Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro Laptop Review

With its new Galaxy Book Pro series, Samsung wants to make a strong return to the ultraportable PC market. This new 13-inch model has strong arguments, starting with a weight of less than 900 grams and an OLED screen. Enough to convince?

In 2022, Samsung finally returned to the laptop market with a brand new line of Galaxy Books. These laptops focus on ultra-portability and have strong arguments against fierce competition. A few weeks ago, we tested the Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360, a very convincing ultraportable laptop equipped with a hinge that can tilt the screen 360 degrees.

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The new model we were testing is more “classic” as it has removed its hinged hinge. Goodbye, also the touchscreen, the Galaxy Book 2 Pro is a pure ultraportable under Windows 11. Its direct competitors are Zenbook at Asus, Swift at Acer and of course MacBook Air at Apple. But the Galaxy Book 2 Pro has something to stand out, starting with a very impressive lightweight and beautiful OLED display.

Galaxy Book 2 Pro Features

screen size 13.3 inch
Screen type OLED
Screen definition 1920×1080 pixels
Refresh rate 60Hz
Processor Intel Core i7-1260P
Graphics Card Intel Iris Xe
RAM 16GB LPDDR5
Storage 512GB NVMe
connectors 1 USB-C, 1 USB-A 1 connector, 1 microSD, 1 HDMI
Dimensions 30x20x1cm
Weight 868g

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Design and construction: less than 900 grams, yes ma’am, yes sir

When you first unpack the Galaxy Book 2 Pro, you can’t help but be impressed by its weight. Indeed, it is one of the lightest ultraportables on the market, as it weighs only 868 grams. Quite an achievement for a 13.3-inch PC, especially since the case gives a real impression of solidity. The latter shows a clever mix of aluminum and plastic, for a successful result, both visually and under the fingers. The entire cover and the input area (keyboard and touchpad) benefit from a matte treatment for the most beautiful effect, which has the advantage that it repels fingerprints correctly.

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The frame around the screen is quite thin, but we probably could have been a little better optimized, the flaw of a wide band in the lower part. The top part also houses a 1080p webcam.

Very compact, is the Galaxy Book 2 Pro still comfortable for daily use? The screen opens without any problems and we are happy to handle it. The keyboard is quite confusing at first glance, as it has extremely short keystrokes. The typing sensation is very weak at first, but you get used to it quickly, especially if you’re used to writing on a laptop. Also note the presence of a Windows Hello-compatible fingerprint sensor, located directly below the PC’s “power” button, which allows you to unlock your session in an instant. The backlighting of the keys is done in 3 levels.

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The touchpad is the most classic, but fulfills its role perfectly. Well integrated into the chassis and of good size, it offers precise glide and very good responsiveness.

The Galaxy Book 2 Pro also achieves the feat of being ultra-thin while offering quite complete connectivity for an ultra-portable. At a time when many products of this type (starting with the Galaxy Book Pro 360) ignore USB-A and HDMI ports, the Book Pro 2 has two USB-C ports (including one Thunderbolt 4 compatible), a USB-A 3.2 port , an HDMI output, a headphone jack and even a microSD card reader. The latter is really a great argument, it offers a simple and economical way to increase the storage capacity.

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The Galaxy Book 2 Pro is therefore the “ideal” ultraportable as we imagine it: impressive lightness, in spite of everything complete connectivity, a successful keyboard and unsurpassed ease of transport.

Screen: An OLED panel with brilliant colors

This new Samsung ultraportable opts for a 13.3-inch screen in Full HD (1920 × 1080) with a refresh rate of 60 Hz. Classic, only we are dealing with an OLED panel here. Excellent news, giving hope of an “infinite” contrast ratio and colors that really stand out.

In practice, this screen has few flaws. We can only notice a brilliant treatment that causes a lot of reflections even when the brightness is pushed to the maximum. This can become annoying if you use the product outdoors.

We would still have appreciated a 90 Hz panel

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Nothing to complain about otherwise: everything is in line with what is expected of an OLED screen of a high-end laptop PC. The maximum brightness is very good (measured at 420 cd/m2) and the contrast ratio is, unsurprisingly, not measurable. So we will be dealing with totally black “blacks” and the HDR content will only look better.

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In terms of colorimetry, the screen of the Galaxy Book 2 Pro once again impresses: in addition to being very balanced, the display is also very natural. So we note an impressive Delta E of 1.2 and a color temperature of 6860K. Please note that the Delta E reflects the difference between the actual colors and the displayed colors and should be as low as possible. It is generally considered to be well below 3. The color temperature represents the balance between warm and cold tones and should be as close to the 6500K standard as possible.

Color fidelity is therefore particularly good and it is still rare to have a Delta E under 1.5. The balance between warm tones and cold tones is also there.

A bright screen, with deep blacks and vibrant and true-to-life colors: that’s the whole point of OLED on this Galaxy Book 2 Pro. It is ideal for working and sharing content (movies, series, etc.)

Performance: The 12th Gen Intel processor that cares and doesn’t heat up

2022 saw the arrival of 12th generation processors at Intel and it is no surprise that this new Galaxy Book is taking advantage of that. We are therefore entitled to a Core i7-1260P under Alder Lake architecture. It is a CPU with 12 cores, of which 4 are for “greedy” tasks (so-called “performance” cores) and 8 cores are reserved for energy efficiency. This is a new approach for Intel, which is proving to be quite profitable on a laptop-type product, as we will have a good balance between performance and autonomy. The CPU isn’t very greedy either, as it only consumes 28W by default. For the graphics part, the integrated GPU (iGPU) is an Intel Iris Xe. It offers limited performance in games, but will be sufficient for less demanding titles in 720p or 1080p, with an “medium” level of detail. Added to this new-generation processor are 16 GB of RAM in LPDDR5 and a 512 GB or 1 TB NVMe SSD.

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Specifically, the Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 with this new Core i7 processor will be very fast in a wide range of tasks, but still show its limits in more demanding things, such as video editing or advanced photo editing. † The good amount of RAM and the speed of the SSD will still provide real comfort on a daily basis in 90% of usage. But because of its size alone, the Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 is primarily a “luxury” office product, which offers an excellent user experience under Windows 11.

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The advantage of a low-power processor can also be found in terms of heating and noise. Most of the time, the chassis does not heat up and the PC remains completely silent. By stressing the whole thing a bit (in our case with the OCCT “stress test”), temperatures will rise and the bottom of the PC will get quite hot, but at a level that remains quite acceptable, accompanied by very light breathing that you can only hear by sticking your ear to the ventilation grille below.

Autonomy: a long day of work, and even a little more

Getting started with the Galaxy Book 2 Pro 2 in your bag and forgetting the charger? That’s not a problem, as it will mostly take a day. This is certainly one of the product’s greatest strengths. Autonomy can easily increase to 12 or 13 hours by using energy savings in the right way. On the video streaming side, our Netflix test with the Chrome browser ran 10:35 hours before the battery was completely drained. Again an excellent result.

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On the charging side, the PC comes with a 65W fast charger no bigger than that of a smartphone. It provides a full charge in just under 2h30.

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Conclusion

Strengths

  • A laptop weighing less than 900 grams
  • Excellent build quality
  • Perfectly calibrated OLED display
  • Full-featured connectivity for an ultra-portable
  • Very good autonomy

Weak points

  • Reflections on the screen
  • Very short keystroke on the keyboard
  • A “screen size/chassis” ratio that could have been better

Samsung’s Galaxy Book Pro 2 represents everything expected of an ultraportable laptop in 2022: a machined body, a compact and versatile size, impressive lightness, good autonomy and real comfort of use. All modern components are there (12th generation Intel CPU, OLED screen) and even a little more. We appreciate the particularly complete connectivity for a product of this category. The only minor noticeable defect is the rather high level of reflections on the panel, which can complicate outdoor use. A negative point that weighs little at the time of the balance sheet.

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