New Asus convertible has parked stylus, runs Windows 11 on Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 chip
Asus has unveiled a new Windows-on-ARM convertible tablet, the ExpertBook B3 Detachable. As its name suggests, it can be used with or without a removable keyboard. Additionally, the protective case has a kickstand that can hold the slate in landscape or portrait orientation.
Asus ExpertBook B3 Detachable
Asus touts it as the “first Windows laptop powered by the Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 Compute Platform with Garage Stylus.” There’s a lot to unpack here. First of all, yes, this is based on the mid-range 7c Gen 2 chipset.
This is intended for remote study and remote work or being on the floor in a manufacturing plant or retail store. Being lightweight (590g / 1.3lbs without the case) and having a long battery life – up to 21 hours – are more important than raw performance.
This slate is for remote work or education or help in factories and retail stores
The “garage stylus” can be stored inside the tablet instead of hanging to the side with a magnetic attachment. The pen is active, but only takes 15 seconds to charge and is ready for 45 minutes of use. The stylus is sold separately.
For remote learning or working, advanced video calling skills are essential. The detachable Asus ExpertBook B3 has AI noise cancellation technology for audio, noise reduction for the 5MP front camera (in case you don’t have good lighting at home) and a convenient mute key on the optional keypad. There’s also a 13MP camera on the back if you need to take a picture of something.
Noise cancellation for audio • Noise reduction for video • 13MP camera • Mute button on keyboard
Speaking of the keyboard, unlike typical detachable keyboards, this one doesn’t lie flat: its ErgoLift design keeps it at a comfortable angle for typing. The keyboard is still durable and has an antibacterial coating. It has a 1.5mm key travel and a trackpad.
The Asus ExpertWidget will let you create custom hotkeys using the Fn key and number keys 1-4. This will come in handy for actions you perform repeatedly throughout the day. Note that the keyboard and even the protective case with the double crutches are optional.
The detachable ExpertBook B3 has a MIL-STD-810H rating. One of the tests is to place a 28 kg (62 lb) weight on the back without damaging the LCD panel. The tablet has been drop tested (18 times at 40g) and vibration tested (10-500Hz for 60 minutes), tolerates high humidity (95%) and extreme temperatures (-37°C to 46°C, -34, 6 to 115°F).
Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 chipset can be paired with 4GB or 8GB of LPDDR4 RAM, storage is 128GB eMMC. On-board connectivity includes USB-C (with video out and charging support), 3.5mm combo audio jack, Wi-Fi 5 (ac, 2×2) and Bluetooth 5.1.
The 10.5-inch LCD screen has a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels (16:10) and reaches 320 nits. It can render a wide color gamut with 121% sRGB coverage.
The tablet is powered by a 38Wh Li-ion battery, which supports 45W charging using the included adapter and can last up to 21 hours of use. Asus markets versions of this slate with Windows 11 Pro, Windows 11 Home in S Mode and Windows 11 Pro Education.
The detachable Asus ExpertBook B3 starts at $600 and is already available on best buy in the USA.