Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 (2022) review: Minor improvements go a long way for this surprisingly powerful slim PC

Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360
(Image credit: Daniel Rubino)

Samsung is no stranger to Windows laptops, although it does have a tough time sticking with one product line or naming scheme. I first fell for its unusually light designs back in 2017, when I bought and reviewed the Samsung Notebook 9 15 Ext, and since then, the company has consistently created fun and unique ultra-mobile PCs.

Announced in March, Samsung has now refreshed its 2021 lineup of super-thin Galaxy Book Pro laptops, which are now called Galaxy Book2 Pro. 

The big advances for 2022 come from the hardware's multi-media and video conferencing improvements, much of which is required or recommended for the 3rd Gen of Intel's Evo specification. For instance, the webcams go from 720P to 1080P full HD with a wider 87° wide-angle lens. Those cameras can do auto-framing, blur your background, and more "smart" features necessary for today's video-conferencing-focused work environment. There is also now bi-directional AI noise-canceling for the microphones and speakers.

This review focuses on the $1350 Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 15, which is now available to purchase. That price is slightly lower by $150 compared to the 2021 model. 

With its gorgeous AMOLED display, excellent S Pen, and a surprisingly robust software suite, Samsung is playing for keeps. But the company also has some oversights that place it just out of reach of greatness. Luckily, its great pricing helps redeem it in the end.

Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360: Price, availability, and specs

Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 (2022) (Image credit: Daniel Rubino)

The Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 (and the non-360 model) is now available from Samsung.com and Best Buy.

You can choose between 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch models in either the "360" chassis (convertible) or a traditional laptop design. This year, they're only doing a Core i7 for the CPU. There is also a 5G option, but it is limited to the Galaxy Book2 Pro (15.6) non-360 model and is not expected to ship until later this summer.

Pricing starts at $849 for the 13.3-inch Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 and $1,049 for the Galaxy Book Pro 360. The 15.6-inch model reviewed here in graphite ships with a Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, Windows 11 Home, and 1TB SSD for $1,550 ($50 more than last year's model). 

Samsung also says a version with Intel's new Arc GPU should be offered soon, although we have not seen it listed just yet as an option. Arc should offer 2x the graphics performance of Iris Xe, although we have yet to test it ourselves. 

Samsung allows trade-ins of phones, PCs, or tablets, which can offset a Galaxy Book2 Pro/Pro 360 purchase up to $550 (although only the Samsung Tab S7+ qualifies for that price point, with most devices falling well below that).

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CategoryGalaxy Book2 Pro 360 (13.3)Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 (15.6)
OSWindows 11 HomeWindows 11 Home
Processor12th Gen Intel Core i7 (Evo)12th Gen Intel Core i7 (Evo)
RAM8GB, 16GB, 32GB
LPDDR5
8GB, 16GB, 32GBLPDDR5
GraphicsIntel Iris XeIntel Iris Xe
Storage256GB, 512GB, 1TB
M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
256GB, 512GB, 1TB
M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
Display13.3 inches
1920x1080 (FHD)
16:9 aspect ratio
Touch
Super AMOLED
15.6 inches
1920x1080 (FHD)
16:9 aspect ratio
Touch
Super AMOLED
InkingS Pen
Included
S Pen
Included
PortsThunderbolt 4
Two USB-C
3.5mm combo
microSD card reader
Thunderbolt 4
Two USB-C
3.5mm combo
microSD card reader
AudioDual 4W speakers
Smart AMP
Dolby Atmos
Sound by AKG
Dual 5W speakers
Smart AMP
Dolby Atmos
Sound by AKG
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.1Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.1
CameraFront-facing 1080p
Dual array mic
Front-facing 1080p
Dual array mic
KeyboardBacklit
Island type
Backlit
3-row numeric
Island type
SecurityFingerprint readerFingerprint reader
Battery63Wh
65W AC adapter
68Wh
65W AC adapter
Dimensions11.9 x 7.9 x 0.45 inches
(302.5mm x 202mm x 11.5mm)
13.97 x 8.98 x 0.47 inches
(354.85mm x 227.97mm x 11.9mm)
Weight2.29 pounds (1.04kg)3.1 pounds (1.41kg)
ColorSilver
Graphite
Burgundy
Silver
Graphite
Burgundy

Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360: Design and features

Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 (2022) in tent mode. (Image credit: Daniel Rubino)

The Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 15 is an Intel-based convertible Ultrabook that includes a Samsung S Pen for inking and drawing. It features the more powerful Intel Core i7-1260P processor (instead of a less powerful U-series) and packs 12 cores, and 16 threads, with a base power of 28 watts. 

This laptop is Intel Evo certified, which means it has been specially tuned for instant-on, fast resume, Wi-Fi 6E, and longer than average battery life.

While the smaller 13.3-inch version has a lot of competition, the larger 15.6-inch model reviewed here is a rarity, as most laptops this size add in a discrete NVIDIA GPU, which this laptop does not have. Instead, this is a slim, lightweight Ultrabook that can also be used with a pen. That difference means the Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 15 is excellent for productivity but not ideal for serious gaming or video editing (though it can, of course, handle lighter loads in those categories).

Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 (2022) keyboard. (Image credit: Daniel Rubino)

Design-wise, this is a very Samsung laptop. The color options – silver, graphite (instead of mystic blue), and now burgundy – match its Galaxy phones and borrow a lot from its mobile phone division, which is a good thing. 

While graphite looks nice, it is very prone to hand oils, and fingerprints require frequent wipe-downs to keep it looking as good as it does in these photos. If this is a concern, the lighter silver is a better choice. (Personally, I find the Galaxy Book Flex's color and design more satisfying, and I wish Samsung would just update that model.)

At just 3.1 pounds (1.41kg) and an incredible 11.9mm thin, the Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 is extraordinarily light and portable, considering the 15.6-inch touch display.

Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 (2022) backlit keyboard. (Image credit: Daniel Rubino)

Ports are limited to just three USB Type-C with one (on the left) reserved for the higher-performing Thunderbolt 4. There is, however, a MicroSD slot for multi-media and a combo microphone/headphone jack. While a Type-A port would have been nice, the laptop is too thin to house one.

Two AKG speakers with Dolby Atomos software are on the bottom edge of the laptop. They are good speakers, but their placement does not sound as good as top-firing designs and lacks resonance and bass. Companies like HP rightly put four speakers into their "360" laptops and pre-amp them, so the sound is as good in tablet mode as in a standard laptop. However, likely due to space concerns, Samsung faced severe limits in making this laptop so thin.

The keyboard is on the shallower side with only 1mm of travel (1.3mm is ideal). But thanks to the scissor mechanism and rubber dome design, it feels pretty good once you use it for a little while. Samsung includes three-stage backlighting, which is done exceptionally well with slight light bleed (it also has a nice fade effect). It is worth noting that number pad lovers will be happy with the keyboard design in the 15-inch too.

Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 Fingerprints (Image credit: Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

The trackpad is huge compared to other laptops in this class. It uses Microsoft Precision drivers and has a satisfying click with exceptional smoothness.