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Asus ExpertBook B9 Now in Malaysia; 870g, 24-Hour Battery Life, From RM6,299

Asus just launched its latest business laptop in Malaysia, the Asus ExpertBook B9. Not only does it weigh only 870g, this premium machine promises up to 24 hours of battery life; that’s quite impressive for a laptop as light as it is.

Five different variants of the ExpertBook B9 are available in Malaysia. The base model, which retails at RM6,299, features a 10th generation Intel Core i5-10210U processor, 8GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and Windows 10. This is also the only variant with a 33WHr battery that offers up to 12 hours of use, making it the sole model that weighs 870g.

The other four variants of the ExpertBook B9, on the other hand, are equipped with a much more generous 66WHr battery. While this capacity increases the weight of the laptop to 995g, it does double the quoted battery life to 24 hours. In our opinion, it’s a worthy trade-off to get twice as long battery life.

Anyway, let’s get back to the pricing of the other four models. A tier up from the aforementioned model has the same configuration, but it swaps the 33WHr battery for the bigger 66WHr cell, along with Windows 10 Pro and TPM support. This model costs RM6,599, so you’re essentially forking out RM300 to get a bigger battery; a worthy upgrade for some consumers.

Next up is the Core i7-10510U model, which also doubles the RAM and SSD storage to 16GB and 1TB respectively. This variant of the ExpertBook B9 costs RM8,299, and you can add RM300 to upgrade the operating system to Windows 10 Pro with TPM support.

And then there’s the range-topping ExpertBook B9. It has the same hardware as the previous two, but it features two 1TB SSD drives, giving you a whopping 2TB of storage. Of course, this drives up the price – excuse the pun – to RM9,299, though it also comes with Windows 10 Pro and TPM support.

For easy reference, here’s the price breakdown of the ExpertBook B9 for the Malaysian market.

  • Intel Core i5-10210U, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Windows 10 – RM6,299
  • Intel Core i5-10210U, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Windows 10 Pro – RM6,599
  • Intel Core i7-10510U, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Windows 10 – RM8,299
  • Intel Core i7-10510U, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Windows 10 Pro – RM8,599
  • Intel Core i7-10510U, 16GB RAM, 2TB SSD, Windows 10 Pro – RM9,299

The Asus ExpertBook B9 is now available for pre-order in Malaysia, and it will hit store shelves on 30 June. It’s not an affordable laptop, but it is a lightweight, premium notebook with sleek looks. The 14-inch 1080p IPS display with thin bezels – offering a 94% screen-to-body ratio – certainly gives it a modern aesthetic.