At the beginning of 2020, Asus presented the Expertbook B9 (hands-on), an unusually high-priced ultrabook for the company. Now an improved version is coming on the market: The Expertbook B9 (B9400) will be equipped with Intel’s next generation of processors, Tiger Lake. This also means that the notebook supports the faster Thunderbolt 4. Two such ports with 40 Gbit / s data rate, Displayport Alternate Mode and Power Delivery are available, as well as the USB connection (3.2 Gen2), HDMI and Micro HDMI.
The Expertbook has a matte 14-inch IPS panel with full HD resolution. It should also be quite bright with 400 cd / m². As with other Asus devices, a digital number pad is available that is displayed on the trackpad. The notebook is also delivered with a Core i5-1135 G7 or Core i7-1165 G7. The Tiger Lake CPUs have four cores which, according to Intel, should be at least 10 percent faster than previous models. There are no confirmed measured values yet.
Soldered RAM, two SSDs
The notebook is installed with 8, 16 or 32 GB LPDDR4X RAM. It is soldered and cannot be extended. So it should be considered how much memory is necessary before buying. Two NVMe SSDs with PCIe x4 connection fit into the housing. There is also a choice when it comes to the battery: the 33 Wh model weighs 880 grams and is therefore very light. In return, the battery life should not be very long. The much larger 66 Wh battery increases the weight to 1 kg. The chassis measures 32 x 20.3 x 1.49 cm.
Asus Expertbook B9 (B9400) (Image: Asus)
Like its predecessor, the Expertbook B9 (B9400) will not be inexpensive: It will be sold from the fourth quarter of 2020 from 1,800 euros.