About two years ago, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will be compatible with ARM processors, including the Qualcomm Snapdragon chip line, which can be found in mobile phones. At that time, I wrote that it gave Microsoft an excellent opportunity to create the perfect Surface Pro: thin, light, always connected via built-in LTE and with a lot of battery life. Since then, Microsoft has released several new Surface computers, including models with integrated LTE, but it has yet to release a computer with an ARM processor instead of more power-intensive Intel processors.
This is where the new Galaxy Book 2 from Samsung will appear. Galaxy Book 2 for $ 999 is essentially the same computer as Microsoft’s popular Surface Pro: a tablet with a detachable keyboard and pen that fully supports Windows 10. But Book 2 is also one of the new PCs with a permanent connection, which run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 processor.
On paper, Book 2 is the Surface Pro I was looking for: an always-connected ultraportable computer that will work more than a day from an outlet. But, as is often the case, what is on paper does not always coincide with reality.
SAMSUNG GALAXY BOOK 2
A GOOD THING
Slim and lightweight design
Long battery life
Keyboard and pen included
Windows 10 on ARM still has compatibility issues
4 GB of RAM limits
The processor is not powerful enough for demanding work
At first glance, the Galaxy Book 2 is almost no different from Microsoft Surface Pro. This is a thin tablet with a built-in stepless footrest, a keyboard that magnetically attaches to the bottom, and a touch-sensitive writing and drawing pen. Book 2 is about the same size as the Surface Pro, down to its weight of 1.75 pounds (without a keyboard).
A distinctive feature of the display is that the Book 2 has a 12-inch 3: 2 OLED touch screen (with the Samsung Super AMOLED logo), which has a pixel density and color. It also becomes bright enough to use the tablet outdoors. The screen is slightly smaller than the Surface Pro, but I did not notice the difference in size, as I noticed the giant frames that surround it, which are much larger than the already large Pro panels.
Other differences can be found on the sides, where Book 2 has two USB-C ports, each of which can be used to charge a computer, and a fingerprint scanner in the upper right corner behind the screen. I prefer the face recognition camera rather than the fingerprint scanner to enter the laptop, but this is fast and reliable.
Samsung has equipped the Book 2 AKG speakers with side pitch, which sound quite subtle and smooth. They work well for conferencing, but using them while watching a video or listening to music is not very pleasant.
The kit includes a full-size keyboard with illuminated keys and a large trackpad. It's a good keyboard that is easy to type, but its plastic finish is not nearly as good as the Alcantara keyboards available for Surface Pro. However, Microsoft does not include its keyboard, which costs an additional $ 159 on top of the Surface.
The same can be said about the S Pen stylus included in Book 2: it is a completely functional touch-sensitive stylus, complete with an eraser on the back, which is not as good as the Microsoft Surface Pen for $ 99, but Samsung includes it in kit,
In general, the hardware of Book 2 is best described as competent: there are no serious flaws or obvious problems, but the fit and finish of materials is a step or two below what Microsoft offers. Considering the price difference between devices (equipped with an LTE Surface Pro with a pen and keyboard will cost hundreds more dollars), much of this can be justified in favor of Book 2.