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Samsung Galaxy Book 2

Samsung Galaxy Book 2

from  $999.99+
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83 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Samsung’s Galaxy Book 2 looks like the ultimate Surface Pro rival, thanks to its crisp, vibrant display and handy new kickstand. Its long-lasting battery and speedy gigabit LTE are compelling draws, too. But its Snapdragon 850 CPU causes some programs to perform slowly and limits app compatibility. For $999 with a keyboard and S Pen, the Galaxy Book 2 is a reasonable deal, but only if you often travel for long distances.

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Pros
  • Excellent battery life
  • Sturdy kickstand
  • Fast and always available gigabit LTE
  • Brilliant screen S Pen and keyboard included
Cons
  • Performance lags Intel systems
  • App compatibility remains questionable
83 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

83
 

User Reviews

10
elizabeth
This is the worst piece of electronics I have ever owned. It is broken will...read more
90
Robert
I work for an airline and am out in the world with this most days. I LOVE the...read more
80
Richard
I've had the Galaxy Book 2 since March 2019 and use it on Sprint. I was looking...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
70
Average Critic Score
 
70
The Verge
Samsung may have come the closest to making my dream computer, but the Book 2 just doesn’t have enough of the pro I need to be my everyday computer.
 
70
Digital Trends
Samsung’s Galaxy Book 2 targets the Surface Pro 6, but just barely misses the mark.
 
80
CNET
The Samsung Galaxy Book 2 is a clear-cut example of the always-on, always connected future of PCs. If you want to work anywhere at anytime and don't mind adding a device to your data plan, it's worth consideration.
 
70
TechRadar
The Samsung Galaxy Book 2 gets a lot of things right, namely its fantastic new design that brings it in line with industry norms, some impressive battery life and included accessories. However, this is yet another Windows tablet that’s largely held back by its Qualcomm processor – not to mention supporting hardware.
 
60
PC Mag
With a power-sipping Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 processor, the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Windows tablet offers excellent battery life and LTE connectivity, but it suffers from lackluster computing performance.
 
60
Laptop Magazine
The Galaxy Book 2 boasts an awesome OLED display and built-in LTE, but this Snapdragon-powered 2-in-1's performance and battery life aren't quite good enough.
 
70
PC World
Samsung's latest 2-in-1 now looks much like the competition, but with a key change: it uses Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon processor, which delivers game-changing battery life but anemic performance.
 
60
Gizmodo
In the end, I did manage to get my work done on the Galaxy Book 2, but the device ultimately doesn’t make a very good case for itself. It tries to do a lot of things and hobbles its way through most basic tasks, but I’m not sure the user the Galaxy Book 2 invites you to imagine really exists. Who is this mythical person who needs a stylus or an AMOLED display on a device stutters and quivers when you’ve got too many browser tabs open? I think this person might not be real, and if they are, they would almost certainly notice that they spent $1,000 on weak performance.
 
70
PocketNow
The Qualcomm ARM architecture does provide for some pretty great battery life as long as you don’t need to do any serious work other than the lightweight UWP apps in the Microsoft Store, the ARM-optimized included version of Office 365, and whatever else you can do within a web browser. If you can do without some of the hefty Windows programs out there, the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 could be a real gem for the frequent traveler.
 
90
Windows Central
Samsung delivered a Surface Pro-like PC that runs on a Snapdragon 850 with LTE. And it's glorious.