Together with the Be Ahead virtual launch event, Asus announced their wide variety of business laptop, Chromebook, and desktop, including ExpertBook B9 (B9400 vPro), ExpertBook B1 (B1400, B1500), ASUS Chromebook CX9 (CX9400), ExpertCenter D7 SFF and D5 SFF (D700SA, D500SA). The new lineup pushes the boundaries of design and innovation to deliver elevated productivity to business users. There’s also a model for younger students – ASUS BR1100.
ASUS ExpertBook B9
The Asus ExpertBook B9 is now equipped with Intel® vPro platform to help business users build a reassured infrastructure and advanced ASUS two-way AI noise-canceling technology to receive more clarity on video conferencing. For working anywhere, remotely, the Intel vPro platform delivers business-class performance, hardware-enhanced security features with Intel Hardware Shield, as well as Intel Active Management Technology (AMT) for remote management.
Besides the elevated performance, ExpertBook B9 keeps the record of the world’s lightest 14” business laptop, weighing a mere 880g since its debut last year and features more than 20 hours of battery life for ultimate mobility. Verified as an Intel Evo laptop, it supports dual SSD with RAID 0 and RAID 1 support, up to 32 GB LDDR4x 4266 MHz, Intel WiFi 6, Intel Thunderbolt™ 4 and multiple trusted layers of security.
These security features include ASUS AdaptiveLock – which detects the user’s presence and employs an integrated infrared camera to recognize their face for instant, hassle-free logins – and optional TPM 2.0. ExpertBook B9 also meets the industry-leading MIL-STD 810H US military standard, which is more rigorous and demanding than ever – ensuring that the laptop can withstand the strains of the daily grind and on-the-go use.
ASUS ExpertBook B1
ASUS ExpertBook B1 is designed to offer a wide range of configuration and heavy-duty performance. It not only employs an 11th Gen Intel Core™ processor with Intel Iris® Xe graphics, but also implements ASUS Intelligent Performance technology, driven by ASUS-exclusive algorithms and an ultra-efficient thermal design to allow users to smartly switch between Performance Mode to boost power for heavy workloads, Balanced Mode for everyday tasks, and Whisper Mode for quiet and power-saving operation.
It’s coupled with up to 48 GB memory, optional NVIDIA graphics, and dual storage – up to 1 TB SSD and 2 TB HDD. There’s a choice of a 14-inch or 15-inch NanoEdge display, weighing respectively 1.45kg or 1.72kg, making the ExpertBook B1 handy to pick up and carry anywhere. Built-in ports include Intel Thunderbolt™ 4, USB 3.2 Gen 2 and USB 2.0 Type-A, HDMI 1.4, Ethernet and a microSD card slot.
The backlit and spill-resistant keyboard ensures uninterrupted productivity, and it also features the ErgoLift hinge for comfortable typing. The screen is certified by TÜV Rheinland for low blue-light emissions, and the security features include an integrated fingerprint sensor, TPM 2.0, an integrated Kensington lock slot, and protective foam to protect the hard drive from bumps and shocks.
ASUS Chromebook CX9
The ASUS Chromebook CX9 is ultra-durable, yet lightweight with magnesium-alloy chassis processed with high-precision CNC-milling. So, it is only 16 mm thin, weighs around 1 kg, and it meets next-level and industry-leading MIL-STD 810H US military tests. Additionally, the four-sided frameless 14-inch NanoEdge display provides an immersive, near edge-to-edge viewing experience with an impressive 91% screen-to-body ratio.
The Chromebook CX9 is powered by a 11th Gen up to Intel Core i7 processor with Iris Xe graphics and benefits from superfast WiFi 6. It is also loaded with I/O ports, including cutting-edge Thunderbolt 4, standard USB Type-A and HDMI outputs. It also has the same Harman Kardon-certified audio, a backlit and spill-resistant keyboard, and ErgoLift hinge for comfortable typing as the Expertbook B9.
For business-grade protection, Chromebook CX9 runs on Chrome OS and is secure by design, offering Titan C security for storing sensitive information such as passwords and encryption keys. Furthermore, CX9 automatically receives software updates every six weeks to safeguarded data from harmful attacks with the latest defenses. The laptop also has a fingerprint sensor for password-free login, and webcam shield for added protection.
Made for kids, the BR1100 is engineered to survive falls of up to 120 centimeters, with a rugged design including an all-round rubber bumper, spill-resistant keyboard and a reinforced structure to withstand everyday knocks, bumps and spills. All this, plus the passing of multiple rigorous US military-grade tests, ensures that BR1100 is built to last.
Additional designs to accommodate the needs of young learners include an ASUS BacGuard antibacterial keyboard frame that adheres to ISO 22196 to inhibit the growth of bacteria by more than 99% over a 24-hour period, as well as a TÜV Rheinland-certified display for low blue-light emissions, helping protect eyes from potential harm.
The AI-powered noise-canceling mic and speakers ensure crystal-clear audio for both student and teacher, while innovative 3D noise-reduction (3DNR) technology on the webcam eliminates up to 94% of the random noise. And, there’s a physical webcam shield – so a child or parent can simply swipe it over the lens for instant peace of mind.
Connectivity and capacity is also now seen as a must, so BR1100 has the option of 4G LTE and WiFi 6 for seamless access to online courses as well as up to 128 GB eMMC and 1TB SSD, so it’s easy to expand if the onboard storage fills up, which is a rare benefit for entry-level education devices, and perfect for large or growing collections of videos, images and school documents.
The convertible model offers the option of a garaged stylus to help students get every detail just right when drawing, taking notes or marking up documents – with the ability to detect 4,096 levels of pressure. It’s also quick to charge, with a 15-second stay in the garage providing enough capacitance for 45 minutes’ use. The convertible includes a special world-facing camera, positioned just above the keyboard. This empowers students to explore and learn in totally new ways, allowing them to capture photos and videos in tablet mode.
ASUS ExpertCenter D7 SFF and D5 SFF
ASUS ExpertCenter D7 SFF and D5 SFF deliver high performance and functionality in a sleek and ultracompact 9-liter, small-form-factor (SFF) package. They offer a range of professional-grade NVIDIA GeForce and Quadro graphics options, plus up to 128 GB memory. A clever internal layout gives maximum space for expansion in a compact form factor, and is able to accommodate up to four storages, legacy parallel and series ports to ensure seamless connection to business peripherals.
A tool-free chassis design is included to allow IT administrators to open up D7 SFF or D5 SFF with no tools required. The hard or optical drives can also be easily pulled out with just fingers. This saves time and effort, making component upgrades and routine servicing easy.
Built with ASUS motherboards with 100% solid capacitors, the desktop is also constructed with MIL-STD-810G US military-grade durability. It features easy-to-manage software such as optional ASUS Control Center, and multilayered security infrastructure.
Aside from the 9-liter SFF models, with maximum workspace flexibility in mind ASUS has created different chassis designs for the new ExpertCenter series including 15-liter mini towers to 20- and 27-liter tower PC powerhouses.