Samsung Galaxy Book for enterprise

MSRP $900.00

“The Samsung Galaxy Book for business has good enough productivity performance and battery life, but its display is subpar and it lacks any compelling features.”

Pros

  • Thin and lightweight
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Solid productiveness efficiency
  • Good productiveness battery life

Cons

  • Disappointing show high quality
  • Too a lot give within the lid and chassis
  • No significant enterprise options

Samsung is extra dedicated than ever to creating a laptop computer that lives as much as the pedigree of the Galaxy model.

The Galaxy Book Pro got here shut, although, with its ultrathin chassis and vivid OLED display. But can a less expensive, extra primary model of that laptop computer have the identical impact?

The Samsung Galaxy Book I examined was technically the “for business” mannequin, although it’s almost an identical to the buyer mannequin on the {hardware} aspect of issues. The laptop computer options an Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor, 15-inch 1080p display, and prices $900.

That sits in the midst of the pack contemplating the worth, options, and design. Unfortunately, the worth isn’t low sufficient to justify this many compromises, particularly with so many different nice choices

Design

Angled view of the backside and lid on the Samsung Galaxy Book for business.Mark Coppock/Digital Trends

The Galaxy Book is constructed of aluminum, which often ends in strong construct high quality. However, Samsung should have used skinny aluminum to chop weight, as a result of the lid bends greater than I like and there’s fairly a little bit of keyboard flex. The Acer Aspire 5, a budget-oriented 15-inch machine that you could purchase equally configured for lower than $500, had barely higher rigidity within the keyboard deck and chassis, though its lid was additionally a bit bendable.

The HP Envy x360 15 is across the identical value because the Galaxy Book and is way more strong.  If you soar up in value, in fact, then you definately’ll get significantly better construct high quality, however I feel the Galaxy Book ought to really feel extra strong at its retail value of $900. An instance of a way more costly laptop computer that demonstrates the identical lack of rigidity because the Galaxy Book is the LG Gram 16 that’s constructed of magnesium, but it surely’s additionally simply 2.62 kilos — on this case, you’re buying and selling solidity for terribly gentle weight.

At 3.42 kilos, the Galaxy Book can be comparatively light-weight for a 15-inch machine, with the Acer Aspire 5 coming in shut at 3.64 kilos. The Acer advantages from some plastic parts, nonetheless. More sturdy laptops just like the Envy x360 15 and Dell XPS 15 are inclined to weigh 4 kilos or extra. The Galaxy Book is 0.61 inches thick, slimmer than the Aspire 5 at 0.70 inches, the Envy x360 15 at 0.72 inches, and the XPS 15 at 0.71 inches.

Straight on view of the Samsung Galaxy Book for business.Mark Coppock/Digital Trends

All in all, one of many Galaxy Book’s best strengths is its skinny and lightweight nature, which makes me somewhat extra forgiving of the laptop computer’s bending and flexing. The Galaxy Book’s bezels across the old-school 16:9 show aren’t that tiny, although, significantly alongside the highest and backside, and so it’s nonetheless a full-size 15-inch laptop computer.

Aesthetically, the Galaxy Book is a quite mundane silver colour that’s paying homage to so many different laptops. It has easy strains and angles and black keycaps with white lettering. There’s nothing improper with minimalist designs — HP has perfected it on machines just like the Envy x360 15 — however the design philosophy can go too far. I discover the Galaxy Book to fall on simply the improper aspect of that skinny line.

One notice about software program. Samsung features a ton of additional functions along with the standard help utilities. They embrace Samsung Flow, a pen app that has no use on the Galaxy Book, Samsung Gallery, Samsung Studio Plue, Samsung TV Plus, and so forth. Some of those apps is likely to be helpful, however for anybody who doesn’t need further apps put in on their laptops, the Galaxy Book might be annoying.

Two USB-C ports, a full-size HDMI port, and a USB-A port line the left-hand side of the Samsung Galaxy Book for business.

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Hinge on the back of the Samsung Galaxy Book for business.

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The right-hand side of the Samsung Galaxy Book for Business is populated with another USB-A port, a microSD card reader, and a 3

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Connectivity is first rate. Two USB-C ports, a full-size HDMI port, and a USB-A port line the left-hand aspect, whereas the right-hand aspect is populated with one other USB-A port, a microSD card reader, and a 3.5mm audio jack. There’s no Thunderbolt 4 help, which we’ve seen on laptops across the identical value. Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 deal with wi-fi duties.

Performance

Close up on the screen and keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy Book for business.Mark Coppock/Digital Trends

You can purchase the Galaxy Book with both a Core i5-1135G7 or a Core i7-1165G7. My evaluate unit was geared up with the Core i5, and it carried out properly given the CPU.

Across all our benchmarks, the Galaxy Book was at or close to the highest in comparison with a handful of different Core i5-1135G7-equipped laptops. Only the Lenovo ThinokayBook 13s Gen 2 matched or exceeded its scores. The Galaxy Book was significantly robust in our most CPU-intensive benchmark, together with our Handbrake take a look at that encodes a 420MB video as H.265. Its rating of 175 seconds was a lot sooner than all however the ThinokayBook 13s Gen 2, and it rivals many Core i7 laptops in our database. The Samsung was additionally robust in Cinebench, narrowly shedding to the ThinokayBook.

In the PCMark 10 Complete benchmark, the Galaxy Book as soon as once more took the highest spot with a rating of 4735. It additionally did properly within the Essentials,  Productivity, and Content Creation parts of the benchmark.

Overall, the Galaxy Book was a strong productiveness performer, in a position to sustain with heavy workflows. Its efficiency is one other space the place the Galaxy Book earned its $900 value.

Geekbench (single/multi) Handbrake
(seconds)
Cinebench R23 (single/multi) PCMark 10 3DMark Time Spy
Samsung Galaxy Book (Core i5-1135G7) 1401 / 5221 175 1361 / 5391 4735 1584
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i 14
(Core i5-1135G7)
1397 /4301 213 1325 / 4411 4550 1026
Lenovo ThinokayBook 13s Gen 2
(Core i5-1135G7)
1406 /   5379 178 1357 / 5502 4668 1511
HP Envy 14 (Core i5-1135G7) 1549 / 5431 204 1399 / 4585 n/a 1380
Acer Aspire 5 2021 (Core i3-1115G4) 1215 / 2544 300 1274 / 3128 3752 652

The Galaxy Book did properly within the 3DMark Time Spy take a look at at 1584, main our comparability group. That’s not a fantastic rating for a gaming laptop computer, nonetheless. We often use Fortnite to check skinny and lightweight laptops with built-in graphics, on this case, Intel’s Iris Xe, however the recreation crashed with a video reminiscence error each time I attempted to run it. In any case, depend on this laptop computer for older video games, eSports titles, or newer video games at low resolutions and graphical settings.

Display

Closeup on the Samsung Galaxy Book for business's display.Mark Coppock/Digital Trends

At $900, one ought to count on a good show. Given that Samsung is understood for making glorious shows, that is doubly true for the Galaxy Book. Subjectively, I discovered the 15.6-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) show to be vivid sufficient for all of the locations the place I often work, however I wasn’t impressed with the obvious distinction or colours. In explicit, I discovered black textual content on white backgrounds to be somewhat on the gray aspect.

My colorimeter confirmed my suspicions. The Galaxy Book’s brightness was wonderful at 326 nits, exceeding our 300-nit threshold. Things went downhill from there, although. The show’s colours have been surprisingly slender at simply 48% of AdobeRGB and 64% of sRGB, and so they weren’t significantly correct with a DeltaE of two.41 (1.0 or much less is taken into account glorious). This is a large disappointment, particularly at this value.

Worse but, distinction got here in at simply 700:1, properly below our most popular 1,000:1. It’s not unusual to see these sorts of ends in laptops costing lots of of {dollars} much less, however I count on higher at this value. The HP Envy x360 15, for instance, wasn’t as vivid at 270 nits, but it surely hit 71% of AdobeRGB and 95% of sRGB with an accuracy of 1.06. Its distinction was additionally considerably higher at 900:1.

This is a laptop computer that’s supposed for informal enterprise customers, and so they don’t require the vast and correct colours demanded by creators. But they do count on one thing nearer to the business common for the category of machine, and this show simply doesn’t dwell as much as that customary. I used to be stunned to see Samsung use such a low-quality show in a laptop computer at this value.

Keyboard and touchpad

The keyboard and trackpad on the Samsung Galaxy Book for business.Mark Coppock/Digital Trends

The keyboard has a normal format with loads of spacing and enormous keycaps with constant 3-step backlighting. There’s not quite a lot of journey, however the switches have been crisp and snappy with a cushty bottoming motion. They have been additionally quiet, which is a plus. I’d price this as an excellent keyboard that’s only a step behind the very best round, corresponding to these discovered on HP’s Spectre line and Dell’s XPS.

The touchpad is bigger than common, and it has a cushty floor with Microsoft Precision Touchpad drivers. It dealt with Windows 10’s full suite of multitouch gestures with constant reliability, and it had a strong however quiet clickiness. This is a good touchpad that’s exceeded in 15-inch laptops solely by the Dell XPS 15’s a lot bigger model. The show isn’t touch-enabled, which is all the time disappointing.

Windows 10 Hello help is offered by a fingerprint reader embedded within the energy button. It was quick and exact, and logged me in instantly as I pressed the button to get up the laptop computer.

Battery life

The Samsung Galaxy Book for business.Mark Coppock/Digital Trends

The Galaxy Book packs in 56 watt-hours of battery life, which isn’t so much for a 15-inch laptop computer. I didn’t go into my battery testing with nice expectations.

In our internet searching take a look at that runs by means of a collection of standard web sites, the Galaxy Book lasted simply 8.25 hours. That’s properly below the ten hours we wish to see on this take a look at. The HP Envy x360 15 made it to 11.25 hours, and the Dell XPS 15 with its power-hungry OLED show lasted nearly an hour longer. The Galaxy Book managed 11.25 hours in our video take a look at that loops an area 1080p film trailer, which is a stronger rating however nonetheless beneath common. The Envy x360 15 hit 13.65 hours, and the XPS 15 was inside a couple of minutes of the Galaxy Book.

I switched to the PCMark 10 Applications take a look at, which is the very best indication of productiveness efficiency, and the Galaxy Book scored 11 hours. That, too, is a stronger rating and nearer to common. The Envy x360 15 as soon as once more exceeded the Galaxy Book at 12.5 hours, and the XPS 15 fell behind at simply eight hours.

The Galaxy Book will probably make it by means of a full working day, so long as your workflow isn’t too CPU-intensive. These aren’t the very best outcomes for a 15-inch laptop computer at this value, however they’re not horrible, both.

Our take

The Samsung Galaxy Book is, as I mentioned at the start, a wierd laptop computer. The mannequin I reviewed is geared toward enterprise customers, but it surely doesn’t supply something out of the field that many client laptops don’t additionally supply. Its largest power is strong productiveness efficiency and a skinny and lightweight chassis, and whereas these are welcome to enterprise customers, they’re not precisely business-specific options.

Most disappointing is the show, which ought to supply a greater expertise on the Galaxy Book’s value. Battery life was a blended bag, with the laptop computer doing properly within the PCMark 10 take a look at however not as properly in our different benchmarks. And by way of appear and feel, the laptop computer is a bit boring and lacks rigidity. There’s simply not so much to advocate this machine over its wide selection of competitors.

Are there any alternate options?

The HP Envy x360 15 is a robust various to the Galaxy Book. It’s cheaper but provides higher efficiency and battery life and a superior show. It’s additionally a convertible 2-in-1, which provides flexibility.

We haven’t reviewed many 15-inch laptops on this value vary just lately, however if you happen to’re keen to drop right down to a 14-inch machine then there are a number of good choices. The HP Envy 14 is an effective instance, with equal efficiency, superior battery life, and a greater show, all at an identical value.

How lengthy will it final?

The Samsung Galaxy Book isn’t the sturdiest laptop computer we’ve examined on this value vary, but it surely’s nonetheless strong sufficient that it ought to final a number of years. Its parts are up-to-date as properly, and so it ought to sustain with Windows 10 and 11. The one-year guarantee might be upgraded to Samsung’s Care+ for Business prolonged guarantee.

Should you purchase it?

No. There are just too many different good 15-inch laptops for across the identical value, and the Galaxy Book doesn’t supply a lot to entice its supposed enterprise consumer goal. If you actually just like the laptop computer’s design and efficiency, then take into account the buyer model of the Galaxy Book.

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