ASUS launches the Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition with the mini OLED screen on the lid

ASUS has officially launched the Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition and it is available for $ 1,999.99 on Newegg and Amazon. The laptop comes with a 12th generation Intel i9-12900H plus integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics – but its futuristic design is what really makes it stand out.

The secondary screen on the lid of the Asus Zenbook 14 OLED Space Edition, showing the time of 11:06, the date of December 22 and a half-full battery meter.

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The company first showed the Space Edition Zenbook at CES in January, and my colleague Monica Chin got to experience spaceyness on her own. One of the most notable things about this laptop is the small 3.5-inch screen on the lid. It is there to display messages, animations and customizable other text, such as date and time.

You will also see various engravings across the entire chassis of the laptop, which are supposed to make the device look like something you would find on a spaceship. Oh, and ASUS says it meets the US Space Systems Command Standard (SMC-S-016A), which means it’s resistant to extreme vibration and high / low operating temperatures, ‘in case you, you know, planning to take a trip to space.

Top view of the Asus Zenbook 14 OLED Space Edition keyboard.  The screen displays the words Space Edition.

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The 14-inch, 16:10 OLED touchscreen display comes with a steady 90Hz refresh rate and 0.2ms response time. Other specifications include 32GB RAM out of the box, a dial built into the touchpad, a fingerprint sensor on the power button, four USB-C ports, a 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 is celebrating the 25th anniversary of “the first ASUS laptop launched into space.” Given the price tag, the unique design and the circumstances surrounding the creation of the laptop, it seems that the Space Edition is more of a collector’s item than your everyday workhorse.