Samsung Galaxy Book Pro (13-inch) review: a travel buddy

As I was reviewing the 15-inch Galaxy Book Pro 360 in the past year, my conclusion was it was fantastic however, its unusual combination of the 15-inch OLED screen coupled with integrated graphics and a stylus for the price of a premium has made it a target market that is quite specific. The bundle it comes with is quite unique within the 15-inch category.

The 13.3-inch Galaxy Book Pro is clearly the laptop I was searching for. Similar to many of Samsung’s Galaxy Books, this device features a light and thin chassis, an impressive display, and an outstanding battery longevity. Contrary to many Galaxy Books however, it does not have any major sacrifices in exchange for these advantages and doesn’t cost the earth (my test model is priced at just $999. It has numerous advantages that one would expect from a high-end notebook for business, however at a price that is affordable for consumers. It’s a set of business-friendly features that I’m thrilled to see being made available to the mainstream world.

In many ways in many ways, in many ways, the Galaxy Book Pro is a similar product to the Surface Laptop as well as the an XPS 13.. It’s stylish, well-built and easy to use. However, there are two reasons why people might choose Samsung’s Galaxy Book instead. First, the size and weight. The laptop I tested is 0.44 inches in thickness — about as thin as the majority of smartphones -and 1.92 pounds. It’s in line with the Acer ExpertBook B9 (which is almost two times the cost of the one I tested) in the category of most light laptops available. To give you a quick overview The 13″ Surface Laptop 4 is almost one pound heavier. the 14 inch MacBook Pro is close to the weight of two of them placed on top of each another. It’s hard to notice the difference in this gadget when you carry it around It’s as if you’re carrying a tiny tablet around.

The other one is screen. This Galaxy Book Pro is one of the few 13-inch OLED laptops available (and certain other laptops on the market aren’t without… problems) It’s also one of the most affordable OLED models available in general. It’s important to note that it’s a 1920 x 1080 OLED display that’s clearly more pixel-rich than the 4K displays you’ll typically see in OLED laptops. However, that doesn’t detract from the experience. The blacks are black, and the colors are vibrant as the Galaxy Book covers 100 percent of the DCI-P3 color spectrum and 100% of the sRGB gamut. It’s also a relief that I didn’t experience any wobble on the screen (which was a problem I experienced with the Galaxy Book convertible Galaxy Book).

The main drawback of the screen is that it’s rather dark for its price (as OLEDs are often) with a maximum brightness of 314 nits when I tested it. This was not a big issue when using the screen, howevereven at moderate brightness, the panel didn’t produce a lot of glare at bright settings.

Another disadvantage is the aspect ratio of 16:9, which is in decline fashion in the market for consumer devices and the Galaxy Book’s biggest rivals, such as those like the Surface Laptops, MacBooks, and XPS laptops from around the globe all have greater vertical area. The screen seemed a little constrained for my work as it was, and this is especially so considering that it’s just 13.3 inches.

The corner of the Galaxy Book Pro 13, closed.
Look how thin!


The Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 13 seen from above.

Tell me this doesn’t give you serious XPS 13 vibes.

Thirdly, it’s unique in that there’s an array of Samsung-specific apps that can work with Samsung phones. Samsung phone in the event that you own one. You can, for instance, swiftly transfer things from your Galaxy Book Pro or the Galaxy phone with its Quick Share feature and can connect notes and similar things in addition. The amount of OEM software that is available on this device can be somewhat overwhelming. I counted 14 Samsung-branded programs on this device — Samsung Flow, Samsung Studio Plus, Samsung Security, Samsung Settings, Samsung Care+, etc. -but I wasn’t certain of the location to access specific features and settings. Users already connected to the Samsung ecosystem might not experience this issue.

One thing that I discovered within this maze of apps can be Studio Mode, which attempts to make you look more beautiful live on video calls. A menu will pop up when you turn on the Samsung Galaxy Book’s camera off. There are several different choices of presets that all try to increase the size of your eyes and thin your face and eliminate skin blemishes in different levels. Without going into the issues surrounding this but I’ll just say that this tool seemed to work in what it was trying to achieve. The only thing that I observed was that my face could appear to flicker if my hand was covering a portion of it, which could be due to the obstruction that caused the algorithm to attempt to identify my face.


Every device today requires you to sign an array of conditions and terms before you are able to use it. These are agreements that nobody actually has the time to read. It’s difficult to go through and study each and every one of these contracts. We started counting precisely the number of times you need to click “agree” to use devices while reviewing them, because these are contracts that the majority of people haven’t know about and aren’t able to negotiate.

To begin using Galaxy Book Pro (13-inch), you must first agree to the following: Galaxy Book Pro (13-inch) you’ll need to sign a contract to the following conditions:

  • Request for information about your area
  • A request for the layout of your keyboard
  • Microsoft software license conditions and Samsung End-User Software License Agreement
  • Sign in using an Microsoft account

You are also able to choose to say no or yes to the following questions:

  • Connect to Wi-Fi
  • Privacy settings (location settings, the ability to locate My Device, sharing diagnostic information Inking and typing customized experience Advertising ID)
  • Allow Microsoft to collect data (including your location and history, contact information voice input patterns, handwriting and speech and typing history and search history, details about your calendar Content and communication histories from Microsoft services messaging and apps and Microsoft Edge browsing history) so that Cortana can provide you with personalised experiences as well as relevant suggestions
  • Upgrade to Windows 11

Five mandatory agreements and nine agreements you can opt-in to make use of Galaxy Book Pro. Galaxy Book Pro.


In other ways it’s this Galaxy Book Pro is a ordinary ultrabook (which means it’s very excellent). It’s similar to a smaller and less heavy XPS 13. (Samsung has nailed the keyboard’s texture specifically It’s almost identical.) The trackpad is enormous and has a soft texture, and a somewhat rigid click. This keyboard falls on the thin aspect, but I was amazed by the amount I enjoyed it. It offers a great click and I was able to surpass my normal speed of typing. One area in which it seems that the Galaxy Book is a bit better than its competitors is the appearance and the exterior design has some sort of dull look that I feel is in contrast to the quality of the gadget.

My model has 256GB of memory and 8GB of RAM and the Core i5-1135G7. For $1,199, you get the user 512GB storage as well as an Core i7. It is available either “Mystic Silver” or “Mystic Blue” The colors are priced the same. The 15-inch models start at $1.099 as well as the convertible versions (equipped by a pen as well as touchscreen) begin at $1,199. The price of $999 puts my device in the same price bracket that Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 4, which includes the AMD Ryzen 5 processor in place of the Intel chip.

The Core i5-1135G7 was designed specifically for lightweight and thin laptopsin spite of its “Pro” moniker, this Galaxy Book is not designed to handle heavy professional use as the lack in a dedicated GPU suggests it’s not the best option for gaming. However, it’s perfect for those like me who spend much of their time scrolling between a few dozen Chrome tabs and occasionally a Zoom calls or Spotify stream on the top. I have never heard any fans or felt any heat, even though I was operating the device with Battery Saver.

The battery life is also great. I lasted for an average of eight hour and 5 mins of productivity. It’s not as great as the 15-inch model with a larger battery, but will be able to last a whole day of work, particularly in the event that you’re letting your device sleep instead of constantly pushing it like I did.

My thoughts on this 13-incher Galaxy Book Pro are easy to summarize It’s the ideal travel companion. It’s lightweight, well-built and it lasts for longer and I can actually see the screen from outside. If I’m on vacation, there’s no other laptop that I’d like to carry.

The term “consumer” is, of course, doing a great deal of work in this sentence. It’s because this mix of features are widely available for business users and has been a hallmark of top business laptops for many years. ASUS’ ExpertBook is almost as heavy as its weight and can last more than the average laptop. However, consumers also travel and should have choices that can accommodate a mobile way of life, without high cost that come with corporate purchases. That’s why I’m happy that there’s a 13 inch Galaxy Book Pro exists, even if its bland design and aspect ratio means it would not be my preferred laptop. I highly recommend it to anyone who has to travel to everywhere or simply wants something that is light and really lightweight.

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