Samsung Galaxy Book 2 review: the Surface Amateur

About two years ago, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will be compatible with ARM processors. This includes Qualcomm's Snapdragon chip line found on mobile phones. At the time, I told Microsoft that it was thin and light, always connected through built-in LTE, and offered the perfect opportunity to create an ideal Surface Pro with huge battery life. Microsoft has released several new Surface computers since then, including LTE-embedded models, but has not yet produced models with ARM chips instead of Intel's more power-conscious processors.

This is Samsung's new Galaxy Book 2. The $ 999 Galaxy Book 2 is basically the same kind of machine as Microsoft's popular Surface Pro: it runs all the features of Windows 10 with a detachable keyboard and pen tablet. But Book 2 is one of the new Always Connected PCs powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 processor.

Volume 2 is always the Surface Pro you are looking for. Always connected microcomputer It lasts all day long from the outlet. 19659005]

samsung galaxy book 2 review the surface amateur

Good stuff

  • Thin and light design
  • Long battery life
  • Includes keyboard and pen.

Incorrect information

  • There is a program compatibility issue with ARM on Windows 10.
  • 4 GB of RAM is limited.
  • The processor is not powerful enough to perform the tricky task. [19659015] Galaxy Book 2 is virtually indistinguishable from Microsoft's Surface Pro for untrained eyes. An infinitely adjustable pedestal with a thin, thin tablet, a keyboard magnetically attached to the floor, and a pressure sensitive pen for writing and drawing. Book 2 is about the same size as the Surface Pro, and comes in 1.75 pounds without a keyboard.

    Volume 2 is a 12-inch, 3: 2 OLED touchscreen (Samsung's Super AMOLED branding) with high pixel density and rich color. It's bright enough to use a tablet outdoors. The screen is slightly smaller than the Surface Pro, but I did not realize the difference in size as I found a huge bezel that was already bigger than the big bezel already.

    Another difference is that Book 2 has two USB ports for charging the computer and the side with the fingerprint scanner in the upper right corner of the screen. I prefer face recognition cameras to fingerprint scanners when signing in to laptops, but they are fast and reliable.

    Samsung Book 2 has a somewhat thin, flat AKG tuning speaker. It's great for conferencing calls, but it's fun to use meetings while watching video or listening to music.

    The box contains a large keyboard with backlit keys and a trackpad. It is a nice keyboard that can be easily typed, but that plasticky finish is nowhere near as good as the Alcantara keyboard that corresponds to the surface pro. However, Microsoft did not include a keyboard in the box, which adds $ 159 to the top of the surface price.

    The same is true for the S Pen stylus included in Book 2. Fully functional and pressure-intensive – with a sensitive stylus and an eraser on the back, which is not as good as Microsoft's $ 99 surface pen, but Samsung puts it in the box.

    Overall, Book 2's hardware is best described as a competent person. There are deficiencies or dazzling issues, but the suitability and completeness of the material is one or two steps below what Microsoft has to offer. Given the price difference between devices (LTE-equipped Surface Pro with pen and keyboard supports more hundreds of dollars), most can agree with Book 2.


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    The inside is slightly different. Galaxy Book 2 is designed specifically for Windows computers with the existing Intel processor option for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 850, a modified version of the Snapdragon 845 found on many smartphones. You need 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. (There are no other options or specification levels to choose from in Book 2.)

    Book 2 is one of the first devices to enter the shelf with the 850 and is the first book I have used. My initial experience with the previous generation Snapdragon 835 based Always Connected PC was positive. There were several application compatibility issues that slowed performance and were disappointing.

    Unfortunately this 850 -gen chip still suffers a lot of problems. Galaxy Book 2 comes with Windows 10 in S mode and by default limits the apps that can be installed in the Microsoft Store. But even then, there are several utilities that are not available because they are not compatible with the ARM platform. Other apps that can be installed, such as LastPass, will not run and will crash at run time.

    It also takes a long time to find the performance limit for Book 2. Light can work, but as soon as you turn your browser, e-mail, slack, word and other productivity apps into casual tasks, juggle multiple tasks and open dozens of tabs, Book 2 begins to get under pressure. Slack's performance was so slow and frustrating that we had to drop the desktop app and access it using the browser tab.

    Book 2 pauses or shuts down when switching between virtual desktops or when trying to open Start. Select menu and perform a search on Cortana. I think 4GB of RAM has big limit here. Even Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 smartphone has more RAM on the board, but there is a possibility that the processor is overloaded.

    On the plus side it is silent because there is no book 2 fan, and it keeps cool even when juggling a lot of work. Battery life is very good. If you can not keep up with 20 hours claimed by Samsung, you can use it all day at work and commute time without plugging in. Intel Ultraportable is a battery-intensive PC.


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    All of this makes Samsung Galaxy Book 2 rather disappointing. It has a great, portable form factor, long battery life and built-in LTE, making it a great computer for road warriors. However, there is not enough processor platform and RAM to operate efficiently. Those who need to do just a few tasks for their work may not have a problem with the performance of Book 2, but those who do a lot of web browsing with other productivity apps are more likely to hit Book 2 walls quickly.

    Although Samsung may have come closest to creating my dream computer, Book 2 does not have enough pros to make it a routine computer.

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