A strong competitor has started in the field of large enterprise notebooks: the ASUS ExpertBook B9450 offers a great user experience and its battery life is almost unbeatable in the segment.
COMPACT EXTERNAL, COMFORTABLE DISPLAY
The ExpertBook B9450 is very light, with 870 grams of weight, plus an expressive compromise, the machine can still be an excellent trump card in this year's hair. However, the other dimensions of the device are even more spectacular, as despite the fact that it has a 14 – inch display, it is only 32 inches long and 20.3 centimeters wide – and the side cavities surrounding the panel are 4 millimeters. So with convenient portability, we still get a relatively large display. The feel of the magnesium alloy housing is pleasant to the touch, and according to the manufacturer, it is definitely durable: in a closed notebook, no damage is caused by packing up to 30 kilograms in paper form, and it survives a 1.2-meter drop.
All this, appealing it is paired with a square design with definite edges, on which the ribs on the back of the notebook, at the bottom of the outer cover of the display, on both sides of the display, also appear when closed. These were not decorated by the manufacturer on the device, as the back of the housing opens the notebook and opens under the machine, the ribs advance to the legs and the keyboard rises. On the one hand, this allows for more comfortable typing, and on the other hand, it provides more space for the vents on the bottom of the notebook. The hinges holding the display are strong, do not wobble, and the machine's construction encourages longevity – once the machine rests on the lower edge of the panel cover when opened, the hinges don't have to keep the full weight of the display and cover.
Despite the compact design, the ExpertBook B9450 has a correct range of connectors, which is to be expected in the enterprise segment: a USB 3.1 Gen2 on the right side of the device. standard USB-A port, a 3.5mm headset jack and a Kensington lock socket, while on the other side of the machine there are two USB-C connectors (with Thunderbolt 3, DisplayPort and Power Delivery support), a full HDMI socket and a There is a hidden RJ45 LAN connector behind the microHDMI port.
The supply fairly covers today's needs, you don't even have to pack converters in your bag every time you travel to the device, except maybe if you stick to a wired network – However, the Ethernet socket would not have really fit the device due to the thin design of the ExpertBook. Of course, there are various exotic mechanics on the market that can be used to fold full-fledged Ethernet sockets from thin notebook cases, but at the same time the risk of sensitive moving parts failing, while in the worst case the ExpertBook has to replace the converter.
Like the rest of the notebook, the keyboard is rugged, with up to 10 million keystrokes, according to ASUS. Fortunately, you didn't have to sacrifice comfort for durability: although the keyboard path could be a bit longer and the keyboard itself wider (there would still be plenty of space on both sides of the notebook) typing is still extremely comfortable on the device, the ExpertBook keyboard is quick to get used to and liked .
The habit is mainly due to the layout, as keyboard layouts can sometimes be a headache for those who come from an Ex is located in the upper right corner of the keyboard, in the same design as the other keys on the keyboard. If you’re used to having End or Delete keys in the corner from other manufacturers, old nerves can cause unpleasant surprises in the form of an unexpectedly started sleep mode. Fortunately, pressing the power button again can resume an interrupted session in a second or two.
It is also possible to accidentally press the activation key on the touchpad, which is moved to the touchpad and is located in the upper right corner of the touchpad, at certain hand positions as you type. By soothing the wider palms on the device, the illuminated touchpad can sometimes be switched on unintentionally – not as if this is an obstacle to further work or can be switched off with a snap. Of course, there is a backlight behind the keyboard, of which there are three levels that can be adjusted with the Fn + F7 key combination (or F7Lock with F7 on smoothly).
Speaking of which: the notebook is one of the most striking differences. ticket is an illuminated numeric keypad integrated into the touchpad. It probably doesn't come as a surprise to anyone that the latter doesn't completely replace a traditional, physical row of buttons in the absence of mechanical feedback, so it can still be more convenient to load Excel spreadsheets with one hand. The brightness of the numeric touch keys can also be adjusted in two steps, this is possible by tapping on the upper left corner of the touch surface. Of course, the touchpad can also be used to control the cursor with the numeric function turned on, the latter is performed quickly and accurately by the touchpad, and multi-finger gestures such as zooming out are not slow, they are performed completely smoothly.
CORRECT PANEL, EVERYTHING ( OFFICE) DEMANDING IRON
The 14-inch IPS display offers Full HD, i.e. 1920×1080 resolution, at 157 PPI, this is the size you probably don't need for a larger number of pixels in a notebook, scaling the screen content to the original 100 leaving a percentage may even make the default font size on some devices small. The panel, like many corporate machines, has a matte finish, so you don't have to squint at the window in the office with its back to shine. The maximum brightness of 300 nits will not break records, but at the same time it provides a completely satisfying experience, at most outdoors in strong sunshine the need for some extra soufflé may arise, but in this case the display does not seem disturbingly dark either.
Integrated graphics are not ideal for gaming, of course the enterprise notebook is not intended by the manufacturer – with more resource-intensive, possibly older titles. you can try on the device, especially if you are not ashamed to moderate the graphics settings. During everyday work, word processing, spreadsheets and browsing, the cooling fans of the machine do not spin at all audibly at all and we did not experience any disturbing warm-up, not even when the machine was on our lap. The device comes with Wi-Fi 6 support, so if your home or business router supports the standard, it produces fast data transfer.
UNBEATABLE IN RUN TIME
Notebook battery performance is amazingly strong, even on a strong 9-hour, fast-paced office workday you can play the piano without a problem, and if the load is more restrained, you can still have some juices in the device the next day – but only with video playback can the machine produce more than 16 hours of operation, especially if the brightness is not maximized.
The ASUS ExpertBook B9450 is a clear-cut business among laptops. . The device packs an almost unlikely large display into a fairly compact, slim and lightweight housing, all with fair performance, unbeatable battery life and sleek design. If, of course, we really want to find minor flaws in the device, such as a low-resolution webcam, the peak brightness of the display, or just the position of the power button, none of these are painful problems – the strengths of the machine make up for it. At the same time, we have to reach deep into our pockets, because the price of the ExpertBook B9450 in Hungary is around 680-700 thousand gross, depending on the dealer. In a large enterprise environment, however, a machine can be an ideal choice.
Gellert is Technology Editor at Counting News Media and contributor at other major tech publications. Her interests includes testing new gadgets and reading.