Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 (15-inch) Review

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SAMSUNG GALAXY BOOK2 PRO 360 (15-INCH) FEATURES

Laptop-Class Convertible 2-in-1, Desktop PC Replacement

Intel Core i7-1260P processor

Processor speed 2.1GHz

The 15.6-inch Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 (starting at $1,349.99 according to testing; starting at $1,549.99) is an improvement on the original convertible model we reviewed last year. The headline draw is a new 12th Gen Intel processor that boosts the performance of a 2-in-1 without replacing its ultra-thin design and bright AMOLED display. A smaller 13.3-inch model and a non-convertible (closed) version are also available, but we’re testing the hybrid flagship here. Weighing just 3.1 pounds, the Galaxy Book2 Pro 360’s portability is outstanding for a 15-inch laptop, and its massive 18-hour battery life further enhances mobility. On some systems, like the Dell XPS 15 OLED, you’ll find a bit more power and even higher-end design in similarly sized and priced alternatives, but there are some real flaws here if you want a great 2-in-1.

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The Book2 Pro 360’s design is similar to last year’s model, but we’re not complaining. We loved the thin and light build of the first, and traveling with this system is just as easy. The 0.46 by 13.9 by 8.9 inches (HWD) is a mark of portability among 15-inch laptops and is nearly identical to the original.

The build quality is also Samsung’s, giving it a high-end feel despite its lightweight, not flimsy. The case has little or no flex, feels good to the touch, and looks sharp. Our test unit had a graphite color option, but the Book2 Pro 360 comes in silver and burgundy. Many design highlights are shared with the first Galaxy Book; Instead of reviewing it, you can refer to this review for essential points.

Ports and Extras

On the connectivity front, the Book2 Pro 360 has all the USB-C ports – three ports, one on the right edge and two on the left. One of the ports on the left is Thunderbolt 4 compatible, and any of the three can charge the laptop via the included AC adapter. You’ll also find a headphone jack and a microSD card slot but no USB Type-A or HDMI ports. Samsung supports Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth, and the front-facing webcam offers a higher resolution of 1080p instead of the usual 720p.

Various Samsung Computers proprietary software utilities give this laptop outstanding benefits. A prime example of this is Samsung Security, which offers a variety of privacy-focused features, including a Privacy Folder, an Incognito Screen, Block Recording, and a Security Camera. Samsung Computers These, in turn, allow you to create a hidden folder on the SSD, make it harder for intruders to read your screen over your shoulder, block unwanted webcam or microphone recordings, and provide session-to-home camera security.

Also available is Galaxy Book Experience, a hub for a wide range of supported Samsung features. You can browse files, set live wallpapers, browse your synced photos, share files between devices, and more. In addition, Samsung Second Screen lets you use a tablet as a second screen for your Galaxy Book, a pretty neat feature that can emulate a desktop setup on the go.

Configurations and tests: Galaxy Book meets ‘Alder Lake.’

While the design of the 2022 model is very similar to the original Book Pro 360, the internals has received a speed boost. In recent years, Intel’s 12th generation “Alder Lake” chips have impressed us, although the performance differences between the single-processor generations are not huge. Samsung has one of Intel’s P-series, Alder Lakes, made for ultraportable. We don’t expect any ultrathin system to break speed records, but we’ll see what it can do in the targets below.

As revealed, the 15.6-inch Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 starts at $1,349.99. That gets you a Core i7-1260P processor, 8GB of retention, and a 512GB solid-state drive. Our unit pair the latest specs as 16GB of RAM and 1TB SSD, pushing the price to $1,549.99. It’s not cheap, but it’s pretty reasonable given the feature set and build of the laptop as a whole. The Core i7-1260P has 12 cores (four concert P cores and eight efficiency E cores) for a total of 16 threads.

Samsung doesn’t offer possible processor upgrades, so your only option is to increase RAM and storage (a single, combined upgrade selection), as in our test unit. The same options are also available for the 13.3-inch model. Intel’s Iris Xe integrated graphics are probably the only option due to the system’s thin design and thermal limitations. You’ll need to look elsewhere if you want a dedicated GPU worth gaming.

To see how fast these workings work together, we ran our usual benchmark tests with Samsung comparing the key specs with some of the competitors listed below. This is a competitive area with many thin, light laptops.

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PROCESSOR GRAPHICS RAM STORAGE
Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 (15-Inch) Intel Core i7-1260P (2.1GHz) Intel Iris Xe Graphics 16GB RAM 1TB SSD
Asus Vivobook Pro 16X OLED (M7600QE-XB99) AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX (3.3GHz) Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (4GB) 32GB RAM 1TB SSD
Dell XPS 15 OLED (9510) Intel Core i7-11800H (2.3GHz) Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (4GB) 16GB RAM 512GB SSD
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon AMD Ryzen 7 5800U (1.9GHz) AMD Radeon Graphics 16GB RAM 512GB SSD
Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 (15-Inch) AMD Ryzen 7 4980U (2GHz) AMD Radeon Graphics 16GB RAM 512GB SSD

We’ve changed our standard tests since we reviewed the first Galaxy Book Pro 360, so we can’t directly compare the old and new models. However, the rest of the space should provide plenty of contexts, and frankly, most people considering this convertible are not people who bought the First Edition last year.

Productivity Tests

UL’s PCMark 10 Primary Benchmark simulates a variety of real-world productivity and content creation workflows to measure the overall performance of office-centric tasks such as word processing, spreadsheets, web browsing, and video conferencing. We also ran the PCMark 10 Full System Driver Test to evaluate a laptop’s load time and boot drive performance.

Battery and Display Tests

Graphics and game tests

We tested Windows PC graphics with two 3DMark UL DirectX 12 game simulations, Night Raid (suitable for more modest, integrated graphics laptops) and Time Spy (ideal for more demanding discrete GPU gaming rigs).

Integrated pictures always mean modest scores in these benchmarks, and today’s set is no exception. The Asus Vivobook Pro and Dell XPS 15 pack an entry-level discrete GPU in the form of Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3050 Ti, and it’s a clear step up from the Intel and AMD integrated graphics of other laptops.

Battery and screen tests

We tested the laptop’s battery life by playing a locally stored 720p video file (Blender Tears of Steel open source movie) at screen brightness at 50% and volume at 100% until the system shuts down. With the Wi-Fi and keyboard backlight turned off, we ensure the battery is fully charged before testing.

We also use a Datacolor SpyderX Elite screen correction sensor and software to measure the color saturation (what percent of the sRGB, Adobe RGB, and DCI-P3 color gamuts or palettes the screen can display) and brightness in nits of a laptop screen. (candles). per square meter) 50% and Windows maximum display settings.

Samsung’s battery life is a large plus, offering a little over 18 hours of offline operation. It leads the pack by a wide margin and truly pays off the laptop as a smartphone-like mobile experience.

Screen quality is also solid, with wide color coverage and high peak brightness with Creative OLED systems. Our maximum brightness reading is even slightly higher than Samsung’s claimed 370 nits.

A multifaceted galaxy

The Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 isn’t much different from its predecessor, but an internal update wouldn’t hurt anyone. The 12th Gen Intel processor mixes this 2-in-1 with other premium machines, including some content creation systems, although not as fast due to its thin chassis.

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