ASUS cranks up the sustainability game at Computex 2023, carbon-neutral notebooks and more
ASUS is heavily pushing the sustainability narrative at Computex 2023. The company aims for 100% renewable energy use across its global operations by 2035, and achieve net zero by 2050. To this end, they’re showcasing multiple environmentally conscious products and services, such as the world's first commercial carbon footprint and carbon-neutral notebook, the ExpertBook B9 (B9400). The Zenbook S 13 OLED (UX5304) (reviewed here), was also a carbon-neutral notebook. The company verifies all this with SGS, a world leader in verification, inspection, and testing. ASUS wants you to know that when you buy an ASUS notebook, you're not just buying performance and quality, but you're also being environmentally conscious.
Another aspect of sustainability is the new ASUS Carbon Partner Services. This new solution aims to assist business customers with nature-based carbon credits to offset emissions associated with ASUS products. The services will initially cover the ExpertCenter D9-series desktops and the ultra-lightweight ExpertBook B9 OLED notebook, with additional options planned for the future.
The new ExpertBooks
Speaking of ExpertBooks, ASUS has updated its line of business notebooks as well, the highlights being the ExpertBook B9 OLED and ExpertBook B5 OLED, the world's lightest 14-inch and 16-inch business laptops, respectively. The B9 OLED features a 2.8K resolution 14-inch OLED display, weighs just 990g, and has a slim 15.78mm profile. The ExpertBook B9 OLED is also the world's first magnesium-lithium laptop to employ Thixomolding technology, reducing waste by up to 29% and shortening manufacturing time by up to 75%. This laptop is made with up to 70% post-industrial recycled metal and is Energy Star certified, exceeding energy-efficiency standards by 44%. While we've always enjoyed the ExpertBook series like in our last review, the new B9 OLED edition looks to make it even more disireable.
The B5 OLED on the other hand, weighs 1.4kg, but features a large 16-inch 4K OLED display in a 14-inch body. You can even configure it with Intel Arc 350M graphics (though this would bump up the weight by 200g).
These laptops feature enterprise-grade power and security features, including up to 13th Generation Intel Core processors with vPro support, optional TPM 2.0, and advanced login options. Furthermore, they meet US military-grade 810H durability standards, ensuring their reliability in daily business use.
In addition to its business offerings, ASUS presents upgraded and portable education solutions with large displays and long-lasting battery capacity. This is because their existing solution is a 11-inch notebook form factor. The new ASUS BR14 series with a 14-inch screen is designed with a ruggedized form factor as well, which meets the durability requirements of educators and active students. These solutions feature sustainable design elements and an easy-to-service, modular design, enabling schools to be cost-efficient and better manage maintenance.