Samsung's new Galaxy Book Pro laptops are thin, light, and smart
PCWorld|June 2021
AMOLED displays and intelligent settings are standout features.
MELISSA RIOFRIO

Samsung recently unveiled its new Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360 laptops. The four thin-and-light systems are designed with premium features, innovative enhancements, and close ties to the rest of Samsung’s product ecosystem.

Announced at the company’s virtual Samsung Unpacked event on April 28, the laptops started shipping May 14. Prices will start at $1,000 for the Galaxy Book Pro 13 and $1,100 for the Galaxy Book Pro 15 clamshell notebooks. The convertible models (with 360-degree hinges) start at $1,200 for the Galaxy Book Pro 360 13 and $1,300 for the Pro 360 15. Samsung is also offering special discounts through Amazon, Best Buy, and its own online store.

We’ll discuss some of the highlight features of the Galaxy Book Pro laptops, and you can find the specs for all the machines at the end of this story. The photos will show you the colors available: Mystic Blue and Mystic Silver for the Galaxy Book Pros, and Mystic Navy and Mystic Bronze for the Galaxy Book Pro 360s.

VERY THIN, VERY LIGHT

Did we say the Galaxy Book Pro laptops are thin and light? They are. The teeniest is the Galaxy Book Pro 13 (shown above), which at 1.93 pounds and 11.2mm thin (about 7/16 inch) is light enough to forget you have it in your bag. The biggest is the Galaxy Book Pro 360 15, which at 11.9mm is still just shy of a half-inch thick. Its 3.06pound weight is feathery for a 15.6-inch laptop.

“The new Galaxy Books are the thinnest 13-inch and 15-inch Intel Evo designs ever,” Intel executive vice president Gregory M. Bryant said in a statement. All four laptops graduated from Intel’s Evo laptop innovation program, meaning they had to meet requirements for performance, display quality, instant connectivity, and battery life. Everything about the Galaxy Book Pro laptops is state-of-the-art, from the AMOLED displays to the Thunderbolt 4 ports.

The only thing that isn’t thinner is the S Pen bundled with each new Galaxy Book Pro 360. Unlike the slender stylus you’ve seen for Samsung’s Galaxy Note products and a few earlier Samsung laptops, this new S Pen is 2.5 times wider, making it more comfortable for extended use. Of course, thinner laptops and fatter S pens mean there’s no internal garage, as was possible with the stylus models, so you are sacrificing a little convenience.

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