Samsung's Galaxy Book Go only launched in June 2021, but you can already pick it up for a discount. The laptop is a Windows 10 on ARM PC which runs on the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 processor. It gets up to 18 hours of battery life, making it a great option for students.
The Galaxy Book Go is designed to balance affordability and productivity. Like many of the best Chromebooks, the Galaxy Book Go skips some flagship features to focus on performance at a lower cost. It's one of the best cheap laptops and is discounted in time for the new school year. Note that the version that's on sale only supports Wi-Fi, not LTE.
While Samsung trimmed the specs of the Galaxy Book Go to keep the laptop's price down, it should handle everyday tasks just fine. It also supports Dolby Atmos and has a wide range of ports, including two USB-C ports and a microSD slot.
The Galaxy Book Go benefits from the growing partnership between Samsung and Microsoft. It works with Link to Windows, Second Screen (which lets you use a Samsung tablet as a second display), Galaxy Book Smart Switch, Quick Share, SmartThings Find, and SmartThings Dashboard. It also supports Easy Bluetooth Connection with the Galaxy Buds.
Before picking up the Galaxy Book Go, it's important to know that it's a Windows 10 on ARM PC. Because of this, some programs run in emulation, and some apps that you're familiar with may not be able to run on the device at all. The Galaxy Book Go will work well with Office, browsing the web, and many apps, but you should check if the specific apps you need are available on the device.
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Has Daniel reviewed this machine yet? Curious how the 7c performs
TBH, if web apps, MS Office, and Netflix / streaming are the main uses, the WoArm chips like this are awesome. The actual use pattern for likely most people is way better and faster than you see with reviewers who may focus on either gaming or video editing.
The Laptopmag review of this device was atrocious. They kept focusing on it not being able to run x86 benchmark apps and how slow x86 Chrome was. It's an ARM machine, for goodness sake, so just use Edge. The screen isn't great though. 1080p, 14", only 200 nits, poor sRGB coverage and low contrast. The Surface Go 2 is around the same price but it has a much better screen. Microsoft should really make an ARM Go 3.
Surface Go 2 officially starts $100 more without a keyboard.
Windows 11 on ARM would be great for this computer, I'm already using it on a Pro X and it flies.
Well I came here preparing to gripe about another Chromebook being advertised as a laptop, but I was pleasantly surprised on that front!
So, now I'll gripe about the lack of a touch screen. The Chromebook equivalent has a touch screen!
Until Windows and its hardware partners nail the touch interface they will continue to lose ground to Google (and Apple - who has there own issues in this regard).
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