The row of cutting edge Asus production is joined by ASUSPRO B9440 (configuration B9440UA). The device is marketed as “the world’s lightest 14-inch business notebook”.
ASUSPRO B9440UA is incredibly thin, 321,3×216,2×15 mm. Its weight is 1,05kg. Top and side screen rim is only 5 mm thick. The notebook is built in accordance with US military standard MIL-STD-810G. The standard investigates the usability of equipment under broad environmental conditions, the including low and high temperature, humidity and pressure, sand, dust, vibrations, and shock. However, in company’s interpretation is means something different. The laptop in not completely water resistant, but only spill resistant. Screen panel may take 20% more pressure before it cracks (we know how easy it is to crack a screen, and, hence, believe that the improvement has little significance). Equally, avoiding any concrete figures Asus states that the laptop can endure a fall from “height of over double that of standard models”. Apparently, Asus perceives US military man as an average clumsy person. Nevertheless, sometimes clumsiness can damage the device more than bullets and explosions. London laptop repair service, Bits and PCs can testify.
The only major disappointment is that the notebook has no webcam. This was necessary to maintain the minimal thickness of screen borders. To silver line the issue, Asus claims that absence of webcam grants additional privacy.
It is not all bluff and military glamour. Inside B9440UA can fit an Intel vPro Core i7-7600U processor (minimal configuration is equipped with i3-7100U), 8 or 16 GB LPDDR3-1866 RAM, from 256MB to 1TB M.2 SSD.
The device is available on the market at £1,100 for minimal configuration.