SAMSUNG Galaxy Book Pro 360 Review

this crazy slim and light 15.6-inch laptop is the Samsung galaxy book pro 360. so 360 degree convertible there is a non 360 version of this as well and this is the highest end of the several laptops that samsung is offering for 2021 but still it’s priced pretty friendly starting at 10.99 higher end configurations around 12.99 and 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 we are going to look at it now 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 it’s available in two colors if you don’t like this one essentially it looks like pink which is called mystic bronze looks a little more pink than mystic bronze in samsung galaxy phones there’s also a mystic navy which is a dark blue color so 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 the configurations both of them are core i7 ultrabook cpus intel 11th gen this is an intel evo platform and the lowering configuration has eight gigs of ram the higher end has 16 gigs of ram the lower end configuration is 512 gigs of storage the higher end is one terabyte of storage it’s an m.2 nvme ssd the ram is soldered on this one and one thing we haven’t mentioned yet which is probably one of the most exciting is this hazard oled display or samsung calls it super amoled same nomenclature they use for their phones so that means nice zingy saturated colors and really great black levels and nice contrast levels too so very pretty to look at unfortunately also really really glossy and now a shout out to our sponsor the trend micro and home network security device so this little box comes with an 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websites that you don’t want your kids going to be sure to use my link in the description to save twenty dollars and now back to our video so this laptop weighs around three pounds which is under one and a half kilograms and is 11.9 millimeters thick or thin depending on how you want to look at that’s lg gram 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 like the beautiful one that had this contrasting chrome and the dark blue top on it and all those sort of pretty things but it certainly is pleasant looking because it is so skinny you’re not going to get any of the bigger ports no usba 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 micro sd card slot that is it folks this is a durable rigid aluminum chassis it might be somewhat scratch pawn we weren’t the first one to get this review loader from samsung i can tell because it has a nice size scratch on the lid so obviously it probably is possible to damage the finish on this if you are aggressive with it the keyboard on this also is pretty low travel it’s white backlit and given how thin it is uh 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 not a lot of tactility i mean it’s usable it’s just not would be my first pick certainly we’re not talking about think pad wonderfulness or something the large microsoft precision track pad on there and the hand is quite good for performance this is an intel core i7 11th gen again the ultrabook used series 28 watts cpus quad core and performance is right on par with what we expect from this and mid matches its competitors in that respect we do have the 16 giga ram model and that’s ddr4 low power x ram and we have a one terabyte nvme ssd which benchmarks decently not class leading but it’s pretty good and you could upgrade it yourself we’ll talk about the internals later heat on this despite the fact it’s thin and it’s metal isn’t bad even when pushing it hard the fans you’ll hear the fan when you plug it into power for charging otherwise if you’re using an unplugged not so much but there is a noticeable amount of fan action going on but not annoying but there speakers on this is stereo speakers they 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 so you know 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 clam shell 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 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 annoying annoying and really just annoying and that 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

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Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360

9.2

Performance

9.6/10

Price

8.8/10

Value

9.2/10