The ExpertBook B5 is part of ASUS’s ExpertBook range of business laptops, so its utilitarian aesthetic is expected. There are no fancy extras like backlit buttons or customizable hues. In the corporate world, that’s the way it goes, but that doesn’t mean the ExpertBook B5 isn’t good for what it’s supposed to accomplish.
If the ability to turn your laptop into a tablet is vital to you, this model is an ultraportable, lightweight, and small option. In this situation, just like with every other flippable laptop, you wind up with the keyboard in an inconvenient position toward the back of the device.
The display on the ExpertBook B5 is a 13.3-inch touchscreen-capable OLED that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080. This display is quite premium, considering the price bracket it falls into. To reiterate, this is not a gaming laptop. Thus the absence of a 4K display shouldn’t be a problem for anyone other than those in the video rendering industry.
The display has skinny bezels, but with only 13.3 inches of total screen space, you probably won’t want to multitask too much on the ExpertBook B5 due to the limited available room. At the very top of the screen is a webcam with a resolution of 720p. The quality is adequate; you’ll be able to make zoom calls, but the ring will have an average sound. However, providing an accurate shutter for privacy purposes is very much welcomed.
Although most business laptops have average keyboards, the ExpertBook B5’s keys are well-spaced and silent when pressed. Some people enjoy the attack noise of a mechanical keyboard, but this isn’t something most people want while trying to pound out notes on a laptop in a meeting or while working in an open office.
Since a physical numeric keypad would be too bulky for the ExpertBook B5, ASUS instead included one as a software overlay that can be activated by tapping the top right corner of the touch screen. Although the lack of tactile input makes this method of spreadsheet editing seem strange, it is nice to see that ASUS has given it some thought.
The ExpertBook B5’s left side has a mini HDMI port that doubles as an ethernet adapter socket and two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C connections. A full-sized HDMI port, a USB 3.2 A port, and a headphone/microphone jack are on the right as an ADA bonus has, a real volume rocker, which is unusual for devices of this type.
The on/off switch is also on the right. As with many laptops, a fingerprint sensor for biometric unlocking is built in. Here I ran into some problems due to the thinness of the sensor, which led to frequent false readings.
Not the lightest option, the ExpertBook B5 measures 30.9×21.06×1.69cm and weighs 1.3kg. Recently, we’ve seen several sub-1-kilo business laptops, but the ExpertBook B5’s “extra” 300g of weight wouldn’t be noticeable until you carried it around for hours on end.
When It Comes to Performance, Core I7 Falls Just Short.
At this time, you have an option between two distinct processors for the ExpertBook B5. Still, the vast majority of business laptops offer a variety of configurations to cater to various business requirements. The processor in the model with the lower price point is an Intel Core i5-1135G7 running at 2.4 GHz, while the processor with the higher price point is an Intel Core i7-1165G7 running at 2.8 GHz. CrystalDiskInfo identifies the storage device as a Samsung MZVLQ512HALU drive. The storage device has a capacity of 512 gigabytes and utilises the NVMe PCIe 3.0 interface. There are 16 GB of DDR4 RAM installed on the board by default. However, the maximum amount of 48 GB that can be installed is supported.
The evaluation unit provided us was a premium Core i7 model that came preinstalled with the Windows 10 Pro operating system. The ExpertBook B5 informed me throughout installation that it was immediately prepared for Windows 11, so I gave it ample time to completely update itself before installing it in preparation for testing.
Any laptop powered by a Core i7 with 16 gigabytes of RAM should speed through essential business duties, and I certainly do not have any concerns about this aspect of the machine. This evaluation could have easily been typed out on the ExpertBook B5, and working with numerous Google Chrome tabs presented no problems.
If we look at it from the perspective of a comparative benchmark, we can see that the ExpertBook B5 falls below quite a few other small models that are focused on business. Using PCMark 10 and 3DMark Time Spy, here is how it compares — not that it is a graphical powerhouse by any stretch of the imagination.
ASUS, like many laptop companies, preinstalls programs on the ExpertBook B5. ASUS Business Manager, Disney Plus, McAfee Personal Security, and Spotify use hard drive space whether they’re needed or not. It’s frustrating to have to remove crapware every time I set up a new laptop.
The Asus Expertbook B5 Has Excellent Battery Life for a Lightweight Notebook.
According to ASUS, the battery life of the ExpertBook B5 with its 66Whr battery may last up to 12 hours, which is on the lower end of what other vendors in this sector claim their products are capable of achieving. Any claim that uses the phrase “up to” must, however, include a battery life significantly shorter than the device’s full potential.
The amount of application load that you put on the ExpertBook B5 is going to have a significant impact on the duration of the battery life of the laptop. Because of this, I put it through Finder’s standard battery life tests alongside a variety of other laptops to see how it stacked up against the competition:
Evaluation of the Asus ExpertBook B5 Battery
Finder’s battery life test involves playing a video at full brightness and moderate volume, draining the battery as quickly as possible. PCMark 10’s Battery test examines gaming performance to simulate a more significant battery utilization burden.
The ExpertBook B5’s battery life is slightly over 9.5 hours on the video test, so it’s somewhat shy of ASUS’s claims. The PCMark 10 battery life test for games was where it lagged behind other laptops in its class. However, it excelled in light video processing activities and was second only to the almost identical Dynabook Tecra A40-J.
When the battery on your ASUS ExpertBook B5 starts to go low, you can quickly recharge it using the compact 65W USB-C charger with the laptop. The one caveat is that the tiny power brick will become extremely hot when charging. When traveling in business class, you may have to juggle your laptop and its charger while sitting on your lap.