Review of Samsung’s new Galaxy Book S ultraportable laptop, a supremely skinny Snapdragon machine boasting one of the best battery performances of any 2020 Windows notebook. Here’s my verdict after almost two weeks of full time testing and benchmarking, including a look at the gaming prowess, display tech and more.
The Samsung Galaxy Book S is definitely designed with portability in mind. That slim and light design and long-lasting battery is perfect for travel, which of course is not ideal for the current situation. But once students go back to school and us working chumps hit the office, it’s all good. Especially with LTE SIM support for data networking.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx platform powers the Galaxy Book laptop and it’s fine for everyday multi-tasking and student life, although video editing and gaming are a no no. You can run full Windows, complete with Samsung features like DeX support. And the display is a stunning Full HD touchscreen panel with accurate colour reproduction, ideal for movies and photo editing.
If you’re after impressive portability and can live with Chrome OS, I’d point you to a more affordable Chromebook instead. But the Book S is a decent option for Windows lovers who aren’t too demanding. Check out my other laptop reviews for more ideas.