Hybrid tablet/laptops have become popular recently as they offer a combination of both a tablet and laptop if you're into accessing everything you need on move or just anywhere around the home.
The Samsung Galaxy Book is one of the newest versions from Samsung following the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S.
It runs the Windows operating system and has a detachable keyboard giving the comfortable feel of a laptop and the portability of a tablet.
There are two models - 10.6in and 12in. The casing or chassis is slightly bulkier than it's predecessor the Galaxy TabPro S and has cool looking gun-metal trim giving it an aluminium look even though it is a 'little bit plastic' to the touch.
The keyboard detaches on/off nicely and folds back securely. It's limited to only two sitting positions which is means it doesn't always give optimum viewing angles.
This hybrid is in the same market as the Microsoft Surface range which are higher spec and more expensive. For a more affordable but slightly mid-range product, this is certainly worth a look.
The LCD panel screen gives a nice crisp picture and the 12in version has a Super AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) display that supports HDR (High Dynamic Range) giving high quality images.
The 10in version carries an Intel Core m3 processor with a 4GB RAM and 64GB expandable storage through microSD.
The 12in version has a more powerful Intel Core i5 7200U processor with 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD or 8GB RAM with 256GB SSD.
For performance the Galaxy Book happily runs Windows 10 using the keyboard, touchpad or touchscreen. One downside is the battery life which averages around 7 hours of video playback which is not bad but doesn't match up to the likes of the iPad Pro (12 hours) and Asus Transformer Mini (11 hours).
The closest rival in the market for the Galaxy Book is the Microsoft Surface Pro.
Eventhough the Surface Pro is top of it's range, it is still very expensive starting at around £720 for the Core m3 model. On top of that it's a case of buying the extras such as the keyboard cover at around £150 and another £100 for the Surface Pen. The Core i5 version of the Microsoft Surface Pro can eventually cost around £1200.
Whereas the Samsung Galaxy Book has all the same extras for around £450 for the 10.6in version and £900 for the 12in Core i5 version giving better value for money.
Price (at the time of writing as per Amazon)
- 10.6in £450.20
- 12.6in £899.99
Intel Core m3 (10.6)
Intel Core i5 7200 U (12in)
Screen: 1920 x 1280 pixels resolution TFT (10in)
Screen: 2160 x 1440 pixels resolution super AMOLED FHD (12in)
4GB or 8GB of memory
Storage: 128GB or 256GB eMMC/SSD
Ports: 2 x USB-C, microSD card reader, headset jack
Camera: 13 MP rear camera with auto-focus; 5MP front facing camera
Size: 261 x 179 x 8.9mm (10in)
Size: 291 x 200 x 7.4mm (12in)
Weight: 648g (10in)
Weight: 754g (12in)
Good value for money
Good quality screen
Comfortable user friendly keyboard
Not So Good Bits
Mid-range battery life
Build quality has a 'plastic' feel
Slightly thicker casing than the likes of iPad Pro and Surface Pro
Samsung's latest tablet/laptop is good value for money compared to it's Apple and Microsoft market rivals. It may not have the same high spec luxurious feel but price wise, performance and usability it certainly holds it's own.
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