Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 review: A beautiful thin-and-light PC


Even in an era of progressively lighter notebooks, larger thin-and-light laptop options like the 15-inch Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 are relatively rare. Sure, you might buy it because it simply won’t break your back. But a stunning multimedia experience and shocking all-day battery life demand additional praise.

Samsung’s Galaxy Book Pro 360 lends credence to Intel’s Evo program, from which this laptop graduated. Thin-and-light laptop keyboards can be iffy, though, and this laptop suffers accordingly. Samsung also loads up the Book Pro 360 with apps for just about everything. Nevertheless, we’ve awarded this laptop our Editor’s Choice award. Read on for why.

Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 basic features

Samsung offers the Galaxy Book Pro 360 in either a 13.3-inch or a 15.6-inch configuration. Prices start at $1,199 (the minimal 13-inch spec: Core i7/8GB RAM/256GB SSD) and $1,299 for the cheapest 15-inch configuration with 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. It’s worth highlighting that our review unit and price includes a 1TB SSD, a luxury in an era of 256GB and 512GB notebooks.

Note that all of the Galaxy Book Pro 360 models ship with a Samsung S Pen in the box, which would normally cost about $32 on Amazon. At press time, Samsung.com was the only source for the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360.

Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 primary alt 2 Mark Hachman / IDG

If those prices are still too expensive, consider the similar Samsung Galaxy Book Pro, a traditional clamshell with a few differences: the lack of an included S Pen, for example, as well as a non-touch display. The Book Pro also includes a USB Type A port. Otherwise, the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 we’re reviewing requires purchasing one of our recommended USB-C hubs to connect to devices with a USB-A connector. 

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-1165G7
  • Display: 13.3-inch or 15.5-inch (as tested): 1920×1080 (AMOLED, touch)
  • Memory: 8GB/16GB LPDDR4x (16GB as tested)
  • Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB SSD (as tested)
  • Graphics: Intel Iris Xe
  • Ports: 1 USB-C (Thunderbolt 4); 2 USB-C, microSD, 3.5mm jack
  • Security: Fingerprint reader
  • Camera: 720p (user-facing)
  • Battery: 67.0Wh (design), 68.0Wh (reported)
  • Wireless: WiFi 6E Gig+ (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.1
  • Operating system: Windows 10 Home
  • Dimensions: 13.97 x 8.98 x 0.47in.
  • Weight: 3.02lb, 3.38lb with charger (as weighed)
  • Colors: Mystic Bronze, Mystic Navy (as tested)
  • Prices:  $1,499 as tested (Samsung.com); otherwise $1,199 and up

Construction: The thin and light lifestyle

Samsung’s Galaxy Book Pro 360 proudly proclaims itself a member of Intel’s flagship Evo lineup via a small sticker on its keyboard deck, and it deserves it. The Galaxy Book Pro 360 is a beautiful piece of engineering, very much in the mold of the Surface Laptop: all cool, glossy metal and minimalist ports. We received our review unit in the Mystic Navy color scheme, and the blue hue is virtually indistinguishable from black in most lighting. 

It’s also the first laptop in a very long while that’s persuaded me to care about how thin it is, especially when folded back flat. Remember, this is a 360-degree convertible, which can be reclined all the way back into tablet mode. The Book Pro 360’s hinge holds the display true even when almost fully reclined, though it oscillates back and forth before settling in.

Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 tent mode right side Mark Hachman / IDG

The Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360, in tent mode.

Less obvious but equally profound is the weight—this is a notebook that you can easily pick up by a corner and set it down somewhere else. Samsung used aluminum to construct the Galaxy Book Pro 360, but it felt absolutely stable with no give in the keyboard or to the chassis. While you can theoretically open the laptop with a single finger, its light weight and the slick, stubby feet beneath it nearly caused me to push it off my test stand when I tried.



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