Asus clearly aimed for the stars this CES, and it made a stop somewhere in space along the way. One of the most visually striking laptops I’ve seen in a long time, the ZenBook 14X OLED Space Edition was made to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Asus’s laptops—the P6300 and P6100—reaching orbit on the Soviet Union-built Mir space station.
It does so with a unique design on the lid and deck that contain various nods to the space age. The dots on the lid, for example, are morse code for the Latin “ad astra per aspera” (meaning “through hardships to the stars”) while the etchings represent the Mir station and the arced lines symbolize a space capsule.
Drawing even more attention is a tiny 3.5-inch OLED panel offset on the right side of the lid. Inspired by the spaceship’s data sheet, this ZenVision panel lets you display a customizable message, be that a word, animation, or static image (not unlike the dot-matrix grid on the Zephyrus G14). And since that wasn’t otherworldly enough, this laptop passed U.S. Space Systems Command Standard SMC-S-016A durability standards for good measure.
The ZenBook 14X OLED Space Edition stood out for its design, but the specs are nothing to scoff at, either. It has a 14-inch, 2880 x 1800 OLED display at 90Hz with 550 nits of peak brightness, and is powered by up to a 12th-gen Intel Core i9 H-series CPU with Iris Xe graphics, up to 32GB of DDR5 RAM, and up to a 1TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD.