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a sleek and durable ultraportable … locked in 16: 9

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For its return to the French computer market, Samsung is launching the Galaxy Book2 360, a 13.3-inch high-end ultraportable. In addition to a 360 ° swivel screen (tablet and kickstand mode), the Korean highlights its pretty OLED panel. A sufficient asset to rebuild Samsung’s image in the segment?

After leaving the French PC market, Samsung is taking advantage of the increased demand for PCs around the world to return to some key markets in Europe, including France. In the first batch of machines that come to anchor on our shores, the Galaxy Book2 360 * stands as a high-end ultraportable. Machine in 13.3-inch format, this PC with swivel screen, as the name suggests in 360 ° (tablet and stand mode), highlights the mastery of the Korean in the display by integrating a graceful OLED panel. Beautiful, but not perfect, as we will see later. (*: be careful, this is not Not of the Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 !)

This machine, MacBook-flavored – but convertible and therefore tactile – powered by Windows 11, trusts Intel. A choice that springs from a source for Samsung, one of the brands most faithful to the world number 1 in semiconductors, in the face of the competition that is developing more and more AMD chassis. Proof of the rise of the eternal challenger of PC chips.

Classic design, flawless finishes

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If you find that smartphones all look the same, wait until you’re interested in high-end ultraportables! Just like Apple’s MacBook Pro, Huawei’s Matebook X Pro, or Honor’s MagicBook, Samsung’s Galaxy Book 2 360 is decorated with straight lines, elegant curves, and a matte surface. Adhering perfectly to the codes of the “unibody” type machines, it is both elegant and characterless.

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Which isn’t necessarily a criticism – I personally like it a lot. Simply, to “express your personality”, you will have to use stickers or laser engravings. Smartphones at least have more color choices, the ability to add a cover and groups of camera modules, which differ more than the aluminum shades.

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This classicism is found in the keyboard and in the touch pad which could both come from a Matebok X Pro … from 2018. No complaints about the keyboard – even if the key travel could be shorter and above all more flexible – but the touch pad that’s quite a lot by today’s standards.

Gear: Doesn’t fall into the traps of finesse

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Some gamers, like Dell or Apple, have the elegance of living in their (rich) world where the entire planet has converted to Thunderbolt and USB-C sockets. But since this vision is a mirage, the two Americans (and others…) are selling you USB-C adapters to be able to connect televisions or simple USB keys.

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No tech madness on Samsung’s part. If this Galaxy Book 2 360 is updated in refinement, design and technology (a Thunderbolt socket and a USB 3.2 both in USB-C), don’t forget the “old world” still very… current. It has a USB-A socket, an HDMI-A output, a 3.5mm analog headphone / microphone jack, and a Micro SD card slot. Photographers and videographers will be disappointed not to see a full-size SD slot, even Apple has (re) introduced it only on these high-end Pro models! Location is therefore more to be considered as a way to easily expand storage space. It is already that. What about the video camera? Via the cable or via a (damn) dongle.

As for the additional equipment, the power button integrates the fingerprint reader and the webcam, although in 1080p (Full HD), it does not break bricks (nor duck legs). Sufficient for videoconferencing, avoid for streaming.

Enough performance and good endurance

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The Core i7 1255 U of 12And generation is the chip that powers the device. On the CPU side we benefit from 10 cores (2 P Core with high performance, 8 E Core with low consumption), when the Xe GPU integrates the maximum number of execution units available on the mobile chip (96 EU). Does this mean that the PC is a monster of power? No, but the Intel chip is a great vintage for all day-to-day tasks (we’ve never experienced any slowdowns). And what about the Core 11 chipsAnd gen, the Xe 96 EU chip allows you to launch all games, even the most modern … as long as you know how to remain (very) modest in terms of definition and levels of detail (720p and minimum).

If it doesn’t get very hot it’s because Samsung seems to have limited its TDP to 20 W – it can go up to 28 W for a ” Increase »But in intensive use (games in particular), it drops in speed so as not to get too hot. And keep the duration.

The least we can say is that it holds up: with 12h07 on versatile battery life and 9h29 in streaming video playback, it’s a really sturdy ultraportable, which only bends shoulders to the MacBook M1s.

Double-edged screen

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Like Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde, or the Double Face character from the DC Comics universe, the OLED screen of this Galaxy Book 2 360 offers two very distinct personalities. On the light side of the force, its OLED technology gives it beautiful colors and an excellent contrast ratio, the tactile part works perfectly and its limited definition 1920 x 1080 pixels (Full HD) is energy efficient. Which makes it the very tough machine that it is.

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On the dark side of the Force, it is disappointing in many ways. On the definition side on the one hand: without requiring 4K which would reduce battery life too much, a higher definition (1440p) would be welcome to specifically limit aliasing of texts, which is evident. But in addition to its somewhat limited brightness – coupled with a panel a little too bright for our tastes – it is above all its 16: 9 ratio that is disturbing. Which is really disturbing.
At 1399 euros, this is an expensive machine, with high-end finishes. And its EVO Core i7 platform, which places it rather at the pinnacle of Intel’s ultra-mobile chips, makes it first and foremost a work machine, and not a tool for pure media consumption.

This “pro” identity, which brings together a series of office automation scenarios, is typically one in which 16/10 or even 3/2 panels really make a difference, both in terms of working comfort and productivity. The annoying thing is that if the panel is really 16: 9, the massive black border almost two centimeters below the screen proves that the bezel could accommodate thousands of additional pixels. For the 2023 version?

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