Hands-on with the AsusPro BU400V, the Business Ultrabook That You Can Jump On

Posted on 10 March 2013 by

asus bu400v business ultrabook footprint

As with many of its recent notebooks, Asus announced the Bu400 business Ultrabook several months ago — though it’s only just starting to near market availability. At CeBIT, Chippy got his hands on the Bu400V, the Core i7 model with discrete Nvidia GPU. The BU400 has a great port set and is a bit more square than the Zenbook series; I think it looks great — very professional and definitely suited for the boardroom. The BU400 has a big battery and is built for extra durability to survive against drops, spills, and apparently feet.

The 14-inch BU400V is equipped with a more powerful Nvidia NVS 5200 discrete GPU, while the BU400A model relies on the integrated Intel HD 4000 GPU. Both models can be equipped with either the Intel Core i7-3517U or i5-3317U CPU (technical comparison). The unit Chippy demoed above had a resolution of only 1366×768, but fortunately either model can be equipped with an anti-glare 1600×900 display.

AsusPro Bu400 Business Ultrabook

  • 14-inch screen, 1377×768 or 1600×900
  • Intel Core i7-3517U or i5-3317U CPU
  • Nvidia NVS 5200 Optimus GPU or integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics
  • Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • 4GB of 1600MHz RAM, 1x expansion slot (max 8GB)
  • Up to 500GB HDD (5400 RPM) and 256GB SSD
  • Ports: full HDMI, full VGA, full SD, 3x USB 3.0, full ethernet/LAN (RJ45), 3.5mm headphone/mic combo, Kensington lock
  • Biometric fingerprint scanner
  • Wifi A/B/G/N and Bluetooth 4.0
  • 53WHr battery
  • 20.48mm thick, 1.64kg weight

The port set alone makes this stand out; full VGA, HDMI, SD, and 3x USB offers plenty of connectivity and flexibility. The configuration options are great too — you have a choice between the Core i5 or i7 processor, integrated or discrete graphics, and between the 1366×768 display or a higher resolution 1600×900 anti-glare screen. Additionally, the large 53WHr battery should be a boon to on-the-go business users.

as bu400v business ultrabook side

Asus has built the BU400 with durability in mind. The company says that the unit is designed with “extra-strict Asus reliability testing standards,” incorporating carbon fiber which gives the unit “20% higher panel pressure resistance compared to standard notebooks, offering better damage protection while remaining light,” making it apparently strong enough to be jumped on as was seen at  CeBIT 2013.

asus bu400 ultrabook spill resitant

To top things off, the keyboard — which looks great, but doesn’t appear to be backlit — is spill resistant to protect against liquid-related mishaps.

Sadly, release date and price are not available, but the configurability (a word I may have just invented) means you should be able to equip the unit according to your budget. For now, Asus has the BU400 business Ultrabook listed officially on their website.

If Asus actually makes the BU400 available — and at the right price — it could be a very attractive Ultrabook for business and non-business users alike.

  • Jason

    You used to be able to jump on ThinkPads before Lenovo bought the brand from IBM.

    Does Asus provide any durability testing numbers for it?

  • Robert

    I saw an interview in German from IFA 2013 where a sales rep from Asus said the Bu400 will be availble with a HD and an HD plus resolution is HD refering to the 1377×768 and HD plus to1600×900 ? ah full HD would be 1080p i remember now. lol

  • Conrad

    The Asus BU400 is already available in many countries, but the catch is that it’s renamed as the B400 (hence Google missing all references). However, only the ‘standard’ 1366x768HD resolution seems available for now. No touch either.

    Asus needs to be deeply ashamed of their terrible delay in getting this device to market, the specs are already about to be outdated by Haswell cum suis and its first introduction to the public was almost a year ago.

    There is a small discussion I participated in on this laptop:
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/asus/705475-asus-bu400.html

    If you are interested in this device, I would suggest keeping an eye out for the Lenovo T431s that should be coming out soon.

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