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Asus Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition review



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The ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition is a uniquely designed laptop from one of the biggest brands in the business that commemorates the 25th anniversary of the first ASUS laptop sent into space. Everything about the design of the laptop to the packaging it comes with is an homage to humanity’s history of space exploration. It’s a beautiful machine, but also a pricey one, the question is, is it worth your money? Read on to find out.

ASUS Zenbook 14x OLED Space Edition

CPU

Intel Core i5-12500H / i7-12700H / i9-12900H

RAM

8GB / 16GB / 32GB LPDDR5

Storage

512GB / 1TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD

Max Refresh Rate

60Hz / 90Hz

Specifications & upgradability

ACER Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition internals 1

Opening up the back of this laptop is a real pain and we had quite a few issues doing so. Besides removing the Torx screws (including the two under the feet) you have to prise off the panel as it’s held on by several plastic clips. Doing this without breaking something is not easy, so we’d avoid doing it yourself unless you know what you’re doing and actually do need to upgrade the machine.

There is one single M.2 2280 slot near the CPU which houses the SSD that can be upgraded at a later date, should you wish to, as can the Wi-Fi 6E chip.

The LPDDR5 4800MHz dual-channel RAM is available in 8GB / 16GB (our configuration) / 32GB configurations at the point of purchase, but non-upgradable once you’ve ordered it as the RAM is soldered to the board.

There are three Intel 12th Gen laptop CPU options: the Intel Core i5-12500H, i7-12700H (our configuration), and i9-12900H, giving you lots of pricing options depending on your personal needs. As to be expected with a slimline non-gaming laptop, there is no dedicated graphics card, just the Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics (iGPU) which come with the CPU, though this does not mean some light gaming isn’t possible on this machine (as we show below).

The mini-screen on the rear of the laptop is a 3.5” 256 x 64 monochrome P-OLED that comes with all models of this machine. Read the screen section below for more information on the different spec options for the main display.

Intel Core i5-12500H / i7-12700H / i9-12900H

512GB / 1TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD

2880 x 1800 / 3840 x 2400

1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 2x USB-C / Thunderbolt 4 (power delivery), 1x HDMI 2.0b 1x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack, Micro SD card reader

Pros