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Asus ASUSPRO Advanced B8430UA-FA0084E Notebook Review

Sebastian Bade (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 06/16/2016

Simple elegance. Asus wants to meet the growing expectations of business customers with new features and more performance for the AsusPro Advanced B8430UA. The basics are covered with a ULV processor, sufficient memory and a fast SSD. Read our review to find out how the AsusPro Advanced B8430UA works in practice.

For the original German review, see here.

Asus wants to continue the success of the AsusPro Advanced BU401LA, which got a good rating in our review, with the new AsusPro Advanced B8430UA. There are many rivals in the 14-inch segment, but Asus wants to convince with good quality for a comparatively low price. The lowest price for the device was 930 Euros (~$1049) at the time of writing, so it is clearly below the 1,000 Euros mark (~$1128). The configuration includes an Intel Core i5 processor with the integrated Intel HD Graphics 520, 8 GB DDR4-RAM in a dual-channel configuration, a 256 GB M.2-SSD as well as a matte Full HD panel. All the components are inside an elegant and sturdy chassis, and the design reminds us of the predecessor. Asus does not offer other CPUs so far, so the various SKUs only differ in terms of memory and storage (SSD/HDD).   

We only use 14-inch devices for the comparison to show the performance level in this segment. All current devices have modern Skylake CPUs from Intel. We will also include the predecessor in our tables, so you can easily compare the two. The AsusPro Advanced BU401LA was still equipped with a Haswell CPU.

Overview comparison devices:

Asus ASUSPRO Advanced B8430UA-FA0084E (ASUSPRO Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 520, Core: 300 - 1000 MHz MHz, Memory: 800 MHz, 20.19.15.4326
Memory
8192 MB 
, 4 GB OnBoard + 1 x 4 GB (slot) 1/1 occupied, DDR4, 2133 MHz Hyundai Electronics, up to 20 GB
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, INNOLUX N140HGE-EAA, 262K (6-bit), CIE1931 45%, TN WLED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Skylake-U Premium PCH
Storage
Hynix HFS256G39MND, 256 GB 
, M.2 2280, 153 GB free
Soundcard
Conexant SmartAudio HD
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 0 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 VGA, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: stereo, Card Reader: MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC, 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer
Networking
Intel Ethernet Connection I219-V (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 20.5 x 339 x 236 ( = 0.81 x 13.35 x 9.29 in)
Battery
48 Wh, 4110 mAh Lithium-Ion, removeable, replaceable when the maintenance hatch is open
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p-HD
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Power Adapter, Asus Live Update, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.603 kg ( = 56.54 oz / 3.53 pounds), Power Supply: 312 g ( = 11.01 oz / 0.69 pounds)

 

Case

The current AsusPro Advanced B8430UA is very similar to its predecessor. There are hardly any visual changes and the materials do not differ, either. Matte-gray surfaces and sharp edges are dominant – typical office design. Our review unit tips the scale at just 1.6 kg and is thin at a height of just 21 millimeters. The stability is good, despite the low weight. The matte surfaces are smooth and easy to keep clean. The thin aluminum design is pressure resistant and the stiffness reduces the susceptibility to twists. We can only dent the base (~2 mm) in the center above the keyboard. Concentrated pressure on the lid creates slight ripples on the screen. The base is sturdy and cannot be twisted. You can slightly twist the lid at the sides, but it is still okay.

The notebook is extremely reliable according to Asus and even surpasses the military standard MIL-STD 810G. The AsusPro will survive twice the height compared to regular notebooks in the drop test, and the lid is supposed to withstand 20% more pressure. The hinges were opened and closed 20,000 times in a long-term test. The keyboard can survive 120 ml of fluids without damage. We are convinced by the material combination consisting of plastic and aluminum, and there is no criticism for the tactile feeling, either. The sturdy hinges reduce bouncing to a minimum, but it is still possible to open the lid with one hand. There is no criticism for the build quality. Everything fits well, nothing clatters and there are no oversized gaps.

A small crack,...
which visually expands...
over the whole width.

We can still find a small problem with our test model. There is a small crack in the upper area of the lid, which affects the visual impression of our model. We cannot say whether this is an isolated incident or a design issue. We expect this to be an isolated incident though and not a general construction issue. We want to mention that we did not deduct points in the case rating for this crack.

 

Connectivity

The port layout is sophisticated and most of the connectors are located at the sides. The only exception is the SmartCard reader, which is at the front right. Asus distributes the four USB 3.0 ports evenly and the spacing between the individual ports is sufficient. One of the USB 3.0 ports at the left side is special, because it is surrounded by two small slots for the connection with the AsusPro Ultra Docking Station. The docking station creates a clean working environment and also expands the port variety. It retails for around 240 Euros (~$270). Potential buyers have to waive an HDMI port, but the AsusPro Advanced B8430UA is equipped with a Mini-DisplayPort instead. The card reader accepts all common standards (MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC). We check the performance with our reference card Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II. 250 identical JPG files are copied from the card onto our hard drive, and the average transfer rate of 76.2 MB/s is pretty average.

Left side: power, 2x USB 3.0, VGA, Mini-DisplayPort, 3.5 mm stereo jack
Left side: power, 2x USB 3.0, VGA, Mini-DisplayPort, 3.5 mm stereo jack
Right side: SD-card reader, 2x USB 3.0, Gigabit-Ethernet, slot for a Kensington lock
Right side: SD-card reader, 2x USB 3.0, Gigabit-Ethernet, slot for a Kensington lock
Front: Status LEDs, SmartCard reader
Front: Status LEDs, SmartCard reader

Communication

Intel's WLAN module Dual-Band Wireless-AC 8260 supports the fast 802.11ac standard as well as Bluetooth 4.2. The maximum transfer rate in an ac-network (dual-stream) is 867 Mbps. The stable connection as well as the decent range convinced in our test. We use the router Linksys EA8500 for our standardized test and determined 625 Mbps (receive) and 502 Mbps (transmit), respectively. This result is clearly above average. Wired network connections are possible via Gigabit-Ethernet port.

Security

Fingerprint scanner
Fingerprint scanner

The security package of the AsusPro Advanced not only includes the usual accessories like Kensington lock slot and a fingerprint scanner but also a Trusted Platform Module (TPM), a SmartCard reader as well as Anti-Theft. Asus also offers models with vPro support. More information about Anti-Theft is available in our dedicated article.

Accessories

AsusPro Ultra Docking Station
AsusPro Ultra Docking Station

Asus is not very generous in terms of accessories. A small 65-Watt power adapter is in the box, as well as recovery media, a warranty card and a quick-start guide. Our device was also shipped with an additional small connector cable for a 2.5-inch drive, which can be used to attach the drive to the motherboard. Models that are equipped with a 2.5-inch drive by default will probably not be shipped with an additional cable. One proprietary accessory is the AsusPro Ultra Docking Station, which costs 240 Euros (~$270). There is no unnecessary bloatware on the AsusPro Advanced B8430UA ex-works; we can't find any annoying toolbars or trial versions. The Asus Business Manager is a good tool and makes it easier to create system backups or manage network connections.

Operating System

Windows 7 64-bit and Windows 10 64-bit are available in the Professional version. We recommend using the latest operating system (Windows 10 Professional) in existing network infrastructures.

Maintenance

Thanks to the maintenance hatch, the maintenance is pretty simple. It can be removed quite easily after you loosen two screws on the bottom. After that you get access to the battery, which can also be removed without problems, as well as the M.2-SSD, the memory and the 2.5-inch slot. It is, however, not possible to clean the fan. This would require further disassembly of the device.

Warranty

Asus grants a 24-month manufacturer's warranty for the AsusPro Advanced B8430UA, while the comparison devices from Lenovo (L-series) and Dell on the other hand are often only shipped with a 12-month warranty. The standard coverage also includes a Pickup & Return service. It is possible to extend the warranty to three years for 79 Euros (~$89).

Input Devices

Keyboard

Keyboard of the AsusPro Advanced B8430UA
Keyboard of the AsusPro Advanced B8430UA
Illuminated keyboard of the AsusPro Advanced B8430UA
Illuminated keyboard of the AsusPro Advanced B8430UA

The keyboard of the AsusPro Advanced B8430UA certainly does not have to hide behind ThinkPads or EliteBooks. The generous, but not too long key travel, as well as a firm stroke create a great typing experience. However, we can notice the mechanical clattering of the 15 x 15 mm keys when you type quickly. Only the keys "B", "G", and "H" have a slightly different shape due to the Trackpoint. The spacing between the individual keys is 3 mm and they have a smooth surface. The lettering is easy to read and the overall impression is sophisticated. The subtle background illumination can be adjusted in three levels and supports typing in darker environments. Asus also protected the keyboard against liquids. The AsusPro Advanced B8430UA is supposed to manage up to 120 ml of fluid without being damaged.

Touchpad/Trackpoint

Touchpad and Trackpoint of the AsusPro Advanced BU401LA
Touchpad and Trackpoint of the AsusPro Advanced BU401LA

After the AsusPro Advanced BU401LA was not equipped with a Trackpoint, the manufacturer now brought it back for the current model. The surface of the ClickPad is pretty much identical to the predecessor at 10.6 x 6.1 centimeters. The touchpad implementation into the base is frameless and the gliding capabilities are very good. Only moist fingers can stutter a bit. Multitouch gestures with two or three fingers, as well as the automatic deactivation when you attach a mouse, work very well. This is also the case for the integrated mouse buttons. They are not too smooth, so accidental inputs are more unlikely. Above the surface are three dedicated buttons for the Trackpoint.

Display

Subpixel array
Subpixel array
Noticeable clouding on a dark screen
Noticeable clouding on a dark screen

The AsusPro Advanced B8430UA is now also available with a Full HD display, which was not the case for the old model. The 14-inch TN panel from Innolux manages a pixel density of 157 PPI thanks to 1920x1080 pixels. Except for the higher resolution, it is quite comparable to the TN panel of the AsusPro Advanced BU401LA. The low display brightness of just 207 cd/m² makes it hard to use in bright environments. The matte surface can prevent annoying reflections, which would affect the outdoor capabilities even further. The brightness distribution is just average at 87%. You can also notice some clouding in the upper corners and the lower half of the display on a completely black picture. This is, however, not noticeable in practice and therefore not annoying. The choice to use a Full HD panel is definitely the right one, but this particular panel can only beat the competitor from Dell (Dell Latitude 14 E5470), even though Dell also offers a Full HD screen for the Latitude. Asus on the other hand does not offer optional screens. The review unit is beaten by the comparison devices from HP (HP EliteBook 840 G3) and Lenovo (Lenovo ThinkPad T460T460sL460). A positive aspect is the lack of PWM.

194
cd/m²
204
cd/m²
212
cd/m²
205
cd/m²
210
cd/m²
209
cd/m²
210
cd/m²
195
cd/m²
222
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 222 cd/m² Average: 206.8 cd/m² Minimum: 11 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 213 cd/m²
Contrast: 525:1 (Black: 0.4 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 8.75 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 9.2 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
57.96% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 37.46% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.45
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced B8430UA-FA0084E
TN WLED, 1920x1080
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
TN-Panel, 1600x900
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
IPS, 1920x1080
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
TN, 1366x768
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
TN LED, 1920x1080
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20F9003SGE
IPS, 1920x1080
Lenovo ThinkPad T460-20FN003LGE
IPS, 1920x1080
Response Times
-23%
-36%
-10%
-19%
-9%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
42 (22.4, 19.6)
44.4 (20.4, 24)
-6%
56.8 (35.6, 21.2)
-35%
43 (20, 23)
-2%
42 (19.6, 22.4)
-0%
42.4 (16, 26.4)
-1%
Response Time Black / White *
21.2 (16.8, 4.4)
29.6 (17.2, 12.4)
-40%
28.8 (19.6, 9.2)
-36%
25 (9, 16)
-18%
29.2 (16, 13.2)
-38%
24.8 (7.6, 17.2)
-17%
PWM Frequency
204 (90)
Screen
-2%
19%
-16%
10%
20%
14%
Brightness middle
210
216
3%
245
17%
229
9%
366
74%
226
8%
230
10%
Brightness
207
209
1%
225
9%
207
0%
336
62%
211
2%
216
4%
Brightness Distribution
87
89
2%
83
-5%
80
-8%
87
0%
89
2%
85
-2%
Black Level *
0.4
0.436
-9%
0.24
40%
0.69
-73%
0.65
-63%
0.22
45%
0.26
35%
Contrast
525
495
-6%
1021
94%
332
-37%
563
7%
1027
96%
885
69%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
8.75
9.63
-10%
6.89
21%
10.16
-16%
10.26
-17%
6.44
26%
7.32
16%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
13.87
17.62
-27%
17.18
-24%
17.18
-24%
18.14
-31%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
9.2
10.72
-17%
6.45
30%
10.87
-18%
11.51
-25%
5.87
36%
6.98
24%
Gamma
2.45 98%
2.49 96%
2.46 98%
2.41 100%
2.4 100%
2.37 101%
2.5 96%
CCT
11118 58%
12873 50%
6857 95%
12881 50%
12725 51%
6856 95%
6683 97%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
37.46
44.8
20%
40.1
7%
38.4
3%
47
25%
39.58
6%
39.97
7%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
57.96
61.8
7%
60.4
4%
74
28%
61.15
6%
61.55
6%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-2% / -2%
-2% / 12%
-26% / -19%
0% / 6%
1% / 14%
3% / 10%

* ... smaller is better

AdobeRGB coverage (37.46%)
AdobeRGB coverage (37.46%)
sRGB coverage (57.96%)
sRGB coverage (57.96%)

The TN panel from Innolux offers a decent picture quality in general. The black value (0.4 cd/m²) and the contrast ratio (525:1), however, are only about half as good compared to a high-quality IPS panel. This is evident when you compare the results with the rival from Lenovo. The picture still looks good and vivid, so multimedia applications and movies are enjoyable. Similar to its predecessor though, the AsusPro Advanced B8430UA falls behind in terms of color accuracy and grayscale performance, which results in high DeltaE-2000 deviations. They are not in the double-digit range yet, but we can recommend a calibration. This will also reduce the visible blue cast. We recommend an external display for professional applications (photographers or graphics artists), because the color-space coverage will not be sufficient (sRGB 57.96%, AdobeRGB 37.46%) for these scenarios. As we mentioned before, there is no other display option for the AsusPro Advanced B8430UA.

Grayscale (before calibration)
Grayscale (before calibration)
Grayscale (after calibration)
Grayscale (after calibration)
ColorChecker (before calibration)
ColorChecker (before calibration)
ColorChecker (after calibration)
ColorChecker (after calibration)
Saturation Sweeps (before calibration)
Saturation Sweeps (before calibration)
Saturation Sweeps (after calibration)
Saturation Sweeps (after calibration)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
21.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16.8 ms rise
↘ 4.4 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 21 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (25.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
42 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 22.4 ms rise
↘ 19.6 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 53 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (41.3 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8813 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Viewing angles AsusPro Advanced B8430UA
Viewing angles AsusPro Advanced B8430UA

The matte TN panel can somewhat compensate for the low luminance and is therefore generally suited for use outdoors. Because of the low brightness though, you should look for a place in the shade. The AsusPro Advanced B8430UA does not stand a chance against direct sunlight. The HP EliteBook 840 G3 is 62% brighter and works much better in this case. Asus advertises the AsusPro Advanced B8430UA with the slogan "Anti-reflective Wide-View-Display". We are a bit skeptical about the term "Wide-View" in combination with a TN panel – and this does not really change with the review unit. This would only be the case with a high-quality and more expensive IPS display. The deviations with vertical changes of the viewing angle in particular are only visible from flat angles. The contrast ratio drops and the colors deviate as well.

In the shade
In the shade
In the sun
In the sun

Performance

The AsusPro Advanced B8430UA is a pure business device with a 14-inch screen. The build quality of the individual components is good and the extreme testing procedures by Asus ensure durability. Our review unit is powered by an Intel Core i5-6200U, and there are no other options at the time of writing. It is supported by 8 GB RAM in a dual-channel configuration, so multitasking is no problem. 4 of the 8 GB is soldered onto the motherboard. The slots support up to 16 GB modules, so you can use up to 20 GB RAM in theory. The system drive is a 256 GB M.2-SSD (2280) and there is also a free 2.5-inch slot. The frame, the screws, and the connector cable are included in the box. The performance of the device is more than sufficient for average office applications.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO
DPC Latency
Intel Extreme Tuning Utility

Processor

The Intel Core i5-6200U is a ULV processor and the performance is sufficient for the most common applications. It is a dual-core chip, which can execute up to four threads simultaneously thanks to Hyper-Threading technology. The chip is based on Intel's Skylake architecture and has a TDP of just 15 Watts, which helps the battery runtimes. The nominal clock of the CPU is 2.3 GHz, which can be increased to 2.8 GHz (1 core) or 2.7 GHz (two cores), respectively, via Turbo Boost. Compared to the Lenovo ThinkPad T460s, the performance of our review unit is a bit lower. Our Cinebench R15 results show that the AsusPro Advanced B8430UA is beaten by almost all the rivals; only the performance in Cinebench R15 Multi is a bit better. You should, however, consider that the rivals Lenovo ThinkPad L460Dell Latitude 14 E5470 and HP EliteBook 840 G3 are equipped with more powerful CPUs.

Cinebench R10
Cinebench R10
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15
Jetstream 1.1
Jetstream 1.1
Octane V2
Octane V2
Mozilla Kraken 1.1
Mozilla Kraken 1.1
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced B8430UA-FA0084E
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
108 Points ∼85%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
Intel Core i7-4650U, 1700
124 Points ∼98% +15%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Intel Core i7-6500U, 2500
127 Points ∼100% +18%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Core i5-6300U, 2400
124 Points ∼98% +15%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
Intel Core i7-6500U, 2500
119 Points ∼94% +10%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20F9003SGE
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
116 Points ∼91% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460-20FN003LGE
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
115 Points ∼91% +6%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced B8430UA-FA0084E
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
273 Points ∼85%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
Intel Core i7-4650U, 1700
271 Points ∼84% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Intel Core i7-6500U, 2500
303 Points ∼94% +11%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Core i5-6300U, 2400
311 Points ∼97% +14%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
Intel Core i7-6500U, 2500
322 Points ∼100% +18%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20F9003SGE
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
288 Points ∼89% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460-20FN003LGE
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
287 Points ∼89% +5%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced B8430UA-FA0084E
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
1.22 Points ∼86%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
Intel Core i7-4650U, 1700
1.42 Points ∼100% +16%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Intel Core i7-6500U, 2500
1.41 Points ∼99% +16%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Core i5-6300U, 2400
1.42 Points ∼100% +16%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20F9003SGE
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
1.31 Points ∼92% +7%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced B8430UA-FA0084E
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
3.05 Points ∼89%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
Intel Core i7-4650U, 1700
2.9 Points ∼84% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Intel Core i7-6500U, 2500
3.4 Points ∼99% +11%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Core i5-6300U, 2400
3.44 Points ∼100% +13%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20F9003SGE
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
3.18 Points ∼92% +4%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced B8430UA-FA0084E
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
5735 Points ∼92%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
Intel Core i7-4650U, 1700
6241 Points ∼100% +9%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Core i5-6300U, 2400
6250 Points ∼100% +9%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced B8430UA-FA0084E
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
12476 Points ∼91%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
Intel Core i7-4650U, 1700
12576 Points ∼91% +1%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Core i5-6300U, 2400
13751 Points ∼100% +10%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score (sort by value)
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced B8430UA-FA0084E
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
191.51 Points ∼91%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Intel Core i7-6500U, 2500
210.8 Points ∼100% +10%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
Intel Core i7-6500U, 2500
197.46 Points ∼94% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20F9003SGE
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
187 Points ∼89% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460-20FN003LGE
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
195 Points ∼93% +2%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced B8430UA-FA0084E
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
28535 Points ∼90%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Intel Core i7-6500U, 2500
31034 Points ∼98% +9%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Core i5-6300U, 2400
30699 Points ∼97% +8%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
Intel Core i7-6500U, 2500
31545 Points ∼100% +11%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20F9003SGE
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
28844 Points ∼91% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460-20FN003LGE
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
28219 Points ∼89% -1%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced B8430UA-FA0084E
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
1264.3 ms * ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Intel Core i7-6500U, 2500
1110.5 ms * ∼88% +12%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Core i5-6300U, 2400
1167.8 ms * ∼92% +8%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
Intel Core i7-6500U, 2500
1100 ms * ∼87% +13%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20F9003SGE
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
1246.4 ms * ∼99% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460-20FN003LGE
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
1236 ms * ∼98% +2%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
5735 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
7897
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
9670
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4374
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
8053 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
12476 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.05 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
32.2 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.22 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
273 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
108 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
38.27 fps
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System Performance

The meager performance utilization of the Intel Core i5-6200U subjectively does not affect the system performance. Thanks to the SSD, the system is responsive and works well in practice. There are no long delays when you launch apps, and the whole configuration is well-balanced. This impression is supported by the impressive PCMark 8 scores. While the AsusPro Advanced B8430UA was last in Cinebench, it can even compete with the Intel Core i7-6500U in this case and sometimes beat it. The direct comparison with the Lenovo ThinkPad T460s, which sports the same CPU, shows better results for the Asus. We can see the advancements of the technology when we compare the results with the predecessor AsusPro Advanced BU401LA, because the review model is 25% faster. The Dell Latitude 14 E5470 manages the best result in PCMark 8, but our unit is just 5% behind.

PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 7
PCMark 7
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced B8430UA-FA0084E
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300, Hynix HFS256G39MND
4192 Points ∼91%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
Intel Core i7-4650U, 1700, Liteonit LCS-256M6S
3261 Points ∼71% -22%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Intel Core i7-6500U, 2500, Toshiba HG6 THNSFJ256GCSU
4591 Points ∼100% +10%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Core i5-6300U, 2400, Liteon L8H-256V2G
4599 Points ∼100% +10%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
Intel Core i7-6500U, 2500, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
4275 Points ∼93% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20F9003SGE
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
4121 Points ∼90% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460-20FN003LGE
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300, Toshiba HG6 THNSFJ256GCSU
3956 Points ∼86% -6%
Creative Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced B8430UA-FA0084E
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300, Hynix HFS256G39MND
3867 Points ∼98%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
Intel Core i7-4650U, 1700, Liteonit LCS-256M6S
2495 Points ∼63% -35%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Intel Core i7-6500U, 2500, Toshiba HG6 THNSFJ256GCSU
3738 Points ∼95% -3%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Core i5-6300U, 2400, Liteon L8H-256V2G
3946 Points ∼100% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20F9003SGE
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
3644 Points ∼92% -6%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced B8430UA-FA0084E
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300, Hynix HFS256G39MND
3309 Points ∼96%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
Intel Core i7-4650U, 1700, Liteonit LCS-256M6S
2711 Points ∼79% -18%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Intel Core i7-6500U, 2500, Toshiba HG6 THNSFJ256GCSU
3092 Points ∼90% -7%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Core i5-6300U, 2400, Liteon L8H-256V2G
3438 Points ∼100% +4%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
Intel Core i7-6500U, 2500, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
3231 Points ∼94% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20F9003SGE
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
3024 Points ∼88% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460-20FN003LGE
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300, Toshiba HG6 THNSFJ256GCSU
2891 Points ∼84% -13%
PCMark 7
Productivity (sort by value)
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced B8430UA-FA0084E
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300, Hynix HFS256G39MND
9865 Points ∼100%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
Intel Core i7-4650U, 1700, Liteonit LCS-256M6S
3956 Points ∼40% -60%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Intel Core i7-6500U, 2500, Toshiba HG6 THNSFJ256GCSU
4271 Points ∼43% -57%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Core i5-6300U, 2400, Liteon L8H-256V2G
4350 Points ∼44% -56%
Score (sort by value)
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced B8430UA-FA0084E
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300, Hynix HFS256G39MND
4889 Points ∼94%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
Intel Core i7-4650U, 1700, Liteonit LCS-256M6S
5190 Points ∼100% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Intel Core i7-6500U, 2500, Toshiba HG6 THNSFJ256GCSU
4911 Points ∼95% 0%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Core i5-6300U, 2400, Liteon L8H-256V2G
5125 Points ∼99% +5%
PCMark 7 Score
4889 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3309 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3867 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4192 points
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Storage Devices

M.2-SSD (2280) from SK Hynix
M.2-SSD (2280) from SK Hynix

Asus equips our review unit with a 256 GB SSD, but there are two partitions by default. They have a size of 95 and 118 GB, and the smaller part was used for the operating system. We are not sure why the manufacturer partitions the drive when you consider the comparatively small capacity. This means larger applications have to be installed on the 118 GB part. The M.2 drive (2280) is provided by SK Hynix (HFS256G39MND). The transfer rates are 530 MB/S (read) and 370 MB/s (write) according to the spec sheet, but AS SSD determines actual transfer rates of 472 MB/s and 274 MB/s. A good result at a first look but still below the theoretical potential. The performance in practice is still okay, and there will not be any noticeable limitations.

CrystalDiskMark
CrystalDiskMark
AS SSD
AS SSD
Hynix HFS256G39MND
Sequential Read: 445.4 MB/s
Sequential Write: 290.2 MB/s
512K Read: 327.9 MB/s
512K Write: 292 MB/s
4K Read: 22.64 MB/s
4K Write: 85.03 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 322.8 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 254.8 MB/s

GPU Performance

The AsusPro Advanced B8430UA does not have a dedicated GPU, so the graphics are handled exclusively by the integrated Intel HD Graphics 520. It does not have its own VRAM, so the graphics card shares the memory with the processor. Our review unit is equipped with DDR4-RAM (2133 MHz) in a dual-channel configuration. Those are good prerequisites for the performance of the Intel HD Graphics 520. A single-channel memory configuration would affect the graphics performance. The GPU supports DirectX 12 and can decode modern H.265/HEVC videos without additional load for the CPU. The base clock of the Intel HD Graphics 520 is between 300-1000 MHz. The good system performance is also evident in the 3DMark benchmarks. The performance of the predecessor HD Graphics 5000 was increased by 7% on average. Our model can also beat the similarly equipped Lenovo ThinkPad T460s.

3DMark Ice Storm
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme
3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark Sky Diver
3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme
3DMark Fire Strike Ultra
3DMark 11
3DMark06
3DMark05
3DMark03
 
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced B8430UA-FA0084E
Intel Core i5-6200U, HD Graphics 520
707 Points ∼79%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
Intel Core i7-4650U, HD Graphics 5000
644 Points ∼72% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Intel Core i7-6500U, Radeon R5 M330
898 Points ∼100% +27%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Core i5-6300U, HD Graphics 520
741 Points ∼83% +5%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
Intel Core i7-6500U, HD Graphics 520
751 Points ∼84% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20F9003SGE
Intel Core i5-6200U, HD Graphics 520
571 Points ∼64% -19%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced B8430UA-FA0084E
Intel Core i5-6200U, HD Graphics 520
4958 Points ∼93%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
Intel Core i7-4650U, HD Graphics 5000
4565 Points ∼85% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Intel Core i7-6500U, Radeon R5 M330
4630 Points ∼87% -7%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Core i5-6300U, HD Graphics 520
5176 Points ∼97% +4%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
Intel Core i7-6500U, HD Graphics 520
5346 Points ∼100% +8%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20F9003SGE
Intel Core i5-6200U, HD Graphics 520
4397 Points ∼82% -11%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460-20FN003LGE
Intel Core i5-6200U, HD Graphics 520
4165 Points ∼78% -16%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced B8430UA-FA0084E
Intel Core i5-6200U, HD Graphics 520
48117 Points ∼95%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
Intel Core i7-4650U, HD Graphics 5000
45548 Points ∼90% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Intel Core i7-6500U, Radeon R5 M330
29533 Points ∼58% -39%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Core i5-6300U, HD Graphics 520
50690 Points ∼100% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460-20FN003LGE
Intel Core i5-6200U, HD Graphics 520
35373 Points ∼70% -26%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance GPU (sort by value)
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced B8430UA-FA0084E
Intel Core i5-6200U, HD Graphics 520
1271 Points ∼73%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
Intel Core i7-4650U, HD Graphics 5000
1032 Points ∼59% -19%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Intel Core i7-6500U, Radeon R5 M330
1736 Points ∼100% +37%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Core i5-6300U, HD Graphics 520
1290 Points ∼74% +1%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
Intel Core i7-6500U, HD Graphics 520
1327 Points ∼76% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20F9003SGE
Intel Core i5-6200U, HD Graphics 520
1156 Points ∼67% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460-20FN003LGE
Intel Core i5-6200U, HD Graphics 520
1165 Points ∼67% -8%
1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced B8430UA-FA0084E
Intel Core i5-6200U, HD Graphics 520
1425 Points ∼76%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
Intel Core i7-4650U, HD Graphics 5000
1120 Points ∼60% -21%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Intel Core i7-6500U, Radeon R5 M330
1869 Points ∼100% +31%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Core i5-6300U, HD Graphics 520
1418 Points ∼76% 0%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
Intel Core i7-6500U, HD Graphics 520
1468 Points ∼79% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20F9003SGE
Intel Core i5-6200U, HD Graphics 520
1238 Points ∼66% -13%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460-20FN003LGE
Intel Core i5-6200U, HD Graphics 520
1263 Points ∼68% -11%
3DMark 06 - 1280x1024 Standard AA:0x AF:0x (sort by value)
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced B8430UA-FA0084E
Intel Core i5-6200U, HD Graphics 520
8656 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Intel Core i7-6500U, Radeon R5 M330
6282 Points ∼73% -27%
3DMark 03 Standard
18240 points
3DMark 06 Standard
8656 points
3DMark 11 Performance
1425 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
48117 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
4958 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
707 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
331 points
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Gaming Performance

The comparatively good 3DMark results are also confirmed by the gaming benchmarks, but you should still not expect too much, since it is only an integrated graphics solution. You are usually limited to older titles from 2013 or sooner and minimum details in combination with the HD resolution. Modern titles are too demanding for the Intel HD Graphics 520. If you need more performance, you have to get a device with a dedicated GPU. For a business notebook though, the Intel HD Graphics 520 is sufficient.

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 44.0423.5819.795.82fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 40.924.118.7fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 17.811.97.2fps

Emissions

System Noise

Frequency amplitude fan (idle, maximum load)
Frequency amplitude fan (idle, maximum load)

The AsusPro Advanced B8430UA is very restrained while idling, so it is silent. This is also a result of the SSD. The small fan will quickly start spinning under load and is audible. We can measure up to 36.1 dB(A). You can hear the fan, but there are no high-pitched sounds. Almost all the rivals are on par. Only the HP EliteBook 840 G3 is sometimes much louder.

Noise Level

Idle
28.8 / 28.8 / 28.8 dB(A)
Load
34.7 / 36.1 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   ECM8000 + Voltcraft SL-451 (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 28.8 dB(A)
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced B8430UA-FA0084E
Intel Core i5-6200U, HD Graphics 520
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
Intel Core i7-4650U, HD Graphics 5000
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Intel Core i7-6500U, Radeon R5 M330
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Core i5-6300U, HD Graphics 520
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
Intel Core i7-6500U, HD Graphics 520
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20F9003SGE
Intel Core i5-6200U, HD Graphics 520
Lenovo ThinkPad T460-20FN003LGE
Intel Core i5-6200U, HD Graphics 520
Noise
-2%
-0%
0%
-9%
0%
-1%
off / environment *
28.8
29.2
-1%
29.2
-1%
31.2
-8%
29.1
-1%
29
-1%
Idle Minimum *
28.8
29.3
-2%
29.2
-1%
29.2
-1%
31.2
-8%
29.1
-1%
29
-1%
Idle Average *
28.8
29.3
-2%
29.2
-1%
29.2
-1%
32.1
-11%
29.1
-1%
29
-1%
Idle Maximum *
28.8
30.9
-7%
29.2
-1%
29.2
-1%
33.1
-15%
29.1
-1%
29
-1%
Load Average *
34.7
33.1
5%
32.5
6%
32.1
7%
36.2
-4%
32.3
7%
34.2
1%
Load Maximum *
36.1
37.3
-3%
37.2
-3%
36.8
-2%
37.8
-5%
36.6
-1%
37.8
-5%

* ... smaller is better

Stress test Prime95 + FurMark
Stress test Prime95 + FurMark
Stress test only FurMark
Stress test only FurMark
Stress test only Prime95
Stress test only Prime95

Temperature

3DMark 11 after stress test
3DMark 11 after stress test

The case of the AsusPro Advanced B8430UA warms up to 33 °C on average. Hotspots at the bottom can reach almost 40 °C and slightly more than 40 °C in the area of the fan exhaust. However, the review unit only gets this warm under maximum load. Those results should be rare in practice, so the temperatures are usually no problem and you can also use the device on your lap.

We determine a maximum CPU temperature of 73 °C with the tool Prime95, and the processor can maintain a clock of 2.7 GHz. The GPU reaches up to 68 °C with FurMark. The clock is usually 850 MHz and occasionally increased by 50 MHz to 900 MHz.

The ULV processor from Intel only has a TDP of 15 Watts for the CPU and the GPU. This limits the performance during our stress test with the tools Prime95 and FurMark for at least one hour. The CPU only runs with 1.4 GHz from the beginning and the temperature is slightly below the maximum at 68 °C. We noticed that the GPU frequency varied between 800-850 MHz. The behavior in the stress test is the same on mains as well as battery power. We repeated 3DMark 11 immediately after the stress test and determined 1326 points, which is 7 % less compared to a cold start. This small disadvantage should not be an issue in practice though, because this device was not designed for 3D applications.

Max. Load
 37.5 °C
100 F
40.1 °C
104 F
28.8 °C
84 F
 
 35.8 °C
96 F
35.8 °C
96 F
27.4 °C
81 F
 
 30.7 °C
87 F
27.7 °C
82 F
27 °C
81 F
 
Maximum: 40.1 °C = 104 F
Average: 32.3 °C = 90 F
28.7 °C
84 F
41 °C
106 F
41.8 °C
107 F
27.4 °C
81 F
39.4 °C
103 F
39.4 °C
103 F
27.3 °C
81 F
26.8 °C
80 F
33 °C
91 F
Maximum: 41.8 °C = 107 F
Average: 33.9 °C = 93 F
Power Supply (max.)  38.8 °C = 102 F | Room Temperature 22.2 °C = 72 F | Fluke 62 Max

Speakers

Frequency amplitude speakers (off, 50 %, maximum volume)
Frequency amplitude speakers
AudioWizard
AudioWizard

Asus implements two small stereo speakers, which are located at the sides of the bottom panel. Similar to many other business devices, the quality is pretty average and sufficient for video calls. There is an emphasis on the high tones, but medium tones and bass are almost lacking completely. The sound also gets distorted when you crank it up. You can obviously watch videos or listen to music with the device, but we recommend a headset or external speakers for a better quality. The tool AudioWizard provides several presets for different scenarios.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Compact 65-Watt PSU
Compact 65-Watt PSU

The Skylake-ULV processor slightly reduces the idle power consumption. The AsusPro Advanced B8430UA can consume up to 41 Watts for a short while, which is much more compared to the predecessor. Only the Lenovo ThinkPad L460 is even worse at 57 Watts, but this is a result of the dedicated GPU. All the comparison devices are pretty similar on average and the differences are small. We have to criticize the consumption of 0.35 Watts when the AsusPro Advanced B8430UA is turned off though. Both the predecessor as well as the Dell Latitude 14 E5470 show that it does not have to be like this.

The 65-Watt power adapter is sufficient and has enough headroom to charge the device under load.

Asus ASUSPRO Advanced B8430UA-FA0084E
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hynix HFS256G39MND
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
HD Graphics 5000, 4650U, Liteonit LCS-256M6S
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Radeon R5 M330, 6500U, Toshiba HG6 THNSFJ256GCSU
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Liteon L8H-256V2G
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20F9003SGE
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
Lenovo ThinkPad T460-20FN003LGE
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Toshiba HG6 THNSFJ256GCSU
Power Consumption
4%
-4%
15%
6%
6%
6%
Idle Minimum *
4.2
4.1
2%
3.1
26%
3.5
17%
3.8
10%
3.7
12%
3.5
17%
Idle Average *
6.5
7.1
-9%
6.3
3%
5.3
18%
6.3
3%
6.8
-5%
6.7
-3%
Idle Maximum *
7.2
7.3
-1%
7.9
-10%
6
17%
6.8
6%
7.3
-1%
7.3
-1%
Load Average *
29.2
28.9
1%
29.5
-1%
26.3
10%
34.4
-18%
26.3
10%
28.2
3%
Load Maximum *
41
29.3
29%
57.3
-40%
36.6
11%
28.3
31%
34.6
16%
34.6
16%

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.35 / 0.65 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.2 / 6.5 / 7.2 Watt
Load midlight 29.2 / 41 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Runtime

Maximum battery runtime
Maximum battery runtime
Minimum battery runtime
Minimum battery runtime
WLAN Test
WLAN Test
H.264 Test
H.264 Test
Charging
Charging
48-Wh battery
48-Wh battery

The battery capacity was slightly decreased compared to the predecessor and we now get 48 Wh. The new AsusPro Advanced B8430UA still manages better runtimes than the old model. The frugal ULV processor ensures a runtime of at least 2:09 hours, and the device lasts for 5:44 hours in our WLAN test, where a script opens a new website every 30 seconds. The luminance is adjusted to 150 nits (- 2 brightness levels for our review unit) and we use the “Balanced” power profile. This result is beaten by all the rivals except for the old AsusPro Advanced BU401LA and the Lenovo ThinkPad T460, but the device from Dell also has a bigger battery capacity of 62 Wh.

Asus ASUSPRO Advanced B8430UA-FA0084E
48 Wh
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
53 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
48 Wh
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
62 Wh
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
46 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20F9003SGE
49 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad T460-20FN003LGE
46 Wh
Battery Runtime
-7%
22%
75%
29%
23%
15%
Reader / Idle
716
699
-2%
1153
61%
1304
82%
1020
42%
915
28%
953
33%
H.264
336
296
-12%
431
28%
645
92%
534
59%
512
52%
WiFi v1.3
344
425
24%
667
94%
453
32%
395
15%
338
-2%
Load
129
120
-7%
97
-25%
172
33%
146
13%
116
-10%
98
-24%
WiFi
310
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
11h 56min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (EDGE: 25.10586.0.0)
5h 44min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
5h 36min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 9min

Pros

+ good system performance
+ low weight
+ good input devices
+ Trackpoint available
+ many security features
+ pretty quiet operation
+ SSD
+ maintenance hatch
+ 24-month warranty
+ attractive pricing

Cons

- only average display (low luminance, low color gamut)
- mediocre speaker quality
- poor webcam
- no HDMI port
- impractical partitioning of the SSD

Verdict

In review: AsusPro Advanced B8430UA. Test model courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.
In review: AsusPro Advanced B8430UA. Test model courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.

The AsusPro Advanced B8430UA is a good and enduring 14-inch business notebook. Thanks to the modern components, the performance was noticeably increased compared to the predecessor. The low weight ensures decent mobility and the price of less than 1,000 Euros (~$1128) is certainly tempting. The good system performance is an important aspect when you use the device every day, so the SSD as a system drive makes a lot of sense since it has the biggest effect on the subjective performance impression.

The sturdy and inconspicuous chassis accommodates a balanced configuration of components – all for an attractive price below 1,000 Euros (~$1128).

We are a bit disappointed by the display, which manages decent viewing angles despite the TN technology, but it cannot meet our expectations in terms of luminance. The small stereo speakers cannot convince us, either. The performance of the review unit is not sufficient for modern 3D games, but this is not necessary for the target group. If you do not want to waive gaming, you have to get a notebook with a dedicated GPU. We liked the good input devices, which are crucial for an office device, as well as the good battery runtimes. The AsusPro Advanced is a worthy successor to the AsusPro Advanced BU401LA.

Asus ASUSPRO Advanced B8430UA-FA0084E - 07/03/2016 v5.1
Sebastian Bade

Chassis
91 / 98 → 93%
Keyboard
93%
Pointing Device
92%
Connectivity
61 / 80 → 77%
Weight
68 / 20-67 → 100%
Battery
85%
Display
76%
Games Performance
55 / 68 → 81%
Application Performance
81 / 92 → 88%
Temperature
91%
Noise
95%
Audio
55%
Camera
48 / 85 → 56%
Average
76%
87%
Office - Weighted Average

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Sebastian Bade, 2016-06-16 (Update: 2018-05-15)
Andreas Osthoff
Andreas Osthoff - Senior Editor Business
I grew up with computers and modern consumer electronics. I am interested in the technology since I had my first computer, a Commodore C64, and started building my own PCs after that. My focus here at Notebookcheck is the business segment including mobile workstations, but I also like to test new mobile devices. It is always a great experience to review and compare new products. My free time is filled with a lot of sports, in the summer mainly on my bike.