Asus has tonight unveiled a new range of commercial business machines aimed at professionals, educational institutions, SMBs and creatives – and, well, they look great to boot.
There’s three main products being launched with the ExpertBook B9, Chromebook Flip C436 and their new ProArt StudioBook series offering the 15-inch ProArt StudioBook One (W590) and 17-inch ProArt StudioBook Pro X (W730) both with NVIDIA Quadro RTX graphics.
The ExportBook B9 the world’s lightest 14-inch business laptop. It’s a sleek unit built from magnesium-lithium alloy, which is lighter than previous generations and puts a 14-inch display into a 13-inch chassis the same size as a piece of A4 paper.
The machine is aimed at professionals on the go, and has power to burn with 10th Gen Intel Core i5 and i7l processor options, 16GB LPDDR3 RAM and up to two 2TB M.2 SSDs in PCIe 3.0 x4 slots.
Asus will offer two battery configurations with 33Whr and 66Whr options offering up to 12hr/24hr of use. A fast charge option will let you top up quickly with 4 hours of battery life in just 30 minutes.
The laptop offers top tier security with a Trusted Platform Module 2.0 (TPM) module, and built-in IR Camera and Fingerprint Sensor with support for Windows Hello. The body is secure too with MIL-STD-810G rating for drops, and the keyboard is liquid resistant for those accidents on the go.
One neat feature of the ExpertBook B9 is the ASUS NumberPad 2.0 which is built into the touchpad. Obviously a number pad can be a boon for data entry, so this is a nice inclusion.
There’s a full range of ports on the side, including dual USB-C 3 Thunderbolt ports, HDMI out, microHDMI to RJ45 (with adapter in the box), a full size USB 3.1 port and a comination mic/headphone jack.
Asus is also bringing premium to Chromebooks in Australia with the Chromebook Flip C436. This Chromebook fills the gap in the premium Chromebook market in Australia, offering an elegant convertible form-factor with powerful internals including options for up to a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU.
The magnesium alloy chassis on the Chromebook Flip C436 encases a 14-inch display in a 13-inch chassis thanks to tiny 4.9mm bezels around the display.
Asus will offer Core i3, i5 and i7 CPU options, as well as 8GB – 16GB of RAM and options from 128GB up to 512 GB PCIe SSD storage.
The Chromebook will come with support for Dual-band WiFi 6 (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.0 and comes with 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 slot, a micro SD card slot and combo headphone/mic audio jack.
ProArt StudioBook Series
When it comes to creating content, Asus has taken the gloves off with their ProArt StudioBook series. There’s their top tier models with the W590 and W730, but also their H700, H500, W700 and W500 models covering a variety of sizes and performance requirements.
The 15-inch ProArt StudioBook One (W590) will include an Intel Core i9 processor, 32GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB SSD and NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000 graphics powering an ultra-sharp 4K UHD resolution PANTONE Validated display.
The 17-inch ProArt StudioBook Pro X (W730) is the is the first Quadro laptop to feature a PANTONE Validated four-sided NanoEdge display. It will come with options for either a 9th Generation Intel Xeon or Core i7 processors, with Quadro RTX 5000 graphics. Asus will offer the W730 with up to 128GB DDR4 RAM and up to 6TB of storage.
The ProArt StudioBook Pro X is also the first in the series to feature
ScreenPad 2.0, an interactive secondary touchscreen ‘with an intuitive smartphone-like interface’ which let’s you create workflows and manage tasks more easily.
The use of professional grade graphics and high-end processors has meant Asus has engineered new cooling solution for the StudioBook series with the CPU and GPU placed on opposite sides of the Titanium Alloy chassis with an aerospace grade thermal system for optimised airflow, including vents in the hinge.
In their efforts to offer the ProArt StudioBook range to more creators, Asus will be offering more options including the ProArt Studiobook W700 and W800 which both include Quadro graphics, with the ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 (W700) using the Quadro RTX 3000 Max-Q graphics, while the ProArt StudioBook Pro 15 (W500) includes the Quadro RTX 5000 Max-Q graphics. Offering even further budget options, the Asus ProArt StudioBook 17 (H700) and ProArt StudioBook 15 (H500) both feature GeForce RTX 2060 graphics.
Availability and Pricing
Asus has advised the units are landing soon:
- ExpertBook B9: $3,199 (available 1 July)
- Chromebook Flip C436: $1,549 (available now)
- StudioBook Pro 17 W700: $3,999 (available to order now)
- StudioBook Pro X: W730: $4,200 (available to order now)