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The 15-inch Ultrabook Samsung Galaxy Book Ion is great - but it still has some issues.

The 15-inch Ultrabook Samsung Galaxy Book Ion is great - but it still has some issues.
The 15-inch Ultrabook Samsung Galaxy Book Ion is great - but it still has some issues.
We recently reviewed the 15-inch version of the ultra light-weight Galaxy Book Ion and were very pleased with it - all except for one major issue. Despite its good connectivity, its driver issues mess with its overall rating. We hope the manufacturer will be sending an update.
Christian Hintze (translated by Katherine Bodner), 🇩🇪 🇮🇹

Samsung is trying to compete with lightweight Ultrabooks such as the LG Gram or the Acer Swift 5 with its Galaxy Book Ion series. The recipe is simple: a fancy exterior, a bright FullHD QLED display, a fast SSD and we're done. The smaller 13-inch version of the Ion, which we reviewed a while ago, showed a series of weaknesses that were almost all directly connected to the small form factor, although the competition seemed to have found better solutions to them. The cooling fans were simply too loud.   

After reviewing the 15.6-inch version, we can confirm that the cooling fans are no longer an issue here. They often remained turned off while idling and only became a little loud under maximum load - but that is mainly connected to the fact that Samsung has equipped our thin test unit with the dedicated GPU GeForce MX250. 

Funnily enough, the cooling system wasn't the issue. The fans are fine, as are the surface temperatures. Samsung really did a good job there. It's the latencies that are the problem. They are very strong and the CPU is fully maxed out when playing YouTube videos, which causes a number of dropped frames. We assume this is a software issue that can hopefully be solved. As it stands, the strong CPU utilization while streaming has a negative impact on battery life during our Wi-Fi browsing test. Find out what other advantages and disadvantages this $1300 MX250 Galaxy Book Ion has in our detailed review

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Christian Hintze
Editor of the original article: Christian Hintze - Managing Editor - 1676 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2016
A C64 marked my entry into the world of PCs. I spent my student internship in the repair department of a computer shop and at the end of the day I was allowed to assemble my own 486 PC from “workshop remnants”. As a result of this, I later studied computer science at the Humboldt University in Berlin, with psychology also being added to my studies. After my first job as a research assistant at the university, I went to London for a year and worked for Sega in computer game translation quality assurance. This included working on games such as Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and Company of Heroes. I have been writing for Notebookcheck since 2017.
Katherine Bodner
Translator: Katherine Bodner - Translator - 285 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I completed my master's degree in translation at the University of Vienna a few years ago and have been working as a translator for English, German and French ever since. I first started translating for Notebookcheck in 2017 and have learned more about computers than I ever imagined, and I have even become the person my family turns to for advice when it comes to consumer electronics. Other than that I also focus on everything connected to sustainability and renewable energy.
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Christian Hintze, 2020-10-16 (Update: 2020-10-17)