Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 review


Slim and Stylish 2-in-1 from Samsung

two minute review

Samsung’s Galaxy Book Pro 360 is one of the first products that is a collaboration between Samsung and Intel that aims to create the same kind of connection between laptops and mobile phones that you find with Apple’s ecosystem.

To get the most out of notebooks and phones here, you need a Galaxy smartphone. The Your Phone app also works with other Android phones and iPhones, but the latter wasn’t a great experience. However, if you already have a Galaxy phone, a Galaxy Buds Pro, and a Galaxy Tab, the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 is a great addition to your next laptop.

Samsung’s Galaxy Book Pro 360 is a compact, lightweight and premium machine. The screen can be folded around so that it lies flat against the back of the keyboard, turning the hardware into a tablet-like device. We still think a dedicated tablet is better than this, but as an occasional tablet, the device works well enough, and is much thinner than rival devices that attempt the 360-degree hinge trick.

The Galaxy Book Pro 360 offers Thunderbolt 4 ports, a pair of USB-C connectors, a traditional headphone socket, and a microSD slot. It also includes an S-Pen stylus. The pen is black and plastic, and doesn’t feel particularly premium, but it works really well for writing and drawing, even though Windows’ palm rejection support is much better.

What could be improved is the mediocre webcam, which is a modest 720p effort. On the other hand, the AMOLED display with Full HD resolution offers excellent color reproduction and contrast. It’s a pretty good screen overall, though it doesn’t cope so well in full sunlight. The keyboard is also surprisingly good, being large and responsive as well as the speakers sounding pretty impressive.

Battery life is ample for everyday use, and performance is similarly adequate, even if not at the same level as the HP Specter x360 (2021) (or indeed the m1-powered MacBook Air). The Pro 360 is certainly a relatively fast laptop that unlocks and activates quickly. Even if the device is completely off, the boot and login process only takes 8 seconds, which is nothing short of excellent.

In short, the Galaxy Book Pro 360 is a premium and high quality 2-in-1 device. If you’re sold on the Samsung and Galaxy series, this is a great buy.

price and availability

Samsung’s Galaxy Book Pro 360 is available in many different configurations and prices. The entry-level model comes with an Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, and starts at $1,599.99 (about £1,130, or AU$2,070).

There’s an option to increase the CPU to an Intel Core i7-1165G7, and it’s also possible to increase the screen size to 15.6-inches instead of 13.3-inches.

Perhaps the most obvious alternative to the Galaxy Book Pro 360 is the HP Specter x360 (2021), a 2-in-1 with a 360-degree hinge plus touchscreen and similar display on paper, with prices starting at $1,349 / £1,199 . / AU$3,339.

The Galaxy Book Pro 360 will also come in a model with built-in support for 5G (and a SIM card slot), but that version won’t be released until later this year.

design

The first thing that struck us when we unpacked our Galaxy Book Pro 360 review machine was how small and neat — and how great-looking — it is. The form factor and color (‘Mystic Silver’) are immediately reminiscent of a MacBook Air, but the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 is slightly smaller and about 300 grams lighter. It is portable in the true sense of the word.

The Galaxy Book Pro 360 comes with a brushed metal chassis in Silver if you choose the 13-inch model, and a navy blue color if you step up to the 15-inch model. With the HP Specter x360 (2021), the screen can be folded around so it’s flat for the keyboard, turning the notebook into a tablet-like device.

In terms of connectivity, the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 offers Thunderbolt 4 ports, a pair of USB-C ports, a traditional headphone socket, and a microSD slot. Compared to the MacBook Air (M1, 2020), you get slightly better connectivity options, but not the full-size USB port that the HP Specter x360 (2021) offers, which means you’ll still need to have one or two accessories. A dongle may be required. at home.

In addition to the travel adapter and USB-C cable, an S-Pen is also included in the box. The pen is black and plastic, which sadly doesn’t have the same premium build or feel as a laptop. The S-Pen is magnetic and attaches to the notebook, but only on the top, which feels a bit awkward. We may have looked at another solution instead, or a storage slot that can be placed in the pen. The Apple Pencil’s placement on the side of the iPad Pro is a lot more elegant.

Upon opening the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360, you are greeted with a bright and colorful screen. However, the bezels are large and noticeable, especially the bottom bezel, and the black frame on the page is downright ugly, especially when using the device as a tablet in portrait mode. But the overall impression of the laptop is still very modern and contemporary.

The keyboard is comfortable and responsive, and the keys are large and backlit. Despite the very shallow keys, it’s a full-size keyboard with a great feel. The power button doubles as a fingerprint reader and is also responsive like a large trackpad.

Apart from the bezels mentioned above, the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 looks really stylish, and it’s also fantastically comfortable to use. If you turn the screen around and use the device as a tablet, the large touchscreen works well. But despite the seriously thin nature of the Galaxy Book, the overall feeling still doesn’t compare to actual tablet usage in this scenario, and the Samsung device is a bit bulkier and more bulky. That said, compared to other 360-degree hinge 2-in-1 devices, it’s definitely in a class of its own for tablet use.

Despite having a less than ideal bottom bezel, the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 is one of the most stylish, lightest and premium-feeling laptops on the market right now.

Display

Samsung’s Galaxy Book Pro 360 (and its sibling Galaxy Book Pro, which lacks a 360-degree folding screen) are the first products to be a collaboration between Samsung and Intel, aimed at making much of the connection between laptops and mobile phones. . In other words, it’s Samsung’s attempt to equal the nearly seamless connection you get with Apple’s ecosystem and the experience of using the iPhone and MacBook.

And the Galaxy Book Pro models are also heavily targeted at those who want a laptop that in many ways gives users the same experience they get from their phones.

The Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 has a lot in common with smartphones in terms of having a smart battery that can unlock and start up quickly, always connected online, and performance-optimizing – not to mention being as portable as possible.

And you really get that feeling with the Galaxy Book Pro 360. Even if the laptop is completely off, it takes only 8 seconds to start the computer and log in. It is nothing short of unprecedented.

In addition to fast start-up, Fingerprint Reader logs in very quickly. That said, fingerprint login is clunkier if using the Galaxy Book in tablet mode, and it would have been nice to be able to unlock the portable with face recognition in this case; But unfortunately it is not possible.

If you have a Galaxy smartphone then Samsung has definitely put extra effort into maximizing the experience, and offers a number of ways for both devices to work in tandem.

Your Galaxy phone has the ‘Link to Windows’ feature and the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 has the Your Phone app, which connects to your smartphone so you can send and receive text messages, make calls, browse the photo gallery and more. Can even use (up to five) the phone’s apps on the desktop.

The Your Phone app also works with other Android phones and iPhones, but the latter isn’t a great experience. The software required for the iPhone is not yet available in our country, and instead the solution offered is solely focused on being able to send the web pages you read in Edge to the laptop.

In other words, if you want to get the most out of this phone-laptop synergy, you need to have a Samsung Galaxy phone, and it seems to be the primary target audience for the Galaxy Book Pro 360. And if you don’t have just a Galaxy phone, but a Galaxy Buds Pro and a Galaxy Tab, well, the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 is a great potential fit as your next laptop.

That said, the features are not yet on the same level as iOS and macOS for a seamless experience between phone and computer. Going forward, we can see that Samsung, Intel, and Microsoft are working hard to create a fully integrated experience that’s reminiscent of what Apple users have now — but there’s still a way out.

For everyday use, the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 does well in terms of performance. Despite the relatively modest 8GB of system RAM, there was no noticeable slowdown when running multiple applications at once. And with everyday computing like surfing the Web, emailing, and using Office software (including the more common videoconferencing), the Galaxy Book delivers a truly solid experience in an extremely portable form.

The Full HD AMOLED screen offers excellent color reproduction and contrast. In direct sunlight, however, this is reduced, producing a lot of reflections on the screen and a noticeable bluish tint. But most laptop screens have similar issues, and the display on the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 is really good overall. It’s a pleasure to watch a film on this. And it’s not just a reflection of how good the screen is, either: The speakers are really, really good, too.

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