The ExpertBook B9, according to ASUS, is the world’s lightest 14″ business laptop. But there’s more to it than just the portability factor. I have been using the ExpertBook B9400 as my daily driver for a couple of weeks now and the laptop still hasn’t lost its lustre, even after the honeymoon period.
The ASUS Expertbook B9400 is a first-class business laptop that stands out from the multitude of enterprise notebooks out there on the market. Its ultra-portable form factor is an appealing draw on its own, but the laptop truly shines with its battery life and performance. ASUS has also peppered it with some truly desirable features like a physical shutter/kill switch for the webcam, a virtual numeric keypad on the touchpad, Windows Hello support, and more to make it an unequivocal ultrabook recommendation.
ASUS EXPERTBOOK B9 (B9400) DETAILED REVIEW
The enterprise laptop segment has become somewhat of a competitive field now with plenty of good notebooks to choose from. There’s no place for people bringing a knife to a gunfight, meaning you can no longer get away by sliding in a mediocre machine in this segment. ASUS has decided to raise the bar even further with its new Expertbook B9400 enterprise laptop.
ASUS EXPERTBOOK B9400: PERFORMANCE
The ExpertBook B9400 is an ultra-portable business laptop powered by Intel’s 11th generation i7 Tiger Lake CPU. It’s got Iris Xe graphics and packs 16GB of RAM. On paper, the laptops seem like it’s kitted with powerful hardware to run almost anything you throw at it. The best part is that it packs all that in a chassis that weighs less than a kilogram.
To test the performance of this laptop, I started off by running our usual suite of benchmark programs to see how it fairs. Let’s dive in.
So the Intel Core i7-1165G7 is touted to be one of the fastest Tiger Lake chips. It’s a quad-core CPU with a base clock of 2.8Ghz and a turbo frequency of up to 4.7Ghz. When the laptop is idle, the CPU clocks itself at just 1.2Ghz as observed during the downtime between my benchmark programs.
In Cinebench R20, the ExpertBook B9400 managed to put out a score of 1810. The numbers are better than what I got on the HP Pavilion Laptop 13 running on the Intel Core i5 1135G7 CPU, as expected. I got similar results after running the Cinebench R15 and Cinebench R11.5, but I do have to point out that I started noticing some thermal throttling with scores dipping significantly. The CPU clock rate also started falling by about 8-10%.
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