In this article, I give you my Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 review with specs included. This is a very slim and light 15.6-inch laptop. I have a 360-degree convertible, there is a non-360 version of this as well.
This is the highest end of the several laptops that Samsung is offering for 2021 but still, it’s priced pretty well. Starting at $1099 for the base model, higher-end configurations around $1299. I’ve always reviewed the Samsung laptops with the S-pens because they are so great for art.
They use the S-pen which is Wacom EMR which is a very close cousin to the Wacom EMR you see in things like the Cintiq Pro.
So yes, the S-pen is included with this. No, there is not a silo for it but that allows for them to give you something that’s a bit bigger in size and more comfortable to use.
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 is available in two colors. If you don’t like Mystic Bronze color (looks a little pinker than bronze in person) there’s also a Mystic Navy color, which is a dark blue color. So at least you have your choice there.
There are two configurations available with those two prices that I mentioned. There should be a third one coming because 5G will still be available as an option as well.
Those two configurations are both Core i7 ultrabook CPUs Intel 11th gen, this is an Intel Evo platform. The lower-end configuration has eight GB of RAM, the higher-end has 16 GB of RAM. The lower-end configuration is 512 GB of storage, the higher-end is one terabyte. Storage is an M.2 NVMe SSD. The RAM is soldered on the motherboard.
One thing I haven’t mentioned yet which is probably one of the most exciting is this has an OLED display. Samsung calls it super AMOLED, the same nomenclature they use for their phones.
That means nicely saturated colors and really great black levels and nice contrast levels too. So, it’s very pretty to look at. Unfortunately, also it’s really glossy.
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 weighs around three pounds, which is under one and a half kilograms. It is 11.9 millimeters thick or thin, depending on how you want to look at it. That’s LG Gram’s competition territory and honestly, Samsung has been competing with LG for years making very light and thin laptops.
It is an aluminum casing so it’s fairly rigid. It’s good looking, it’s not as unique looking as some of the Samsung laptops we’ve seen. Some have contrasting chrome and the dark blue top on it and all those sorts of pretty things. But, it certainly is pleasant looking.
Because this laptop is so skinny you’re not going to get any of the bigger ports. No USB-A and no HDMI for example. You do get a Thunderbolt 4 port and two USB-C ports so you can do display out and docks and all that sort of thing with it. A headphone jack and a MicroSD card slot and that is it.
This is a durable rigid aluminum chassis. It might be somewhat scratch-prone. It probably is possible to damage the finish on this if you are aggressive with it. I noticed a few scratches in the short time since I got mine.
The keyboard on this also is pretty low travel. It’s white backlit too. Sometimes Samsung really works some magic with really thin and light designs and low-key travel but this one to me just feels sort of like an XPS 13 from Dell, which means short key travel and not a lot of tactility.
I mean it’s usable, it just would not be my first pick certainly. We’re not seeing that ThinkPad wonderfulness here. The large Microsoft precision trackpad on here and feel is quite good.
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 has an Intel Core i7 11th Gen ultrabook U-series 28-watts quad-core CPU. Performance is right on par with what I expect from this and mid-matches its competitors in that respect.
I have the 16 GB RAM model and that’s DDR4 low-power XRAM. Also, a one-terabyte NVMe SSD which benchmarks decently is not class-leading, but it’s pretty good. And you could upgrade it yourself.
Heat on this, despite the fact it’s thin and metal, isn’t bad, even when pushing it hard. You’ll hear the fans when you plug it into power for charging. Otherwise, if you’re using it unplugged, not so much. There is a noticeable amount of fan action going on but not annoying.
Stereo speakers are AKG branded with Dolby Atmos software. And, as usual, Samsung does a better than average job with laptop speakers. They sound pretty good, there’s some fullness to them, and there’s some volume. It’s still a thin laptop, it’s not a 16-inch MacBook Pro either, in terms of audio, but pretty decent.
This is a 720p webcam no surprise. And a fingerprint scanner embedded in the power button. So it’s pretty much seamless integration. There there is no windows hello ir camera on this. In terms of software it’s usual this sort of bloat of samsung’s own software.
If you own a galaxy phone which many of you might who are attracted to this brand uh there’s Samsung companion software all that sort of thing. The software to control the device is always i feel is pretty good on this. You can do things like choose from a bunch of different color profiles.
I’m just using the auto dynamic mode where it’s self-adjust but you can set it to srgb adobe RGB p3 you get the idea there. And it has a nice feature where if you use it plugged in a lot you can set it to not charge to 100 only charge like 85 to improve battery longevity overall.
And there’s a couple of other features you can see running across the screen right now. So that’s pretty well done. One thing I’m not thrilled about is typically Samsung has an updater app that works just fine but i like it when you also have the alternative going to the website and manually grabbing that stuff.
But now you have to use Samsung’s updater app to do that. All right so let’s talk about the s pen. It’s as good as ever again. Wacom emr technology so you’ve got your pressure sensitivity here you’ve got silky smooth response. It’s one of the best out there.
And Wacom emr is up there with the apple pencil. And this might not be as high-end as what you see in the cintiq pro from waka miyamore but it’s still pretty good. Palm rejection is reasonably good on this and the pen response is just nice.
So this is most laptops with pens I don’t particularly recommend to artists I mean you don’t have much of a choice you get what you can get but this one is cream of the crop. And I’m glad that Samsung is in pricing it’s super high so you don’t have to say well i have to spend so much more to get this because you really don’t.
And if you’re doing just photo retouching or if you’re doing fine art style painting that i tend to do it’s just good stuff. This has a 68 watt-hour battery in a very compact the smallest yet I’ve seen from Samsung laptops. Fast charger 65 watt.
And you would think with an oled display which typically does consume more power assuming that you’re showing white backgrounds in word or web pages or whatever. I usually I was surprised to see an intel Evo certification here which means long battery life.
Now Samsung claims up to 20 hours I have no idea how you wouldn’t do that honestly. But I was averaging about 10 hours of light use. Which for a laptop with this big screen and again olen no full HD not 4k not 2k or anything I that’s pretty good.
And with my tests i said brightness to 200 nits and it’s office it’s a little web browsing it’s a little slack and a little bit of photoshop for my tests. To get inside you have to remove the rubber feet. And I suggest something like this sort of tool here to get them up that.
Seems to work the easiest compared to anything else. Just pop them off. There is no adhesive on these yay and then there are Phillips head screws just four. So that part is pretty easy. Prying it off I started around the back edges of this it’s pretty firm you need a pry tool a guitar pick just didn’t want to fit.
So I used the ifixit clamshell called clam opener tool very carefully because that’s metal you don’t want to scratch it either. But then it came right off. And this is what the underside looks like right here. And here are the internals.
Two fans you don’t want to see that too often on an ultrabook. And maybe that’s why it helps stay cool and why you can actually hear the fan noise particularly when it’s plugged in. And this is the m.2 SSD right here. And really kind of it’s a strange-looking one.
It’s a full 2280 height plugged into the m2 socket. But it didn’t look like they really needed all of that and they just kind of made it long to fit in the slot. Well, there it is. The battery is right here. The speakers are flanking and not particularly big drivers but hey they sound pretty decent. And then we have the wi-fi card which is an intel wi-fi 6e card ax-210 that’s nice.
And that’s soldered on good thing it’s nice because it’s soldered it’s there for life. And ram is soldered on with this so you won’t be replacing that. So that’s the Samsung galaxy book pro 360 pretty in pink and. Also available navy of pink ain’t your thing.
It is so thin it is so light it’s sterly built it has an OLED display it has a fantastic s pen for you art types out there. Particularly nice of course notetakers could enjoy it too. The display being full hd I know it would be nice if it was 2k resolution but battery life would have taken a hit.
So I get that it looks nice enough I won’t complain too much. And the brightness on this and 300 nits you know it’s not exactly impressive. But all that always feels brighter to the eyes than it is. So unless you’re going to be using this in really bright ambient situations it should be okay.
But the glossiness is annoying and really just annoying. And that is a challenge because of the fact it’s not that bright. But overall battery life is good on this the price is right too honestly. And if you want it but smaller there is a 13.3-inch model also available.
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360