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ASUSPRO ADVANCED BU201LA laptop: review and testing

How often do you meet on the open market specialized devices for special purpose? That's because they de facto are privilege of professionals which they are designed to. One of these people are corporate users working in large companies that provide the employees by devices of the appropriate class. Today we’ll look at a very interesting solution presented in September 2014 by ASUS as a compact and fairly powerful laptop for enterprise-class ASUSPRO ADVANCED BU201LA, as well as useful accessory - Dock ASUSPRO Ultra Docking Station which is sold separately.

ASUSPRO ADVANCED BU201LA

The main criterion that must have the key device of this pair is the reliability of the valuable information preservation. The access is to receive by a certain number of users having different kinds of keys. But these are not all the capabilities of a laptop and docking station and we recommend to proceed to study them more detailed.

The specs:

Producer

ASUS

Laptop

Model

ASUSPRO ADVANCED BU201LA

CPU

Intel Core i7-4510U: 2 cores, 4 streams, 2000 MHz (up to 3100 MHz in mode «Intel Turbo Boost»), L 3 cache – 4 MB

Chipset

 Intel Lynx Point-LP (Intel 8-й серии)

RAM

8 (4+4) GB DDR3-1600

2 x Kingston ASU16D3LS1KBG/4G

Display

LG LP125WF2-SPB2: IPS, 12,5", 1920 x 1080 (176 ppi),

matt antiglare coating

GPU

Intel HD Graphics 4400: 200 MHz (up to 1100 МГц in mode «Intel Turbo Boost»); video memory capacity is dynamically allocated from RAM

Drives

Toshiba (MQ01ABF050) (500 GB, 8 МB buffer, 5400 rpm, SATA 6 Gb/s)

Optical drive

-

Card-reader

SD / SDHC / SDXC / MMC

Expansion slots

-

Interfaces

1 x VGA

3 x USB 3.0

1 x RJ45

1 x combines sound socket (mini-jack 3,5 mm)

1 x power socket

1 х Mini DisplayPort

1 х Smart Card

1 x Micro-SIM

1 х docking station connector 

Multimedia

Speaker system

Stereo speakers

Sound processing

ASUS SonicMaster Lite, MaxxAudio, audio chip Azalia

Sound adapter

Conexant CX20751/2

Microphone

Stereo

Webcam

1,2 МP

Communication capabilities

Сетевой адаптер

10/100/1000 Мb/s (Intel Ethernet Connection I218-V)

Wi-Fi

802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260)

Bluetooth

4.0

4G LTE

+

Security facilities

Lock Kensington
LoJack
Password for BIOS loading
Password for HDD access
Finger scanner
Software Intel Small Business Advantage

Integrated chip Trusted Platform Module

Battery

lithium-ion cell, detachable: 7,6 V, 4110 mА·h, 32 W·h

PSU

Output: 19 V DC 3,42 А, 65 W

Input: 100~240 V AC at 50/60 Hz

Other

Waterproof keyboard with backlight, carboxylic display cover, shock resistant hard disk, high-strength case, 180° display opening, tensometric joystick, correspondence to military standard MIL-STD 810G

Color

Black

Dimensions

310 x 215 x 12,9 – 20,6 mm

Weight

1,27 kg

OS

Windows 8.1 Pro

Docking station

Producer

ASUS

Model

ASUSPRO Ultra Docking Station

Interfaces

3 x USB 3.0

1 x USB 3.0 (charging port)

1 x RJ45 (10/100 Мb/s)

1 x sound mini-jack 3,5 mm

1 x microphone mini-jack 3,5 mm

1 x power socket

1 х DisplayPort 1.2

1 x HDMI

1 x VGA

Protection facilities

Lock Kensington, blocking of connected laptop by special key

Color

Black

Dimensions 

433 x 155 x 48,2 mm

Weight

3 kg

PSU

Output: 19 V DC, 6,32 А, 120 W

Input: 100~240 V AC at 50/60 Hz

OS

Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1

 

Producer website

ASUS

Laptop page

ASUSPRO ADVANCED BU201LA

Docking station page

ASUSPRO Ultra Docking Station

Packaging and content

ASUSPRO ADVANCED BU201LA

Laptop and docking station are available in relatively large boxes made of cardboard. They do not have colorful accents, and carry only the minimum number of data: name of the device, manufacturer's logo and a couple of labels with a brief technical information and barcodes.

ASUSPRO ADVANCED BU201LA

These units come to us in the laboratory as a press sample, so the equipment is not complete (the documentation is absent). In our case, a list of related items of laptop ASUSPRO ADVANCED BU201LA includes quite compact power supply, power cord and battery. In turn, the docking station ASUSPRO Ultra Docking Station comes with its own (larger) power supply, power cord and a pair of special keys to lock the laptop set (photo is not available).

Appearance: laptop 

ASUSPRO ADVANCED BU201LA

The design of laptop ASUSPRO ADVANCED BU201LA can be compared to expensive classic tuxedo indicating about the high status of its owner. Indeed, times and preferences are changing, manufacturers are experimenting with different combinations of colors and materials, but always there is a thing that does not lose its relevance. It is a classic. That is why the novelty is represented by a simple and very nice sleek design, features which can be called as cut shape and practical matt body material. This combination is quite versatile and designed for a broad audience of different age groups and various usage scenarios, but in the first place - for corporate users. The laptop is quite compact and lightweight: its dimensions are 310 x 215 x 12,9 - 20,6 mm and weighs 1.27 kg. The novelty comes in exclusively dark color performance or rather, in the coal-black. However, depending on the illumination color can be perceived as dark gray.

ASUSPRO ADVANCED BU201LA

The housing of this model for the most part is made of reinforced plastic with aluminum-magnesium alloy. In the manufacture of its display unit (lid) was used carbon i.e. light material superior to conventional plastic in terms of durability. In addition, the design of the laptop is reinforced by metal stiffeners in the area of the keyboard, and the work area is covered by an additional layer of aluminum, and under palm area is allocated by the characteristic pattern for rough grinding. Together these improvements make the device lightweight and durable, that this combination is extremely rare. The build quality, as well as the rigidity of the chassis can be called as excellent: any defects are completely absent; base felt almost monolithic, and the keyboard area does not flex during operation. The only thing that can be noted in this regard is a display unit, which is traditionally for most laptops a little susceptible to bending with deliberate pressure.

ASUSPRO ADVANCED BU201LA

As mentioned above the surface of the device is matt, which positively affects the usability. Fingerprints are collected in a minimum amount and during long-term use especially in comparison with glossy surface. Besides there are no glares on various surfaces, which also can be attributed to the advantages. Wear resistance of ASUSPRO ADVANCED BU201LA raises no objections: during normal use carbon cover and work area do not collect minor scratches.

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Mounting of the display unit allows to reveal the laptop on 180°. Taking into amount the small weight of the device, to open it with one hand is difficult. To do this the front face has a groove, which allows you to take the cover and select the desired position. By the way, it is well fixed by the backlash absence.

Appearance: docking station 

ASUSPRO ADVANCED BU201LA

Visual design of docking station ASUSPRO Ultra Docking Station well harmonizes with the appearance of the main device under consideration, showing the same style of performance with its own design features. Accessory is compatible with all laptops of series ASUSPRO B. It is made quite large and weighty. In particular, its large face surpasses that of a laptop by 123 mm, and a complete description of the dimensions is 433 x 155 x 48,2 mm. The weight of the device is 3 kg, resulting in good stability on the work surface and emphasizes the orientation for stationary use.

ASUSPRO ADVANCED BU201LA

Housing of ASUSPRO Ultra Docking Station is made of plastic, and the upper part is covered by a layer of aluminum with a characteristic pattern of rough grinding. Also there are two rather large rubber linings. Accessory is built qualitatively: without any defects and with excellent structural rigidity.

ASUSPRO ADVANCED BU201LA

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The upper part of ASUSPRO Ultra Docking Station is movable, with the possibility of opening almost up to 90°. With this the connected laptop can be set to close to the vertical position. Thus, you can free up space on the table without having to worry about the stability (considering the appropriate basis weight) of installed tandem of gadgets.

Elements layout: laptop 

ASUSPRO ADVANCED BU201LA

Despite its small dimensions and weight of the model, the engineers of company ASUS could equip it with a good set of interface connectors (as for 12.5-inch device in its class). The only note is lack of optical drive. However, taking into account the popularity of flash drives and external hard drives the need of its existence is reduced to a minimum. The model is equipped with a good set of LED of display unit that contains the indicators of the power supply, battery status, hard drive activity, and wireless module Wi-Fi.

ASUSPRO ADVANCED BU201LA

ASUSPRO ADVANCED BU201LA

Location of most connectors is very good: with the optimal distance from the user with the aim to remove the cable from the user. The rear face does not contain the connectors or ports, as otherwise they would prevent the docking station and installation of the vertical position of the device. Subjectively, the rear face is preferable to connect the cables, but even if we do not take into account the scenario with the accessory, there won’t be much discomfort while using most of the outputs. However, this aspect is individual and depends on the specific usage scenario, the workplace and the preferences of the user.

ASUSPRO ADVANCED BU201LA

In addition to display unit the front face comprises a slot for smart cards that have an integrated chip and can be used to identify a user or a variety of other tasks.

ASUSPRO ADVANCED BU201LA

ASUSPRO ADVANCED BU201LA

On the right side there is a place for the two USB 3.0 ports, memory card slot (with support of SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC), lock Kensington, as well as LAN-port. In turn, on the left side allows access to a single USB 3.0 port (which, together with two slots is used to connect to a docking station), power connector, combined audio connector, as well as a video interfaces Mini DisplayPort and VGA.

ASUSPRO ADVANCED BU201LA

ASUSPRO ADVANCED BU201LA

New product is made on the base with beveled edges which have two slots for multimedia speakers (located on the left and right side). The rest this surface is flat. It has four relatively large rubberized legs, removable battery compartment and two circular grooves for proper installation on the docking station. In addition, there is a ventilation grille to capture the fresh air, so in the course of operation of the device it is not recommended to block it.

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To get access to the inside of the laptop you should be completely removed its lower lid. Let’s recall that such manipulations can lead to a loss of warranty. In any case, the user gets access to the one memory modules (the second is soldered directly to the motherboard), cooling system, as well as a removable battery.

Elements layout: docking station  

ASUSPRO ADVANCED BU201LA

Most of the elements of the docking station ASUSPRO Ultra Docking Station are on the back edge, while the remaining half is used to set the laptop and interact with it. To group the devices, first it is necessary to get the notebook slots (located on the bottom) on the bollards with metal rods and latches: when properly installed you will hear a click. Then you can move the slider (to the left), thereby connecting the docking station to a laptop through a special USB 3.0 port. The last is equipped with a connector that matches corresponding slots on the left side of the device. If the lock is not pressed, it is not possible to move the slider. This connector is compatible with all laptops of series ASUSPRO B, as is equipped with a switch on the basis of a docking station to select one of the two required compatible positions. 

ASUSPRO ADVANCED BU201LA

ASUSPRO ADVANCED BU201LA

When you connect a laptop to a docking station the part of port is blocked, and the other part is disabled. For example in this case the headphones should be connected to an accessory, due to disconnection of the corresponding output in the laptop. Charging in this mode is also connected to a docking station. In case of incorrect connection of properly power plug the system will give a warning signal. On the back side of the portable workstation is a good set of interfaces: four USB 3.0 ports (one of USB 3.0 Charging port with high output power supply for rapid charging), RJ45, audio connector (mini-jack 3,5 mm), microphone (mini-jack 3,5 mm), power connector, DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI and VGA.

ASUSPRO ADVANCED BU201LA

ASUSPRO ADVANCED BU201LA

The right side has a lock Kensington, which will bind the station to the workplace. To the left, we note again the function block, which in addition to participating in the process of combing the devices has on/off button of the laptop and the corresponding indicator. In the testing process the last did not operate, that is most likely the drawback of our test sample. The power indicator of docking station is located on the far side. And the most interesting element here is the lock, which is supplied with two keys. Using them you can literally "close to the lock" to own laptop.

ASUSPRO ADVANCED BU201LA

ASUSPRO ADVANCED BU201LA

The base is also made with beveled edges, but not so vivid. The main area is flat and characterizes by its own covering material. Here are four legs, two of which are adjustable in three positions: the rise at 15, 12 and 14 mm. The selected position is locked by holder.


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