Two years ago, Samsung returned to the European notebook market, a year ago the “Pro” series was launched. The second generation of the high-quality model series is now available, and it has to be measured against the high standards of the previous year’s models.
What variants and differences of the Galaxy Book 2 Pro and Pro 360 from Samsung are there?
As usual, there are two form factors: the Galaxy Book 2 Pro if Notebook classic design and that Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 als flexibles Convertible. Both lines are each with 13.3 and 15.6 inch screen and available in different configurations.
The prices vary between 1199 and 1899 euros. We sent one model each of the more compact version to the test lab. The 13-inch Galaxy Book 2 Pro is only available in one version; Samsung supplies different chipsets and memory sizes for the 2-in-1 device.
At first glance, the two models can hardly be distinguished from each other. That’s because of the almost identical dimensions and the uniform design language including the famous input devices.
The deviations that can be seen from the outside are due to the design – the convertible, which can be folded down 360 degrees, requires one more robust hinge – and an expression of a divergent supply of interfaces.
If you take the devices in your hand, you also feel a weight differencewhich can also be explained by the fact that we are dealing with a conventional “clamshell” laptop and a convertible notebook.
The latter is inevitably heavier – if only because of the slightly thicker display lid for which the Touchscreen responsible for. Nevertheless: Both models are included Extremely light at 875 or 1039 grams.
Since the power adapter is also lightweight, there are hardly any PCs that are more mobile-friendly than the new Galaxy Books.
Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro: Details
Test results: Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro
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|Endurance (max.125):||gut (103)|
|Equipment (max. 125):||gut (103)|
|Handling (max. 125):||very good (112)|
|Power (max. 125):||outstanding (122)|
What are the features of the Galaxy Books 2 from Samsung?
They also contribute to this brillanten OLED-Displays which have clearly increased in brightness compared to the predecessors. As usual, these are each Full HD screens im 16:9-Format. The 360 variant can not only be operated via touch commands, the supplied one is for more precise inputs S-Pen responsible.
The new one is more than a cosmetic fix Webcamwith 2.1 megapixels not only has a much finer resolution than the Pro debut and thus delivers a sharper image, but also an improved studio mode including “Auto Framing” and “Face Effect“ brings: The person in front of the computer is centered, visual distractions are removed from the background.
Practical additional benefit In the course of the model change, Samsung also has new processors installed. The brand new Intel Core CPUs of the twelfth generation are now being used, codenamed “Alder Lake“. These bring more cores and more power, which is reflected in an outstanding performance rating.
A distinctive feature of the Galaxy Books is the so-called performance modewhich in five stages of “High performance” up to “No fan“ is adjustable. With purely passive cooling, you lose performance, but you gain around half an hour of battery life – although this does not last more than nine hours even in the optimal setting and is therefore not completely convincing.
Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360: Details
Test results: Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360
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|Endurance (max.125):||gut (100)|
|Equipment (max. 125):||gut (104)|
|Handling (max. 125):||very good (117)|
|Power (max. 125):||outstanding (121)|
What ports do both Galaxy Book 2 variants have?
Nothing has changed in the connections compared to the first model generation. That is, there is each three fast USB ports – one with Thunderbolt 4 support – and one microSD slot. USB-A and HDMI are still only available with the classic fold-out version, with the convertible you have to make do with separately purchased adapters.
A 5G-Modem Samsung only donates to buyers of the 15-inch model in the classic version with the best possible equipment, for which 1749 euros are due. All other models only arrive per WLAN ins Internet.
On the software side, Samsung brings along Microsoft’s new operating system as usual own tools for integration into the in-house ecosystem as well as special ones security features on his mobile computer. But even without these additional tools from the Koreans, the new Galaxy Books each deserve a whopping “very good‘ in the overall rating.
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