Asus Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition laptop review

Asus unveiled the limited edition Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition laptops at CES 2022 this year. These devices were released for the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Asus laptop into space.

The Space Edition features a space-themed design, a 3.5-inch ZenVision OLED display on the display lid, and a powerful 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processor. In this review, we will share our impressions of using a laptop.

 

Equipment and design

The Asus Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition comes in a matte black box with a handle that makes you want to call it a suitcase as it opens like a case. Inside the laptop is placed in an additional case made of thick cardboard with a holographic coating. Along with it, the so-called Package From Space envelope with a sticker pack and various documentation is packed.

Asus Zenbook 14X OLED

The power supply for charging the laptop is also packed in a separate case. It is worth noting that the manufacturer is moving away from using a proprietary connector in favor of USB-C.

Asus Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition

The aluminum body of the Asus Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition received a titanium-colored finish. The texture is matte, so the surface does not collect handprints. On the cover, as a decor element, there is a drawing with Morse code, in which the message Ad Astra Per Aspera (Through hardships to the stars) is encrypted.

Asus Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition

Centered on the right side in a horizontal orientation on the lid is a 3.5-inch ZenVision OLED display. It is black and white and can display various animations and useful information such as the date and time.

Asus Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition

The Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition chassis has received MIL-STD 810H military certification and has passed the US standard testing for devices used for space travel. In other words, the laptop is resistant to aggressive external influences, whether it be shaking, vibration, pressure drops or high humidity.

On the left side of the laptop there is an HDMI port, two USB-C connectors and three air outlet slots. On the right, there are also three air outlets, one USB-A, a 3.5 mm jack for connecting a wired headset, and a slot for microSD memory cards.

The laptop lid opens with a little effort with one hand. The Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition is 16mm thick and weighs 1.4kg. This is a very compact device that fits easily into an everyday urban backpack.

Asus Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition

If we talk about the design as a whole, it is worth noting a solid assembly. All elements are perfectly adjusted to each other. The laptop is securely placed on a horizontal surface thanks to four rubberized feet. When open, the Zenbook rises slightly. Thus, warm air is better removed and the most comfortable corner for working with text is created.

 

Touchpad and keyboard

The Asus Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition features a full-size ErgoSense keyboard. The distance between the centers of the keys is 19.05 mm. This contributes to comfortable, accurate and fast typing.

Asus Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition

The keys received a concave shape with a recess of 0.2 mm. From an ergonomic point of view, this solution contributes to increased accuracy, accompanied by a pleasant tactile response.

Asus Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition

The key travel is moderately deep with a pleasant slight resistance. It is enough to feel pressing, at the same time, the keyboard is very quiet. The spacebar is highlighted in burgundy with a pastel tint. The power button is located in the upper right corner of the keyboard unit. It has a built-in fingerprint scanner.

Asus Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition

 

Under the keyboard is a fairly large touchpad with a smooth surface. It comes with a hydrophobic and oleophobic coating. Fingers on the touchpad glide very well, and it also recognizes multi-touch gestures. As for the size, in my opinion, it is optimal for a 14-inch laptop.

Asus Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition

 

Screen

The Zenbook 14X Space Edition features a 2880 x 1800 OLED touchscreen display with a 16:10 aspect ratio. The screen is Pantone Validated and has 100% DCI-P3 color gamut. In addition, there is DisplayHDR True Black 500 High Dynamic Range certification.

Asus Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition

Peak display brightness is up to 550 cd/m2. It has very thin bezels as it takes up 92% of the lid area. At the top center is a webcam hole with a resolution of 720p.

Asus Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition

In general, the Zenbook 14X Space Edition display has a very pleasant and rich color reproduction. The stock of brightness is enough for work indoors and outdoors. The sensor is quite responsive – touches are read very accurately.

 

Performance and autonomy

The Zenbook 14X Space Edition we reviewed was equipped with a 12th Gen Alder Lake-H Intel i7 processor with integrated Iris Xe graphics. The amount of RAM in our test laptop is 32 GB LPDDR5. This is a great stock for resource-intensive tasks.

Asus Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition

Storage is handled by a 1TB solid state drive. We tested it using the CrystalDiskMark benchmark, and you can see the results in the screenshots below.

CrystalDiskMark

In the Geekbench 5 benchmark, the Zenbook 14X Space Edition scored 1683 on the Single-Core Score and 7941 on the Multi-Core Score.

Geekbench 5

We also tested the laptop using PCMark and 3DMark. The test results are published in the screenshots below.

Asus Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition laptop review
Asus Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition laptop review

A 63 Wh battery is responsible for battery life. The laptop demonstrates an impressive indicator of autonomy – about 7-8 hours. This result is imprinted by a high-resolution OLED screen.

 

Sound

Asus Zenbook 14X Space Edition is equipped with an audio system certified by Harman Kardon. There is support for Dolby Atmos surround sound.

Zenbook 14X Space Edition

For a 14-inch form factor, the laptop produces a loud and pleasant sound. With the built-in audio system, you can comfortably listen to music, podcasts, as well as watch TV shows and movies.

 

Specifications

Zenbook 14X Space Edition

    • CPU: Intel Core i7-12700H 2.3GHz (24MB cache, up to 4.7GHz, 6C+8c cores); Intel Core i9-12900H 2.5GHz (24MB cache, up to 5.0GHz, 6C+8c cores); Intel Core i5-12500H 2.5GHz (18MB cache, up to 4.5GHz, 4C+8c cores)

 

    • Graphics: Intel Iris X

 

    • Display: Touch 14″, 2.8K (2880 x 1800) OLED 16:10, 90Hz

 

    • RAM: 8/16/32 GB

 

    • Storage device: 512 GB or 1 TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0 Performance SSD

 

    • Interfaces: 1x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A, 2x Thunderbolt 4 with display/power support, 1x HDMI 2.0b, 1x 3.5mm combo audio jack, microSD slot

 

    • Camera: 720p

 

    • Wireless interfaces: Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax), dual band 2×2 + Bluetooth 5.2

 

    • Battery: 63 Wh, 3S1P, 3 cells, Li-ion

 

    • Dimensions (L x W x H): 31.12 x 22.11 x 1.59 ~ 1.59 см

 

    • Weight: 1.4 kg

 

    • OS: Windows 11

 

 

Results

Zenbook 14X Space Edition

The Asus Zenbook 14X OLED model itself is very interesting due to the high-quality touch screen and a decent performance margin. Add to this the interesting decor details of the Space Edition series and we get a device with a pleasant and concise design, which is not a shame to get in a coffee shop and attract attention with space animations on an external display.

We also write down a good keyboard with a pleasant move, a comfortable touchpad and data protection with a fingerprint scanner as advantages.

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