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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Here's What you Need to Know Before Buying!

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    For people who want to know about this laptop unit; This laptop is the 2nd in line with the Flex Alpha Series which is the lower-cost alternative to the Samsung Ultrabooks. This unit is being released next to the New Flex and Pro series releases. The Flex 2 Alpha is designed to be the entry-level release for this year and although considered entry-level Samsung did not sacrifice power. The difference between this unit and the mainline (Flex and Pro Series) is that this year the mainline was main to be Intel Evo Platform Compliant (Evo Explanation Below; Read Evo Certification below then continue reading here). To clarify the Flex 2 Alpha is not Evo Certified but Samsung has made it a point to use the i5-1135G7/i7-1165G7 and the new Intel Iris Xe Graphics in the Alpha which is the same processor and graphics used in the mainline; which makes the Flex 2 Alpha just as powerful as the mainline i7 models and i5 models. The reason why the Flex 2 Alpha is not Evo Compliant is that Samsung did not include a Thunderbolt 4 port and instead used a USB Type C 3.1 Gen 2 port, and the NVME port is 3.0. Other than these 2 differences, the Flex 2 Alpha does meet Evo Compliant standards in all other qualifications. These changes were likely done to allow this unit to be sold at a lower price point. So what does this mean for you? Most people will not notice in any way the difference between Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 2. Both will allow you to use external screens and use your USB Type C devices. Most Thunderbolt 3 devices will also work with USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 2. The most notable Limitation is that since it's not Thunderbolt the Flex 2 Alpha will NOT be able to use an eGPU. If you have a Thunderbolt docking station you would like to use check the manual and see if it has a compatibility mode for USB Type-C. As for the NVME drive being 3.0 unless you specifically need NVME 4.0 (which on a consumer-level nobody but hardcore media creators will see a benefit), nobody will notice a difference in speed. As it is Ultrabooks like this are for productivity and entry-level media creation and NVME 4.0 is not a required feature (Reference Side Note 1 and 2 Below). In terms of the S-Pen; The Flex 2 Alpha does not come with an S-Pen like the Mainline Flex and Pro 360 does. But this unit is digitizer capable which means you can get a battery-powered S-Pen or Wacom pen and use it with the unit. Disclaimer: Please read the next paragraph to learn about the screen. The Flex 2 Alphas Screen is QLED while the mainline series is AMOLED. QLED is slightly more fragile than AMOLED; this means that even though the Flex 2 Alpha is digitizer ready you do run a slightly higher risk of damaging it by using an S-Pen on it. Don't get me wrong, the QLED screen is still pretty strong; I've been poking it with my fingers and not nicely I might add. My bottom line is that QLED screens would be for more casual S-Pen and Stylus interaction while the mainline AMOLED screens would be a better fit for daily PEN use. In my opinion, QLED looks much better (but this will be up to you to decide) as I personally find that AMOLED throws off my depth perception while QLED does not while also looking more vibrant to my eyes. Again this will be up to you, I am not a medical professional and cannot say if QLED would be better for your vision like mine. As for performance, the Flex 2 Alpha will perform the same as its i5 and i7 counterparts in the mainline in both processing and graphical power. Don't worry they are the same processors and integrated graphics. RAM amount will verify. Building on power for those who have an older Ultrabook looking to upgrade or just curious about what has happened in the last year. I will say Intel has outdone themselves on the Intel Iris Xe Graphics complained to last generations UHD Integrated Graphics. When Intel said that Intel Iris Xe Graphics will be x4 power they really meant it. Compared to my last year's UHD graphics model which was very limited and could barely play games the new model with Intel Iris Xe Graphics went leaps ahead of its time. I stress-tested it with a few games, rendered a video, and even photoshopped some pictures for this review. They are not special in any way because I photoshopped them quickly but man was the Flex 2 Alpha able to keep up. A+ work Intel! See below for my game test results. Please keep in mind this is not a gaming laptop and this is just an example that it can play games. Game Test (Playable Framerate of 49 FPS and Above): Murdered Soul Suspect: 1080p Ultra Settings. DmC Devil May Cry: 1080p Ultra Settings. Warframe: 1080p Low to Medium Settings. Code Vein: 900p Medium Settings. The Technomancer: 1080p Low Settings//900p Medium Settings. Resident Evil Biohazard: 720p Low Settings. Amazon LUNA: Full 1080p at Luna Settings (lol cloud games worked awesome on this over wifi) Fan noise is the normal amount for an ultrabook it's a low hum that you will hear. No way around it. Embrace the fan sound. If you want a second charger please don't go aftermarket go to the SamsungParts website and it's model number [BA44-00295A]. Final Thoughts: For my uses the Flex 2 Alpha is perfect. I also love the body style; I love a nice rectangular laptop that when I put it in tablet mode it feels like a solid tablet. Give me a brick style any day. The mainline laptops have too many curves for me and leave a gap between the back and front when in tablet mode. This is just my personal preference so who knows you might like the curves for gripping or style aesthetics. Also since the mainline and the Alpha line use the same processors I still get the premium speed and the body style I like in a laptop. If you are an artist or in school and need to take notes I would say go for the Pro 360 or the Mainline Flex that Samsung released. Samsung really did outdo themselves in every way this year with their laptop releases. Never been more impressed. - Evo Certification: The product was made using an exact Intel-provided base unit to ensure the laptop meets thunderbolt 4.0, NVME 4.0 (SSD), processor speed, graphic, and battery life expectations. This basically means all Evo products no matter which brand you buy from should perform similarly if not the same as their sister counterpart. Example: A Samsung Evo platform Laptop with an Intel Core i7-1165G7 using Intel Iris Xe Graphics should perform the same as other Evo products using the same hardware. Both LG and MSI make Evo platform ultrabooks with the same configuration and by Intel Evo Platform standards all 3 devices have to perform nearly the same in terms of power, battery life and have Thunderbolt/NVME 4.0 capabilities. The difference in these units is that the manufacturer is allowed to change the Body Style and features as long as the Evo Platform standards are kept. So one brand can make a 2 in 1 style version while another brand makes a traditional laptop or detachable. But bottom line if you see Evo Certified that means it's an Intel design running on intel processors and graphics. - Side Note 1: An Evo Certified Product should always have at least one Thunderbolt 4 Port. - Side Note 2: Although the standard for your NVME SSD port on the motherboard will be NVME 4.0 when Evo Certified the manufacture who makes the laptop can still put an NVME 3.0 SSD into the port. For NVME 4.0 speeds you may need to put your own NVME 4.0 Chip into your laptop unit depending on if the manufacture decides not to include one. - SIde Note 3: This laptop cannot charge itself via USB and can only charge with the included DC Adapter. This laptop can charge other devices via USB though. - Side Note 4: The Flex Alpha Series only comes in 13.3-inch models for a 15 inch you will need to move up into the mainline Flex release from Samsung. Disclaimer: I paid for my laptop units myself. Yes, I do laptop reviews but this was not sponsored and I spent my own money on my units to get them and decided because I love them to write this review.

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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Do It All Laptop

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    UNBOXING & SETUP: - Samsung really simplified the unboxing setup to this and I'm good with it! Not much to it besides the laptop and the charger/ - First impressions are that this laptop is really small, slim, and light. Even for a 13 inch laptop, they really utilized having small bezels and fitting everything into a nice size package. - The color and design are really modern too, just feels like an upscale laptop and nothing that is too cheaply made. - Upon turning it on, Windows and Samsung made setup feel quite easy. Just go through the steps, let the laptop do its job, and sure enough you are ready to start using it! PROS: - The obvious pro to me is the screen. The Galaxy Book Flex2 Alpha has a QLED screen (which is Samsung's version of OLED, even though Samsung makes straight up OLED laptops), and the QLED screen is fantastic! It really makes the screen pop with color whether you are working, web browsing, or streaming something. Screens can really make or break a laptop and this one hits! - The keyboard is also really great on this Flex2 Alpha. It makes typing on it really easy and flow nicely while not having the keys me too clunky or not have enough feedback at all. Plus it has a fingerprint scanner built into the keyboard which is a great option for security purposes. - The 2-1 Design also flows really well. It switches from laptop to tablet with ease and since its small and light you never feel like you are holding an oversized laptop. Its comfortable and adds a lot of functionality to the laptop. - The specs on this laptop have the latest 11th gen intel chip, 16 gb of memory, and 512 gb of storage and that all really shows in its performance. It is quick and snappy while loading multiple applications and never seems to have slow moments. Plus on top of that more laptops seem to go away from having high storage so its nice to see a laptop having 512 gb for that extra comfort. - I do also like Samsung's software within the laptop. It works well with Dex and Samsung products in general, sometimes I feel that Windows computers with other company software on it feels too clunky but this combination fits just right. CONS: - Its minor but I think Samsung really should have let this charge via USB-C instead of it's standard clunky charging port. USB-C just offers so much more functionality and its the same thing that almost all of Samsung's products charge with anyways. - Although I love the screen, I do wish it had a 3:2 aspect ratio instead of the 16:9 widescreen. - Lastly, the additional ports are much welcomed but at the same time removing some of them would help make the laptop slimmer all in all. BOTTOM LINE: - Samsung made a "budget" version of its higher end Galaxy Book lineup but there is nothing that feels "budget" on this laptop. It has fantastic specs, a QLED screen that will really surprise you, plenty of ports for extra functionality, and a touchscreen 360 degree screen that really makes this thing versatile. Its slim portable size along with a really solid battery life will make this laptop your daily companion very quickly!

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    So far so good

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    I've had this laptop for a little over a month and so far I have no complaints. I really like the included Samsung apps. A couple of my favorites being Battery Life Extender+, which charges your battery only to 85% if you keep it plugged in most of the time as I do. I also like the PC Cleaner. The battery lasts long enough for what I need when I take it off charger. It's fast for what I need. I run a Linux distro within VirtualBox and have not had any issues. Amazon Alexa is installed but I have not used it as I have plenty of Echos around. Best Buy had the Wacom Bamboo pen on sale so I picked it up. I've only done a simple test and it worked without issue. I'm a Windows Insider and just got the Windows 11 update and it's running smoothly. If you're in the Samsung ecosystem I'm sure it works flawlessly with your other devices making this a no-brainer if you need a Windows device. I use the Windows Your Phone app to access my Android device which works well and they are continually improving. In my opinion this is a great laptop for the money and am very happy with my purchase.

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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Samsung - Galaxy Book Flex2 Alpha 13.3" QLED Touch

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    I have always had a Macbook Pro and I love Apple products but my retina screen cracked and didnt want to spend a lot on another laptop. I took a risk to buy this Samsung Galaxy Book Flex2 Alpha and absolutely love this laptop. It is extremely light weight, the screen is super clear and vivid, and the performance is awesome! It handles all commands flawlessly and it is extremely quiet. The finger print login is very convenient.

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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    My SGBA2

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    I purchased it a month ago and have started learning how to use it. There are a lot more for me to learn and enjoy as well with good and the latest features added to, for instance, Intel Core i5 Notebook that I bought one a few years years ago. I love this machine, Samsung Galaxy Book Alpha 2.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Samsung is Definitely Flexing With This One

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    I love bright screens on laptops, actually I’m a total sucker for them. When I saw that Samsung was really focusing on the 13.3 inch QLED screen on this Galaxy Book Flex2 Alpha, I just had to give it a try. I think everyone will notice just how small and light this laptop is when they first remove it from the box. The laptop weighs about 2.5lbs, so it’s super lightweight, even with it’s impressive 13.3 inch screen that barely has any borders. The screen even makes a boring Windows 10 screen look amazing, it’s just that pretty to look at. Oh, did I mention this thing is pretty fast too? Samsung somehow was able to cram an 11th gen Core i7 in this little guy with 16gb of memory and a 512gb SSD. I’m not sure how, but they did it and it doesn’t even run hot. Okay, let’s talk about this screen. It’s bright, very very bright. It’s not bright enough to hurt your eyes as it’ll adjust automatically to your environment, but bright enough to always show off just how rich and deep the colors are on the screen. I own a few OLED TVs and other QLED displays and this screen holds up to any other screen I’ve used on a portable device. This screen is absolutely beautiful, no hyperbole. Oh hey, the screen rotates completely around so you can use it as a tablet too. That’s really a bonus to this already impressive laptop package, but it’s there for when you want to watch a movie or browse the web on your lap. All the other features of this laptop are pretty standard fare. You’ll get bluetooth 5.1, really nice speakers, WiFi 6 and a battery life that will last you all day. The only downside to this laptop that I can think of is the power adapter. I absolutely wish it was a USB C plug or something more standard then a little old school DC plug in. Overall, this is a very solid laptop that can serve as a decent tablet for short periods of time. Tablet use would be limited as it’s just a bit heavy to use as a tablet for a long period of time, but it’s a nice feature to have. Aside from the power plug, this laptop is an amazing value, with a fantastic screen and great battery life to boot. I really like this Flex2 Alpha and I think you will too!

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Light and powerful Laptop

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    This is a very light (2lb 8oz) 2 in 1 laptop.. This is also a fast little unit since it is equipped with the latest i7 processor (11th gen Intel 1165G7 @ 2.80 GHz) 16 GB RAM 510GB SSD Review of things that stood out to me; The QLED screen - Super sharp and bright. It even has an ‘outside’ setting allowing you to brighten even more in those sunny situations. Nice touch sensitivity as well. Windows pen worked great on it. Speakers- Pretty average. Speakers are on the bottom, so if sitting on a soft surface the audio will be muted. However, if you flip over the screen to prop up the laptop (Like a tent) speakers are aimed at you. Bluetooth is your best option for music of course. Backlit keyboard – this is really a bummer for me (Only drawback really The reason for -1 star). All other laptops I have I can turn on and off the backlit keyboard. With Flex2 Alpha you have a choice of how long it takes for the light to timeout, but you cannot force it to stay on. As you can see in my pictures because of my overhead lighting it makes the keyboard difficult to read the keys at times. I would prefer to keep the backlit keyboard on at all time in this environment. Smooth and accurate touchpad. I do like the feel of typing on this keyboard. Fingerprint reader work instantly. Fan – Seems to run a bit more than other perhaps, but it is quite. Battery – Fast charging. If watching videos or a movie, you will get more like 5-6 hours on a full battery. Battery saver mode 99% charge tells me I have about 8 hours left based on my use. If you do very light work, or it sits idle, then you may get up to 17 hours. Connections – Aux. Audio, Micro SD, 2 USB, USB C (Does not charge device) and HDMI. I powered 2 monitors with a USB C Hub, no problems there. I really like the HDMI option as well though. Software- Samsung Flow allows you to link your phone and get all tests, notifications etc. Also love the Samsung Studio Plus – Nice video editing and slide show software. Overall this is a lightweight powerful 2 in 1 that would tackle all your daily tasks. Great for students, travelers, really anyone looking for great value.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful graphics and super lightweight

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    Samsung Galaxy Book Flex2 Alpha is a great laptop for anyone looking to upgrade their devices. Its touch-screen has amazing graphics and makes everything look so much brighter and crisp. It also loads fast, so it has significantly improved my video calls. The setup was super easy and it only took about 15 min. It's super lightweight at little under 3 lbs. and the illuminating keyboard is a nice feature. I really enjoy my new Samsung Galaxy Book Flex2 Alpha and highly recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Small, Solid and Awesome

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    This review is for the Samsung – Galaxy Book Flex2 Alpha 13.3” QLED Touch Screen Laptop model NP730QDA. This is a 2-in-1 laptop. This means you can use it as a laptop; or, use it in tablet mode when you flip the screen 180 degrees. When you open the box, you find the laptop, power cord, warranty information and a quick start guide. You are immediately impressed by the build quality and feel of the laptop when you unpack it! I love the small form factor and feel of the laptop. It is very light and solid (aluminum). The spec is 4.19 lbs which is very light. I recommend this laptop and rate it 5 out of 5 stars. There are a bunch of Samsung Galaxy integrations available. I do not have other Samsung Galaxy products so could not try any of them. It may be important to you though. This version has an Intel i7 1165G7 CPU @ 2.8 GHz (turbo to 4.7 GHz), Iris Xe graphics, 16 GB of RAM and 512GB memory of for the hard drive. This is more than enough for almost any task you need. I could not find any information on upgrading the memory or SSD. If this is similar to the previous Flex Alpha version the RAM is soldered and not upgradeable. You should be able to replace the SSD. There is a full – size HDMI, I USB type C (not for charging the laptop), 2 USB 3.2, Micro SD reader, headphone/mic-in combo and 1 DC in. You must use the DC charger. The laptop came as 24% charged with 1 hour and 18 minutes for a full charge. The initial set up was straight forward and took about 30 minutes. I also updated everything using Windows Update and Samsung Update. There were a number of updates necessary including BIOS. Please perform all updates first. I find a backlit keyboard is a must for me. Fn-F9 is for the backlight settings of 0%, 30%, 60% and 100%. 60% is sufficient. I find the backlight does not seem to stay enabled if you shut down and start again. A minor annoyance but annoying all the same. If you just close the laptop to hibernate, it seems to maintain the backlight setting. As I was setting the backlight in a dark room the first time, I mistakenly pressed Fn-F11. This enables Block Recording Mode and turns off you camera. A welcome and useful feature for privacy. However, I thought my camera was broken as I did intentionally enable the setting. Some guidance in case you camera is not working – try Fn-F11. The keyboard is perfect for me. I use the track pad a lot as well and it is perfect for me. Overall this is my favorite laptop for everyday use. It is small and powerful with a great screen. The only gripe I have is the fingerprints. As you see by the pictures, the fingerprints collect very easily. I would also prefer if the backlight setting stayed enabled. This is a perfect laptop to use as a portable powerhouse. You should easily get a full school day of use on one charge.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Productivity Laptop!

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    Let's start right off by saying "I'm very impressed"! I didn't expect the colors and QLED screen to blow me away - but they did and you can't help but notice! Along with that, it's got a very quick and responsive feel, makes me happy. :-) Seriously though, when I have a chance to test new laptops, I run them through the Passmark Performance Test tool. I've attached the final result from this laptop's test below. It even beat my current "loaded" laptop in some categories like memory and disk. Download the tool for free and compare to your existing system. I'd be curious to see some of your own test results on your existing system - post them in the comments! Remember - this is NOT a dedicated gaming device - more for everyday productivity and entertainment use. So far, the only CON is has is the charger. Most new thin 2-1 devices and Ultrabooks are leverage USB-C type chargers, this laptop still has a 1/16" jack. It works, just odd that Samsung is still using that. Speakers are adequate for a small device like this. I expect that for audiophiles, they'll connect to their favorite Bluetooth speaker or use the headset cable. Overall, I'm extremely impressed with the solid feel, battery life, vivid QLED screen and overall performance of Flex2 Alpha.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful and Compact on the go Computer

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    This is the best laptop I have ever owned, though I must admit, most of my laptops have been chosen for economy rather than raw capability. Though it has the capability of operating in tablet and “tent” mode, I primarily think of it and use it as a laptop. The physical Out of the box this laptop gives the immediate impression of quality. It is sleek and the metal shell is simple and clean, though like similar metal shells I have used before, fingerprints show up quite well on the dark finish. Though the device is not very heavy, the shell and the lines give it a solid feel in the hands. The slim bezels and the tight lines make this physically smaller than a an 11” Chromebook I own. Keyboard layout is typical for a laptop without a number pad and the keys are responsive and accurate, even though they have extremely little travel. I found that possibly because of the small format and the placement of the touch pad I am far less likely to accidentally strike the touch pad while typing. The touch pad is responsive and slick in operation both swiping and clicking. The inclusion of a fingerprint sensor as part of the keyboard is nice and it blends in better than some more obvious fingerprint input scanners I have seen. There are relatively few openings, buttons, and other visible elements when closed. Along the left edge there is the power input, an HDMI port, USB-C port and headphone jack. On the right side there are 2 USB ports, a micro SD slot and the power button. There are a couple of things that I would like to have seen differently. First, the power input is a small barrel/pin type power input and I would have rather it been a USB-C power input that I could gave used with a docking station I already own rather than another power supply and cable. The other nitpick I have is with the power button. I feel like it should be closer to the hinge side than where it is on the right side. Because it is “in front” of the USB ports, I found it very easy to accidentally depress and shut the computer off while repositioning the laptop or inserting and removing USB devices. Once powered up it was obvious that the screen is outstanding on this device. The screen is extremely sharp, vibrant and with excellent color depth. Testing a variety of high-resolution videos left me extremely impressed with color and with screen refresh. The screen is glossy, but I did not have any issue with screen glare in any of the circumstances I would use a device like this. As this has a touch screen I tested with fingers and stylus and found the screen was subject to fingerprinting as I expected, though oddly the metal case showed up more prints than the screen. One thing I found was that because the hinges are “soft”, the screen tends to bounce a bit when typing and particularly when operating as a touch screen in laptop mode. While I use this device first and foremost as a laptop, I did some tests using it as a tablet and in tent mode. For me personally, I did not find it comfortable to operate as a tablet. While I am sure there are certain applications where this would be useful, it is too heavy/bulky/thick for me to operate with one hand on the device and the other operating the touch screen. I also found the feeling of the keys on the back in tablet mode uncomfortable. Tent mode is nice for media consumption while placed on a counter or desk, and I also tried it this way with a full-size USB keyboard and mouse, but I do not think I will do that very often. Here I would also mention that the speakers can get quite loud, but they have a bit of a flatter, thinner sound than I have experienced before. Good enough for a youtube video, and certainly not a deal-breaker for me as I tend to rely on headphones. Battery life also appears to be quite good as I have not yet had to charge the laptop in the week that I have had it. I would estimate that run on the batteries for about 8 hours without plugging in to top up the charge and the battery life indicator shows about 6 hours of life left without turning off features like the lighted keyboard. One of the best things about this device is just how FAST it is at everything. Cold starts are faster from power on to desktop than my Chromebook, and a LOT faster than my 16 gb desktop PC has ever been. I know Windows 10 boots faster than previous generations, but the combination of the SSD and the i7 processor really push this to basically “instant on”. This continues into using apps, which load with lightning speed and function much faster than I have ever experienced with the Win10 desktop. The only times that I have experienced slow downs or lag is when Window starts ram-rodding updates into the system. This has always been my experience with my Win10 desktop, and I will not get into a review of my grievances with the operating system. I will simply say it is probably my least favorite thing about Windows as the updates can cripple all the device’s functions. This happened to me while looking at pictures, as the laptop became unusable for over an hour while updates ate all the resources. I have changed some of the settings since, but I know that is only partially effective. Samsung has also loaded quite a bit of bloatware on the Flex. While it does not hamstring the functionality, there have been numerous on-screen prompts to activate/upgrade/use a slew of features and apps I have no interest in. To sum up I think this an exceptional and capable device in a very compact and attractive package. I may have some issues with the OS, which I cannot and will not hold against the device. I also prefer to use it in just one of it’s three possible modes, but that is probably just my preference and not a real knock on the design. If I had one wish that I could change it would be to replace the dedicated power supply/port arrangement for a USB-C/power port, and that would probably make it the perfect on-the-go Windows computer for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Samsung still makes a great ultrabook.

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    I'll be honest, I was a little weary of Samsung as a company that still makes laptops, but I saw the specs and price of this nice little Ultrabook and decides to give it a shot. I'm an IT professional by trade, so I work with a great deal of laptops on a daily basis. I was looking for a good solid performing Ultrabook for personal use. I will say, most of the time my Ultrabook stays hooked up to a USB-C docking station, so I only use it unplugged maybe 25% of the time when I'm going around my home, or short hotel trips, otherwise it's connected to my monitor, keyboard/mouse most of the time. Let's start with the good, and there is plenty. - Core i7/16GB RAM/512GB SSD - These specs are great, and these are configurations that often are found in much more expensive laptops. The fact that I bought this for $850 (it was on sale at the time), and receives these specs, especially an 11th gen intel processor with Iris Xe graphics, that is a great value. - Which brings me to my next point, it's very fast and responsive. Very fluid, consistent high performance through and through. There's hardly any lag or stuttering, it is very clean, and honestly probably the best part about this laptop. Performance is outstanding. - Fit and finish is great. Solid aluminum build, lightweight, sturdy hinges. The keyboard is great, not the best laptop keyboard I've used (I'm spoiled by Lenovo keyboards and certain Dells), but it's very serviceable and above average. The touchpad is very good, and I was say only a little below the Dell XPS or Apple trackpad in quality. Speakers are nice and decently loud, but they are bottom firing which does muffle the sound just a little bit. But to be honest, all laptop speakers suck. Use headphones or external speakers if you are serious about sound. - The display is gorgeous, it's very bright, colors are nice and accurate, and they pop. Their displays remind me a lot of their Samsung phones, feels like the same DNA to a degree. And now for the cons, which there are some, but I wouldn't say any of them are a deal breaker. - The fan does spin a fair bit. It's not a terribly quiet laptop, but it's not extremely loud either. My unit more just sounds like pushing air. Thankfully there's no annoying tones, frequencies or whines, believe me, I've heard some way worse laptops with fan noise. This one isn't bad, but it's not a silent computer either. - It's a little heavy to be used as a tablet, I feel like it would be best used in a pinch here and there at best. - There's a lot of preinstalled bloatware and Samsung software out of the box. I highly recommend uninstalling the software you don't need before doing anything. - Battery life is above average, but pales compared to a few higher end options in it's class. - Worst con of all, the USB-C port doesn't offer power delivery. This would have been so nice if it had USB-C charging. It still uses the old school barrel port. Overall, I'm happy with the purchase. For the price I paid, this laptop is loaded with specs and features. It's a good budget option next to the Dell XPS, Apple MacBook Air, and some other mid to high range laptops. Laptops are pretty expendable these days so anything beyond 3+ years of use is great in my opinion. We'll see how it holds up long term, but so far color me impressed. Well done Samsung.

    Features

    Value
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    Ease of Use
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    Quality
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Value
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    Ease of Use
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    Quality
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    KILLER MACHINE! (From an Apple girl!)

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    Posted .
    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

    Let me start by saying that I've been a Macbook Pro/Air person for at least 16 years and have HATED PC's. However, I LOVE this little machine. It is lighter than my M1 Macbook Air, the screen is better than the air...gorgeous to look at actually! AND, the touch screen is a game-changer for needing to sign contracts on screen. The speakers are CRAPPY for sure...can't compare to M1 Macbook Air speakers, but not that huge of a deal as you can listen with headphones via the jack or bluetooth, or bluetooth speaker. I am looking forward to Windows 11 as I've heard it is a lot closer to MAC OS and if that's the case, this is a total game changer! I got a GREAT deal, for $799 student deal for 11th gen i7, 512 SSD and 16 GB RAM. I surprisingly RECOMMEND this hands down. I haven't tried editing video or music on this and not sure that I would. I would probably use my iPad Pro, or Macbook Air (if I don't sell it).

    Features

    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
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    Ease of Use
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing laptop for the price and build quality

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    I'm absolutely thrilled with this laptop! I bought this laptop as a thin and very portable development workstation. I do a lot of development in Rust, Go, and C++, and I really enjoy using the Intellij line of IDEs. For those that know, they are very memory hungry, and CPU and storage speed are really important. This laptop is an absolute champ when it comes to that workload!!! I could not be more impressed and often forget I'm not using my powerful desktop most of the time. The Intel Iris XE graphics are also very capable for what I need, and they are definitely a big jump over previous generations of integrated graphics chips. You can play WoW on medium settings and get consistent 60fps, and games like Minecraft are no problem either unless you go with heavy shader packs. Without shaders and most settings set to max I easily get 150-200fps in Minecraft Java Edition. The WiFi is also very capable; on my fiber 1Gb network, I consistently get 700-800Mb/s download speeds and 400-500Mb/s upload speeds on WiFi. The only downside for me is that the USB-C ports are both on the same side and that they don't support charging the laptop.

    Features

    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Quality
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Pros mentioned:
    Design, Display, Speed
    Cons mentioned:
    Speakers

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    MUST READ BEFORE PURCHASE

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    After having a Mac for 8 years I finally decided to give Windows another chance, and with the manufacturers available I trust Samsung most. If you don’t care about light bleed when the screen is dark then you’ll be pleased with the screen because I’ve never seen a laptop display at 1080p look that good. So…. First issue you’ll want to look for when you purchase this device is screen bleed. For me it was a big issue so I returned it and got another unit. Second thing is the speakers are beyond awful. It sounds like a kindle fire trying to do its best to play audio. If you use headphones like 99% of people using their laptops or phones You’re good. So seeing that I bought this for productivity I have to say this is the first time I’ve used a Windows laptop and grinned. I’m not sure what has happened since 2012 when I swore off Windows but it is phenomenal. With the 16gb of ram I was able to open 10 1080p vid tabs and 2 4k vids all playing at the same time and it didn’t even hiccup. I was also surprised with a $750 price tag (student deal) the features of the laptop. I was browsing other computers with similar specifications and am confused why someone would spend an extra $500-$600 on something similar (the more “premium?” Samsung 2/1” Another appealing aspect to my purchase was the fact it has a micro sd card slot. I am a heavy user and Apple wanted Well over $2600 just for a MacBook Pro with 2tb of storage. The option to purchase a 1tb sd card for $170 was enough of a deciding factor for me. So in conclusion, if you want something sleek, fast, and nice to look at this is for you. Oh and it has a finger print sensor. Didn’t even know before purchase but it’s excellent.

    Features

    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Quality
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Speed
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Battery Life
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Display
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful and beautiful Laptop

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    Posted .
    Owned for 2 months when reviewed.

    Bought this laptop for my son just over two months ago. I have owned many other laptops over many years but this is the first one I have to say is a beautiful looking, well-designed device - the aesthetics are amazing!! Then the excellent performance stats kick in: Flex-screen that can behave like a pad or just traditional laptop depending on the situation. The awesome screen definition (he is a sporty kid and streams HD sports: football, Olympics, soccer etc), This device streams Movies/HD shows from discovery/Disney at the highest quality! Above all he uses it for his school work and research most of the time and is the reason I bought it..and with 16G RAM, 512G-SSD; QLED-touch/flexscreen, Intel core-i7 powered cpu etc etc he lacks for nothing in terms of performance & productivity; and he loves it! I would buy this device again! One thing missing that I would recommend: Backlit keyboard!

    Features

    Speed
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Battery Life
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Display
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Quality
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great option, but room for improvement

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    Great features: lightweight, great battery life, nice keyboard, bright screen, works great with the bamboo ink smart pen (2nd gen) Could be better: very glossy screen, fingerprint magnet (casing and screen), no known scratch protection on screen, lack of dedicated accessories (screen protector, Samsung pen). Auto screen brightness / adaptive screen brightness is hard to adjust - you need to go into the Intel graphics command center to turn off the battery saver setting for the screen. The i7 version can run a bit hot, but if you are paying attention and using a program like coretemp it really is manageable. Also, I had to exchange my first comouter before even turning it on due to a wonky hinge, so check your purchase carefully for manufacturing defects! Overall, really happy with this purchase so far. Excellent value on sale, but not worth full price. Somewhat worried about screen scratches so I'm definitely picking up a matte screen protector!

    Features

    Quality
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Display
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Speed
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Battery Life
    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great laptop! I would highly recommend.

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    I was waiting to write this review after having used my new laptop for a bit. I can say that i love it! It fits my needs perfectly. I needed something light weight (this is extremely light weight). I needed something with good memory and this 16 mb. and something that looked cool lol. I personally think this is very cool looking lol! I like the color, wouldve loved something a little more unique, like a blueish or something, but no worries as this is still great. I love the square, straight lines look to it. The keyboard is great and the keys are responsive. The mouse pad is a great size. The screen is great, like really good. As most people said, the speakers suck. But that does not effect me as I use bluetooth headphones if needed. I would recommend.

    Features

    Display
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Speed
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Battery Life
    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Design, Display
    Cons mentioned:
    Speakers, Usb

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A great laptop for the everyday common user.

    Posted .

    The Samsung Galaxy Book Flex2 Alpha might just be the next 13-inch 2-in-1 laptop you'll be picking up at Best Buy if you're in the market for a new computer. I've used Samsung laptops many years in the past and never would've thought I was going to experience something as good as this in 2021. It's really well made and delivers great performance for every day mainline use. The biggest standout with the 2nd generation of the Galaxy Book Flex from Samsung is, of course, the nearly bezel-less 13.3-inch QLED display, which delivers up to 400 nits of brightness and lots of amazing colors, meaning anything you decide to watch, browse, or play will look spectacular. The fact that you can flip this laptop around and convert it into a tablet means you'll be clamoring over the picture quality while playing games or watching media content. That's if you'll be doing any of that on it, which I hope you do, because your laptop shouldn't be all for just work, work, work. This laptop is really lightweight weighing around 3 pounds and although Samsung promises up to eighteen and a half hours of power in a single charge, mine have fairly been around the 13-14 hour range, which I still think is pretty good for a laptop this sleek. While we're still speaking of battery and power, it's important to note that while it does have USB-C ports, it cannot charge itself with it and instead have to use the supplied power adapter to do so. Not a good look for the direction notebook computers have taken in recent years, especially from the likes of a key relatable competitor, and I think should've thrown in Power Delivery (PD) to the mix. The latest 11th generation Intel Core processors power the Flex2 Alpha, but fail to deliver on the graphics side with integrated Xe graphics... but I guess you can't have powerful mobile graphics when you're also looking for all-day battery life. It's also a bit unfortunate that Samsung didn't release a larger 15-16-inch model and only opting for a solo 13-inch variant, but here's to hoping they listen to consumer feedback and release a larger model soon, and possibly with a discrete GPU this time around? Oh, and the speakers are horrendous. I probably should have gone more in-depth about this, but it's common for most notebook computers to have inadequate sound quality and, to be frank, is likely expected from most laptops anyway, and while Samsung is throwing in some AKG speakers and Dolby Atmos support, you're probably going to want to plug in a pair of speakers or pair some headphones via Bluetooth if you'll be listening to music or videos on this machine. In conclusion, the Samsung Flex2 Alpha is a well-grounded choice for a new notebook computer you'll be looking to utilize for a combination of productivity, social networking, and media applications in both its laptop and tablet-handling capacities. What stands out is the phenomenal QLED display, solid build quality, long battery life, and comfortable backlit keyboard. What lacks is support for USB-C PD and still using a proprietary power adapter to charge itself, only available in a 13-inch size, no option for discrete graphics, and meh audio quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Budget friendly - ish

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    Posted .
    Owned for 3 months when reviewed.

    I was skeptical at first based on some of the reviews. I ended up purchasing this as an open-box. I am happy to say I have not regretted this purchase. It was been 2 months and no issues here. The battery is good enough to get me through my work day. I use Zoom for conferencing, YouTube, and Outlook. I love the size and do not mind the "plasticky" feel. The trackpad is okay but I use a wireless mouse. The keys were easy to get used to. I do not like the tablet mode, but do find it convenient sometimes to touch the screen. This computer is quite fast for my needs and has not shown as signs of underperforming. I would definitely recommend if you're on a budget.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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