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Asus ExpertBook B9450 (B9450CEA-XH75) Review And Specification

Asus ExpertBook B9450 (B9450CEA-XH75) Review And Specification

 Portability is crucial for business travelers. This is where the Asus ExpertBook B9450 (B9450CEA-XH75) comes in. It is a super-portable business laptop that weighs just 2.23 pounds and is only 0.6 inches thick, making it lighter than our favorite Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (3 pounds, 1 inch). Business executives who need a capable, portable device for long-distance flights will be drawn to this ultralight laptop, which is unquestionably the lightest commercial notebook in the world.

Along with its portable design, the Asus ExpertBook B9 once again leads the market in terms of battery life, averaging 17 hours during video playback tests—a new record for the business category. In addition to these two alluring features, it has more connections than you've ever seen in an ultraportable notebook, a luxurious tilted keyboard, and a massive 1TB of SSD storage.

The ExpertBook B9450 has many built-in security features, including a fingerprint sensor and an IR camera, as is standard with business laptops. Other notable upgrades in the B9450CEA-XH75 model we're studying include a light bar on the front edge of the laptop and an illuminated number pad built into the touchpad, a feature we've seen on the Asus ZenBook 13.

Even so, the ExpertBook B9 breaks two records and might be the best business laptop if it weren't for the keyboard and touchpad issues and the average display technology. Nevertheless, the B9450CEA-XH75 is a superb alternative to the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon and HP Elite Dragonfly and the greatest Asus laptop to be offered recently.  

 Asus ExpertBook B9450 (B9450CEA-XH75) Specification

  • Processor : Intel Core i7-1165G7 4 x 2.8 - 4.7 GHz, Tiger Lake-UP3
  • Graphics adapter : Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  • Memory : 16 GB , DDR4
  • Display : 14.00 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, LED, glossy: no
  • Storage : 1TB M.2 NVMe
  • Connections : 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 2 Thunderbolt, 2 HDMI, Audio Connections: 3.5mm
  • Networking : 10/100/1000 LAN Card (10/100/1000MBit/s), 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/), Bluetooth 5.2
  • Size : height x width x depth (in mm): 14.9 x 320 x 203 ( = 0.59 x 12.6 x 7.99 in)
  • Battery : 66 Wh Lithium-Ion
  • Operating System : Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
  • Camera : Webcam: HD 720p IR
  • Additional features : Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes
  • Weight : 1.01 kg ( = 35.63 oz / 2.23 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)

Design

As previously indicated, the ExpertBook B9450 is one of the most compact gadgets on the market because to its light weight and body dimensions of 12.6 x 8 x 0.6 inches. There is always a concern about build quality with such a thin design, and it's true that the B9450 has some give. The screen flexes more than most, and there is obvious movement in the metal that surrounds the keyboard, touchpad, and base.

But all of that depends on the design. The Asus uses numerous layers of magnesium-lithium alloy rather than a single metal block when it comes to the core. To make sure it can survive pressure, shocks, drops, vibrations, and severe temperatures, the body material utilized here underwent MIL-STD-810G testing. The laptop's keyboard, ports, and hinge have all gone through comparable military-grade testing.

Asus ExpertBook B9450 (B9450CEA-XH75) Design

Therefore, even if the body has some flexibility, it is built to endure drops and continue to function, so you don't need to be concerned about throwing this ultraportable in a bag.

With this design strategy, Asus is able to set itself apart from its main competitors. The Dell XPS 13 and Apple MacBook Air are composed of single metal blocks, which makes them feel more durable even though they lack the same MIL-STD-810G certification. The Asus B9 is sturdy enough to withstand the daily commute, but these computers must have gone through similar testing.

The Asus ExpertBook B9 outperforms its competitors once more in terms of portability: The most recent MacBook Air is a 2.8-pound laptop with a 0.63-inch body, in contrast to the Dell's 0.58-inch thickness and 2.8-pound weight.

Ports

Asus done a fantastic job packing substantial functionality into such a small computer. It has a full-size USB 3.2 Gen 2 connector, a headphone jack, and a Kensington lock slot on the right edge. It has an HDMI output and two Thunderbolt 4 ports on the left that support DisplayPort and power delivery.

Additionally, Asus incorporates micro-HDMI, which delivers Gigabit Ethernet with no need to use one of the USB ports and works well with the included adapter. The other noteworthy absence is the lack of a card reader, which will irk photographers who want to swiftly transfer files between their camera and the B9450CEA-XH75.

A webcam with a privacy shutter and Windows Hello is located directly above the screen, and a fingerprint reader is located just below the keyboard. Wi-Fi 6 dual-band, Bluetooth 5.1, and a TPM 2.0 security chip are used for wireless connectivity.

The two direct rivals are unable to contend here. The Dell XPS 13 offers the same internal connectivity, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, and a MicroSD card reader, but it also has a terrible webcam, no full-size USB port, and no HDMI. The MacBook Air is the only device with Thunderbolt 4 ports.

Keyboard and Touchpad

Business customers will benefit from the B9's keyboard's spill-resistant design. The keyboard itself performs satisfactorily; the buttons are quick and reliable and have a respectable amount of travel, but they are a little too springy for my tastes. Even though the keyboards on both Dell and Apple computers are speedier and more precise, I still prefer typing on the ThinkPad X1.


The ExpertBook B9450 can still endure prolonged periods of typing, but the XPS 13 and Air feel more opulent and enjoyable to use. The power button being located on the keyboard is also not very appealing. Some people adore the ErgoLift hinge, but I find it annoying because it bites into your thighs when you sit down.

There are no issues with the trackpad, which is big and responsive. It does come with a NumberPad overlay, a useful feature for those who work with numbers or spend a lot of time in Excel. Even yet, the touchpad itself tracks without any issues, albeit a slight bend when you click.

Screen

The screen itself looks amazing and is quite simple, surrounded by tiny bezels. It has an anti-glare coating to lessen reflections and a Full HD (1,920 by 1,080, or 1080p) resolution on an IPS display. When compared to the laptop's overall footprint, the tiny bezels feel nice and spacious and the 94 percent screen-to-body ratio gives users extra display space on the table.

Although the brightness isn't the best available, even at the highest brightness level, the screen has beautiful colors and a sharp appearance.

The screen on the Asus B9 is excellent and can be used for video, photo editing, and general work. However, Apple's Retina display, which is brighter, crisper, and compliant with the DCI-P3 gamut, is superior to Dell's. On the other hand, the XPS 13's screen comes standard with a 16:10 aspect ratio, a better resolution, with touch and 4K possibilities.

The Asus ExpertBook B9450 has average speakers elsewhere; they are tinny, lack bass, and provide poor mid-range audio quality. They are the sole option for consuming media informally.

A Battery's Life

The Asus lasts 16 hours 8 minutes in the PCMark test, which simulates a normal office task at half display brightness, and 14 hours 9 minutes when the screen is at its brightest. The Asus B9 has a playback simulation time of 17 hours and 16 minutes.

Those are terrific results; you can manage a full day of work and some late-night couch time with no problem. The MacBook Air delivers a comparable range of longevity, and the Dell XPS 13 isn't far behind in its 1080p configuration. These results compare favorably to those of competitors.

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