LAS VEGAS – You won't even feel Asus's new business laptop in your work bag. That's because the Asus Pro B9440 is the lightest 14-inch laptop yet. And it doesn't skimp on business-class features, either, including strong security options and a durable magnesium design. The $999 laptop launches in May 2017.
The Pro B9440 weighs just 2.3 lbs. For context, a traditional 14-inch work laptop like the ThinkPad T460 weighs around 4 lbs., about twice as much. And even Lenovo's incredibly portable new ThinkPad X1 Carbon outweighs the Pro B9440 at 2.5 lbs. That alone will make the Pro B9440 an enticing option for commuters and traveling professionals. I picked the system up during a hands-on demo at CES 2017 and was impressed that a full-size work notebook could be so light without feeling insubstantial.
It's certainly not flimsy. In fact, it offers tough durability credentials including a stiff magnesium chassis that's MIL-STD 810G certified, which means it can withstand dings, drops, humidity, extreme temperatures and more.
And you get the same strong security features you'd expect from any business-class system, including a built-in fingerprint reader so you can log on with one touch. Additionally, some configurations will offer Intel vPro support, which enables secure manageability.
Plus, the keyboard is surprisingly comfortable for a laptop that's so slim. You get a full 1.5 millimeters of key travel, which is right in line with what we look for in a work laptop. Connectivity options are limited by the system's thin design, though; you get just two USB-C ports, with one on each side of the system's hinge. Asus did show off a solid-looking USB-C corded dock that will add a bunch of extra ports, though.
Other hardware highlights include either a 7th-generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, 512 GB of solid-state drive (SSD) storage, and a sharp 14-inch, full HD display.
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