Asus is already an ultrabook veteran, having been the first company to unveil an ultrabook. But at the recently concluded Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where we saw dozens of new ultrabook models from almost all other major vendors, Asus seemed content with merely announcing two new color options for its existing Zenbook lineup of ultrabooks. That said, the company didn’t announce any new notebook models either. Now that CES is well behind us,though, the company seems to have found the time to launch a new enterprise laptop, the B23E.
The B23E is essentially a 12.5-inch ultraportable targeted at enterprise users. Asus claims that all its B series enterprise notebooks are way better than standard consumer notebooks when it comes to strength and durability, having surpassed consumer notebook standards in drop tests, hinge tests and panel pressure testing. The B23E owes a lot of its durability to its magnesium-aluminum alloy chassis. Further, it has a spill-proof design and packs an anti-shock hard drive.
Moving onto the specs, let’s start with the processor choices. You have Intel’s Core i3 2350M/2330M, Core i5 2540M/2450M and Core i7 2640M processors to choose from. Other specs include up to 8 GB SDRAM, up to 750GB hard drive storage, 2MP web camera, a USB 2.0 port, an e-SATA / USB2.0 combo, one USB 3.0 port, HDMI, an ExpressCard slot and a smart card reader. For security, the B23E has a finger print reader and optional TPM. Even though it only has a 3-cell battery, the company is promising “three times the traditional Li-ion battery life cycle.” A Core i7 model is already available from Amazon for a shade under $1,000.