CES 2021 | Asus revamps ExpertBook B9 with Intel vPro, 11th Gen Tiger Lake, and Intel Evo, all in the lightest business laptop on the market
Asus is improving its ExpertBook B9 line of professional notebooks. Even with the additions, the device will remain the world’s lightest 14-inch business laptop.
The biggest feature of the new ExpertBook B9450CEA is Intel’s vPRO technology, which brings enhanced security and improved IT management features to the laptop. Intel vPro also helps with Asus’s Two-Way AI noise-cancelling technology, a wireless feature that aims to improve signal clarity, specifically with video conferencing. Intel’s Active Management Technology (AMT) is also new to the ExpertBook, improving remote management.
The ExpertBook B9450CEA features up to two 2 TB SSDs that can be configured in RAID 0 or RAID 1, up to 32 GB of LPDDR4x-4266 RAM, WiFi 6, and Thunderbolt 4. Powering everything is one of the latest 11th Gen Intel Core i7 CPUs with Intel Iris Xe Graphics.
All of this is packed into a light 1.94-2.2 pound shell that offers up to 20 hours of battery (according to Asus) thanks to certification with Intel’s Evo program. Despite its low weight, the ExpertBook B9450CEA bears a MIL-STD-810H rating, meaning that it has survived a multitude of structural and environmental tests.
The Asus ExpertBook B9 B9450CEA (w/ vPro) will be available in Q1 2021. Pricing has not been announced as of press time.