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ASUS ExpertBook B9: Combining Lightness and Power

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ASUS has officially launched in the Philippines its latest business notebook, the ExpertBook B9. While there are many business-centric laptops in the market, even in ASUS’ current lineup, this new offering stands out by combining lightness and power. Something most modern professionals are looking for. What makes it possible? Let’s find out.

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Powerful specs

For a professional, one of the essential factors to consider when choosing a work laptop is the specs. It has to be powerful enough to keep up with all the tasks from browsing, to research, video conferencing, slide presentations, or editing. The top-of-the-line model is equipped with an Intel Core i7-10510U with Intel UHD Graphics 620, so you can expect a reliable business-class performance with management capability, security features, and ecosystem support.

High-speed and large-capacity memory

To complement the CPU, the ASUS ExpertBook B9 sports up to 16GB LPDDR3 RAM and up to 4TB PCIe NVMe SSD via dual slots. These specs translate to a responsive machine the boots up quickly and ready to take on multiple tasks right away without choking the system. The high-capacity and fast SSD will also satisfy heavy users who need to work on large files as they don’t need to worry about filling up their storage right away. External drives will be a rare occurrence on this machine.

Excellent productivity and security features

The ExpertBook B9 comes with features that allow you to take advantage of the hardware mentioned above. That includes the 14-inch IPS anti-glare display with Full HD resolution and Panel Self Refresh technology, quad-360-degree far-field microphones for Cortana and Alexa, two integrated stereo speakers certified by Harman Kardon, full-size, backlit, and spill-resistant keyboard, and a large trackpad with an ASUS exclusive NumberPad 2.0 built-in.

Security-wise, it has an IR camera with a webcam shield for facial recognition and privacy, fingerprint scanner, Enterprise-Grade Security with TPM 2.0, Kensington lock slot, and ASUS management software like the ASUS Control Center, ASUS Business Manager, ASUS UEFI BIOS, and MyASUS.

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Comprehensive connectivity

Most ultrabooks sacrifice connectivity for portability, that’s not the case with the ExpertBook B9 as it has a two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports for data transfer, DisplayPort, and Power Delivery support, a USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A, 3.5mm headphone jack, an HDMI port, and a micro HDMI port.

Want to use an RJ45 LAN? Don’t worry, as ASUS included an adapter (via micro HDMI port) in the package.

Long battery life

What’s the point of having all those features if the battery life is too short that you’re almost always plugged in. ASUS solved that by equipping the top-of-the-line ExpertBook B9 with a large 4-cell, 66Whr battery, which boasts 24 hours of office productivity. This is an attractive feature for professionals who work on-the-go and don’t want their productivity limited by short battery life. Whether you’re on a long-haul flight or working in an area that is away from a power socket, you can keep going.

Thin and light chassis

So, you have a machine with powerful specs, great connectivity features, and long battery life. But there’s another factor required by most professionals who continuously travel and work along the way — portability. In this aspect, the ASUS ExpertBook B9 has that covered. For starters, it only weighs 995g (for the 66Whr battery SKU) or 870g (for the 33Whr battery SKU), which makes it the world’s lightest 14-inch business laptop. It’s easy to lug around and travel with. It’s also 14.9mm thin with an A4-paper-sized footprint, so it easily slides inside your bag and doesn’t take much space. As for the material of the chassis, it’s made of magnesium-lithium alloy, so it’s durable and attractive at the same time.

All of the features mentioned above combined produce an excellent business laptop. So, if you’re on a lookout for a productivity partner, make sure to put this machine on your list.

This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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