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Samsung Galaxy Book4 Pro 360 Review: Ultra-thin convertible with brilliant OLED

Samsung’s Galaxy Book series has been one of the best ultrabooks on the market since its debut. As a representative of the recently launched fourth generation, the ultra-thin 2-in-1 convertible Samsung Galaxy Book4 Pro 360 has to prove itself in our test. And with a brilliant, high-resolution OLED display and excellent features, it immediately makes its mark.

Technical data

The product Book4 Pro 360
Processor Intel Core Ultra 7 155H (16 cores, 3.8 – 4.8 GHz); 28W TDP
Graphics performance Intel Arc iGPU
Display 16 inch; OLED; 2,800 x 1,800 pixels; 120 Hz (dynamic); touchscreen
Storage space 512 GB PCIe 4x 4 SSD installed
Working memory 16 GB LPDDR5x RAM (2x 8 GB; soldered)
Keyboard Chiclet full size; with white illumination
Operating system Windows 11 Home
Connectivity Wi-Fi 6E; Bluetooth 5.3
Dimensions (W x D x H) 355 mm x 252 mm x 13 mm
Weight 1.658 g (without power adapter)
Price € 1,871.33 *

Samsung Galaxy Book4 Pro 360 review: design and workmanship

An elegant design and high-quality workmanship are two things that you can always be sure of with laptops and ultrabooks from Samsung in the past. Fortunately, this is no different with the new Samsung Galaxy Book4 Pro 360, which hardly differs from its predecessor on the outside.

The flat convertible has a robust and high-quality aluminium casing, which is very well protected against fingerprints in the grey anodized Moonstone Gray color. In terms of dimensions, it is in the normal range of 15.6 or 16-inch notebooks, although the convertible is significantly thinner.

Impressively thin, to be precise. With a height of just 13 mm, the 2-in-1 convertible is even around 4 cm slimmer than the HP Spectre x360 14 (our test) with a 14-inch screen. The Book4 Pro 360 owes this above all to the ultra-thin display, which – like the entire casing – still looks high-quality and very sturdy.

Only the hinges of the display, which of course folds down completely, could be a little more stiff. The screen wobbles quite a bit when touched. Otherwise, however, there is nothing to criticize about the workmanship.

In terms of maintenance, the notebook allows the underside to be opened using four screws hidden under the rubber feet. The M.2 SSD and battery can be replaced, but the RAM is soldered in place. If you are thinking about buying one, you should definitely go for the version with 16 GB or 32 GB RAM.

In addition to a 65-watt power supply unit with USB-C cable, the S Pen stylus for pen operation is also included in the scope of delivery. This does not need to be supplied with power and can be conveniently docked onto the magnetic outside of the display lid.

Features and connections

The manufacturer relies on a modern Intel Meteor Lake series chip for the Samsung Galaxy Book4 Pro 360. The basic configuration starts with the Core Ultra 5 125H, alternatively – as in our test sample – the Core Ultra 7 155H is available, which we already know from the Medion E15443 (our test).

Samsung provides it with a choice of 16 GB or 32 GB LPDDR5X RAM and 512 GB or 1 TB system memory. The graphics calculation takes place internally on the Intel ARC iGPU.

There are also four speakers with AKG tuning, consisting of two 5-watt woofers and two 2-watt tweeters. This doesn’t sound particularly impressive, but in practice it produces a really convincing sound with a high maximum volume.

A 1080p webcam with very good image quality and modern wireless standards such as Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 round off the features perfectly. For biometric login, there is a fingerprint scanner hidden in the power button. Unfortunately, the camera does not support login via Windows Hello facial recognition.

The connections of the Samsung Galaxy Book4 Pro 360

On the connectivity side, Samsung makes very good use of the Galaxy Book4 Pro 360’s slim chassis and equips the ultrabook with modern ports. There are two Thunderbolt 4 ports to choose from on the left-hand side. Both naturally offer a DisplayPort ALT mode and Power Delivery. There is also a modern HDMI 2.1 port on the left.

On the right-hand side, there is a USB-A 32 Gen 1 port and a combined 3.5 mm jack connection. There is also a microSD card reader here, which achieves good transfer speeds.

It should be noted that the notebook is charged via USB-C. When the power supply is connected, only one of the two Thunderbolt ports is available. However, USB and Thunderbolt hubs can help here.

Operation with weaknesses, but the display is great

The Samsung Galaxy Book4 Pro 360 is not entirely convincing when it comes to operation. This is mainly due to the chiclet keyboard, which has a very short stroke (due to its compact design).

This is fine for occasional typing, but I wouldn’t want to cobble together really long texts on it in the long term. HP impressively demonstrates in the convertible sector how good a keyboard can be in this segment.

The Galaxy Book4 Pro 360 offers a numeric keypad. Anyone who needs it will be pleased. There is also a three-stage white backlight, which is not incredibly bright at its peak, but makes working in dark environments a little easier.

The trackpad, on the other hand, is comparatively huge. It is slightly offset to the left and measures 15.1 cm x 10.8 cm (width x height). Thanks to this and its excellent gliding properties, it is ideal as a mouse replacement and offers enough space for gestures.

The touch operation, on the other hand, offers no cause for criticism. The screen reacts quickly to inputs and implements them very precisely in conjunction with the S Pen or finger. Switching from horizontal to vertical is also extremely fast, and line jittering (i.e. distortions when drawing straight lines) is also virtually non-existent.

The display itself has once again been an outstanding success for the manufacturer. Samsung has given the Galaxy Book4 Pro 360 a high-color and high-contrast AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,880 x 1,800 pixels, which dynamically adjusts the refresh rate between 60 Hz and 120 Hz on request.

At its peak, it is up to 550 cd/m² bright for HDR content and a maximum of 390 cd/m² for SDR content. In addition, the DCI-P3 color space is fully covered, which is a dream for color-critical work. Despite the glossy screen, the anti-glare coating does a good job of minimizing reflections even under direct light.

Samsung Galaxy Book4 Pro 360 in practice test

As a 2-in-1 convertible, the Samsung Galaxy Book4 Pro 360 is of course extremely flexible to use and cuts an excellent figure both as a notebook and as a tablet for streaming, writing or drawing.

The modern equipment enables a fast working speed, which also copes very well with demanding applications and games at reduced details. In addition, the system is always extremely stable and fast under continuous load.

The cooling system, consisting of two fans and a heatpipe, also delivers very good results. The convertible has four operating modes, ranging from silent to quiet to maximum performance.

The quiet mode absolutely lives up to its name with a measured volume of 27 dB(A) under full load, although the fans start up quite early. The performance is reduced in silent mode, but the Samsung Galaxy Book4 Pro 360 is then virtually inaudible. In the performance profile, it becomes significantly louder at around 40 dB(A), but the noise development is still at a pleasant level.

What is annoying, however, is the fact that the audio channels do not rotate when the convertible is set up in tent mode. The picture rotates, but the audio channels do not. This means that the right channel can be heard on the left and vice versa.

Benchmark: Productivity, system, SSD and gaming

As always, the Galaxy Book4 Pro 360 was subjected to a wide range of benchmarks in the test. The comparison with the aforementioned Medion notebook, which is equipped with the same CPU, will be particularly interesting here.

I measure the productivity and system performance with PCMark 10 and Cinebench R23. PCMark 10 simulates different workflows when running the benchmark, which include word processing, surfing the Internet and spreadsheets. Cinebench, on the other hand, measures the speed of the CPU cores individually and in multi-core mode. In the gaming test, I also tried out a few games in addition to 3DMark.

Geekbench 6, which measures the performance of the CPU in single and multi-core mode, as well as the power of the GPU, is now also new to our benchmark test track. In addition, Cinebench 2024, which has been available since September 2023 with a new engine and a more uniform benchmark scene, now also offers better comparison options.

SSD benchmark: AS-SSD

Samsung naturally equips the convertible notebook with an SSD from its own company. Specifically, the PM9B1 with 512 GB of storage space is used here, which only achieves mediocre values despite the PCIe 4.0 x4 connection.

At around 3,180 MB/s read and 2,274 MB/s write, the SSD works close to the maximum of its specifications, which are, however, more at PCIe 3.0 level. However, the values are absolutely fine and you won’t notice much of this in normal everyday use anyway.

On a positive note, the performance is maintained very well even under continuous load and the access times are at a very good level. However, given the high price, the memory could have been a little faster.

Sequential 3.179.82 MB/s 2.274.00 MB/s
4K 68.08 MB/s 167.26 MB/s
4K-64Thrd 1.468.94 MB/s 1.584.91 MB/s
Access time 0.039 ms 0.032 ms

Cinebench, PCMark and Geekbench

On the other hand, the system performance of the Samsung Galaxy Book4 Pro 360 is very good, leaving the aforementioned Medion E1443 far behind. This is despite the fact that, with the exception of the lame SATA SSD in the Medion, the rest of the equipment is largely identical.

Samsung also sets the power limit at Intel’s minimum of 28 watts. Nevertheless, the Samsung device is positioned ahead of the aforementioned competitor in all benchmark tests and is able to exploit the advantages of the Meteor Lake generation much better.

Even the pure CPU tests such as Cinebench 2024, R23 and Geekbench 6 attest to the convertible’s convincing performance, which we can really feel in practice.

In the overall PCMark test, the Book4 Pro 360 stands out even more clearly. And that in all sub-areas. The lead is particularly high in the demanding segment of digital content creation, i.e. image and video editing as well as rendering.

With around 9,000 points in this sub-range, it is clearly ahead of the Intel Core i7-1360P, but Intel Raptor Lake-H with the Core i7-13700H still has the advantage despite fewer cores and a lower base clock. The AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS is also ahead here.

Benchmark Result
Cinebench R23 Multi Core 11.898 pts.
Cinebench R23 Single Core 1.746 pts.
Cinebench 2024 Multi Core 656 pts.
Cinebench 2024 Single Core 103 pts.
PCMark 10 total score 6.869 pts.
PCMark 10 Essentials 11.067 pts.
PCMark 10 Productivity 8.751 pts.
PCMark 10 Digital Content Creation 9.082 pts.
Geekbench 6 Multi Core 12.678 pts.
Geekbench 6 Single Core 2.388 pts.
Geekbench 6 GPU 34.189 pts.

Graphics performance: 3DMark and Gaming

Does gaming on the Samsung Galaxy Book4 Pro 360 work? To a certain extent and with less demanding games at low details. However, the notebook is not really suitable for gaming.

Here too, the Samsung model is ahead of the Medion in all benchmarks, albeit by a very narrow margin. Once again, the Intel Arc iGPU clearly outperforms its predecessor, but AMD’s integrated Radeon solutions are significantly faster.

Benchmark Result
Fire Strike Total 8.091 pts.
Time Spy Total 3.781 pts.
Speed Way Total 480 points
Port Royal Total 1.454 pts.
Solar Bay Total 12.069 pts.
Final Fantasy XV (1080p; Standard Quality) 3.802 pts.

Battery life of the Samsung Galaxy Book4 Pro 360

The Samsung Galaxy Book4 Pro 360 can easily cope with long flights or a working day with overtime, because the convertible’s battery life is simply overwhelming, despite its 76 Wh capacity and energy-hungry 16-inch AMOLED panel.

We measured a full 11 hours and 45 minutes at maximum display brightness in the PCMark Office test, which simulates a typical working day with writing, spreadsheets, surfing and meetings. These are outstanding values, especially for a convertible.

Samsung Galaxy Book4 Pro 360: Akku Benchmark

Charging via the 65-watt USB-C power supply is also pleasant. At around 2.5 hours, the charging process takes quite a long time, but the power supply pumps a lot of power into the notebook for the first 30 minutes: 40 percent is charged here, which is enough for around 5 hours of use.

Samsung Galaxy Book4 Pro 360
The handy 65-watt power supply underlines the mobility of the Samsung Galaxy Book4 Pro 360

Samsung Galaxy Book4 Pro 360 Review: Conclusion

In the battle for the crown in the convertible segment, the Samsung Galaxy Book4 Pro 360 sets several exclamation marks in the test. The device scores points with its elegant and high-quality design, brilliant OLED display and powerful features that are equipped for even the most demanding creative applications.

The impressive speakers and fast Wi-Fi 6E make streaming a lot of fun and the battery life is also excellent. However, the soldered RAM and the limited and average SSD do not quite fit into the overall picture, even considering the rather high price of around 2,000 euros. However, it only becomes really practical for just under 300 euros more in conjunction with 1 terabyte of storage space.

That’s not cheap, but it’s not outrageously expensive either. However, those who spend the money on the Samsung Galaxy Book4 Pro 360 will be rewarded with a really convincing and flexible notebook.

Samsung Galaxy Book4 Pro 360 Test: Gold Award

Samsung Galaxy Book4 Pro 360

Design & workmanship
Display
Features
Performance
Battery
Value for money

90/100

High-quality convertible with a brilliant AMOLED display, excellent battery life and strong performance. Only the rather high price and the limited SSD storage space and soldered RAM don't quite fit the picture.

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