Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 13-inch Review: Ultralight and Versatile Transformer PC

In terms of build quality, Samsung excels with its sleek design, anodized aluminum chassis, and impeccable finishes. Be careful, there are a lot of fingerprints on the hood. As the name of the PC suggests, its hinges rotate 360°, allowing it to be used as a display stand or touch pad. This model also comes with a stylus (S Pen), which is very important when other brands sell theirs separately.

Efficient and pressure sensitive, it has the advantage of not needing to be recharged as it has no Bluetooth connection and consumes almost no power. However, its functionality is very limited, and the side button is only used in drawing applications, in particular to use the eraser. Magnetized, it easily sticks to the computer cover.

PC in mode

The touchpad is very smooth, but sags too much under pressure from the front; As for the keyboard, it boasts good responsiveness, although the thinness of the keys is a bit confusing at first. The backlighting is powerful and adjustable in four levels, and the fingerprint reader, which acts as an on/off button, is located in the upper right corner of the keyboard, which is very convenient for quickly unlocking the computer. However, without an infrared module, the webcam cannot offer this Windows Hello functionality.

PC keyboard with fingerprint scanner.

PC keyboard with fingerprint scanner.

These are 1080p films, which is good in theory, but the image quality is frankly average, very noisy even with sufficient lighting. In the dark, the result, as always, is much worse.



In a poorly lit office.


In good lighting conditions.

On the connector side, the PC is so thin that Samsung has only integrated three USB-C ports: Thunderbolt 4, a microSD card reader, and a mini-jack connector. Therefore, it will be necessary to purchase a hub, in particular to add USB-A or HDMI. Wi-Fi complies with the 6E standard, the latest and fastest standard, while Bluetooth complies with the 5.1 standard.

Connectivity is limited by PC capabilities.

Connectivity is limited by PC capabilities.

Four Phillips screws are hidden under the rubber feet. Unlike other manufacturers who glue the legs of their PCs together, Samsung had a good idea to install removable models that are really handy for accessing components. If the RAM is soldered, we can replace the M.2 SSD just covered with glue, as well as the battery secured with a few screws.

Nice idea with removable legs.

Nice idea with removable legs.

The ventilation kicks in from time to time, especially when using demanding software, but remains very light: we found just 33 dB in Cinebench. Thus, the single fan spins rather slowly, but combined with the thinness of the case, this leads to noticeable heating of the computer. The metal above the keyboard reaches 44°C, and the temperature in the center of the keyboard exceeds 39°C. Nothing dangerous, of course, and this is true only in case of heavy use.

The PC gets hot, in particular at the top of the keyboard.

The PC gets hot, in particular at the top of the keyboard.

Our test model is equipped with a 1TB SSD (even if the retail version is limited to 512GB), 16GB of DDR5 RAM, and an all-new Intel Core i7-1260P processor that we’re testing for the first time. Clocked at 3.4GHz and 4.7GHz turbo, it incorporates a 12-core Alder Lake generation hybrid architecture: four performance cores and eight efficient cores.

It received a performance rating of 91, higher than the Core i7-1165G7 used in many ultrabooks, but ultimately on par with the AMD Ryzen 5600U. More than enough for office automation and most tasks, but nothing special. The chip also doesn’t seem to show up fully, other laptops equipped with the same processor are 18% faster, for example – we mean the Asus ZenBook Oled 14 in particular.

This is due to the choice of a rather limited thermal envelope (TDP) in this case: if it is 28 W, then we notice that during long processing (more than 28 s) TDP is limited to only 20 W, which is not the case with asus. Therefore, Samsung intentionally limited the processor so that it does not get too hot, which is understandable in a particularly thin case. Suggested choice.

We also tested the SSD, which achieved 2.3 GB/s sequential read and 1.2 GB/s write. Nothing amazing. Finally, a few words about the capabilities of the iGPU: it allowed us to play Diablo III graphics on “high” at 26 fps and at Overwatch set the quality to low at 37 fps. Something to have fun with old titles or indie games that aren’t very greedy but nothing more.

We have rarely seen a computer so thin (only 11.5mm) and so light. Its 1.04kg is barely felt in a backpack, and its charger doesn’t weigh the whole thing down too much: with a weight of 163g on the scale, it’s also one of the lightest and most compact units we’ve been able to test. From this point of view, the PC is a model of compactness for those who need to regularly carry a computer with them.

The charger is particularly compact.

The charger is particularly compact.

A question of autonomy, it lasted 7 hours 20 minutes when playing video on Netflix, the screen is set to 200 cd / m2, headphones are connected and the volume is at 50%, Bluetooth is disabled. This result is a little disappointing for a 13.3-inch model, due to a mere 63 Wh battery (probably to save space in the case) and the increased consumption of 12th generation Intel processors.

Significant Arguments

  • Neat finish.

  • 2-in-1 versatility.

  • Ultra compact and lightweight.

  • OLED panel.

  • Tiny charger.

  • Quiet.

  • A stylus is provided.

Weak points

  • Processor performance is reduced.

  • The plate is prone to reflections.

  • Heating the top of the keyboard.

  • Average autonomy.

Conclusion

we tested we liked it

How does assessment work?

Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 returns to the notebook market with great success. This 13-inch tablet convertible is the epitome of lightness and versatility, even if performance isn’t quite up to par. An S Pen stylus is included, and we appreciate the PC’s well-calibrated Oled screen, but somewhat weak battery life makes it miss the highest rung of the podium. Therefore, the computer will please mobile users, but not necessarily those who need high performance.

Additional Notes

  • Construction

  • Spectacle

  • Screen

  • Audio

  • Mobility / Autonomy

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