Not content with landing on convertibles and 13 inches, Samsung is also attacking 15.6 inches with the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro. Is right ?
Yes Samsung. The electronics and home appliance giant had been in IT for a long time, before the industry crash took a small step back. Momentum for another leap forward? The Galaxy Book range is worth trying in any case, and here we have the third element of the triptych. The 15.6-inch diagonal isn’t necessarily the most hotly contested battleground in the world, which makes the Galaxy Book 2 Pro stand out. In good ?
Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro (2022)Technical paper
|Fashion model||Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro (2022)|
13.3 inches, 15.6 inches
1920 x 1080 pixels
|Graphics chip (GPU)||
Intel Iris Xe
|Operating System (OS)||
Microsoft Windows 11
304.4 x 11.2 x 199.8mm
Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro (2022)Design
Ultrabooks have gotten better and better in recent years. So you might doubt Samsung’s ability to get up to speed. But let’s not forget that thanks to the smartphone and tablet markets, it is far from being lost sight of. The 15.6-inch Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro makes us forget the behemoths of yesteryear. Rather, we’re dealing with an incredibly compact machine, measuring just 1.17cm thick and weighing just 1.11kg.
It’s very simple: its main competitor is none other than the LG Gram 16, with which it shares many features. Starting with this design of extreme sobriety, all in black and light metal with rounded corners. The finishes are simply exemplary, and taking the device in hand is always surprising for its ability not to make its size feel. It might be on the screen edges, especially the bottom edge, that we should expect better from Samsung, but this wears off with use and is less annoying than any improvement in the future.
Keyboard and touchpad
Here we find a full-sized chicklet keyboard with everything you would expect from an AZERTY keyboard, including a function bar whose keys, however, are slightly thinner than the whole. The presence of a true full-size Enter key is a delight, knowing that many American-style competitors are splitting it in half.
On the right side, which requires a 15.6-inch PC, we also find a numeric keypad. However, it offers keys that are narrower than the rest of the keyboard, which takes some time to adjust before it can be used comfortably. At the top, the ignition key also doubles as a fingerprint reader to ensure the security of the device thanks to Windows Hello.
This keyboard is half-hearted. On the one hand it is very responsive and bounces easily on every stroke, with the usual short stroke for a chicklet. On the other hand, it lacks a bit of resistance for my taste to ensure the precision of my shot. But it’s just that: a matter of taste. Fortunately, the large glass touchpad with a flawless glide will make everyone agree.
On the left is a full-size HDMI port, a USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 port, and a Thunderbolt 4 port. On the right, the combo jack, a USB-A 3.2 port and a microSD card reader. Given this relatively limited connection for a 15.6-inch size, it’s hard not to wonder why the two USB-C ports on the left aren’t both Thundertbolt 4 compatible. Or why the SD port is not full size.
Source: Anthony Wonner – Frandroid
Source: Anthony Wonner – Frandroid
Here we have a useful connection, but not necessarily optimized. The sacrifice is not unusual, given that this is how many manufacturers can make devices with such a thin size, but Samsung also does not seem to have thought of optimizing its machine and was content with classic options.
webcam and audio
The same goes for the in-machine speakers, developed by AKG. So yes, the Dolby Atmos is there, but the physical configuration again puts them under the machine for a rendering that is hard to convince. Don’t think you’ll respect the efforts of the musicians you listen to, but that’s enough for YouTube videos.
The 1080p camera is also there… oh well. Like any other. And Samsung’s software improvements have no effect other than playing hide-and-seek. Avoid false bokeh as much as possible, which is of deplorable quality, but facial softening and light compensation are noticeable for video.
Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro (2022)Screen
Impossible not to wait for Samsung to turn on its records. The Korean manufacturer is the champion of all categories in this market and has to prove this on each of its devices. The Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro has a 15.6-inch AMOLED display in Full HD definition (1920 x 1080 pixels), with a 16:9 ratio and a refresh rate of 60 Hz. A small disappointment can point to the latter at the tip of its nose, other competitors such as Asus offer at least 90 Hz.
Under our research, we observe what we expected from Samsung, which is an excellent coverage of the key market gamuts: 163% for sRGB, 109.6% for DCI-P3 and 74% for Adore RGB. In automatic mode, which is essentially the same as DCI-P3 mode, this equates to an average Delta E2000 of 3.23 for colors that are very close to reality. We also note a color temperature of 6800K which is close to the 6500K target of the video standard.
The only disappointment comes from the maximum brightness, measured at 408 cd/m². That’s enough for the computer to be readable in direct sunlight, but not enough to be pleasant to read. The matte treatment of the screen will help in this regard, but we would have appreciated 100 to 200 cd/m² more to never have to counteract the sun’s rays.
Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro (2022)Software
Windows 11 of course. However, Samsung does not leave the system unattended and has developed its own universe of utilities and tweaks on top of Microsoft’s operating system. The two entities are already making friends in the world of smartphones, there is nothing surprising about that. So there are a few apps like Notes or Bixby (yes, you read that right: Bixby), as well as an in-depth link to Galaxy devices in the form of a mirror mode.
We will especially note specific parameters for Samsung devices that use the same interface… as Android. It’s quite disturbing, but not unpleasant, especially since here we will find many important settings, such as the default colorimetry of the screen. The additions from Samsung are therefore very welcome, although we also regret the presence of advertising applications, especially the demonic McAfee.
Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro (2022)Performance
The Korean manufacturer has again not really tried to optimize its proposal for its largest diagonal. The Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro is also equipped with the Intel Core i7-1260P, Intel’s 12th generation with 12 cores: 4 performance cores and 8 efficient cores for 16 threads. It comes with 16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM, which is soldered to the motherboard.
So the performance is exactly the same as for all other machines of this Book 2 Pro generation? Not quite. Where we noticed a limitation on the Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 that made it less efficient than the Asus Zenbook 14 with the similar technical data sheet, it disappears here.
Its score of 8639 in multi-core and 1644 in single core on Cinebench r23 makes the 15.6-inch Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro equal to the Zenbook 14. We also see it on PCMark 10 with a score of 5124, slightly higher than his competitor. For those concerned about Samsung’s clamping, this large model is for you!
The 512GB PCI-E 3.0 NVMe SSD storage integrated in our test machine is equivalent to all those in its range and thus offers good performance.
Cooling and sound
That doesn’t mean the 15.6-inch Galaxy Book 2 Pro gets hot and noisy, though: the device is consistently quiet and never feels quite warm on a daily basis. The comfort promised by Samsung still applies to this larger size.
Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro (2022)Autonomy
The 15.6-inch Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro has a 68 Wh battery, slightly larger than the 63 Wh 13.3-inch model.
In our PCMark 10 battery life test, the device goes the distance with 12 hours and 22 minutes on the clock to go from 100 to 3% battery. Enough to sustain a productive day! The difference with the Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360, which did not impress us, is certainly explained by the fact that our model does not have a touchscreen to manage.
As always, you can count on 65W charging in Power Delivery to restore your computer’s health. Most impressive in this regard is the very small charging block, which has the luxury of being less imposing than even most of the latest smartphone blocks.
Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro (2022)Price and availability
The 15.6-inch Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro retails for a starting price of $1,599 with 512GB of storage. For 1799 euros you upgrade to 1TB of storage space. In this diagonal, the computer is only available with the Intel Core i7-1260P.