Samsung Galaxy Book review: A cornucopia of compromises

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Angled view of the Samsung Galaxy Book for business.

samsung galaxy book for business

MSRP $900.00

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“The Samsung Galaxy Book for business has ample productivity performance and battery life, but its performance is subpar and lacks any attractive features.”

professionals

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    thin and light

  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad

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    solid productivity performance

  • good productivity battery life

Shortcoming

  • disappointing display quality

  • Too Much Giving in Lid and Chassis

  • no meaningful commercial features

Samsung is more committed than ever to creating a laptop that lives up to the lineage of the Galaxy brand.

However, the Galaxy Book Pro came close with its ultrathin chassis and vivid OLED screen. But could a cheaper, more basic version of that laptop have the same effect?

The Samsung Galaxy Book I tested was technically a “for business” model, though it’s almost identical to the consumer model on the hardware side of things. The laptop has an Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor, a 15-inch 1080p screen, and is priced at $900.

It sits in the middle of the pack considering the price, features and design. Unfortunately, the price isn’t low enough to justify so many compromises, especially with so many other great options.

design

Angled view of the back and lid on the Samsung Galaxy Book for Business.
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The Galaxy Book is constructed from aluminum, which generally results in solid build quality. However, Samsung may have used thinner aluminum to cut down on weight, as the lid bends more than I’d like and the keyboard flexes a bit. The Acer Aspire 5, a budget-oriented 15-inch machine you can buy for less than $500 by configuring a similar one, had slightly better stiffness in the keyboard deck and chassis, though its lid was also slightly bendable.

The HP Envy x360 15 costs about the same as the Galaxy Book and is a lot more solid. Sure, you’ll get better build quality if you increase the price, but I think the Galaxy Book should feel more solid at its $900 retail price. An example of a more expensive laptop that exhibits the same stiffness constraints as the Galaxy Book is the LG Gram 16 which is made of magnesium, but also weighs just 2.62 pounds—in this case, you’re looking for firmness for extremely light weight. doing business of.

At 3.42 pounds, the Galaxy Book is relatively light for a 15-inch machine, with the Acer Aspire 5 coming in at closer to 3.64 pounds. However, Acer does benefit from some plastic components. More sturdier laptops like the Envy x360 15 and Dell XPS 15 weigh in at four pounds or more. The Galaxy Book is 0.61 inches thick, the Aspire 5 is 0.70 inches thinner, the Envy x360 15 is 0.72 inches, and the XPS 15 is 0.71 inches.

Looking directly at the Samsung Galaxy Book for business.
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Overall, the Galaxy Book’s biggest strength is its thin and lightweight nature, which makes me a little more forgiving of the laptop bending and flexing. The Galaxy Book’s bezels aren’t that small around the old-school 16:9 display, though, especially along the top and bottom, and so it’s still a full-size 15-inch laptop.

Aesthetically, the Galaxy Book is a simple silver color reminiscent of many other laptops. It has simple lines and angles with white letters and black keycaps. There’s nothing wrong with the minimalist design—HP perfected it on machines like the Envy x360 15—but the design philosophy can go too far. I think the Galaxy Book falls on the wrong side of that thin line.

A note about software. Samsung includes a slew of additional applications in addition to the usual support utilities. These include Samsung Flow, a pen app that has no use on Galaxy Book, Samsung Gallery, Samsung Studio Plu, Samsung TV Plus, etc. Some of these apps can be useful, but for those who don’t want to install additional apps. Their laptops, Galaxy Books would be annoying.

Connectivity is decent. Two USB-C ports, a full-size HDMI port, and a USB-A port are on the left, while on the right are another USB-A port, a microSD card reader, and a 3.5mm. audio jack. There’s no Thunderbolt 4 support, which we’ve seen on laptops of the same price. Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 handle wireless duty.

Display

Turn off the screen and keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy Book for Business.
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you can buy galaxy book With Core i5-1135G7 or Core i7-1165G7. My review unit was equipped with a Core i5, and it performed well considering the CPU.

Across all our benchmarks,…

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