Asus usually doesn’t put much emphasis on its business-centric laptops in Malaysia, but that seems to be changing soon: the Taiwanese company is launching the extremely lightweight Asus ExpertBook B9 in Malaysia next week on 15 June.
The arrival of the ExpertBook B9 on our shores is confirmed by Asus Malaysia itself on its Facebook page. Naturally, the teaser focuses on the lightweight nature of the laptop. In fact, tipping the scales at only 870g, it’s touted as “the world’s lightest 14-inch business laptop.”
However, that’s the weight of the model with a 33WHr battery; the variant with a much more generous 66WHr battery weighs 1.05kg. Of course, that still makes the ExpertBook B9 a very lightweight laptop, and we’ve confirmed with Asus Malaysia that both battery capacities will be offered here.
Not only is the ExpertBook B9 a lightweight laptop, it’s quite a slim machine too: its chassis measures only 14.9mm thin. Portability is important for a business-class laptop, and without a doubt its slim and light chassis make it ideal for those who are always on the go.
Another important feature of any business laptop is good battery life, and in this regard, the ExpertBook B9 promises up to 24 hours of use on a single charge. That’s the quoted battery life for the model with a 66Whr battery; the smaller 33WHr cell, on the other hand, is said to offer 12 hours of use. Still a very respectable estimate.
Under the hood of the ExpertBook B9 is the latest 10th-generation Intel Core i7-10510U or Core i5-10210U processor. Paired with 8GB or 16GB of RAM, it should be able to offer more than enough processing power for most productivity tasks. As for the GPU, it uses an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620.
Design wise, the ExpertBook B9 is quite a sleek-looking laptop as well. Its 14-inch 1080p IPS display is surrounded by thin bezels – it’s said to offer a whopping 94% screen-to-body ratio – and the magnesium‑lithium alloy chassis gives the laptop a premium, understated look.
Rounding out the specifications of the ExpertBook B9 include three SSD storage options (512GB, 1TB, and 2TB), a webcam with Windows Hello support, two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 support, a full-size USB-A connection, an HDMI output, and an RJ45 port via the micro HDMI connection.
The Asus ExpertBook B9 will be launched in Malaysia next week on 15 June. It remains to be seen exactly how much it will cost on our shores, but given its premium positioning, expect it to cost quite a bit of money.