ASUS launches this Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition with the mini OLED display on its lid

ASUS has officially launched the Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition, and it’s available for $1,999.99 on new egg and Amazon. The laptop comes with a 12th Gen Intel i9-12900H processor and integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics, but its futuristic design is what really sets it apart.

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The company first showed off the Space Edition Zenbook at CES in January, and my colleague Monica Chin got to experience space first-hand. One of the standout things about this laptop is the 3.5-inch mini display on the lid. It’s there to display notifications, animations, and other customizable text, such as date and time.

You’ll also see various etchings all over the laptop’s chassis, which are meant to make the device look like something you’d find on a spaceship. Oh, and ASUS says it meets US Space Systems Command (SMC-S-016A) which means it’s resistant to “extreme vibration and high/low operating temperatures”, in case you plan to hitchhike space out.

The Asus Zenbook 14 OLED Space Edition keyboard seen from above.  The screen displays the words Space Edition.

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The 14-inch, 16:10 OLED touchscreen comes with a smooth 90Hz refresh rate and 0.2ms response time. Other features include 32GB of RAM out of the box, numeric keypad integrated into the touchpad, fingerprint sensor on the power button, four USB-C ports, one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port , an HDMI 2.0 port, and an “ergonomic” keyboard, which my colleague Monica said was “really, really comfortable.”

ASUS says the laptop celebrates the 25th anniversary of the “first ASUS laptop sent into space.” Considering the price, the unique design, and the circumstances surrounding the laptop’s creation, it seems the Space Edition is more of a collector’s item than an everyday workhorse.

Abdul J. Gaspar