Thin and light computers do not appeal to me. Their small footprint limits their ability to perform. But, more often than not, I’m proven wrong because such laptops continue to amaze me with their potential. It’s designed to be an office laptop, but thanks to the newest advancements in CPU technology, these laptops can do much more. The ASUS Expertbook B1400 is one such powerful laptop that I recently reviewed, and here’s my take on whether or not you should buy it.
ASUS EXPERTBOOK B1400 REVIEW: SPECS
- Processor: Intel 11th Gen Core i5-1135G7 CPU 4-core 8-thread with 2.40GHz base frequency and 4.20GHz Max Turbo frequency
- Graphics Card: Intel Iris Xe graphics card running at 1.30GHz frequency
- Memory: 8GB DDR4 RAM
- Storage: 512GB SSD
- Display: 14-inch 1080p IPS LCD display
- Weight: 1.45kg
BENCHMARK AND PERFORMANCE
The ASUS Expertbook B1400 is a tiny and light laptop primarily intended for office usage. It has an Intel 11th Gen Core i5-1135G7 CPU with 4-cores and 8-threads for performance. The Intel Iris Xe discrete graphics chip is included in the CPU, which has a TDP of 28W.
I started my testing with a thin and light laptop that needed to be power efficient. The quad-core Intel CPU consumes the most power during photo editing, gaming, rendering, and visualization. The CPU power utilization maintains about 15W during normal operation, which includes opening and closing multiple applications. During web browsing, though, it rises to 35W.
The laptop scored 3545 on the PC Mark 10 synthetic benchmark. Here’s how the ASUS Exepertbook B1400 stacked up against some other Intel 11th Gen Core i5 laptops.
As you can see, it’s almost on par with comparable Core i5 laptops in terms of overall performance, although it’s on the lower to medium part of the scale. To test the laptop’s CPU performance, I ran the Cinebench R20 and R23 benchmarks. Here’s how it stacked up against some other laptops in the same price bracket.
In real-world situations, the laptop excels at basic tasks like as photo editing using Vectr, video editing with Filmora, and online browsing with Chrome.
While web browsing, running apps, editing documents and spreadsheets, the laptop’s CPU temperature stayed largely between 75 and 45 degrees Celsius. During rendering and visualising, a processing-intensive activity, the temperature did rise temporarily. The laptop, on the other hand, stays cool for the most part.
I tested numerous games, including Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and it averaged around 29 frames per second. Meanwhile, games like Valorant and Fornite worked smoothly at low settings in 1080p resolution at roughly 90 to 60 frames per second. Finally, the ASUS Expertbook B1400 excels at everyday productivity activities and can also handle light gaming.
KEYBOARD, TRACKPAD, AND SPEAKERS
The build quality of the ASUS Expertbook B1400 is good. It has a steel support bracket for the keyboard and an aluminium lid on top. The ASUS laptop’s hinge is sturdy, and the screen flexes only slightly. The laptop’s keyboard base is also incredibly strong, with a matte-absorbent coating on its surface that makes typing for long periods of time very comfortable. The laptop is fairly portable, weighing only 1.45 kg, and because to its strong build quality, it can easily withstand the wear and tear of daily travel.
The keyboard of the Expertbook has a 1.5mm key travel. Several computers have 1mm key travel, which makes typing less comfortable. The Expertbook’s keyboard deserves recognition because the 1.5mm key travel is ideal for most use situations. The ASUS laptop also features an ergo lift design that raises the keyboard, making typing easier.
On the other hand, the trackpad is also rather good. The ASUS Numberpad 2.0, a supplementary digital touchpad, is included with the Expert Book B1400 laptop series. However, my device came with a standard trackpad, which works perfectly. On the trackpad, the left-click is slightly above the right-click. People naturally prefer to utilise the left mouse button over the right mouse button, therefore this modification is welcomed. However, because the laptop spec sheet makes no mention of it, it could just be a build quality issue rather than a feature.
The Expertbook B1400 is equipped with a webcam lid and a fingerprint sensor above the power button, according to ASUS. Both of them perform as expected. The laptop also includes an inbuilt microphone with AI noise-cancelling technology that filters out surrounding noise. I put it to the test and discovered that it also reduced the volume of my voice. It does filter out a significant amount of background noise from the apartment’s fan and air conditioner, so it’s a useful feature.
The laptop has two speaker vents that face downwards, and the audio quality is poor. In this price bracket, I recently reviewed the Infinix INBook X1, which has considerably superior audio. Finally, the ASUS Expertbook B1400 features USB Type-C with Display-out and power delivery capabilities, two USB 3.2 Type-A ports, and one USB 2.0 Type-A connector in terms of I/O. In addition to USB Type-C, the laptop has a D-SUB connection for connecting to external monitors. The laptop also features an HDMI out port as well as an RJ-45 LAN port.
One area where the Expertbook B1400 laptop falls short is the display. It has a 14-inch 1080p display with a brightness of only 232 nits. The screen should have a minimum brightness of 300 nits.
The laptop’s screen offers a 178° viewing angle, but when seen sideways, some areas of the screen, particularly the top region, become darker. The laptop’s display covers 64.7 percent of the sRGB colour spectrum and 47.7 percent of the DCI-P3 colour spectrum. However, some laptops priced between Rs 50,000 and Rs 60,000 include a significantly higher-resolution display. I discovered that the laptop’s screen is not colour accurate during the Colorchecker analysis.
BATTERY LIFE PERFORMANCE
I put the laptop’s battery life to the test twice. In the first test, I set the laptop to performance mode, with the screen colour set to “vivid” and the brightness set to 100%. Naturally, the laptop’s battery lasted 4 hours and 21 minutes.
In my second effort, I switched to balanced mode, altered the screen’s colour setting to “Normal,” and reduced the brightness to 80%. The laptop now shows a battery life of 7 hours and 28 minutes. As a result, I’d estimate the battery life of this laptop to be around 7 hours in real-world use, which is rather good. The laptop contains a 45Wh battery, which is slightly less than the 55Wh unit found in the Infinix INBook X1.
The ASUS Expertbook B1400 is a well-made laptop that offers good performance and portability. Its tiny size and superior build quality make it an excellent daily driver, and its flawless keyboard makes working on it for long periods of time a pleasure. The laptop’s low-brightness display is a disappointment. However, its long battery life, wide range of I/O ports, and great build quality compensate for this.
Because of its extensive I/O port selection, I’d add an external monitor, a mouse, and a keyboard to this laptop and use it as a work PC. The laptop is estimated to cost Rs 55,000, making it a decent choice for office work.