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Samsung Galaxy Book review: An glorious 2-in-1 for a good price

Samsung’s Galaxy Book is a 2-in-1 inscription with a detachable keyboard that gets flattering many all we caring about right. Its price, performance, and battery life are all among a best we’ve tested.

While it lacks a razzle-dazzle of flagships like a new Surface Pro, it’s still a arrange of all-around performer that will attract a customer looking for good value. Samsung’s usually genuine pitch and skip is a rather gimmicky formation with a Galaxy smartphones, that replaces a Windows Hello facilities that are apropos some-more common.

Samsung Galaxy Book side Adam Patrick Murray

Price: Galaxy Book’s value proposition

While some competing 2-in-1 products we’ve reviewed cost upwards of $1,400, a chronicle of a Samsung Galaxy Book we tested ships for $1,300. The cost includes 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, and discretionary LTE connectivity around Verizon. A some-more full-featured chronicle starts with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. There’s also a microSD label container that accepts cards adult to 256GB. Inside you’ll find 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 BLE. 

The Galaxy Book family also offers a smaller 10.6-inch tablet, with a 7th-generation Core m3 inside, starting during $630. For both sizes, a compared keyboard and coop boat for free, a trend we’d like to see turn some-more common.

Samsung Galaxy Book Adam Patrick Murray

The Galaxy Book’s pleasing Super AMOLED arrangement is really a offered point.

Samsung justly earns regard for a bright, colourful displays, and a Galaxy Book is no different. The 12-inch, 2,160×1,440 Super AMOLED touchscreen shines 355 nits’ value of light into your eyeballs, and displays abounding colors—though yet a modernized options Microsoft built into a Surface Pro. Part of that has to do with a Galaxy Book’s integrated high-dynamic operation (HDR) capability, that allows a shade to describe brighter brights and deeper blacks. This is a underline typically found on high-end televisions, so a Galaxy Book is unusual, and maybe unique, among Windows tablets in carrying it.

I approaching a Galaxy Book to gaunt a bit some-more on Samsung’s bequest of peculiarity Android tablets, however. It’s no crime to bar a earthy Windows button, as a Galaxy Book does. we was a bit surprised, though, to learn that a shade bezel was a bit on a corpulent side. The Galaxy Book’s magnitude are fine: 11.47 x 7.87 x 0.29 inches, and usually over 2.5 pounds with a keyboard attached, or about 2.78 pounds if we supplement a small, cellular-style USB-C energy charger. Still, a inscription felt rather ungainly to reason in a hand.

Samsung Galaxy Book vs Surface Pro 4 Adam Patrick Murray

Though a Surface Pro 4 (bottom) is thicker than a Galaxy Book, it weighs rather reduction when we insert both keyboards.

Features: A mobile pedigree, for improved and for worse

Unfortunately, shopping a Galaxy Book brings adult a new care for many: what USB customary your peripherals use. Samsung has committed wholeheartedly to USB-C, with a span of ports than can be used for charging or for peripherals. That’s glorious for phones like the Samsung Galaxy S8, that use USB-C for charging yet frequency bond to a connected USB device. The PC ecosystem encompasses a immeasurable series of bequest devices, however, and we positively possess some pre-USB-C device that you’ll wish to bond to a Galaxy Book. At slightest Samsung was rather merciful: There’s a normal headphone jack.

Samsung Galaxy Book USB-C Adam Patrick Murray

One of these things is not like a other.

Because a dual USB-C connectors are the only I/O ports available, you’ll possibly need to deposit in USB-C dongles or consider about shopping new gear.  A $20 USB-C hub, with 3 USB-A connectors and an ethernet jack, is one option. Even better, Samsung is now charity a giveaway multi-port USB-C adapter if we order a Galaxy Book directly from a company. 

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