Samsung Galaxy Book Flex review : A pricey but capable QLED laptop. - Galaxy User Guide

Instead of competing against the usual PC manufacturers like Dell HP Lenovo and a sous Samsung decided to focus on more mobile-friendly machines and prioritized thin and light designs and excellent displays and added a stylus borrowing onboard - feature that made it the smartphone seat - industry favorites. Samsung continues to demonstrate improved self-awareness by showcasing its superior display technology. The Flex is the first laptop to have a Qulet panel, which promises more color, deeper blacks and greater brightness. The laptop also comes standard with an S pen and a wireless charging pad in the trackpad. There are two models: 13 and Gen 15 inch. I tested the smaller version that costs 13:49 the larger one which also has four gigs.

All clean lines and sharp corners with gleaming edges are a blessing. I am used to dull silver, black or grey laptops, so my eyes are welcome. The 13.3 inch screen is surrounded by minimal bezels on the top left and right sides, with a fatter chin at the bottom. That thicker bottom bezel is still common in laptops, though Dell managed to do away with it in the XPS 13 this year. Maybe the rest of the industry will catch up soon, but Samsung managed to squeeze a webcam above the Flexus screen, although it does sadly not support it. Along the edges, you'll find a headphone jack, a micro SD card reader, a push-to-release, a S Pen slot and three USB-C ports - of which two are Thunderbolt 3 compatible.

That's a USB C socket higher than the XPS and MacBook with the Apple laptop lacking the card slot. I can't really tell the difference between a Cue LED and an OLED screen of the same size and resolution and you may not either, that is to say you will not have any complaints about the Flex is full HD in terms of color reproduction and vibrance I watched several episodes of Amazon's new show upload and the rich autumnal colors in the leafy forest settings were breathtaking and it was easy to make out details and even dimly lit scenes. My apartment has a lot of light, so it can get difficult to see any laptop screen.

The Flex is supposed to combat this in the outdoor mode by raising the brightness by an extra 200 nits to 600 nits, but switching this on via the keyboard shortcut in direct sunlight helped only a little. I wish that Samsung hadn't made it a mode which you change on or off and instead offered it as a few extra levels on the built-in brightness scale. Sometimes I simply needed a little bit more than the built-in max but in those situations I had to use the outdoor mode which had scorched my retinas.

Still, it probably saves battery to only raise the brightness for short periods of time by that much rather than urging you to use it for an extended stretch because the Flex is so slim I expected the keys to be pretty shallow but Samsung was able to offer a surprisingly deep amount of travel here. The keyboard is well laid out with no undersized buttons like for the right shift key, which is slightly less wide to make room for the fingerprint sensor. Instead, I would blame it on my lazy pinky but I haven't encountered this on any other laptop, a quick note on the fingerprint scanner. It was quick and accurate, usually unlocking the laptop without delay since its windows, hello, I also used it for authentication on programs like Google Chrome.

While the placement is uncommon, most laptops play their fingerprint readers on top right of the deck next to the trackpad or embed them into the power button. The Samsung choice didn't feel too odd down below the space bar sits the Flexus Trackpad which is fairly roomy considering the laptops small footprint. Smaller notebooks often have packed track pads but the surface area is generous here. It is not as tall as the XPS 13 s or MacBook Air, but it offers enough vertical space. The flexed touchpad is also responsive and smooth, and gestures like scrolling or pinching worked well. Not only is it fun for drawing self-portraits or scribbling down notes, but it's also helpful for signing urgent PDFs I had just opened the document.

Select, add a note to the toolbar, and sign on the dotted line. As the note 10 don t expect the larger more pen, like the one on the Galaxy Tab - Series. Still, it's comfortable enough to use for hours while drawing a self-portrait. Fans of Samsung's air menu on its Note phones will be pleased to know that it pops up here too, when you slide the S Pen out from its slot. The Flex may look like a dinky machine, but it actually packs a powerful 10th-generation Intel Core i7 processor. It Ram Bear in mind that this means that my experience isn’t full representative of what you can expect with these guts, at least in terms of performance and speed. The Flex handled my daily workflow of Slack - dozens, a spreadsheet and the inescapable Zoo calls that permeate our lives perfectly.

The laptop has also now kept up with my new at-home needs like executing my podcast recording setup and uploading large files for review videos. After I'd discovered the Flex and realized the League of Legends, I also played several rounds. It's pretty easy to activate it just slide a switch into the Samsung Settings app. Although I guess I was trying to get some work done next to a light sleeper or just really hate White Noise right, I did notice a significant decrease in sound when I turn on silent mode. Although it also seemed to throttle CPU performance when I tried to continue playing the league after the system was lag, it became virtually impossible.

My character could barely make it to the first turret before I gave up and restarted the turret with quiet mode off. When the fans are turned off without the computer, you can't really expect high-speed performance. The heat mode is really only useful if you are seriously bothered by noise and are not running anything too intensely. Our video-only battery tests drained the Flex in about 13 and half hours, which is better than MacBook Air, but falls short of the XPS 13 and once 14 and a half hours mark in real-world experience, though I saw the power levels plunge below 20% after 5 hours of serious real-world use. That involved energy-sapping processes like video, playback and more frenzied leaked games.

One of the new features of the Flex is built-in wireless trackpad that can deliver power to compatible devices. The trackpad can't be used while charging - a matter that makes sense since something is literally blocking the usable area. I'm not sure how useful this feature is, since wireless charging is typically too slow to be meaningful. Our Reducer tested this with a pixel for Excel for this video, but at home I use the Galaxy s 20 ultra, when he alters battery level. He had to climb painfully slowly from 79 percent in 20 minutes to 85 percent in 20 minutes for something smaller like the Galaxy buds. I could see this being useful in a pinch like if you are in an airplane and have limited juice; otherwise, wireless power sharing isn't something that I will use...

overall I'm enamored with the galaxy book flex, it's a pretty machine with a nice display, powerful guts and useful pen but I wish it. The new MacBook Air is not the priciest considering it costs 1199 for Core i5 and similarly the Spect XPS 13 2 + 1 costs $1,700, but comes with a competition offering options starting at $9.99. That's really tough to swallow if you're looking for a wonderful beefy notebook with good screen and don't need its battery to last forever - the galaxy Bowflex is worth considering. It proves that it is time to take Samsung laptops seriously again for in-depth reviews of other laptops from companies liken't Apple, Microsoft and HP and just coverage of anything in the whole of the wide world of technology make sure you subscribe to any gadget..

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