Samsung Galaxy Book Review: Too Many Compromises

Samsung Galaxy Book Review: Too Many Compromises

November 23, 2021 0 By administrator

Samsung Galaxy Book for business

MSRP $900.00

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

Pros

  • Thin and light
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Solid productivity performance
  • Good productivity battery life

Cons

  • Disappointing display quality
  • Too much give in the lid and chassis
  • No meaningful business features

Samsung is more committed than ever to making a laptop that lives up to the pedigree of the Galaxy brand.

The Galaxy Book Pro came close, though, with its ultrathin chassis and vivid OLED screen. But can a cheaper, more basic version of that laptop have the same effect?

The Samsung Galaxy Book I tested was technically the “for business” model, though it’s nearly identical to the consumer model on the hardware side of things. The laptop features an Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor, 15-inch 1080p screen, and costs $900.

That sits in the middle of the pack considering the price, features, and design. Unfortunately, the price isn’t low enough to justify this many compromises, especially with so many other great options

Design

Angled view of the backside and lid on the Samsung Galaxy Book for business.
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The Galaxy Book is constructed of aluminum, which usually results in solid build quality. However, Samsung must have used thin aluminum to cut weight, because the lid bends more than I like and there’s quite a bit of keyboard flex. The Acer Aspire 5, a budget-oriented 15-inch machine that you can buy similarly configured for less than $500, had slightly better rigidity in the keyboard deck and chassis, although its lid was also a bit bendable.

The HP Envy x360 15 is around the same price as the Galaxy Book and is much more solid.  If you jump up in price, of course, then you’ll get much better build quality, but I think the Galaxy Book should feel more solid at its retail price of $900. An example of a much more expensive laptop that demonstrates the same lack of rigidity as the Galaxy Book is the LG Gram 16 that’s constructed of magnesium, but it’s also just 2.62 pounds — in this case, you’re trading solidity for extremely light weight.

At 3.42 pounds, the Galaxy Book is also relatively lightweight for a 15-inch machine, with the Acer Aspire 5 coming in close at 3.64 pounds. The Acer benefits from some plastic components, however. More robust laptops like the Envy x360 15 and Dell XPS 15 tend to weigh four pounds or more. The Galaxy Book is 0.61 inches thick, slimmer than the Aspire 5 at 0.70 inches, the Envy x360 15 at 0.72 inches, and the XPS 15 at 0.71 inches.

Straight on view of the Samsung Galaxy Book for business.
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All in all, one of the Galaxy Book’s greatest strengths is its thin…

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