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Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3: Minor improvements to be desired

Comes with a loud power adapter: The Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3
Comes with a loud power adapter: The Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3
With the Galaxy Book Flex 13.3, Samsung has an extremely attractive Windows convertible in its range. Minor inconsistencies cloud the otherwise good overall impression a bit, though.

Buyers of the Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3 get a solid convertible with an aluminum case and a removable bottom cover. In this way, the storage space, which is limited to 256 GB by the manufacturer, can be upgraded with a larger SSD afterwards. This isn't possible with the 8 GB of RAM, which is soldered, but it's directly installed in a dual-channel configuration in exchange.

The performance of the Intel Core i5-1035G4 and its integrated graphics unit, the Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4, is sufficient for a variety of office applications, and even photo editors or creative professionals can do their work provided that it doesn't require a high graphics performance. The included S Pen makes it easier to use the touchscreen, but both the keyboard and the ClickPad can be used well too.

A software update and a different power adapter are in our wish list

During our test of the Samsung Galaxy Flex 13.3, bothersome noises became noticeable. However, these didn't come from the convertible itself but from the included power adapter. In a somewhat noisy environment, this might not necessarily be disturbing, but in a quiet workplace, it has a strong distracting effect. Moreover, when the Galaxy Flex is used in tablet mode, the back of the lid doesn't lie completely flush with the underside of the base. The hinge is no longer firm at this point, and a clearance of almost one centimeter is generated, which makes handling the device difficult.

We would also like Samsung to make the fans a bit quieter by updating the software and to optimize the power consumption on battery power with simultaneous WLAN use. That the capacity of almost 70 Wh is only enough for a little over seven hours without power being supplied seems a bit too short to us.

You can read what else the small Windows convertible has to offer in our detailed review of the Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3.


Notebookcheck review of the Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3

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Mike Wobker, 2020-07-29 (Update: 2020-07-26)