In these times, you’d be hard pressed to argue that there’s a piece of gear more essential than a laptop; now, imagine a laptop that can be taken everywhere. Enter ASUS’s latest superlight laptop, the ExpertBook B9: it’s the lightest 14-inch business laptop in its class, weighing in at 870 grams. The sales pitch is a traveler’s dream—imagine slipping a laptop lighter and thinner than some books into your pack before heading out to go.
But how well does ASUS’s ExpertBook hold up when it needs to do some heavy lifting? There’s no better way to find out than to bring this sexy piece of machinery out on the field. We let GRID Photo Editor Sonny Thakur take it on assignment for a road test, and here’s what he had to say.
The Asus ExpertBook weighs in at 870 grams. It’s a feather compared to many other 14-inch notebooks, making it a real standout in its class. The design is also very sleek, it stows away in even the most inconspicuous of sleeves and everyday carry bags. For our 3-day trip, we packed it in a large tote bag. It was fine even without a case (which we were concerned about initially, for apparently no reason). It goes without saying that it barely took up space. Despite its compact size, the ExpertBook feels sturdy and at no point was I worried about taking it out.