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Samsung Galaxy Book Ion 13 / 15 Laptop

MSRP 1200 USDNEX score 66%

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Product Overview

Samsung Galaxy Book Ion is a pair of ultra-slim laptops featuring the world's first QLED display on a laptop. Engineered for maximum portability, the Galaxy Book Ion 13 offers up to 22 hours of battery life in a chassis barely over half an inch thin, while the Galaxy Book Ion 15 delivers 21 hours of battery life while weighing little over 2 lbs.
Built with ultralight magnesium, the clamshell frame and ultra-thin design empower professionals who must maintain productivity on the go. With Intel's 10th-generation core processors and DDR4 memories, Galaxy Book Ion is robust, mobile, and powerful.
The Galaxy Book Ion also supports Samsung's industry-leading Wireless PowerShare functionality that charges any Qi-compatible devices. It also boasts a full-set of I/O options, including Thunderbolt 3, full-size HDMI, and WiFi 6.
Alongside the Galaxy Book Ion, Samsung also unveiled at Samsung Developer Conference (SDC) 2019 a pair of 2-in-1 models under the model name Galaxy Book Flex.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Attractive design
  • Good battery life
  • Decent performance
Cons
  • Very expensive
  • Only one USB-C port

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 66% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good performance
  • Good battery life
  • Gorgeous QLED screen
Cons
  • Mediocre graphics performance
  • Dim display
  • No SD card reader
  • Low-contrast display
  • No Thunderbolt 3
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Specifications

Variants:
Ion 13
Ion 15

Connectivity

Ports
1x Thunderbolt 3 + 2x USB 3 + 1x HDMI + 1x UFS/MicroSD + 1x Audio combo
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0

Construction

Battery | Capacity
69.7 Wh
Material
Magnesium
Microphone
Dual Array Mic

Dimensions

Ion 13Size | Depth
199.8 mm
Ion 15Size | Depth
228.0 mm
Ion 13Size | Height
12.9 mm
Ion 15Size | Height
14.9 mm
Ion 13Size | Width
305.7 mm
Ion 15Size | Width
356.1 mm
Ion 13Weight
0.97 kg
Ion 15Weight
1.19 kg

Display

Display Diagonal
13.3" or 15.6"
Display Type
QLED
Resolution
FHD 1920 x 1080

Function

Graphics
Intel UHD / optional NVIDIA GeForce MX250 w/ 2GB GDDR5
Operating System
Windows 10 Home
Processor
10th-gen Intel Core i7-10510U
Security
Fingerprint

Performance

Ion 13Battery Life
Up to 22 hours
Ion 15Battery Life
Up to 21 hours
Memory | Capacity
Up to 16GB
Storage
Up to 512GB NVMe SSD

Production

Debut
2019-10 (Samsung Developer Conference 2019)

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

notebookcheck[1]

Sentiment Score 57%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
Viewing angles were very wide overall, and screen content remained very well recognizable practically regardless of angle. Samsung’s extensive settings menu includes a mode referred to as “Outdoor+” that boosted brightness even further. In our tests, the Galaxy Book Ion 13.3 topped out at 43 °C under load. The laptop felt smooth and snappy throughout the entire test period.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Matte IPS display
  • Very good battery life
  • High-quality case
Cons
  • Low-contrast display
  • No Thunderbolt 3

notebookcheck[2]

Sentiment Score 66%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The Ion is equipped with an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 and a dedicated Nvidia Geforce MX250. It reaches fairly good results compared to its competition and seems to offer the best overall performance. Only the access times while reading are unusually high and somewhat cloud the very good transfer rates. The Samsung performance mode cannot be activated on battery.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Matte IPS display
  • High-quality case
  • Good battery life
  • Good system performance
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3
  • No SD card reader

techradar[3]

Sentiment Score 77%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The Samsung Galaxy Book Ion comes with Windows 10 Home installed. Windows 10 boots up fast, and feels snappy and responsive when in use. Even with several different apps open at once, the laptop kept pace without any issues. However, the lack of a discrete GPU means this won't be a laptop you'd want to use for gaming or graphic-intensive creative work.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Long battery life
  • Good performance
Cons
  • No discrete GPU
  • No Thunderbolt 3

trustedreviews[4]

Sentiment Score 64%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
The Samsung Galaxy Book Ion has an outstanding battery life, reaching up to 14 hours and 40 minutes when running the PCMark 10 battery test simulation. The processor performance is decent, and easily powerful enough to power through web browsing, video streaming and word processing with no noticeable lag. The laptop can get a little warm, especially underneath, but never to a degree that it became uncomfortable to rest on my lap. The Ion is clearly aimed at casual users, with the ultra-portable design, gorgeous QLED screen and outrageously long battery life.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous QLED screen
  • Excellent battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons
  • Mediocre graphics performance
  • Dim display

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Samsung Galaxy Book Ion 13.3 Review: Subnotebook with QLED display. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Samsung-Galaxy-Book-Ion-13-3-Review-Subnotebook-with-QLED-display.483173.0.html. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Samsung Galaxy Book Ion Aura Silver Laptop Review: Great 15-inch Ultrabook with driver issues. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Samsung-Galaxy-Book-Ion-Aura-Silver-Laptop-Review-Great-15-inch-Ultrabook-with-driver-issues.497975.0.html. 2020-10-14. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Samsung Galaxy Book Ion review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-book-ion-review. 2020-07-10. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Samsung Galaxy Book Ion (13-inch) Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-book-ion-13-inch. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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