I’ve been using the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 – the 15 inch version in Mystic Navy for a little over 24 hours and here are my first impressions. Just in case, the model I have is the Intel Core i7-1165G7 with 8GB RAM and 512GB of storage which retails for $1299.
Alright, let’s get down to business! The display on this (15.6-inch Super AMOLED, FHD 1920 x 1080) is awesome! The screen just jumps out at you, its bright, clear, crisp. I haven’t taken it outside yet – but when I do, I’ll let you guys know!
The fingerprint scanner on this is amazing. You can push the power button/fingerprint scanner and it will automatically log you on as soon as it boots up. Also, when its on standby mode, unlocking is quick and consistent. I’ve had issues with my Dell XPS 17 9700 in this department – so having one that works is awesome!
A couple of minor grips before I talk about using the laptop with the S-Pen:
- Short charging cable (68″)
- Bloatware galore (you can uninstall a lot of them – McAfee, Alexa, Amazon, Booking.com)
- Fingerprint Magnet (Yup – your laptop will be covered with them)
Using the laptop with the S-Pen is awesome and makes this a true Samsung laptop. If you’ve ever used a Samsung Galaxy Note device, you will be very familiar with this device. For example, you can use the S-Pen to launch Air Command by hovering over the screen and pressing the button on the S-Pen. Once the air command shows up, it looks very similar to the S21 Ultra. Unfortunately, you can’t launch Windows apps (yet – hopefully this is something they are working on).
Speaking of using the S-Pen, its best used when it is folded. The screen is responsive, and while there is a slight delay from writing, it shouldn’t hold you back unless you need that high refresh rate. I haven’t used any apps, except Samsung Notes, Whiteboard, and Screen Recording.
When you use the S-Pen in any other mode (normal laptop mode, or tented mode), the screen does wobble a lot, and that’s mostly because both the hinge and the display are very thin and there isn’t enough support to keep it in place. Also anytime you touch the screen (with finger or S-Pen – since it is a touch screen), the screen will wiggle just a little bit – kind of like an aftershock. This doesn’t really bother me, but its worth mentioning as I can see how this can drive someone crazy.
Overall, I really love this laptop so far. Stay tuned for more when I test it outdoors and also use a lot of the Samsung apps!
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