"The lightest 14 business laptop out there . " This is how it advertises its B944OU laptop on its Asus website . A team that weighs just over a kilo and that stands out for its design in the first place. Simple but elegant . It is worth mentioning the speed at the time of starting and the duration of its battery. In debit, it does not have a webcam - nothing that cannot be solved with an external one - and that it only has two ports.
After trying it for several weeks, using it on a day-to-day basis and to work both in the office and on the go, its weight surprises every time you carry it . Especially when the battery responds after a day of work. As we said before, the only problem is participating in a video call and precisely at that moment you realize that the Asus laptop is not equipped with a webcam. A minor but attention-grabbing problem.
In fact, on this point there has been quite an interesting debate. While some claim that Asus dispenses with the webcam to ensure the privacy and even productivity of those who buy the laptop, others claim that the real reason has been the intention of getting one of the thinnest laptops on the market.
Sober but elegant design
The first thing that usually stands out about a laptop, before looking at its technical specification sheet, is its design . Its 14-inch screen has a very thin frame around it, being a little wider at the bottom. That is, the first time we have it in front of our eyes, the size of the display will call our attention. And all this without having yet pressed the power button.
The body of the notebook is made of magnesium alloy , and its keyboard is splash resistant . In addition, the MIL-STD 810G certification means that it is resistant to falls, extreme temperatures and even unfavorable weather conditions. Come on, an all-rounder.
The elevation of the keyboard is also very striking . Asus' system makes it sit at a 7-degree angle , which will make it easier to type and position your wrists to be more comfortable and rested. If you work with the laptop for several hours, you will notice that your arms end up more rested thanks to the choice of the brand. And if you change to a normal laptop that usually has an angle of 90º, you will feel the change even more.
On the other hand, the chassis highlights that we will have a fingerprint reader next to the ignition . This means that we can log in as we do on many other devices, using our fingerprint and forgetting about having to enter various passwords. To do so, we need to have Windows 10 Hello . As we do not have a webcam, what we will not be able to enjoy is facial recognition.
A screen that serves for multimedia
Asus laptop B944OU Pro features a 14 - inch - in the space normally occupied by one 13,3-, whose resolution reaches Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 pixels . Its size and resolution make it a good option to view multimedia content, since we will also do it with great clarity.
And if it is interesting for multimedia, it also becomes a good option when we work long hours with word processors or even with design programs. As we said before, despite the fact that it is a matte screen , the colors are quite bright.
A ports problem
It is often said that you cannot have everything in this life. So sometimes you have to do without some things for the benefit of others. One of the most striking features of this Asus is its fine design and low weight , which is why we will only have two ports .
Two USB Type-C ports, that will be all we will have. One on each side, but yes, only the one on the left is good for charging the laptop. If we want to have more ports, we will have to bet on getting a dock.
In its favor, it should be said that these types of ports allow us to fast charge . This is how we can go from being without battery, to reaching more than half in just half an hour. With what you can get us out of more than one trouble.
And also, that although some manufacturers have already given it up for dead, Asus keeps the headphone jack on its laptop.
The bet on Windows 10 Pro
If we talk about the operating system, Asus has firmly opted to equip its computer with Windows 10 Pro . When demanding it to the maximum, we have only noticed some slight slowdown or that on occasion the left part got a little hot. Nothing worrisome in any of the cases.
The most interesting thing is what we mentioned at the beginning of the article. As soon as we press the power button, we will not count to ten and we will already be seeing the identification screen to enter our account.
Conclusions and price
If you are looking for a laptop with a sober design , that weighs little and offers great autonomy, without a doubt this Asus model should be among your options.
So long as you do not want a laptop exclusively to enjoy multimedia content or play games . This computer seems designed for a more business use or for students who always carry their laptop in their backpack. For any type of office work, it seems like an ideal option.
This laptop is already on sale, and depending on the configuration you want, you will start from a minimum price of 1000 euros.
|screen||14 inch (1080p)|
FHD 1920 x 1080
|Processor||Intel Core i3 7100U|
Intel Core i5 7200U
Intel Core i7 7600U vPro
|Memory||8 GB or 16 GB LPDDR3 1866MHz SDRAM|
|Storage||512GB or 1TB SSD|
|Connections||2 USB type C|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home|
Windows 10 Pro
|Graph||Integrated Intel HD Graphics 620|
|Keyboard||Illuminated bubblegum keyboard|
|Interface||Micro input - headphone output connector|
1 USB 3.1 Type-C port
1 USB 3.0 Type-C port
|Battery||4 cells 48 Whrs Polymers|
|Dimensions||321.3 x 216.2 x 8.9 ~ 15mm (1.05kg with battery)|
|Price||From 1000 euros|