Samsung Galaxy Book Ion 15 NP950XCJ-K01DE
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Reviews for the Samsung Galaxy Book Ion 15 NP950XCJ-K01DE
Source: Pocket Lint
Although unconventional in a number of ways, so many of those features - user-expandable storage and RAM, an eye-catching finish, NUM pad, large screen aspect - will only add to this laptop's appeal. It's good to see Samsung back in the game and trying things a little differently, with positive effect.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/26/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%
The Samsung Galaxy Book Ion 15.6 is one of Samsung’s first and possibly one of the earliest notebooks to use quantum dot (QLED) technology. Other major highlights of the Galaxy Book Ion are its lightweight build and wireless-charging touchpad. This time, the 15.6-inch Galaxy Book Ion launched by Samsung uses a thin and lightweight design, it measures W355.0 × D227.2 × H14.9 mm and weighs 1.52 kg, so it is very easy to bring out the street. In addition, a silver-white design was used for the build, and a matte material for the laptop surface. In terms of the configuration, it is equipped with Intel's 10th generation Ice-Lake Core processor, 16 GB of LPDDR4X memory and 1TB NVMe SSD. As for graphics, it is also equipped with a Nvidia GeForce MX 250 2GB GDDR5 dedicated graphics card. The screen supports 360° rotation and uses a QLED touch screen (Quantum Dot LED) with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixel, a peak brightness of 600 nits, and excellent colour performance. It also has an outdoor mode. When it is used outdoors, as long as this mode is activated, the screen brightness will be further improved, so that everyone can clearly see the content displayed on the screen, even in the sun. The display is so different that users will immediately feel the difference when they switch from a different laptop. The QLED display just makes it that much better for content playback.
For connectivity, it supports the latest WiFi 6, features integrated AKG stereo speakers and fingerprint recognition for Windows Hello functions, a dual-array microphone and a 720p camera on the top, plus, it comes with an S Pen stylus that allows for easier note taking. The expansion options on both sides include two conventional jacks, namely Thunderbolt 3 and a microSD-card reader. Powering the laptop is a non-removable 69.74Wh lithium battery. It can be used for more than 21 hours with a full charge. It is also worth mentioning that as long as the Wireless PowerShare function is turned on in the software, the TouchPad of the computer can be turned into a wireless charging pad. It can charge a phone as long as it is placed on it, but the user cannot use the TouchPad while charging. Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Book Ion 15.6 is an attractive laptop with a great display panel. It also features good performance with the hardware. It has achieved a great balance between a lightweight build, performance and appearance, but at a slightly higher price point.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
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Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
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i7-10510U: Comet Lake based low power quad-core processor (technically identical to Whiskey Lake and still produced on 14nm++). The CPU cores can clock between 1.8 and 4.9 GHz (all 4 cores 4.3 GHz max.) with HyperThreading (8 threads). The integrated memory controller supports DDR4-2666 and using cTDP up/down the performance can be adjusted by the OEM (10 - 25 Watt possible, 15W default).» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
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In former time,s this weight was typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal. Nowadays, often 15 inch laptops weigh as much.
Samsung: The Samsung Group is composed of numerous international businesses, all united under the Samsung brand in South Korea. The meaning of the Korean word Samsung is "tristar" or "three stars". The Samsung brand is one of the most important brands of South Korea. Samsung is an international notebook manufacturer of medium size according market shares and reviews.
In 2015 and 2016, Samsung had a market share of around 24-25% in the global smartphone market and was undisputed market leader. In the laptop sector, Samsung is on the 8th place in the global manufacturer rankings from 2014-2016 with 1.7-2.7%.
In 2016 Samsung slipped into a crisis due to exploding smartphone batteries and a failed recall action.
80%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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