The ExpertBook B3 Detachable, a new convertible tablet from Asus running Windows on ARM, has been introduced. This may be used with or without a detachable keyboard, as implied by the name. The protective cover also features a kickstand that allows you to hold the slate either in portrait or landscape configuration.
Asus advertises this as the “first Windows laptop powered by Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 Compute Platform with garaged stylus”. There is a lot to unpack here. First, 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 a retail store. Being lightweight (590g/1.3lbs without the case) and having long battery life – up to 21 hours – are more important than raw performance.
The “garaged stylus” can be stashed inside the tablet instead of having it hang off the side with a magnetic attachment. The stylus is active, but it only needs 15 seconds to charge and it is ready for 45 minutes of use. The stylus is sold separately.
For remote learning or work, advanced video calls skills are vital. The Asus ExpertBook B3 Detachable features AI noise-canceling tech for audio, noise-reduction for the 5MP front-facing camera (in case you don’t have good lighting at home) and a handy mute key on the optional keyboard. There is also a 13MP camera on the back if you need to snap a photo of something.
Speaking of the keyboard, unlike typical detachable keyboards this one doesn’t lie flat – its ErgoLift design keeps it at an angle that’s comfortable for typing. The keyboard is still-resistant and has antibacterial coating. It has 1.5mm key travel and a trackpad.
The Asus ExpertWidget will let you create custom keyboard shortcuts using the Fn key and the 1-4 number keys. This will be handy for actions you perform repeatedly throughout the day. Note that both the keyboard and even the protective case with the dual kickstands are optional.
The ExpertBook B3 Detachable has a MIL-STD-810H rating. One of the tests includes placing a 28kg weight (62lbs) 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), is tolerant of high humidity (95%) and extreme temperatures (-37°C to 46°C, -34.6 to 115°F).
The Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 chipset can be paired with 4GB or 8GB of LPDDR4 RAM, storage is 128GB eMMC. On-board connectivity includes one USB-C (with video out and charging support), one 3.5mm combo audio jack, Wi-Fi 5 (ac, 2×2) and Bluetooth 5.1.
The 10.5” LCD has 1,920 x 1,200px resolution (16:10) and tops out at 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 is good for up to 21 hours of use. Asus sells versions of this slate with Windows 11 Pro, Windows 11 Home in S Mode and Windows 11 Pro Education.
Starting at $600, the Asus ExpertBook B3 Detachable is already offered by Best Buy in the US.