Last Updated on January 1, 2022 by Daniel
With a beautiful AMOLED touchscreen and a fast Intel 11th Gen processor, the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 is a thin and light laptop with a delightful performance experience. The Galaxy Book Pro 360 is one of the best two-in-one laptops on the market despite its poor webcam. It has strong performance, great battery life, and a gorgeous display. As a matter of fact, it won our Guide Awards 2021 recommendations for the best laptop overall and best laptop display.
Samsung unveiled its Galaxy Book Pro 360 at a special laptop-centric 2021 Galaxy Unpacked event, one of the company’s flagship products. The company has not been able to gain a reputation for building truly impressive laptops despite being a market leader in smartphones, tablets, and displays. This could all change soon because Samsung’s Galaxy Book Pro 360 laptop we reviewed is thin, light, and powerful enough to compete with some of the best laptops on the market.
We take a deep look at the Galaxy Book Pro 360, which combines a large touchscreen display with the Super AMOLED display and Galaxy device ecosystem that Samsung is known for – but that last part may be too much trouble if you’re not already a Galaxy device owner.
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 review: Price and availability
- Two sizes available: 13-inch ($1,199) and 15-inch ($1,299)
- Intel Core i7 CPUs come standard, can pay $200 to double RAM and storage
At its current price of $1,199, Samsung’s Galaxy Book Pro 360 is currently available for purchase through its website. However, if you trade in an eligible device or catch a good sale, you could get a better deal.
Two sizes are available: a 13.3-inch and a 15.6-inch, and the larger one costs $100 more, making the starting price $1,299 for the smaller one. Both sizes feature Intel i7 11th Gen processors, and you can choose to double the storage and RAM – from 512 GB to 1 TB for $220, respectively – if you want.
We reviewed a 16.6-inch laptop with one TB NVMe SSD and 16GB of RAM, meaning it is sold for about $1,499.
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 review: Design
- The device is remarkably thin and light: it measures just half an inch thick and weighs 3 pounds
- The chassis appears sturdy, but the keyboard deck and hinges are more vulnerable to damage
- AMOLED display with thin bezels
With a sleek aluminum chassis available in either Mystic Navy or Mystic Bronze, the 15.6-inch Galaxy Book Pro 360 feels thin and sturdy. Despite its bronze color, we thought the unit looked more like rose gold in person.
In my experience, the hinges on this 2-in-1 convertible laptop are smooth and strong straight out of the box. I had no trouble or wobble while tapping the screen while they were open because they are weak enough that gravity will do most of the work when you close the computer about 80 percent of the way. You can enlarge the Galaxy Book Pro 360 to make it a serviceable (albeit tall) tablet with an accurate, responsive touchscreen.
On all sides, the display itself is comfortably surrounded by thin bezels, with the exception of a small (15mm) black bezel at the bottom that sports a subtle Samsung logo. There is no InfinityEdge display on the Galaxy Book Pro 360, but its bezels are tightly framed by its AMOLED display, which makes them disappear when you look at it.
Galaxy Book Pro 360’s chassis weighs 3 pounds and is about half an inch thick, so it should be relatively easy to tote around all day in a bag or backpack. I noticed some creaking from the keyboard deck when I put more than two hands’ worth of weight on it, as well as some flexion when I grasped the ends of it and bent them.
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 review: Display
- 1080p AMOLED display delivers vibrant colors and beautiful contrasts
- The brightness of the screen is poor
I’d like to talk a bit about the display. Though it doesn’t support 4K, the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 has a 1920 x 1080 Super AMOLED display that looks stunning for watching movies and playing games. In my experience, Samsung’s AMOLED displays with integrated touchscreens do look good enough to merit the “Super” designation.
Firstly, the Galaxy Book Pro 360 features an HDR-capable AMOLED display, which gives colors a vibrant appearance and makes fine details stand out. The screen does a great job of displaying fine details in light and shadow, especially when watching HDR content, such as nature documentaries and Marvel films.
To get the best picture quality while watching HDR content, you’ll need to ensure HDR support is turned on – by default, Windows 10 turns it off when the laptop is turned off to conserve battery power.
Games like Fortnite and Crusader Kings 3 look great on the display, as do bright, colorful games, like Fortnite. The Galaxy Book Pro 360 is not equipped with a discrete GPU, which means it cannot run graphics-demanding PC games well. If HDR is important to you, know that there are not a lot of HDR-capable PC games that run well on the Galaxy Book Pro 360.
Specifically, the Galaxy Book Pro 360 is able to achieve 120.2% of the sRGB color gamut. That’s decent, and it’s a bit better than the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano (101.1%) and the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 (109.8%). Despite this, it still trails the Dell XPS 15 (132.2%) and its gorgeous 4K InfinityEdge display.
There is one downside to the Galaxy Book Pro 360’s display: It doesn’t get very bright. It did occasionally make it difficult to eliminate glare in bright rooms since details and colors look so sharp on screen, but it wasn’t a problem very often. When we used a light gun to measure the display, we measured 264.4 nits, which is lower than the average brightness of the 15-inch Surface Laptop 4 (334 nits) and the Dell XPS 15 (434 nits) or Macbooks with M1-equipped displays (439 nits and 365.8 nits).
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 review: Ports
- Thunderbolt 4 port and microSD card reader is nice to have
- No USB-A port for older accessories
USB-C is primarily what you’ll find on the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360, so I hope that you enjoy it.
On the right side of the laptop, you’ll find three USB-C ports, two USB 3.2 ports, a Thunderbolt 4 port, and a headphone jack.
You can also charge your laptop using the USB-C charger, which is compatible with any of the ports on the laptop. This part feels slick and simple, but you’ll need to give up your old USB-A accessories or buy adapters if you want to use them with the Galaxy Book Pro 360.
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 review: Performance
- Great performance in everyday use, though tests show room for improvement
- NVMe SSD delivers speedy file transfers
As a review unit, we found the Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM to be plenty powerful for all types of multitasking. Despite having a lot of tabs open, and watching three different video streams (Twitch, YouTube, and Amazon Prime) while playing Crusader Kings III in fullscreen mode, the Galaxy Book Pro 360 did not miss a beat.
We tested the Galaxy Book Pro 360 using Geekbench 5, and it scored 5,575 in the multicore CPU benchmark. However, that score is still not as impressive as that of a similarly-priced Dell XPS 15 (2020) powered by an Intel 10th generation processor. The AMD-powered 15-inch Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 was also better, earning a score of 6,748. Thanks to Apple’s custom silicon, the MacBook Pro with M1 (5,945) and the MacBook Air with M1 (5,962) also outperform the Galaxy Book Pro 360.
Comparatively, the SSD in the Galaxy Book Pro 360 performed admirably. We copied 25 GB of multimedia files at a speed of 869.5 MBps. With 708.9 MBps, it beats out the Dell XPS 15 (708.5 MBps), the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 (150.5 MBps), and the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano (424.88 MBps).
For those of you looking to do video editing on the Galaxy Book Pro 360, you should know the conversion took Handbrake 16 minutes and 24 seconds. This isn’t as quick as the Dell XPS 15 (10:06), the 15-inch Surface Laptop 4 (8:21), or the M1-powered MacBook Pro (7:46).
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 review: Games
- No discrete GPU means middling performance at best in most 3D games
- But you can still play Fortnite, as well as plenty of less demanding PC games
Even though it lacks a discrete GPU, the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 can still run some challenging games. Using high graphics settings, I was able to play Fortnite at 15-30 frames per second, or 30-60 if I dialed down the graphics to low.
The laptop can also run less demanding games such as Crusader Kings 3 and Into the Breach quite well. The Galaxy Book Pro 360 performed better than the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano (23.3 fps), but was not quite as good as the M1-equipped MacBook Pro (38 fps) in the 1080p graphics benchmark test for Civilization 6: Gathering Storm.
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 review: Keyboard and touchpad
- The full keyboard can take some getting used to
- The large trackpad is easy to use and as responsive as you want
It has a full keyboard, complete with a number pad, in the 15.6-inch version of the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360. I took a while to get used to typing on this keyboard since the keys feel small and the home row is a bit off-centered to accommodate the number pad.
I was able to reach a reasonable speed of 99 words per minute after I got used to it, according to a typing test on 10fastfingers.com. While the keys feel a bit shallow, they are pleasing to type on, with a travel of 1 mm and customizable backlighting. Additionally, the power button on the keyboard has a fingerprint reader.
The trackpad beneath the keyboard is a generous size and feels responsive and smooth. Windows’ touchpad gestures will make this laptop easy to use if you are the type to swipe your way through the day.
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 review: Audio
- Speakers deliver great high- and mid-range tones could use better bass
- Sound quality seems best when you’re using it as a laptop
AKG stereo speakers on the Galaxy Book Pro 360 produce great sound quality when playing music and dialog. My whole apartment sounded great on tracks like Fleetwood Mac’s Landslide and Norah Jones’ Don’t Know Why, with vocals that were crisp and warm, and guitar work as clear and vibrant as Rush’s Working Man. In terms of bass, though, the Galaxy Book 360’s speakers were able to reproduce the drumbeat of something like Massive Attack’s Angel, but it didn’t feel as powerful as it might have.
According to my ears, the speakers sound best when you have the laptop open on a table or in your lap, as the sound seems to reflect off the surface and come up through the keyboard deck. Flipping the laptop around and leaving it open works pretty well too; when folded over completely, there’s less bass and the sound is a bit muted.
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 review: Webcam
- 720p webcam is a disappointment in the age of remote work
- Delivers grainy, washed-out images
The webcam on Samsung’s new Galaxy Book Pro 360 is the only unequivocally disappointing aspect of the device. During video calls, the built-in 720p camera looked grainy and washed out due to its inability to capture fine detail.
Being under global quarantine conditions for a year and a half has made me look pale and tired; the last thing I want my webcam to do is to amplify the effect. As video calling becomes increasingly important, it’s unfortunate that Samsung skimps on the Galaxy Book Pro 360’s camera.
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 review: S Pen
- S Pen stylus is great for doodling or making annotations
- Slightly magnetized edge is too weak to reliably hold the stylus to the laptop
Samsung claims the S Pen stylus included with the Galaxy Book Pro 360 is 2.5x thicker than the one that came with the Galaxy Book Flex. This new S Pen is just barely thick enough to be comfortable in my (admittedly too-large) hands, but I haven’t tried the old one. Singularity S Pen excels at scribbling notes with the smorgasbord of apps built into the device.
When you depress the S Pen’s button near the tip, a customizable menu appears on the screen to let you take notes, take screenshots then doodle notes over them, or create digital artwork. It’s a fun feature, especially if you spend a lot of time working with documents, projects, or images that you have to forward to others —it’s easy to imagine someone marking up a slideshow with notes and drawings on screenshots, and I was able to mark up PDF files, and then share the results with others.
Additionally, the S Pen is magnetized along one flat edge, presumably for holding it against metal objects like a laptop’s chassis. Despite that, it would only stick to the back of the Galaxy Book Pro 360’s display, and even there it would slide off pretty easily. The Galaxy Book Pro 360 does not have a small compartment to stash a stylus when not in use, so a small cubby along the side would have been better.
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 review: Software
- Built-in Samsung apps might be helpful if you own other Galaxy devices
- But if you don’t, they can feel like a lot of useless cruft
Samsung software is built into the Galaxy Book Pro 360, which can be a good or a bad thing depending on whether you already use Samsung devices. Although I do not, you might appreciate all the extra functions the Galaxy devices provide if you do.
With the Galaxy Book Pro 360, you can connect other Galaxy hardware (and, presumably, any Android device running Android 7.0+) and share information, displays, and phone calls across them. With a Samsung smartphone, for example, you could view notifications on your laptop and take calls directly from the phone. Besides its SmartThings app, it also comes with Samsung’s SmartThings app, which lets you control comparable smart home devices such as lights, appliances, and thermostats.
You may find the Samsung apps built on top of Windows a bit frustrating if you don’t own any other Samsung gear other than the Galaxy Book Pro 360. Galaxy Book Pro 360 users can customize the battery life and display performance of the device with Samsung’s extra options, such as tuning its display and battery life
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 review: Battery life
- Great battery life: 13 and a half hours on a single charge
- The Quick-charging adapter took the battery from 3% to 45% in an hour
During the day I didn’t have to worry about the Galaxy Book Pro 360’s battery running out. It’s exactly what you need out of a laptop.
With a single charge, the Galaxy Book Pro 360 lasts 13 and a half hours while browsing the web over Wi-Fi. It is a terrific performance for an Intel-based laptop, and it beats Windows competitors like Dell’s XPS 13 (11:00), Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Nano (12:00), and Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 4 (15:03).
Despite its power efficiency, the Galaxy Book Pro 360 still can’t match the laptops packing Apple hardware: the MacBook Pro with M1 lasted 16 hours and 25 minutes, while the MacBook Air with M1 lasted 14 hours and 41 minutes.
Still, you should have enough battery juice to see you through most of the day without charging, even though Samsung claims the Galaxy Book Pro 360 can last up to 21 hours. Powered up the laptop at 3% power and after 30 minutes, it had reached 26%; after another 30 minutes, it had reached 45%, meaning that you can recharge the laptop all the way up to a full charge in less than two hours.
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 review: Heat
- Heat is almost never noticeable
- The hottest temp during lab testing was 85.5 degrees on the underside
Heat shouldn’t be a concern with this laptop, as I had a tough time getting the Galaxy Book Pro 360 to heat up. Even when I was playing games with a variety of apps available in the background at the height of my testing, the bottom of the chassis was never more than comfortably warm.
When we used a temperature gun to test the Galaxy Book Pro 360, we found that the hottest point was on the underside, where the device reached 85.5 degrees.
|S Pen stylus makes doodling on your laptop feel fun||Samsung apps feel like bloatware if you don’t own Galaxy devices|
|Remarkably thin and light||The screen could be brighter|
|Great battery life||Bad webcam|
|Beautiful 1080p AMOLED display with thin bezels|
15-INCH SAMSUNG GALAXY BOOK PRO 360 SPECS
Display: 15.6-inch 1080p Super AMOLED
CPU: Intel Core i7
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics
RAM: 8-16 GB
Storage: 512 GB – 1 TB SSD
Ports: 1 Thunderbolt 4, 1 USB-C, 1 USB 3.2, MicroSD reader, headphone/mic jack
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, 802.11 ax
Battery: 16 hours (Samsung claims), 13.5 hours (tested)
Dimensions: 14 x 8.9 x 0.5 inches
Weight: 3 pounds
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360’s beautiful AMOLED touchscreen, long battery life, and S Pen stylus make it a great laptop for creatives, students, and professionals who like to doodle on their work.
For those seeking a general-purpose Windows laptop that can also double as a tablet, the XPS 13 or Dell XPS 15 are good options. If you’re just interested in the performance, the Dell XPS 13 or Dell XPS 15 are still good choices. It’s also possible for you to get a better battery life and better performance from the M1-equipped MacBook Pro if you’re loyal to Apple, though you won’t have a touchscreen.
In any case, Samsung has scored a big victory with this tablet because it is good enough to compete with industry leaders like Apple and Dell. Rest assured that the Galaxy Book Pro 360 is a good choice if you already have a Galaxy device ecosystem under your belt.