According to ASUS, in today’s modern era, highly portable, compact and easy-to-use computer devices are increasingly needed and that is also the reason why the Taiwanese computer manufacturer has launched many lines. Various products with handy shelf design, one of which is Asus ExpertBook B3000 which has just been launched in Vietnam.
Asus ExpertBook B3000 is a 2-in-1 laptop with compact dimensions and powered by ARM-based chipset. It can be a laptop, it can also be a tablet, although in terms of form we are more inclined to call this device a tablet. Due to the existence of a separate keyboard, it can be removed.
This device is more or less similar to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Series, but the main difference lies in the operating system used. Asus ExpertBook B3000 uses Microsoft’s Windows operating system exactly like a laptop or computer. Otherwise, the processor usage is somewhat similar.
The Asus ExpertBook B3000 does not use Intel or AMD processors as is common in laptops in general. However, Asus is trying to use the Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 processor. One slight difference from the Galaxy Tab S8 Series is that the Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 is a chipset designed for computing devices.
Yes, this is Qualcomm’s move to expand into the field of computers, an area where it has so far encroached heavily into the mobile field. While in the past, Intel tried to enter the smartphone space, but failed so it later decided to focus solely on computing.
Will this Qualcomm succeed or fail like Intel? We will see further development. At the very least, we can start from a device that already uses this chipset, namely the Asus ExpertBook B3000.
This latest Asus machine is classified as a detachable, also known as a laptop with a screen that can be removed from the keyboard (keyboard). The design language is similar to its seniors like ROG Flow Z 13 or Vivobook 13 Slate OLED.
The difference is that the Asus ExpertBook B3000 is intended to support hybrid mobile operations. So the performance of this laptop supports everyday use for work and school. What added value does this device bring, here’s a full review of Gizmology.
Specifications ASUS ExpertBook B3000
|microprocessor||Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 7c Gen 2 (1MB L3 Cache, up to 2.55GHz, 8 cores)|
|VGA (Graphic Card)||Qualcomm® Adreno™ GPU 618|
|RAM (Memory)||8G LPDDR4X onboard|
|Operating system||Windows 11 Home in WAR Mode|
Asus ExpertBook B3000 Review Reviews
As explained above, Asus ExpertBook B3000 is designed in a small but compact design. Even, the weight of this laptop is only 590 grams and the thickness is about 0.9 cm. Making this device very versatile to make it easier for users to work or study wherever they are.
Not only that, but Asus ExpertBook B3000 will remain safe and durable if accidentally dropped. Because this device has pocketed the Mil-STD 810H military certification, in which the laptop has undergone various harsh tests to ensure its durability.
The ExpertBoard keyboard uses a magnetic system that makes it easy to install and remove. Although not the best in the segment, the typing feeling on this laptop is quite comfortable with 1.5mm key travel. Especially when the ExpertBook B3000 is attached with a keyboard, making it look like the ergolift design like most Asus laptops. Unfortunately, this keyboard does not have a backlit keyboard.
A plus for this laptop is that it is protected by Antibacterial Guard, a special layer of protection that can inhibit the growth of various harmful bacteria up to 99% within 24 hours. Another plus, this keyboard is spill resistant. Asus claims this keyboard can hold up to 60 cc of liquid without harm, so small spills on the keys can be easily drained, cleaned and dried.
On the back there is a cradle cover that functions as a protective cover as well as a seat so that the ExpertBook B3000 can be used as a laptop.
Interestingly, the ExpertStand lid has two stand modes that allow the ExpertBook B3000 to be used vertically or horizontally. This rack cover is made of suede fabric giving the impression that you are a professional worker.
Still a design issue, the Asus ExpertBook B3000 carries a touch screen LCD panel (touchscreen) with a size of 10.5 inches, WUXGA resolution (1,920 x 1,200 pixels), a maximum brightness of 320 nits. It’s a pity that the bezel on this laptop does not give a modern impression, as tablets of the same type on the market today offer screen quality with better resolution.
It’s a pity but for the sake of maintaining eye health, this laptop has been certified for low blue light by TÜV Rheinland. This means that the ExpertBook B3000 display has minimal blue light radiation emissions that will not harm eye health in the long run.
Complementing the touchscreen feature is the stylus that can be stored directly in a special compartment on the body of the ExpertBook B3000. When stored in its compartment, the stylus charges automatically.
Ports and connections
Having a form factor like a small laptop doesn’t make the Asus ExpertBook B3000 lose its functionality. The left side has the power button, volume up / down, then there is no Micro SD slot.
Flip to the right, this laptop has only 1 USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C connector that supports display out and 3.5mm audio jack combo. It’s a pity that the number of ports introduced is very limited, but USB-C can be added to the USB Hub to increase the variety of connectors.
The ExpertBoard section is equipped with a precision touchpad. The size is really small, but it is still comfortable to type on because although it is small, your palm does not easily contact the touchpad. So it doesn’t take long to get used to daily use.
Like a tablet, ASUS ExpertBook B3000 is also equipped with two built-in cameras. One in front, one behind. Admittedly, the rear camera has a resolution of 13MP, which is quite large for the size of a tablet. Although most likely, not used too often. Because shooting with this size camera is a bit inconvenient.
Whereas on the front is 5 MP, the quality will be further improved as it will be used more. Be it for online meetings, live streaming, etc.
Quality is quite commensurate thanks to AI-based technology (artificial intelligence) and Qualcomm’s Spectra ISP on Snapdragon 7c Gen 2. But of course, don’t expect as rich in features as a smartphone. Because, again, this is a tablet where the camera is more of a supporting feature. At least, here we can create moments and meetings with better quality than laptops in general.
The ExpertBook B3000 webcam’s innovative 3D noise reduction (3DNR) technology is said to be able to reduce up to 94% of random noise affecting any camera. Especially in low-light situations, it dramatically improves image quality without affecting exposure or detail.
As mentioned above, this device is indeed suitable for both study and work, especially for users with high mobility. For example, regularly meeting outside, doing homework with friends in a coffee shop, etc.
The ExpertBook B3000 is also equipped with two-way AI noise cancellation that can reduce noise when participating in online or online conferencing sessions. For added convenience, a microphone mute button is located at the top of the keyboard for instant mute.
Since there is no cellular connection, ASUS ExpertBook B3000 mainly relies on WiFi connection. So yes Asus WiFi SmartConnect can find the nearest strong hotspot network. ExpertBook B3000 integrates ASUS WiFi Master7 technology, so you can enjoy faster and more reliable WiFi connections over longer distances than before.
In addition, users can take advantage of Bluetooth 5.1 to connect various devices such as wireless mice or headsets. The Asus ExpertBook is also powered by the Windows 11 Home operating system (OS) in S Mode equipped with Microsoft Office 365 applications.
Then for the battery, the capacity is 38 Whrs, which is said to last up to 21 hours in normal use. In our tests, this laptop’s durability is actually quite promising, especially since it also supports 45W fast charging via USB-C cable.
On paper, the Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 is equipped with an octa-core (octa-core, @ 2.55 Ghz) processor (CPU), consisting of two high-performance Cortex-A76 CPU cores and six power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores. core. The CPU component is coupled with an Adreno 618 graphics processor (GPU), 4GB LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB eMMC-type storage media.
Thanks to the System-on-Chip (SoC), it is possible to make the ExpertBook B3000 notebook a passive fanless cooling system. Thanks to that, when using this laptop you will feel quiet without any noisy fan noise.
For everyday use, the performance of this laptop is quite unique. Given that some software does not yet support ARM-based processors for Windows 11 Home laptops in S Mode. Although it can function as a tablet, the ExpertBook B300 has some limitations, in particular are game applications.
S mode has the active goal of enhancing security and keeping the laptop’s performance stable. However, S Mode brings some limitations for users, especially when it comes to installing apps and games. Because it only allows users to install apps through the Microsoft Store. It is not possible to install applications via .exe files like Windows 11 in general.
Because you need to remember that the ExpertBook B3000 is not designed for gaming activities. In addition, there is not much software compatible with the Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 mobile processor for Windows. Even so, we did find some light games from the Microsoft Store that play smoothly on this laptop, such as Asphalt 8 and 9, Candy Crush Saga, Angry Birds 2.
Conclusion Asus ExpertBook B3000
Overall, the Asus ExpertBook B3000 feels more appealing than entry-level laptops in its class. The detachable form factor, making this device as versatile as a ‘premium laptop or tablet’ can cost tens of millions of rupiah.
In terms of price, Asus ExpertBook B3000 costs only IDR 7.3 million. Although the price is not much different from the mid-range Android tablets circulating in Indonesia. The device is the first detachable to feature an ARM-based Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 SoC for Windows.
Therefore, the usage options are very flexible, be it a tablet or a laptop depending on the needs of the user. Support features for WFA or hybrid work systems such as microphones and webcams are also fine. Most of the downside lies in the thick bezels, as well as the minimalization of the screen and ports. So you can say that buying Asus ExpertBook B3000, friends of Gizmo will get a multifunction device.
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