When people think of laptops, they usually limit their imagination to offerings from HP, Dell, and in some cases Lenovo or IBM ThinkPad. This is mainly because India Inc. for some reason chose to equip the employees who work for them with laptops from these brands. As a result, many other laptop manufacturers go unnoticed.
Not many people are aware of this, but Samsung has a pretty solid line of premium laptops called the Galaxy Book series. This year, they launched the third iteration of their premium laptops called the Galaxy Book3 series.
These new laptops are thin and light devices designed to meet the needs of a wider audience. The new Galaxy Book3 series fits just as well in a boardroom as it does in the life of a content creator who is always on the go.
We got our hands on the Samsung Galaxy Book3 Pro 360, and as far as first impressions go, we were surprised.
The first thing that catches your eye when you open and turn on the Samsung Galaxy Book3 Pro 360 is the display. We have a 16-inch, 120 Hz, 3K display with a resolution of 2880 × 1800. The display is something very special, especially for a laptop. There were times when the display felt a little better than what we get in the 16-inch MacBook Pro – other times it seemed almost on par. Yes, the specs suggest that Apple’s display has a higher resolution, but to be honest we haven’t seen much of a difference in terms of resolution so far.
The display of the Galaxy Book3 Pro 360 is a touch panel. We also get an S Pen, which comes bundled with the Galaxy Book3 Pro 360. As the name suggests, you can rotate the display 360 degrees and propped it on a table to hide the keyboard.
What really sets the Galaxy Book3 Pro 360 apart is the colour, dynamic range and contrast ratio of the display. The blacks on the panel are true blacks – it’s almost impossible at times to distinguish between the actual bezels (which are pretty thin, by the way) and the panel. Watching any type of content on the laptop is just great.
The keyboard and trackpad
The keyboard and trackpad are some other aspects that stand out. The keyboard is full-size and backlit, as you would expect from any high-end hybrid laptop. The typing feel is surprising. It’s really a pleasure to type on the keyboard. The keys have decent travel, with fairly solid and well-calibrated actuation points, making typing on the laptop a genuinely satisfying experience.
The Galaxy Book3 Pro 360’s trackpad is gigantic, which makes scrolling through pages and timelines a breeze, and despite its size, the trackpad is accurate with no dead zones.
The performance we get from the Galaxy Book3 Pro 360 is also on a different level. The laptop is powered by an Intel i7-1360P CPU equipped with 12 cores (4 performance cores + 8 efficiency cores) and 16 threads. The laptop also comes with 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM.
Opening apps and switching between them is a breeze. Also, it only flew through benchmarks and other productivity-related tasks in our initial tests. We expect it’ll just break through our Photoshop and Lightroom workloads.
Now you wouldn’t be able to play your favorite AAA titles on the laptop as it comes with Intel’s Xe Graphics and no dedicated GPU. However, we expect the laptop to like games rocket league And League of Legends Everything’s ok
The Samsung specific features
We’ve only just started testing the many features you’ll get if you’re plugged into the Samsung ecosystem. We especially like how the laptop conveniently allows users to clone their Galaxy phones to the laptops with ease.
You can also connect a Galaxy phone’s internet connection to the laptop to work on the go. There’s also a 5G variant of this computer if you want to further enhance working on the go.
Another very nice software touch is Samsung’s collaboration with Adobe. You can upload images from the Galaxy S23’s Expert RAW software directly to Lightroom for editing. Samsung provides the service free of charge for six months.
There are also a number of other features that we will cover in our full review. So make sure you pay attention.
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