Samsung Galaxy Book 2 review: the Surface Amateur

Samsung Galaxy Book 2 survey: the Surface     Amateur

Around two years back, Microsoft reported that Windows 10 would be good with ARM processors, including Qualcomm’s Snapdragon line of chips found in cell phones. At the time, I composed this gave Microsoft an ideal chance to create the perfect Surface Pro: a PC that is slim, light, constantly associated by means of implicit LTE, and has huge battery life. Microsoft has discharged a few new Surface PCs from that point forward, incorporating models with inherent LTE, however it still can’t seem to deliver one controlled by an ARM chip rather than Intel’s more eager for power processors.

That is the place Samsung’s new Galaxy Book 2 comes in. The $999 Galaxy Book 2 is basically indistinguishable sort of machine from Microsoft’s prevalent Surface Pro: a tablet with a separable console and pen that runs the full Windows 10 experience. In any case, the Book 2 is additionally one of the new Always Connected PCs that are fueled by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 processor.

Samsung Galaxy Book 2 survey: the Surface     Amateur

On paper, the Book 2 is the Surface Pro I’ve been searching for: a constantly associated, ultraportable PC that will last in excess of an entire day from an outlet. Be that as it may, as is regularly the situation, what’s on paper doesn’t generally agree with the real world.



  • Slim and light structure
  • Long battery life
  • Incorporated LTE
  • Console and pen are incorporated


  • Windows 10 on ARM still has program similarity issues
  • 4GB of RAM is restricting
  • The processor isn’t sufficiently amazing for requesting work

To the untrained eye, the Galaxy Book 2 is essentially undefined from Microsoft’s Surface Pro. It’s a slight tablet with an implicit, interminably customizable kickstand, a console that attractively appends to the base, and a weight delicate pen for composing and drawing. The Book 2 is generally indistinguishable measurements from the Surface Pro, directly down to its 1.75-pound weight (without a console).



One thing that is distinctive is the showcase: the Book 2 has a 12-inch, 3:2 OLED touchscreen (with Samsung’s Super AMOLED marking) that is pixel-thick and shading rich. It additionally motivates sufficiently splendid to utilize the tablet outside. The screen is somewhat littler than the Surface Pro’s, however I didn’t see the size distinction as much as I saw the monster bezels that encompass it, which are extensively bigger than the Pro’s as of now huge bezels.

Samsung Galaxy Book 2 survey: the Surface     Amateur

Different contrasts can be found on the sides, where the Book 2 has two USB-C ports, both of which can be utilized to charge the PC, and a unique mark scanner in the upper right corner behind the screen. I lean toward a face-acknowledgment camera over a unique mark scanner for signing in to a workstation, however it is quick and solid.

Samsung has furnished the Book 2 with side-terminating AKG-tuned speakers that sound rather flimsy and level. They function admirably for phone calls, yet utilizing them while watching video or tuning in to music isn’t charming.

Incorporated into the container is a full-sized console with illuminated keys and a huge trackpad. It’s a pleasant console that is anything but difficult to type on, however its plasticky completion is not even close as decent as the Alcantara consoles that are accessible for the Surface Pro. In any case, Microsoft does exclude its console in the container, which costs an extra $159 over the cost of the Surface.

Samsung Galaxy Book 2 survey: the Surface     Amateur

The equivalent can be said for the Book 2’s incorporated S Pen stylus: it’s a splendidly useful, weight touchy stylus, complete with an eraser on the back, that is not exactly as pleasant as Microsoft’s $99 Surface Pen, yet Samsung incorporates it in the crate.

Generally, the Book 2’s equipment is best depicted as skilled: there are no real imperfections or glaring issues, however the fit and completion of the materials are a stage or two underneath what Microsoft offers. Given the value contrasts between the gadgets (a LTE-furnished Surface Pro with a pen and console will run a large number of dollars progressively), the greater part of this can be pardoned for the Book 2.

Inside, things are somewhat extraordinary. As I noticed, the Galaxy Book 2 shuns the customary Intel processor choices for a Qualcomm Snapdragon 850, an altered form of the Snapdragon 845 found in numerous cell phones, that is explicitly intended for Windows PCs. It’s combined with a meager 4GB of RAM and 128GB of capacity. (There are no different choices or spec levels to browse with the Book 2.)


  • 12-inch, 2,160 x 1,440 pixel OLED touchscreen
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 128GB of storage
  • 8-megapixel rear camera, 5megapixel front camera
  • 2 USB-C ports, microSD card slot, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 11.32-inches x 7.89-inches x 0.30-inches
  • 1.75lbs (without keyboard)
  • Windows 10 Home (in S Mode)
  • Available from Microsoft, Samsung, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint
  • $999

Samsung Galaxy Book 2 survey: the Surface     Amateur

The Book 2 is one of the primary gadgets to hit racks with the 850, and it’s the first I’ve utilized. My underlying background with the earlier age Snapdragon 835-fueled Always Connected PCs was not exactly positive: I kept running into various application similarity issues, and the execution was drowsy and baffling.

Sadly, while the 850 is improved over the earlier gen chip, regardless it experiences a significant number of similar issues. The Galaxy Book 2 ships with Windows 10 in S Mode, which constrains the applications you can introduce to what’s in the Microsoft Store as a matter of course. Be that as it may, and still, after all that, I kept running into a few utilities I couldn’t utilize in light of the fact that they aren’t perfect with the ARM stage. Different applications that I could introduce, for example, LastPass, wouldn’t run and just smashed on dispatch.

It likewise doesn’t take long to discover the execution furthest reaches of the Book 2. While it can absolutely work fine for light, easygoing work, when I attempt to juggle various errands and flip between a program with twelve or so tabs open, email, Slack, Word, and other efficiency applications, the Book 2 begins to clasp under the weight. Execution in Slack is so laggy and disappointing that I wound up discarding the work area application and utilizing a program tab to get to it.

The Book 2 will likewise hang and falter when exchanging between virtual work areas or notwithstanding when simply attempting to open the begin menu and play out a pursuit in Cortana. I’m speculating the 4GB of RAM is a major confinement here — even Samsung’s own Galaxy Note 9 cell phone has more RAM ready — but on the other hand it’s imaginable because of the processor simply getting over-burden.

On the in addition to side, the Book 2 is quiet since it has no fans, and it remains cool, notwithstanding when I’m juggling a great deal of undertakings. What’s more, its battery life is extraordinary: while it doesn’t hit the 20 hours that Samsung claims, I am ready to utilize it throughout the day at work and on my drive home without connecting it. I’ve never utilized an Intel ultraportable PC with this much battery stamina.

The majority of this makes the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 rather disappointing. It has an extraordinary, excessively versatile structure factor, long battery life, and implicit LTE, which should make it an incredible PC for street warriors. Be that as it may, at that point it’s hampered by its processor stage and absence of RAM, which make it difficult to work proficiently on. The individuals who just need to complete a bunch of undertakings for their work probably won’t have an issue with the Book 2’s execution, yet anybody that juggles a ton of web perusing with other efficiency applications will probably hit the Book 2’s divider rather rapidly.

Samsung may have come the nearest to making my fantasy PC, however the Book 2 simply doesn’t have enough of the ace I should be my regular PC

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