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Asus business product line of the ExpertBook series can be said to be the representative of the practicality. Low-key, in line with business users aesthetic design and color matching, excellent hardware performance, excellent portability, give ExpertBook series distinctive business characteristics. Its main target users are elite business groups, the overall price is in the price of several thousand dollars, so it is more suitable for elite white-collar workers, enterprise executives, or high-income freelancers to use.

Recently, the new Asus ExpertBook series, namely the Asus ExpertBook III, was officially put on sale. The new ExpertBook III is not fundamentally different from the new ExpertBook II in terms of design, but has been upgraded in terms of hardware configuration, with Intel’s Core 11 processor.

Therefore, in this review, we will start from the hardware configuration and performance, to see how the performance experience of the Asus ExpertBook III will be brought to users after upgrading the 11-generation Core processor.


•Upgrade the Intel XI Core Processor

First, look at the overall configuration, the evaluation model is equipped with an Intel 11 Core i7-1165G7 processor, 16GB LPDDR4 memory, 2 x 1TB PCIe NVME solid-state hard drive, and Intel Torch XE core display.

From the point of view of overall hardware configuration, thanks to the improvement of computing power and graphics ability of Intel’s 11-generation Core processor, the Asus ExpertBook III will have a significant improvement in performance compared with the ExpertBook II. At the same time, the tester comes with two 1TB solid-state drives, which can be said to be a rather luxurious storage configuration.

Intel eleven generation Core i7-1165G7 processor using 10nm Superfin transistor technology to build, the original 4-core 8-thread design, the main frequency is 2.8GHz, the single-core core frequency capacity up to 4.7GHz, and has 12MB three-level cache, TDP range of 12W-28W.

Let’s start with single-core and multi-core performance tests for Cinebench R15/R20:

The processor scored 221CB for a single core and 826CB for multiple cores in the R15 standard test. In the R20 standard test, the single core score is 502CB, and the multi-core score is 1826CB. Thus, Intel’s 11th generation core processor after greatly strengthen the dominant frequency, frequency theory ability, the single-core and multi-core performance based on core ten generations have greatly ascend, meet the daily documents, spreadsheets, powerpoint, image processing, such as writing the code office applications without any problems, but also consider some lightweight video clips or rendering applications.

In Geekbench 5 test standard, Intel core i7-1165 – G7 single-core processor scores 1538, multi-core scores 5097, combined with the above CINEBENCH R15 / R20 test results, Asus III fairy do very well in hardware performance the set-up, Intel core i7-1165 – g7 is fully released the single-core and multi-core processor performance, which can give the user more stable and efficient computing performance experience.

•The performance of Iris XE core graphics has been greatly improved

After upgrading the 11-generation Core, the Asus ExpertBook III with Intel Iris XE core display support, so in terms of graphics performance has been greatly improved, reached the entry level alone display level, and even has better gaming entertainment capabilities.

Through 3DMark Timespy, Fire Strike Extreme and Fire Strike three modes, the core display performance of Iris XE is as follows:

Timespy graph score 1517, total score 1675;

Fire Strike Extreme graphic score 2394, total score 2348;

Fire Strike scores 5378 for a total of 4810.

Looking at the score alone may not give you a sense of the specific performance power, so what is the theoretical performance of the Intel Iris XE core? Here’s how it compares to other graphics cards:

As you can see, Intel Iris Xe core graphics performance is far better than the previous generation of entry-level standalone MX350 full-bloodied version, compared to the 10 generation of Core carrying Iris Plus core display performance doubled. In addition, graphics performance is basically flat compared to NVIDIA’s MX450 entry-level standalone. It can be said that with the Intel 11 generation Core support, the Asus ExpertBook III has a comprehensive improvement in the overall performance.


•Excellent storage and comprehensive performance

In terms of storage, the Asus ExpertBook III for testing carries two Samsung 1TB solid-state drives of the same size and supports RAID 0/1 array mode. In RAID 0 mode, users can get the best storage performance. In RAID 1 mode, it is more suitable for users who have a high demand for data security, but also can bring users faster data recovery security.

Through the test software measurement, the SEQ reading speed is 3531.4MB/s, the writing speed is 3017.5MB/s, the overall performance is good, which can provide a reliable environment for the high-speed operation of software and system.

For overall performance, we evaluated it using the Extended mode of PCMark 10. As can be seen from the results, the score of Asus ExpertBook III in common basic functions, including Web browsing, video conferencing, application startup, etc., is 10072, which is the highest score of light and thin notebook products so far (the previous highest score is 10000). And they scored 5,801 on the productivity project test, meaning they didn’t feel pressured to complete spreadsheets and documents. In terms of digital content creation, the performance of core display of Intel Iris XE has been greatly improved, and its score is 4756 points, indicating that there is little pressure to complete pictures, videos, graphics rendering and other work. In addition, this product scored 4678 points in the total PCMARK score, which was very good.


•Excellent heat dissipation and endurance performance

Since the ExpertBook II mold is used, the ExpertBook III still has a weight of about 2.2lbs and a thickness of 0.58inch, which makes it extremely portable. But when the processor is upgraded and the performance is improved, will it pose a greater challenge to its heat dissipation?

We use AIDA 64 FPU to test its core temperature, and the stable release of TDP is 20.47W, the average core temperature is only 73℃, and the core frequency is stable at 2.65GHz. The performance of TDP release, core frequency and heat dissipation is excellent.

But in the actual use process, because most of the time will not let the CPU in a long time fully loaded state, so the whole keyboard area can hardly feel the heat, heat dissipation experience is excellent.

In terms of battery life, Asus ExpertBook III is equipped with a 66Wh lithium battery. We evaluated its battery life based on actual use, as follows:

As you can see from the chart, the Asus ExpertBook III has a very good overall battery life in practice, with a 31% remaining charge after an overall usage of 6 hours and 30 minutes. During the test, the battery mode was set to Energy-Saving, the screen brightness was 80%, the speaker volume was 50%, and Wi-Fi/ Bluetooth was continuously on.

In addition, in the whole test process, we found that network streaming media and 4K video playback were relatively big challenges for battery life, while ordinary applications such as document office, Web browsing and image processing consumed very little power. So, if you just use ExpertBook III for document office, image processing and other applications, a day without plugging in is no problem.


•Lightweight mold of magnesium and lithium alloy brings extreme portable experience

The Asus ExpertBook III is a 14-inch laptop, and the average laptop of this size today weighs about 2.64lbs to 3.3lbs. The weight of Asus ExpertBook III is about 2.2lbs thanks to the magnesium-lithium alloy shell and the internal lightweight structure design (2.3lbs measured for the product sent for testing, and the actual weight is subject to the purchased product). For a 14-inch business laptop, this adds a lot to the overall portability.

The magnesium-lithium alloy material used in the Asus ExpertBook III mold is lighter, stronger and more wear-resistant than the common magnesium aluminum alloy material. At the same time, Asus also uses CNC integrated molding technology in the manufacturing process to minimize redundancy and thus bring the ultimate lightweight experience.

On the surface of the mold, a frosted coating, similar to the touch of a rock surface, gives the product a unique touch. At the same time, through practical experience, it is found that this coating can effectively prevent fingerprints, sweaty hands and stains, and keep the surface of the fuselage clean at all times.

As we have seen from previous tests, the Asus ExpertBook III is very thin, but the overall cooling experience is very good. In addition to its internal efficient ExpertBook wing cooling system, the small curved heel design in the screen axis area also plays a very good auxiliary cooling role. It makes the air inlet at the bottom of the fuselage and the desktop present a certain Angle, making the internal air duct more unobstructed, so as to effectively improve the heat dissipation efficiency of the whole machine.


•Configure NumberPad 2.0 trackpad

As a business laptop, the Asus ExpertBook III also has a good keyboard experience.

First, it has a full-size keyboard with a large enough keycap and a reasonable spacing between keys to reduce or avoid unwanted input.

Secondly, the keystroke range is moderate, up to 0.06inch, the rebound feedback is clear, the keystroke strength is soft, the overall percussion experience is very comfortable, and the mute effect is good.

In addition, the keyboard not only supports white backlight, but also supports anti-splash, which can effectively protect the user’s data security.

For the use of users, the Asus ExpertBook III has also made appropriate adjustments in the shortcut function keys. For example, the function key of F8 is to directly call out the projection screen menu, which is convenient for users to switch quickly when connecting the display and projector. The F9 button corresponds to the one-key lock screen function, which is also very close for business users, and also simplifies the Win+L key combination operation; The F11 position corresponds to the free screenshot function of Windows, which can also be convenient for business users.

In addition, the Asus ExpertBook III is certified on the Intel EVO platform. This means that its design, workmanship, quality, performance, functionality, and innovation meet the highest standards in the industry, otherwise it would not pass the rigorous certification of the Intel EVO platform.

Since ExpertBook II introduced NumberPad 2.0 trackpad, it also means that Asus has entered a new stage in the development of trackpad functions. The Asus ExpertBook III still uses the NumberPad 2.0 trackpad, which can be switched to a numeric keypad by clicking the icon in the upper right corner. A slight tap on the upper-left icon and a swipe will exhale the Windows calculator directly, another nice design for business users.

In the middle of the front end of the trackpad, the Asus Long III provides users with a charging status indicator. The light bar is green when charged, red when charged, and will automatically turn off when not charged.

•Fully equipped with conventional interfaces

The biggest flaw of the thin and light business laptop is that it is difficult to have all the interface configurations, especially the larger interfaces such as USB-A, HDMI and RJ-45, which are difficult to be configured on the thin body. Asus ExpertBook III as a practical product, in terms of interface configuration can be said to be unambiguous.

First, the right side of the device is equipped with A safety keyhole, A USB 3.1 Type-A port, and A 0.13inch headset jack.

2 Thunderbolt 4 ports on the left side support 40Gbps data transmission speed, support 100W PD charging, support 4K/8K display expansion, support external graphics card, is currently the most powerful physical interface. In addition to the configuration of a standard HDMI port, and a Mini RJ-45 port. At the same time, the official also comes with a random Mini RJ-45 to standard RJ-45 conversion head, so don’t worry about the convenience of wired Internet connection.


•Infrared face recognition + fingerprint recognition to ensure the safety of the whole machine

In addition to a variety of common ports, the Asus ExpertBook III is also useful in terms of security.

The Asus ExpertBook III camera is equipped with a physical baffle, which can block the camera with just a slight push. The physical blocking method can effectively avoid security risks and make the hacker attack powerless.

At the same time, the left side of the Asus ExpertBook III camera module is also equipped with an infrared sensor to support infrared face recognition, which is more in line with the habits of laptop users. Thanks to infrared features, you can unlock your face even if you use it at night.

Another manifestation of security is the fingerprint reader on the right wristband of Asus ExpertBook III. Under the dual insurance of face recognition and fingerprint recognition, the security of the whole machine is greatly improved and the data of business users is escorted.

•High-quality display brings comfortable viewing experience

In terms of the screen, the Asus ExpertBook III still uses a 14-inch full HD IPS screen, which is narrow on the four sides (it is actually narrow on the three sides, but the lower bezel is hidden by the “small curved heel” design, which makes it visually narrow on the four sides) to further reduce the size of the body, combined with the lightweight body for better portability. The left and right bezels are only 4mm, which makes the entire screen 94 percent of the screen.

Today’s business laptops are all about screen quality tuning, and the Asus ExpertBook III is no exception.

In terms of color gamut, the Asus ExpertBook III screen supports 100% SrGB, 76% AdoberGB, 77% P3 and 71% NTSC color gamut coverage, which can meet the needs of professional users.

In terms of brightness, the official nominal brightness is 400NITS, and the actual measurement is 416.7 NITS. Even in places where the sunlight is relatively strong, you can see what is displayed on the screen.

Prospective aspects of color, asus III fairy the screen calibration is excellent, the average Δ E value of only 0.92, reached the high-end professional display level.


•Review summary

According to the review results, the most important change for the Asus ExpertBook III is the hardware upgrade. Intel’s eleven generation core processor’s excellent computing power and graphics performance, the Asus ExpertBook III in terms of productivity further. In addition, the device also supports Wi-Fi 6 wireless network and has a 66Wh lithium-ion battery, which can meet the needs of long-term mobile office.

In terms of lightweight design, security experience, control experience and visual experience that business notebooks pay special attention to, the Asus ExpertBook III shows the level that this price should have. The Intel EVO certification is the clearest affirmation of its comprehensive quality.

At the end of the test, we bring you a bonus the Asus ExpertBook III. See the picture first:

Just make the best use of everything. In the promotion of green, environmental protection today, can turn waste into treasure is undoubtedly the most valuable.

For laptop owners, some just throw the boxes away, while others put them in storage for three to five years. Asus has clearly come up with a good solution to this problem. The packaging box of the power adapter of ExpertBook III can be changed into the base of the notebook of ExpertBook III through special design, which not only turns the “waste” such as the power box into treasure, but also brings the user a better experience. It can be said that killing two birds with one stone.

How’s that? Asustek’s innovative idea is very creative, right?

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