2017 seems to be a good year for laptops with super-slim bezels. Dell kicked things off a few years ago with its XPS 13 line of laptops that had featured 13.3 inch displays in computers the size of 12 inch laptops, thanks to skinny bezels around the sides of the screen.
This year Dell is showing off a new convertible model at the Consumer Electronics Show, Lenovo has introduced its own take on the idea, and LG is launching 13, 14, and 15.6 inch notebooks with thin bezels.
Asus has one too.
The AsusPro B9440 notebook has a 14 inch display, but a body that measures just 12.6 inches wide, making it smaller than a 13 inch MacBook Air.
The notebook is also light-weight, tipping the scales at just about 2.3 pounds.
Asus is positioning this laptop as a business device, which is why it’s not part of the company’s Zenbook line of notebook computers. But aside from the slightly more business-like magnesium alloy case, a fingerprint reader, and spill-resistant keyboard, there’s not really that much to differentiate the B9440 from a consumer-oriented notebook.
In fact, the slim design means there’s no room for some of the ports you typically see on a business machine, such as Ethernet or VGA ports. But there are two USB Type-C ports which you can use to connect a docking station or USB hub.
The laptop has a 1920 x 1080 pixel display and it will be available with core i5 and Core i7 Kaby Lake CPU options, 8GB to 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB of M.2 solid state storage. The AsusPro B9440 should go on sale in May for about $999 and up.