On hand ASUS ExpertBook B9 (B9400CE): Compact design, weighing only 1 kg, but possessing powerful performance 2 hours ago

On hand ASUS ExpertBook B9 (B9400CE): Compact design, weighing only 1 kg, but possessing powerful performance 2 hours ago


ASUS is inherently one of the well-known brands for gaming laptops and popular laptops for young people. However, for business customers / small businesses, they need thin and light laptops with long battery life and that is why the ASUS ExpertBook laptop line was born. In today’s article, let’s have hands on ASUS ExpertBook B9 (B9400) to see what’s special about it!

See also: On hand ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo (2021): Dual screen and terrible configuration

Unique accessory set of ASUS ExpertBook B9 Bộ

Before going into the main character, I will dedicate a separate section to talk about the accessories inside the box of ASUS ExpertBook B9. The first is the case with a unique scratch pattern that ASUS has included with the product. I have to admit that this accessory is extremely well finished, each stitch is meticulously processed. Especially inside this case, there is an extremely soft velvet layer, which helps to better protect the laptop.

The carrying case included with the ASUS ExpertBook B9 is of relatively good quality.
The soft velvet inside this case will better protect the laptop.
The soft velvet inside this case will better protect the laptop.
ASUS ExpertBook B9 connection cable.
ASUS ExpertBook B9 charging cord.
ASUS ExpertBook B9 connection cable.
ASUS ExpertBook B9 charging cord.

Besides the charging cable, Type-C to Ethernet port, the box of these two accessories is also used as a stand for the ASUS Expert Book B9 laptop. I must admit this is a very good environmental protection move from ASUS.

ASUS ExpertBook B9's accessory case can be converted into a laptop stand.
ASUS ExpertBook B9’s accessory case can be converted into a laptop stand. (Source: ASUS).

I have tried it, and found that this laptop stand is relatively sturdy even though it is only made from recycled paperboard. When I put the ASUS ExpertBook on, there was no movement, because on the bottom there are two quite solid anti-slip stickers.

Look, this recycled cardboard laptop stand is also good.
Look, this recycled cardboard laptop stand is also good.
On the bottom of this holder are two foam stickers to increase grip, avoid slipping when we leave it on the table.
On the bottom of this holder are two foam stickers to increase grip, avoid slipping when we leave it on the table.

However, I regret a bit because this bracket accessory covers the heat sink of the ASUS ExpertBook B9, so during use, I found the device to heat up quite a lot. You can watch the clip below.

This bracket inadvertently covers the ASUS ExpertBook B9's heatsink slot.
This bracket inadvertently covers the ASUS ExpertBook B9’s heatsink slot.

Design of ASUS ExpertBook B9: Thin and light but durable laptop

Now we come to the main character, the ASUS ExpertBook B9. The first thing that impressed me about this laptop model is that it is so light, the overall weight is only about 1 kg and I can completely hold this laptop with one hand. This is possible because ASUS ExpertBook B9 is equipped with a lithium-magnesium alloy chassis that is 16% lighter than its predecessor.

The frame of the ExpertBook B9 is made of lithium-magnesium alloy, so the weight of the machine is only 1kg.
The frame of the ExpertBook B9 is made of lithium-magnesium alloy, so the weight of the machine is only 1kg.

In addition, ASUS also uses a high-precision CNC cutting process, limiting redundant details and minimizing unnecessary voids inside. Thanks to that, the entire chassis of the ASUS ExpertBook B9 is stronger and stronger than what is achieved by the traditional metal stamping method.

Thanks to a thorough CNC cutting process, the chassis of the ASUS ExpertBook B9 has the durability to meet US military standards.
Thanks to a thorough CNC cutting process, the chassis of the ASUS ExpertBook B9 has the durability to meet US military standards.

And yet, ASUS ExpertBook B9 also has the extremely good durability of certified US military standard MIL-STD 810H. The device has also undergone rigorous internal testing including panel pressure testing, drop and impact testing to ensure durability. So we won’t need to worry about bumps or accidental drops during daily use.

The left side of the machine is where 2 USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, 1 HDMI port and 1 micro HDMI port are located.
The left side of the machine is where 2 USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, 1 HDMI port and 1 micro HDMI port are located.
On the right side, we will have a 3.5 mm port, a USB-A 3.2 Gen2 port and a Kensington lock slot.
On the right side, we will have a 3.5 mm port, a USB-A 3.2 Gen2 port and a Kensington lock slot.
The bottom of the device will be the place to place the heat sink, two speakers on the left / right edge and 4 rubber feet to create a grip for the laptop.
The bottom of the device will be the place to place the heat sink, two speakers on the left / right edge and 4 rubber feet to create a grip for the laptop.

Opened up inside, I felt quite surprised with the 4mm thinness of the screen border on ASUS ExpertBook. The device is equipped with a 14-inch screen with an anti-glare panel to reduce unwanted reflections, so I can use the device in bright environments and reduce eye strain after many hours of use. Especially, the top edge of the screen also has a switch to cover the webcam, helping me better protect my privacy.

ASUS ExpertBook B9 has a thin screen border of only 4 mm.
ASUS ExpertBook B9 has a thin screen border of only 4 mm.
At the top edge of this screen, there is also a switch to cover the webcam, increasing privacy for users.
At the top edge of this screen, there is also a switch to cover the webcam, increasing privacy for users.

Right at the bottom is the keyboard part of the ASUS ExpertBook B9, which is designed in the form of a chiclet keyboard (the keys are designed slightly concave in the center, the distance between the keys is also increased). Thanks to that, the typing feeling is quite smooth, the keys have good elasticity with a key travel of 1.5 mm. In addition, the ErgoLift hinge of this laptop also automatically tilts the keyboard to a higher angle for the most comfortable typing position.

The keyboard of the ASUS ExpertBook B9 feels comfortable to type on, and the keys have good elasticity.
The keyboard of the ASUS ExpertBook B9 feels comfortable to type on, and the keys have good elasticity.
The device's ErgoLift hinge helps tilt the keyboard up a bit, creating a better position for typing.
The device’s ErgoLift hinge helps tilt the keyboard up a bit, creating a better position for typing.

Speaking of the keyboard, I can’t help but mention the TouchPad that can be converted into an extremely convenient numeric keypad. I just need to click on the NumberPad icon in the upper right of the touchpad to turn it on and click on the icon on the left to switch between two brightness settings for the numeric keypad. This TouchPad part is also made spacious to help me have more space to manipulate the device.

The TouchPad part of the device can also be turned into an LED numeric keypad via the key in the upper right corner.
The TouchPad part of the device can also be turned into an LED numeric keypad via the key in the upper right corner. (Source: ASUS).

ASUS ExpertBook B9 has powerful performance and long-lasting battery life

Despite carrying such a compact body, ASUS ExpertBook possesses very strong performance. The specifications of this laptop are as follows:

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-1165G7 (11th generation).
  • GPU: Intel Iris Xe Graphics.
  • RAM: 16 GB LPDDR4X available (expandable up to 32 GB supported).
  • Internal memory: 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD.
  • Operating system: Windows 10 Home.
  • Battery capacity: 66 WHr, Li-ion 4 batteries.
ASUS ExpertBook B9 has a slim body but extremely powerful performance.
ASUS ExpertBook B9 has a slim body but extremely powerful performance.

I believe with this configuration, ASUS ExpertBook B9 will be more than enough to meet many light office tasks to heavier graphics tasks, especially for business/small business customers with a large volume of business. dense work. I have experience through some common tasks and editing images with Photoshop on this laptop, everything is handled smoothly and stably.

The battery of this laptop can fully meet the needs of use all day long, the machine also supports fast charging.
The battery of this laptop can fully meet the needs of use all day long, the machine also supports fast charging.

Besides, the 66 WHr battery capacity of ASUS ExpertBook B9 will also serve the user’s all-day use well. As announced by ASUS, the device has enough battery life for an entire day on a single charge, supported by power-saving panel self-refreshing technology. At the same time, fast charging technology allows us to charge 60% of the battery in just over 30 minutes, I tested it when the system was off / in standby mode.

summary

Just now are my first impressions after being in the hands of ASUS ExpertBook B9 (B9400CE). Personally, I think this laptop has a lot of other interesting points that I have not discovered, perhaps I will save it in a detailed review of it. So what do you think about ASUS ExpertBook B9? If so, don’t forget to comment below the article to let me know!

See also: On hand ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 (2021): Delicious inside and out

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