Tested Sam­sung Galaxy Book 10.6in

Could Sam­sung’s af­ford­able new 2-in-1 lap­top/tablet be your per­fect one-box so­lu­tion for work and play?

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A bar­gain Win­dows flip­per for work and play

£649 / stuff.tv/galaxy­book Q You can see what Sam­sung’s do­ing here: the Galaxy Book is a 2-in-1 Win­dows 10 ma­chine that im­proves on the old Tabpro S and, un­like that flawed pre­de­ces­sor, is cheap enough to un­der­cut the Mi­crosoft Sur­face Pro.

Q The new Book comes in two flavours: this bite-size 10.6in tab, and a full-fat 12in ver­sion that costs a whop­ping £450 more. Both are metal-bod­ied, glass-fronted slates with key­board cov­ers that turn them into work-ready lap­tops.

Q It’s hard not to feel a lit­tle sorry when you stick the 10.6in Galaxy Book side by side with the more pre­mium 12in ver­sion. That model has a 2160x1440 AMOLED dis­play, which even plays nicely with HDR video, but here you’re stuck with a 1920x1280 TFT panel.

Q This en­try-level hy­brid makes do with In­tel’s en­try-level sil­i­con: a low-power Core m3 that ticks along at up to 2.6GHZ. Paired with 4GB of RAM, it’s fine for most desk­top jobs, like web brows­ing and Word doc­u­ments, but for more heavy lift­ing, such as Pho­toshop edit­ing, it soon runs out of puff.

Q In­tel’s Kaby Lake pro­ces­sors are fairly fru­gal when it comes to bat­tery life. Best case sce­nario, you’ll eke nine hours out of a sin­gle charge, but six seems more likely when you add me­dia-heavy web brows­ing into the mix. It’s av­er­age stamina at best.

Tech specs

Screen 10.6in 1920x1280 TFT Pro­ces­sor 2.6GHZ dual-core In­tel Core m3 RAM 4GB OS Win­dows 10 Cam­era 5MP Bat­tery 4000mah Stor­age 64GB, ex­pand­able via mi­crosd Di­men­sions 261x179x8.9mm, 640g

No-glow area The keys have plenty of travel, and there are no su­per­flu­ous func­tion but­tons. The 10.6in ver­sion doesn’t have back­lit keys for night-time work­ing, though. That lux­ury is re­served for the 12in model. Stylish sty­lus The new S Pen makes all the dif­fer­ence with the Galaxy Book. The larger bar­rel makes it much eas­ier and more nat­u­ral to grip than the old ver­sion, and the re­designed rub­ber nib brings a huge im­prove­ment in feel.

The S Pen is a dream for pro de­sign­ers and graph­ics-twid­dlers. For the rest of us, it’s also a handy tool for tak­ing notes.

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