video games – recorded with the integrated Benchmark utilities;

The Iris Xe GPU within the 1250U processors is a lower-clocked variation of the Iris Xe chips to be had with the 1260p and even the 1165G7. Moreover, the clocks drop to round .7 GHz as soon as the platform settles on the 13W sustained continual. Besides, older or elementary titles are playable on the examined settings.

Subsequent, the efficiency logs down beneath display the CPU/GPU clocks and temperatures in those video games, at the Efficiency profile.

The {hardware} stabilizes at 13W of continual between the examined titles, with GPU clock speeds of round .700 MHz. That’s required with a purpose to stay temperatures at bay with this kind of design that puts the {hardware} proper at the back of an OLED display screen, and this the internals hardly ever move above 70 levels Celsius in sustained so much. The fan inside of ramps as much as about 38 dB max at head-level on Efficiency mode.

General, this ZenBook 17 Fold can maintain the whole thing {that a} compact low-power ultrabook of the previous years may. With one modification: the {hardware} has to pressure a prime answer right here, and that may take a toll at the on a regular basis snappiness, particularly in case you decide to not use this on Efficiency (for noise causes).

Realistically, that is intended for informal use and on a regular basis multitasking, and no longer for hard so much. Even with those, it will probably nonetheless fight andhiccup over and over, most commonly when used on battery continual and not more so when plugged in. So be sure to correctly set your expectancies when having a look at this software.

Noise, Warmth, Connectivity, speakers, and others

The fold is actively cooled, with a small fan and heatpipe inside of.

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I don’t thoughts having a fan and a few noise, as this is helping the on daily basis revel in. Plus, Asus provides a fanless revel in with the Whisper mode, if that’s what you’re after.

The design does a good activity dealing with the i7-1250U low-power implementation right here, making an allowance for it will have to stay the sustained interior temperatures low in order that the display screen doesn’t overheat. That’s particularly difficult with this kind of a tablet-like structure and an OLED panel.

The fan spins at as much as 38 dB on efficiency, as much as 30 dB on Same old, and helps to keep idle on Whisper mode. The parts keep cool with on daily basis use and seldom move above 70 levels Celsius with hard sustained so much.

Because of this, the Fold reaches temperatures within the 30s with on daily basis use, and within the mid-40s in the freshest spot across the exhaust with sustained duties. Contemporary air comes throughout the chassis throughout the air flow holes across the edges, and is driven out throughout the all the time unobstructed vent located on the peak of the chassis in PC mode, and on the left facet in laptop mode.

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Moreover, because of how that is designed, the freshest phase is out of consumer touch in each PC and laptop mode.

On the identical time, this feels alright in pill mode with on daily basis use, however feels heat to touch with sustained so much, one thing to imagine possibly in case you may wish to play some video games this fashion.

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*Day by day Use – streaming Netflix in EDGE for half-hour, Same old Mode, enthusiasts at 0-30 dB
*Gaming  – Efficiency mode – enjoying Witcher for half-hour, enthusiasts at 38 dB

For connectivity, there’s the latest-gen WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 thru an Intel Ax211 module in this laptop, which carried out nicely all over my time with the laptop.

Audio is treated by way of a collection of quad speakers that fireside thru grills at the aspects of the chassis. The standard is excellent for a conveyable structure, with loud volumes (80+ dB) or even some bass, in addition to a stereo impact with the make a decision set in PC mode. Being attentive to tune and gazing films is a nice revel in in this software, and the audio high quality performs a job in it.

In spite of everything, there’s a 5 MPx digital camera positioned on the peak of the display screen, flanked by way of microphones. The picture high quality is far better than another trendy laptop digital camera, and the mics are alright. For some explanation why, the present tool best lets in the digital camera to paintings in portrait mode, however that’s in all probability converting by the point this can be to be had in retail.

Battery lifestyles

There’s a 75 Wh battery throughout the ZenBook 17 Fold, fair-sized for a conveyable design.

Right here’s what we were given in our battery lifestyles checks, with the display screen’s brightness set at round 120 nits (~60 brightness).

  • 10.5 W (~7 h of use) – textual content enhancing in Google Force, Same old Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 9.5 W (~8 h of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Whisper Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 9 W (~8 h of use) – Netflix 4K with Dolby Imaginative and prescient, fullscreen in Edge, Whisper Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 14 W (~5-6 h of use) – surfing in Edge, Same old Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON.

Those are lovely excellent effects making an allowance for the dimensions and determination of the show. With the present tool, I didn’t understand any distinction between the usage of the software in pill mode, with all the display screen lively, or the laptop mode, the place best part of the display screen shows lively content material on it. That would possibly exchange with later tool, despite the fact that.

The laptop ships with a compact 65W USB-C charger. It’s a typical one-piece Asus design with a powerful and lengthy cable. The battery totally fills up in about 2 hours, with short charging for the primary hour.

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Value and availability- Asus ZenBook 17 Fold

The ZenBook 17 Fold OLED is scheduled to promote round November, for $3999 MSRP in North The us, and about the similar in EUR over right here around the pond. That’s pricey!

Keep put for updates, and within the intervening time, practice this hyperlink for up to date costs and configurations on your area.

Ultimate thoughts- Asus ZenBook 17 Fold OLED

I loved my time with this ZenBook Fold greater than I used to be anticipating.

This structure seems like a winner for a on daily basis computer that you’ll be able to lift round each day, and use each as a mini-laptop when wanted, or opened up into an all-in-one PC with a large display screen on the vacation spot. The superior OLED show, the punchy speakers, the top class construct high quality or even the alright inputs make up for a nice on a regular basis revel in.

On the identical time, despite the fact that, the Intel Core U {hardware} can best do such a lot, particularly as Asus needed to restrict the allotted sustained continual with a purpose to stay thermals and fan-noise ranges at bay.

Remember that this {hardware} has to pressure a good quantity of pixels in this 2560 x 1920 px panel, compared to the type of FHD+ displays to be had on maximum low-power ultraportables, and that additional ends up in occasional hiccups with on daily basis use. Is reasonably, this unit right here isn’t working on the most recent tool that you’re going to get by the point this can be to be had in retail outlets, so there’s possibly room for additional tweaks – I wouldn’t be expecting winders, despite the fact that, there’s best such a lot the 1250U platform can do at this answer and in this kind of chassis.

On peak of that, the Fold is a first-gen design and must move the check of time earlier than we will draw conclusions on its reliability and sturdiness. With a folding show, that is the type of software that may require numerous pampering, and no longer a carefree ultraportable.

I assume you’ll deal with this rather well in case you’ll finally end up getting one for the type of cash that Asus plans to invite for it, a minimum of. That is set as much as release at $3999 MSRP, however I do be expecting reductions in a while, particularly since Asus don’t seem to be the one ones running on this kind of large-screen foldable laptop, and the opposite fashions are coming at a cheaper price level (trace: the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold gen2)

All in all, despite the fact that, this ZenBook 17 Fold OLED UX9702 surpassed my expectancies for a first-gen design and issues against a long run the place I’d purchase a foldable laptop for private use. I couldn’t no longer justify and even come up with the money for it presently, however a few of you may. Simply you’ll want to set the precise expectancies with this one. And get prolonged guaranty if to be had, simply in case you draw the quick stick on QC.

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