Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 13-inch review: A lightweight and versatile convertible PC

In terms of build quality, Samsung succeeds with a sleek design, an anodized aluminum body, and impeccable finishes. Be careful, the lid retains a lot of fingerprints. As the name of the PC suggests, its hinges rotate 360 ​​degrees, allowing it to be used as a monitor stand or touchpad. With this model, a stylus (S Pen) is also provided, which can be very appreciated when other brands sell their products separately.

Efficient, pressure sensitive, it doesn’t need to be recharged because it has no Bluetooth connection, and it consumes almost no power. However, its functionality is very limited and the side button is only used for drawing applications, in order to use the eraser in particular. Magnetized, easily sticks to the computer cover.

computer in mode

The touchpad is very fluid, but it sinks a lot under pressure in the front; As for the keyboard, it boasts good responsiveness, although the precision of the keys is a bit confusing at first. The backlight is strong, adjustable on four levels and there is a fingerprint reader that acts as an on/off button at the top right of the keyboard, which is very practical to quickly unlock the computer. Since there is no infrared module, the webcam cannot provide the Windows Hello function.

Computer keyboard with fingerprint reader.

Computer keyboard with fingerprint reader.

These movies are 1080p, which is fine in theory, but the image quality is frankly average, very noisy even when the light is sufficient. In the dark, the result – as always – is much worse.



In a dimly lit office.


In good lighting conditions.

Connector-wise, the computer is so thin that Samsung only integrated three USB-C ports: Thunderbolt 4, a microSD card reader, and a mini-jack. So it would be necessary to get a hub to add USB-A or HDMI in particular. WiFi is available in 6E, which is the latest and fastest standard, and Bluetooth in 5.1.

The connection is restricted to the dexterity of the PC.

The connection is restricted to the dexterity of the PC.

The four screws of the Philips chassis are hidden under rubber feet. Unlike other manufacturers that stick the feet of their computers, Samsung had a good idea of ​​installing removable models, which are really practical for accessing components. If the RAM is soldered, we can still change the M.2 SSD, which is simply covered with adhesive, as well as the battery, which is fixed by a few screws.

Good idea to remove the feet.

Good idea to remove the feet.

Ventilation does blow from time to time, especially when using the required software, but it remains very light: we found barely 33dB below the Cinebench. So the single fan spins very slowly, but along with the thinness of the chassis, this causes the computer to heat up significantly. Above the keyboard, the metal rises to 44 degrees Celsius, while the center of the keyboard exceeds 39 degrees Celsius. Nothing dangerous, of course, and this is valid only in case of heavy use.

The computer is heated up at the top of the keyboard in particular.

The computer is heated up at the top of the keyboard in particular.

Our test model was equipped with a 1TB SSD (even if it’s a 512GB retail version), 16GB of DDR5 RAM and the new Intel Core i7-1260P processor we’re testing for the first time. Clocked at 3.4 GHz and 4.7 GHz turbo, it incorporates a hybrid Alder Lake architecture with 12 cores in total: four performance cores and eight effective cores.

It has a performance rating of 91, above the Core i7-1165G7 found in many ultrabooks, but ultimately on par with the AMD Ryzen 5600U. More than enough for office automation and most tasks, but nothing impressive. It also seems that the chip does not quite express itself, other laptops with the same processor are for example 18% faster – we’re especially considering the Asus ZenBook Oled 14.

This is explained by the choice of a rather limited thermal envelope (TDP) in the current case: if it is 28 Watts, we note that during long treatments (more than 28 seconds), the TDP is limited to only 20 Watts, which is not the case with Asus. Therefore, Samsung deliberately limited the processor so that it does not heat up much, which is understandable in a particularly thin chassis. assumed choice.

We also tested the SSD, which achieved 2.3 GB/s sequential read and 1.2 GB/s write. Nothing wonderful. Finally, a word about the capabilities of the iGPU: it let us play Diablo III Graphics on “High” at 26fps and fast Note and watch Low quality set at 37 fps. Something to enjoy with old titles or indie games that aren’t too greedy, but aren’t much more than that.

We’ve rarely seen a PC so thin (barely 11.5mm) and so light. The 1.04kg is barely felt in the backpack, and its charger doesn’t really weigh everything down: with 163g on the scale, it’s also one of the lightest and most compact blocks we’ve been able to test. From this point of view, the computer is a model of hoarding for those who need to carry their computers regularly.

The charger is particularly compact.

The charger is particularly compact.

Independence question, lasted 7 hours 20 minutes video playback on Netflix, screen set to 200 cd/m2, headphones plugged in and volume at 50%, Bluetooth deactivated. This result is a little disappointing for the 13.3-inch model, the battery error of only 63W (perhaps to save space in the chassis) and the increased consumption of 12th-generation Intel processors.

strength point

  • Elegant finishes.

  • The versatility of the 2-in-1 format.

  • Very compact and lightweight.

  • OLED panel.

  • small charger.

  • silent.

  • Provided pen.

Weak points

  • Processor performance throttled.

  • Slab is subject to reflections.

  • Heating at the top of the keyboard.

  • Average autonomy.

Conclusion

We tested it, we loved it

How does grading work?

With the Galaxy Book2 Pro 360, Samsung is returning to the laptop market with a bang. This 13-inch version convertible into a tablet is a paragon of lightness and versatility, even if the performance isn’t quite there. An S Pen is included and we appreciate the PC’s well-calibrated Oled display, but the rather poor autonomy makes it miss the highest step on the platform. Therefore, the computer will delight mobile users, but not necessarily those who need high performance.

Sub notes

  • building

  • performance

  • Screen

  • My voice

  • Mobility / Autonomy

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