Maybe we were just suffering years billionaires traveled into space, but Asus wants you to know that he first got there, and marks that achievement with a laptop that looks like it was designed for another planet.
Discovered today in CES 2022, The ZenBook 14X OLED Space Edition is one of the weirdest devices I’ve seen lately, and honestly, I think I’m in love. Before I describe what’s going on with the design, I should mention the origin story (I promise, it’s better Fantastic four).
It turned out that in 1997, Asus sent the P6300 and P6100 laptops into the orbit of the Mir space station built by the Soviet Union, the first modular space stations and the first inhabited stations for long-term space research. Asus claims that the laptop withstood the entire mission without any flaws, so in memory of this feat, the company designed a special version of its latest ultra-portable laptop.
Space-inspired engravings feature ZenBook 14X covers and cases. The dots on the cover are Morse code for Latin. “ad astra for aspera”(Meaning“ tthrough difficulties to the villagetars ”) while the patterns represent the Mir station, and the arc lines symbolize the space capsule. For me, the cover reveals the main vibrations of Star Wars, and the cover drawings are somewhat reminiscent of a TIE fighter.
In any case, you may be wondering what’s going on with that rectangular window on the shutter. Asus calls it ZenVision, and it is obviously inspired by the technical data of the spaceship. The small 3.5-inch OLED panel has a resolution of 256 x 64 and can be used to display customizable messages to people around you. Either put an interesting graphic on the board or make a gif, similar to the matrix or AniME Matrix, on the new Zephyrus G14.
I’m counting the days before I can see this laptop in person, not only do you get a closer look at these design elements, but because of the unique color that Asus calls Zero-G Titanium. The menu looks like matte taupe, but the pictures suggest that the hue changes drastically depending on the lighting.
In keeping with the theme of space, the 2.9-pound ZenBook 14X has passed the U.S. Space Systems Command The standard testing protocols SMC-S-016A, which Asus claims are four times more stringent than the standard MIL-STD testing used by most laptop manufacturers to make their products sound indestructible. These acronyms mean that 14X can withstand temperatures between -24 Celsiusius i 61 Celsius, so feel free to take your ZenBook on the Antarctic trip you have planned.
You’ve probably already opted for the ZenBook 14X by now, but I’ll list the key specs here anyway. The ZenBook 14X Space Edition has a 14-inch, 2880 x 1800 90Hz OLED screen with 550 nits of peak brightness. The power of this machine is the laptop equivalent of a rocket engine: up to 12 yearshr Intel Core i9 H-series CPU with Iris Xe graphics, up to 32 GB DDR5 RAM and up to 1TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD.
Asus has not revealed the price (expect a very large figure), but said the ZenBook 14X OLED Space Edition will be available in the second quarter of this year.
Asus ZenBook 14 OLED
If you could do without all the space stuff, Asus has also released the new ZenBook 14 OLED, a portable 14-inch laptop powered by either an Intel Core i7 P-series chip or an AMD Ryzen 5000-series processor (not the newer Ryzen 6000, interesting). One of the highlights, in addition to the sleek design, is the 2.8K OLED screen with a refresh rate of 90Hz.
Like the Space Edition, the ZenBook 14 passed endurance tests, even though they were typical soldiers. The laptop will be available in Aqua Celadon and Ponder Blue (on certain models) or Jade Black.
Zenbook 14 OLED will be available in the coming months; price not published.
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