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ASUS ExpertBook B9450 review: uncompromising business notebook

05 July 2020, Sunday By Priyanka Boruah
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For three decades, the world has changed a lot, and with it - laptops of the business segment. Trends and market leaders changed, but one thing remained unchanged: these models always received advanced solutions in the field of electronics and design. This is the latest ASUS ExpertBook B9450 - the standard of business laptops of 2020.

ASUS ExpertBook line: laptops for business


If you are not satisfied with ZenBook's top solutions (in terms of battery, performance, or design), the ExpertBook line will come to the rescue. These are ultra-thin, powerful, long-running laptops that combine the strict design of business classics of the early noughties with advanced materials and design methods.

When user needs come first


What is required of an uncompromising laptop aimed at executives, senior office workers, bank clerks, and other business representatives? The laptop should be compact, autonomous, and powerful. And its design is strict, but at the same time fashionable, in order to correspond to the status of the owner. ExpertBook B9450 fully meets these criteria.

Asus ExpertBook B9450

First of all, it looks extremely good. The matte carbon-black magnesium alloy case almost does not collect fingerprints and is absolutely not susceptible to twisting deformations. The new product has strict shapes, neatly rounded edges, right angles, and is devoid of decorative elements. Even the logo is black. If you want, you can see it, but it does not catch your eye.

In the open position, the screen gently lifts the case above the work surface, improving cooling and increasing the convenience of typing.

Second, the keyboard was the best available on the market. Take an ultra-rigid case, add a well-adjusted and elastic keystroke with a pleasant tactile bounce at the end - you get the perfect tool for working with text. The layout didn't disappoint either: ASUS engineers took care of the normal arrow block, which is convenient to use blindly.

ExpertBook B9450

Thirdly, the ExpertBook B9450 is a truly powerful and standalone laptop. The modern Core i7 solves heavy tasks in a couple of minutes and competently saves system resources, providing up to 10 hours of active network operation. A huge amount of RAM and storage is just a nice bonus: the user should not feel limited by the capabilities of the laptop.

Technical specifications of ASUS ExpertBook B9450


CPU
Intel Core i7-10510U
4 cores, 8 threads @ 1.8 - 4.9 GHz
VIDEO CARD
Intel UHD 630
RAM
16 GB LPDDR3
2133 MHz (soldered)
STORAGE DEVICE
1024 GB NVMe PCIE 3.0
read speed - 2300 MB/s
write speed - 2300 MB/s
DISPLAY
14 "matte Full HD IPS, 300 cd/m2 > 100% sRGB, 60 Hz
PORTS
2 × Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C DisplayPort 1.4 and Power Delivery
1 × USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A
1 × HDMI 2.0b
1 × 3.5 mm combo audio
1 × Gigabit Ethernet via an adapter with a dedicated MAC address
WIRELESS INTERFACES
Wi-Fi 6.0 802.11ax (2x2)
Bluetooth 5.0
BATTERY AND CHARGER
Li-Pol battery, 66 Wh
USB Type-C Power Delivery adapter for 65 W
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
32 × 20.3 × 1.49 cm
laptop - 0.99 kg
charger - 0.3 kg

Nice to use every day


The screen of the business model should be bright, reproduce natural colors, and have enviable energy efficiency. After all, you never know in what environment you will have to hold a presentation and for how long. The 14-inch IPS panel of the new product does not fail in these matters.

The maximum brightness is 306 nits.

Color gamut - over 100% sRGB. The white point is about 6200-6300 K, which is good: a warmer picture is safer for vision. The gamma curve does not match the reference value, but it is very similar to its shape - the image is slightly less contrasting, but the ratio of shadow and light is reproduced correctly.

ASUS ExpertBook B9450

For amateur retouching of images and basic video processing, such a display is enough. If you are planning to use such a light laptop as a tool for the photographer, simple calibration with any spectrophotometer will bring the indicators to the ideal. At least work with materials for printing.

You won't find any table-shaking bass, but everything else is very decent.

The volume margin is decent. Putting the ultrabook in the center of the room and chatting with three or four on Skype with colleagues can be done without any problems. The array of microphones transmits and filters speech well, and the speakers give out a pleasant sound. Music and videos are in order.

ASUS ExpertBook B9450

Stereo speakers aimed at the table use the space between the body and the work surface as a kind of phase inverter: it reflects part of the sound waves, which increases the volume of low frequencies. As a result, the audio becomes more voluminous. It is far from a full-fledged subwoofer or external speakers, but there is no desire to switch to headphones: it is comfortable to watch movies anyway. Listen to your favorite artist's new album, too.

Enviable attention to detail


What distinguishes a good laptop from a top-end one? Attention to detail. The compact 14-inch model doesn't have a numeric block on the keyboard? But it is provided on the touchpad. The touchpad allows you to enter numbers quickly and comfortably. It helps a lot in applications like Excel, in a calculator, and when entering pin codes: your fingers remember the sequence, even if you have already forgotten the numbers themselves.

Do you know what is even more convenient? You do not lose the touchpad. The system distinguishes cursor control from entering numbers.

Do not want to enter a pin code or a long password every time you open the lid? No problem! Here is a built-in fingerprint sensor that supports Windows Hello authorization technology. Register your fingerprint and log in with a touch of the sensor. Or don't touch it at all: 2 IR LEDs and a face recognition system allow you to log in in the most modern way - through the front camera.

ASUS ExpertBook B9450

Strict security service forbids you to use wireless networks in the workplace, afraid of data leakage? There is no Ethernet port on the laptop because the case is too thin. But there is a physical MAC address because the controller is soldered to the motherboard. Take a complete adapter that just throws the conductors into a thin connector, and you're done. The classic twisted pair connects to the laptop without problems, you don’t have to worry about the quality of the network.

The main feature: the laptop is tested for strength according to the military standard MIL-STD-810G, and its keyboard is protected from liquid ingress.

There are enough other pleasant nuances. ExpertBook B9450 is equipped with a web camera with a shutter, a mini-jack, and an HDMI connector for connecting projectors and a monitor. Not to mention a full-fledged USB Type-A for flash drives, authorization keys, and digital tokens. So accounting software and banking applications will launch without problems. Everything is done wisely.

ASUS ExpertBook B9450

Another nice detail: a convenient battery indicator, duplicated on the side and front edge. Lights up in orange - the battery is still replenished (via Type-C, by the way). Green? 100% charged you are ready for a whole day away from the outlet again.

Test results for ASUS ExpertBook B9450


PCMARK 10
Overall result 2830
Essential 9250
Productivity 7301
Content Creation 2810
Gaming 910
BATTERY
up to 10 hours in the "typewriter" mode, up to 15 hours of video playback, 6-7 hours under high load
CHARGING SPEED
Up to 100% almost 2 hours 10 minutes

ASUS ExpertBook B9450

Summary


The huge range of ASUS laptops has been expanded with a new business line - ExpertBook series devices are designed for those who need the best laptop on the market. Not the most powerful or cool, but the best. The new product looks great, is pleasant to use, goes without a power outlet for a long time, is equipped with excellent peripherals, and, most importantly, copes with almost any tasks. Perfect companion. Disadvantages? Well, the most noticeable and annoying nuance: the flickering of the keyboard LEDs at low brightness. When working at the table, it is not annoying, but when traveling, the letters are slightly flickering. However, if you slightly increase the illumination, the problem will go away. Otherwise, the ExpertBook B9450 is perfect.
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