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Ultra-compact and bright: Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 13 with Alder Lake and OLED in review

Barely larger than a writing pad: 13.3 inches have rarely been more compact than in the Galaxy Book2 Pro 13 NP930XED
Barely larger than a writing pad: 13.3 inches have rarely been more compact than in the Galaxy Book2 Pro 13 NP930XED
Subnotebook is almost saying too much with a thickness of only 11mm and a weight of less than 900g. At the same time, the Galaxy Book2 is no modest laptop all thanks to its OLED display and powerful Intel i5-1240P. However, the combination of performance and compact size cannot function without limitations.

In terms of model selection, no difficult decision needs to be made here: the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 13 is currently only available with 8GB of RAM, a somewhat small 256 GB SSD and an Intel Alder Lake i5-1240P processor.

Aside from the computing power offered, this seems quite average, but it is sufficient for almost all tasks that are typically required of a subnotebook. Surfing, streaming and operating more complex office tasks are handled effortlessly.

This hardly seems surprising. The processor is on par with an i7-1165G7 of the previous CPU generation in our performance tests. And the OLED display is second to none: it shines in color reproduction, delivers outstanding contrasts and, of course, a deep dark black.

Then there is the mobility. The Galaxy Book2 Pro 13 fits in any bag and weighs barely more than 1kg, including the power supply, so you'll barely notice the added weight when on the go. The above-average battery powers the laptop effortlessly through a long day despite a not entirely economical OLED display.

The limits of performance

Under full load, which rarely should be needed, a few disadvantages of the compact design become apparent. The area around the processor becomes very warm and the fan really kicks in. The 12th generation Intel Core i5 is not really able to unfold its full potential, despite the impressive system performance.

Beyond that, there are a few weak points that cannot be entirely explained by the extremely flat design.

All measurements, details, pitfalls and highlights of the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro can be found in our detailed review:

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Mario Petzold, 2022-05-23 (Update: 2022-05-21)