Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro review: Our opinion

When it comes to working on the go, we’re used to switching easily to fairly modest screen sizes, generally 14 inches or less. But this perfectly suited form of mobility doesn’t necessarily provide the comfort expected for some users who prefer to stay 15 or 16 inches apart at the cost of weight.

Samsung tried to reconcile 15.6 inches with portability by offering a lightweight 1.1kg computer equipped with this screen size. But heaviness is not everything and there should be other characteristics as well depending on the use you want, especially in terms of strength and autonomy. What is the value of the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro?

With an anthracite color, the outer cover of the device is rather discreet. On the lid, there is a logo of modest size indicating that it is indeed a Samsung device. It comes with a 65W mini charger and a USB-C cable on both ends.

Under the device, four rubber pads slightly raise the laptop. We can see the ventilation system consisting of small holes along the device placed at the level of the fans. Grids under the keyboard are used to allow sound from the speakers to propagate.

Breathing

The keyboard, which has a backlit system, has a nice-to-touch matte coating, which retains fingerprints just below a perfectly smooth surface. The touchpad is large, comfortable and Intel Evo logo Indicates that the device has certain requirements for responsiveness, autonomy and charging. With this 15.6 inch size, the numeric keypad will make it easy to enter numbers.

keyboard

On the left side there is an HDMI port for connecting the device to an external display, and two USB-C ports that can be used for charging. One of them is Thunderbolt 4.

USB-C HDMI ports

On the other hand, it is possible to connect a headphone or a microphone thanks to the mini-jack, which is the terminal end of the USB-A 3.2 socket. The slot will take care of hosting MicroSD multimedia cards. The blank key we see above is the fingerprint reader that will be used to unlock the session via Windows Hello.

Jack, USB, MicroSD Ports

Microsoft Windows 11 Home comes pre-installed. There is no problem getting started via the wizard. On startup, we detected the system with a custom wallpaper by Samsung and the dark theme selected by default. Several programs are already installed whose usefulness can vary according to the uses, we would have preferred an individual and unique Samsung program that would suggest to recover the ones that the user really needs. We are especially considering McAfee Antivirus for 30 days free which urges us to purchase a license. Once it is out of date or uninstalled, the copy from Microsoft pre-installed in Windows 11 does the job just fine.

Programming

The range is fairly successful in terms of design with rather thin screen borders. If the brightness is enough indoors, it may be a bit narrow for the outside due to the glossy screen that is sensitive to reflections.

Summary

Using Windows 11 is smooth, as is installing updates. Only the problem was noticed, the fingerprint reader is sometimes a little choppy, it will be necessary to renew the biometric recognition via Windows Hello parameters to improve it.

Performance tests give fairly good results, and choosing a processor from the P series, halfway between the H and U series, shows that the manufacturer wanted to play on both performance and autonomy. With the Novabench, we get a score of 2,916 points, which puts it well above the LG Gram 16 whose design makes us think of it.

Under Geekbench, points in monocore rise to 1664 and then 8345 in multicore and presents a score of 19244 for the graphical part. These results are more satisfactory and are close to those obtained by Huawei Matebook 16. It is difficult to choose between these models according to these criteria.

Standard

The autonomy test will not help us much in this task. We expected a more modest result from these ~12 hours obtained by running a stream series at 50% brightness and 40% volume. So it makes sense with these two models that you hesitate.

The LG Gram actually lasted in the 11H but with perhaps a slightly lower performance, at a lower price as well. But we can say that these models are almost twins in terms of design and are very lightweight for their class. The Matebook 16 wins in terms of performance at a very attractive price, but its weight of about 2 kg makes it less pleasant to use in the case of a mobile phone.

In the end, it will be difficult to speak badly of the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro. A glossy screen can be a heavy burden in very bright outdoors, but few people work in these conditions. On the other hand, the price is too high and the presence of a full battery that is not necessarily useful software is unwelcome.

For this size, Samsung has managed to produce a very light device that can be carried with one hand and forgotten in the bag. The performances are also good, although the Galaxy Book2 Pro offers a very comfortable autonomy that allows you to easily carry on all day out of the port. In short, if you are looking for a laptop with a large screen suitable for portability without compromising on power and autonomy, you have found your client.

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