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Samsung Galaxy Book Ion review

The Samsung Galaxy Book Ion is available in two sizes, with a 13.3- or 15.6-inch screen (both non-touch). Both sizes can be called ultraportables: the 13.3-inch model weighs less than a kilogram, while the 15.6-inch model comes in at 1.26 kg.

The Galaxy Book Ion from Samsung is a model of a contemporary laptop. Its clamshell structure, which is just 12.9/14.9mm thick and weighs less than a kilograms, and its ultra-thin design were both developed with mobility in mind and made of lightweight magnesium. The cutting-edge laptop from Samsung is offered in two sizes 13.3 inches and 15.6 inches.

The Galaxy Book Ion has the first QLED Display on a laptop in the world, which has an astonishing, lifelike quality. The Galaxy Book Ion’s Aura Silver colour, which appears different from every angle, gives it a premium appearance to go with its portability. This laptop is ideal for the mobile worker who may frequently travel while working in several locations.

Design

Samsung has demonstrated that it has perfected the art of designing svelte and attractive gadgets, whether they are laptops, smartphones, or televisions, and the Galaxy Book Ion doesn’t fall short in this regard. This is one of the smallest and light weight laptops available right now, measuring 12.04 x 7.87 x 0.51 inches (305.8 x 199.9 x 12.95mm) and weighing 2.14 pounds (0.97kg) for the smaller variant.

It is more compact and lightweight than the previous standard for ultra-thin computers, the Apple MacBook Air. It indicates that this laptop is simple to carry around with you and is manageable to handle in one hand. The 15.6-inch model is larger and heavier than you may anticipate, measuring 14.02 x 8.98 x 0.59 (356x228x15mm) and weighing 2.62 pounds, respectively (1.19kg).

Keyboard and Touch board

Even though the Galaxy Book Ion’s keyboard isn’t the best in the world, typing on it is generally comfortable. The keys don’t feel particularly well-damped and don’t have much travel, while being large and simple to touch-type on without making many mistakes.

The design is also flawed. The cursor, Backspace, and Delete keys are in the right places and are a nice size, and we enjoy that the UK model has a double-height Enter key. But because the fingerprint reader is uncomfortably positioned next to the right Shift key, forcing it over to the left and reducing it, we frequently found myself touching it instead of Shift.

Display

While these will certainly excite you, we wager that opening the laptop’s lid will impress you much more. The stunning 13.3-inch display panel of the Galaxy Book Ion is visible when the lid is opened. Returning to the display, the 13.3-inch screen on the Galaxy Book Ion is encircled by incredibly tiny bezels. Even though these bezels are so tiny, Samsung still added a webcam to the top bezel.

As a result, the laptop should be acceptable for use outside because the display will be sufficiently bright to minimize screen glare. Aside from that, the display of the Galaxy Book Ion has an FHD (1920 x 1080) resolution. The laptop’s display will be able to display amazing image quality thanks to the QLED panel and this FHD resolution. The display should, in reality, be competitive with Apple’s Retina display.

Audio

The Samsung Galaxy Book Ion has Windows 10 Home pre-installed when it comes to software. Additionally, you won’t be surprised to learn that a number of Samsung’s own apps are also preinstalled as anyone who has owned a Samsung device, such as one of its smartphones, will attest. Similar to its devices, these frequently copy established apps for instance, Samsung Notes app is effectively a hybrid of Note Pad and Google Keep.

You might be happy to find these apps here if you use them on your Samsung phone. If not, they are simply infrequently used apps that clog the Start menu and take up space on the hard disc. Additionally, apps like Samsung Flow or Live Message are probably of little value to even the largest Samsung devotee.

Graphic and Gaming

The inbuilt Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU is in charge of graphics. It often benefits greatly from dual-channel memory configurations, like as those seen in our review unit, given that it has a shared memory architecture. The GPU fell short of our expectations and could only finish last in our test group in 3DMark. View the results of other GPUs in our list of GPU benchmarks. Our benchmark results demonstrate that the Intel UHD Graphics 620 can only run straightforward or older games smoothly. See what performance to anticipate in different games with our list of GPU gaming benchmarks.

Performance

A 4-core Intel Core i7-10510U CPU with a base speed of 1.80 GHz is present in the Galaxy Book Ion. Additionally, this processor has an 8 MB cache and a boost clock of 4.90 GHz. Additionally, the Intel Core i7-10510U processor is a top-tier model that can easily do the majority of computer jobs. Because of this, anticipate that the Galaxy Book Ion can run demanding applications and manage heavy workloads.

Next, let’s examine the laptop’s performance on a Geekbench 4 benchmark test to learn more about how well its processor can function. Briefly stated, Geekbench 4 is an app-based benchmark test that assesses a computer’s overall processing power by subjecting it to a number of demanding tasks.

Battery life

When using the 10-battery test simulation with the brightness set to 150 nits, the Samsung Galaxy Book Ion’s battery life can last up to 14 hours and 40 minutes. To put things in perspective, the majority of laptop makers strive for a battery life of about 10 hours, but typically fall short. The Galaxy Book, Ion easily exceeded that goal and continued to move along for a few more hours.

This makes the Ion a great alternative for both office workers who argue with coworkers over charging outlets and students who move between lecture halls. Although the laptop’s Thunderbolt 3 port enables power supply and lets me use other laptop chargers using the USB-C standard, the included charger has its own dedicated port.

Configuration Options

There are two sizes of the Samsung Galaxy Book Ion, having either a 13.3-inch or a 15.6-inch screen. There are a few different configurations available for these computers. The 13.3in model is available with either an Intel Core i5-10210U processor, 8GB of RAM to support it, and a 512GB SSD, or with an Intel Core i7-10510U processor, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage split across two 512GB SSDs. The 15.6in model is available with either a Core i5-10210U processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD, or with a Core i7-10510U chip Unfortunately, it appears that the Core i5 versions are the only ones offered in the UK.

Final Words

The Samsung Galaxy Book Ion has so many wonderful features that its one or two minor flaws don’t detract from the experience. It is quick and receptive. It is extremely thin and light. Additionally, there are numerous connectors to experiment with, and you can even increase capacity by installing an additional SSD internally, unlike so many other ultraportable.

An ultraportable laptop of exceptional quality is created when a magnificent display, a battery that simply won’t quit, and a price that is actually quite affordable (particularly for the 15in model) are all combined. Samsung, you were dearly missed in the world of Windows laptops.

George Southwell
George Southwell is a writer for Bollyinside who has a passion for classic cinema, architecture, entertaining friends through the art of the kitchen, and guiding others in the purchase of consumer technology items that meet their specific needs. You could find him in a figure drawing class, a movie theatre, or just standing in the middle of a sidewalk and staring at a building when he's not writing.

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The Galaxy Book Ion is Samsung's answer to the LG Gram. The Ion is only minimally heavier, but it also features a dedicated GeForce MX250 (optional) in the 15-inch model.Samsung Galaxy Book Ion review