ASUS isn’t a brand that corporate types usually associated with business notebooks, but the Taiwanese company has been making huge strides in the corporate world with their ExpertBook line of laptops. Their latest one, the ASUS ExpertBook B9, is probably the best business laptop we’ve tested currently and should be at the top of your list if you’re looking to purchase a new laptop to replace your old clunker. Here are 5 reasons why:
It’s the lightest laptop available to buy right now
If your job involves a lot of traveling to meet clients, then you don’t need a heavy notebook weighing you down. The ASUS ExpertBook B9 weighs under 1 kilo (995 grams for 66 wHr and 870 grams for 33 wHr to be exact), making it the lightest notebook available to buy in the Philippines.
The ASUS ExpertBook B9’s light weight is made possible thanks to the use of a new, exotic magnesium-lithium alloy. This alloy makes up the majority of the chassis of The ASUS ExpertBook B9 and is the reason why you practically don’t notice its weight when you slip it into your bag.
Despite being impossibly light, it’s incredibly strong too
You’d think that the ASUS would have skimped out on the internal structure of The ASUS ExpertBook B9 to make it so light, but they did the exact opposite. The magnesium-lithium alloy that makes up most of the body of the ASUS ExpertBook B9 makes it incredibly tough – tough enough to meet and surpass US MIL-STD 810G military standards.
Each component of the ASUS ExpertBook B9 has been rigorously tested to make sure it’s able to take the abuse that life throws at it. The hinge, for example, is been rated to surpass 50,000 cycles of opening and closings. The LCD can withstand a 30-kilo force on it without sustaining damage. The keyboard has a 10-million keystroke lifespan – we could go on and on. You get the point.
14-inch display in a 13-inch body
ASUS managed to stuff a 14-inch, full HD IPS panel into a chassis that normally houses smaller 13-inch displays. This was achieved through the use of incredibly thin side bezels that only come in at 4mm.
Despite that tiny side and top bezels, ASUS still managed to stuff in a VGA camera with a hardware switch to block it when you’re not using it, as well as two-directional, noise-cancellation capable microphones for crystal clear audio no matter where you are.
As for the display itself, it’s reasonably bright, has anti-glare properties so you can use it in cafes as well as the boardroom, as well as wide color coverage thanks to the display’s 100% sRGB color gamut.
Lots of convenient features
ASUS put a lot of nice features in the ASUS ExpertBook B9 to make it easier to use as a daily driver. The notebook has facial recognition thanks to Windows Hello and the IR camera beside the webcam for faster and more secure unlocks. If you prefer unlocking your notebook the old-fashioned way through your fingerprint, you can do that too thanks to the physical fingerprint scanner.
The touchpad can also double as a number pad with a simple push of a button, and the entire chassis angles up a few degrees when you open the lid for more comfortable typing when you need to knock out that report in record time. The display rotates up to 180 degrees, so you can always get the perfect angle even if you’re in a cramp economy seat in a plane.
For such a thin and light notebook, the ASUS ExpertBook B9 doesn’t skimp out on ports. There are two Thunderbolt ports on the side, as well as a full-sized HDMI port and a plug for an Ethernet adapter, should you need it. There’s also a single USB 3.1 plug on the side as well for things like your old wired mice and other accessories.
Insane battery life
If you need a notebook that literally lasts the entire workday, then the ASUS ExpertBook B9 is it. It’s currently the battery champ for Unbox as far as endurance is concerned, clocking in an almost impossible 16 hour and 10 minutes run time in our standard video loop test. That’s insane, and that’s definitely more than enough battery to last you an entire workday, and then some. What’s even crazier is that ASUS says that the ASUS ExpertBook B9 can achieve up to 24 hours of battery life under certain conditions.
No matter which way you cut it, the ASUS ExpertBook B9 is one of the best notebooks for business and corporate types today. It weighs next to nothing, is incredibly tough and has insane battery life to boot – all the things that matter to someone whose always on the go.
The ASUS ExpertBook B9 starts at Php 109,995 for the base model with a Core i5-10210u CPU, 8GB RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD, and 33wHr battery. If you want a fully decked out model, Php 169,995 gets you a Core i7-10510u CPU, 16GB RAM, 2GB NVMe SSD, and a 66wHr battery.