ASUS Announces New Business Laptops and Desktop PCs
ASUS has announced several new business PCs, ranging from laptops to small form factor PCs. An education-centric device was also announced.
ASUS ExpertBook B9
The ASUS ExpertBook B9 is an Intel Evo-verified laptop described as the “world’s lightest 14” business laptop”. It makes use of Intel vPro and has up to 32 GB of LPDDR4x 4266 MHz RAM, Intel Wi-Fi 6, and Intel Thunderbolt 4 among its specifications. Its security features include Intel Hardware Shield, Intel Active Management Technology, and the ASUS AdaptiveLock, which uses an integrated infrared camera. There’s also the optional TPM 2.0.
Other features include Wi-Fi 6, dual SSD with RAID 0 and RAID 1 support, ASUS two-way AI noise-cancelling technology, more than 20 hours of battery life, and MIL-STD 810H certification.
ASUS ExpertBook B1
The ASUS ExpertBook B1 has an 11th Gen Intel Core processor with Intel Iris Xe graphics and ASUS Intelligent Performance technology. The latter offers an “ultra-efficient” thermal design with Performance Mode, Balanced Mode, and Whisper Mode options. There are 14-inch and 15-inch NanoEdge displays to choose from, which weigh 1.45kg and 1.72 kg respectively.
The laptop has up to 48GB of memory, optional NVIDIA graphics, and dual storage consisting of a 2TB HDD and up to a 1TB SSD. The ports include Intel Thunderbolt 4, USB 3.2 Gen 2, USB 2.0 Type-A, HDMI 1.4, Ethernet, and a microSD card slot.
Other features include a spill-resistant backlit keyboard, an ErgoLift hinge, TÜV Rheinland certification, an integrated fingerprint sensor, TPM 2.0, protective foam to protect the hard drive, and an integrated Kensington lock slot.
ASUS Chromebook CX9
The ASUS Chromebook CX9 is a 16mm-thin and 1kg-heavy Chromebook that has a magnesium-alloy chassis with high-precision CNC-milling and a MIL-STD 810H certification. It has a four-sided frameless 14-inch NanoEdge display with a 91% screen-to-body ratio and an 11th Gen up to Intel Core i7 processor with Iris Xe graphics.
The laptop’s ports include Thunderbolt 4, USB Type-A, and HDMI. For security, it has Titan C security for sensitive information storage, a fingerprint sensor, webcam shield, and automatic software updates every six weeks. Other features include Wi-Fi 6, Harman Kardon-certified audio, a backlit and spill-resistant keyboard, and an ErgoLift hinge.
The ASUS BR1100 is an 11.6-inch device that’s meant for education purposes. To protect the laptop in case of drops caused by kids, ASUS says that the laptop has been made to survive falls of up to 120 centimeters. It also has an all-round rubber bumper, spill-resistant keyboard, a reinforced structure, an ASUS BacGuard antibacterial keyboard frame, TÜV Rheinland certification, physical webcam shield, and meets several US military-grade tests for other forms of protection.
Other features of the BR1100 include an AI-powered noise-cancelling mic and speakers, a webcam with 3D noise-reduction (3DNR) technology, a modular construction to easily access the panel, keyboard, and battery, Wi-Fi 6, and an LED light on the lid to indicate to teachers if the laptop has connectivity or power issues. The laptop has an up to 128GB Emmc and a 1TB SSD for stoage.
The convertible model detects 4,096 levels of pressure and includes a garaged stylus option and a “special world-facing camera” to take pictures and videos in tablet mode. ASUS says that a 15-second charge can provide the device with 45 minutes of use.
ASUS ExpertCenter D7 SFF and D5 SFF
The ASUS ExpertCenter D7 SFF and D5 SFF are 9 liter small-form-factor PCs with up to 128GB of memory and NVIDIA GeForce and Quadro graphic options. They have a tool-free chassis design with easily-extracted hard drives or optical drives, and a layout that accommodates “up to four storages, legacy parallel and series ports”. Other features include MIL-STD-810G military-grade durability and “multilayered security infrastructure”.