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ASUS ExpertBook B9 Review Rundown

ASUSPublished on 22 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 72%
Pros**
  • Sleek design
  • Long battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
  • Decent performance
Cons**
  • Keyboard could be firmer
  • Lacks WWAN option

Summary

Asus ExpertBook B9450 could be the perfect business notebook if not for inconsistent performance and quirks with the touchpad and keyboard. Asus' Business Manager app gives you additional security features, like the ability to encrypt your hard drive.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

cnet[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 60%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following[***]:
The ExpertBook uses Asus' ErgoLift hinge, which lifts the bottom for better ventilation and a slight keyboard tilt. Asus' NumberPad 2.0 is a virtual numeric keypad that comes up on the touchpad. The matte-textured shell doesn't attract fingerprints, but does tend to get scuffed and dusty.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Good battery life
  • Decent performance
Cons[**]
  • Lacks a number pad
  • Keyboard placement is awkward

laptopmag[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 72%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following[***]:
The ExpertBook B9450 has a very attractive, midnight-pearlescent chassis. Its 1080p screen is relatively bright and vivid, and the anti-glare finish makes it great for outdoor use. Graphics performance isn't the ExpertBook's strong suit, so you might need an eGPU to play your favorite games.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 16-inch 1080p display
  • Long battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons[**]
  • Subpar webcam
  • Short battery life

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
, rival the performance of a dedicated GeForce MX350. In the synthetic 3DMark benchmarks, the ExpertBook performs about 8% better than the average laptop with the same iGPU. Under load, it is 25% louder than the ThinkPad X1 Nano which offers 20% less performance in 3D applications. The Xe Graphics G7 cannot always achieve playable frame rates at 1080p and high settings.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Slim and light
  • Long battery life
  • High-contrast display
  • Thunderbolt 3
Cons[**]
  • Fan noise under load
  • No SD card reader
  • No Thunderbolt 3

notebookcheck[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 58%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The Asus ExpertBook B9450FA is directed at business users that mainly work with office applications. The processor in our test unit, Intel Core i7-10510U, is a quad-core processor that can work up to eight threads simultaneously. The integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 is responsible for displaying graphics content.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Matte IPS display
  • Decent battery life
  • Good system performance
Cons[**]
  • No SD card reader
  • No Thunderbolt 3

pcmag[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Asus ExpertBook lasted for an astounding 30 hours while playing video. This is quite literally more than the often-touted "all-day battery life" It's a perfect match for the super-portable form factor. It's not our unequivocal business recommendation (that would be the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon)
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Super-portable design
  • Long battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons[**]
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port

pcmag[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 74%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The B9450CEA proved one of the better performers for media editing. It fell far short of the incredible 30-hour video-editing battery life of its predecessor. If you like its style and are counting every ounce to save weight, there's nothing wrong with the ExpertBook.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Thin, light, and light
  • Excellent battery life
  • Sleek design
Cons[**]
  • Lackluster performance
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port

theverge[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following[***]:
The Core i7-10510U is a four-core processor that's significantly lower-powered than the chips you'll see in the best laptops on the market like the Dell XPS 13. The ExpertBook is just fine for basic office work — emails, Google Docs, Slack, Zoom calls, that sort of thing. But if you think you'll ever need to do strenuous work on this, especially tasks that leverage the integrated graphics, you'll want to look elsewhere.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Lightweight and light for a 14-inch laptop
  • Lots of ports and storage
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons[**]
  • Fans can get loud
  • No Thunderbolt 3

trustedreviews[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 72%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
For everyday work, photo-editing, and media, the Asus’ display is top-notch. The lid folds flat for easier collaboration, and the drop-hinge means the bottom bezel vanishes entirely, which looks sleek. The Asus relies on the familiar Core i7-1165G7, with four cores and a potential top speed of 4.7GHz.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre speakers
  • No Thunderbolt 3

References

2. ^ Asus ExpertBook B9450 review. laptopmag. 2020-03-01 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Asus ExpertBook B9450FA Review: Ultra light and high endurance. notebookcheck. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Asus ExpertBook B9450 Review. pcmag. 2020-02-20 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Asus ExpertBook B9450CEA Review. pcmag. 2021-06-04 Retrieved 2021-11-08.
7. ^ Asus ExpertBook B9450 review: lightweight, long-lasting work laptop. theverge. 2021-01-20 Retrieved 2021-11-08.
8. ^ Asus ExpertBook B9 Review. trustedreviews. Retrieved 2021-11-08.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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