Best Always-Connected PC Windows Central 2021
The Samsung Galaxy Book2 is the company's flagship notebook in the 13-inch segment, sporting the latest components and premium design. While not the best value on the market, this fantastic Dell laptop will certainly put a smile on your face.
Who should buy this notebook
If you're looking for a 2-in-1 with Windows 10 that features instant-on capabilities, great battery life, and has 4G LTE support for that always-connected seal of approval, all in a premium package that also has Windows Hello fingerprint recognition and a gorgeous 12-inch display, the Samsung Galaxy Book2 is the device for you.
Is it a good time to buy this notebook?
Samsung released the Galaxy Book2 at the tail-end of 2018, meaning it's still relatively new on the market. You should be fine buying this device today, and with the Snapdragon 850 on the inside powering everything, it should be great for daily tasks like checking email, browsing the web, social media, and getting work done within Microsoft Office for years to come.
Reasons to buy
- Beautiful sAMOLED display
- Great battery life
- Good S-Pen
- Stylish design
- ARM powered
Reasons not to buy
- Pen magnet is weak
- Fingerprint reader is just OK
- Keyboard looks cheap
- No eSIM and semi-locked to carriers
The best Always-Connected PC on the market right now
Samsung's Galaxy Book2 is an excellent device, but what makes it better than the competition is its beautiful premium design and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 that powers everything. While not the most powerful chip in the world, the Snapgraon 850 enables incredible battery life and instant-on capabilities that makes waking up and getting to work super fast, just like on an iPad.
Other specifications on the inside include 4GB RAM and 128GB storage, which can be expanded with microSD. There's also two USB-C ports, a beautiful 12-inch 1440p touch display that supports Samsung's S-Pen technology, and a built-in kickstand. Weighing around 2.4 pounds (1.1 kg) with keyboard and being just over 7mm thin, the Galaxy Book2 can be taken anywhere. It's also an all-metal Windows 10 tablet that still manages a different flair than Surface. The rounded top and bottom edges are flanked by sides that look cut off, making it easy to hold, with a flat area for the ports and SIM slot.
Great battery life and instant-on capabilities make the Galaxy Book2 an excellent device.
It being an Always-Connected PC means you can insert a cellular data SIM card and get access to the internet no matter where you are. It doesn't have eSIM capabilities unfortunately, so you will have to have a physical SIM, but that's a minor issue that shouldn't affect most. Samsung opted for a fingerprint reader near the rear camera on the back of the device instead of a Windows Hello-based infrared camera for facial recognition. Samsung cites concerns about orientation issues for facial recognition that fingerprint readers don't have to contend with. Again, this isn't a big deal for most people, but it's a small annoyance that keeps the Galaxy Book2 from being a perfect device.
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Book2 is an all-round great Always-Connected PC with excellent battery life and a premium, slim form-factor that makes taking it on the go super easy.
Alternatives to the Samsung Galaxy Book2
If the Samsung Galaxy Book2 isn't your thing, there are plenty more Always-Connected PCs on the market that might peak your interest. Check out our recommendations below.
If you're looking for a small-screened device, the Surface Go is an excellent Always-Connected PC if you opt for the LTE configuration. Featuring a 10-inch screen, the Surface Go is essentially just a smaller Surface Pro, featuring the same beautiful industrial design, kickstand, and keyboard accessories.
The Surface Go is not powered by an ARM processor, meaning you do lose out on amazing battery life and instant-on capabilities. But it still counts as an Always-Connected PC thanks to its inclusion of LTE support. On the inside, it's rocking an Intel Pentium 4415Y processor, 4GB or 8GB RAM, and 64GB or 128GB internal storage.
Featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 processor, 4GB or 8GB of RAM, a 13.3-inch 1080p touchscreen display, and 128GB or 256GB internal storage, this is an all around excellent laptop with eSIM and LTE capabilities for Always-Connected computing. It gets 15-hours or real world usage too, making it one of the best for battery life.
The Samsung Galaxy Book2 is our pick for best Always-Connected PC, though there are plenty of other options when it comes to specialized interests.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Zac Bowden is a senior editor at Windows Central, which means he covers a wide array of software and hardware here at Windows Central. Joining Mobile Nations in 2016, you can usually find him playing with new Windows 10 builds or secret unreleased prototype devices. Hit him up on Twitter: @zacbowden.
Daniel Rubino is executive editor of Windows Central. He has been covering Microsoft since 2009 back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Surface, HoloLens, Xbox, and future computing visions. Follow him on Twitter: @daniel_rubino.
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