Samsung Galaxy E-book for enterprise

MSRP $900.00

“The Samsung Galaxy E-book for enterprise has adequate productiveness efficiency and battery life, however its show is subpar and it lacks any compelling options.”

Professionals

  • Skinny and light-weight
  • Glorious keyboard and touchpad
  • Stable productiveness efficiency
  • Good productiveness battery life

Cons

  • Disappointing show high quality
  • An excessive amount of give within the lid and chassis
  • No significant enterprise options

Samsung is extra dedicated than ever to creating a laptop computer that lives as much as the pedigree of the Galaxy model.

The Galaxy E-book Professional got here shut, although, with its ultrathin chassis and vivid OLED display. However can a less expensive, extra primary model of that laptop computer have the identical impact?

The Samsung Galaxy E-book I examined was technically the “for enterprise” mannequin, although it’s almost similar to the buyer mannequin on the {hardware} aspect of issues. The laptop computer options an Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor, 15-inch 1080p display, and prices $900.

That sits in the midst of the pack contemplating the value, options, and design. Sadly, the value isn’t low sufficient to justify this many compromises, particularly with so many different nice choices

Design

Angled view of the backside and lid on the Samsung Galaxy Book for business.Mark Coppock/Digital Developments

The Galaxy E-book is constructed of aluminum, which normally leads to stable construct high quality. Nevertheless, Samsung should have used skinny aluminum to chop weight, as a result of the lid bends greater than I like and there’s fairly a little bit of keyboard flex. The Acer Aspire 5, a budget-oriented 15-inch machine that you could purchase equally configured for lower than $500, had barely higher rigidity within the keyboard deck and chassis, though its lid was additionally a bit bendable.

The HP Envy x360 15 is across the identical value because the Galaxy E-book and is rather more stable.  If you happen to leap up in value, after all, then you definitely’ll get a lot better construct high quality, however I feel the Galaxy E-book ought to really feel extra stable at its retail value of $900. An instance of a way more costly laptop computer that demonstrates the identical lack of rigidity because the Galaxy E-book is the LG Gram 16 that’s constructed of magnesium, but it surely’s additionally simply 2.62 kilos — on this case, you’re buying and selling solidity for very gentle weight.

At 3.42 kilos, the Galaxy E-book can also be comparatively light-weight for a 15-inch machine, with the Acer Aspire 5 coming in shut at 3.64 kilos. The Acer advantages from some plastic elements, nonetheless. Extra sturdy laptops just like the Envy x360 15 and Dell XPS 15 are likely to weigh 4 kilos or extra. The Galaxy E-book is 0.61 inches thick, slimmer than the Aspire 5 at 0.70 inches, the Envy x360 15 at 0.72 inches, and the XPS 15 at 0.71 inches.

Straight on view of the Samsung Galaxy Book for business.Mark Coppock/Digital Developments

All in all, one of many Galaxy E-book’s best strengths is its skinny and light-weight nature, which makes me a little bit extra forgiving of the laptop computer’s bending and flexing. The Galaxy E-book’s bezels across the old-school 16:9 show aren’t that tiny, although, notably alongside the highest and backside, and so it’s nonetheless a full-size 15-inch laptop computer.

Aesthetically, the Galaxy E-book is a fairly mundane silver shade that’s harking back to so many different laptops. It has easy traces and angles and black keycaps with white lettering. There’s nothing fallacious with minimalist designs — HP has perfected it on machines just like the Envy x360 15 — however the design philosophy can go too far. I discover the Galaxy E-book to fall on simply the fallacious aspect of that skinny line.

One be aware about software program. Samsung features a ton of additional functions along with the standard assist utilities. They embody Samsung Move, a pen app that has no use on the Galaxy E-book, Samsung Gallery, Samsung Studio Plue, Samsung TV Plus, and so forth. A few of these apps is perhaps helpful, however for anybody who doesn’t need further apps put in on their laptops, the Galaxy E-book might be annoying.

Two USB-C ports, a full-size HDMI port, and a USB-A port line the left-hand side of the Samsung Galaxy Book for business.

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Hinge on the back of the Samsung Galaxy Book for business.

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The right-hand side of the Samsung Galaxy Book for Business is populated with another USB-A port, a microSD card reader, and a 3

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Connectivity is first rate. Two USB-C ports, a full-size HDMI port, and a USB-A port line the left-hand aspect, whereas the right-hand aspect is populated with one other USB-A port, a microSD card reader, and a 3.5mm audio jack. There’s no Thunderbolt 4 assist, which we’ve seen on laptops across the identical value. Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 deal with wi-fi duties.

Efficiency

Close up on the screen and keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy Book for business.Mark Coppock/Digital Developments

You should purchase the Galaxy E-book with both a Core i5-1135G7 or a Core i7-1165G7. My evaluate unit was outfitted with the Core i5, and it carried out properly given the CPU.

Throughout all our benchmarks, the Galaxy E-book was at or close to the highest in comparison with a handful of different Core i5-1135G7-equipped laptops. Solely the Lenovo ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 matched or exceeded its scores. The Galaxy E-book was notably sturdy in our most CPU-intensive benchmark, together with our Handbrake check that encodes a 420MB video as H.265. Its rating of 175 seconds was a lot quicker than all however the ThinkBook 13s Gen 2, and it rivals many Core i7 laptops in our database. The Samsung was additionally sturdy in Cinebench, narrowly shedding to the ThinkBook.

Within the PCMark 10 Full benchmark, the Galaxy E-book as soon as once more took the highest spot with a rating of 4735. It additionally did properly within the Necessities,  Productiveness, and Content material Creation parts of the benchmark.

Total, the Galaxy E-book was a stable productiveness performer, in a position to sustain with heavy workflows. Its efficiency is one other space the place the Galaxy E-book earned its $900 value.

Geekbench (single/multi) Handbrake
(seconds)
Cinebench R23 (single/multi) PCMark 10 3DMark Time Spy
Samsung Galaxy E-book (Core i5-1135G7) 1401 / 5221 175 1361 / 5391 4735 1584
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i 14
(Core i5-1135G7)
1397 /4301 213 1325 / 4411 4550 1026
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s Gen 2
(Core i5-1135G7)
1406 /   5379 178 1357 / 5502 4668 1511
HP Envy 14 (Core i5-1135G7) 1549 / 5431 204 1399 / 4585 n/a 1380
Acer Aspire 5 2021 (Core i3-1115G4) 1215 / 2544 300 1274 / 3128 3752 652

The Galaxy E-book did properly within the 3DMark Time Spy check at 1584, main our comparability group. That’s not an ideal rating for a gaming laptop computer, nonetheless. We normally use Fortnite to check skinny and light-weight laptops with built-in graphics, on this case, Intel’s Iris Xe, however the sport crashed with a video reminiscence error each time I attempted to run it. In any case, depend on this laptop computer for older video games, eSports titles, or newer video games at low resolutions and graphical settings.

Show

Closeup on the Samsung Galaxy Book for business's display.Mark Coppock/Digital Developments

At $900, one ought to anticipate an honest show. On condition that Samsung is understood for making glorious shows, that is doubly true for the Galaxy E-book. Subjectively, I discovered the 15.6-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) show to be vivid sufficient for all of the locations the place I normally work, however I wasn’t impressed with the obvious distinction or colours. Particularly, I discovered black textual content on white backgrounds to be a little bit on the gray aspect.

My colorimeter confirmed my suspicions. The Galaxy E-book’s brightness was advantageous at 326 nits, exceeding our 300-nit threshold. Issues went downhill from there, although. The show’s colours had been surprisingly slim at simply 48% of AdobeRGB and 64% of sRGB, they usually weren’t notably correct with a DeltaE of two.41 (1.0 or much less is taken into account glorious). It is a enormous disappointment, particularly at this value.

Worse but, distinction got here in at simply 700:1, properly underneath our most well-liked 1,000:1. It’s not unusual to see these sorts of leads to laptops costing a whole bunch of {dollars} much less, however I anticipate higher at this value. The HP Envy x360 15, for instance, wasn’t as vivid at 270 nits, but it surely hit 71% of AdobeRGB and 95% of sRGB with an accuracy of 1.06. Its distinction was additionally considerably higher at 900:1.

It is a laptop computer that’s meant for informal enterprise customers, they usually don’t require the extensive and correct colours demanded by creators. However they do anticipate one thing nearer to the trade common for the category of machine, and this show simply doesn’t reside as much as that normal. I used to be shocked to see Samsung use such a low-quality show in a laptop computer at this value.

Keyboard and touchpad

The keyboard and trackpad on the Samsung Galaxy Book for business.Mark Coppock/Digital Developments

The keyboard has a normal format with loads of spacing and huge keycaps with constant 3-step backlighting. There’s not a whole lot of journey, however the switches had been crisp and snappy with a snug bottoming motion. They had been additionally quiet, which is a plus. I’d price this as an excellent keyboard that’s only a step behind one of the best round, comparable to these discovered on HP’s Spectre line and Dell’s XPS.

The touchpad is bigger than common, and it has a snug floor with Microsoft Precision Touchpad drivers. It dealt with Home windows 10’s full suite of multitouch gestures with constant reliability, and it had a stable however quiet clickiness. It is a nice touchpad that’s exceeded in 15-inch laptops solely by the Dell XPS 15’s a lot bigger model. The show isn’t touch-enabled, which is at all times disappointing.

Home windows 10 Howdy assist is supplied by a fingerprint reader embedded within the energy button. It was quick and exact, and logged me in instantly as I pressed the button to get up the laptop computer.

Battery life

The Samsung Galaxy Book for business.Mark Coppock/Digital Developments

The Galaxy E-book packs in 56 watt-hours of battery life, which isn’t quite a bit for a 15-inch laptop computer. I didn’t go into my battery testing with nice expectations.

In our internet shopping check that runs by a collection of widespread web sites, the Galaxy E-book lasted simply 8.25 hours. That’s properly underneath the ten hours we wish to see on this check. The HP Envy x360 15 made it to 11.25 hours, and the Dell XPS 15 with its power-hungry OLED show lasted virtually an hour longer. The Galaxy E-book managed 11.25 hours in our video check that loops a neighborhood 1080p film trailer, which is a stronger rating however nonetheless beneath common. The Envy x360 15 hit 13.65 hours, and the XPS 15 was inside a couple of minutes of the Galaxy E-book.

I switched to the PCMark 10 Functions check, which is one of the best indication of productiveness efficiency, and the Galaxy E-book scored 11 hours. That, too, is a stronger rating and nearer to common. The Envy x360 15 as soon as once more exceeded the Galaxy E-book at 12.5 hours, and the XPS 15 fell behind at simply eight hours.

The Galaxy E-book will possible make it by a full working day, so long as your workflow isn’t too CPU-intensive. These aren’t one of the best outcomes for a 15-inch laptop computer at this value, however they’re not horrible, both.

Our take

The Samsung Galaxy E-book is, as I stated firstly, a wierd laptop computer. The mannequin I reviewed is aimed toward enterprise customers, but it surely doesn’t supply something out of the field that many shopper laptops don’t additionally supply. Its greatest energy is stable productiveness efficiency and a skinny and light-weight chassis, and whereas these are welcome to enterprise customers, they’re not precisely business-specific options.

Most disappointing is the show, which ought to supply a greater expertise on the Galaxy E-book’s value. Battery life was a combined bag, with the laptop computer doing properly within the PCMark 10 check however not as properly in our different benchmarks. And when it comes to feel and look, the laptop computer is a bit boring and lacks rigidity. There’s simply not quite a bit to advocate this machine over its wide selection of competitors.

Are there any alternate options?

The HP Envy x360 15 is a powerful various to the Galaxy E-book. It’s cheaper but gives higher efficiency and battery life and a superior show. It’s additionally a convertible 2-in-1, which provides flexibility.

We haven’t reviewed many 15-inch laptops on this value vary just lately, however should you’re prepared to drop all the way down to a 14-inch machine then there are a number of good choices. The HP Envy 14 is an effective instance, with equal efficiency, superior battery life, and a greater show, all at an identical value.

How lengthy will it final?

The Samsung Galaxy E-book isn’t the sturdiest laptop computer we’ve examined on this value vary, but it surely’s nonetheless stable sufficient that it ought to final a number of years. Its elements are up-to-date as properly, and so it ought to sustain with Home windows 10 and 11. The one-year guarantee could be upgraded to Samsung’s Care+ for Enterprise prolonged guarantee.

Do you have to purchase it?

No. There are just too many different good 15-inch laptops for across the identical value, and the Galaxy E-book doesn’t supply a lot to entice its meant enterprise person goal. If you happen to actually just like the laptop computer’s design and efficiency, then take into account the buyer model of the Galaxy E-book.

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