In the world of business laptops, we usually only hear the 3 usual names. But, ASUS is trying to break into the market by releasing pushing forward the ExpertBook family of laptops.
So, what’s special about this laptop?
ASUS has an interesting naming scheme going for the ExpertBook family of laptops. We previously reviewed the ExpertBook B9450, which – as the name suggests – is within the B9 lineup – which is at the high-end range.
The one we have today is the ExpertBook B1500C, which is in the B1 lineup that is at the more entry-ish level range – at least in context. But even within the B1 lineup, there are a few variants. The B1500C means that it comes with this list of specs:
- Intel Core i7-1165G7
- NVIDIA GeForce MX330
- 16GB RAM
- 1TB PCIe SSD
- 2TB HDD
Even with that said, the specs are customizable too. For example – the ports. What we have here is:
But if you don’t need Thunderbolt 4 and can lose that feature, then you can get a different variant with just USB-C ports too.
The ExpertBook B1500C is a rather competent laptop too as it comes with a beautiful design that seems to combine the looks of a ZenBook and the texture of the ExpertBook B9450. Do note that we specifically mention “texture” instead of “material” because it surely doesn’t feel similar or as lightweight as the B9450.
However, the point still stands – this B1500C is a very nice laptop.
Opening up the lid reveals a beautiful 15.6-inch IPS LCD screen that is going to be enough for office purposes. What’s more interesting is that even with such tiny bezels around the screen, the webcam is still at the top of the display.
There’s an even better is the inclusion of a physical webcam shutter that you can use your finger to push.
The keyboard is surprisingly good and I thoroughly enjoyed it throughout my usage. There is a number pad on this keyboard although it is a squished one. The number pad definitely made my fingers feel claustrophobic but it’s a nice addition nonetheless.
It took some time to get used to the layout since all the keys are shifted to the left side of the laptop.
Even the trackpad is shifted too. The trackpad itself is serviceable but it’s definitely not the best. I’d expect whoever needs constant mouse actions will have an external mouse handy anyway.
With all of those said, the ASUS ExpertBook B1500C still manages to last about 8 hours of usage with just one charge on its relatively small 42Wh battery.
From what we can extrapolate, the 42Wh battery is because of that 2TB HDD took up a large area that could have been used for a larger battery. We are unsure if ASUS offers the option to swap out that 2TB HDD for a larger battery.
As for the ASUS B1500C that we have here, we can conclude that it comes in a package that can compete with the commonly-found offerings from Dell, Lenovo, or HP.
The prices do differ as these laptops are made to order – so do contact the ASUS sales team to get a quotation.