Asus offers a range of thin and light laptops including low-cost, low power machines and high-end ultrabooks.

Now the company is adding a new business-class portable notebook to its lineup. The AsusPro BU201 features a 12.5 inch display, an Intel Core i5 or faster CPU, and enterprise features including support for a desktop docking station and a durable case design.

There’s also a pointing stick in the center of the keyboard, in addition to a standard notebook touchpad.

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The AsusPro BU201 features a 1920 x 1080 pixel LCD display, support for up to 12GB of RAM and a 2.5 inch drive bay. Asus will offer models with up to 1TB of hard drive storage or 500GB of storage plus 8GB of solid state storage. It has a 32 Wh battery.

The notebook comes with Core i5 or Core i7 processor options, Intel HD 4400 or 5000 graphics, and Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 8.1 Pro software.

It has 3 USB 3.0 ports, an Ethernet jack, VGA port, mini DisplayPort, a Smart Card Reader, SD card reader, and micro SIM  card slot. There’s also TPM security and a fingerprint reader.

The AsusPro Ultra Docking Station lets you quickly connect the notebook to an external display, keyboard, and other peripherals. You can use the laptop with the lid open or closed when it’s in the dock.

The system weighs 2.8 pounds, measures 12.2″ x 8.5″ x 0.8″ and has anti-shock hard drive protection, a spill-resistant keyboard, and a case that’s been military-spec tested.

via Notebook Italia

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17 replies on “AsusPro BU201 is a business-class ultrabook”

  1. I’d get this over the other ASUS ultrabooks just because it doesn’t have that ugly shiny lid and circular swirls that’re on their consumer line of products.

  2. 12.5″ ‘business class’ computer? I know most business users prefer 13.3″ or 15″ screens and will accept the weight penalty gladly for the additional screen real estate.

    1. Got actual numbers on that or is that “most” your personal anecdotal experience based on yourself and some coworkers?

  3. Looks like it’s missing two buttons from the touchpad for a business laptop.

  4. Do they provide actual test results for the MIL-STD testing? I’ve only skimmed the source link for it. If they don’t then I would take their MIL-STD marketing with a grain of salt. Companies can officially say they meet MIL-STD specifications without actually running any tests. Without information on what and how tests were done and their results then MIL-STD should be assumed to be mostly marketing.

  5. Thanks, Brad. However, I don’t think this is Asus’ first attempt at a business notebook. Their website shows at least 4 AsusPro models in dozens of configurations (https://www.asus.com/Commercial_Notebook/). Most are Ivy Bridge based systems which would imply they’ve been available for awhile.

  6. That looks competitive with the Lenovo X240 I guess? Hopefully it is easier to open up and swap parts on though.

      1. Looks like the Lenovo X240 weighs 3.3 lbs, so that’s kind of confusing.

    1. It doesn’t take much to beat the X240. The X240 was a huge let down for X200 users. Not that the X230 was a noticeable upgrade from the X220.

      1. Second that. Lenovo X240 is a disaster. I hope the get back on the tracks with the X250.

  7. Sweet, especially for a first attempt. Might want to see if it really holds up but ASUS doesn’t have an especially crappy reputation already so it is at least plausible.

    Just wish somebody would put a real keyboard on a business class notebook again. I had one of those chiclet keyboards thirty years ago and don’t like this retro thing much better the second time around. But they did get the eraserhead pointer part right so major points for that.

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