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2021 ASUS ExpertBook laptops announced from just RM3599

by Vyncent ChanJuly 29, 2021
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If you are looking for enterprise-grade laptops for your business or just for your own use, the 2021 ASUS ExpertBook series might just be up your alley. ASUS Malaysia’s latest 2021 lineup of ASUS ExpertBook gives you the choice to choose from the affordable ExpertBook B1, the versatile ExpertBook B5 series as well as the premium ultra-light ExpertBook B9.

All of the 2021 ASUS ExpertBook laptops are equipped with the latest 11th Gen Intel Core “Tiger Lake” processors, which promises improved performance and efficiency than their predecessors. ASUS also takes advantage of the improved AI performance of these processors to offer AI noise cancellation, not only for its microphones, but it can also remove background noise from its speaker output for a better video conferencing experience — exactly what you need during these WFH sessions.

ASUS ExpertBook B1 – from RM3599

ASUS ExpertBook B1

The ASUS ExpertBook B1 is ASUS’ entry-level member of the prestigious family, and comes in two screen sizes: 14″ and 15.6″.  While it doesn’t share the ultra-light designs of the ASUS ExpertBook B5 and ExpertBook B9, it makes up for it with a significantly more comprehensive I/O, including even a VGA port into the mix.

All of the ports are tested to withstand up to 10 000 connection cycles. The rest of the laptop is similarly built for endurance. The ExpertBook B1 meets and surpasses the MIL-STD 810H US military standard with its aluminum alloy lid, stiff internal keyboard bracket and protective foam that protects the hard drive from bumps and shocks.

ASUS ExpertBook B1 lid

As an enterprise-grade laptop, the ExpertBook B1 is also designed for maximum security and privacy. It packs a power-key fingerprint sensor and also a shielded webcam as standard, and can be equipped with an optional TPM 2.0 chip as well to meet more stringent security requirements.

ASUS ExpertBook B1 Specs and Price in Malaysia

ExpertBook B1 (B1400C) ExpertBook B1 (B1500C)
Processor Intel Core i5-1135G7, 4C/8T up to 4.2GHz, 10nm SuperFin
or
Intel Core i7-1165G7, 4C/8T up to 4.7GHz, 10nm SuperFin
RAM 8GB DDR4-3200 on-board + 1 x SO-DIMM slot
GPU Core i5: Intel Iris Xe Graphics, 80 EU @ 1.3GHz
or
Core i7: Intel Iris Xe Graphics, 96 EU @ 1.3GHz
Storage Up to 512GB PCIe 3.0 SSD
(1 x 2.5″ SATA 6Gbps bay)
Connectivity WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.2
1 x Thunderbolt 4 USB-C (40Gbps)
2 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A (10Gbps)
1 x USB 2.0 Type-A
1 x microSD reader
1 x RJ45 LAN
Display 14.0″ FHD LCD display, 220 nits, 45% NTSC
1 x DisplayPort over USB-C
1 x HDMI 1.4
15.6″ FHD LCD display, 220 nits, 45% NTSC
1 x DisplayPort over USB-C
1 x HDMI 1.4
Power 42WHr 3-cell Li-ion battery
65W power adapter
Dimensions 323.4 x 215.65 x 19.2 mm 358 x 236.5 x 19.4 mm
Weight 1.45kg 1.73kg
Price Core i5+256GB: RM3599
Core i5+512GB: RM3759
Core i7+512GB: RM4399
Core i7+512GB: RM3759

ASUS ExpertBook B5 and B5 Flip – from RM4299

ASUS ExpertBook B5

The ExpertBook B5 is the mid-range member of the family. Touting a 13.3″ display, it also stands to be the most portable option, while also giving you the choice to choose between a standard clamshell laptop form factor with the ExpertBook B5, or the 2-in-1 convertible ExpertBook B5 Flip.

ASUS ExpertBook B5 Flip

The ExpertBook B5 weighs a mere 1.1kg, while the ExpertBook B5 Flip comes in at 1.2kg. Both models are equally thin at 16.9mm, making them perfect for carrying around on your daily commute. While extremely mobile, the ASUS ExpertBook B5 is also incredibly sturdy, being rated for the MIL-STD 810H standard.

ASUS ExpertBook B5 / B5 Flip Specs and Price in Malaysia

ExpertBook B5 ExpertBook B5 Flip
Processor Intel Core i5-1135G7, 4C/8T up to 4.2GHz, 10nm SuperFin
or
Intel Core i7-1165G7, 4C/8T up to 4.7GHz, 10nm SuperFin
RAM 8GB DDR4-3200 on-board + 1 x SO-DIMM slot
GPU Core i5: Intel Iris Xe Graphics, 80 EU @ 1.3GHz
or
Core i7: Intel Iris Xe Graphics, 96 EU @ 1.3GHz
Storage Up to 512GB PCIe 3.0 SSD
(2 x M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe slots)
Connectivity WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.2
2 x Thunderbolt 4 USB-C (40Gbps)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A (10Gbps)
1 x RJ45 LAN (via micro HDMI)
Display 13.3″ FHD LCD display, 300 nits, 72% NTSC
2 x DisplayPort over USB-C
13.3″ FHD LCD display, 300 nits, 72% NTSC
Touch-sensitive, stylus support
2 x DisplayPort over USB-C
Power 66WHr 4-cell battery
65W USB-C power adapter
Dimensions 309 x 210.6 x 16.9 mm
Weight 1.1kg 1.2kg
Price i5+256GB: RM4299
i7+512GB: RM5199
i5+512GB: RM4999
i7+512GB: RM5599

ASUS ExpertBook B9 – RM7989

ASUS ExpertBook B9 Review B9400CEA-4

The ASUS ExpertBook B9 (B9400) is the evolution of the ASUS ExpertBook B9 (B9450). It is still the world’s lightest 14″ business laptop, thanks to its exquisite magnesium-lithium alloy chassis. All that lightness doesn’t come at the cost of usability though, as the ASUS ExpertBook B9 packs a large 66WHr battery, and it is also rated to exceed the MIL-STD 810H standards.

ASUS ExpertBook B9 Review B9400CEA-5

As the flagship of the lineup, the ASUS ExpertBook B9 adds an infrared camera to its security features. This, combined with a smart proximity sensor, allowed ASUS to implement the ASUS AdaptiveLock technology that can quickly lock your laptop when you have to step away from your laptop, and quickly unlock it when it recognizes your face in front of the screen. It also comes with a hardware TPM 2.0 chip for enhanced security.

You can read our review of the ASUS ExpertBook B9 here.

ASUS ExpertBook B9 Specs and Price in Malaysia

Processor Intel Core i7-1165G7 @ 2.8GHz (up to 4.7GHz Boost), 4C/8T, 15W TDP, 10nm SuperFin
RAM 16GB LPDDR4X-4266, dual-channel (on-board)
GPU Intel Iris Xe Graphics, 96EU @ up to 1.3GHz
Storage 1TB PCIe 3.0 SSD
(2 x M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe slots)
Connectivity Intel WiFi 6 AX201 (2×2 WiFi 6 up to 2.4 Gbps)
Bluetooth 5.0
Intel I219-V Gigabit LAN (via micro HDMI dongle)
2 x USB-C (Thunderbolt 4, DisplayPort, USB-PD charging)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 (10 Gbps)
Display 14″ FHD (1080p) IPS panel, AUO B140HAN06.B, 100% sRGB, 400 nits brightness
USB-C supports DisplayPort Alt Mode
HDMI 2.0 (up to [email protected] Hz)
Power 65W power adapter, USB-PD support
66WHr Li-Po battery
Dimensions 320 x 203 x 14.9 mm
Weight 1.005kg
Price RM7989

All the 2021 ASUS ExpertBook laptops are covered by a 3-year on-site warranty. The ASUS ExpertBook B1 is available now, with the ExpertBook B5, B5 Flip and B9 available later next month.

Pokdepinion: The ASUS ExpertBook B5 looks like the perfect balance in terms of value and portability.

About The Author
Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.