Asus has introduced the latest laptop Asus ExpertBook B9 (B9400) for business users. Its starting price is Rs 1,15,489 (excluding all taxes).
Asus Expert Book B9 (B9400) we found works on a 14-inch display and an 11th Gen Intel Evo Core-i7 processor paired with 16GB LPDDR4X RAM. The frame of the laptop is light as well as thin. If you are thinking of buying this device, then in this review, we are giving information about the advantages and disadvantages of the laptop. So let’s start …
Asus ExpertBook B9 (B9400): Display and Design
The 14-inch Asus Expert B9 (B9400) comes with a very lightweight built, which allows it to be easily picked up with one hand and carried anywhere. It weighs less than 1 kilogram, actually just 880 grams. It has an extremely thin profile that is 14.9 mm thin.
As soon as the laptop is opened, its chassis also rises slightly from the side of the hinge, causing the laptop to open at an obtuse angle of the hinge, thus leaving a small space open at the bottom of the laptop. And this is the reason why the sound is better heard in the ears with the inbuilt speakers at the bottom, but the heat coming out of it also gets out easily.
Explain that the laptop display is slightly longer near the hinge, only seen when you open the laptop, and with such a design, does not include directly in the middle where the display and chassis should traditionally meet. This is what Asus calls ‘ergo lift hinge’.
The Asus ExpertBook B9 body is made of a lithium-magnesium alloy and is fully matte finish, including the display. The laptop lid opens quickly with one hand, whether it is on the table or bed. The hinge is of a 180-degree lay-flat type, which means that the laptop can be easily opened like a board slate for everyone to see during a business meeting. However, this feature will work when the offices reopen and say goodbye to the virtual meeting.
Talking about physical connectivity options, there are four options on the left side of the chassis including two USB-C ports, one HDMI port, and one RJ45 via micro HDMI.
On the right side, the laptop offers you a 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port, and a Kensington lock slot.
The laptop comes with a spill-resistant, backlit keyboard, which makes a very little sound when typing a button. The key travel is about 1.4 mm. The Asus NumberPad10 is an LED-illuminated numeric keypad that can be activated by pressing its icon in the top right corner of the touchpad.
The Asus ExpertBook B9’s design will be most appreciated for the laptop’s lightweight factor and can be criticized for its alloy body if the laptop falls off a table or the heavy object falls on the laptop in some way, There is also scope for laptop breakdown. However, the company claims that the ExpertBook B9 (B9400) has received MIL-STD 810H US military certification, with which it can withstand 30 kg of force on the lid and bottom without panel pressure test (LCD panel damage), shock test, Has passed many tests like drop test.
The ExpertBook B9 features a 14-inch non-reflective full HD display with a matte finish. Which does not make any reflection in the background of the display in an artificial light environment, which is a big plus point. The display panel is thin but quite sturdy. Many times, when you lift the laptop with one hand, you can tilt it back slightly, keeping the display open from the chassis. We wouldn’t give advice, but we tried to see how the chassis weighs the display. There are 4 mm thick bezels on the sides of the display panel.
Asus ExpertBook B9 (B9400): Performance
The business laptop we reviewed was equipped with a 2.80GHz 11th Generation Intel Evo Core-i7 processor (12M cache, 4.7 GHz, 4 cores) paired with 16GB LPDDR4X 4266 MHz RAM, although RAM increased to 32 GB. Can. It runs the Windows 10 Pro operating system and supports Intel Iris X graphics and RAID technology. It also comes with support for up to 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6.
Asus has thought about and noted some of the small functionalities that are necessary for epidemic-affected work life. The keyboard comes with a dedicated button for taking screenshots and turning the mic on or off. There is also a physical toggle to turn off the webcam if you wish. The laptop has a total of four microphones to help you clearly carry your spoken input to a virtual meeting.
When you return to the desk from the brake, the proximity sensor on the device turns on the display, if you are one meter away from the laptop, the display will remain on. Overall, this is a small help for the business users from the company.
The device starts heating up while charging and we found that it can be uncomfortable for someone typing at the time, especially on the left side of the keyboard. However, the temperature of the chassis increases during charging, but not so hot that the surface of the buttons can be impossibly heated. As soon as the device is complete Charging takes place, which occurs in about 90–100 minutes, making typing more comfortable.
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The battery on the device lasts for 5-6 hours if you are working on some graphics-heavy applications, otherwise, we got about 7 hours of battery time on light applications like Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Google Docs, etc. The battery drastically reduces after reaching about 17%. If you are working on an application, it will take 10-15 minutes to fully discharge.
RAM can handle up to 30 Google Chrome tabs opened simultaneously. However, some of them may be delayed by 5-6 seconds in loading. However, a 1080p video loaded faster on YouTube.
Asus claims that you can use the touchpad to “control the cursor”, even when the LED-illuminated numeric keypad is on. The movement of the cursor seems smooth, but it is difficult to tap and select when the numeric keypad is turned on.
Asus ExpertBook is B9’s audio performance steller, with surround sound effects. Asus says that it has added a pair of Harman / Kardon-certified speakers, which come with smart amplifier technology. The embossed chassis, made possible by the ‘ErgoLift Hinge’, spreads the sound more easily than a flat chassis. The audio output is also loud. We played some music on YouTube and its sound only filled the room at 60-70%. You will enjoy soft music on this laptop. The laptop comes with Cortana and Alexa voice recognition support. Asus gets top marks for audio.
Asus ExpertBook B9 (B9400): Our opinion
The Asus ExpertBook B9 (B9400) is a well-designed business laptop. It is light and strong. It gets an ErgoLift hinge with alloy built. Apart from this, it also offers high performance on HD display (which is non-reflective), a lot of connectivity options, and helps load although it also has some ifs and buts.
Overall, the Asus ExpertBook B9 (B9400) is a great option if you are looking for a lightweight Windows laptop that is designed for a seamless work experience.