ASUS Announces All-New Business PCs

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Along with the Be Ahead virtual launch event during CES 2021, ASUS is introducing a wide variety of business laptop, Chromebook, and desktop, including ExpertBook B9 (B9400 vPro), ExpertBook B1 (B1400, B1500), ASUS Chromebook CX9 (CX9400), ExpertCenter D7 SFF and D5 SFF (D700SA, D500SA). The new lineup pushes the boundaries of design and innovation to deliver elevated productivity to business users.

Also, in response to these rapidly evolving trends and the particular needs of devices for younger students, we are going to release a series of education products that deliver child-centric innovation – starting with the all-new ASUS BR1100.

ASUS ExpertBook series: Brand-new features for elevated conferencing, connectivity and security

ASUS ExpertBook laptops are designed to offer unrivaled mobility for business users – the lightest in their class, US military-grade durability and all-day long battery. They also offer ergonomic designs and robust security features, helping professionals work comfortably and securely, anytime and anywhere. The full array of innovations available in ExpertBook laptops and being revealed CES 2021 include:

ASUS two-way AI noise-canceling technology

To level up professional conferencing in the new remote-working paradigm, all ExpertBook laptops now benefit from AI-powered noise-canceling technology. This includes both an upstream function to filter noise around the speaker, and a downstream function to eliminate noise from the person at the other end of the conversation. This ensures minimal distraction for high-quality communication, so it’s just like being in the room with other people. The laptops also feature shortcut keys to quickly enable the technology or mute the microphones, ensuring that conferencing is slick and safe.

ASUS WiFi Master Premium

In addition to the latest, ultrafast WiFi 6, the new ExpertBook laptops optimize both software and hardware-circuit design to ensure seamless WiFi connections in diverse scenarios. ASUS SmartConnect helps identify the best WiFi signals connection automatically, anywhere. ASUS WiFi Stabilizer fends off interference that can occur from inserted USB devices, ensuring a lag-free WiFi connection during data transfers.

Business-focused ASUS NumberPad 2.0 and webcam shield
The innovative and ASUS-exclusive virtual numeric keypad is included for fast data entry, while a physical cover obscures the ExpertBook webcam for instant privacy. Just slide it open to make video calls and back across when the conversation is done, or when privacy is required.

ASUS ExpertBook B9: The world’s lightest 14” business laptop1, now powered by Intel® vPro

ASUS ExpertBook B9 aims to lead the commercial PC industry. Now, we’re introducing brand-new ExpertBook B9 with Intel® vPro platform to help business users build a reassured infrastructure and advanced ASUS two-way AI noise-canceling technology to receive more clarity on video conferencing. For working anywhere, remotely, the Intel vPro platform delivers business-class performance, hardware-enhanced security features with Intel Hardware Shield, as well as Intel Active Management Technology (AMT) for remote management.

Besides the elevated performance, ExpertBook B9 keeps the record of the world’s lightest 14” business laptop1, weighing a mere 880g2 since its debut last year and features more than 20 hours of battery life for ultimate mobility. Verified as an Intel Evo laptop, it delivers best-in-class performance with dual SSD with RAID 0 and RAID 1 support, up to 32 GB LDDR4x 4266 MHz, Intel WiFi 6, Intel Thunderbolt™ 4 and multiple trusted layers of security. These security features include ASUS AdaptiveLock – which detects the user’s presence and employs an integrated infrared camera to recognize their face for instant, hassle-free logins – and optional TPM 2.0. ExpertBook B9 also meets the industry-leading MIL-STD 810H US military standard, which is more rigorous and demanding than ever – ensuring that the laptop can withstand the strains of the daily grind and on-the-go use.

ASUS ExpertBook B1: Primed to perform. Configured for business.

ASUS ExpertBook B1 is designed to offer a wide range of configuration and heavy-duty performance, making it a powerful and tailored choice for ambitious startups, established education organizations and growing firms of all sizes. To drive productivity for businesses, ExpertBook not only employs an 11th Gen Intel Core™ processor with Intel Iris® Xe graphics, but also implements ASUS Intelligent Performance technology, driven by ASUS-exclusive algorithms and an ultra-efficient thermal design to allow users to smartly switch between Performance Mode to boost power for heavy workloads, Balanced Mode for everyday tasks, and Whisper Mode for quiet and power-saving operation.

It’s coupled with up to 48 GB memory, optional NVIDIA® graphics, and dual storage – up to 1 TB SSD and 2 TB HDD. There’s a choice of a 14-inch or 15-inch NanoEdge display, weighing respectively 1.45kg2 or 1.72kg2, making ExpertBook B1 handy to pick up and carry anywhere. Physical connectivity also abounds, enabling ExpertBook B1 to handle all kinds of workloads. Built-in ports include Intel Thunderbolt™ 4, USB 3.2 Gen 2 and USB 2.0 Type-A, HDMI 1.4, Ethernet and a microSD card slot. ASUS ExpertBook B1 is the configurable business laptop that’s ready for diverse needs and future expansion.

ExpertBook B1 offers a range of no-compromise business-focused features and multilayered security. The backlit and spill-resistant keyboard ensures uninterrupted productivity, with no worries about dark environments or accidental coffee spills. To ease fatigue after hours of use, it also features the ErgoLift hinge for comfortable typing and the screen is certified by TÜV Rheinland for low blue-light emissions. Security includes an integrated fingerprint sensor, TPM 2.0 to fend off attack, an integrated Kensington lock slot, and protective foam to protect the hard drive from bumps and shocks.

ASUS Chromebook CX9: Secure, tough and powerful

To empower remote workers with cloud-first operating systems and collaborative tools, ASUS is proud to unveil our brand-new premium Chromebook – ASUS Chromebook CX9, which is ultra-durable, yet lightweight with magnesium-alloy chassis processed with high-precision CNC-milling, so it is only 16 mm thin and weighs around 1 kg to easily take it to anywhere. It also meets next-level and industry-leading MIL-STD 810H US military tests to ensure it’s tough enough to withstand business rigors on the road. Additionally, the four-sided frameless 14-inch NanoEdge display provides an immersive, near edge-to-edge viewing experience with an impressive 91% screen-to-body ratio.

To assure professionals with the very best in performance, efficiency and connectivity, Chromebook CX9 is powered by a 11th Gen up to Intel Core i7 processor with Iris Xe graphics and benefits from superfast WiFi 6. Despite its thin profile, Chromebook CX9 is loaded with I/O ports, including cutting-edge Thunderbolt 4, standard USB Type-A and HDMI outputs. It also goes extra miles with some of the same premium and business-focused features as ExpertBook B9, including Harman Kardon-certified audio, a backlit and spill-resistant keyboard, and ErgoLift hinge for comfortable typing.

For business-grade protection, Chromebook CX9 is secure by design, offering Titan C security for storing sensitive information such as passwords and encryption keys. Furthermore, CX9 automatically receives software updates every six weeks to safeguarded data from harmful attacks with the latest defenses. With Chrome OS, users enjoy uninterrupted work days and increased productivity while IT overhead is reduced. Our new Chromebook also comes with a fingerprint sensor for password-free login, and webcam shield for added protection.

ASUS BR1100: Strong, flippable power for learning

The 11.6-inch ASUS BR1100 is the ultimate learning tool that offers comprehensive, education-centered features to boost the efficiency of both remote and classroom learning, and is available in both clamshell and convertible forms.

Kids are kids, so accidents will happen. That’s why BR1100 is engineered to survive falls of up to 120 centimeters, with a rugged design including an all-round rubber bumper, spill-resistant keyboard and a reinforced structure to withstand everyday knocks, bumps and spills. All this, plus the passing of multiple rigorous US military-grade tests, ensures that BR1100 is built to last. Additional designs to accommodate the needs of young learners include an ASUS BacGuard antibacterial keyboard frame that adheres to ISO 22196 to inhibit the growth of bacteria by more than 99% over a 24-hour period3, as well as a TÜV Rheinland-certified display for low blue-light emissions, helping protect eyes from potential harm.

Learning from home is accelerating. In response to the audiovisual needs of remote classes, the AI-powered noise-canceling mic and speakers ensure crystal-clear audio for both student and teacher, while innovative 3D noise-reduction (3DNR) technology on the webcam eliminates up to 94%4 of the random noise. And, there’s a physical webcam shield – so a child or parent can simply swipe it over the lens for instant peace of mind. Connectivity and capacity is also now seen as a must, so BR1100 has the option of 4G LTE and WiFi 65 for seamless access to online courses as well as up to 128 GB eMMC and 1TB SSD, so it’s easy to expand if the onboard storage fills up, which is a rare benefit for entry-level education devices, and perfect for large or growing collections of videos, images and school documents.

BR1100 also features easy maintenance for both IT and educator. For easy on-site servicing, ASUS BR1100 has a modular construction that enables quick access to key components such as panel, keyboard, and battery for enhancing the efficiency of IT maintenance and minimizing downtime. A LED light on the lid enables educators to see at a glance if a particular student’s laptop is facing connectivity or power problems – giving teachers a heads up when a student might need help.

The convertible model offers the option of a garaged stylus to help students get every detail just right when drawing, taking notes or marking up documents – with the ability to detect 4,096 levels of pressure. It’s also quick to charge, with a 15-second stay in the garage providing enough capacitance for 45 minutes’ use. The convertible includes a special world-facing camera, positioned just above the keyboard. This empowers students to explore and learn in totally new ways, allowing them to capture photos and videos in tablet mode.

ASUS ExpertCenter D7 SFF and D5 SFF: Secure, reliable and business-ready

ASUS ExpertCenter D7 SFF and D5 SFF deliver high performance and functionality in a sleek and ultracompact 9-liter, small-form-factor (SFF) package. They offer a range of professional-grade NVIDIA GeForce® and Quadro® graphics options, plus up to 128 GB memory. A clever internal layout gives maximum space for expansion in a compact form factor, and is able to accommodate up to four storages, legacy parallel and series ports to ensure seamless connection to business peripherals.

A tool-free chassis design is included to allow IT administrators to open up D7 SFF or D5 SFF with no tools required. The hard or optical drives can also be easily pulled out with just fingers. This saves time and effort, making component upgrades and routine servicing easy.

The fundamental tenets of proven system stability and accident prevention are underpinned by the series-wise use of ASUS motherboards with 100% solid capacitors – the world’s No.1 motherboard brand6. Built with MIL-STD-810G US military-grade durability, easy-to-manage software such as optional ASUS Control Center, and multilayered security infrastructure, ExpertCenter D7 SFF and D5 SFF are primed to lower the total cost of ownership (TCO) to businesses.

Aside from the 9-liter SFF models, with maximum workspace flexibility in mind ASUS has created different chassis designs for the new ExpertCenter series including 15-liter mini towers to 20- and 27-liter tower PC powerhouses. This offers superb choice for business, making ExpertCenter desktops ideal for retail, libraries, office and manufacturing.

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