The New Samsung Galaxy Book 12

Discussion in 'Alternatives to Mac Hardware' started by ColdShadow, Jun 3, 2017.

  1. ColdShadow macrumors 65816


    Sep 25, 2013
    seems to tick all boxes and IMO a real Surface Pro killer.

    12 Inch OLED display
    Core i5 CPU
    2 USB C Ports
    SD Card Slot
    S-Pen Stylus and Keyboard folio stand Included
    More Premium Build

    available in 128 GB / 4GB and 256GB / 8GB

    I'm actually thinking about replacing my 13" MBP 2014 with this,was aiming for 12" MacBook but the underpowered M CPUs and ridiculous 1 Port only design are big problems.also display is so inferior to Samsung's 12 Inch OLED.

    what do you think?
  2. MadDane macrumors 6502a

    Apr 5, 2015
    On paper I think it looks quite interesting.

    However, going by reviews (here is one example: it looks like it doesn't quite stack up to the Surface Pro in some, for me, key areas. Keyboard and battery life. That being said, I applaud Samsung for including a stylus and keyboard.

    But for me, I think I will stay with Microsoft for now...
  3. SteveJUAE macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2015
    Land of Smiles
    I have the old SP4, the old Tab Pro S and rMB, although I like the screen on the Tab Pro S it is still a lesser spec to SP but the blacks are nice on some video playback and the vibrancy is pleasant IMO for daily use. The rMB is noticeable the lessor of the 3 but still fine screen

    I would not say the Tab Pro or Galaxy Book is better build quality but certainly of a high standard as is the rMB but the SP is arguably most premium IMO

    The Galaxy Book I5 is not fan less and we have no data on tests of the new SP thermal management re CPU but could turn out to be a real winner

    It would be wrong not to note the SP greater flexibility and more compactness of it's kick stand and better/premium KB over the Galaxy book and rMB IMO

    It's certainly nice that the Galaxy Book is complete in the box with pen and KB included but the SP has more OEM options including the dial

    I had trouble powering external Samsung SSD on the Tab Pro but maybe the new Galaxy books fares better but no issues on the SP4

    A tough call between the new Galaxy Book and similar spec new SP but just tips it for the SP IMO. The rMB had a niche advantage for a short while but these newer 2 in 1's have eclipsed that now IMO other than OS and clamshell preference
  4. convergent macrumors 68030


    May 6, 2008
    I went to the store and tried out a Galaxy Book and I was not impressed. The display is nice, but so is the Surface Pro. The look of it seems like they were trying to copy the iPad. Definitely not a more premium build than the Surface Pro. The real fail is the keyboard which is quite flimsy and not nearly as good to type on. The lack of a kickstand and use of the keyboard cover instead is not nearly as usable as the Surface Pro with kickstand. If you want a Windows iPad, then I guess its OK. If you want to use it like a laptop with the keyboard sometimes, not so much. And even as a tablet, I love the kick stand. I didn't care for the feel of the pen vs. the Surface Pro either. In my opinion, the Surface Pro 4 beats the Surface Book across the board, except for maybe the display where they are a tie. The new Surface Pro even more so. If you care about USB-C, which I don't, then that may be a reason to look at it. I would suggest the Acer Switch Alpha 12 though as its a lot cheaper than both of these if you want to go with some other brand.
  5. Queen6 macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2008
    Putting out the fire with gasoline...
    Owning the Samsung TabPro S, my main issues were the "auto disassemble" of the folio keyboard cover at some angles. USB C remaining to be mostly irrelevant outside of tech forums. Right now if Microsoft delivers on the new Surface Pro, pretty set on one of those to replace my rMB & the TabPro S, being a more powerful and versatile device. I must admit the TabPro S display and battery life are superb, especially the display.

  6. JaySoul macrumors 68030


    Jan 30, 2008
    Have a Samsung Galaxy Book 12 being delivered soon, will post thoughts on it for sure!
  7. SteveJUAE macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2015
    Land of Smiles
    Nice let us know :)
  8. JaySoul macrumors 68030


    Jan 30, 2008
    So I've been using it for a month now... Here are my thoughts :D


    The Galaxy Book 12 is an admirable effort by Samsung and potentially wonderful for certain markets.

    The 12" screen is the star! A wonderfully crisp, dense AMOLED which looks simply incredible. Media consumption is a pure joy on it, and the automatic screen brightness is solid. The 128GB SSD is fast to start up, and I didn't experience too much lag with 4GB RAM (however, if possible futureproof with the 256/8GB variant).

    The backlit keyboard cover: a solid effort that just needed to be, well, a bit more solid. By no means is it flimsy, but when resting on one's lap it could have been sturdier. The key travel is excellent, although certain keys (e.g. Backspace) are awkwardly placed. The track pad needs a bit of customisation but I got used to it quickly. The 4 positions are adequate.

    Battery life has been perfectly good (close to what Samsung claim), but the fan kicks in with alarming regularity. It's definitely noticeable.

    The S Pen proved somewhat hit and miss - out-the-box palm rejection isn't the best. Handwriting responsiveness perfectly solid for annotating with (or getting signatures from clients) but perhaps not taking pages of hand-written notes.

    Windows 10 Tablet Mode isn't intuitive enough: it needs to be far more simple, effective and customisable. The traditional desktop was perfectly fine, but this screen size comes down to portability versus utility.

    The speakers are only decent, but having 2 USB-C ports and Micro-SD is useful. The keyboard cover and S Pen are included in the (rather high) price but perhaps Samsung will get it right next time round.

    Regardless of the hardware, this particularly product category doesn't suit my needs, but that doesn't mean it wouldn't suit someone else's. It needs some refinement but this is still a worthy effort from Samsung, albeit at a high price.

    Score: 3/5
  9. SteveJUAE macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2015
    Land of Smiles
    Thanks for the feed back

    Yes Samsung AMOLED screens are a joy and are in a class almost on their own with best contrast ratio and range and almost counter some of the short comings

    I suppose it does seem a bit pricy but given it's far more capable than an IPP and more adaptable plus touch over a rMB if you need or can take advantage of these features it will be a good option for some

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