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Unlike users of consumer laptops who crave stylishly designed portable computers that can game, enterprise users require notebook PCs that are portable, powerfully capable, offer really decent battery life, and will keep their corporate data secure.

At that meeting point of required functionality resides the Asus ExpertBook B9 which the company claims is the world’s lightest 14″ business-focused laptop as it tips the scales at a mere 995g (66Whr variant), and one of the thinnest, measuring in at just 14.9mm thick. Additionally, the ExpertBook B9 is quite tough and ready for the executive life on the go (post-COVID-19 of course) as it has been military-grade tested (MIL-STD-810G).

This highly portable laptop and also quite a looker with barely-there bezels (4 mm-thin bezels with 94% screen-to-body ratio) surrounding the 14″ LED-backlit, IPS Full HD (1920 x 1080), 16:9 aspect, anti-glare screen, with a good 400 nits of brightness. This display makes viewing Netflix and Showmax series, photos, and documents a treat and photo- as well as video editors, will appreciate the fact that it supports a wide 100% sRGB colour gamut.

Despite that slender frame is still enough to pack a 66Whr battery that the Taiwanese company says can get you through 24 hours of usage, and we can definitely state that it will make iPad’s green with envy outlasting the full working day measure quite easily with more than 40% battery life to spare (but not quite a full day’s worth of juice for our usage case). Moreover, this Windows 10 Pro running notebook PC supports fast charging, with users being able to obtain up to 60% capacity within 39 minutes of charging via its provided charger.

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Performance and security on the go

Equally impressive is the amount of performance that resides under that petite frame, with a 10th gen quad-core Intel Core i7 10510U processor that is paired with 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB of solid-state storage (Dual PCIe 3.0 x4, up to dual 2TB PCIe x4). This combination delivered a Novabench score of 1376.

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Also onboard is a full complement of IO ports including Thunderbolt 3, HDMI, USB Type-A, micro LAN port with fixed MAC address for easy IT management, Wi-Fi 6, being offered along with features such as NumberPad 2.0 by Asus, and a comfortable spill-resistant and backlit keyboard. Additional security features include an IR camera for biometric authentication, a webcam shield for safeguarding against malicious hackers, a Nano Kensington lock, TPM 2.0 chip, as well as a handy fingerprint sensor.

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All of this powerful performance in a stylish, tough package comes at a price though. It goes for a recommended retail price of around R32,999. Well worth it in our opinion for the execs who can afford it.

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