Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro First Impressions: Solid MacBook Air M1 Rival You Deserve

Samsung's Galaxy Book 2 Pro went on pre-orders last month and soon will be available to customers. But is it a great package? Here are our initial thoughts.

Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro

Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro arrived in India soon after the global unveil at MWC 2022. The quick-release time in India indicates that Samsung is serious about the market. The good news is that the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro is packed with all bells and whistles one expects from a laptop in this price range. Powered by the 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and Intel’s Evo certification is a good enough indicator that this one is a beast.

Of course, the design is the biggest highlight and should appeal to young users looking for an ultra-portable laptop at this price. In addition, the Galaxy Book 2 Pro comes in 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch display sizes to cater to a wider audience. 

At a starting price of Rs 106,990, the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro is a potent option for those looking for a solid Windows machine that’s ultra-thin and light for everyday use. But, during the limited time we spent with this laptop, what were a few things we loved and some that we believe could have been better. Read on our first impressions to find out.

Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro: What are the hits

From the moment we took the Galaxy Book 2 Pro out of the box to this point where we are typing out this first impression, this laptop has impressed us in many ways. But, of course, the design is the first thing that strikes a chord. It weighs less than a kilogram and measures just 11.2mm thick, a slim form factor to give your phone a competition.

Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro

The Galaxy Book 2 Pro has launched in just two colour options – Silver and Graphite in India. There’s no Burgundy option at the moment. We expect Samsung to introduce the Burgundy colour option soon in India and that’s also Galaxy Book 2 Pro’s favourite colour choice when it comes to picking the best one out of the three. The Silver colour doesn’t look bad in any way, and it ships with a White keyboard that looks elegant.

The Galaxy Book 2 Pro is Samsung’s thinnest laptop yet and if you go by our word, then experience it once to believe it. In our opinion, the Galaxy Book 2 Pro should appeal to young consumers with its sleek design and overall packaging. In addition, the Galaxy Book 2 Pro is way lighter than the Apple MacBook Air M1. And, we can say that with more confidence because we used both the laptops side-by-side and the difference is a lot.

Apart from the design, the next thing that should appeal to all who love to watch multimedia content on their personal laptop is the display. The 13.3-inch AMOLED Full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) display is stunning and offers a great cinematic experience for videos, movies, images, and everything you can think of. We will talk about the display in detail in our review. 

The full-size keyboard was the next thing that we loved. The company has a packed island type backlit keyboard that is great for typing and packs a reliable trackpad that has precision for image editing. The Galaxy Book 2 Pro can also handle heavy-graphic intense tasks like image editing and video editing. In the limited time we spent with this laptop, it was powerful enough to handle 3D rendering work. Though, we will reserve our performance analysis until we test the Galaxy Book 2 Pro more thoroughly. 

Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro

It packs Wi-Fi 6E support and Bluetooth 5.1 to handle the connectivity part. During the initial tests, the battery performance fared well. The 63Wh battery seems to be more than enough to handle the Galaxy Book 2 Pro’s day-to-day operations. The fast-charging support is game-changing for laptops, and Galaxy Book 2 Pro gets the due advantage. But, as we mentioned, the verdict around the battery part will be reserved until our full review.

There were other things that we liked, including the fingerprint scanner integrated into the power button and the 65W USB Type-C adapter. Overall, the package seems quite adequate to keep the most powerful users happy.

Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro: What are the misses

With an ultra-thin form factor comes one big compromise: the connectivity ports. Yes, the Galaxy Book 2 Pro is no different. The laptop comes with 1 x Thunderbolt 4, 1 x USB Type-C, 1 x 3.2 Type-C, 1 x HDMI, 1 x microSD card reader, and a headphone jack. Out of the two Type-C ports, one is used for charging, which means you are left with one option that’s always available. It’s a compromise that we all have to agree with for a slim form factor.

Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro

The next big letdown for us was the thick bezels around the display. Laptop designs have started evolving to a point where displays now offer more screen space for an immersive experience. We believe that Samsung could have slightly reduced the bezels around the display to achieve that immersive experience with its premium laptop range. 

Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro: Initial thoughts

The Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro is the latest entrant in the premium laptop range and offers enough features to keep even the power users satisfied. The design and the ultra-thin form factor are some of the biggest highlights, while the 12th Gen Intel i7 processor doesn’t let the laptop feel slouch. However, we believe where the Galaxy Book 2 Pro outshines its competition is in terms of the overall packaging. The great news is that the company has got its heart in the right place, and now we have a great MacBook Air M1 rival at around the same price point in India. 

Stay tuned for a full-fledged review of the Galaxy Book 2 Pro laptop.

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Ketan has been covering technology space for over a decade now. He has been an all-rounder of sorts in all these years, where he worked on breaking news, covering stories, reviews, features, how-tos, interviews, and more.