Jul 25 2022

ASUS ExpertBooks Equip Teachers with All the Right Features

These tools offer options for greater versatility, durability and power.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the K–12 education community in many ways. One positive effect has been the broad recognition that teachers need up-to-date, effective technology in the classroom to meet students’ learning needs. Overly long refresh cycles and standard-issue laptops no longer cut it. Manufacturers are responding by delivering devices with features that cater to educator needs.

One manufacturer very much in tune with teachers’ needs is ASUS. The company has been designing a portfolio of products to meet the needs of K–12 educators for many years. In particular, its ExpertBook line offers a variety of form factors and options that meet the versatility, durability and power needs of teachers today.

ExpertBook Models Offer Versatile Connection Options

To know that ASUS is listening to the needs of educators, look no further than the connectivity options available on the ExpertBook B5 Flip. The B5 Flip has two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C inputs, which offer universal cable connectivity for teachers shuttling between classrooms who may need to quickly connect to projectors or document cameras.

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Thunderbolt 4 delivers data transfer speeds of up to 40 gigabits per second, 4K display output and fast charging. The B5 Flip also includes a micro SD card reader, an HDMI output and an RJ45 Ethernet port for a strong network connection.

The B5 Flip highlights another education-friendly feature of the ExpertBook line: a 360-degree flippable hinge. The Flip’s hinge allows the user to position the laptop in keyboard, tent and tablet modes. This flexibility allows teachers to reposition the screen on the fly, for example, switching from keyboard mode to email a colleague to tent mode so a small group of students can view a video clip tied to an activity.

For instructors working with younger students on tablets, the ExpertBook B3 Detachable might be a better fit. Instead of having a hinge connecting the screen and keyboard, the keyboard is detachable, allowing teachers to use the device as a tablet to easily model an online activity for students. The ExpertBook keyboard magnetically connects to the screen, allowing teachers to move flexibly between tablet and keyboard modes.

Both ExpertBook designs reflect the importance of collaboration in today’s classrooms. Sharing work becomes easier and more common when it only requires a slight adjustment to the device.

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Webcams are another ExpertBook feature that emphasizes and supports greater collaboration. The B3 Detachable has two webcams, a standard user-facing camera and a world-facing 13-megapixel high-resolution camera. In addition to clear visual communication, the B3 Detachable provides noise-canceling technology for remote interactions, making it easier to hear both upstream and downstream communications, even in loud classroom environments.

A final ExpertBook tablet feature that highlights the product line’s focus on collaboration is the garaged stylus available for some models. This easily accessible stylus allows teachers to model their writing for students or quickly jot down notes, and it automatically charges when parked in a convenient slot on the side of the tablet.

Schools looking to deliver greater productivity and collaboration options to teachers have a variety of options to consider among a versatile selection of ExpertBook features.

Protecting Devices and Users with Durability and Safety Features

ASUS devices aren’t all elegant styluses and detachable keyboards. These products are also designed with durability in mind, including ruggedized, military-grade features to meet the demands of on-the-go students traveling between classes and commuting to and from school.

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The Chromebook Detachable CZ1 showcases the ruggedized features available to safeguard devices in transit, including wraparound rubber trim and a shockproof cover to shield the device from damage. The CZ1’s durable textured finish helps protect it from scratches.

Along with protecting devices, ASUS designs with user safety in mind. The COVID-19 pandemic has made everyone aware of the easy transfer of pathogens that cause disease. Luckily, many manufacturers, including ASUS, have developed device treatments to reduce the risk of disease transfer.

Select ExpertBooks include Antibacterial Guard, a silver-ion coating applied to the most-used surface areas of the laptop: the keyboard, touchpad, palm rest area and fingerprint sensor. This coating inhibits the growth of common household bacteria, such as E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus, by 99 percent. With so many opportunities in the classroom for exposure to bacteria and viruses, teachers can feel peace of mind knowing that their laptops are designed to reduce the risk of infection.

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ExpertBooks Power K–12 Instructor Performance

ExpertBooks deliver under the hood as well, where it counts most. The B5 Flip, for example, is now powered with 11th Generation Intel Core i7 processors with Iris Xe graphics. For memory, ASUS offers both 8-gigabyte and 16GB options, and the devices can be customized to carry up to 48GBs of memory. The B5 Flip comes with two solid-state drives that can deliver up to 1 terabyte of storage capacity.

All of this computing capacity supports the needs of classroom teachers, education’s power users, who each create, present and save hundreds of lesson presentations a year; record and archive hours of remote teaching a week; and deliver multimodal lessons while jumping in and out of the school’s learning management platform and monitoring students’ device activity. ExpertBooks can support the wide-ranging performance needs of today’s teachers.

Some ASUS devices, such as the BR1100 model, also have a modular design that allows easy servicing of core components. This allows more hands-on management of fleet devices by the school’s IT staff, who can quickly open up devices and swap in new components. The modular design reduces turnaround time on easy fixes and gets devices back in teachers’ hands more quickly. This means fewer hassles to negotiate with loaner devices and shipping back and forth to the original equipment manufacturer.

In addition to these productivity features, it’s worth noting that ASUS products are available in Windows and Chrome iterations, depending on the model (the ExpertBooks are strictly Windows-supported). This flexibility allows a school to choose the right devices for whichever operating system it supports.

Whether your school is looking for devices that offer more versatility, more durability or more power — or all three — chances are good that there is an ASUS device available with the specific features you need. The ExpertBook line has loads to offer, empowering teachers as they pursue their missions in the classroom.

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