Best Always-Connected PC Windows Central 2019

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 Dell laptop will certainly put a smile on your face.

Our pick

Samsung Galaxy Book2

The best Always-Connected PC available right now

If you want great battery life in a premium 2-in-1 form factor that has instant-on and is always connected, you can't go wrong with the Samsung Galaxy Book2 with Windows 10.

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.

Small pick

Surface Go

Small computing

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.

Alternate pick

Lenovo C630

Battery life champ

If you're looking for a device in the more traditional laptop form-factor, the Lenovo C630 is the best you can buy with Always-Connected features such as LTE, eSIM, and instant-on.

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.

Bottom line

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.

We recommend

Samsung Galaxy Book2

The best Always-Connected PC available right now

If you want great battery life in a premium 2-in-1 form factor that has instant-on and is always connected, you can't go wrong with the Samsung Galaxy Book2 with Windows 10.

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.

This post may contain affiliate links. See our disclosure policy for more details.

Latest And Best Prime Day Deals

Unlock voice control with Echo device deals and $5 Amazon smart plugs
Amazon Echo devices bundled with $5 smart plugs

Amazon's Smart Plug lets you start voice controlling anything plugged into it by asking an Alexa-compatible device, and today's deal lets you snag one for only $5 with purchase of select Echo devices.

Be more productive with a year of Office 365 Home and a free $50 Amazon gift card
Office 365 Home 12-month subscription and $50 Amazon gift card
$99.99 $150.00 Save $50

The subscription works with up to six people, but that card can be all yours.

Amazon's Fire TV Cube is down to just $70 thanks to this Prime Day deal
Amazon Fire TV Cube
$69.99 $119.99 Save $50

Grab TCL's 32-inch 720p Roku TV for less than $100 in this Prime Day Lightning deal
TCL 32S325 32-inch 720p Roku TV
$99.99 $130.00 Save $30

Act fast while you can. These Lightning deals tend to sell out quick.

The Ring Alarm security system is reaching new low prices for Prime Day
Ring Alarm home security systems

Various configurations of the Ring Alarm are discounted to their best prices yet exclusively for Prime members at Amazon through Tuesday night to help keep your home secure.

The Sonos Beam Prime Day deal includes a $40 discount and 2 $50 Amazon gift cards
The Sonos Beam Prime Day deal includes a $40 discount and $100 in Amazon gift cards
$359.00 $499.00 Save $140

That's just so much savings in one deal. You'll have to wait for the physical gift cards, but that's basically $100 to spend however you want.

Prime Day dropped this PlayStation 4 console bundle to just $250
PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB console with Marvel's Spider-Man and Horizon Zero Dawn
$249.99 $359.98 Save $110

This deal on the PlayStation 4 Slim console saves you $50 off its regular price while also including Marvel's Spider-Man and Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition for free. You'll just need an Amazon Prime membership to snag it.

The newest device in the Echo family, the Show 5, is now down to just $50
Echo Show 5
$49.99 $89.99 Save $40

It's only been on the market since May, but it hasn't escaped the Prime Day price cuts.

More Prime Day Deals