Galaxy Book2 Pro 15 review: The ultrabook is Samsung’s winning comeback

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The design of the Galaxy Book2 Pro 15 is particularly discreet in its black version. Very homogeneous in appearance, its chassis is less slender in front. The aluminum case has a sandblasted finish similar to the one that Apple offers on its MacBooks. The rest of the chassis is plastic, with a piano-treated anti-fingerprint. Despite their thinness and feather weight, they benefit from a convincing toughness. It’s therefore more solid than the LG Gram 16, but without reaching the level of the all-aluminum chassis of the Apple MacBook Pro.

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The lid opening reveals an Amoled panel in a glossy finish. This takes place in a particularly shiny plastic frame, but with thinner edges.
The backlit keyboard is decorated with a three-column numeric keypad with a start button in the upper right corner that also serves as a fingerprint reader. There is nothing wrong with typing on the keyboard. The keys are very slightly curved and deliver quality.
The large touchpad in the same vein, with smooth gliding and Windows gestures with 2, 3 or 4 fingers are fully taken into account.

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The connection is diverse and will satisfy all users. There are two Thunderbolt 4 ports, an HDMI 2.0 port on the left side, and a USB 3.0 port, a mini-jack socket, and a microSD reader on the other side.

Stylish HDMI port integration.  © The Digital

Stylish HDMI port integration. © The Digital

For wireless connectivity, Samsung didn’t care and opted for a wifi 6E compatible Intel AX211 chip with a cumulative speed of 2.4 Gbit/s and Bluetooth 5.2. On the other hand, the 720p webcam above the screen doesn’t do wonders. Lacks detail, even in good lighting conditions.



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Good lighting conditions

The Book2 Pro 15’s cooling system consists of two fans and two radiators connected to a heat pipe that draws heat away from the 12th Gen Intel processor. After just over 15 minutes of encoding, we observed a maximum temperature of 52°C above the function keys; The keys in the center of the keyboard are about 41 degrees Celsius. The temperature is a little high, it must be recognized, Samsung preferred silent operation, even in the so-called optimal mode, because the noise pollution does not exceed 34 dB. You can use Book2 Pro 15 in a library without noticing the people in the following table. If you want to take advantage of more consistent cooling and lower temperatures, you should switch to performance mode which frees up the fans’ spinning speed; Then the noise rises to 40.5 decibels.

Silence or cooling, you choose.  © The Digital

Silence or cooling, you choose. © The Digital

Disassembling the Galaxy Book2 Pro 15 is simple at first glance: 4 Phillips screws under removable pads hold the case. However, removing dandruff is especially painful. Find a lever in the hinges and individually release each of the 2 or 3 cm clamping clips.

Intelligent removable foot system.  © The Digital

Intelligent removable foot system. © The Digital

Inside, only the battery and SSD can be removed. The RAM is soldered to the back of the motherboard and the wifi chip is on an additional board. Note in the pass there is a second M.2 port, free, to add the SSD to the right of the right fan.

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Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

performance

The Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 15 is equipped with an Intel Core i7-1260P processor accompanied by 16 GB of DDR5 RAM and a 512 GB SSD. This hybrid processor consists of 4 cores called “performance” and 8 so called “effective”, all for a 28W thermal envelope. At an average of 1,96GHz, with a maximum of 3.4GHz.

Processor performance index (the bigger the better) © Les Numériques

Processor performance index (the bigger the better) © Les Numériques

In all our tests to determine the performance benchmark, the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro proved to be slightly faster than the Asus ZenBook 14 Oled, which was nonetheless equipped with the same processor (115 vs. 108). That’s explained by a more powerful setup on Samsung’s part, with an envelope of 51 watts allowed for 28 seconds – versus 28 watts over the same time period as Asus – before fixing at 28 watts.
The Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 15 drops the LG Gram 16, which has similar dimensions and stagnates at just 73.

On the other hand, the performance of the onboard SSD is nothing extraordinary, Samsung has opted for a model that seems reserved for assemblers. This brings it to 2.29 GB/s in reading and 1.2 GB/s in reading. If this is practically more than enough for daily use without Windows slowdown, users who add a second, faster SSD will be restricted by that original SSD when transferring between the two volumes.

Editor's Rating: 5 out of 5

Screen

Logically, Samsung painted the screen that powers the Galaxy Book2 Pro 15. In its production lines, it did not choose anything, since there is a 15.6-inch Amoled panel Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) at 60 Hz. So the manufacturer has remained relatively conservative with a simple high-resolution panel without HDR and with a very classic refresh rate.

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Under our probe, the colors of this palette are especially faithful. A delta E score of 1.3 is well below 3, which is the threshold below which the eye can no longer perceive chromatic drifts. Due to the design of OLED panels, the contrast is almost unlimited and the reaction time is almost zero.
On the other hand, the color temperature (7248K) is slightly higher than the video standard (6500K) and is therefore slightly blue.
The maximum brightness of 398 cd/m² doesn’t break the ceiling, but it’s an average for recently tested PCs.
Finally, the anti-reflection treatment is very good because its reflection rate is only 28.2% on this glossy panel, not too far from that of matte panels, which is less than 20%.



Editor's Rating: 5 out of 5

Mobility / Autonomy

Strong Samsung side gauges. If the Galaxy Book2 Pro 15’s width (35.5 cm) and length (32.5 cm) is within the base, then the aspect of thickness (1.17 cm) is what impresses the Koreans. And what about its weight, which is just 1,125 grams on our scale… It’s not the 65W fast charger that will weigh down your bag either (only 163 grams with a USB-C cable).

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Using these measurements, Samsung could have compromised on battery size, but not at all. The Galaxy’s father managed to accommodate a 68Wh battery, which allowed the Book2 Pro 15 to run for 10 hours 30 minutes according to our usual protocol (reading Netflix under Chrome, the screen brightness was calibrated at 200 cd / m²). A welcome performance, especially since it performs better than the Asus Zenbook 14 Oled (8 hours 40 minutes) equipped with the same processor with a 75W battery. So it’s totally possible for you to last an entire day away from your charger or power bank.

Compact 65W charger.  © The Digital

Compact 65W charger. © The Digital

strength point

  • performance.

  • Well calibrated slab.

  • perceived quality.

  • independence.

  • Good connection.

  • Lightweight.

Weak points

  • Just decent SSD performance.

  • Screen definition only Full HD.

Conclusion

5 stars from LesNumériques.com
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Editor's Rating: 5 out of 5

How does grading work?

The Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 15 ticks almost all the boxes: its impressive body makes no compromises, either in performance or autonomy, the screen is very well made, with faithful colors and an effective anti-reflective treatment. We simply regret defining the inferior panel of the best laptops at this point.

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