Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition is far from just adding a specific space-themed logo to its body—as a whole, ASUS provides customization ranging from special phrases embedded in the bottom of the body, “riddles” via Morse code, to a secondary screen that symbolizes the outer spaceship window. space. Not only that, the performance is also reliable.
With all the features and quality it brings, the relatively high price of the Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition can be justified by its quality. In fact, I think this laptop will also be able to attract those who may not have more fascination with the world of outer space at all. Here’s the full review.
Attracts attention, but in a good way. It can be seen, yes, that the Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition has a very distinctive design, with all the patterns scattered throughout the body and a calm golden brown color (or ASUS calls it Zero-G Titanium). Not to mention the P-OLED screen on the top cover which is its own characteristic and attraction.
This laptop has a thickness in the range of 15.9mm, and weighs 1.4 kilograms. It’s not the lightest, but if you continue to read this review of the Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition, you will slowly know the reason for each of the hardware features it brings. Still relatively light and compact enough to carry around. And indeed, it is suitable to be used outside, really. Because of this cool look.
On the side is given a neat and premium finishing. Even in the lower body, there are some ASUS characteristics that feel quite special. Including the words “ad astra per aspera” at the top. What I also like about the outer body surface, it is not easy to imprint fingerprints. So it keeps looking clean.
Don’t worry about being frail, because the Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition has successfully passed the MIL-STD 810H military certification to a special standard that makes it safe for space travel. Shows that ASUS is not playing around in releasing this laptop. Truly custom designed inside and out, including a custom made sales package with a custom themed box and stand.
Compared to versions released in several countries, the screen specifications of the official Indonesian edition of the Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition are made slightly different. Yes, they are both 14-inch OLEDs, have 100% DCI-P3 standards, are VESA HDR TrueBlack 500 & Pantone Validated certified, plus have a 16:10 ratio and can fire up to 550 nits—at least from ASUS claims.
What’s different is the refresh rate and screen resolution, which is simpler at 60Hz, but has resolutions up to 4K! Due to overkill for my personal daily use, I downgraded to 1920 x 1200 which was more than enough. But if you want the sharpest and best display with consequences such as a more wasteful battery, please maximize the 4K resolution.
With a glossy panel, it becomes easier to get dirty, but when it is clean, the colors displayed are more pleasing to the eye. Oh yes, the Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition screen also supports touch input and ASUS provides an additional stylus pen in the sales package. Can be brightly lit in outdoor conditions, there is also ASUS OLED Care to prevent burn-in and quality degradation.
Overall, the screen quality of the Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition is one of the best at the moment. It doesn’t stop there, on the rear body there is a 3.5-inch black and white P-OLED screen that can be customized according to taste. Always manages to attract attention, and doesn’t consume much power. So one of the attractive selling points of this laptop.
What I like is that when I close the laptop to enter sleep mode, the ZenVision screen of the Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition will change orientation according to the view, and display the date and remaining battery capacity, before it actually turns off or goes to sleep. Small details that again need to be appreciated.
Ports & Connectivity
With dimensions that are quite portable, the completeness of the ports on the Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition is quite complete. On the left side, I can still find a full-size HDMI port which is getting rarer, along with two USB-C ports that come standard with Thunderbolt 4. Well, the other side is a bit confusing for new users.
There’s one USB-A port, a 3.5mm audio jack, along with a microSD card slot that isn’t located right next to it—yes, this laptop has ventilation holes on the left and right, and the shape of the hole is quite similar to that of the slot. How about the keyboard? Very, very comfortable with key travel that exceeded expectations.
The keyboard is made to match the color of the body, and coupled with white backlit lights, it will be difficult to see in certain lighting conditions. Same with the keyboard, the touchpad is also very comfortable with wide dimensions and can be turned into a virtual numpad with one touch.
The power button on the Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition doubles as a fingerprint sensor, with a different surface that is free from wrong presses. This laptop carries the Wi-Fi 6E standard plus Bluetooth 5 which already supports Microsoft Swift Pair—a pairing notification automatically appears when there are TWS earphones ready to be connected.
A little extra, for those of you who need a LAN connection, a USB-A to RJ45 gigabit ethernet adapter is available in the sales package of the Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition.
Even though it’s a new release laptop, I’m a bit disappointed with the webcam which is still 720p resolution, while other comparable price class laptops have 1080p plus wide viewing angles and extra features such as noise reduction. Plus, there is a physical shutter that can be activated by pressing the F10 key.
For the microphone, it is supported by AI noise cancellation so that you can make voice calls more clearly in a crowd. Well, if the speakers .. in my opinion, including one of the few Windows laptops that can match the Macbook. Through the two speakers below, the Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition can provide quality and very loud output. With a note, first enable dynamic effects through the Dolby Access application.
The MyASUS application provided by default provides quick access to control of almost all specific features. Such as the level of noise cancellation on the microphone, fan speed, audio effects, ZenVision screen display, to battery saving mode so that it will last for years to come.
One of the reasons why the price of the Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition can soar, it seems to have to do with performance. The variant I use is the “lowest” version, running an Intel Core i7-12700H with 12 CPU cores that has a maximum clock speed of 4.7GHz. Paired with an Intel Iris Xe GPU, soldered 16GB LPDDR5 RAM, and 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0 storage. Less tight? There is an i9-12900H option up to 5GHz!
From the specifications above, what feels less likely is only the GPU, while the rest are quite powerful and up-to-date. No matter how heavy my multitasking needs are to run office applications, Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition can provide optimal performance and with two maintained fans. It almost never spins fast, and we can also adjust the intensity of the rotation.
Maybe it’s because of the optimal wind dissipation, including on the left and right sides. That way, the hot part is not felt, either when we place the Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition on our thighs while relaxing or around the touchpad—at best around the top of the F7 key, aka standard.
It seems quite logical that this laptop doesn’t have a powerful GPU from a third party—for that, it’s certainly a “part” of the ROG Flow series. At least the combination of a powerful and efficient CPU, a superior cooling system and a fast SSD gives a lot of potential to this ultrabook that seems only for this one hobbyist.
For performance specifications and a cooling system that is classified as superior, ASUS can still equip the Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition with a large enough battery, namely 63WHr 3-cell. For standard use with office applications, always connected to Wi-Fi, 60-70% screen brightness and 1200p resolution, on average up to 6-7 hours of use. I said just standard, not economical and not extravagant.
It can be more wasteful if you continue to use 4K resolution, it can also be more economical if you activate the power saving mode and lower the screen brightness, and change the fan mode to silent. But there are two things I want to appreciate regarding the battery features on the Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition. First, the sleep mode is optimal. Even though I don’t turn it off, the power consumption during sleep is really minimal.
Second, the Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition battery can be charged with a standard charger Power Delivery even less than 65W. This means that you can use a smartphone charger. Although it’s possible that if the current is too low, the percentage of the battery can’t increase, but at least it can be used in an emergency situation when the only available power source is from the power bank. If you want fast charging, of course you can use the built-in 100W adapter whose dimensions are quite compact.
So, with prices starting at IDR 26 million, what are the shortcomings of the Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition? The default GPU is standard, the webcam quality is a little behind in its class, and the weight is a little heavy for a premium ultrabook. And a number of these shortcomings may be covered by the potential it brings.
A very comfortable keyboard, 4K OLED screen, options up to Core-i9 to easy charging via a USB PD charger are some of them that I find interesting. Of course, apart from the design and extra personalization it brings. If it fits your needs, the Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition will be the coolest laptop in any room where you are using it.
ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition (UX5401) Specifications
|Model / Series||Asus Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition (UX5401)|
|Released||15 September, 2022|
|Price||USD $1,658 (i7), USD $1,912 (i9)|
|Processor||Intel® Core™ i7-12700H/i9-12900H Processor (6P+8E cores)|
|VGA (Graphic Card)||Intel Iris Xe|
|RAM (Memory)||16GB/32GB LPDDR5 on board|
|Storage||1TB M.2 NVMe™ PCIe® 4.0 Performance SSD|
|Operating System||Windows 11 Home Single Language 64-bit|
|Dimensions||31.12 x 22.11 x 1.59 cm, 1,40 kg|
|Display||14.0-inch, 4K (3840 x 2400) OLED 16:10 aspect ratio, LED Backlit, 0.2ms response time, 550nits HDR peak brightness, 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, 1,000,000:1, VESA CERTIFIED Display HDR True Black 500, 1.07 billion colors, Pantone Validated, Glossy display, 70% less harmful blue light, SGS Eye Care Display, Touch screen, With stylus support, Screen-to-body ratio: 92 ％|
|Battery||63WHrs, 3S1P, 3-cell Li-ion|
Power supply: TYPE-C, 100W AC Adapter, Output 20V DC, 5A, 100W, Input: 100~240V AC 50/60Hz universal
|Webcam||720p HD camera, privacy shutter|
|Wi-fi||Wi-Fi 6E(802.11ax) (Dual band) 2*2|
|I/O Interface||1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A|
2x Thunderbolt™ 4 supports display / power delivery
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack
Micro SD card reader
|Audio||Harman Kardon-certified audio system, Array microphone with Cortana voice-recognition support|
|Features||Warna: Zero-G Titanium|
US MIL-STD 810H military-grade standard
Include in the box:
USB-A to RJ45 gigabit ethernet adapter
Stylus (ASUS Pen 2.0 SA203H-MPP2.0 support)
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