Don’t let its confusing — and we mean confusing — name turn you off. The ASUSPRO B9440UA means serious business.
As part of ASUS’ more professional segment, this rugged-looking laptop comes with Military-grade durability and a magnesium alloy construction which the company claims is the lightest in its class.
Coupled with stylishly slim bezels around the 14-inch display and a well thought-out hinge design, we’re looking at a recipe for success. So, the question is: Could this your GadgetMatch?
Let’s start with a full view of the laptop
Look at how thin the bezels are!
Its hinge lifts the laptop up when the lid is opened
Sadly, there are only two USB-C ports
This is how far the lid can open up
The keyboard has a nice, tough feel to it with good spacing in between
Heat stays away from your lap with these well-placed vents
Both stereo speakers can be found underneath
Placement for the fingerprint sensor is great; not so much for the power button
Trackpad lacks precision and often caused missed clicks
Does it perform well?
Behind the rugged exterior is a smoother user experience than you’d expect. With an Intel Core i7-7600U processor, 16GB of memory, and 512GB of SSD storage, you shouldn’t hope for anything less.
Minus the lag I experienced while using the inaccurate trackpad, I was never bothered by poor performance or slowdowns when running Chrome and Photoshop at the same time. Adding more applications like Spotify and file transferring didn’t affect the fluidity, either.
Considering its integrated graphics chip, I didn’t bother playing games, but it can surely handle light games and mainstream titles at lowered settings on its native Full HD 1080p resolution.
I also appreciate how cool the unit runs and the way it shoots hot air upwards, away from my face or lap. Combined with the ergonomic keyboard, I barely felt tired after long sessions with this laptop.
Can it last a whole day?
This comes down to each person’s unique usage patterns, but my experience wasn’t so great.
Even with brightness set to 50 percent and charging the notebook to full before leaving the house, I couldn’t get the battery to last more than five hours of continuous usage.
Blame it on the power-hungry Core i7 processor or the slimmed down battery capacity, but the fact remains you can still get a lot of work done during the time this machine is on.
There’s something missing…
If you’ve noticed something lacking, you have sharp eyes. If not, know this: There’s no front-facing camera on this thing.
At first, I figured this was a compromise that needed to be made to cater to business-minded individuals, but then I realized that these people need webcams for conference video calls, as well. Now that’s a strange omission!
And while it isn’t a total exclusion, having only two USB-C ports hurts the productivity of this notebook. ASUS bundles a dongle that provides an extra full-sized USB port and HDMI, but that still doesn’t give you a card reader or DisplayPort.
But don’t worry, there’s a 3.5mm audio port on the left for your headphones.
Is this your GadgetMatch?
On one hand, the B9440UA excels at its specialties, which are the solid build quality and buttery smooth performance; on the other hand, excluding the webcam and limiting the number of ports are potential turnoffs.
For the starting price of US$ 1,000, I would’ve liked to see a touchscreen built in, as well. With the laptop laid down flat on the table, presenting with touch gestures would be a lot more seamless — and give you an alternative to the finicky trackpad.
When it comes down to it, the B9440UA is all business. Pay the premium, and you get a machine built to last. Our particular high-end variant retails for PhP 89,995 in the Philippines.