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Samsung Galaxy Book Laptop Review: A Touch of Class at a Lower Price

$999 at Best Buy

Don’t like

  • Disappointing display
  • Keyboard not backlit
  • No fingerprint reader

Samsung knows how to make a premium device. Just take a look at the Galaxy S22 phones or Galaxy Tab S8 tablets: Elegant designs matched with the best tech. Samsung also knows how to make good budget phones and tablets, like its Galaxy A-series devices, using the right combo of materials and components to cover the essentials at a fair price. This balance between premium features and affordability carries over to the company’s current laptop lineup, too.

The Galaxy Book Pro and Pro 360 models have all the bells and whistles like AMOLED displays, Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports and premium keyboards and touchpads. The non-Pro version of the Galaxy Book is the more middle-of-the-road option. It has an all-metal chassis for a higher-end look and feel, and the same 11th-gen Core i5 and i7 processors as the Pro models. Samsung also includes better-than-integrated Intel Iris Xe Max discrete graphics in the Galaxy Book, even at its $750 starting price. But it also has one big knock against it compared to the Pro models, and it’s one that some will find too difficult to ignore. 

Everything but the display.

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The Galaxy Book I tested is the $1,000 configuration with an 11th-gen Intel Core i7, 16GB of memory and a 512GB SSD, plus Iris Xe Max discrete graphics. The $750 version drops down to a Core i5 and has half the memory and storage of the pricier model, but those are the only differences. (In the end, it’s also the one I would recommend of the two.) The base configuration is £699 in the UK. It’s not currently available in Australia, but the price converts to roughly AU$1,300. 

The $1,000 price for my configuration might sound high, but it is competitive with similar 14- and 15-inch laptops like the Asus Vivobook 15 and Acer Swift 3X. The Swift 3X is the only other laptop we’ve tested with Iris Xe Max graphics and, if you don’t mind the smaller 14-inch display and don’t have other Galaxy devices, is arguably the better deal. 

Samsung Galaxy Book (15-inch, 2021)

Price as reviewed $1,000
Display size/resolution 15.6-inch 1,920×1,080-pixel touch display
Processor 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-1165G7
Memory 16GB 4,267GHz DDR4
Graphics Intel Iris Xe Max
Storage 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
Ports USB-C (x2), USB-A (x2), audio/mic jack, HDMI out, microSD card slot
Networking 802. 11ax (Wi-Fi 6) Bluetooth 5.1
Operating system Windows 11
Weight 3.5 pounds (1.6 kg)

The Iris Xe Max GPU is a step up from the integrated graphics you’d typically find in a thin-and-light laptop like the Galaxy Book and competes with Nvidia’s entry-level discrete graphics options, like the GeForce MX350. It’s not designed for really demanding graphics tasks, but can speed up things like video encoding and raw photo editing. In other words, it’s not going to help with gaming. With demanding games, you may get playable frame rates at low settings, but set on high you’ll be lucky to break 30 frames per second. 

The Galaxy Book has a simple, characterless design.

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Not a display for creatives or creators

Despite the extra graphics performance, the Galaxy Book’s display is a big disappointment. Part of the issue is my own expectations, which are likely those of other Galaxy device owners. Samsung is known for its high-quality displays, and the one on the Galaxy Book Pro is fantastic. But this isn’t the Pro and, as a Samsung representative pointed out to me, the display in the $1,000 configuration is the same as in the cheaper $750 model. It’s one of the corners that’s been cut to get the price down. 

On paper, the display sounds like a bargain for the price, too: 15.6-inch 1080p matte touchscreen LCD with 300-nit brightness. In reality, it has poor color and contrast and only gets worse when you look at it off-angle. For color gamut coverage, it tested at 58% sRGB, 41% NTSC, 43% AdobeRGB and 43% P3. The brightness on my display was 241 nits at 100%. It is a matte touchscreen and full HD, though, so those specs are correct. 

The keys aren’t backlit on the Galaxy Book. 

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If you’re looking directly at it and you have the angle just right, the display is OK. Especially if you’re considering the Galaxy Book mainly for productivity more than for watching movies or editing photos and video. At least it does have an HDMI output so it’s easy enough to connect an external monitor for those times you do need a better display for work or entertainment. And overall performance is strong, and battery life actually ran nearly an hour longer than Samsung’s eight-hour rating, getting 8 hours, 53 minutes on our video streaming test. 

A hub for your Galaxy ecosystem

It’s pretty typical for laptop makers to use a lower-end display to balance out the cost of higher build quality and better internal components. The keyboard and touchpad usually take a hit, too. For the Galaxy Book, it means there’s no fingerprint sensor built into the power button, the keycaps have more of a rough plastic texture than the soft-touch feel of the Pro’s keyboard and, probably the worst part, it’s not backlit. The touchpad is also plastic instead of glass. 

The Galaxy Book has more ports than the Pro.

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The Galaxy Book is otherwise a good midrange 15.6-inch touchscreen laptop, particularly if you value ports over things like a fingerprint reader. Plus, it has all the same Galaxy Book Experience software that you get with the Pro models so that all your Galaxy devices can easily work together. You can do things like send files between your Galaxy phone and the laptop, sync photos and notes and quickly switch your Galaxy Buds connection from your phone to the laptop. And if you have a Galaxy Tab S7 or later, you can use that as a wireless second display. 

If you need the best display, the Galaxy Book Pro is what you want. (And the Pro is currently only $150 more for the Core i7 configuration.) The Galaxy Book makes more sense if you’re looking for a general-purpose machine with a big screen that’s light and slim enough for a commute or carrying around campus. In that case, the $750 configuration, which is $650 at the moment, is the best deal. 

Samsung Laptop Review 2021

We often talk about smartphones, and now it’s time to talk about laptops. For 2021, Samsung has completely updated its line of laptops, and I think you’d be interested to know about it.

Well, sit back, now I will tell you about the new line of Samsung laptops for 2021.

So Samsung has unveiled its 2021 laptop lineup, which includes the successors to the Galaxy Book Flex, Galaxy Book Ion, Notebook Plus, and Galaxy Chromebook. All new laptops use 11th Gen Intel processors for better performance and longer battery life.

Namely, the company’s new line of laptops includes the Galaxy Book Flex 2, Galaxy Book Flex 2 5G, Galaxy Book Ion 2, Notebook Plus 2, and Galaxy Chromebook 2.

Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 2 the most interesting laptop of all. This is a convertible 2-in-1 laptop with a touch screen and S Pen. As the name implies, this is the successor to the original Book Flex, which was released last May.

Same design with 360 degree swivel screen. It is incredibly elegant and well designed.

It comes in two display sizes, 13.3″ and 15.6″, with a QLED Full HD+ touch panel. Under the hood of the laptop is the latest 11th generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor.

The 13.3″ model is equipped with Intel Iris Xe graphics, while the 15.6″ model is equipped with an NVIDIA MC450 GPU for graphics processing. There are configurations with up to 16 GB LPDDR4X RAM and up to 1 TB SSD.

There are two AKG 5W stereo speakers and the device supports fingerprint recognition. It also features a 13-megapixel camera in the keyboard, which should come in handy in this day and age of working from home.

The device is powered by a 69.7 Wh battery. Charged via USB C port.

The Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 2 is available in two colors – black and purple. Its price starts at around $1,700 and goes up to $2,500 depending on screen size, CPU, GPU, memory, and storage capacity.

Along with this, the company also released the Galaxy Flex 2 5G which, as the name suggests, has native 5G connectivity. This model was announced in September. It will only be offered in Royal Silver for around $2,500.

On the official Samsung channel, there are already unboxings of this laptop, and it has already gone on sale in South Korea.

It is immediately necessary to make a remark that in the CIS countries, in my opinion, Samsung laptops are not sold at all. The company does not want to enter this market. But I have a great desire to take the Book Flex 2 and review it. Let me know in the comments if you’re interested. And we move on.

Galaxy Book Ion 2 Ultralight Notebook

Like the Galaxy Book Flex 2, the Galaxy Book Ion 2 is available in 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch versions. The 13.3-inch version of the laptop weighs only 970 g and has a thickness of 12.9 mm, which puts this device in the category of ultrabooks. Both laptops use 11th generation Intel Core processors, Samsung uses the Core i5-1135G7 as the base model. Only the 15.6-inch version offers RAM and SSD upgrades. In addition, this model has a configuration with dedicated Nvidia MX450 graphics.

The 13.3-inch version has built-in RAM and one SSD. This model cannot be equipped with a dedicated GPU.

Configurations start with at least 8GB LPDDR4x RAM and 256GB SSD. In addition, Thunderbolt 4, USB 3.0, HDMI, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, 3.5mm audio port, fingerprint sensor and 69.7 Wh battery are on board.

Galaxy Book Ion does not support S Pen and does not have a touch display. However, it has a QLED panel with FHD resolution. The main feature of the laptop is its compactness and lightness.

The notebook is equipped with Wireless PowerShare. This is a reverse wireless charging function, i.e. you can put a Qi-compatible wireless charger on the trackpad and it will be charged by the laptop battery.

The trackpad, by the way, is the only part besides the display, which is made of glass. Everything else is metal.

The laptop should be able to provide up to nine hours of battery life in real use scenarios.

Galaxy Book Ion 2 price ranges from $1260 to $2230 in South Korea.

Notebook Plus 2 offers dedicated Nvidia GPU for gaming

Samsung has also updated its Notebook Plus laptop. The new version comes with a 15. 6-inch display, 11th Gen Intel Core processors, and an easy way to upgrade RAM and storage. From below, the covers are easily snapped off and access to the disk and memory is given.

Therefore, Galaxy Notebook Plus 2 is best suited for games and some demanding tasks.

You can choose between Nvidia MX450 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti laptop versions, depending on your needs.

This notebook will be available in Mystic Gray and Pure White.

The Notebook Plus 2 ranges from $690 to $1770 in South Korea.

Galaxy Chromebook 2

Now on to Chromebooks, where Samsung has been a big player since 2011. Their new model is perhaps one of the best.

The Galaxy Chromebook 2 is the world’s first Chromebook with a QLED display. This is the first time the company has used such a display for a Chromebook.

Chromebook 2-in-1 Galaxy, powered by the Google Chrome operating system, seamlessly integrates with the Galaxy and Google ecosystems. Google Assistant is built in, so users can do a lot without even lifting a finger. The new Chromebook certainly works very well with the Samsung Galaxy ecosystem. It easily connects to other Samsung devices.

The biggest selling point of the Galaxy Chromebook 2 is its 13.3-inch 1920×1080 pixel QLED touchscreen display. Any Univeral Stylus Initiative (USI) pen can be used on this display to draw or sketch. Samsung has also added a new keyboard with wider keys and brighter backlighting to boost typing.

Under the hood is a 10th Gen Intel Core i3-10110U or Intel Celeron 5205U processor with up to 8 GB RAM, configuration varies by market. The new Chromebook will be available in 64GB and 128GB with microSD support.

A Chromebook is generally considered a work device. But this QLED display makes the Galaxy Chromebook 2 more suitable for entertainment, which broadens the target audience. Add to that the new 5W x 2 stereo speakers with Smart AMP.

Connectivity options are ultra-fast Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth v5.0. The 45.5Wh battery promises to provide all-day battery life. The Galaxy Chromebook 2 is just 13.9mm thin. It will be available in Fiesta Red and Mercury Grey. Pricing and availability information has yet to be confirmed.

Galaxy Book Pro

In addition to these four laptops, the company is working on two more laptops for 2021.

More specifically, the company received Bluetooth SIG certification for two new notebooks, the Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360. Both notebooks are equipped with Bluetooth 5.1 according to the certification documents. Apparently, the Galaxy Book Pro will also be available in an LTE variant, while the Galaxy Book Pro 360 will also be available in a 5G version.

As the name suggests, the Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360 are going to be high-end laptops. The Galaxy Book Pro may have a traditional form factor, while the Galaxy Book Pro 360 is likely to be a 2-in-1 laptop with a 360-degree hinge.

While no specs are yet known from Samsung’s future laptops, they will most likely offer the same 11th Gen Intel processors but with better graphics.

In addition, Samsung Display announced today that it is going to mass-produce the world’s first 90Hz OLED notebook display in the first quarter of this year.

The vast majority of laptop displays, both LCD and OLED, have a refresh rate of 60Hz. Yes, you can get absurdly high refresh rates like 300Hz on some gaming laptops from Razer and Asus. But these laptops use IPS displays, not OLEDs, they’re just LCDs.

OLED is a superior technology, and although there are already laptops with OLED displays on the market, they only provide a 60Hz refresh rate. This is more than enough for general use, but not for high FPS games. That’s why the new 90Hz panel could be part of Galaxy Book Pro laptops.

But only time will tell if Samsung will equip them with these 90Hz OLED displays or something simpler.

Samsung Blade Bezel

Also, Samsung recently teased another new laptop or at least a prototype called Blade Bezel. The main feature of this laptop is the camera built into the display, due to which the panel gets a screen-to-body ratio of 93%

The video also shows how light and thin the OLED panel is in the laptop. Samsung claims that the typical 2.1mm thick panel has been reduced to 1mm and the weight has been reduced from 180 grams to 130 grams. This means we should see laptops with larger displays and smaller footprints that will end up weighing as much, if not less, than previous generation laptops.

What’s not clear is how close the Blade Bezel notebooks are to production. So for now we treat this project as a prototype.

People, this is probably all about the new Samsung laptops from the 2021 lines. We have a versatile Galaxy Book Flex 2 with a 2-in-1 form factor and a touch display. Then the ultra-thin and ultra-light Galaxy Book Ion with great battery life. Notebook Plus 2 is an option for those who want more freedom to upgrade hardware and a dedicated good graphics card. Finally, the Galaxy Chromebook 2 is arguably the best Chromebook candidate of 2021. We are also waiting for the appearance of new models, such as Galaxy Book Pro and Blade Bezel.

Ultraportable ARM-based laptop – Samsung Galaxy Book S

Table of Contents

  • Scope of delivery:
  • Specifications
  • Positioning
  • Design, dimensions, operating elements
  • Keyboard and touchpad compromise
  • Shield
  • Connectivity – Wi-Fi, LTE, GPS
  • Battery
  • Memory, memory cards, chipset and performance
  • Software from Samsung and Microsoft – a set of proprietary programs
  • Impressions

Package contents:

  • Laptop
  • Charger 25 W
  • USB Type C cable
  • USB Type C to Type A adapter
  • Manual
  • 9 0135

    Specifications

    9 0155 Battery
    Operating system Windows 10 Home
    Processor Qualcomm® Snapdragon 8cx, 8-core (max frequency 2. 84 GHz) Process technology 7 nm
    Screen , up to 10 clicks
    RAM 8 GB
    Memory 256 GB SSD, microSD cards up to 1 TB
    Connectors 2x USB Type C
    3.5 mm connector
    Wireless interfaces Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO
    Bluetooth 5.0
    LTE cat.18, nanoSIM
    Li-ion, 42 Wh Video playback time – up to 25 hours, operation in LTE – up to 14 hours
    GPS
    Dimensions and weights 305.2 x 203.2 x 6.2-11.8 mm, 0.96 kg
    Case colors 0155 Grey, gold
    Price $669 and up (outgoing model )

    Positioning

    Ultraportable laptops are not new to the market, they are well known and popular among those who want the lightest computer that can be easily carried around in a bag and does not replace dumbbells. Typically, such laptops are considered machines that weigh less than a kilogram, although manufacturers never take into account chargers. In some ways, it makes sense, since the charge of such laptops is enough for a working day, you don’t have to carry the charger with you all the time. Yes, and standardization in the form of a USB Type C connector makes life easier.

    Qualcomm has been eyeing the laptop market for a long time and created the concept of Always On, Always Connected PC (ACPC), which provides for equipping a laptop with a cellular modem, that is, the computer turns into a kind of large phone, albeit with a number of reservations. As Qualcomm promotes its solutions and ARM architecture, Snapdragon processors become a natural choice for ACPC, the first mass-produced laptop of this kind was Samsung’s Galaxy Book S, which went on sale in May last year. Due to the pandemic, I didn’t manage to spin the laptop then, I’m catching up, especially since this is an outgoing model and you can buy it for little money. There were no official deliveries to Russia, but you can buy the Galaxy Book S, and this makes a certain sense, in terms of price / quality ratio, this is a very interesting machine. But it’s definitely not worth taking it as a regular Windows laptop, there are a lot of similarities, but there are enough differences. For owners of Samsung smartphones, there are a number of pleasant things here, the synchronization of applications and data, but more on that later.

    The choice of Galaxy Book S may be interesting for anyone who uses a laptop for typing, web browsing, uses minimal third-party applications and does not need video processing. In a word, a workhorse for those who work in the office and outdoors, does not use any special software. The advantage of the laptop is its small size and weight, long battery life and the fact that, in addition to Wi-Fi, there is a built-in LTE modem and GPS, which makes the laptop unique in every sense. Let’s take a look at how the Book S works, evaluate the pros and cons.

    Design, dimensions, controls

    The first impression when you take the notebook out of the box is that it is very thin and light (305.2 x 203.2 x 6.2-11.8 mm, 0.96 kg). The model is available in two colors – gray and gold. The top cover is made of metal, the lower part is made of the same plate plus a plastic insert behind which the antennas are hidden.

    Despite the fact that the body is made of metal and the colors are matte, it is easily soiled, it leaves traces from other objects, from hands. They are easy to erase, but on a golden case they are sometimes annoying, and appear literally out of nowhere. Fantasy, and nothing more. No comparison with the MacBook case, where the color is similar, but the coating is completely different, no traces can be found there.

    Remembering the MacBook, it should be noted that you can open it with one hand, but here everything is much more complicated, the ergonomics are such that you have to use two hands each time, and it’s easier to do it while hanging! Samsung engineers almost did not think about how to open the laptop, although there is a cutout for fingers in the middle, it is difficult to pick up the upper part. In a word, this moment is a complete frustration, you have to strain every time you need to open a laptop.

    On the left side there is a 3.5 mm jack, as well as a USB Type C connector, on the right side there is a second such connector, there is also a battery charge indicator.

    The laptop has no other indicators and connectors, so everything is poor. I would like to get a regular USB, but it does not matter. Those who are looking for more connectors will have to carry an additional accessory with them, which is inconvenient.

    At the bottom you can see a slot for a nanoSIM card, as well as a memory card (up to 1 TB). You can open it with ease, just drag the sled. And this is extremely convenient, you can change the SIM card at any time when you need it.

    Also on the bottom are two AKG speakers, which are surprisingly loud, not only when the laptop is on a hard surface, but also in bed, and also when the device is resting on your lap.

    The 720p video camera does its job, but you can’t say the same about it. Usual quality for most of these laptops and nothing more. You can use the camera in Windows Hello to recognize your face and unlock your laptop.

    But I prefer the fingerprint sensor, it is built into the power button, located on the right in the top row.

    Even if you turn on the laptop, the sensor is triggered, unlocking occurs. The sensor works fine, unlocking the laptop is not difficult. There are no errors as such.

    Keyboard and touchpad – compromise

    In all Ultrabooks, the keyboard is a compromise, since the travel of the keys is limited by the thickness of the case, it is impossible to make them have maximum travel when pressed. In this laptop, everything is exactly the same, you can compare it with the same MacBook Pro of the latest generation, the typing speed is comparable, the key travel plus or minus is the same. In a word, typing on the keyboard is pleasant, including blindly. My laptop does not have a Russian layout, but this is not a problem for me. Those who purchase the Book S can laser engrave the Russian characters instead of using stickers.

    At the same time, the touchpad is much inferior to the keyboard, and it is precisely by the way you click on it that the positioning of the cursor does not raise questions. But pressing needs to be controlled, not in all places they occur correctly, which is annoying. Not horror-horror-horror, but an unpleasant trifle that spoils the impression of a laptop.

    For those who, like me, are constantly typing, this typewriter will be acceptable. But involuntarily comparing with the 2020 MacBook Pro, I note that the latter is noticeably better in terms of keyboard.

    The backlighting of the keyboard is pale green, it is automatically adjusted, you cannot influence how it works. Firstly, the sensor detects darkness, and only then does the backlight turn on (if the screen is bright, then the light from it is enough to keep the backlight from turning on!). Secondly, the brightness of the backlight is very low, there is no level control here.

    Screen

    Conventional 13.3″ TFT screen with Full HD resolution. The maximum screen brightness is 350 nits, outdoor mode is not provided (it is available in versions with an Intel processor). See how the picture looks in bright sunlight.

    The screen is glossy and is not designed to work in places where there are a lot of reflections from light sources, otherwise it will be very glare. In the room or in the car there is no problem. And here the main question arises: after all, the model was created to work in any place, including on the street, why didn’t they think about the quality of the screen, its work in the outside world?

    In general, I like the screen and its capabilities, but if you look at ultrabooks that are similar in size (but they are higher class and more expensive), then, of course, the displays win a lot in many aspects. They immediately made an intermediate solution, on the other hand, it is explained by the cost of the laptop.

    Connectivity – Wi-Fi, LTE, GPS

    A key feature of the laptop is GPS support on board, as well as the presence of an LTE modem. The work of GPS does not raise any questions, and the antennas work a little worse than in smartphones, due to their location. But in the car, the laptop leads you along the highway perfectly, there are no complaints. Scenarios for using GPS in a laptop are easy to come up with, but they won’t be widespread for most people.

    It’s quite another thing – the presence of an LTE modem, you get a network connection that works anytime and anywhere. I traveled with this laptop by car in Russia, plotted a route, looked at maps, downloaded mail, and so on. Without connecting to Wi-Fi networks, you get about 10-12 hours of work in LTE, which is very, very good. The connection speed directly depends on your operator, but the laptop itself supports up to cat. 18, which can give you 200-250 Mbps in practice. It is the ability to work from anywhere – that’s what captivates in this laptop.

    Built-in Wi-Fi 5 is dual band. As such, there are no shortcomings, but there are no advantages either, this is a typical middle peasant, it works well in the office and at home, in conditions of a clogged air it starts to lose Wi-Fi.

    Battery

    Depending on the country of delivery, the complete charger may differ, there are exactly two options – fast charging at 25 or 45 W. By and large, the difference between them is described only by the first hour of charging, both charges provide a full battery charge of 42 Wh in two hours.

    The manufacturer claims to be able to watch videos up to 25 hours, but in my case it was about 15 hours. The average battery life is about 10-12 hours of the screen and with the LTE modem always on, while the brightness is not maximum. If you set the performance to the maximum, turn the brightness up, then you will get about 6-7 hours of work. Which is very, very good. Of course, this is not a MacBook Pro on the M1 processor, but still a very decent result that is hard to ignore. Long battery life on a single charge, minimal standby power consumption.

    Memory, memory cards, chipset and performance

    The laptop is available in one configuration – 8/256 GB. The built-in SSD has just under 200 GB of free space, it has excellent performance at the level of classmates (UFS). Since the chipset from Qualcomm is used, active cooling was removed from the laptop, it is simply not needed here, it almost never heats up. Quiet laptop, no fans, no extra noise.

    Since this is an ARM processor, it works with Windows 10 Home with a number of restrictions, for example, only 32-bit applications are available to you (you can, alas, forget about 64-bit ones). Supported applications are displayed in the company store, there is no need to look for something on the side. But the variety of applications is small, the same games are not for this laptop (the output is in cloud gaming, but you can’t play from the machine itself, unless it’s solitaire).

    I’ll spare you the performance tests, since they are meaningless for an ARM processor on Windows, they don’t really show anything. From myself, I note that everything works with a bang, the speed is more than enough in most cases. Another thing is that there are practically no such tasks that can load the system, and you will not be editing video in 4K resolution here, this laptop is for something else.

    Software from Samsung and Microsoft – a set of proprietary programs

    In the Galaxy Book S menu, you can find standard Samsung applications familiar from your Galaxy smartphones: Samsung Notes, SmartThings, Gallery and others. All you have to do is sign into your Samsung account to access your data, and it’s nice to have everything you need out of the box.

    The laptop also has a proprietary application from Microsoft – “Your Phone”. Activate “Link to Windows” and you can launch your applications from your phone on the laptop screen, answer calls, messages, and so on. The delay here is noticeable, but still the work is well organized. Imperceptibly got involved and stopped turning off this function, it turned out to be useful.

    Impressions

    A year ago, the Galaxy Book S was priced at $1,100 (one hundred dollars less for students and students). Today it is not widely available for sale, but in the USA they are available at a cost of $ 670, which, in my opinion, is a very good deal for such a machine. Qualcomm’s ACPC concept looks interesting, but far from being needed by everyone – rather, it is a great tool for those who work outside the home and office, as they say, in the fields. But specifically in this laptop, the screen is not the best for this, it glares and has a brightness that is far from maximum. But a laptop that is constantly connected to the network, which does not depend on the presence of Wi-Fi, is very good, you get used to it instantly, and there are no longer enough such capabilities in other devices. It is clear that you can always use your smartphone to connect, distribute the Internet from it, but this is still not the same. Immediately, the device initially has all the capabilities to connect to the network.

    I like the ultrabook form factor and this one is good value for money too. In many aspects, it is perceived as the Dell XPS 13, but they have a different price segment, however, as well as the hardware component. Samsung has released a lot of ultrabooks this year, and only one is based on an ARM processor: the Samsung Galaxy Book Go model is powered by a Snapdragon 7c Gen2 processor.

    The ideology of this laptop is very interesting, but it’s hard to deny that not everyone needs it. But for those who are looking for a laptop with an LTE modem, this device will come in handy, as there are not very many alternatives, especially for such money.