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Samsung Galaxy Book S Review Rundown

SamsungPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • High-quality aluminum case
  • Good battery life
  • Good display with good color space coverage
  • Very good speakers
Cons**
  • Low CPU performance
  • Only 12 months of warranty

Summary

Samsung claims the Galaxy Book S can last for 23 hours on a single charge. The Intel version is even slightly lighter at 940 grams, but this is not noticeable even in a direct comparison. Gaming performance drops after a little while and even simple titles hardly reach playable frame rates.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy Book S is a Windows laptop with a 13.3-inch screen. It's powered by Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 8cx processor. There's 8GB of RAM and 256GB of solid state drive storage. LTE connectivity is what makes this laptop perfect for those who can do their work anywhere.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Powerful Snapdragon 8cx processor
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No Wi-Fi or LTE
  • LTE only available through Verizon

notebookcheck[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 74%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
Cinebench R15 single-core test was improved from 88 to 111 points (+26%) when we manually selected the faster Sunny Cove core. Samsung once again uses UFS 3.0 storage for the Galaxy Book S with a storage capacity of 256 GB. The performance of the drive is superior to conventional hard drives, but real PCIe-SSDs in the competitors are just much faster.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • High-quality case
  • High-contrast display
  • Very good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Low TDP
  • No Thunderbolt 3

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 65%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The screen calibration is decent out of the box and the deviations both for the grayscale as well as the colors (vs. sRGB) are not too big. Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx processor has eight cores, consisting of four fast Cortex A76 cores (up to 2.84 GHz) and four slower Cortex A55 cores. You also get 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Matte IPS display
  • Good battery life
  • Good input devices
Cons[**]
  • No SD card reader
  • No Thunderbolt 3

pcworld[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from pcworld have found the following[***]:
At just over two pounds, the Samsung Galaxy Book S lands in tablet territory (including a keyboard) Like some of Acer's Swift notebooks, the Book S is thin enough that the chassis actually bulges to accommodate the pair of USB-C ports. Samsung DeX connects a Galaxy phone in a desktop-like environment on your PC.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous display
  • Dolby Atmos software
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No fingerprint reader
  • No eSIM

t3[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following[***]:
The Samsung Galaxy Book S is a really well built device that manages to still feel sturdy even though it's fantastically lightweight. The laptop tips the scales at just 960 grams (2.12 pounds) and is 11.8 mm (0.46 inches) thick at its thickest point. It's a pleasure just to move your fingers across the textured, matte metal chassis, and to be honest a lot of the time we preferred just looking at the laptop rather than doing any actual work on it.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Great battery life
  • Great performance
Cons[**]
  • Not all Windows desktop apps are optimised for running on mobile chips
  • Fanless design feels a little clunky

techadvisor[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 67%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following[***]:
, which is not a problem I've had on any other laptops recently. Running benchmarks is tricky on a Snapdragon so we can't compare with all our usual tests, but what we do have gives you an idea of how it's been improved from the 835. There are also compatibility issues to be aware of as unlike the Envy x2, the Book S comes with Windows 10 Home, not the limited S version. At £999 (US$999 or AU$1,699) it's not crazily expensive.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Good battery life
  • Decent performance
Cons[**]
  • Only 256GB of storage

techradar[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 75%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The Samsung Galaxy Book S runs Windows 10 and has 4G connectivity. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx processor, which is a big improvement over previous SoCs. The battery life of the Book S is phenomenal, and we could go an entire day without a charge. However, the laptop still struggles with more intensive workloads.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent battery life
  • 4G connectivity
  • Fast boot and resume times
Cons[**]
  • No Intel/AMD support
  • No 4G connectivity

tomshardware[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 70%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following[***]:
The Samsung Galaxy Book S is a nice -- but pricey -- system that puts the “ultra” in ultraportable. The design is sleek and lightweight, and I never stopped being impressed by it. It's also the first time we're seeing Intel's Lakefield processor, and the 5-core CPU seems to largely land within expectations.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • Excellent performance
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Lackluster performance

trustedreviews[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 54%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
Galaxy Book S has a Full HD screen with 96% sRGB gamut coverage. But the processor simply isn’t powerful enough for professional use. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx chip seen in the Galaxy is far behind the more powerful Intel Core and AMD Ryzen chips. The Surface Laptop 3 can be bought for around the same price as the Galaxy Book S.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Fantastic battery life
  • Excellent performance
  • Excellent keyboard
Cons[**]
  • No Quad HD or 4K options
  • Mediocre graphics

References

1. ^ Samsung Galaxy Book S hands-on review. digitaltrends. 2019-08-07 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Samsung Galaxy Book S review. techadvisor. 2020-05-15 Retrieved 2021-10-20.
7. ^ Samsung Galaxy Book S review. techradar. 2020-05-29 Retrieved 2021-10-20.
8. ^ Samsung Galaxy Book S Review: The First Intel Lakefield Laptop. tomshardware. 2020-07-21 Retrieved 2021-10-20.
9. ^ Samsung Galaxy Book S Review. trustedreviews. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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