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Samsung Galaxy Book Review: Samsung's top 2-in-1 hybrid tablet

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The Samsung Galaxy Book is a 2-in-1 hybrid tablet running Windows 10 from a popular Korean manufacturer for $ 1,300 ($ 76,700).

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Samsung introduces Galaxy Book 12, an analogMicrosoft Surface Pro 4, which, thanks to the included keyboard, is much more conventional tablets suitable for work, typing and more. Here is my little gadget review.

Samsung Galaxy Book Screen

The 12-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display with a resolution of 2160 × 1440 is the main reason for buying a Galaxy Book.

The picture is crystal clear, the colors are bright and accurate, the best black level allows the screen to look brighter and more detailed than the IPS panel on the Huawei MateBook or Surface Pro 4.

Sensitive stylus

Comes with a Samsung S Pen stylus. In size and shape it looks like a regular pen, a stylus with 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity. S Pen Galaxy Book 12 does not need AAAA batteries and periodic recharging, unlike Surface Pen and Apple Pencil.

The stylus supports Windows Ink and all options.tilt brushes in programs like Adobe Photoshop, which makes it useful for digital artists. S Pen is a passive stylus, it works without Bluetooth, because of which the button on it can be used to delete, and perform the functions of the right mouse button. The button brings up the Air Command menu, an alternative to Samsung's Windows Ink, which allows you to use a stylus to lay out the screen and take notes.

There is a plastic loop glued to the keyboard for storing the S Pen. It seems reliable, but it is not known how long the glue will last. On other hybrid tablets, the stylus mount is more durable.

Galaxy Book camera and speakers

The 5-megapixel front camera is suitable for selfie and Skype calls, the 13-megapixel rear camera is for full-fledged photos, but it lacks flash.

The stereo speakers on the left and right sides of the Samsung Galaxy Book completely fill the room with sound. High frequencies are heard better than bass - a typical lack of tablets and hybrid laptops.

Comfortable keyboard

Collapsible design Galaxy Book givesthe ability to draw or read as on the tablet. If you need to type a large amount of text or work in the desktop Windows 10, connect the keyboard. The cover comes in the kit.

The Samsung Galaxy Book keyboard has a magneticStand with 4 angles of inclination (from almost flat to vertical), attached to the back side. The stand is good, but a folding stand with the maximum free angle on the Dell Latitude 5285 2-in-1, HP Specter x2 or Lenovo Miix 510 is more convenient. Its dimensions: 291 × 200 × 7.4 mm; weight - 0.45 kg (1.17 kg with a cover).

With it, the tablet remains thin and light, althoughThe case has to be carried with you, because the Galaxy Book cannot stand by itself. The built-in backlit keyboard is easy to use. The keys have a good move, but when pressed hard, the middle part of the keyboard bends. The one-piece, sleek touchpad responds quickly to touch.

Ports, connections

On the right side are two USB-C connectors. Conveniently, when the gadget is charging through the USB-C cable, one port always remains free. USB-C Adapter - USB-A is not included. You have to spend about $ 10 (600 rubles) on an adapter to connect old hard drives, flash drives, a mouse, and other peripherals.

From wireless connections are available: Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1 and 4G LTE. It is easy to switch between Wi-Fi and 4G LTE networks if you are within range of an access point.

Memory and safety

On the base model with LTE support installed 4GB of RAM and 128 GB SSD. That's enough, but on tablets with Windows 10 there should be at least 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD drive, especially at this price. The latest specifications are in a more expensive version, but LTE is missing.

Increase the memory after the purchase is impossible. But microSD memory cards of up to 256 GB are available - the slot for them is located on the left side of the Samsung Galaxy Book.

Possibilities to unlock Galaxy Book less,than competitors. Many premium hybrid tablets use an IR camera or a fingerprint scanner to recognize the user, this is not the case.

The Samsung Flow feature allows you to access the tablet using a fingerprint scanner on a Samsung Galaxy smartphone. At the same time, other devices on Android and even more so iPhone are not supported.

Samsung Galaxy Book performance and battery

Intel Core i5-7200U processor with integratedIntel HD 620 graphics allowed Galaxy Book to show good results on the benchmark: PCMark 8 Work Conventional - 2906 points, Handbrake - 2 minutes 16 seconds, CineBench - 318 points. In these tests, the device I was monitoring surpassed Surface Pro 4, but lost to the Dell Latitude 5285 with a fast Core i7 processor.

Galaxy Book lasted 14 hours and 6 minutes duringbattery testing time. For comparison, the results of competitors in the same test: Latitude 5285 (11:09), Surface Pro 4 (10:19), HP Specter x2 (9:38) and Huawei Matebook (6:19). Using Wi-Fi or a 4G LTE connection will drain the battery faster.


The Samsung Galaxy Book has an excellent screen and veryHardy battery, although there are drawbacks. 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of SSD are not enough for a Windows PC, which costs more than $ 1000. Work on it will become slower, and the drive will fill up faster than the competition.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is generally better, the Dell Latitude 5285 2-in-1 is better for business, and the Lenovo Miix 510 can save money.

Five advantages of the Samsung Galaxy Book

  • 14 hours of autonomy
  • Subtlety and ease of work
  • Great screen
  • 4G LTE support
  • Keyboard and stylus included

Five shortcomings of the Galaxy Book

  • Not enough RAM and drive
  • Lack of stand
  • USB Type A adapter not included
  • No Windows Hello
  • High price

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