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In this world called new normal, the need for reliable, life-proof, and well-specced laptop PCs has greatly increased and Asus offers one in the form of the ExpertBook B3 Flip. It doesn’t quite tip the laptop scales in the same league as those thin-and-lights, measuring in at 32.90 x 22.39 x 1.95 cm and weighing in at 1.61 kg. It also sports some pretty conventional laptop looks and design that won’t help it stand out in a laptop line-up. But that sturdy frame is backed up by reliable ThinkBook-esque levels of build quality and life-proof features. These include stringent in-house testing, including panel-pressure, shock and drop tests for an assurance of serious durability. The keyboard is reinforced with an internal bracket, and it also has a water-resistant layer that can cope with liquid spillages without harm.

In addition, the ExpertBook B3 (B3402FE) Flip incorporates other hybrid working and learning environment-friendly features such as a 360° any-position hinge that allows you to use it in tablet mode for taking notes and studying, or in tent mode for easy revision and taking photos. Stand mode gives everyone the perfect view in meetings or presentations on Microsoft Teams or Zoom. When drawing, taking notes, or marking up documents, the optional stylus (included with our review unit) enables you to get every detail just right.

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Ticks video and hygiene boxes too

When it comes to video-conferencing and remote-learning experiences, these will be enhanced by Asus’ 3D noise-reduction (3DNR) technology on the B3 Flip’s webcam. This feature helps reduce up to 94% of the random noise that naturally affects any camera, especially in low-light situations, noticeably enhances image quality without affecting exposure or detail levels – especially handy on a webcam of merely 720p.

Also worth noting is the fact that the laptop is as hygienic as the sanitisation obsessed among us, since the keyboard, touchpad, and palm rest are all protected with ASUS Antibacterial Guard antibacterial treatment. According to Asus, this has been scientifically shown by the internationally-recognised ISO 22196 standard to inhibit the growth of bacteria by in excess of 99% over a 24-hour period.

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Performance on Windows 10 Pro is kept brisk and smooth thanks to a 1 TB SSD (952 GB accessible), 16 GB of DDR4 RAM,
11th gen Intel Core i7-1165G7 Processor 2.8 GHz (12M Cache, boosts up to 4.7 GHz, 4 cores), and Intel UHD Graphics. Creating and consuming media is also an enjoyable experience via the notebook PC’s 14″ touch screen FHD (1920 x 1080) 16:9 LCD glossy display, with its only drawback being that its LED Backlit only measures in at 250nits, which works well for indoors but limits its outdoor usage scenarios. The typing experience is also good on the Backlit Chiclet Keyboard
offering 1.5mm Key-travel while the B3 Flip’s 50WHrs 3S1P 3-cell Li-ion battery will get you through a working session without having to reach for the quick charger.

In terms of ports, you are well covered thanks to a USB 2.0 Type-A slot, a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port, two Thunderbolt 4 supports display / power delivery ports, a HDMI 2.0a port, a 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack, and RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet slot for wired networking.

All of this comes at a price, with the ExpertBook B3 Flip going for a recommended retail price of R19,999, which still makes it a good deal for a capable and durable hybrid working tool for educational professionals, students with big budgets, and working professionals.