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Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 Review

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The Galaxy Book Pro 360 from Samsung is a thin, light, convertible laptop with a stunning AMOLED touchscreen and a fast Intel 11th Gen CPU under the hood. While the webcam also improved, the Galaxy Book Pro 360’s good performance, long battery life, and beautiful display make it one of the best 2-in-1 laptops on the market. It’s so good that it received recommendations for the best laptop overall and the best laptop display.

Review of the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360: Cost and availability

  • Available in two sizes: 13-inch ($1,199) and 15-inch ($1,299).
  • Intel Core i7 CPUs are standard, but you can pay $200 to double your RAM and storage.

The Galaxy Book Pro 360 is currently available for $1,199 through Samsung’s website (opens in a new tab), though If you have an eligible device to trade in or find a good sale, you may be able to save money.

It comes in two sizes, 13.3-inch, and 15.6-inch, with the larger one costing $100 more, for a starting price of $1,299. Both sizes come with 11th Gen Intel i7 CPUs, and for an extra $200, you can double the RAM and storage — from 8 to 16 GB and 512 GB to 1 TB, respectively.

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The 15.6-inch model we tested came with a beefier storage configuration of a 1 TB NVMe SSD and 16 GB of RAM, costing around $1,499.

Review of the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360: Design

  • Skinny and light: only half an inch thick and 3 pounds in weight
  • Sturdy chassis, but hinges and keyboard deck feel vulnerable to wear
  • Nice thin bezels around the AMOLED display.

The sleek aluminium chassis of the 15.6-inch Galaxy Book Pro 360 in Mystic Navy or Mystic Bronze feels thin and sturdy. Our review unit is bronze, a lovely color in person, though you could easily mistake it for rose gold.

The display is surrounded by wonderfully thin bezels on all sides, except the bottom, where a small (about 15 mm) black bezel bears a subtle Samsung logo. The bezels aren’t as thin as those on the s’s stunning Infinity Edge display, but they’re close and small enough to blend in with the Galaxy Book Pro 360’s vibrant AMOLED screen.

Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 review: Display

  • This 1080p AMOLED screen has stunning colors and contrast.
  • Screen doesn’t get very bright

Let’s take a moment to discuss the display. Although it does not support 4K resolution, the Galaxy Book Pro 360’s 1920 x 1080 Super AMOLED display makes movies and games look stunning. The “Super” part is just a marketing term for Samsung’s AMOLED displays with built-in touchscreen digitizers, but the screen looks good enough to merit a few superlatives, in my opinion.

In terms of complex numbers, our testing revealed that the screen on the Galaxy Book Pro 360 could achieve 120.2% of the sRGB color spectrum. That’s quite good and slightly higher than the 15-inch Surface Laptop 4 (109.8%) and Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano (101.1%). However, it trails the Dell XPS 15 (132.2%) with its stunning 4K Infinity Edge display.

Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 review: Ports

  • A Thunderbolt 4 port and a microSD card reader are excellent.
  • There is no USB-C port in old accessories.

I hope you like USB-C because that’s what the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 mostly has.

On the right side, you’ll find a standard USB-C port, a USB 3.2 port, a Thunderbolt 4 port, a headphone jack, and a microSD card reader. The laptop charger is also USB-C so that you can charge it in any of the ports. That part is slick and straightforward; remember that you’ll have to give up your old USB-A accessories or invest in adapters to use with the Galaxy Book Pro 360.

Review of the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360: Performance

  • Excellent performance in everyday use, though tests show room for improvement.
  • NVMe SSD provides fast file transfers
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The Intel Core i7 CPU and 16 GB of RAM in our review unit ensured that it handled any multi-tasking tests I could think it. I even opened 30+ tabs across Chrome and Edge while watching three different video streams (Twitch, YouTube, and Amazon Prime) and playing Crusader Kings III in windowed Fullscreen mode. The Galaxy Book Pro 360 didn’t miss a beat.

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When we ran Geek bench 5, our Galaxy Book Pro 360 review unit scored 5,575 in the multi-core CPU benchmark, which is a good result. However, it falls short of the 6,174 earned by a similarly priced Dell XPS 15 (2020) with a 10th Gen Intel CPU. The AMD-powered 15-inch Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 fared even better, scoring 6,748. Because of Apple’s custom silicon, the MacBook Pro with M1 (5,945) and MacBook Air with M1 (5,962) outperformed the Galaxy Book Pro 360.

In contrast, the SSD in the Galaxy Book Pro 360 performed admirably in our file transfer tests, copying 25 GB of multimedia files at a rate of 869.5 MBps. That outperforms the Dell XPS 15 (708.9 MBps), the Surface Laptop 4 (15-inch) (372.49 MBps), and the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano (424.8 MBps).

Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 review: Games

  • No discrete GPU means mediocre performance at best in most 3D games
  • But you can still play Fortnite and other less demanding PC games

The Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 will struggle to run the most demanding games without a discrete GPU, but you can still have some fun with it. I was able to play a less demanding 3D game, such as Fortnite, at 15-30 frames per second on high graphics settings or 30-60 on low graphics settings.

Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 review: Keyboard and touchpad

  • Full keyboard can be challenging to use at first
  • Large trackpad is easy to use and as responsive as you want

The 15.6-inch Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 features a full keyboard with a number pad. It took some time to get used to typing on it because the keys are minor, and the home row is slightly off-center to accommodate the number pad.

Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 review: Audio

  • Speakers deliver excellent high- and mid-range tones.
  • Sound quality appears to be best when used as a laptop.

Music, dialogue, and sound effects sound great from the AKG stereo speakers on the Galaxy Book Pro 360. The high- and mid-range frequencies sound fantastic: the vocals on Fleetwood Mac’s Landslide and Norah Jones’ Don’t Know Why to sound crisp and warm, and the guitar work on Rush’s Working Man was precise and vibrant enough to fill my entire apartment. Bass is a little less impressive: I enjoyed the drum work of Massive Attack’s Angel coming out of the Galaxy Book 360’s speakers, but not in the way you might expect.

Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 review: Webcam

  • 720p webcam is a letdown in the age of remote work
  • Produces grainy, washed-out images.

The webcam is unquestionably the most disappointing aspect of Samsung’s new Galaxy Book Pro 360. The 720p camera built into the top edge of the display appears to struggle with fine detail, making me appear grainy and washed-out during video calls.

Samsung Pro 360 review: S Pen

  • The S Pen stylus is great for doodling or making annotations.
  • The slightly magnetized edge is too weak to hold the stylus to the laptop reliably.

The Galaxy Book Pro 360 comes with an S Pen stylus that, according to Samsung, is 2.5x thicker than the S Pen that came with the Galaxy Book Flex. I never got to try the original S Pen, but this new one is thick enough to fit in my (admittedly too-large) hands. It feels good in drawing and painting apps, but the S Pen really shines when scribbling notes in the plethora of built-in apps.

Samsung Pro 360 review: Battery life

  • Great battery life: 13 and a half hours on a single charge
  • Quick-charging adapter charged battery from 3% to 45% in an hour

The battery on our Galaxy Book Pro 360 review unit is so powerful that I never had to worry about running out of juice during the day, which is what you want from a laptop.

The Galaxy Book Pro 360 lasted 13 and a half hours on a single charge in our battery test, which put the laptop to work continuously browsing the web over Wi-Fi. That’s impressive for an Intel-powered laptop, and it outperforms similarly priced Windows notebooks like the Dell XPS 13 (11:07), Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Nano (noon), and Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 4 (15-inch) (12:03).

As good as the Galaxy Book Pro 360 is at consuming power, it still falls short of the efficiency of laptops powered by Apple silicon: the MacBook Pro with M1 lasted an incredible 16 hours and 25 minutes in the same test, while the MacBook Air with M1 lasted 14 hours and 41 minutes.

Samsung Pro 360 review: Heat

  • The hottest temperature measured during lab testing was 85.5 degrees on the underside.

I doubt heat will be an issue for you with this laptop, as I struggled to get the Galaxy Book Pro 360 to heat up. Even when I was trying to play games with a slew of apps open in the background, the bottom of the chassis never got hotter than comfortably warm in my lap.

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