Samsung Laptop Brand Review
The Samsung brand will need no introduction as far as mobile devices and household appliances go, but we can not always say the same for their laptop models, so we’ll go ahead and do the honors.
It is the laptop brand that has served up plenty of convertibles and a couple of bold-looking Chromebooks over the years. But most importantly, it is the laptop brand that has graced our screens with its magic wand, the S Pen, the gilt-edged nib that has gilded and inked its way into stylus folklore.
Other than that, this is also the laptop brand that puts out attractive stickers and catchy designs on the outsides, and just about decent specs on the inside of their machines, with some exceptions of course. It is these exceptions that lay claims to the biggest acclaim, and you’ll soon find out why in a bit.
The parent Samsung Electronics company previously rolled out its laptops across 15 series under the “Sens” brand name, short for Samsung Electronics Notebook Series.
The most notable devices from that time included the Samsung Notebook 7 and the Notebook 9, famous for their 2-in-1 utility, offering something for everyone. More recently, Samsung has leaned towards the mainstream with a range of full-sized devices devoted to regular office productivity, while making time out to pop the odd Chromebook for casual computing endeavors.
Some of these Chromebooks are convertibles, so they can shift gear from routine office/home utility in clamshell mode to Android-centric devices in tablet mode. The Samsung Chromebook 4 and the Chromebook plus are some of such devices, with the former more famous for its QHD screen.
On the other hand, the Galaxy line of laptops has a bit of everything in stock for people who love the Samsung brand. There is the Galaxy Chromebook 2 as their star Chromebook, and most recently the Samsung Galaxy book Pro and the Galaxy Book Pro 360.
These latter two come with AMOLED displays and 11th Gen processors and will appeal to the higher-end computing audience. Other screens include the QLED screen, AMOLED screen, Super AMOLED touch screen, and more. Gamers have much shorter options to choose from, with the Samsung Notebook Odyssey as the only dedicated gaming laptop on the roster.
While a couple of Samsung laptops are admittedly priced on the high side, a vast number of others are generally easy on the pocketbooks.
Their conservatively spec’d Chromebooks go from cheap to dirt cheap and all the way up to the oddly premium. While the Samsung Chromebook 3 goes under $200 of your money, the more premium Galaxy Chromebook can step up a couple of notches higher at around $1000.
On the budget band of the price spectrum, the Samsung Notebook spin, with its Full HD touchscreen and 8th Gen Core i5 processor will leave the shelves for $700, and the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 13, at about $900 and worth the money.
The pricier options in the lineup include the Samsung Galaxy Book Flex, with a near $2000 price tag, a 10th Gen Core i7 processor, and an amazing battery life to boot. For gamers, the Samsung Odyssey will set you back by $1399 at the least, with the price bumping up significantly when fully spec’d.
Durability and Reliability
While we can not ordinarily vouch for every one of these laptops, we can boldly say that Samsung puts a lot of effort into ensuring that its laptops can stand the test of time. The laptop maker seems to have a thing for convertibles, and so they pull all the stops to deliver the hinge that is befitting of a 360-degree flexible showcase.
From their Chromebooks to the Galaxy Books, and the cream of the crop, the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360, Samsung pays keen interest in the design of their hinges. And as they flip full-circle for a variety of viewing modes, you’ll hardly ever spot the whiff of a creak, or meet with the slightest resistance to swivel at any turn.
Their laptops also lean heavily towards the metallic frame, aluminum, and magnesium in that order. The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro gets a plastic casing, but it doesn’t make it much less vulnerable than its metallic framed counterpart, the Samsung Notebook 9 Pen.
Design and Build Quality
Samsung’s laptops are admittedly not the sturdiest or the flashiest around, but they get around quite well.
Their most recent laptops, the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 13 and the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 represent the paradigm for a new svelte and chic design framework that the laptop maker seeks to embrace.
Weighing in at just 1.39kg and thinning down to 11.9 mm, the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 shines with a Mystic Navy or Mystic silver finish on an aluminum chassis. While its counterpart, the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 13 sports a mystic silver finish and an 11.7mm trim.
Then there’s the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook and the Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15, both of which sport a fire-engine red and a glossy royal blue finish respectively on their aluminum chassis.
They also have a thing for 2-in-1s, perhaps as it presents them with the opportunity to flaunt one of their most prized possessions, the S pen. You can find a host of convertible devices from their Chromebook line and full-sized laptops, and their screens provide the perfect exhibition for the S Pen to stage a masterpiece.
While the Chromebooks are the usual go-to for long-lasting devices, several regular laptops from the Samsung lineup can also go the distance, and walk the extra mile too. On average, a typical Samsung laptop will keep the lights on for 8 hours on end, or 10 hours, with a bit of luck and a couple of concessions.
From the Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 to the Samsung Chromebook 4, there is enough juice to take you through another day in the office or to keep you company at home.
At the mainstream end, the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro, a Samsung laptop darling, can squeeze out about 6 to 8 hours of routine computing from its Watthour tank. Then there’s the Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15 that can give you a little over 15 hours of regular use.
And to the pick of the bunch, the Samsung Galaxy Book S Book will very nearly take you through a day, even more remarkable for a laptop that is 11.8mm at its thickest parts, including the brighter webcam.
Beyond the fact that these laptops can hold a charge, their batteries can pull through a whopping number of recharge cycles, and live longer by extension. This is probably helped in no small part by the Battery Life Plus, a technology that the laptop maker claims will allow you to discharge and recharge your laptop battery up to 1,500 times.
The typical Samsung laptop will be mostly incapable of heavy lifting in terms of performance, but there are a couple of laptops in their lineup that can pack some serious punches.
The Samsung Galaxy Book Pro and the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 are some of such devices, with their Intel Evo certification to put the gloss on an impressive hardware ensemble.
From their ultraportable frames and 11th Gen Core i5 and Core i7 processors to their enduring batteries and blazing-fast connectivity suite via Wi-Fi 6, these laptops have more than enough to put in the work.
They will deliver impressive showings over processor-intensive workloads, from compiling codes and data analysis to word processing, alongside a host of other productivity-inclined tasks, at home or office.
The Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 5G is another of such laptops, and it adds a 5G network, a Thunderbolt 4, and a 69.7 Whr battery to its powerful processors.
While these laptops will exert a certain pull on your purse strings, and justifiably so, the Samsung Notebook 9 Pen and Notebook 9 Pro are cheaper alternatives. They both boast 8th Gen Core i7 processors and come with 8GB of RAM at the least, but they are a little let down by their Intel UHD graphics card.
On the Chromebook side of the divide, the Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 is a decent pick. And if you can splash the cash on premium ware, the Samsung Chromebook Plus should interest you, much more for its bold sticker than for its duo of USB-C ports and Android-ready utility.
The constant feature of a majority of these laptops is the S Pen, with which you can edit photos in Lightroom, jot down notes in Samsung Notes, or ink artsy impressions with Paint3D.
Support and Warranty
The jury is out on the rating score for the customer support that is offered by the Samsung support service.
While we can barely pick holes in the support system that is offered over the web, the same can not be said about the phone lines. There is a robust web tech service that can be readily engaged on both Facebook and Twitter platforms.
And their website provides an easy-as-pie user interface that will make for smooth-sailing navigation, even for the uninitiated. Most customer complaints border on phone operators that beg the question instead of providing answers, as well as the spells of incessant waiting times.
Their warranty provision is a much brighter spot in comparison.
While their standard one-year warranty will not cover accidental damage or even cosmetic dents, it does account for defects in workmanship, as most other brands do. An extra year of warranty will set you back by $190, a decent charge.
The Samsung laptop brand has previously sought to play it safe with its laptops, equipping them with very little more than just what the doctor ordered.
This admittedly results in laptops that will spend a lesser part of their lives on the treatment table, and a larger part on the coffee table, doing run-of-the-mill stuff.
One of the major problems that dog their laptops borders on the computing speed of their system components. With the memory and storage almost always clogging up in no time, routine system tasks like booting up will take much longer than usual.
And with their processors almost always settling for the bare minimum, with only very few of them peaking at the Core i7 processor mark, you’ll not find a lot of their laptops engaged in any processor-intensive computing tasks.
Nowadays, their laptop rollouts come with more gas in the tank and with Intel Evo certification to boot, effectively burying the ghosts of the mundane past. And as you can expect, they now deal with regular issues like overheating, noisy fans, and battery drain, fair deal.
Then there is a glaring lack of variety in their product lines. There’s hardly anything in it for gamers, save for the Samsung Notebook Odyssey, while creatives are grossly under-serviced.
In a Nutshell
The Samsung laptop brand will not always make the podium when the laptop roll of honors is called out, but they can go the distance, rest assured.
They’ll mostly appeal kindly to your pockets, and then they’ll save the best for the priciest. In between the priciest and the modestly priced, you’ll find a crop of laptops, 2-in-1s to be precise, that will perform to the very best of expectations. And just below the spectrum are a clutch of Chromebooks that will interest the casual users and students for the most part.
It is a laptop brand that does not attempt too much out of the ordinary, with exceptions of course.