- Unboxing this laptop is an experience through and through
- Beautiful design and color to go with the homage with MIR
- The performance is something else, first to have a H series in the 14X OLED series
- That ZenVision display is a very practical feature
- The i7 H Series is pretty overkill
- The god-awful number of Intel, Windows and Alexa stickers needs to be removed
Limited edition and Special Edition in the tech space carry some unique prospect of not just standing out but bringing two brands into one. We have seen many collaborations between brands like how ROG collaborated with Alan Walker or that ACRNYM edition which is one acid trip of a laptop. What’s more special is pulling a Special Edition without a collaboration, an homage if you will – now that is one of a kind. Getting the opportunity to do the ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition Review is one I will remember.
ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition Review
An Absolute Visual Treat of a Design
ASUS has never been one to play down their successes and if you remember their 30th Anniversary laptops back in Computex 2019, you will know. That said, this ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition is a laptop that sheds a light into their past where one of their ASUS laptops went into space. Every bit and piece of this laptop, it’s a visual treat.
From the back of the laptop where it has a mini-OLED display with geometrical dots and line design that may seem like a line but what it really is a Morse Code. It says, “Ad Astra Per Aspera Through Hardships to the Stars.” The Titanium colour which represents the Zero-G Titanium colour you see in aerospace construction.
Once you open the laptop, palm rest has similar design as the back of the laptop. Starting from the left to right: MIR Station, 1998 MIR P6300 that was sent into the space, Cockpit, and the 2011 ASUS Zenbook line-up. On the keyboard, we have two keys in this copper-like-colour and that’s the space bar and power button.
Flip the laptop upside down, you see more inscriptions like “Ad Astra Per Aspera” “Space Edition” “Zenbook 2011” and most importantly “Space Station MIR 1986-2001”.
What really ruins this laptop from being an absolute piece of marvel are the absurd amount of stickers on the palm rest which is something I’d totally peel off if I bought this laptop. It irritates me that these stickers get in the way of such beautiful laptop, and this isn’t the first time we see something like this.
Otherwise, you are really getting a laptop with a beautiful design that has the potential to be a showstopper when you whip it out from you bag to get some work down.
A Tribute to ASUS’ first Laptop in Space
As I mentioned earlier, this laptop holds a significant place in ASUS’ heart. The design I have mentioned so far is inspired by the 1998 space-travel where the ASUS P6300 made its way into the MIR Station by Sergei Avdeev. So, to celebrate this 25th anniversary, this ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition came about.
The Space Edition’s Unique Feature: Mini-OLED Display
Knowing ASUS, obviously if there isn’t anything unique to the laptop, it would be not-so-ASUS-like. So, on the back of the laptop, you will notice a black rectangular panel that houses the 3.5” OLED ZenVision Display that shows some space animations and it can be customized to whatever you want it to be with the help of MyASUS app.
You can choose from animation, text, or even personal ID of sorts. I can see myself using this laptop in a Tech conference or on-ground event with my name and Publication showing off on the lid. It’s like the Zephyrus G14’s Anime Matrix but more practical. I had tons of fun with setting our logo as it is space inspired as well. So, the whole theme blends in way too beautifully.
A Powerhouse of a Specification
This is a bit of a head scratcher because it really is. The ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition you see here gets the 12th Generation treatment. That means, you find the newer generation upgrades alongside with it. A PCIe Gen 4 SSD, DDR5 RAM and all that goodness. As for graphics, it has Intel Iris Xe as compared to the Zenbook 14X we reviewed back with 11th Generation that runs NVIDIA MX Series instead.
- 12th Generation Intel Core i7-12700H
- Intel Iris Xe Graphics
- 16GB 4800MHz DDR5 On board RAM
- 1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD
The fast SSD is something I love, and we have checked out in their other ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED, which we have reviewed it. The speeds and experience are pretty much the same. Now what really got my attention is ASUS’ decision to go with an 12th Generation Intel H Series processor which we all know is a powerhouse on its own. What’s funnier is that the decked out Zenbook 14X I personally use runs a 1165G7 Processor and all these while we have seen processor of THAT calibre.
Equipping this 14-core and 20-thread monstrosity under the hood is nice to see but not so nice for the thermals as it peaks at 98 degrees Celsius, and the laptop immediately kicks in with its “failsafe” to bring the thermals to a range of 88 to 95 degrees. Trust me, it’s a hot machine. But otherwise, the performance in this is sweet, not going to lie about that. And if you do ask ASUS why is there a H series processor, I am sure they’d go “Because we can”.
Every Goodness of the 14X brought over, except one
It’s safe to say that ASUS has brought forward a lot of the same things as the Zenbook 14X OLED over to the ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition. The good 2.8K 90Hz 16:10 ASUS OLED display, a keyboard with the same key travel and size, the same set of I/Os but the position of it is the other way around.
But there is one unique feature that’s a part of the 14X OLED missing with the Space Edition and that’s the ScreenPad. Since the laptop gets the ZenVision, it seems like ASUS had to make some trade-offs. But if they were to retain the ScreenPad and give us some cool Space animation like the Zephyrus Duo, that would have been cool.
Otherwise, it comes with the NumberPad which sure does look cool too. And here’s another thing, the laptop comes with a built-in privacy shutter which the normal Zenbook 14X OLED doesn’t even come with. Oh ASUS…
One Fun Unboxing Experience
Finally, if you were to purchase the ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition, you are going to have quite possibly the best unboxing experience for a laptop, ever. Just like how the laptop has a bunch of visual treat, the unboxing experience takes the biscuit. With holo-fied boxes that looks like some NYX Strobe of Genius Holographic vibe to it.
Not just that, the package has some “eco-friendly-ness” to it. The charging box specifically acts as a laptop stand for you to work on and unlike those flimsy ones, this is probably the best-looking stand.
You also get some extra goodies like stickers and some documentations. My personal favourite is the pouch you store the laptop in. Without a doubt my favourite and easily, one fun unboxing experience.
You are not just getting the ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition for its sheer performance. You are getting more: a homage to ASUS’ legacy and an experience from cutting that protective sticker, all the way up to the first boot up. Every little thing about the Space Edition laptop is a delight. Chances are: You don’t get this experience anywhere else. This whole experience sure does come at a price tag and available in two variants:
- I5-12500H with 16GB DDR5 and 512GB Gen4 SSD for RM 5,599
- I7-12700H with 16GB DDR5 and 1TB Gen4 SSD for RM 6,499
These pricing are justifiable given its newer generation hardware. It’s just a matter of which variant fits your perfect needs. Otherwise, the ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition is one work of art.