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  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Display, Pen
    Cons mentioned:
    Hdmi, Speakers

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Mostly fantastic, but expensive

    Posted .

    --DESIGN-- This laptop is the usual “ultrabook” form factor where it is very thin, and can fold back into a tablet form. While not unusual, it is well done. You can set it up in “tent” mode and watch a movie on it while it is free-standing. The body appears to be made of plastic, and there is more deck flex than I would expect at this price point. For the money, I would have much preferred some metal in the construction, and for the unit to be more rigid. Still, it seems sturdy enough, so this may be nit-picking. It is certainly usable. I should note that the case itself appears to be a fingerprint magnet, so it will be difficult to keep it looking nice, if you care about that sort of thing. --DISPLAY-- The display on this laptop is fantastic for general use. It advertises itself as having “120% color volume.” While not explaining if this is referenced to sRGB or Adobe color space, I can still believe it. Compared side-by-side to a standard IPS display, the colors are noticeably more vivid. Being an AMOLED, the blacks certainly are black. I have no doubt that you could calibrate the color on this display to be quite accurate, if you have the equipment to do so. It is “only” 1920x1080, but that really is the sweet spot for this display size for my aging eyes. The display is also “only” 60Hz, so this might not appeal to twitch gamers, but they are not the target market. But this is, without a doubt, the finest display that I have ever used on a laptop. --PERFORMANCE-- This is where this little machine shines. It has the latest “Tiger Lake” CPU. It features four cores and eight threads. The performance and thermals of this are quite impressive. It gets a solid 4391 points on Cinebench R23. For reference, compare this to a gaming laptop with a six-core i7-9750H processor, it only lost by a little, but the gaming laptop ran much hotter, a lot noisier, and almost three times as thick. So the performance is surprisingly good given the size. It is good to finally see Intel making a CPU that can compete against AMD in terms of both performance and power. The new Intel integrated graphics is also great for non-gamers. It gets a Furmark FHD benchmark score of 1926 points and 32 FPS. While it would struggle with modern AAA titles, for older and casual gamers, it should be more than adequate. Finally, it has something that I have not seen before. CPU-Z reports the 16 GB RAM as being quad-channel. Dual-channel is standard, and some laptops don’t even have that. This may be partially responsible for the impressive Cinebench score. The cooling is also apparently well done. Even while running the CPU at 100%, the fan was not obnoxiously loud and the chassis did not have any apparent lap-burning hot spots. There is ample storage for almost anybody, as it has a 1TB solid-state drive. --CONNECTIVITY-- This is very much a mixed bag: a strange combination of awesome and disappointment. However, given the extra-thin nature of the body, I can understand why they did what they did. First, the bad: there are no HDMI or USB-A ports at all. The ONLY connectivity consists of three USB-C ports (one being a Thunderbolt), one micro-SD slot, and one headphone jack. That is it. If you have a common flash drive, you won’t find a place to plug it in without an adapter. If you want to hook this up to a television, make sure to keep a USB-C to HDMI adapter on hand. However, the USB-C ports are perfect. You can charge the laptop using ANY of the three ports, and all three also support displays. I managed to get one USB-C port to drive three monitors (two are 1080p and one is 1440p) with a suitable docking station (using DP alt mode: not Thunderbolt, and not DisplayLink). Even my gaming laptop can only support two displays at full resolution. --INTERFACE-- The keyboard seems to be of fine quality, and I encountered no problems with it. It is backlit, with three levels of brightness. It also features a shrunken numeric keypad on the right, so the center of the alphabet portion is shoved a little to the left. The numeric keypad also holds your movement keys (home, end, pages up and down), so you can have those or the numbers, but not both at the same time. Also in the upper-right corner is the power button with the fingerprint sensor (no unlocking the computer with your face). The touchpad is gigantic, and works well. The speakers did not provide any surprises given the size. The bass is a little stronger than expected, but still not very pronounced, and the volume is adequate for listening to videos, but certainly not room-filling. Big sound requires big speakers, and there just isn’t room. Finally, the laptop came with a pen. This works well, and should allow for easily taking notes and drawing (with the right software). A cursor is displayed under the pen when it just gets close to the screen, but nothing is activated until the tip touches the display. It also has a button that brings up useful pen options. One of the best things is that it does not appear to need a battery at all. No more trying to find strange “quadruple-A” batteries or forgetting to charge it. If there is one minus, it is that the pen might be easy to lose. There is no place to store it. It seems magnetic, and it sticks to the bottom of the keyboard area when the unit is opened, but there appears to be no place to put it when the laptop is closed where it would be safe enough to not drop it. The included quick start guide also gave no guidance on pen storage. --BATTERY-- I have not had it enough to exhaustively test the battery, but it certainly seems to last a long time, depending upon usage. I used Firefox to stream a YouTube video (full screen, 50% brightness, audio muted) for three hours, and the battery went from 100% down to around 70%. This implies that the battery would fully die after about 10 hours. If you are just doing light office work (word processing, spreadsheet, etc.) I suspect that the battery would last much longer. This should easily last an entire day of school or work. The included USB-C charger is TINY. I would expect a charger that size to be suitable for a phone, but it actually supports 65W charging. --CONCLUSION-- While it commands a premium price, this is nearly the perfect ultrabook. The only things lacking are: USB-A and HDMI ports, and a stiffer chassis.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Design, Display, Pen
    Cons mentioned:
    Usb, Webcam

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great convertible for Samsung ecosystem

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    Pros Super amoled inky blacks Sturdy chassis Extremely thin and light Includes USB-C and a Thunderbolt Charges with USB-C Included charger is Gallium Nitride Lid automatically turns system off and on Good keyboard Includes number pad Good touchpad Some provided apps are useful Touchscreen Extremely small bezels Stylus included Fast fingerprint scanner Stable screen during usage despite thinness Tons of features compliment a Galaxy phone Switchable cooling profiles for performance or silence Cons Anemic downward firing speakers Battery life much shorter than stated Drivers still not stable Screen has a lot of glare Blue finish is a fingerprint magnet Includes bloatware with separate app store 1080p resolution on large screen reduces sharpness No storage for stylus Rubber tip on stylus doesn’t feel natural and catches dirt “Pro” version comes with Windows 10 “Home” 16:9 ratio feels extremely long in tablet mode Large bottom chin Lackluster webcam No Windows Hello Camera Poor touchpad palm rejection when typing Zero key in non-standard place on number pad Minor OLED PWM screen flicker The Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 looks to have chosen to compete in the upper range of 2-in-1 Ultrabooks. Samsung’s focus with this seems to be thin and light with heavy integration to add value if you have a Galaxy Phone. It’s not to say you can’t use those features without one, but their functionality is enhanced when you do. Design and Features The design is extremely thin and deceptively light and very understated with only the Samsung logo embossed and two removeable stickers below the keyboard. In fact, it’s so thin it would be near impossible to house a standard USB port. Instead, it has 2 USB-C ports, one USB-C/Thunderbolt port, and a micro-SD card slot. If you still have standard headphones, you will be happy to hear it still has a headphone jack. Despite being so thin, the metal chassis makes it feel stronger than it you would expect. There is some minor deck flex in the keyboard, the center of the bottom panel flexes, and the bottom center of the screen also flexes but those areas don’t seem to be noticeable during regular usage. You can pick it up from a corner and it will hold it’s shape without warping. The power button doubles as a fingerprint reader as the webcam does not support Windows Hello. In the box is a stylus which has a slightly rubbery texture, USB-C charging cable, and power adapter. The power adapter is so small it seems to be gallium nitride which means even though it is 65 watts it is nearly the same size as a standard cellphone charger. Setup Once logged in you will find a lot of added apps. Some are bloatware, but a lot are Samsung’s own apps to extend functionality for Galaxy devices much how they do to Android on their phones. Many are nearly identical to their Android counterparts. Some apps are useful, such as a screen recorder or the creative app to go with the stylus while others are questionable at best such as the webcam beauty filters. The good thing is you can fully remove any applications you don’t want. That said, if you daily drive a Galaxy phone many of these apps will enhance the overall experience as you get Dex, Flow, Notes, Gallery, Voice Notes, Nearby Share, and others which directly tie into the Samsung ecosystem. The good thing is if you don’t use them, Samsung seems to have done a good job preventing them from bogging down the system. Performance Initially, performance was hit or miss with random errors and slight instability. After a round of firmware and driver updates the speed and reliability has improved noticeably. Overall performance feels snappy with no unexpected slowdowns. A nice touch is by default. The lid action shuts off the system versus standard sleep so you shouldn’t have it waking up in your bag later. The moment you open the lid the startup feels as instant as if it were in sleep mode. You can quickly log in with the fingerprint scanner, although a Windows Hello Camera would have been nice. The keyboard provides a good travel for the thickness. Keys have a distinct activation point with minimal wobble in keys and some extra travel after activation. Even in long typing sessions it feels comfortable. The main adjustment was the size of the keyboard. Key spacing is a bit different causing a small adjustment period to adapt while the number pad is a different story. If you bought this for the separate number pad and are proficient in 10-key touch, the offset of the 0 key will be frustrating. Instead of 0 being below the 2 or a long button between 1 and 2, it is only under 1. Often when you want to press 0 you end up hitting the decimal point instead. The trackpad inertia is well done feeling very natural making for pleasant usage with no unexpected gesture or click activations. There is a noticeable “rattle” on a tap click. It does cheapen the overall feel, but the consistency suggest it is by design. If there was any criticism about the touchpad, it would be the palm rejection. While updates have improved it, you can still occasionally cause unwanted movement while typing as the system registers your wrists resting on it typing as actual movements. Hopefully, Samsung will improve this during updates but as it stands now the issue is minor. Tablet use is, unsurprisingly, a compromise. The size and 16:9 aspect ratio makes tablet usage workable but not great. The huge chin to one side gives an odd offset feeling and if you put your fingers in that area to hold it you can feel the bezel flexing taking away from the premium feel a bit. While it would be nice if the S-Pen had a way to store it, the extra thickness is appreciated as it makes using the pen more confident. However, the rubberized tip has a bit too much grip. It seems Samsung was trying to provide friction for a more natural writing experience, but the stylus tip rubs enough to catch anything on the screen hindering the overall feel and the rubberized tip doesn’t glide as smoothly as a pen or pencil. What it does offer is a battery free experience with the same menu found on the Note lite that comes up with you click the S-Pen button. While nice, the button is very sleek making it hard to feel exactly where it is located. At 15 inches, using the convertible as an easel would seem a better use case. In that scenario, the main issue is the thinness means you will need to support the screen as your write or draw. Speakers feel like and afterthought on the 360. They are downward firing, but worse is that they don’t even get very loud. In quiet rooms this could be ok, but if you are trying to watch a video and there is any ambient noise it is sometimes impossible to hear particularly on some videos where the gain is set very low. In most cases the audio is good enough, but any Galaxy phone can easily outperform in sound quality and volume. The screen seems the exact opposite. While a 16:10 or 4:3 aspect ratio would have been nice for productivity and tablet mode, the 16:9 is well suited to watching videos. The Super Amoled produces inky blacks. It still exhibits some PWM flicker in certain lighting conditions, but the effect is mild. However, some might think their screen is failing because if this. Areas of the screen can become as dark as the surround bezel and just disappear. Light colors on the black background remain crisp with no unwanted blooming. Colors are accurate but just like Galaxy phones you can set your color profile to your liking. You can choose punchy and vibrant, subtle and accurate, or auto mode which determines the setting for you based on what you are doing. There is a light sensor which can help keep the screen from being too bright in dark rooms or crank the brightness all the way up when outdoors. Outdoors is where this panel struggles the most. While Samsung doesn’t seem to list the maximum brightness, the screen does seem to get bright, but any hope of overcoming bright light or sunlight is diminished by the heavy glare caused by the screen. While the glossy screen looks nice, it means that even in a moderately lit room you effectively have a mirror. In some cases, changing screen angles can alleviate this but just be prepared to accept the glare or possibly add an anti-glare screen protector. In today’s time talking about the webcam seems to be a must. If there was one word to describe the webcam it would be passable. Samsung knows how to make good, compact cameras and the one in this system seems an odd miss. They add beauty modes that seem more of a gimmick but the camera struggles in anything but very bright light and even though only looks workable. It would be fine for video conferencing but not much else. The microphones do work rather well, so that seems to confirm their focus. That said, the poor quality camera does tarnish the overall polish of the otherwise solid system. Final Thoughts There is so much more that could be said about this 2-in-1. Samsung added a ton of features, mostly useful, to enhance functionality and customizability to what is already a nice system even considering the odd compromises. The best way to describe it is if you have ever used a Galaxy phone. While they duplicate features, it’s often because they are improving them. Much like their newer phones, the additions on the Galaxy Book Pro 360 don’t seem to come with much, if any, performance hit. If you own a Galaxy phone that you are happy with and you are in the market for a laptop or 2-in-1, the Galaxy Book Pro 360 would be a nice fit. For others, it should be on your short list of choices as Samsung has done a nice job of making a solid, high performance 2-in-1 Ultrabook.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Design, Display
    Cons mentioned:
    Webcam

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Powerful 2-in-1 With Great Battery Life & Features

    Posted .

    ----- Summary ----- Verdict: If you are looking for a portable 2-in-1 laptop with all-day battery life and great performance, the Galaxy Book Pro 360 might be for you. There is a lot to like about it, such as the thin and lightweight design, beautiful screen, long-lasting battery, great keyboard, and included S Pen. Due to the poor webcam quality and lack of built-in stylus storage, it is just shy of a five-star laptop. Despite that, I am very pleased. Especially for Galaxy device owners, the Galaxy Book Pro 360 is definitely one to consider. Pros: - Thin and lightweight, especially for a 15-inch laptop - Beautiful AMOLED screen - Premium build quality - Long battery life - Comfortable typing experience - Seamless experience for Galaxy device owners - S Pen included in the box Cons: - Webcam quality is subpar - No built-in stylus storage ----- Details ----- Design: Laptops have been getting thinner over time, but what Samsung has accomplished with the Galaxy Book Pro 360 seems impossible. How is such a powerful laptop with a very long-lasting battery this thin? It is astounding to me, and so is the weight. Especially for a 15-inch laptop, the super sleek design is a game-changer for me, since I am often transporting my laptop on the go. With the Galaxy Book Pro 360, I can have a large screen without sacrificing portability. Even with such a thin and lightweight design, all the components feel solid and of high quality. To test the 360-degree hinge, I have been frequently trying different modes (laptop, tent, and tablet) and have noticed that the hinge is very sturdy. As for the ports, there is a decent selection that includes three USB-C (one supports Thunderbolt 4), a headphone jack, and a MicroSD card slot. If you use any USB-A accessories, you will need an adapter to use them with this laptop. Typing on the keyboard feels very comfortable. I like that the right side of the keyboard has a number pad which can also be used as an extra arrow d-pad that includes Page Up and Page Down, as well as Home and End keys. These are enabled when Num Lock is off. Rounding out my comments on the design, the trackpad is huge. I really appreciate that there is plenty of room for scrolling or using pinch zoom. Screen: The AMOLED screen is stunning. Whether I am inside or outside (even in direct sunlight), it is bright enough for me to see what is on the screen, and the colors are vivid. There are several color profiles available in the settings that allow you to customize the screen mode to your liking, or you can just go with “Auto mode” which will switch color profiles automatically based on what you are doing. Although not visible to the naked eye, Samsung says the screen reduces blue light which can lessen eye strain. I have had several long working sessions on this laptop and have not noticed any eye strain, so I think there might be some truth behind it. This is the first 15-inch laptop I have owned in a while, and I quickly realized that the extra screen space is nice to have, especially since I often find myself with multiple windows open at once. Performance: I purposefully ran numerous apps and videos at once to gauge the Galaxy Book Pro 360’s performance, and it handled everything with ease. Nothing crashed or had any lag. I would likely never be running that much at once, but it is nice to know this laptop can handle just about anything you throw at it. Battery Life: One thing I look for in a laptop is a battery that can last through a normal workday (8+ hours of continuous use), and the Galaxy Book Pro 360 easily hits that mark and then some. I would say that I average about 10 hours of battery life when running multiple apps and using numerous tabs in my browser. If I just use it for casual browsing or entertainment, I can get even more. Features: An S Pen is included in the box, and I have been using it often to write notes. I am happy to say the writing experience is great, and of the little doodling I did, the drawing experience seems great too. Since taking notes digitally is part of my weekly routine, I am glad the S Pen makes it easy to write legibly with little error. My only wish is that there was a slot to house it on the laptop, but at least it can attach magnetically. Since I usually participate in multiple video calls throughout the week, having a webcam on my laptop is a must. Unfortunately, the webcam quality on the Galaxy Book Pro 360 is subpar at best. I was hopeful that the various filters might help, but they do not. It always seems to look a little blurry and grainy, and those on the other end of the video calls agree, which is not acceptable for a premium laptop. The poor webcam quality came as a surprise to me because everything else about this laptop has been impressive. Moving on to some of the other features that I do like, there is a fingerprint sensor in the power button that works with Windows Hello. It has proven to be a reliable, quick, and secure way to unlock the Galaxy Book Pro 360. There are also several Samsung apps pre-installed that enable a seamless experience if you own other Galaxy devices. For example, Quick Share allows you to instantly share files, and Samsung Notes syncs across all Galaxy devices. As a Galaxy Note phone owner, I appreciate having apps like these that make multitasking or transitioning from my phone to the computer (or vice versa) very easy.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Design, Display, Pen
    Cons mentioned:
    Hdmi, Sound quality, Speakers

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Overall great laptop (with a horrible web cam)

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    We’ve been relying on our laptops more than ever in the last year, and shortages have caused choice to usually be limited to the very cheap or very expensive, with many of the mid-range systems having been scooped up by people needing to work and/or school from home this year. So, the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 enters the scene as a not-so-cheap laptop with higher end features, but still not among the top priced competitors. The Galaxy Pro 360 is a beautiful machine. It’s incredibly thin and light at around 3 pounds and thin as a typical smart phone. The Mystic Navy color is very attractive (though it does attract fingerprints easily). Being so thin, you have one thunderbird port, and three USB-C ports with a microSD card reader and headphone jack, but unfortunately that thinness excludes an optical drive, HDMI port, or any standard USB ports (there is no USB-A to USB-C adapter in the box – boo). A 65 watt fast charger and cord is included, so charging won’t take long at all. Samsung claims up to 20 hours of battery life per charge (I got more like 8 to 11ish, in real-world use; yours may vary depending on how you use it). The standout feature of the Galaxy Pro 360 is the very nice 15.6”, 1080p, AMOLED display. It’s not the very brightest outdoors, but bright enough for my uses (indoors), and being AMOLED, the colors are saturated and the blacks stand out very well. You can swivel the screen from standard use to tent mode, or all the way back to tablet mode. A Galaxy s-pen is included in the box – it’s larger than the s-pens you see with Note phones, but feels good in the hand. With this pen, you can do a lot on the Pro 360’s touch screen with the included Samsung software; take hand notes, copy areas of the screen for screen shots, notate web pages, sign documents, edit videos, screen record, and more. It takes a little practice, but comes in very handy. There’s no slot in the laptop to slide it into, though – but it will magnetically stick to the lid. The keyboard (lit) is a bit thin, but still has some tact to it when typing. Not the best I’ve used, but not bad. If you’re a hard typist you’ll feel a little flex but not terribly so. It does include a full numeric keypad on the right (slightly smaller than standard size). A fingerprint reader key on the upper-right doubles as the power-on button. The speakers are more on the side/underside and are at best average, not being very loud and a lacking bass; ok for general use and with tweaking can sound better, but if listening to serious music, you’ll want to use a Bluetooth speaker. The one VERY bad part about the Pro 360? The web cam. Ugh… 720p (!), not very sharp, and very poor in lower light. This is my one HUGE complaint. Samsung put a $350 laptop web cam on a $1,500 laptop, in a time when more than ever, people are relying on video conferencing for work and school – why, Samsung… why? My model has a newest generation i7 processor, 16 gigs of RAM, a very fast and nice sized 1 terabyte SSD drive, and built-in Iris graphics which works surprisingly fast for integrated graphics. You won’t have an issue doing all of your daily work, photo editing, and even video editing so long as you’re not rendering a Hollywood blockbuster. Most games except the most high-end should work fine. Mine didn’t stumble at all, no matter what I did. My Galaxy ear Buds connected seamlessly with the laptop, and if you are part of the Samsung ecosystem, you can also connect many of Samsung’s Galaxy phones to the Pro 360 to swap data and interact. I MOSTLY love the Pro 360. I love love love the screen, the beautiful body and overall build quality, the color, and the basic specs being speedy, along with the s-pen’s convenience. What I don’t like is the sound quality from the speakers, lack of legacy ports (USB-A and HDMI), and the dare I say it again, horrible web cam. So, as long as you realize you’ll probably need to use an external speaker for real serious music playback, and third-party web cam with this, many should feel ok with this laptop. Also again, remember to buy a USB-A to USB-C adapter if you plan on using older accessories with it. Recommend with good marks, minus a star for the web cam.

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

    Excellent, light and powerful 2 in 1

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    Samsung has hit the ball out of the park with the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360. If you ask me, this is the only Samsung laptop as of yet to be good enough to warrant the Galaxy name. It is a beatiful, light and powerful machine that clocks in at a very light weight. It has no 3D gaming chip, but so far has been able to play many of the Xbox and Steam games that I've thrown at it (granted it gets quite hot and sometimes freezes based on the complexity of the game) Halo, Mechwarrior 5, and Forza 7 worked great, granted you do mot get all of the visual bells and whistles. However, this is impressive coming from a thin ultra-book 2 in 1. The screen is not 4K, but is OLED and looks mighty impressive and sharp. My biggest gripes are the webcam and usb ports. It comes with lightning and usb-c so a USB-C to USB adapter or hub is necessary. I understand that this was done to keep the laptop as thin as possibe and I applaud them for that. However, it makes the Galaxy Book less portable when having to also carry around a hub or adapters. The webcam is overly bright and pixelly. Not a fan, but also not a complete deal breaker, especially when a clipon webcam can be gotten for about 30 bucks. Also, the camera is not compatible with Windows Hello, but the fingerprint scanner works quite well. In the end, I am very pleased with the Samsung Galaxy Book and could go on and on about it, but you're probably already bored with me. Try it, you'll like it!!

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Design, Display, Pen

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Impressive 2n1

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    So I got this Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 to replace my last convertible that I handed down. First this thing looks really good! The design and feel are really nice! It’s slimmer than my old convertible while having a bigger screen. It is a bit slippery. Yes I know it’s a laptop but it’s also a tablet and in that mode it can be a bit of a handful to hold. Performance far exceeds my needs for basic laptop use (email, web browsing and simple office type work.) So for its performance is great with the Intel Corei7 and 16gb of ram. Start up was fast once all the Windows updates were done. Programs loaded fast and switching between was as well. The AMOLED screen is gorgeous! Pics really don’t do it justice. Videos and pictures look great on it. The included S pen is nice and it’s size make it comfortable and easy to use. Pen input worked well while doing some simple coloring and notes. The only down side is that there isn’t a way to attach the S pen to the laptop. I’m guessing because of its size which helps with it’s usability but it would be nice to have something on the laptop to hold it. Touch input was also extremely smooth almost like using a huge Samsung Galaxy phone lol I’m not much of a gamer but I did download Asphalt 9 legends to see how the Galaxy Book Pro would do? I was able to play with the highest settings with no lag or stuttering at all. The screen really shines here. I didn’t have a controller to use so played in tablet mode. This thing is on the bigger side of course so it does make it challenging to play on but doable. If your in the market for a 15.6” convertible you should definitely put the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 on your short list!

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

    Great, Light, Laptop!

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    I really like this computer. It is not the most powerful laptop you can buy but that is not what you are paying for. This thing is light. I have never held a 15 inch laptop that is this light. Everything works on it. I wish it had a discrete graphics card but I knew going in that it did not. I can run multiple screens with no issues. Multiple tabs opened no issues. Multiple programs no issues. As I type this review I have it plugged into a Samsung 32 inch monitor. Seamless What about looks. Beautiful! Opens easy and can turn it into tablet mode without issues. If you want a tablet though I would get the 13 inch instead. The 15 inch makes it hard to use as a laptop.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Design, Display

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Sleek and Dazzling!

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    Samsung’s Galaxy Pro 360 delivers productivity when needed and converts to an even more impressive entertainment companion thanks to a perfect blend of software and hardware. If the past year has taught us anything, it is more important than ever to find that balance between work and play amidst everything else. The formfactor and lightweight of the Galaxy Pro 360 are very captivating. Enclosed in an aluminum chassis (Mystic Navy Blue in my case), it weighs just a little over three pounds (3.06 lbs.) and has a very minimalist layout. The left side houses one of the two provided USB Type-C ports. The other items located on the left side are the operating status LED and a Thunderbolt 4 port. On the right side can be found the second USB Type-C port, a MicroSD Multi-media card reader (micro SD, micro SDHC and micro SDXC) and a headphone out/microphone in combo. In addition to charging USB Type-C devices, these ports (and the Thunderbolt 4 port) can each be used as the charging port for the PC via the included 65W USB Type-C adapter. My configuration had a 4405mAh 4 cell Li-ion battery that is rated for 20 hours. Two AKG tuned speakers rated at 4W are located underneath the computer along with the fan vents. The sound is amazingly clear and doesn’t appear negatively impacted by the speaker location. The backlit keyboard has a numeric pad and is also spill resistant. I found the keystroke travel acceptable given the overall size of the PC; it is only 0.47 inches at its thickest region by the hinges. The multi-gesture touchpad is generously sized and physically clicks. The power button also doubles as a fingerprint sensor/reader for security. Setup is easy and works very well. Underneath the hood is an 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor (2.8GHz up to 4.7Ghz with 12MB L3 cache). The processor is also Intel Evo-certified which simply put means the device has been verified to provide top notch mobile performance such as instant wake, exceptional battery life and responsiveness. In my experience, even on the battery life focused setting, the Galaxy Pro 360 is quick in performance. Assisting the snappy CPU is 16GB of RAM for multitasking; the integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics card also uses this for video memory and is more than adequate for non-intensive video tasks. The RAM appears soldered to the motherboard though implying no possible upgrades. 1TB SSD for storage is more than enough for average use. Given Samsung’s history with SSD, you can be assured of longevity. For connectivity, there is Bluetooth 5.1 (low energy use, quicker connections) and Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) on the new 802.11ax standard. The centerstage of the Galaxy Pro 360 is the 15.6” glossy Super AMOLED touch screen. With a 1920 x 1080 (FHD) resolution and an aspect ratio of 16:9, it is a real joy to use. To be expected with the Super AMOLED technology employed in most Samsung tablets and tablets, colors “pop” and are brought to life with remarkable contrast ratios. Blacks are true blacks as the screen does not illuminate those areas, helping conserve battery unlike LCDs. Another advantage over the LCDs is the lack of light "bleed" around the screen edges. In addition to an Auto option, there are four other modes to choose from for content viewing: Vivid, Natural, PhotoEdit (photo editing) and Movie. Brightness is adequate, however, to be expected with a glossy screen, outdoor use can be a little challenging. As the name suggests, the rather sturdy hinges offer 360-degree rotation for conversion to either tablet or “tent” mode for an alternative viewing setup. Needless to say, the PC comes “binge-watching” ready. Above the screen is housed a 720p HD camera, a video camera LED indicator, a microphone with a dual array setup and an ambient light sensor that not only controls screen brightness but also the keyboard illumination. In addition to accepting touch input, the included S Pen can be used to take handwritten notes via the included Samsung Notes app. This iteration is ergonomic and feels more natural than its smaller Galaxy Note counterparts. It’s beveled to help prevent rolling and can magnetically attach to the chassis. There’s no defined storage for it by default but Samsung already has a case that will protect both the laptop and S Pen. Pressing the S Pen button while hovering over the screen delivers the S Pen features via Samsung’s Air Command. Highlights of the features are listed below: • Samsung Notes - Note creation via text or handwriting/doodle that can also capture audio and images • Smart select - For selecting, sharing or saving content. App can extract text from PDFs or save videos as GIFs • Screen write - Captures screenshot for scribbling or drawing • Live Message - Records handwriting or drawing action that is saved and played back as an animated file. Adds a personal touch to messages • PENUP - Samsung’s app for sharing and viewing Pen generated content globally. The app also provides coloring activities and live drawing tutorials to help develop sketch skills • Show Window - When connected to an external display (via an optional USB-Type C/Thunderbolt 4 to HDMI cable), selected area on the Galaxy Pro 360 can be projected in full screen on that external display Two other notable software are detailed below: • Link Sharing: This allows you to share content via a link. It conveniently has a two-day expiration; an inbuilt Dropbox • Samsung Security: Samsung deploys its own suite of security promoting features: a) Privacy Folder – Secures content in password protected folders b) Secret Screen – Uses window overlays of compatible apps to thwart prying eyes c) Block Recording – Prevents unwanted microphone or camera recording d) Security Cam – Emails pictures of failed log in attempts by unauthorized persons Samsung has come a long way and is no doubt a formidable force in both mobile and television industries. The Samsung Galaxy 360 is a very good effort to deliver some of its best innovations from both sectors in a very compact PC. Familiarity with Samsung's devices and software heightens the excitement but newbies will feel right at home too. The Galaxy Pro 360 is poised to be the device to seamlessly tackle both work and play, as we adjust to the new normal working from home.

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

    It’s great besides a few things.

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    I love this laptop. The performance is great and I couldn’t ask for anything better. The only downside is there’s no placement for the stylus that’s not the box it came in and the sound on the laptop is unusually low. Sometimes it’s high for certain things but most of the time the volume sounds low no matter how high I put it up. Besides that I love the how light weight it is and the flexibility.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 1 out of 5 stars

    Samsung is Trash and this product is testimony.

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    Owned for 2 months when reviewed.

    A flimsy piece of trash, screen cracked after 2 months of use. Cheap trashy product. The device was not dropped or mishandled. Opened it up to use on a regular workday and the screen was broken. DO NOT RECOMMEND. Save your money and buy something that is actually worth $1500.00

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    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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    Pros mentioned:
    Design, Display

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Expensive, yet powerful and convenient product!

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    This Samsung laptop computer is the first I have ever bought and I have to say so far so good! It is what it is and does what it does, it feels comfortable while typing, it inspires confidence while using it all thanks to its powerful processor, from surfing the internet to listening to music with or without headphones and to watching movies on an incredible Super AMOLED display really wraps up a good package. I bought the Mystic Navy 1Tb SSD 16Gb RAM laptop and I'm still trying to push the limits of what this machine can do connecting all my Samsung ecosystem and multi-tasking. As a Samsung fan, I strongly recommend this beautiful and thin laptop for anyone trying to complete their own Samsung ecosystem. Overall, I know this laptop is the beginning of great things to come in the future for Samsung! Buy with confidence.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Sound quality, Speakers

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome ultra-thin 2-in-1

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    Only three hours in to using it but so far I’m in love. I’m coming from the world of Apple - 13” MBP, 10” MacBook Pro and an iPhone. I’ve been having to jump onto the Windows desktop more and more often for to work on Excel (macros) and wanted something more portable. Let’s be honest - it’s not so much for travel as much as wanting to work from the couch! There is some flex in the keyboard and screen, but this can be expected in a 2-in-1 device that is as thin as my iPad Pro with Keyboard case. Audio quality was crummy until I turned on the include Dolby Access functionality - that really woke up the speakers!

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Design, Display
    Cons mentioned:
    Hdmi, Usb

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent 2 in 1, maybe best on the market

    Posted .

    Make no mistake, this is an expensive laptop. The price may or may not be justified based on your wants and needs, but if you can justify the price, it is a very excellent 2 in 1. Here are a few pros and cons that will hopefully be helpful. PROS The AMOLED screen is gorgeous and bright enough to be seen well outdoors The S-pen is a really great feature and works really well There’s more than enough power and storage with the i7 and 1TB SSD The keyboard has a 10 key Dolby Atmos actually sounds pretty convincing The touchpad is huge It’s super lightweight and thin The battery is pretty good - you can get a full day of usage CONS (or at least could be better) The screen is only 1920x1080. It looks really good, but for the price a higher resolution would be nice The keyboard is a little cramped with the addition of the 10-key, but I personally accept the trade off for having the 10-key included. Just takes a little getting used the the keyboard The touchpad is huge. This can be a pro or a con. It doesn’t necessarily get in the way, but does it contribute to the keyboard being cramped? While the addition of Dolby Atmos is really nice, the speakers are a bit on the small side, even for a laptop, so you’ll end up turning the volume up really high in order to hear certain stuff I usually have about 10 Chrome windows with about 60+ tabs total open as well as a live stock feed app running with the brightness at 100% since I usually try to work outside, so I’m loading it fairly heavy I guess. I get through probably about 6-7 hours, which I guess isn’t bad, but you always want more battery life… Again, trade off for lightness and thinness To elaborate on some of the points above, the biggest issue I see with this laptop is probably the speakers and sound. The speakers are on the bottom of the laptop… It’s a laptop, so when it’s sitting on your lap, the sound is pretty muffled, or at least very low. Now if it’s sitting on a table or other hard surface, the sound reflects and is fine, for a laptop, but with this being a 2 in 1, it’s meant to be portable, thus used mainly in situations where it’s probably not on a hard surface. It’s a little better when being used in tablet mode, but you’ll be turning the volume up pretty high for normal listening, or using headphones. To achieve the thinness they went with all USB type C ports, so no HDMI, Display port, or the regular, large size (type A) USB ports, so you may have some difficulty if you use a wireless mouse or want to connect to an external display, etc. However, they did include a a headphone jack, so there’s that… So, if you’re looking for a 2 in 1, this is probably the best on the market. There aren’t a lot of good 2 in 1’s, and even less that have a stylus (especially a good one). While the price may not be justified, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better 2 in 1 for less.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Design, Display
    Cons mentioned:
    Speakers, Webcam

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    The perfect on the go productivity laptop

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    PROs -Extremely thin and lightweight -Great pen support -Fast and perfect for productivity and light video editing CONs -Poor webcam resolution -Shallow keyboard -Microphone audio is muffled I was interested in this laptop for several reasons. Foremost I was looking for a new productivity laptop – so I needed the ability to drive multiple screens with a dock or dongles if necessary for referencing documents and loading up spreadsheets in Excel. Secondly, I was wanting to see what a Samsung AMOLED screen looked like in a laptop. Samsung phone screens have been known to be incredibly bright and vivid which makes it extremely attractive to have on a laptop. This stellar screen paired with the S pen results in a digital notepad great for jotting down ideas and taking notes in meetings. Design I was immediately impressed by just how slim the design of this laptop was which makes it easy to carry and hold when operating in either laptop or tablet mode. It measures 0.47 at the thickest point and tapers down from there. This makes it great for tossing into a tote bag or backpack to bring with you anywhere – perfect for a person always traveling or on the go. The blue material is fingerprint sticky, so if you are particular about keeping this laptop clean, you will want to carry around a microfiber cloth. As the 360 name implies you can flip the screen around to use the laptop in a tablet mode or flip it most of the way for an upside down ‘V’ that makes it great for presentations or watching videos. The hinge does have a little wobble – but I did not find this to be much of an issue. Ports The laptop has I/O that should satisfy most people’s needs, but if you’re a power user I would recommend a dock. I picked up a Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Mini dock which allowed me to integrate my monitors, mouse, and keyboard into my home office setup. In addition to the Thunderbolt 4 port it has a MicroSD card, headphone jack, and 2 USB Cs – either of which can be used for chagrining. Display and Galaxy Pen The screen is the star of this laptop and one of my top reasons for getting this laptop is the beautiful display which is bright and produces accurate vibrant colors. Additionally, the screen to body ratio is high resulting in tiny bezels – Samsung manages to cram a even tinier webcam into the top of the bezel which you can easily miss – more on this later. If you are familiar or use a Samsung Note device for your phone, the experience on this laptop will be similar just bigger and, in many ways, better. The larger pen is more comfortable to hold and use for longer periods of time and operates in the same way as it does on the Note. You can tap and tap and hold to navigate the screen and holding the side button while hovering over the screen brings up the air commands menu. Unlike the Note, there is no slot to tuck the pen away in. One can temporarily store the pen magnetically on the lid when not in use, but it is not strong enough to hold onto it when transporting the laptop. The writing experience is smooth and the grip on the tip of the pen does an excellent job of simulating actual writing on paper. Keyboard + Trackpad With a formfactor this thin some compromises get made in terms of the keyboard. The laptop features fairly shallow backlit chicklet style keys. I tend to type heavier with more force so the keyboard took some getting used to. I would prefer a more depth to the keys and a little bit more spring. If you’re used to laptops of similar formfactors you should adapt quickly to this keyboard. A huge positive thing to note is that you do get a full keyboard with a number pad – great for excel entry and quick calculations. Additionally, for Windows Hello there is a fingerprint scanner built into the top right key which helps you instantly sign in to your PC. In my usage this worked accurately and quickly only requiring a second scan a couple times time a week. Finally, the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 has a big trackpad which makes it comfortable to scroll, navigate, and perform multitouch gestures for users with even large hands. Speakers The speakers are good for the formfactor, but only get loud enough for personal listening. These speakers are not going to fill a room. Clarity is good in high and mid frequencies, but overall, the audio sounds distant and flat with bass that is none existent. Conferencing: Webcam + Microphone The 720p camera is tiny and almost invisible in the thin bezels. Since the camera is so small the quality of the camera is poor. The resolution is grainy and colors are washed out so don’t expect this camera to produce quality selfies like Samsung’s flagship phones. The microphone is also adequate and does a relatively good job of blocking out background noise, but the resulting audio lacks clarity. Overall, this laptop will get the job done in terms of video conferencing on the go, but if you prefer a higher quality experience I might look elsewhere. Performance and Apps The laptop both boots amazingly fast and has an instant-on capability that makes picking up where you left off super easy. I have been impressed by the ability of this laptop given the formfactor. I was able to multitask editing spreadsheets in excel, referencing webpages and listening to a podcast all while still maintaining great battery life on the go. Additionally, I was able to watch and edit my GoPro footage with relative ease. Don’t underestimate this computer based on its slim profile. Samsung users will appreciate the preinstalled Samsung apps and even the built in “Your Phone” app which allows for deep desktop integration with your Android based phone. Final Thoughts Overall, I found this laptop to be a perfect for a productivity minded person who is always on the go. The flexible formfactor and notetaking ability will delight users who are looking for a device to replace both their existing laptop and physical notebook or laptop/stylus combo. If the lackluster camera and microphone aren’t a priority this laptop will undoubtably serve the everyday road warrior well!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Design, Display
    Cons mentioned:
    Sound quality, Speakers

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Unbelievably thin and light for a 15.6” laptop

    Posted .

    As a longtime user of 15.6” laptops, I had tired of the size and weight of them when traveling or even just carrying them around throughout the day. As a result, I made the decision a while back to switch to a 13” laptop, and I’ve been pretty happy with that decision. But when I saw that Samsung was coming out with the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360, I decided to give the larger size another look. Wow am I glad I did! Here’s the TL;DR if you’re short on time: Pros • Thinner and lighter than any other 15.6” laptop • Great battery life • Beautiful AMOLED screen • Good typing experience, with tactile feedback from the keyboard • Excellent trackpad • Fast performance and solid specs • Good for moderate gaming, not just casual games Cons: • While the screen is beautiful, it should have a higher resolution • Speakers are anemic, and fire downward. • No USB-A port, but with a laptop this thin, where would you put it? • Web cam is terrible. In 2021, Samsung can do better than this Compared to my 5-year-old HP Envy, the Pro 360 doesn’t even seem like it’s in the same category. At .47” thick and only a little more than 3 pounds, it makes the HP look massive. I get it that HP now has thin and light models of their own, but for me the valid comparison was to the one I have. The build quality of the Samsung is excellent. There is a slight level of flex near the heat vents in the back and in the middle of the keyboard, but in my opinion, it’s nothing excessive and shouldn’t be considered a negative. Similarly, there is a little bit of screen wobble, but with a screen this thin, that’s no surprise. Other reviewers make too big of a deal over this. As with other things I’ll mention below, there are some things that come with the territory of getting such a thin laptop. Did I mention that this thing is really thin? After getting over how thin it is, the next thing I noticed was the gorgeous AMOLED screen that Samsung used on this laptop. I’ve never had an OLED screen in a laptop, so I was struck by the rich, deep blacks and vivid colors. It really is beautiful, but I agree with other reviewers that I wish it had a higher resolution. I don’t really want or need a 4K screen, and I wouldn’t want to give up battery life to get that, but it would make this laptop perfect if it had better resolution. Full HD is really a minimum these days, and while I do wish for more, this is still a very nice screen that is pleasant to view. Starting up the Pro 360 is amazingly fast. I was skeptical of Intel’s Evo certification, but this is the real deal. Samsung opted for a fingerprint sensor instead of an IR camera for Windows Hello, and I think that may actually be preferrable. Waiting for Windows Hello to recognize me on other machines is pretty quick, but the fingerprint sensor is nearly instantaneous. From the time I open the lid it is only a few seconds before I’m ready to go—that is truly a game-changer! Samsung promotes battery life of up to 20 hours. In my experience so far, battery life is exceptionally good, but 20 hours seems like just a marketing boast. I will keep monitoring my battery life, since a fair amount of my usage so far has been lots of download and setup, and that may perhaps use more power. That said, I’m getting something more like 8-10 hours on a charge, which is still very good and good enough to leave the charger behind when going to a working session away from my desk. The keyboard and trackpad are absolutely critical to a good laptop experience, so I was nervous to see how the keyboard on the Pro 360 would fare. Key travel is 1mm, and some reviewers have criticized that. I also have a Google Pixelbook, which only has .8mm of key travel, and the Pro 360 feels vastly better than the Pixelbook, which got rave reviews for its typing experience. Samsung used scissor switches here, and the tactile feedback makes for quite a good typing experience. It’s not mushy at all, and it takes just a short time to get used to it. It’s also got 3 levels of backlighting, and it’s very well done. The trackpad is large and responsive, with satisfying clicks for both right and left clicks. The Galaxy Book Pro 360 is a 2-in-1, which means the screen folds all the way around to allow you to use it as a tablet. I am a fan of my Surface Book 3, and the detachable tablet portion is king of the hill if you really want a tablet. Unfortunately, Microsoft hampered that experience by putting no ports on the tablet itself and giving it minimal battery life when in tablet mode. I’m not a fan of having to hold a tablet with my hand against the keyboard, but Samsung has given us a really good tablet experience with the Pro 360. The included S pen is bigger now, making it more comfortable to use. Microsoft makes you buy the Surface Pen separately. The inking experience is excellent, and it’s super easy to go from tablet to laptop and back again. Some have complained about not having a place to store the S pen, but I think that’s a good tradeoff for having a pen that actually feels like a pen. It does attach magnetically to the lid, so that’s nice, but you’ll probably want another solution for carrying it around. So, how well does the Pro 360 perform? From the fast bootup, I was pleasantly surprised at how snappy everything is. I never felt like I had to wait for anything. The inclusion of WiFi 6 is a welcome addition, and the speed increase for downloads was noticeable. Although this may be coincidental, downloading and installing games from Steam was incredibly smooth and fast on the Pro 360, but stunted and slow on several other machines. As I said, this may just be coincidental, but I thought it was worth mentioning. I’m not a gamer, but I do enjoy the occasional game of Civilization 6, Age of Wonders III, or Europa Universalis 4. These are not the graphically intensive games like Call of Duty, but they aren’t casual web games either, so they require a decent machine. The Pro 360 handled all of these with ease, but I haven’t yet played through to the end game to see how it’ll hold up. At this point, I’m very impressed and pleased with its performance. As to audio performance, the speakers are on the bottom of the deck and fire downward, so they sound better when placed on a table. It would have been better if they had been able to put them on the sides of the screens, but that would have been at the expense of the super thin bezels. One thing that made a huge difference was to open the Dolby Access app that is included and turn on Dolby Atmos. This makes the speakers sound 100% better, but even with Dolby turned on, they’re not capable of producing much sound at all. Unfortunately, the sound put out by this laptop is anemic, even on headphones, and even with Dolby turned on. If a great audio experience is a must for you, you won’t find it here. Samsung includes a bunch of custom apps for everything from live wallpapers, note taking, video editing, to enhanced computer search. I’m still working through what these apps offer, but there are a number of apps that I think I’m going to find useful. Samsung is targeting strong integration with Samsung phones, much like Apple does with its ecosystem. I don’t have a Samsung phone, so I’m not able to use that functionality, but I do think the features Samsung added do make the overall Windows 10 experience on this machine much better. Even though I’m not in Samsung’s target audience, I don’t feel like I’m missing out, since there’s something here for everyone. The Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 exceeded my expectations in many ways. I didn’t think I would like it as much as I did, and I didn’t expect it to perform as well as it did. Small touches like intelligent fan management and the ability to change the screen intensity according to task make this laptop enjoyable to use. This machine seems targeted to regular productivity users who occasionally have the need to perform some moderately demanding work. The Pro 360 is ready to handle that with ease. High-end power users may find it lacking in one area or another, but for me and the kind of work I do, it is ideal. At $1,000 less than a Surface Book, you really have to need that dedicated GPU and extra memory to make it worth it. For the rest of us, this may be a smart choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Design, Display
    Cons mentioned:
    Hdmi, Usb

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Perfect in almost every way

    Posted .

    The Galaxy Book Pro 360 in Mystic Navy is a great looking and feeling machine before you even turn it on. Thin and light are the immediate impressions. Then I noticed how sturdy it feels. I have other laptops, and they lack the solid feel that the Galaxy Book Pro 360 possesses. The metal skin doesn’t give when gripping the notebook for carrying; it feels solid. Sit it on your desk, place a thumb under the front of the lid and gently lift. The cover rises open while the laptop body stays solidly on the desktop. Hinge tension is perfect, and it’s that kind of attention to detail in engineering that makes a great first impression. Documentation says to completely charge before first use; that took 50 minutes using the included cable and 65-watt USB C power brick. The battery easily carries me through a day. After the initial out-of-the-box Windows setup, account sign-in and updates (altogether, about 30 minutes), this computer is lightning quick. From power-on to ready-to-work takes about 10 seconds. Click a program’s icon, and it loads without delay. It feels almost instantaneous. I’ve been using Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets since the S5. You could probably say I’m a fanboy. The Galaxy Book Pro 360 feels like a Samsung phone with a Windows 10 wrapper, and I really like that. There are familiar cues wherever I look. Integration with the Galaxy apps is tight. The “Gallery” app is handy; take pictures while I’m out, and they’re available on my computer when I return to it. I love a touchscreen laptop, and the S Pen adds a level of precision and functionality that my fingers can’t match. Using it is not yet second nature, but I’m learning. The screen folds around completely to function as a tablet. This is where the S Pen really shines. I’ve been using Samsung’s Notes app on the phone for years. When I saw Notes is an included app on the PC, I opened it and was greeted by a much more robust piece of software than is on my phone. Handwriting recognition is surprisingly accurate, and when I get a little lazy with the penmanship, corrections are easy enough. I do a lot of document editing. In the tablet configuration, the combination of the 15.6” screen and S Pen makes document markup a breeze. The S Pen is pen sized (a slightly smaller diameter) but larger than any stylus I’ve used with a phone or other portable device (think a certain dual-screen handheld game system…), and it feels great in the hand. Navigation and notations using the S Pen feel very natural. I’ve never been an artsy sort. The S Pen and Samsung PENUP app might be some small steps toward changing that. I can peruse the creations of other users who have elected to share their work. Who knows what might inspire that creative urge? So far, I’m enjoying the many coloring book templates. They range from simple shapes to more complex works. Kind of reminds me of paint-by-numbers I used to do. The color selection tools and variety of paintbrushes make for seemingly limitless possibilities. Incorporating the new notebook into my professional life was a breeze. I use a proprietary software that generates large files -- potentially several gigabytes per day -- and the Galaxy Book Pro 360 just rolls along without a hiccup or complaint. Transferring the files to external storage is fast thanks to the USB C connectivity. File uploads and downloads also happen at top speed and are delay-free thanks to Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) support. The AMOLED screen is crisp and bright. Resolution tops out at 1920x1080. That feels just right on the 15.6” screen. The Windows desktop initially felt crowded. The Taskbar was a little too tall. The Start menu and app icons felt too large. Finally, it occurred to me to check the display settings. Adjusting the size of “text, apps, and other items” from the default 125% to 100% fixed it. This is the first time I’ve used an AMOLED screen as a computer monitor. Contrast is off the charts with no backlight/edge lighting bleed through. Blacks are inky black. I never realized how gray “black” is on my LCD monitors! Colors leap off the screen and are vibrant and beautiful. Movies and photos come to life. If I was pressed to level any criticism against the Galaxy Book Pro 360, it would be directed at ports. There are 2 USB-C, 1 Thunderbolt, a headphone/mic jack, and a MicroSD slot. While I love the thin and light form factor, I miss being able to just plug in my HDMI monitor, USB peripherals and ethernet cable. In order to use some of the legacy hardware that I rely on, a USB-C hub with expanded ports is required. I’ll happily make that tradeoff. I am using a USB-C hub that provides HDMI connectivity over the Thunderbolt port in addition to gigabit Ethernet and USB connections for the wired keyboard, wired mouse, and a couple other legacy USB peripherals. I have noticed performance issues such as reduced responsiveness in the keyboard and lag when using the mouse. I’ve also had some issues with Zoom’s Windows app intermittently freezing during meetings. For the past year, Zoom has been working fine on a 10-year-old Intel i5 notebook and on a year-old Ryzen 5 notebook. I am hopeful that a dedicated Thunderbolt-to-HDMI adapter, which will allow me to move Ethernet and the USB peripherals to their own USB-C port, will solve the problem. Overall, I am very impressed by the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 and would recommend it to anyone if you’re willing and able to work with/around the port limitations.

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

    Lightweight Heavyweight!

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    Posted .
    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

    To say it right out: I just love this 2 in 1 laptop! The first one I got failed to start after I charged it fully, so I went and got a replacement. Though, I later realized that for the very first time, I think maybe I wasn't using the power button right; maybe I only needed to press it briefly and not hold the power button down. Ah, well. This laptop replaces a 2014 Lenovo Yoga Pro 3 with a 13" screen. Anyhow, I read the "expert" reviews prior to this purchase. Well, I've used computers since the very first Windows computers came out, so I will address a couple of the seemingly negative issues brought out by those so-called experts. 1. Form factor: delightfully slim and light. This really must be the way of the future for laptops 15.6" and larger. It is mostly plastic, but really, feels so solid and well built. The hinges are strong and yet easy to work with as far as switching to Tablet mode. 2. Keyboard: I just love the feel. One "expert" was complaining that the keys only had 1 mm of travel. To that I say, so what? The keys have a wonderful light and precise touch. Great tactile feel. 3. Screen: just brilliant AMOLED screen. One reviewer felt that the screen isn't that bright, but that is not true at all. It is absolutely as bright as you need. 4. Webcam: one "expert" review complained that the webcam has a poor resolution, but hey, 720p is perfectly fine for a webcam. These days, so many of the interviews of experts are from their webcams, and whatever you see on TV, this webcam is just as good if not better. Plus the settings can be tweaked with apps like Skype. 5. The sound system: It is made by AKG! I wish the product information said so boldly. The sound is excellent as regards fidelity overall, but don't expect earth shattering bass. I initially was worried that the speakers, facing downwards, would have poor volume, but the volume is quite adequate; not as high a volume as laptops that have their speakers facing you. Besides, with my laptops or tablets, I always use a Bluetooth speaker or headset. All said and done, I'm just delighted. Despite having a 15.6" screen, it is only a few ounces heavier than my old 13" Yoga Pro 3. And it does fit in my relatively small Tumi computer bag. Way to go, Samsung! Oh, one small thing: the power adapter provided is USB-C, but will plug into the Thunderbolt port. Be *gentle* though! The thunderbolt has double the transfer rate of USB-C like for 4K displays. USB-A is a thing of the past, really, so I'm delighted that this machine has two USB-C ports and one Thunderbolt.

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

    Great Laptop

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    This is a great laptop, with just a couple of issues. I bought it in both colors Mystic Navy and Mystic Bronze, so I'll give you my thoughts on both colors. But first let me cover the good, the I7 Intel processor 11th generation 16GB of ram and 1 TB of memory is great specs for the sale price of $1299 right now ($1499 regular price) This laptop is lightening fast and when you open it, it starts up in less than 1 second. The 15.6 model is thin and very light at just 3lbs. The pen works great and feels like your writing on paper. Love that it's a touch screen and that it's a 3x1 and can be used as a traditional laptop, a tablet or in tent mode. If you have a Samsung phone, it's great to have a laptop that totally mirrors your phone! Normally I don't share info from my phone to my laptop, but I made an exception with this laptop since I can text on it and take actual phone calls on my laptop. Love that! I have the Samsung Galaxy Note, 20 Ultra 5G in Mystic bronze, so I wanted to get the laptop in bronze, but it was sold out at all Best Buys and online. So I bought the Mystic Navy. It's a dark deep blue and the color is really nice, but it shows fingerprints very bad and I do mean very bad, like every time you touch it bad, so if that's something that will bother you, you should go for the bronze. I watched 3 reviews on this laptop before I bought it with each reviewer complaining about the fingerprints on the navy, but I wanted the laptop bad enough that I didn't think it would bother me that much. One man even showed his micro fiber towel and he said 'I went and bought this to carry around with me, you will need to pick one up' I just thought he was being overly dramatic. He wasn't. One day after I bought the navy model, Best Buy got the Mystic Bronze back in stock, so I purchased it and was able to pick it up a week later and I had both laptops for 1 day so I could compare and make sure that I kept the right one for me. If you have the Mystic Bronze phone, just know that this laptop is not exactly the same color. It's close, but it's somewhere between mystic bronze, rose gold and pink. In different lights, it looks different. Since the back of the phone is glass and the laptop is metal, the color is going to look different, but the bronze doesn't show the fingerprints! I did choose the bronze model. I do wish that Samsung would've also offered it in silver and/or black. The things that I think could've been better is the screen. I do appreciate the Amoled display, but at $1499 (that's what I paid for both of mine) By the time you pay the tax, your at close to $1700 and at that price I think it should've been a full HD display instead 1920 x 1080. I was using a Ultra HD display on HP Spectre before buying the Samsung and the display on the Spectre is much better. On the 13in Samsung, the display looks much better, but on the 15.6 model, there's a noticeable difference. Some people online have said they can see the actual pixels on some web pages on the 15.6 model. I haven't experienced that, but I haven't been intentionally looking for it either. My only other complaint is I wish they had given us somewhere to house the pen. The magnet on the back of the screen is nice thought while your using the computer, but it's not strong enough. My pen falls off all the time and you can't store it in a sleeve or laptop case with the pen stuck on the top. Since the build is so light, if they couldn't incorporate a place in the laptop, a sleeve like HP gives you with the Spectre that has a tight loop to put it in, with a clip on the cap of the pen to make sure it stays, would be great. I can see me losing this pen or the tip getting damaged in my laptop bag since there isnt a top on the pen either. The good far outweighs the bad on this laptop and since this is Samsung's first Galaxy Book Pro 380, they will make adjustments on next years model. Overall, I'm very happy with this laptop.

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

    Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 review

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    Posted .
    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

    My Precision died and could not be brought back (cost wise), so I decided to replace her with this. At first I looked at others in the price range, and there was really no comparison. The Dells were half what this is, and cost the same. The HP's had similar but way more. At 2 lbs, this is a very nice 2-in-1. It folds back to use as a tablet, the touchscreen is very nice, and it comes with a stylus. The keyboard is vast and functional, with a numeric pad.. something cut out of the other manufacturers. The mouse pad is huge, as it sits dead middle bottom of the lap, and takes up half the space, without being distracted by palms on it while typing. Nothing in it is mechanical. All Solid state. So, it is thin.. really thin. The screen is the best I have seen from a lap in awhile, black is black on here. Not some shaded darker grey from other type screens I have used. Mine has a Tb SSD. Why would I need that much space? I don't know.. yet. But it's there for me, and I like that idea. She has two cooling fans for the 11th Gen i7 Evo. Heat is not a problem using this for what it is named. Wasn't too happy about the color, but gotten used to it. I will say that it shows fingerprints quite well. Rather had the silver, but not disappointed in the least. Treat her well and she will respond in kind. I have Windows 11 on here. Comes with 10, there's night and day for graphic interface. My Precision had upgraded to 11. There's no going back. Couple things to consider here with this laptop that might hamper your reasoning: There is no USB ports, HDMI ports, or SD slots. (There is one SSD tho). This unit is a thunderbird USB-C, the going standard for things now a days, and it makes sense. To use it on a external monitor that will plug in, but with the USB-C to HDMI adaptor, it can. If you like wired headphones, there is not. But, again, there are adaptors that can suit the need. BB sells them both. Or if you one of those with that cell phone, it come with one. My Pixel did. This is a great buy for what it does, and that it IS a Samsung Galaxy, complete with all the Galaxy software you'd expect, so the quality, alone, is in the name. That and it is a Samsung.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Design, Display
    Cons mentioned:
    Sound quality

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Thin and Light. Good but with caveats..

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    To get this machine you need to know what you want. It is ridiculously thin and light for a foldable machine and to be fair I was asking a lot for a 2 in 1. I wanted feather light in a 2 in 1 design so i'd use it more, good screen clarity and size so I wouldn't have to squint and power so I wouldn't be seeking a replacement in a year or two. Size: The 15" give me the view size I was looking for. The SuperAmoled screen is bright, colors are vivid and the 15" allows for a numeric keypad which i always love when doing spreadsheets and give more a regular keyboard feel. The whole laptop is literally the thickness of my S21 phone which is ridiculous when you think about and this plays to my 'portability' that I was looking for. The amazing part is that it doesnt sacrifice much in the way of strength. You'd think something so thin and light would be susceptible to a lot of flex, this doesnt. The size does come a price. It is boarderline 'heavy' mind you this is much less than most all others at this size and class. I'll get to the trade offs in the other sections. Design: The 2 in 1 design allows a lot of flexibility, laptop when you need, tablet when you want to be mobile, tent when you are wanting to just watch your show. It does make a difference with how you interact with the machine in tent mode vs laptop mode. Having the keys behind makes it more like a 'media' device and less than shoe horning in 'im just watching on my laptop' The fingerprint sensor is located at the upper right hand side of the keyboard which is great and bad in that makes it easy to turn the machine on and off in any more... the caveat.. you can hit it while holding it as a tablet. The flip side is that is goes from cold boot in maybe 4 seconds? It also has a great feature that auto boots whenever you open the laptop and gives you the option to turn it off. This next part is a mixed bag for me, the S-pen. Smooth, great to hold and doesnt have a battery that will go bad. It connects to the back of the lid by magnet but still sits outside the machine, i am so spooked im going to lose it. The magnet grab is strong but you put it in a bag, it will slide off. The pen makes interacting with the touch screen much easier than my old touch screen laptop. Performance: Well, this is a mixed bag as I havent had the chance to push the machine yet. I did have it on a dock running 4k streaming on 3 monitors, but for whatever reason when I plugged it in again. It decided I was cheating and wont do it again. Not sure if it is a driver thing or the thunderbolt connection decided that I was cheating and cut me out. I will be most put out if this is the case as my 8th gen i5U dell runs them fine. This machine runs the 11th gen i7G series mobile processor which in single core processing is a little bit of a beast. But multicore, forget it. I am pretty sure the other 3 cores are just rooting for the 1st core to do all their work and take credit for it. There are multi modes that allow you to thru the power up, fan on and all which can be a little turbo fan and not quiet at all, which if you are cranking work, you may not care much about if you have headphones on. I haven't played or installed any games but in other reviews have seen that is can do low to maybe mid setting depending on the game and generation of game. So what's input like? The key travel is smooth and well placed. 13 and 14" machines I always seem to mistype from cramped keyboards. There is a back light you can adjust but has been fine for my use. Here is my love hate for a machine of this type. it should be useable.. interfaces simple and usable. There are three ports USB C and one thunderbolt (which other designs like yoga 9i has several thunderbolts) basically the thunderbolt pushes out a ridiculous level of data while being able to also supply power... yea pretty cool. and also means you can charge from either side of the machine. This is enough to push 2- 4k screens at 60hz refresh rate while running all your other ports too. But I always feel I'm going to break it. Apple uses the mag safe connectors which is genius and samsung should get on board or at least create a 90 degree environment so the cable runs with the machine not perpendicular to it. There is micro sd slot which is nice but realistically with they fit an HDMI and a USB A port for regular devices so i wouldnt have to bring a hub, thus defeating the ultra portability of the device. Sound out of the box is bad at best. Goto dolby settings and change that immediately, then the machine sounds reasonably loud for a device of this size. The screen is clear but note it is only a 1080p screen not 4k so things are not as crisp as they could be but the Super AMOLED screen (the same on their phones) is great if you dont want hi res. The samsung preinstalled software is pretty cool for pen interface and security (one touch turn mic and camera off) All in all a good machine. Time will tell how It really performs there are other similarly performing machines in this price class so pro: lightweight, bright and verstile with enough power to get you through your day (no idea how they get 20 hours when i was maybe 8) easy to use. Cons: decent power under the hood but no warhorse of a machine for sure, loud fan when it turns on, no place to put the pen and limited ports that i feel I am going to break things. Also the mystic blue... FINGERPTINT MAGNET... not gonna stay that beautiful blue color.. get over it. Hope this helps you figure if this is the machine for you.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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