Samsung Book 12" - the laptop which has the most useless battery
Absolute piece of crap - no battery life - basically dies within 2hours standard use - making it absolutely useless. Additionally, it cannot use aftermarket chargers or cords - I went back to my 4 year old toshiba which performs way better than it. This machine should never have been released to the public. The webcam is also absolutely terrible quality compared to others.
The processor is crap is well - crashes when using apps
Now the keyboard cover is broken - I have to go all the way to Homebush and pay $80 for the part and pick it up myself. I am disabled so this is an absolute joke.
- Galaxy Book 12" 4G
- Verified purchase
Some welcome improvements
In many ways this device is very similar to Samsung Galaxy Book 12 (previously reviewed) that it apparently replaces. The folio keyboard cover is gone but now a kickstand similar to Microsoft's Surface range has been employed along with a snap on backlit keyboard. An S pen is also included as standard and can be held in place magnetically on the side of the unit (when not in its supplied holder. The rear camera has been moved from the top centre position to the far left (looking at the rear). The other controls and ports are the same as the pre...vious model. Internally the Intel i5 processor and 8GB RAM have been replaced by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 ARM processor and 4GB RAM. The 256GB SSD has been swapped out for a 128GB version. By default the operating system is the S version of Windows 10. This basically restricts the unit to accepting Windows Store applications only. The S version can easily be changed to standard Windows 10 Home edition through a link in the Windows Settings app. Once done though, you cannot revert to the S version. The Snapdragon ARM processor also provides some other software restrictions, although Microsoft summarises it by saying some applications and hardware may not work. Setup out of the box is straightforward, although you can no longer by pass the Microsoft Account for login, whether it is by using your Microsoft Account and/or a pin of your choosing. Once setup, you can then go to the user account section and change it to a local account with or without password. With your Microsoft Account in play, the system recognises your settings and Office 365 subscription (if active) and actively assists in setting the device up for you. MS Office works quite well. The Snapdragon processor helps the device with extended battery life as well as instant on capability. Just press the power button to "shut" it down or fire it up just like a tablet or phone. I've found for checking emails, web browsing and basic office documents this device does an excellent job. I'd recommend this device as a backup or secondary computer. Being 4G capable makes it easy to insert a sim card and add to its portability and be independent of reliance on wifi access or one can simply connect it using your phone as a hotspot when you're out and about.
The perfect machine
The Samsung Galaxy S book with key board is a windows ten operationing tablet with many features a laptop usally has .It has a start up wizard that a novice person will findcit easy to operate
Purchased in August 2019 for $1,600.00.
Perfect change from laptop to mini computer
It took time to figure out a lot of the tablet mode functions. It doesn't have the ability to download all apps. The battery life doesn't last long. Otherwise it runs well and is a good little computer.
Purchased in May 2017 for $900.00.
We have been loyal Samsung customers for years and have spent thousands of dollars on Samsung products including appliances, televisions, tablets, cell phones and more.
We're have always recommended Samsung products to our family and friends.
That will not be happening anymore.
We recently purchased a Samsung Galaxy Book. This product has not worked since we got it. My have has spent over 20 hours with customer service and we sent the product in to get it working. It's still not working. We got passed from person to person for days.
Today my wife was told to bad so sad. We will continue with customer support and you can continue to send it in to us but no promise we can resolve the issue.
Well balanced productivity device and relatively good value
I'm a management consultant and needed a mobile windows machine with all the bells and whistles that I can use anywhere, and didn't want to spend more than $2,000. Spent a few months considering different options, especially the HP X360 13 inch series, but am glad I went with the Samsung.
Main reason I chose it was for the screen - I have a Samsung android tablet and the screen blows my mind every day. The Galaxy Book has the same affect - its Super AMOLED screen runs at FHD+ resolution, with clarity and vibrant colours. My unit is the 256G...
Great device with some minor annoyances
I'll keep my review short but overall machine is quite good. I've used many devices in the past but this is my favourite so far. The OLED screen is by far the highlight and makes creating and viewing content very enjoyable. KB cover is average in terms of options for the stand but overall works well and is pleasant to type on. Pen works very well has a different sort of feedback when compared to the surface machines feels more natural to use. I got the i5, 4GB ram model but haven't had any performance issues with my general usage of browsing th...e web, light document work and photo editing in lightroom. Downsides: The Fan runs all the time, its not very loud but may bother some. Battery life is about average around the 4-5 hour mark not at the 11hr mark as advertised but I tend to have the brightness at around 70-75% so may have something to do with it. The stand not being lap friendly. All in all a good machine just abit on the pricey end wait till its on special I'd say before buying.
It’s average and is fairely good. It is good to use and gets the job done. The tablet itself is good although very small, is good (especially with the stylus.) this isn’t my favourite Samsung product though because the Samsung galaxy, and the Samsung tvs work more efficient and nice.
Good Computer but the stand is a joke and so is the support
Had this computer for only a few weeks. The computer is excellent and the screen is exceptional. The main issue is the stand. The stand simply does not work and the computer has fallen over numerous times. To the point it fell off the table and onto the floor fracturing the screen. I sent the unit in for Warranty repair and Samsung refused to cover the break. I am going to raise this with Australian Consumer Affairs also as I believe the stand is not fit for purpose. I would suggest you take second thoughts before buying this computer as the stand is useless!!!!!
A fine 2-in-1 device, and the most affordable full OS device that uses an OLED screen on the market.
I bought this device around July last year, and I've been very satisfied with the purchase.
- Desktop operating system (Windows 10). Among the many benefits that having a full system entails, the one that I attach the most importance to is having a proper file management system. This is a complete replacement for a laptop.
- Slim, lightweight and ultra portable. You can carry it around your bag for no extra cost
- The OLED screen is amazing. A visual treat that will leave you grimacing should you ever need to return to an LCD scree...
Great mobile device
I purchased my Samsung Galaxy Book 12 4G as a replacement for my Toshiba Z20T 4G from the Samsung 'popup shop' at a nearby shopping centre.
Setup was straightforward, but be prepared to allow time (a few hours) to download/install updates and apply personalisation during the setup process. If you have a Microsoft account, you can use that to carry over some of your settings.
I was impressed with the slimness of the unit and it comes with a keyboard cover as standard. A pen is included for interaction with the touch screen. Inserting a SIM...card and microSD card was easy to do, a tool, similar to what is supplied with iPhones, comes with the packaging to facilitate opening the card slot cover. There are minimal ports on the unit, in keeping with its sleek profile. There are 2 USB C type ports and 1 standard headphone socket. Charging is via an AC adapter and USB cable that can be used for connecting with another computer if desired. Pleasingly, the device and its supplied accessories come packaged in 100% recyclable materials. To turn the device on, one needs to hold the power button down for a few seconds until the power light changes to a steady dark blue and the brand logo appears on the screen. The operating system supplied is Windows 10 Pro. The supplied keyboard cover snaps into place nicely. The backrest part folds into a triangle to support the screen at a comfortable viewing angle. The keyboard itself is backlit whilst in use and I found typing, even at a faster pace is comfortable. I found the unit to surprisingly stable when resting in my lap, without the tilting issues experienced with a regular laptop.
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