May 17, 2022

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Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 13-Inch Review: Ultralight and Versatile Convertible PC

In terms of build quality, Samsung wins with a sleek design, anodized aluminum chassis and impeccable finish. Be careful, the hood holds a lot of fingerprints. As the name of the system suggests, its hinges rotate 360, allowing it to be used as a display stand or touch pad. With this model, a stylus (S Pen) is also provided, which is much appreciated when other brands sell them individually.

Sensitive to performance and pressure, it does not need to be recharged due to lack of Bluetooth connection and uses almost no power. However, its functionality is very limited and the side button is only used in drawing applications, especially for erasers. Magnetized, it sticks easily to the cover of the computer.

PC in mode

The touchpad is very fluid, but sinks slightly under pressure on the front; As for the keyboard, it boasts good responsiveness, although the elegance of the keys is a bit confusing at first. The backlight is powerful and adjustable in four positions and is located on the top right of the fingerprint reader keyboard that acts as an on / off button, making it very practical to open the system quickly. Webcam cannot provide this functionality of Windows Hello due to lack of infrared module.

PC keyboard with fingerprint reader.

PC keyboard with fingerprint reader.

These pictures in 1080p, in theory, are a good thing, but the picture quality is obviously average, even very loud when there is enough light. In the dark, the effect is – as always – worse.

In a dimly lit office.
In good light conditions.

On the connector side, the PC is very thin, with Samsung integrating only three USB-C ports: the Thunderbolt 4, the microSD card reader and the mini-jack socket. So it is especially necessary to get a hub to add USB-A or HDMI. WiFi is on the 6E, the latest and fastest standard and is on Bluetooth 5.1.

The connection is defined by the sophistication of the system.

The connection is defined by the sophistication of the system.

Four Phillips-head chassis screws are hidden under the rubber legs. Unlike other manufacturers who stick their feet on their computers, Samsung had a good idea of ‚Äč‚Äčinstalling removable models that are very practical for accessing components. If the RAM is soldered, we can replace the M.2 SSD, which is simply covered with an adhesive, as well as the battery fixed with a few screws.

Good idea for removable feet.

Good idea for removable feet.

Ventilation blows from time to time, especially when using required software, but is much lighter: we saw 33 dB under the cinnabench. So the single fan rotates very slowly, but combined with the thinness of the chassis, it leads to significant heating of the system. Above the keyboard, the metal is elevated to 44 C, while the center of the keyboard exceeds 39 C. Of course there is nothing dangerous, and it is only valid for serious use.

The PC heats up, especially on the top of the keyboard.

The PC heats up, especially on the top of the keyboard.

Our test model features a 1TB SSD (although the retail version runs at 512GB), 16GB of DDR5 RAM and the brand new Intel Core i7-1260P processor we are testing for the first time. At 3.4 GHz and 4.7 GHz turbo, it combines the Alder Lake Generation Hybrid Architecture with a total of 12 cores: four performance cores and eight efficient cores.

It got a 91 rating performance over the Core i7-1165G7 found in many Ultrabooks, but in the end it was on par with the AMD Ryzen 5600U. Sufficient for office automation and most tasks, but nothing dazzling. The chip does not fully express itself, other laptops with the same processor are 18% faster for example – we are especially thinking about the Asus ZenBook Oled 14.

This is explained by the very limited thermal envelope (TDP) choice in the present case: if it is 28 W, we note that during long treatment (over 28 seconds), the TDP is limited to 20 W only. Not in the case of Asus. So Samsung has deliberately controlled the processor so that it does not overheat, which is especially understandable in a thin chassis. Considered choice.

We also tested SST with 2.3GB / V serial read and 1.2GB / V write capability. Nothing wonderful. Finally, a word about the capabilities of the iGPU: it allowed us to play Diablo III At 26 fps and at graphics “high” Overwatch Set to low quality at 37 fps. Something to watch fun with old titles or indie games that are not too greedy.

We have rarely seen a computer so thin (less than 11.5mm) and lighter. Weighing in at 1.04kg, it’s seldom felt in a bag, and its charger does not really weigh the whole thing: at 163g, it’s one of the lightest and smallest volumes we’ve ever tested. From this point of view, the PC is the perfect model for those who need to carry their computer without fail.

The charger is particularly compact.

The charger is particularly compact.

Question autonomy, which lasted 7 hours and 20 minutes on video playback on Netflix, the screen was set to 200 cd / m2, the headphones were plugged in and 50% sound, Bluetooth disabled. This result is a bit disappointing for the 13.3-inch model, due to the fault of the 63 Wh battery (which can save space on the chassis) and the increased consumption of 12th generation Intel processors.

Strong points

  • Elegant finish.

  • Versatility of 2-in-1 design.

  • Ultra compact and lightweight.

  • OLED panel.

  • Small charger.

  • Quiet.

  • The stylus is provided.

Weak points

  • Processor performance crashed.

  • Board prone to reflections.

  • Heating on the surface of the keyboard.

  • Average autonomy.

Conclusion

We tested what we wanted

How does standardization work?

With its Galaxy Book2 Pro 360, Samsung is making a splash in the laptop market. This 13-inch version, which can be converted into a tablet, is a model of lightness and versatility, though not fully functional. The S Pen stylus is included and we appreciate the PC’s well-sized Oled screen, but somewhat weak autonomy makes it miss the highest step of the platform. The system will delight mobile users, but not necessarily those that require high performance.

Supplementary notes

  • Construction

  • Performance

  • Screen

  • Audio

  • Movement / Autonomy

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