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Samsung Galaxy Book Go (5G) 14" Always-Connected Laptop (2021)

MSRP 349 USDNEX score 43%

Product Overview

Samsung Galaxy Book Go is an entry-level 14-inch always-connected laptop powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 compute platform. It follows the Galaxy Book S unveiled in 2019 but comes in at a much lower price point.
Some of the compromise with the Galaxy Book Go can be traced to its size and weight, coming in at 14.9mm and 1.38kg respectively. While these numbers used to wow consumers among yesteryear's laptops, they pale in comparison to what newer devices like the gram 14.
Part of the reason for its affordability is the new Qualcomm Snapdragon compute platform, which also affords the laptop with LTE or 5G connectivity as well as high efficiency. To this end, the Galaxy Book Go is able to deliver up to 18 hours of continuous use with a single charge.
Likewise, the Galaxy Book Go comes with limited storage and RAM options.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Great battery life
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Decent performance
Cons
  • Chrome OS runs on x86

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 43% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Sleek design
Cons
  • Unimpressive webcam
  • Low contrast ratio
  • Slow WLAN
  • Mediocre performance
  • No fingerprint reader
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
Galaxy Book Go
Galaxy Book Go 5G

Connectivity

Ports
2x USB-C + 1x USB 2.0 + 1x 3.5mm Audio combo + 1x MicroSD
Galaxy Book GoWireless Connectivity
WiFi 5 + LTE + Bluetooth 5.1
Galaxy Book Go 5GWireless Connectivity
WiFi 6 + 5G + Bluetooth 5.1

Construction

Battery | Capacity
42.3 Wh
Camera | Front
720p HD Camera
Colors
Silver
Microphone
Digital Mic

Dimensions

Size | Depth
224.8 mm
Size | Height
14.9 mm
Size | Width
323.9 mm
Weight
1.38 kg

Display

Aspect Ratio
16:9
Display Diagonal
14"
Resolution
FHD (1920x1080)

Function

Audio
Dolby Atmos
Graphics
Qualcomm Adreno GPU
Operating System
Windows 10
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 compute platform
SIM
Nano LTE or 5G

Performance

Battery Life
18 hours
Memory | Capacity
4 or 8 GB soldered
Memory | Type
LPDDR4x
Power Supply
25W USB Type-C Fast Charger
Storage
64 or 128 GB SSD eUFS

Production

Debut
2021-06-03

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External Reviews

laptopmag[1]

Sentiment Score 53%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
Chrome for Windows-on-ARM was ready to hit the market two years ago, but Google refused to release it. Qualcomm said that Chrome's native ARM version works like a charm. The unimpressive 720p webcam, housed on the top bezel, is no different from other poor laptop cameras.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Good battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons
  • Unimpressive webcam

notebookcheck[2]

Sentiment Score 31%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The Galaxy Book Go can only be used outdoors on cloudy days or in shady areas. In strong ambient light or direct sunlight, the brightness is not high enough to display image content legibly. The display is not viewing-angle stable, which means that image content appears with clearly distorted colors when viewed from the side. The performance is sufficient to run applications within the mentioned scope.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Matte IPS display
  • Good battery life
  • Fast WLAN
Cons
  • Mediocre performance
  • Low contrast ratio
  • Slow WLAN

trustedreviews[3]

Sentiment Score 45%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
The Galaxy Book Go comes with a 14-inch 1080p panel that offers mediocre performance, at best. A quoted brightness of 150 nits seems very low for a laptop this price, with most laptops aiming for 300 nits at least. With real-world use I found the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c and on-board Adreno 618 graphics combine to create something chronically slow. If you want a speedy Windows machine, you're going to have to pay more for the likes of the Surface Laptop Go.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Slim and light
  • Decent battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons
  • Mediocre performance
  • No fingerprint reader

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Samsung Galaxy Book Go: The $349 laptop that tests your patience. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-book-go. 2021-07-03. Retrieved 2021-07-06.
2. ^ Samsung Galaxy Book Go in review: Silent office notebook. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Samsung-Galaxy-Book-Go-in-review-Silent-office-notebook.555454.0.html. 2021-08-18. Retrieved 2021-08-20.
3. ^ Samsung Galaxy Book Go Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-book-go. Retrieved 2021-11-08.

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