Light chassis, big screen. That is exactly what you have to register for when buying a Samsung Galaxy Notebook. They are not the most powerful laptops out there, and it is not what I would recommend for people to produce, say, work. But for those looking for a great multimedia laptop that is fun to carry, this is it.
This is really the case with the Galaxy Book2 Pro 360, the latest 15-inch convertible Galaxy Book line. It weighs 3.11 pounds, is less than half an inch thick, and is OLED, and so on $ 1,549.99 as reviewed. It is a great option for all buyers in a portable space but it has additional features that will particularly attract top Samsung fans. If I’re already connected to the local Galaxy system, I would probably order this laptop now because there really isn’t much you hate as long as you know what you are getting.
Samsung is famous for its screens, and this Galaxy Note did not disappoint in that regard. It’s an OLED panel with bright colors – the images and graphics looked great. That’s right, it covers 100 percent sRGB gamut, 96 percent AdobeRGB, and 99 percent P3 in our test. Last year the 15-inch Galaxy Book Pro 360 was a bit smaller, reaching 276 nits, but Samsung fixed that problem with this screen, which reached 391 nits brighter. The touchscreen also supports Samsung’s S Pen (included in the box), which you can use for recording, photography, and other stylus features.
One thing to note is that the screen has a resolution of 1920 x 1080, so the image is significantly larger than pixel-y than what you would see on a larger screen, such as a 3546 x 2160 OLED Dell XPS 15. For those who are just starting to get pretty expensive, though, this is probably one of the most beautiful glasses you will find at this price point. (It is also 16: 9, which is not my preference but not the cramped 15-incher sensor as it is in small machines.)
Next, the weight. At 3.11 pounds, this laptop is a breeze to carry. Basically it is similar to last year’s style (which looks otherwise very similar to this year’s, although Book2 comes in a new burgundy color). In general, it is more than a pound lighter than the Dell XPS 15 or 16-inch MacBook Pro for Apple’s OLED (and even lighter than the 14-inch MacBook Pro). It ‘s hard for me to think of so many 15-inches that could replace these – there are certainly simple clamshells, like the 2.44-pound LG Gram 15, but it’s hard to find an OLED at this price.
Before I go any further: if you are not comfortable with the two features I have just discussed, this is probably not for you laptop. They are the two highest quality Galaxy Book line and the two places that are firmly in the top tier. It’s what you pay for if you buy this.
Well, everyone who is still with me, let’s talk about software. While the computer has a wide range of appeal, Samsung fans will find it a bit more than the others. You can charge Samsung’s 65W Universal Charger, which can also charge Galaxy phones and tablets. It also comes with Samsung’s One UI interface tweaks, which means it has more apps (with features similar to their mobile counterparts) that Samsung users are familiar with. There is a list of Samsung apps that you can customize the washing machine. (I personally find the large number of Samsung apps here scary – I count 28 in total – but those with Galaxy phones think they already know what to use.)
The feature I found most useful was the Second Screen, which allows you, as the name implies, to use a Samsung tablet with a second screen, similar to Apple’s Sidecar logo or a third-party Duet display. I gave you a shot at the Tab S8 Ultra, and it probably took five seconds for you to get up and run. It worked well – I could easily drag and drop windows between the two devices, and although I encountered a bit of cursor when navigating the S8, it was usable. If I were to buy a Galaxy Book, I would also consider buying a Galaxy Tab because the ability to easily hit the second screen at the airport or coffee shop seems very handy (especially if you only need to bring it one piece), and the fact that it is all the first party is a good sign of the constant interaction of the line.
I was also able to easily share photos between Galaxy Note and Tab S8 using Quick Share, Samsung’s AirDrop competitor. This was a bit slower AirDrop between Mac and iPhone, but it still worked.
There is also Studio Mode, which includes a number of tools to help you better visualize video calls. Some of these worked well. Auto Framing did a great job of keeping me in shape as I moved, and the blur was sufficiently darkened behind the busy background behind me. Others are still a bit goofy; The color, which replaces your background with a solid color of your choice, has had some difficulty finding out where the ends of my hair are. Some Facial Effects, which are supposed to reduce your nose, enlarge your eyes, and generally make you look more attractive in real time, have made me look more like a stranger. But these are all there, in general, if you want to use the Galaxy Book2’s 1080p camera (a welcome upgrade from a camera last year).
Probably the bottom of the Book2 360 is the port option. There are three USB-C ports (One is Thunderbolt 4), a microSD, and a headphone jack. This will be good for some people, but I would love to see HDMI or USB-A there.
Inside, my $ 1,549.99 test unit comes with 1TB of storage and 16GB of RAM, as well as Intel’s Core i7-1206P, which is one of Intel’s newest chips. P-series chips’ for portable devices. All three colors are the same value; You can also get 512GB storage / 8GB RAM configuration for $ 1,349.99. The 13.3-inch models start at $ 1,249.99. Certainly this is not a cheap laptop, but in the context of a reasonable deal, the Dell XPS 15 with Core i7 and the cost of an OLED screen almost $ 1,000 extra. (That gives you a beefier chip and a higher resolution screen, but still).
Although the Pro moniker is, the Galaxy Notebook is not good for professional or gaming workloads, compared to the lack of a GPU or H-series processor. But it can really continue any task I need to do, including all types of streaming, Zoom calls, and image editing, both battery and power. It even beat the 11th Gen Dell XPS 15 Cinebench R23 Single (a reflection of Alder Lake’s progress in creative performance) not far from the multicore target. This is a hard CPU.
The floorboards are usually a little warmer in the keyboard area but never softer. The only time I heard the fans was when I was running a long Zoom call on a lot of Chrome batteries, and they weren’t loud enough to keep me busy even then.
Battery life was also very good. I average an average of eight hours and 47 minutes of continuous work on the screen at 200 nits, which is the best result I have seen on the Intel Gen 12 processor so far. Not as much as I saw in the Galaxy Book Pro 360 last year, which gave me almost 10 and a half hours of money, but it still has to deliver you a full day of work.
If you know what you are getting, I really don’t have many complaints about the Galaxy Book2 Pro 360. The battery life is good, the screen is great, and it is one of the easiest 15-inchers you will find. The various features of the Galaxy ecosystem will be very pleasing to the owners of Samsung phones and tablets. But the real essence of this laptop is how effortless it is to take places (and how hard it is to bring a second screen).
I had trouble figuring out which one to buy if I was looking for a light, 15-inch multimedia device (instead of a solid workspace). The first thing that comes to mind is Microsoft’s 15-inch Surface Laptop 4. But that is still a fairly different tool; Although it is a bit (and, in my opinion, not noticeable) simple, the top design gives you half of Book2 storage at the same price, is not replaceable, and has a non-OLED display. For Samsung enthusiasts, I think the Galaxy Book2 Pro is a no-brainer, and for everyone else, I think it deserves consideration. Choosing a thin port means it will not be my choice computer, but it does provide a very good package of space without much competition.