Launched on January 5, the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold’s ambition is to shake up the design of laptops whose ergonomics have changed slightly since the 1990s. To do this, it relies on an OLED screen (Organic light-emitting diode, Or organic light-emitting diode) is a new type of flexible and half-flexible (see below) similar to Intel’s flagship horseshoe curve.
In early 2020, we had the opportunity to observe the horseshoe curve for a long time during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), an annual electronics exhibition in Las Vegas. Its design impressed us: we guessed its ability to make the job more convenient for the most nomadic users.
Like him, the new Genbook 17 fold knows how to be compact. Folded screen, which occupies 12.5 inches of computer space, allowing it to be used without discomfort on the train. Instead of typing text at the bottom of the touch screen, many users prefer to hide it with the provided Bluetooth keyboard.
But when it unfolds its screen reveals its full potential: its display area reaches 17 inches, which makes it a very convenient workstation to install on a desk, ‘capable of displaying two programs side by side. . Place your Bluetooth keyboard where you want it.
Folding then becomes a kind of intermediary between a nomadic PC, a tired workspace, and a real ergonomic workstation, with a big screen and overhead.
Planned for release in mid-2022, the Zenbook Fold 17 is designed for those interested with a full wallet as it shows an astronomical price of ,000 4,000. An Asus spokesman told us that in the first year, the Taiwanese manufacturer did not plan to sell millions, but rather “Test the market”. However, this technology may have been democratized and the cost of innovation has been declining over time. For a long time, ordinary people were not barred from believing that they could buy one of their descendants.
The Zenbook Fold 17 is obviously not free of flaws. Compared to the high-end nomadic PC, it is almost twice as heavy (2 kg) and twice as thick when folded (3.1 cm). However, since its dimensions are moderate enough, it can find a place in most backpacks and other suitcases.
An important question remains: Is its flexible OLED screen solid? We are starting to get A certain distance This display technology will be used in smartphones from 2019 onwards. For mobile, if it is still weak, it seems to be more suitable for laptops.
Solid in question
PCs are equipped with a keyboard and mouse: no need to touch the screen with your fingers. Many laptop manufacturers do not bother to protect their screen with a layer of glass that provides better resistance to nails, and are satisfied with a layer of plastic such as the Zenbook Fold 17.
In theory, unlike a smartphone, you do not have to open the laptop fifty times a day. Thus reducing the wear and tear of the hinge and flexible screen. Finally, mobiles are designed for our pockets, so they need to be very flat, unlike PCs that can carry a certain amount of weight. According to Asus, their designers have more room to fold their screen into their shell: Asus claims that the fold is less straight, less brittle, and less visible to the naked eye.
Therefore, we have fewer reasons to worry about the durability of PCs with flexible screens than pioneering smartphones. This is because it is one of the weaknesses of this display technology: it can be damaged if a simple key is stuck between two parts of the folded screen.