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LG - gram 2-in-1 16” WQXGA Laptop – Intel Evo Platform Core i7 – 16GB RAM – 1TB NVMe Solid State Drive - Black
Description

2-in-1s for Way More Hustle. Go everywhere, do anything, and elevate your whole game with LG’s largest convertible laptop. Switch from 16” laptop to 16” tablet with a flip of the 360° hinge. Its 2-in-1 versatility means more ways to carry your hustle. From designing to video editing, give your vision exactly what it needs with a powerful processor and up to 21 hours* of battery life in an ultra-slim body. (*Actual battery life will vary from specifications depending on model, setup configuration, applications used, features utilized and power management settings.)

22 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11⁴ (when available, see below):
  • Windows 11 Operating System: Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.
  • WUXGA IPS (16") IPS Touchscreen LCD with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6: The WUXGA IPS Display delivers 1920x1200 resolution for vivid color expression. The 16:10 aspect ratio allows you to see more without scrolling. And the strength of Gorilla Glass® gives the ultra-responsive touchscreen durability.
  • From Laptop To Tablet: The LG gram 2-in-1 is a do-it-all workspace that lets you create whatever you imagine, no matter where you are. Portability meets durability with its tough Gorilla Glass screen, full-size keyboard, and 360° touch display that easily transforms from laptop to tablet.
  • Ultra-Lightweight: The LG gram 2-in-1 is way lighter. You’ll barely notice its weight thanks to the full magnesium-alloy body. Ultra-slim and ultra-portable, LG gram is heavyweight power in a lightweight body.
  • LG Stylus Pen: Put pen to screen and let productivity strike. The LG Stylus Pen is engineered for a natural and fluid writing experience. And the LG gram 2-in-1 has a responsive and durable Gorilla Glass® touchscreen display to fit your daily hustle.
  • Nebo App: With the Nebo® App, you can easily take notes with your LG Stylus Pen, whether you're writing or drawing, and convert everything you see into text. Nebo® even preserves the layout, colors and styles, as well as diagrams and editable equations.
  • Intel Evo Platform: The Intel Evo Platform powered by 11th Gen Intel® Core i7 CPU with Iris Xe graphics provides up to 1.2X CPU performance and up to 1.8X graphics performance. It delivers high-resolution content creation and editing to meet your most intensive demands.
  • 1TB PCIe M.2 NVMe SSD: Dependable storage accessible in a flash. With 1TB in a solid state drive, you'll have easy access to your large files.
  • 16GB of LPDDR4 RAM: LG gram 2-in-1 delivers on your hustle. 16GB DDR4 and 4266MHz speeds mean a high level of performance. Perfect for working, gaming and multitasking.
  • 72 Wh Battery: Leave that charging cord behind. Because with LG gram 2-in-1, you can carry your hustle all day long with up to 24.5 hours² of power. Our high-capacity battery delivers the exceptional and reliable performance you need.
  • All-New Design Features: The LG gram 2-in-1 is made to elevate how you work, with a 4-way slim bezel and hidden hinge for an immersive view. And with a flat keyboard, a bigger touchpad and expanded keypads for maximum comfort, the LG gram 2-in-1 is the ultimate in productivity.
  • Thunderbolt 4: Thunderbolt™ 4 lets you enjoy dual 4K and single 8K display connection to only one Thunderbolt port with stability, scalability and security. Plus, 14T90P boosts productivity with transfer speeds of up to 40 Gbps, next-gen interface support, and USB4 compatibility.
  • Wi-Fi 6: With Wi-Fi 6 compatibility, LG gram 2-in-1 allows for blazing speeds up to 2.4 Gbps. It’s ultra-smooth streaming from the next generation of Wi-Fi tech. Wi-Fi 6 is designed to improve speed, increase efficiency and reduce congestion when bandwidth usage is high.
  • Fingerprint Reader: Who has time to wait? Just touch the power button to instantly turn on your LG gram 2-in-1 and log in. The built-in reader scans your finger, so you don't have to go through multiple steps or worry about forgetting your password.
  • A Better Typing Experience: Big, flat keypads mean faster typing and a more comfortable experience. A wider 16:10 touchpad gives you more control — even if you don’t use a mouse. All this without compromising the LG gram 2-in-1’s compact design.
  • Backlit Keyboard: Light up your productivity. Whether it's a late-night work session, nighttime flight or bedtime emails, see every part of your keypad clear as day.
  • Upgraded Thermals: When your hustle heats up, the LG gram 2-in-1 doesn't. With the upgraded thermal solution of Mega Cooling, LG gram 2-in-1 is built with a larger, yet thinner, fan that provides more consistent, stronger cooling.
  • MIL-STD-810: LG gram delivers in even the toughest conditions. This laptop passes seven tests for military-grade durability,³ including shock, dust, high or low temperature and more. And the frame is crafted with a full-metal body of durable, magnesium alloy — we're talking tough.
  • DTS:X Ultra: The LG gram 2-in-1 with 2W speakers and MAX 5W Smart Amp for realistic audio and sound effects. Plus, DTS:X Ultra provides more immersive 3D Audio Rendering with or without headphones. It’s richer sound with less distortion — a true audio game-changer.
  • Virtoo Device Pairing: With Virtoo by LG, you can mirror* your Android screen directly on your laptop. Reply to text messages, answer calls and run your favorite Android apps wirelessly. * Mirroring function only avaiilable on Compatabile Andriod devices.
  • Built-In Intelligence: The convenience of Alexa on your LG gram 2-in-1. Just say what you want to do. You can set reminders, timers and alarms, keep track of your calendar and appointments with Alexa, and even control your music and entertainment with your voice.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by KansasMeddlingMom, 10 out of 10
    Sleek, Soundless, and Sound

    The LG - gram, 2-in-1 16” WQXGA Laptop with Intel Evo Platform Core i7 with 16GB RAM and 1TB NVMe Solid State Drive in black is sleek, sexy, soundless, and sound. What do I mean by that. Well, right from the start your eyes encounter a very well-packaged unit that would not only be great for you, but would also make a great gift for any lucky person on your list.

    LG tried to make this higher end laptop computer appeal to the senses- it comes in a stylish, sleek, black classy box with a cardboard thickness that can keep the contents inside safe. The outside finish is a matte black and even though this is a 16" size screen, the depth at it largest is still less that 1 inch. Why do I keep talking about this- it is because for the size this is a very lightweight, easily portable unit that can literally be carried around with one arm or put in a large purse or small tote.

    Second point, the solid state drive in this unit is quiet as a mouse and I really mean that. In other solid state units of the past on laptops that I have used, the motor would rev itself up every so often, including when it would boot itself up. This LG Gram is so quiet and I do not feel any heat coming out of it either. I will say that on the underside there is a warning stamped on that says to keep it on a flat and firm surface so that the unit can vent its heat through the perforated holes on a constant basis to prevent heat build up that would cause unit damage.

    Third, I am a CPA by trade and therefore, I am very proficient on a 10-key adding machine. LG Gram designers had the presence of mind to use some of the real estate adjacent to the normal keyboard where many other laptop designs do not- I am so thrilled that they thought to include the separate 10-key.

    Fourth, I found the initial set up and WiFi connect seamless and since I am not an IT person, just self taught and in a rural area where there is not a lot of help, I am always anxious when setting up a new electrical something that requires set up, period. Fifth, this is truly a 2 in 1 that almost immediately rotates the screen, all 360 degrees, as a matter of fact, Sixth, LG is including the stylus pen, that oh by the way is also a mouse with a left and right button on the pen. They even include a single AAAA battery, replacement pen tip, a Tweezer to assist with changing the tip, and a very detailed instruction manual, in numerous languages with helpful graphic pictures and verbiage that any newbie can understand. I found the stylus helpful and had lots of fun with it. So often these days you have to go on the manufacturer's website to download all the instructions and that costs the user lots more time. In fact, that reminds me that LG Control center, Finger Print Guide in PDF, and Virtuo by LG Guide in PDF come loaded, as well as, Microsoft Edge.These have been my impressions, but I also went to Best Buy's website where this laptop is listed and LG rates itself based on the unit's 16 GB of Ram and 1 TB of solid state storage and what the best uses for this machine.

    Nov 07, 2021 13:46
  • Review by daytonadan, 10 out of 10
    As good as it gets in laptop land

    Say hello to the grand prix racer of the laptop world.

    This LG Gram is super sleek, super light, super powerful and well, pretty darn expensive too. But, hey, entering the world of high-performance PC computing does not come cheap.

    And high performance is the name of the game with this 2 in 1 LG Gram convertible , which not only knocks it out of the park when it comes to laptop computing chores, the keyboard flips out of the way so it becomes a huge, fast tablet computer too. Great for streaming video.

    Consider the specs here: A top-of-the-line 11th generation Intel i7 CPU, a super-fast 1 terabyte NVMe SSD, 16 gigs of power-sipping LPDDR4 RAM, support for state-of-the-art WiFi 6 networks and Intel's newest EVO Iris X graphics. Add in an amazingly bright and super-sharp 16-inch touch screen, a highly-egonomic backlit keyboard, and a battery rated to run an astonishing 21 hours on a single charge and you have the makings of something pretty amazing.

    Did I mention it weighs just over 3 pounds? That makes it light enough to take just about anywhere.

    I have been using and writing about personal computers since the 1980s and I have to admit, this is one of the most impressive laptops I have ever seen.

    But oddly, it is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Unlike the aforementioned Grand Prix race cars, there are no flashy paint jobs here or fancy design cues that make it obvious this is one of the fastest laptops around. At first glance, it is dull as it gets. Just a big thin slab of flat black plastic and magnesium alloy, featureless from top to bottom. Inside and out. Even the Gram logo on the lid is understated (and probably a bit baffling to many observers since the logo is not exactly famous in the computer world) .

    Clearly, the priority at LG was about what's going on inside.

    You see that right away when you boot up for the first time. Windows' Cortana now talks you through the setup process. The only keyboard input required is for the name and password for the WiFi network and your email address and password. You get a few options along the way, like whether to set up the fingerprint reader to sign on, begin trials of Office and the like. All pretty painless.

    One welcome feature was an option to immediately upgrade to Windows 11, which I have been using for some time and now prefer over Windows 10. The LG Gram still boots to Windows 10 but downloads Windows 11 in background and installs it when it is ready. That process only takes a few minutes, a far cry from the OS updates of the past.

    Once that's all done, you are ready to go. Prepare to be impressed. It begins with the 16-inch screen, which is the brighest, sharpest most colorful screen I have ever seen on laptop. It was dazzling to the point I had to crank down the brightness a bit. It's not quite 4K but does support HDR on streaming video for the best contrast. If that were not enough, LG also includes a stylus pen, which you can use without fear since the screen is made of extra tough Gorilla Glass.

    The LG Gram also supports DTS X if you are using headphones capable of that or are using bluetooth to dump the sound to a system that supports it. If not, the side firing stereo speakers are quite good for a laptop.

    As you might expect, overall speed is very good. Thanks to lots of memory, the NVMe SSD, the i7 processor and full WiFi 6 compliance, the LG Gram races along at a pretty good clip no matter what it is doing.

    LG thoughfully includes a LG Control Center app that allows you to fine tune most aspects of the laptop, some of which may not be immediately obvious. Like an instant on option when you flip up the scree and a switch to prevent the battery from charging above 80 percent to extend its life (both of which are disabled by default) Be sure and check it out.

    Oh and did I mention this laptop can also function as an Alexa device? But only at your option. It is part of the setup process.

    One of my few beefs concerns the keyboard. While I applaud the excellent touch and feel of the keys and the very visible white on black color scheme, backlit or not, I wasn't wild to see a number pad included on the full-sized keyboard. I never use that and would have preferred some dedicated keys to control sound and video. Sadly, LG opted for a comonly used but cumberson function/F-key combinations to control sound and nothing for rewiding or fast forwarding video.

    There are a few other caveats worth mentioning, notably a dearth of ports on this laptop. No HDMI. No display port. No ethernet. And just a single full size USB A port, which is partially covered by a fold down door because the laptop is so thin it barely fits into the frame.

    Beyond that, there are two smaller USB C ports, one of which is used for recharging the laptop (no pin type connectors here). The other one is actually a Thunderbolt 3 port, which can move data twice as fast as USB C, for video editing and the like. But it but can double as a regular old USB C port if needed.

    The lack of ethernet seems to be due to the very slim profile of this laptop. The bottom half, where all the ports reside, is simply too thin to accommdate an ethernet port. But if you really need one, LG sells an adaptor that plugs into one of the USB C ports. Sacrifices must be made to keep a laptop this big, this light.

    Still, LG did find room for a headphone jack and a micro SD (not full size SD) slot.

    In the end, it would be hard to imagine anyone would not be happy owning this laptop. If you have got the money, this is a great choice for almost anyone.

    Oct 24, 2021 08:43
  • Review by BogleheadsGuide, 10 out of 10
    Heavyweight features in a lightweight 2-in-one

    LG - gram 2-in-1 16” WQXGA Laptop – Intel Evo Platform Core i7 – 16GB RAM

    It appears that LG read my mind and provided me with a lightweight laptop that checks all the boxes on my wish list:

    • It’s powered by an 11th generation i7 Intel CPU.

    • It has16G of memory.

    • It includes a 1TB Solid State Drive (SSD).

    • It has a 16” Gorilla Glass Touch Display with a Stylus Pen.

    • Thanks to the full magnesium-alloy body, it’s ultra-slim and ultra-lightweight (2.6 pounds) which makes it a perfect travel companion.

    • Thanks to its 80wh battery, it has long battery life (up to 22 hours, depending on your settings and use), which means you may not need to carry your charger with you when you leave home for your workday.

    • It comes with built-in Alexa.

    • Windows 10 Home is installed, and the Windows 11 update is offered at no cost.

    • It has a built-in camera for those ever-more-frequent virtual meetings.

    • Connection ports include two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 support, a USB-A 3.2 port, a microSD card reader, and a 3.5mm audio jack. While there’s no built-in HDMI port, it does come with an HDMI adapter, in case you want to connect it to an external monitor.

    • The keyboard is backlit and includes a numeric keypad and a large touchpad. (More about that later.)

    • And finally, there’s a fingerprint reader that's integrated with the power button that reads your fingerprint and logs you into the system automatically. That’s a nice feature that lets you get to work a little bit faster without having to go through the conventional log on routine.

    Another nice feature is the additional open internal slot that allows you to add a second SSD when needed. This can eliminate the need for storing files on an external hard disk. And, by adding a second internal SSD, you’d always have your data with you, so you won’t have to remember to bring your external drive along with you when you hit the road. This second internal SSD would also eliminate the possibility of losing your external SSD while you’re on the road.

    One of the important features I mentioned (the extreme light weight) may cause concern for some readers, since it brings into question the strength and durability of the magnesium alloy frame. LG notes that this device passed seven tests for military-grade durability, including shock, dust, high or low temperature and more.

    The screen is almost mirror-like, sometimes resulting in reflections showing up on the screen, depending on the lighting. Perhaps a matte finish might work better, but then again, the mirror-like screen may be necessary to better utilize one of more of the unit’s features.

    While the speakers’ sound is OK, it’s not concert hall quality. Simply adequate would be a better description. But then again, this is a computer workhorse, not a music machine. And, since the speakers are located on the bottom of the unit, some of the sound may seem to be a bit more muted when the unit is sitting on a flat surface, such as your desk, instead of on your lap.

    Finding the home keys on the keyboard takes some getting used to. That’s because there’s a numeric keypad on the right side of the keyboard (a nice feature), so the home keys are shifted further left of center, while the trackpad is centered on the entire width. However, once you get used to locating the home keys, typing on the unit is a real pleasure. I’d give this keyboard an A+ rating.

    There’s a free downloadable LG app available that allows you to pair your phone to the laptop. It mirrors your phone and allows you to use the laptop to read messages, make calls, etc. Since it uses a Bluetooth connection to utilize this feature, your phone still needs to be nearby for this feature to work.

    Finally, it comes with a one-year warranty on parts and labor.

    This LG Gram 16” WQXGA 2-in-1 Laptop has an awful lot going for it. In addition to handling my office work, I plan to make this loaded lightweight laptop my on-the-road workhorse. Give it a close look and you may decide to do the same.

    Oct 24, 2021 02:08
  • Review by Jonestc, 10 out of 10
    Fast, light, great screen and battery life

    What I noticed first about the LG - gram 2-in-1 16” WQXGA Laptop is it's so light. I thought the box it was delivered in could not have a laptop in it especially a 16 inch one.

    This laptop has it all. There are no USB-A ports but there are two USB-C ports, though, and that's good. These ports are much more flexible and much fast and they support the latest Thunderbolt technology so adding more ports is as simple as adding a dock or adapter. There is a USB-C to HDMI adapter included as well. There is no power port since one of the USB-C ports is used for the power adapter when charging. The battery life, though, should keep you from needing to charge very often so both ports would still be available most of the time. The laptop charges quickly and so far the battery life, which is rated up to the 20+ hours, has been really good. There is also no LAN connector on the laptop but with Wi Fi 6 onboard I should not need it. It should be able to do Gig data transfers over Wi Fi as well as handle any internet provider around up to full speed.

    This laptop may not be a gamer machine but it's fast. It boots fast, less than 10 seconds and it runs everything without any delays. It also can do some gaming but was not built with that in mind.

    The noise level is so low that I cannot hear the fan and it does not heat up while using either.

    The screen is basically cinematic 4K (WQXGA) (2560 × 1600) and displays colors extremely well. Images are really vibrant and sharp and brightness has a lot of room when needed.

    The hard drive is NVMe solid state so it's fast as well and 1TB is plenty of storage for me and for most since so much is stored in the cloud now.

    There is 16GB of RAM included and that is enough for most any work you want to do with the Intel I7 EVO (11th Gen Intel Core i7) next gen processor.

    The 2-in-1 feature with the 360 degree foldback hinges moves smoothly and provides for a very large tablet that is lightweight and responsive.

    The keyboard is easy to use and large and the trackpad is large as well and works without any issues for me like some. I was surprised, though, that the camera was not compatible with Windows Hello for login. The fingerprint reader integrated into the power button works flawlessly and is compatible with Windows Hello. Some fingerprint readers I've tried are not so forgiving but this one is excellent.

    When I set up this laptop, it provided an option to install Windows 11 while it completed the rest of setup which was so nice.

    Overall this is a great laptop and extremely pleasant to use.

    Oct 26, 2021 12:38
  • Review by TheTechNugget, 10 out of 10
    Awkwardly Awesome

    Through and through I'm a Mac guy in my personal life. Relatively recently I became a Mac guy in my work life as well--and I'm not turning back any time soon. Yes, the hardware is expensive. Yes, you are in some ways paying for the name. But there is no denying the hardware is high quality, the build solid, and the user experience second to none.

    That said, Windows computers have been in my life for as long as computers have been in my life, and I can appreciate a good Windows machine just as much as the next guy. I've been a Dell XPS fan for several years now, and right in that same market has been the LG Gram line of laptops. The Gram has been on my radar for a while now, and the 16" LG Gram is a very curious piece of hardware.

    16" laptops tend to be...considerable. Big screens, typically big bodies...but the Gram is not like that at all. It's thin, it's light, and it has a big, beautiful screen. It is made from an aluminum-magnesium alloy, making it incredibly easy to carry given its footprint.

    The keyboard is interesting. The keys feel great, but there's something about the key travel--whether it be deeper than expected, or the restistance the membrane below the keys provides--which makes the effort of typing just a little bit more than what I'm used to. The keys sound great and have a ton of room to spread out thanks to the large body, but the number pad to the right of the keyboard is a bit crunched for my liking. There is a fingerprint reader on the power key in the upper right corner. The trackpad is large--"Apple-sized" you might say--and extremely responsive. Windows gestures feel natural and smooth. The trackpad also clicks, but that "clickiness" becomes more difficult the further up on the trackpad you are. Sometimes clicking can be a little bit awkward.

    And speaking of awkward--this is a full 2-in-1 device with a 360-degree hinge, allowing for use in tablet mode, tent mode, or display mode with the keyboard facing down acting as a counterwight (this is my favorite mode for watching movies). Surprisingly, in tablet mode the 16" Gram is usable thanks to its ultra-light body. LG also includes a stylus with the Gram, and the writing experience with that stylus is really, really great (even if writing on a "tablet" of that size feels a little bit strange). For drawing on a large canvas, it's awesome.

    The Gram's onboard speakers are also tremendous considering the extreme low profile of the device. They get sufficiently loud and offer a decent amount of bass, although the speakers are downward-facing so could be easily muffled depending on the surface.

    It's rare that I find a device that, as a Mac user primarily, I feel like I'm missing out on...but the 16" Gram is one that makes me wonder how large the market really is for large-screen, ultra-portable devices. The 11th Gen Intel i7, along with 16GB RAM and the 1TB M.2 NVME hard drive make for a really well-equipped and well-thought out platform for Windows.

    I could do without the onboard LG bloatware that comes pre-installed from the factory, but I'm used to that from Windows machines. It stays relatively cool tool the touch during light use, but under load the bottom of the machine becomes pretty warm. And, because the bottom panel is so thin, that heat comes through more noticeably. Then again, the thinness of the panel might help with heat dissipation as well.

    There are definitely components of the LG Gram experience that I find a bit awkward, but an ultra-light 16" laptop is going to have some weirdness to it. And it's a weirdness that I'm kind of in to.

    Oct 30, 2021 13:19
  • Review by AlanD963, 10 out of 10
    An AMAZING 2-in-1

    I was always looking for a large screen laptop/tablet, the problem was the weight of these was usually 5 pounds or more, really weighing down my backpack on long trips.

    Then along came the Gram. All the features I was looking for; large 16” touchscreen, and the total weight was just a little over 3 pounds.

    It’s hard to describe the brightness and clarity of the screen. I’m not a guy who understands all the specifications. I just use my eyes to judge differences, and WOW, this screen destroys anything else I’ve seen. I watch lots of movies on my devices and movies just seemed to ‘come alive’ on the Gram. I suggest you look and judge for yourself. Also, the screen seems to be just a little taller than other 16” screens. On bootup I immediately noticed I see more of the top and bottom of my computer desktop wallpaper than I’ve seen on any other computer, desktop or portable.

    The backlit keyboard has two different brightness settings, I set it on “low” which offered plenty of readability in total darkness and it didn’t seem to affect the Gram’s amazing battery life.

    The device has two USB-C ports, you use either one to charge the device, plus a standard USB-A port. You also get a free USB-A to USB-C adapter to connect one of your older thumb drives.

    I had never used a fingerprint reader before, the one here is very easy to use. When you push the power button it reads your fingerprint and instantly displays your desktop. No more going through the Windows password hassle, yet still keeping your laptop secure.

    This device comes with a one gig SSD drive. If the computer you’re using now still contains a mechanical drive, you’ll be thrilled and delighted with the speed when the Gram boots up. The problem with the SSD drives on other machines is the drive is usually just 256 Mb., because solid state drives are more expensive. I’m happy to say the Gram’s drive is a full one Gig, bigger than most other SSDs, so it’ll be able to hold more of your files than most other computers of its type.

    The wi-fi speed is incredible. I have a one gig Mbps. modem in my office when connected by Ethernet to a computer. Via wi-fi, my other computers would max out at about 400 Mbps. The Gram went past 600 Mbps. with ease.

    The lightweight 2-in-1 features a big 80 Wh. battery. It easily gave me 12 hours of life with the brightness turned up pretty high. Very impressive.

    When in tablet mode, the included stylus pen is fun and easy to use.

    Of course no device is perfect, here’s what I wasn’t happy with.

    As I said, I watch a lot of movies and in order to raise or lower the sound, you need to push TWO buttons simultaneously, the “Fn” and the volume raise or lower key. It sure would be nice if there were dedicated keys for volume.

    Speaking of ‘keys,’ the Gram has ‘click’ keys which feel good as you type, but tend to be noisier than similar devices. This could be a problem if you're typing next to a sleeping partner. The unit does feature a separate numerical keypad, which is not normally found in laptops like this.

    I find the speakers could use a little more power, although this laptop includes a headphone port, which is rare these days, and of course you could set it up with Bluetooth headphones or speakers as well.

    These complaints are minor compared to the quality and great features of the Gram. You’ll never find a machine where you’re totally happy with everything, and the good to bad ratio here is overwhelmingly GOOD.

    In total, the light weight, speed, long life battery and super clarity makes the LG Gram a winner.

    Oct 25, 2021 12:03
  • Review by Aggieof83, 10 out of 10
    LIghtweight powerhouse

    This is my first LG computer and I am extremely pleased!!For the past two years I have been working remotely, utilizing a 13 inch laptop wired to a couple of large monitors at the house. Now I am back in the office one week out of four and I needed a larger laptop screen as I no longer have an office computer. The LG Gram met all of my needs! Lightweight, thin, big vibrant screen, responsive keyboard (with a number keypad!) and quick start. Yep, it's up and running in a second or two.

    This machine is fully configured with two Usb-C ports, a regular Usb, micro card reader and earphone jack. I have added several bluetooth devices at once without any difficulties, attached a portable docking station supporting two large monitors, printer, scanner and external drives, and this LG Gram doesn't skip a beat.

    On the tactile side, the keyboard Is definitely my style. Square, island keys whidh move enough to let you know you actually pressed them, but still with a light touch. The touch pad works very well for me, also with the feeling of having clicked without a lot of movement. The case also feels great, with a matte black smooth finish. So, it's not slick, but smooth, having a slight 'grippability' so you can keep hold of it. Finally, the touch screen has a great feel to it, very smooth, very responsive.

    Now, I wanted a lightweight laptop with a bigger screen and will tell you that the screen on the LG Gram is vibrant, clear and steady. Adjusting it to the best angle is easy and it folds flat to convert it to a tablet. With an auto-rotate option, this allows you to stand it on its side and use like a tablet.

    Overall, I give this laptop my highest marks. I have owned and used dozens of laptops, but this one lets me have a bigger screen without the bigger weight or slow start up times. The versatility and options will allow me to improve my productivity.

    Oh, and it has a 1TB ssd drive and 16 RAM, not to mention the marvelous Intel Evo i7 chip. So, it's a workhorse, too!

    Nov 04, 2021 07:54
  • Review by bwashd33, 10 out of 10
    Can compete with any laptop on the market

    LG continues to make great products. When you think of LG, most of the time you think of televisions or appliances. Now you can add laptop computers to the mix. This laptop computer is a powerhouse. The specs are almost perfect with the exception of the graphics card. But even though the graphics card is on the lower end it still gets the job done and does not take away from the computer. Lets start with the weight. For a 16 inch laptop this thing is a feather! It is surprisingly very light. No need to worry about weight if you're going to be carrying it around. And it's super slim. Very impressive for a 16 inch. You just can't ask for better battery life. I've went a full afternoon of watching football and worked on assignments without needing to charge. Probably the best battery life I've had on a laptop. I've been running Zoom, Word, Chrome, Powerpoint all at the same time(don't have something as powerful as Adobe or something similar yet) and have had no problems at all. I'm sure I haven't began to touch the included 16gb of ram. I've been working from home a couple of days since I've had it and had to use a vpn. No problems at all. I've upgraded to Windows 11 and it's beautiful. The upgrade went well with no issues from the laptop. I'm in love with the fingerprint reader. No need to keep entering a password when logging on. Just login with the tap of a finger. So easy. I know this may sound crazy but it just feels right. From the material to the pressing of the keys. You can't go wrong with this laptop. It has everything you could possibly need. 1 TB harddrive, 16gb ram, Alexa, etc. It only has one usb port though but buy you a dongle and you'll be ok. The 2 in 1 is very handy when watching shows on tv or movies on Netflix. It's like having a second flatscreen television. (Especially while cooking in the kitchen). There will be no buyer's remorse with this pc. You'll be doing yourself a huge favor. Did I mention this laptop is a beauty?

    Nov 04, 2021 20:03
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    HP - Spectre x360 2-in-1 13.5" 3K2K OLED Touchscreen Laptop - Intel Evo Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 1TB SSD + 32GB Intel Optane - Nightfall Black
    Description

    See more of what's real: With a high definition display, videos come to life in vibrant, crystal clear detail. Scroll less on the larger than life 3:2 aspect ratio display that gives you more area to work with. Performance that adapts to you: A sight to behold. Adaptive color and automatically adjusted hues, light, and ultra-vivid colors give you the best viewing experience for your environment and the closest thing to real life images for shopping, editing, and streaming. Smart Sense makes your PC work around your work habits to give you optimized performance for whatever you’re doing. With in-bag detection, it even knows when to take a break and keep it cool. Peace of mind at your fingertips: Keep it confidential and have total peace of mind with a fail-safe privacy camera shutter key that turns your camera off and unhackable. Keep your conversations private with the dedicated mute mic button. Keep your screen content your own with the integrated privacy screen.

    17 Features
  • Get a fresh perspective with Windows 11: Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.
  • Display: 13.5-inch diagonal, 3K2K (3000 x 2000), OLED, multitouch-enabled, UWVA, edge-to-edge glass, microedge, anti-reflection Corning® Gorilla® Glass NBT: Get incredible detail, wide-viewing angles and a precise multi-touch experience with 6 million pixels.
  • Processor: Intel® Evo™ platform powered by 11th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-1195G7: Brings the perfect combination of features to make you unstoppable. Get things done fast with high performance, instant responsiveness and best-in-class connectivity.
  • Memory: 16 GB LPDDR4x-3733 MHz RAM (onboard): Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • Internal storage: 1 TB Intel® PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD + 32 GB Intel® Optane™ memory: Launch your most used apps at faster speeds. Accomplish more in less time with two breakthrough technologies in a single form factor while seamlessly loading heavy duty images and videos.
  • Graphics: Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics: Impressive performance for creating, gaming, and entertainment. A new level of graphics performance and crisp, stunning visuals – with the convenience of a thin & light laptop.
  • Exceptional experience, anywhere: Intel® Evo™ brings the perfect combination of performance, responsiveness, battery life and stunning visuals.
  • Delta E<2 color accuracy: Revel in brighter moments with the ultimate color accuracy. Delta E <2 improves color accuracy to give you the truest, lifelike imagery with no distortion for all your creative needs.
  • HP Fast Charge: Go from 0 to 50% charge in approximately 45 minutes.
  • Effortlessly connected: Enjoy a smoother wireless experience with a Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6™ (2x2) and Bluetooth® 5 combo–all your connections are solid, with up to 3x faster file transfer speeds than Wi-Fi 5.
  • Fingerprint reader: Seamlessly log in to your device in any position with the touch of your finger. Patented 3-D fingerprint technology ensures secure access.
  • All-in-One Keyboard: Control your privacy, security and multimedia with the touch of a button. With all your hotkeys in one area, seamlessly navigate with no distractions.
  • Microphone mute:: Dedicated microphone mute button with an LED indicator light.
  • HP True Vision HD IR Camera: The infrared sensor lets you securely log in to your computer with Windows Hello. Secure, infrared facial recognition
  • An exceptionally rich audio experience: With HP Quad Speakers, HP Audio Boost, and custom tuning by the experts at Bang & Olufsen, entertainment comes to life with sound you can feel. Awaken your senses with PC audio perfection.
  • HP Rechargeable MPP 2.0 Tilt Pen included: Create naturally with no interruptions. Improved latency and greater sensitivity allow you smoothly transition between colors for finer details while you write, draw and edit on any of your devices.
  • Created with the planet in mind: HP is dedicated to driving progress toward a more sustainable future and making responsible choices for the environment and our customers. We are innovating new ways to reduce the amount of materials in our products and packaging.
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  • Review by BuySpecificOnly, 10 out of 10
    Oct23 2021 best 13.5 inch laptop ever

    GET THIS LAPTOP! OCT 23 2021, CPU+GPU WOW! 10/10. 11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-1195G7 @ 2.90GHz 2.92 GHz. I waited until Oct 19 to buy this laptop without knowing what new CPU was coming out. Turns out the CPU is amazing. There is two models released on 2021 and as of Oct 23 20219 this is the newest? It is so fast. It was a $1729.99 but my birthday was this month and a 10% applied. I love it, it is small and has a pen that can be stuck to the side of the laptop, the memory is like 934gb ready to use, the restarts take literally like 10 seconds. Buy this one that might have only 1 review on Oct 23 2021 ! amazing.

    Oct 24, 2021 01:12
  • Review by eljeffe58, 10 out of 10
    Perfect. Best laptop available today for Windows.

    This laptop is the best I have ever owned for many reasons, in aggregate. I only know what matters to me so that's what I will focus on. First, the screen bezel is very thin and the display is beyond beautiful; It is crystal clear and vivid and I appreciate the HP app in the system that allows one to choose the display type, although I leave it on default. The 3:2 aspect ratio allows me to get a nice full, page view instead of what one sees in 16:9. It also has an auto-brightness feature that is important to me. Second, the keyboard, trackpad, and backlighting are top-notch; I love everything about it, especially that it does not attract finger oils and is easy to read; I am not thrilled with the home button being where the backspace button should, though. Third, the sound, next to the Yoga 9i is excellent. HP has the speakers on top of the deck and below; it could be a shade louder but the sound quality is right behind the Yoga 9i. I love the Bang and Olufsen EQ app; it is very customizable. Fourth, the build quality is second to none; it looks super cool with the gold trim and diamond-cut edges; The pen that comes with it sticks to the left side of the deck nicely and is not in the way; I am not afraid of losing it, whatsoever. It also has a nifty leatherette (?) pouch it can be stored safely in, as can the pen slide into the pouch in its own dedicated slot under the flap. The I/O for the power adapter on the corner is a bonus and reduces the likelihood of it being yanked out and causing damage. I wish there were one on the left side though, in addition. It is lightweight and easy to carry and very portable at 2.95 lbs. The Surface Laptop Studio, also a wonderful unit, weighs in around 4 lbs and is just too beefy; not what I can tolerate for ease of use. The 16 GB ram and 1 TB SSD are wonderful and give me more than enough for my purposes. I have not owned it long enough to tell you about the battery, sorry. However, all in all, I highly recommend this HP Spectre x360!

    Nov 10, 2021 11:13
  • 3
    Apple
    Apple - MacBook Pro - 13" Display with Touch Bar - Intel Core i5 - 16GB Memory - 512GB SSD - Space Gray
    Description

    MacBook Pro has a tenth-generation quad-core Intel processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz. A brilliant and colorful Retina display with True Tone technology for a more true-to-life viewing experience. A backlit Magic Keyboard and Touch ID. Fast integrated graphics. And the versatile Touch Bar for more ways to be productive. It's Apple's most powerful 13-inch notebook. Pushed even further.Apple Brand Store at Best Buy.Shop more Apple productsSamsung virtual refrigerator showroom.Discover the future of refrigerators with Samsung.Learn more about Samsung refrigerators

    8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by tapas, 10 out of 10
    My First Macbook and a great one

    My entry to Apple’s ecosystem started with an iphone , which motivated me to buy a mac just to get a feel of it.

    However after I purchased this mac, I love how powerful this macbook is. The sound is crisp and the screen is crystal clear.This is a treat to my senses. I develop applications in Java and my apps compile at lightning speed making the overall dev process faster.

    Jul 17, 2020 16:16
  • Review by MajinTana, 10 out of 10
    Great upgrade for a laptop!

    I previously owned a 2017 MacBook Air which wasn’t a bad choice but for what I’m doing now the 2020 MacBook Pro has easy, cool new features I wasn’t used to. I now have the memory/storage for all of my Creative Cloud programs and photos from Photography. I just started Drafting and AutoCAD for Mac runs pretty good in my opinion. The processor is faster and definitely keeps up!

    Sep 18, 2020 16:45
  • Review by DrawingBasics, 10 out of 10
    Artist

    I was a first grader when it came to anything tech and was afraid to buy a laptop for that reason. As an Art Instructor, during COVID, unique teaching methods had to be considered and used and I had to get into the modern way of doing things. The salespeople and Geek Squad made it so easy for me, and are so welcoming and attentive to my need that, in just a few short weeks, I now feel like a fourth grader in the tech department!!! Thank you!

    Dec 19, 2020 12:28
  • Review by JideBash, 10 out of 10
    Best apple product for a creative like me

    This is what i’ve been waiting for, great speed, lovely display, awesome battery life. Nothing can compare. 16GB memory ❤️

    Aug 24, 2021 08:25
  • Review by Karen, 10 out of 10
    Just What I Wanted

    The package came really fast, right on time before going to college. Is in perfect condition and has not had any problems!

    Aug 29, 2020 12:08
  • Review by ajmeza, 10 out of 10
    Awesome apple product!

    For this price range you get exactly what the specs says. Nothing more nothing less. No problems running 4K videos, watching/processing large files. A must for those looking to upgrade.

    Jul 08, 2020 22:30
  • Review by Anonymous, 10 out of 10
    100% Great Investment

    What an investment! Just what I needed to get a great start on my Photography Business. 10/10 would recommend. You won't regret it!

    Sep 25, 2021 15:59
  • Review by Lubna, 10 out of 10
    Perfect

    I like everything about it, it's fast and easy to deal with not as hard as people say about it!

    Oct 08, 2020 08:51
  • 9.6score
    Microsoft - Surface Laptop 4 - 15” Touch-Screen – AMD Ryzen™ 7 Surface® Edition – 8GB Memory - 512GB SSD (Latest Model) - Matte Black
    Description

    Stand out on HD video calls backed by Studio Mics. Capture ideas on the vibrant PixelSense™ touchscreen. Surround yourself with immersive, theater-like Dolby Atmos® audio⁶. Do it all with a perfect balance of sleek, ultra-thin design, and more speed, now up to 70% faster – with significantly longer battery life than before¹. Two sizes. Two keyboard finishes. Plus, choice of 11th Gen Intel® Core™ or exclusive AMD Ryzen™ Microsoft Surface® Edition processors².

    12 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Get the most out of your screen space: Choose 15” for the best streaming, split-screen multitasking, and gaming experiences; or 13.5” for the perfect balance of productivity and portability. The Surface signature 3:2 ratio gives you the most vertical screen real estate on a laptop³.
  • AMD™ Ryzen™ MSFT Surface® Edition processor: Power to do what you want with up to 70% more speed than before.
  • 8GB system memory for advanced multitasking: Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 512GB Solid State Drive (SSD): Expansive SSD has no moving parts, resulting in faster start-up times and data access, no noise, and reduced heat production and power draw on the battery. Holds your growing collection of digital photos, music and videos.
  • Make it your own: Slim, sleek design with rich tone-on-tone colors in warm Alcantara® material or cool metal finish. Choose from new Ice Blue, plus Sandstone, Matte Black, and Platinum²​.
  • Do more with the Windows you know: Comes with Windows 10 Home, giving you familiar features, trusted security, and automatic updates.
  • AMD Radeon Graphics: Integrated graphics provides solid image quality for Internet use, movies, basic photo editing and gaming on the go.
  • Improved all-day battery life: Go from low battery to full faster with Fast Charging – up to 80% in about an hour⁵. Feel free to move about your home or workspace easily with significantly longer battery life than before¹.
  • Show your best side on video calls: Sharp video and image quality, even in low light, thanks to a front-facing 720p HD camera and be heard loud and clear with dual far-field Studio Mics that capture your voice and reduce background noise.
  • Connect in more ways: Plug in the accessories you use today with built-in ​USB-C® and USB-A ports, Surface Connect for charging, and headphone jack.
  • Built for Windows Ink: With Windows Ink-compatible computers, you can take notes on screen, mark up photos and screen shots, or create content through Ink-enabled apps. Learn more ›
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by JimC, 10 out of 10
    Compact Powerhouse, Faster Than Gaming Laptops!

    This newly updated Microsoft Surface 4 laptop is a superb combination of technology and functionality which will outperform almost all existing laptops thanks to its incorporation of a new 8 core AMD Ryzen 7 processor with integrated Radeon RX Vega 8 graphic processing unit in a very compact form. Visually, the Surface 4 is an elegant, minimalist design with a very slim, beautiful matt black brushed aluminum body. The excellent full-size keyboard has white backlighting. The 15.1” touch screen seems larger because it incorporates a classic 6:4 format. The solid-state hard drive and low power needs of the LED display, CPU and GPU make possible up to 17.5 hours of silent operation. The audio quality of the Omnisonic speakers with Dolby Atmos sound processing is amazing. Overall, the impression is very sophisticated and high tech.

    Microsoft introduced the Surface product line in 2012 as a Windows tablet. It was the company’s first product which incorporated the Windows operating system and their own hardware. The first products ran tablet-only Windows RT. The early models were somewhat under-powered with limited storage and poor battery life. The next generation added a supplemental keyboard and more processing power, becoming 2-in-1 tablet/laptops. In 2015 the Surface 3 models were the first to run the full Windows operating system and standard programs. That Surface 3 lineup included the first true laptop. But not until the latest version, the Surface 4, did the product finally achieve parity in power and functionality with competitive laptops by incorporating bigger displays, very fast microprocessors, large SSD storage and superior battery life.

    Consider this outstanding combination of features:

    • Microsoft Surface 4 Laptop (Model 5W6-00024)

    • AMD Ryzen 7 4980U CPU 8 core/16 thread, 15w max power load

    • 8 core/16 hyper-thread processor runs at speeds from 2.0 to 4.4 GHz

    • 64 bit Windows 10 Home 20H2 operating system

    • Integrated AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 GPU uses shared system memory

    • 8 GB DDR4 high efficiency RAM primary memory

    • 512 GB SK-Hynix SSD fast hard drive

    • 15.1” IPS LED-backlit PixelSense touch-screen display with 2496 x 1664 (201 PPI) resolution

    • Windows ink workspace/Surface Pen support

    • Omnisonic full-range stereo speakers and Dolby Atmos audio processing

    • 720 HD f2.0 Webcam with dual far field microphones

    • 3D IR Camera for Windows Hello facial and gesture recognition

    • Intel AX200 wireless LAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax (WiFi 6 support), WPA3 security

    • Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity

    • USB-C video output

    • 1 USB 3.1 Type C (up to 5 GBps)

    • 1 USB 3.0 Type A

    • 40 pin Surface Connect port for charging and accessory connections

    • Headphone out/Microphone in 3.5 mm port

    • 45.82 Watt-Hour Lithium Ion battery – 17.5 hour operating life

    • 65 watt/15.0 volt/4.0 amp charging unit with USB Type A 5.0 volt/1.0 amp charging port and 101” cord length

    • Very slim and compact: 13.4” wide x 9.6” deep x 0.6” thick

    • Lightweight: only 3.4 pounds

    • One year warranty on parts and labor

    So how does this laptop perform? Flawlessly!

    It seemed very fast when I was using it, so I ran two well-regarded benchmark programs (Novabench and PC Mark 10) on both it and four of my other computers to determine their relative performance. These tests measure both CPU (general processing) and GPU (graphics processing) so they give a good overall measure of a computer’s speed. The first was a base model office desktop with an AMD A6 (A6-7310) CPU (comparable in speed to an Intel i3 CPU), no separate GPU and 8 GB RAM. The next was a nicely-equipped all-in-one computer with a 6th generation Intel i5 (6400T), Intel 530 GPU and 12 GB RAM. The third was a 2018-era gaming laptop with an 8th generation Intel i5 (8300H), Nvidia 1050Ti GPU and 8 GB RAM. The fourth was a 2019-era two-in-one laptop/tablet with AMD’s Ryzen 5 and Radeon Vega 8 GPU and 8 GB RAM. Finally, I ran the same tests on the Microsoft Surface 4 laptop. All computers were well-maintained, running identical Windows 10 versions with no other programs active. Here are the results (higher is faster):

    Novabench Results:

    Office desktop (AMD A6, 8 GB ram): 636 (Base case)

    All-in-One (i5-6400, 12 GB ram): 858 (35% faster than base)

    Gaming laptop (i5-8300H, 8 GB ram)): 2028 (219% faster than base)

    Two-in-One tablet/laptop (AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, 8 GB ram): 1425 (124% faster than base)

    Microsoft Surface 4 (AMD Ryzen 7 4980U, 8 GB ram): 2981 (369% faster than base)

    PC Mark 10 Results:

    Office desktop (AMD A6, 8 GB ram): 1451 (Base case)

    All-in-One (i5-6400, 12 GB ram): 2300 (59% faster than base)

    Gaming laptop (i5-8300H, 8 GB ram)): 4603 (217% faster than base)

    Two-in-One tablet/laptop (AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, 8 GB ram): 3698 (155% faster than base)

    Microsoft Surface 4 (AMD Ryzen 7 4980U, 8 GB ram): 5096 (251% faster than base)

    OK, that’s a lot of numbers and technical jargon but the bottom line is that you will find this slim Surface 4 capable of out-performing anything you currently own (unless you have a really geeked-out special system) and very smooth in running any games or software you may ever buy. Put this elegant notebook to work on most business software and it will never even break a sweat. Use it for photo or video editing and it will calmly do whatever you want, no drama. And you need not hesitate to fire up a graphics-intensive game because it has the power to handle even that chore easily. It is certainly faster than most dedicated gaming laptops made prior to 2020!

    The Omnisonic speakers and Atmos sound system on this laptop are surprisingly good. I listened to some of my favorite albums from Spotify and the speakers (although tiny) were much better than typical for laptops. They are mounted at the hinge, have decent volume and good stereo separation – certainly good enough for watching Netflix or YouTube videos.

    A major plus for this Surface 4 device is the outstanding battery life. I always test laptops by streaming Netflix series on battery power with a bright screen and high speaker volume. The combination of modem usage, video rendering, screen lighting and speaker volume usually drains most laptop batteries in less than two hours. But this Microsoft lasted almost twelve hours before exhausting the charge! That is long enough for five full movies and certainly would suffice a traveler for even the longest international flights. You can thank the ultra-efficient and power-miser AMD CPU and GPU for that amazing performance.

    Another advantage for travelers is the compact size (less than 14” wide and 0.6” thick) and very light weight – about 3.4 pounds. The power cube is small (about 3” x 2” x 1”) so it won’t take up much precious space or weight in your briefcase/backpack. The notebook is nicely balanced with a great lighted keyboard and big touchpad, so those who like to literally use their laptop on their lap will be pleased. The Intel wireless LAN is compatible with the latest WiFi 6 standard and provides excellent, high speed connection to your network. Similarly, the Bluetooth 5.0 gave a stable connection at up to 35 feet. The 3.5 mm audio port is convenient if you like to use wired headsets or earbuds.

    The 15.1” touchscreen display has superb resolution, high speed video rendering and HDR content support with very good color saturation. The 6:4 screen ratio is taller than the 16:9 or 16:10 ratios seen on many laptops and actually offers considerably more screen area (about 19% more) than the 16:9 screens. This is an advantage when working with Word documents or spreadsheets. It also supports the Surface Pen for graphic editing, although I don’t think that a laptop is the best vehicle for that function.

    The Microsoft Hello facial recognition and Cortana both work well, as does the webcam and built-in microphones. I suggest that you turn off the setting which requires entering a password when waking from sleep (but I suggest that change for all Windows PCs!)

    What are the possible weak points or purchase issues to consider?

    • I would have preferred at least two Type A and two Type C USB ports. I prefer to use a mouse rather than a trackpad and often need to use a flash drive so having only one USB port is an issue. (I solved it by buying a very nice Microsoft Bluetooth mouse from Best Buy for just $15. See photo.)

    • While the keyboard is excellent, it does not have a separate numeric keypad. However, that would have required a somewhat wider unit or reducing the size of the other key, so its absence is understandable.

    • It would have been nice to have a form-fitting cloth carrying case included (as many other notebook brands provide.)

    • When you set up your new Surface 4 laptop you will need to download some software (e.g., Open GL, Dolby Atmos) and update the drivers. There are several free software suites which will take care of those tasks for you.

    • Some might feel that the 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB SSD could be larger but the performance results I noted above show that the RAM is adequate. The hard drive is big enough for most purposes and can be supplemented by an external hard drive plugged into the USB Type C port.

    • The optional Intel 11th generation Core i7 microprocessor allows a larger RAM and SSD configuration and may be a bit faster but at a considerably larger cost and much less battery life.

    But these are really just minor quibbles. When you consider all of its power and functionality you will agree that the price is very reasonable. I can enthusiastically recommend the new Microsoft Surface 4 laptop for both serious stay-at-home power users and for those who need a perfect travel companion.

    May 08, 2021 01:36
  • Review by softwareEngineer, 8 out of 10
    Premium Laptop, Strong Performance, Great Battery

    /////////// First Impressions and Features ///////////

    The Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 15” is definitely a premium laptop. It is one of the rare laptops where its hardware and software come from under the same roof. It shares the look and feel of its predecessor, and I have no issues with that at all. This is my first Surface Laptop (I currently own a Surface Pro 3, still kicking!). It is equipped with a Ryzen 7 8 core/16 thread APU, 512GB SSD and 8GB DDR4 RAM. The unit feels premium and sturdy, the hinge that holds the screen upright is very strong, and the backlit keyboard is probably one of the best keyboards I’ve ever typed on in a portable laptop. The cool metal feels smooth on your palms as you type and the touchpad registers all single and multi-touch gestures without a hitch. The panel is a touchscreen and I feel that it won’t be utilized very much, but it does become very handy when you need it. Trying to buy that elusive gpu online before everyone else? With a touchscreen, you are now the fastest ‘add-to-cart’ online shopper this side of the Mississippi!

    Contrary to what most others say about the thick bezels, I actually appreciate them. Where else are you going to hold the screen to open it up or make tilt adjustments without touching the panel itself? It’s one of those things that we take for granted as we prioritize looks over functionality. Ok, maybe they can be shrunk down a tad...but it doesn't bother me. One of the most satisfying aspects of the Surface Book is the display’s 3:2 aspect ratio, with a resolution of 2496x1664. From a general use and productivity standpoint, the vertical real estate gained allows the natural viewing of websites, documents and the like. Think about it. Most physical documents are printed in portrait, so there is a welcoming familiarity once you begin using the laptop. It is most definitely refreshing.

    The I/O is sparse on the laptop, having only a single USB-C, USB-A and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The only other means of connectivity is the Microsoft proprietary charge port that can also double as an I/O port with their proprietary dock. The limited amount of I/O helps keep the laptop thin, as evident in other laptops designed today, and the only way to expand I/O is to purchase a separate docking station or USB hub. The USB-C can also double as a charge port as well if you have a means of charging it that way. I own a monitor with a USB-C connection that acts as both a 65W charger and hub. This is a perfect complement to the Surface Laptop 4.

    /////////// Processing Performance ///////////

    A big omission is the use of the newest Ryzen 5000 Series mobile processors for this latest generation of Surface Laptop. This is an automatic star deduction in my book. Microsoft pinned the last generation’s Ryzen with the latest silicon to come from Intel. That being said, the Ryzen 7 4000 Surface Edition mobile processor is still a great everyday mobile APU. It is an 8 core/16 thread 7nm that should satisfy most users and their processing needs. The CPU core speeds will behave differently on battery versus when plugged in, and I’ve provided a table of the tests I ran for each power mode using Cinebench R23:

    <<- On Battery, 4 Modes ->>

    Battery Saver (Single 2GHz, Multi 1.4GHz)

    Recommended (Single 2GHz, Multi 1.6GHz)

    Better Performance (Single 2.9GHz, Multi 2.4GHz)

    Best Performance (Single 4.2GHz, Multi 2.9GHz)

    <<- Plugged In, 3 Modes ->>

    Recommended (Single 3.95GHz, Multi 2.5GHz)

    Better Performance (Single 4.3GHz, Multi 2.4GHz) (dipped as low as 1.5GHz in Multi, thermal throttling?)

    Best Performance (Single 4.3GHz, Multi 2.7GHz) (dipped as low as 1.3GHz in Multi, thermal throttling?)

    A couple of things to note. Maybe I’m stating the obvious here, but if you’re looking for top performance out of this laptop, you’re going to have to plug it in. When plugged in, the base single core speeds are increased almost by 100%. The laptop does not need to worry about battery conservation and can allow the cores to run full blast. The other thing I noticed is that when plugged in and running multi-core tests, the speeds start off strong but begin to taper off. I took note of the temps during testing and the core temps held under 70 degrees C, so I don’t know if it’s thermally throttling or something else relating to its TDP. When running off the battery, the speeds and performance are expected; the APU is intentionally limited to conserve battery. Still at Best Performance, you can squeeze out a single core speed of about 4GHz, which is impressive.

    /////////// Graphics Performance ///////////

    The Ryzen 7 Mobile is baked in with Radeon graphics. The graphics had no trouble running games like Roblox. I had my daughter give it a test run (she plays on my desktop PC with a dedicated GPU, for reference) and she gave it two thumbs up. I know, Roblox isn’t a demanding game, but it’s nice to know she can Roblox on-the-go on a PC rather than on a smartphone. So I took it to the other extreme and installed Shadow of the Tomb Raider for another test run. Running the in-game benchmark tool, I was able to squeeze out 13fps. This is with all graphics settings set to the lowest setting. During the benchmark, the APU shot up 91 degrees C! Terrifying. For my last test, I decided on a middle ground with Halo MCC. This was actually playable! Frame rates were around 30-40fps and the APU temps were hovering around 67 degrees C. Not bad at all. I had the laptop plugged in while gaming and did notice that the laptop became warm to the touch with the fans quietly spooled up, but nothing to be alarmed about.

    /////////// Battery Performance ///////////

    Ultimately if you decide to go with the Ryzen APU, you reap the benefits of the 7nm process which equates to lower power consumption and ultimately longer run times. This will be evident as you begin to configure your Laptop 4 with either Intel or AMD. If you go Intel, your battery times are reduced by as much as two hours. Intel Tiger Lake uses a 10nm process on their mobile chips which results in more power use. The Intel chips are fast in both processing and integrated graphics and may have advances in their silicon process, but you lose out in runtime. And it costs more, too. From the standpoint of costs and battery life, Ryzen would be the way to go. Just something to think about.

    Speaking of battery life, Microsoft states a battery life on this 15” Ryzen model to about 17.5 hours. We don’t know how they arrived at that number, but my regular use brought about 11-13 hours with the battery set to Recommended mode. That’s essentially a full day before reaching for the wall charger. You can easily mitigate battery usage by reducing screen brightness as well as disabling keyboard backlighting and turning off Bluetooth if you’re not already using it. Also, the more applications you have running in the background, the more battery will be consumed.

    /////////// Summary ///////////

    At its price point, it will have to trade blows with Dell, Lenovo and even the upcoming Samsung for ultra portable PC laptops, and many may find the other brands more visually appealing if we consider all their models comparably equipped. It boils down to preference and what is value priced at the moment. But again, there is something to be said about a company that designs both the hardware and the software of a device and even collaborates with chip makers like AMD to make a premium product, and so I recommend the Surface Laptop 4 15” Ryzen Edition as a buy. It’s a shame that Microsoft didn’t go with the nextgen of Ryzen processors. Apple is at the forefront of hardware and software, with their new M1 chip being all the rave at the moment, and is another alternative to the Surface Laptop 4 if you don’t mind running MacOS. Another avenue would be gaming laptops that offer much more performance at the same price point, but are larger, heavier and will need to be plugged in most of the time. I recommend that you think about your daily use cases and make a decision on a certain type of laptop from there.

    May 03, 2021 00:55
  • Review by Robb0688, 10 out of 10
    Very solid machine

    I am someone that I would describe as techy, but at the same time, not overly so. The TL;DR of this review is that that is the type of person this laptop will suit best.

    PROCESSOR AND PERFORMANCE

    I have two laptops in my house. One is my work computer and the other is my personal laptop, which this is a replacement for. My personal laptop was a 2010 value laptop and there's no comparison between it and this. Things are a little closer with the company supplied laptop. That has a 2015 core i5 processor and an SSD as well. I thought maybe they'd be fairly comparable, but the Surface Laptop 4 is soooo much snappier and responsive. The extra 5 years (these have 2020 Ryzens in them) and this being more on the level of an i7 make the two processors feel night and day. Microsoft went for processing power on this and it shows. Very fast in everything it does. Opening programs, installing them, running large Excel sheets, etc. I can't compare it to Surface Laptop 3s as I never had one, but compared to my decent work laptop, this is much better. One thing to note though is don't get this expecting it to be a gaming laptop. You can play some of the less demanding games on it, but if you like 4k @ 120hz+, you've come to the wrong machine, though I'm sure someone with those tastes knew that. Gaming that would probably work well on here would be streaming like Microsoft's Xcloud or Google Stadia. Something where the computer isn't being tasked with rendering the game. Thanks to Wifi 6 built in, you could stream games. Speaking of, wifi 6 is amazing. My phone gets 250 to 300 Mbps downloads and uploads over my gig speed wifi. I ran the test on the Surface Laptop 4 and hit over 400 Mbps both ways, which is a massive gain. I wish everything had wifi 6.

    BATTERY LIFE:

    This laptop has great battery life. I charged it the night I got it and have been using it each night over the last 5 days or so and still haven't had to recharge it. That's a win in my book. Every other laptop I've ever used gave me maybe 7 or 8 hours.

    STORAGE AND RAM:

    Storage is ample with a 512GB SSD in mine. I love the SSD. A cold boot and this is up and at your desktop in maybe 20 seconds. It's fast. No complaints here. As far as RAM though, I do wish there were more. It's a little light at 8GB and considering a lot of top end phones carry around that, I wish there was more on a machine expected to do more. I believe it is upgradable down the line. Plus, this laptop carries a premium price tag so it really should come with a little more.

    USE

    This is a dream to use. Fast, responsive, and has a comfortable, wonderful feeling keyboard to type on. The touchscreen is nice, but admittedly I'm avoiding using it to keep oil streaks off my pristine screen. The color accuracy of the screen is great and it makes video really pop. The only downside I find here is that while it does support HDR, it has to be on certain apps. You can't go on youtube in Edge or Chrome and watch HDR. That's my biggest complaint as everything else about the screen is a thing of beauty. I also enjoy the 3:2 aspect ratio as 16:9 is much more suited to movies and TV.

    The webcam works great for video calls, though I only briefly tested it. Speakers sound good too, though I would encourage anyone to set up a nice set of external speakers. These are laptop speakers after all. You're not going to get a home theater experience from them.

    VERDICT:

    If I could give it 4.5 stars, I would. It's a beautiful laptop that runs exceptionally well. Incredibly polished experience all around. The only things I would knock it for are RAM, though more is available for extra money, and smaller things like a lack of legitimate graphics hardware, or the HDR thing I mentioned previously.

    As I said early on, if you're techy enough to like the finer things in the world of consumer electronics, but not so techy that you're building your own PC or looking for your next gaming laptop, this will be a great laptop for you.

    May 01, 2021 22:07
  • Review by elzeus, 10 out of 10
    Now there's competition!

    For a long time there was not a lot of competition for high end (non-gaming) laptops, with the Surface Laptop 4 it looks like things are changing. With the new AMD Ryzen 7 Microsoft Surface Edition processor they claim 17.5 hours of battery life on this model and I didn't quite get there but there was more than enough battery life to get through a long day of work and home use. The touch screen and trackpad were very responsive and the backlit keyboard was a joy to type on. The speakers were loud as well as clear and the build quality felt very premium and balanced in the hand. The usb-c, usb-a and headphone jack ports were all a welcome sight. The only knock I have would be that they didn't go for an exotic feature such as a digital screen button row as I feel that would lead to new and exciting ways to use your laptop. Overall I'm very happy with the Surface Laptop 4 and have no qualms about recommending it to anyone in the market for a higher end laptop.

    May 02, 2021 16:38
  • Review by DSPARKA, 8 out of 10
    More Laptop In This Surface 4

    Presentation:

    Opening the package containing the Surface 4 laptop helped me enjoy the upscale packaging that I’m sure Microsoft was aiming for. The employees took there time to make sure every inch of the boxing process was perfect. I took my time to live that moment longer.

    Setup:

    After removing and opening the Surface 4 laptop out of the box I was greeted by Cortana (Microsoft’s personal voice assistant). Cortana walked me through the initial setup and all I had to do was speak and she took care of the setup. The choice to click and manually make the selections is also available.

    Appearance:

    The Surface 4 laptop feels great to handle and weighs less than 5 pounds. I decided on the aluminum Matte black color and it looks fantastic. I don’t see it attracting fingerprints on the housing unless filthy hands get to it but it will be more for my personal use with school. For now I do Zoom meetings for school and the 720p front facing camera is perfect for it.

    The Surface 4 is equipped with a 15 inch crisp, and clear HD display that’s made for just about anything in touchscreen. Movies look amazing and browsing the web in 2496x1664 resolution detail make all the online shopping experience better and safer because I’m at the comfort of my home.

    This is faster than my other laptop from a well known company and it weighs less.

    Negatives:

    Where are the ports Microsoft?

    -No HDMI (not everyone do casting) the HDMI comes handy when and if I’m doing a presentation and easier to setup in my opinion.

    -Only 1 USB port can work but a backup would be nice.

    -Not a 2 in 1. It’s a touchscreen laptop and if it was designed to fold into a tablet I think it would make it more comfortable to have the option.

    Positives:

    -The Surface 4 laptop is fast. This is faster than my 2 years old laptop but I’m not sure it’s 70% faster.

    -The battery holds the charge for a good duration of the day depending on what I’m doing on the laptop.

    -Facial recognition is also a big deal to me. I’m seeing that feature more but I appreciate having it.

    -Keyboard keys are responsive to touch and smooth by not sticking when pressed.

    -Touchscreen is there when I need it. It’s a bonus to have especially when browsing.

    -Atmos Dolby surround sound makes watching a movie on the surface 4 laptop better when you don’t have your Surface buds nearby.

    -Fast charger. It comes with a magnetic fast charger that fully charge in about 2 hours.

    Other Mentions:

    For the tech gurus out there I know the specs might be a big deal.

    512GB SSD

    8GB RAM

    AMD Ryzen processor

    Which is enough for what I’m using it for. If the Surface 4 can’t handle the task I’ll hop on my desktop but for now it fits my need. Small things can make this Surface 4 closer to perfect but I think Microsoft is on the right path elevating there products.

    Apr 30, 2021 20:21
  • Review by krush, 8 out of 10
    Excellent sleek laptop

    This is an excellent laptop with an interesting form factor that will take me some getting use to. I really enjoy the lightweight sleek look of this laptop especially with the 15" screen size.

    If you are looking for a wonderful work or play laptop, I feel like this is the perfect hardware combination with the 8GB of RAM and the 512GB SSD paired with a beefy Ryzen 7 processor. I use Adobe for photo and video work and this laptop handles the sometimes intense processing tasks just fine.

    One thing I did notice was no thunderbolt port which i feel like should come standard nowadays it opens up lots of options. I also noticed the lack of ports on this laptop which isnt necessarily a bad thing because I dont tend to use many usb ports but if you like to connect up lots of things, just know you may need an external port replicator of some sort.

    The battery life on this has been stellar and I'm very happy to say I have yet to run it down in between charges like I tend to do on my other laptops with sub optimal batteries. One thing to note is the battery does not appear to be removable and I dont beleive the RAM is removable or upgradeable either. So if you want the 16GB of RAM, get it up front because there is no adding any additional or swapping it from what I have read thus far.

    All in all, I love this laptop, I think it has great speed, is built well, and provides excellent power with excellent battery life. I would highly recommend it.

    May 03, 2021 21:30
  • Review by Matt, 10 out of 10
    Really pleased with my experience so far

    For some context: I have used many surface products in the past and have been pleased with all of them. In my opinion this is the slam dunk of the bunch for many reasons.

    Pros:

    + The 15inch screen is amazing

    + The Battery life has been stellar

    + I love the keyboard and trackpad

    +Touch screen

    + The internals and the overall design

    Cons:

    - Bezels (they are not intrusive but still)

    - Trackpad (i have it as a pro as well...more on this in the review)

    - No USB-C Thunderbolt support

    - Limited ports (#donglelife)

    I will start with the good and let me just say, this thing is fantastic. I absolutely love my Surface Laptop 4 15" in the two days that I have used it (extensively for work), I am just blown away at how great of a product Microsoft has put out. The battery life has been fantastic, I can't really gauge how many hours I am getting but it is more then 10 and plenty of battery left to go. The Ryzen 7 processor is fantastic and I am pleasantly surprised. I was unsure how it would preform and while I don't use programs to really push the CPU it has preformed great. The keyboard is a delight to type on and the track pad is great as well (I will cover my gripe with the trackpad below). The 3:2 aspect ratio on this 15" screen is incredible. I have never owned a 15" inch laptop and frankly I don't think I would want to go to a 13" inch again. Viewing spreadsheets or emails is an absolute delight. This laptop has absolutely won the award to be my daily driver.

    The very few cons that I have are minutia and frankly things that don't bother me or my performance on the laptop, however, they are still worth noting. This thing has bezels, albeit not large but they are still there. They don't bother me and I don't notice them unless my eye starts to wonder but in 2021 they really shouldn't be here. What should be here, however, is USB-C thunderbolt support and more ports...This has the charging port on the right hand side (which is mag-safe and fantastic), 1 USB-C and 1 USB 3.0 (if I am not mistaken). For me its fine but again, 2021. The trackpad is nice and big but it is more of a square and not a rectangle. Given the amount of space that is on the laptop, I think they could of optimized more of it. My thought behind them not doing it is because your palms, hands and arms have a perfect place to rest when typing....so its a trade off that makes sense to me.

    Overall, I am really enjoying this laptop. Frankly, I love it so much that I recommended it to our IT department for use with the sales team. Its a great product that isn't heavy and gets the job done. Buy it, you won't regret it.

    Apr 29, 2021 12:14
  • Review by GhostElvis, 8 out of 10
    Microsoft—who knew?

    Bought this back in April when my old laptop died my first day on a new job. I would normally prefer more memory (at least 16 GB) and storage (at least 1 TB), but for work purposes, the 8 GB of RAM and the 512 GB SSD are plenty.

    As with Apple computers, there's something to be said for the same company making both the hardware and the software. This Surface laptop performs smoothly, with none of the problems you'd expect to encounter when the OS has to accommodate a zillion different possible configurations of hardware and software. Good keyboard action, too—and excellent battery life. The inclusion of both USB-A and USB-C ports (one each) is a nice touch—no need for an adaptor to use existing backup drives.

    I would suggest three minor improvements, though:

    1. Oddly enough, now that Apple has switched to USB-C charging, Microsoft has implemented something similar to Apple's old MagSafe charger. It's not as sturdy, though. Whereas Apple's MagSafe required considerable force to accidentally disconnect, it seems the slightest movement will disconnect Microsoft's charger. That's probably a good thing insofar as it protects the cable from damage, but it can be inconvenient if you're working away under the assumption that your battery is charging when you've really got only 15% left.

    2. The lack of an indent at the front of the computer, combined with the Windows/Surface logo being four squares, makes it harder to tell where to open the lid.

    3. A keyboard backlight would be helpful.

    Microsoft—who knew?

    Jul 04, 2021 15:04
  • 9.6score
    Apple - MacBook Pro - 13" Display with Touch Bar - Intel Core i5 - 16GB Memory - 512GB SSD - Silver
    Description

    MacBook Pro has a tenth-generation quad-core Intel processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz. A brilliant and colorful Retina display with True Tone technology for a more true-to-life viewing experience. A backlit Magic Keyboard and Touch ID. Fast integrated graphics. And the versatile Touch Bar for more ways to be productive. It's Apple's most powerful 13-inch notebook. Pushed even further.Apple Brand Store at Best Buy.Shop more Apple products

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  • Review by tapas, 10 out of 10
    My First Macbook and a great one

    My entry to Apple’s ecosystem started with an iphone , which motivated me to buy a mac just to get a feel of it.

    However after I purchased this mac, I love how powerful this macbook is. The sound is crisp and the screen is crystal clear.This is a treat to my senses. I develop applications in Java and my apps compile at lightning speed making the overall dev process faster.

    Jul 17, 2020 16:16
  • Review by MajinTana, 10 out of 10
    Great upgrade for a laptop!

    I previously owned a 2017 MacBook Air which wasn’t a bad choice but for what I’m doing now the 2020 MacBook Pro has easy, cool new features I wasn’t used to. I now have the memory/storage for all of my Creative Cloud programs and photos from Photography. I just started Drafting and AutoCAD for Mac runs pretty good in my opinion. The processor is faster and definitely keeps up!

    Sep 18, 2020 16:45
  • Review by DrawingBasics, 10 out of 10
    Artist

    I was a first grader when it came to anything tech and was afraid to buy a laptop for that reason. As an Art Instructor, during COVID, unique teaching methods had to be considered and used and I had to get into the modern way of doing things. The salespeople and Geek Squad made it so easy for me, and are so welcoming and attentive to my need that, in just a few short weeks, I now feel like a fourth grader in the tech department!!! Thank you!

    Dec 19, 2020 12:28
  • Review by JideBash, 10 out of 10
    Best apple product for a creative like me

    This is what i’ve been waiting for, great speed, lovely display, awesome battery life. Nothing can compare. 16GB memory ❤️

    Aug 24, 2021 08:25
  • Review by Karen, 10 out of 10
    Just What I Wanted

    The package came really fast, right on time before going to college. Is in perfect condition and has not had any problems!

    Aug 29, 2020 12:08
  • Review by ajmeza, 10 out of 10
    Awesome apple product!

    For this price range you get exactly what the specs says. Nothing more nothing less. No problems running 4K videos, watching/processing large files. A must for those looking to upgrade.

    Jul 08, 2020 22:30
  • Review by Anonymous, 10 out of 10
    100% Great Investment

    What an investment! Just what I needed to get a great start on my Photography Business. 10/10 would recommend. You won't regret it!

    Sep 25, 2021 15:59
  • Review by Lubna, 10 out of 10
    Perfect

    I like everything about it, it's fast and easy to deal with not as hard as people say about it!

    Oct 08, 2020 08:51
  • 9.6score
    Microsoft - Surface Laptop 4 - 15” Touch-Screen – AMD Ryzen™ 7 Surface® Edition – 8GB Memory - 256GB SSD (Latest Model) - Platinum
    Description

    Stand out on HD video calls backed by Studio Mics. Capture ideas on the vibrant PixelSense™ touchscreen. Surround yourself with immersive, theater-like Dolby Atmos® audio⁶. Do it all with a perfect balance of sleek, ultra-thin design, and more speed, now up to 70% faster – with significantly longer battery life than before¹. Two sizes. Two keyboard finishes. Plus, choice of 11th Gen Intel® Core™ or exclusive AMD Ryzen™ Microsoft Surface® Edition processors².

    12 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11⁶ (when available, see below):
  • Get the most out of your screen space: Choose 15” for the best streaming, split-screen multitasking, and gaming experiences; or 13.5” for the perfect balance of productivity and portability. The Surface signature 3:2 ratio gives you the most vertical screen real estate on a laptop³.
  • AMD Ryzen™ Microsoft Surface® Edition processor: Power to do what you want with up to 70% more speed than before.
  • 8GB system memory for advanced multitasking: Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 256GB Solid State Drive (SSD): Speedy SSD has no moving parts, resulting in faster start-up times and data access, no noise, and reduced heat production and power draw on the battery. Holds a modest collection of digital photos, music and videos.
  • Make it your own: Slim, sleek design with rich tone-on-tone colors in warm Alcantara® material or cool metal finish. Choose from new Ice Blue, plus Sandstone, Matte Black, and Platinum²​.
  • Do more with the Windows you know: Comes with Windows 10 Home, giving you familiar features, trusted security, and automatic updates.
  • AMD Radeon Graphics: Integrated graphics provides solid image quality for Internet use, movies, basic photo editing and gaming on the go.
  • Improved all-day battery life: Go from low battery to full faster with Fast Charging – up to 80% in about an hour⁵. Feel free to move about your home or workspace easily with significantly longer battery life than before¹.
  • Show your best side on video calls: Sharp video and image quality, even in low light, thanks to a front-facing 720p HD camera and be heard loud and clear with dual far-field Studio Mics that capture your voice and reduce background noise.
  • Connect in more ways: Plug in the accessories you use today with built-in ​USB-C® and USB-A ports, Surface Connect for charging, and headphone jack.
  • Built for Windows Ink: With Windows Ink-compatible computers, you can take notes on screen, mark up photos and screen shots, or create content through Ink-enabled apps. Learn more ›
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  • Review by howspaceman, 8 out of 10
    Go metal

    I really liked this computer. The metal body provided a much better typing experience than the fabric covers. There was very little flex to the keyboard, the mouse trackpad was fantastic, and the screen was pretty enough. The touchscreen is a nice feature, but if you are someone who uses a stylus, it's not good for much here besides laying down and scrolling with the pen, as trying to draw and do meaningful work with it is difficult with this screen not folding back like a 2-in-1.

    Ultimately returned this because I couldn't stomach the price. It's a premium build quality, and this is probably the closest to a Macbook for performance/value in an ultrabook. This is not meant for gaming as there's no discrete graphics card, but if you are a professional on the move, or student looking for a portable study machine, this might be it.

    Jun 27, 2021 10:14
  • Review by mhol, 10 out of 10
    Best PC ever.

    Microsoft Surface laptops, tablets, etc are simply the best PC I have ever owned. Everything works all the time. It updates properly with no hassles. Nothing to configure, it all just works.

    Sep 10, 2021 20:43
  • Review by LeeP, 10 out of 10
    An Awesome Machine

    I’ve had my new laptop for nearly a month now, and both the display and performance are outstanding! I replaced an older laptop that was top-of-the-line about four years ago, and the difference is simply amazing. I wanted an AMD chip rather than an Intel one because AMD got better ratings for performance, and I am delighted I did. The build quality is solid — perfect for my home office!

    Oct 22, 2021 16:32
  • Review by TonyLACA, 10 out of 10
    Great computer.

    Fast and beautifully made! The screen is gorgeous. The keyboard is amazing. Battery life is exceptional. This is a huge quality upgrade from last year's model, which I also own and which was disappointing. An incredible machine.

    Apr 21, 2021 10:55
  • Review by sammy, 10 out of 10
    Surface Laptop 4

    Love this laptop and battery length!

    Typing surface is so soft and easy on the fingers,

    touch screen is sensitive, takes little effort.

    Would highly recommend this laptop and Best Buy!!

    Sep 25, 2021 13:07
  • Review by RLW007, 10 out of 10
    If you are going to spend the money…spend it well!

    Very nice laptop, very light weight and one of the fastest I have ever used. Sound was actually pretty decent on it as well. If you are going to spend the money…spend it well!!

    May 28, 2021 15:47
  • Review by Skippy, 10 out of 10
    Microsoft Surface Laptop

    I love my microsoft surface laptop! Sturdy, quick and very dependable. So easy to work on.

    Oct 30, 2021 16:29
  • Review by Kickshoot, 8 out of 10
    Can't get external speakers to work.

    I ended up with this laptop when I exchanged the Surface 7 for the Surface 4. It is well worth it. I have 2 Mac Books and this Surface 4 is just as fast and comfortable to use. Very light weight, screen is great and plugs in to external monitor quickly and easily. I am having issues with plugging in external speakers. I can't get them to work, have tried all combinations in setup. This is where the MacBook is superior. Monitors and speakers plug in right away. This is why only 4 stars for the Surface 4

    May 09, 2021 19:04
  • 9.4score
    HP - 14" Chromebook - Intel Celeron - 4GB Memory - 64GB eMMC - Chalkboard Gray
    Description

    Power through the day: Delivers plenty of power to take on your day with an Intel® Celeron™ processor and seamless, brushed metal keyboard deck. With plenty of storage and long lasting battery life, expect a full day of productivity for work or play. Immersive entertainment: Make this the perfect PC for your daily dose of entertainment. Includes dual HP speakers and Audio by B&O. Plus, a 180° hinge that makes it easy to collaborate with others. Apps for everything: An ecosystem designed to seamlessly keep you in sync, your favorite Chrome browser and the Google Play Store, filled with apps that can help you do everything from work to play.

    11 Features
  • Chrome OS: Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.
  • Display: 14.0-inch diagonal, FHD (1920 x 1080), micro-edge, anti-glare: Enjoy vibrant, crystal-clear images with 178° wide-viewing angles.
  • Processor: Intel® Celeron® Processor N3350: The perfect combination ofperformance, power consumption, and value helps your device run smoothly.
  • Memory: 4 GB LPDDR4-2400 MHz RAM (onboard): Adequate high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run multiple applications and browser tabs all at once.
  • Internal storage: 64 GB eMMC: An embedded Multimedia Card provides reliable flashbased storage at a great value. And without the moving parts of a traditional hard drive, there’s a lower chance of failure and damage.
  • Graphics: Intel® HD Graphics 500: Renders all the visuals on screen with smooth, vivid quality.
  • USB Type-C®: Charge or connect a display from one reversible port with 5Gb/s signaling rate.
  • Rock-solid connections: With a Wi-Fi 5 (2x2) (802.11a/b/g/n/ac) WLAN adapter and Bluetooth® 4.2, all your connections are rock solid
  • Google Play Store: Access millions of Android apps for entertainment and productivity.
  • HP True Vision HD Camera: Video chat with vibrant clarity, even in low light
  • Energy efficiency your way: HP is committed to global citizenship and environmental responsibility. Do the environment—and your wallet—a favor when you use the HP Pavilion x360 that meets strict energy-efficiency and helps reduce your carbon footprint.
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  • Review by Cece, 8 out of 10
    Okay for now

    So far so good. I’ve been having trouble with touchscreen chrome books so I decided not to get one this time. I like the quality of this & the sound isn’t too bad either.

    Oct 20, 2021 12:41
  • Review by Mountprospect, 10 out of 10
    Beautiful but updates end soon.

    This is a a very nice chrome book but will be returning because the auto update ends in June 2024. I brought my wife a very similar one last year and that one is till 2026.

    I don't know how it will work once expired but not goanna take a chance. For something that was released this year the date is not acceptable.

    There is a 11.6 which is 50 less that is also on sale and has similar expiration. I was able to check that one at the store with the help of the geek squad, The 14 inch model was not on display.

    Oct 21, 2021 19:29
  • Review by ceevstee, 10 out of 10
    Well worth it

    No problems so far with my purchase and it was at a great price for a 14inch. Does the job school work, downloads, games, streaming, etc.

    Oct 19, 2021 15:04
  • Review by peter82, 8 out of 10
    Ok

    For the price can’t go wrong I got one for my mother 3 years ago in Black Friday and it worked great she needed an new one saw this and got

    Oct 20, 2021 18:36
  • Review by jlemire3, 10 out of 10
    Great Value

    Great product at a great price. Perfect for what my student needs!

    Oct 21, 2021 07:41
  • Review by Nique, 10 out of 10
    Good Deal

    Purchased this to replace a more expensive laptop that had gone to greener pastures. Great buy and HP never lets me down.

    Oct 23, 2021 15:58
  • Review by Bob22, 10 out of 10
    Nice...but

    This is a nice chromebook,After purchasing it I found out it is only supported with security updates until june 2024,returned it and got a different one

    Nov 02, 2021 13:57
  • Review by Great, 8 out of 10
    Good value

    A great machine if you get it at the 150 sale price. 350 may be a bit steep but it's a quality product so far.

    Oct 24, 2021 23:00
  • 9.2score
    HP - 14" 2-In-1 Touchscreen Chromebook - Intel Core i3 - 8GB Memory - 128GB SSD - Mineral Silver
    Description

    Workload meet beast mode: Work and play all day with the power and performance of an Intel® Core™ processor, long battery life and ample storage. All the extras never looked this good: Thin and light, FHD Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5™ micro-edge display and 360° hinge that adapts to you.(39) Show off with standout features like a seamless metal cover and keyboard deck and Audio by Bang & Olufsen. Privacy for your peace of mind: Keep it private with a webcam privacy switch that cuts off your video feed. Securely and easily log into your PC with an integrated fingerprint reader. Apps for everything: Redefine how you work and play with the seamless integration of your favorite Chrome browser, always secure and up to date, and access to a huge selection of apps in the Google Play Store.

    11 Features
  • Chrome: This easy-to-use operating system was designed to be fast in every possible way, while keeping you safe and more secure on the web.
  • 14" High-definition display: Enjoy your entertainment with the great quality and highdefinition detail of 1 million pixels
  • 11th Generation Intel® Core™ i3-1115G4: Brings the perfect combination of features to make you unstoppable. Get things done fast with high performance, instant responsiveness and best-in-class connectivity.
  • 8GB system memory for advanced multitasking: Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 128GB PCIe® NVMe™ SSD storage: Get up to 15x faster performance than a traditional hard drive
  • Intel® UHD Graphics: Smoothly stream 4K content and play your favorite games.
  • Effortlessly connected: Enjoy a smoother wireless experience with Wi-Fi 6 (2x2) and Bluetooth® 5.0 combo, all your connections are solid and up to 3x faster file transfer speeds than Wi-Fi 5.
  • Fingerprint reader: Securely log in with a touch of your finger
  • Camera Privacy Switch: Avoid unwanted onlookers with a webcam privacy switch that cuts off your video feed so you can keep your private moments private.
  • HP Wide Vision HD Camera: The 88-degree, wide-angle field of view lets you video chat with the entire family or group of friends in crystal clear detail.
  • An exceptionally rich audio experience: HP Dual Speakers, custom-tuned by experts at Bang & Olufsen, awaken your senses with PC audio perfection.
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  • Review by AshAlcan, 10 out of 10
    REAL ESTATE FRIENDLY!!!

    I’m a BIG Apple supporter and well, i had to make a change because converting everything after a while starts to get annoying. This laptop is exactly what I need for my everyday use of working on it and doing schoolwork. You will not regret this buy, I promise! :)

    Aug 24, 2021 23:16
  • Review by Mychomebook, 10 out of 10
    Great for kids and seniors too very easy to use

    14 inch screen and so compact not bulky like the regular 14” inch laptop my husband and I are loyal chromebook owners for years it’s a touch screen and very responsive it’s has 3 positions laptop flip stand and tablet it’s fantastic watching movies looks like a 4 k tv gorgeous they it’s to dark not true it’s perfect and listening to music the speakers will surprise you they sound fantastic the chromebook comes in all different affordability price range for everybody it’s super fast and reliable and it’s has thousands of free apps and safe browsing security highly recommended

    Oct 09, 2021 10:49
  • Review by DACVC, 10 out of 10
    Recommended product

    I bought this computer for my daughter and she loves it. It is fast and easy to use. The thickness is not bad, although it is a bit heavy. I love being able to fold the screen back 360, no lag on the touch screen, and the lighted keyboard makes it easy to work on her homework any time of the day.

    Oct 01, 2021 16:18
  • Review by Takoyaki524, 10 out of 10
    Solid Chromebook

    This is a very solid all-around Chromebook. It's one serious competitor is the Acer Spin 713 which is better overall at a similar price point, but if you can get this one $100 or more cheaper, it's worth it!

    Pros

    - All metal

    - Excellent backlit keyboard

    - Lots of ports

    - Speedy performance

    Cons

    - Screen is good but not as bright as Acer Spin 713

    - A bit heavy for 14 inch (~3.6lbs)

    Sep 19, 2021 09:33
  • Review by Carrie, 8 out of 10
    IDEAL FOR TRAVEL

    I needed this light laptop for travel. I still have to get used to the keyboard, which is somewhat different, but I think it will work well for keeping up with emails, posting to FB and backing up photos from the camera disk when I'm traveling. It had a slight glitch in the search capacity, but the Geek Squad cleared it up.

    Oct 02, 2021 21:24
  • Review by Happymom, 10 out of 10
    Happymom

    Love this! Perfect laptop for this smartphone living Mom! Everything I need and more! Love the touch screen , light weight, and ease of use!!!!

    Nov 05, 2021 16:30
  • Review by Eavb, 10 out of 10
    Great for basic everyday use

    So far so good, love the touchscreen. Only issue is, chromebooks in general apparently don’t work with GoTo myPC meetings, webinars, etc and that’s what I use for work so I have to use my old laptop often still. I think the battery life says 5 or 6 hours but I think I get more like 8-10.

    Sep 17, 2021 18:26
  • Review by toobrown, 10 out of 10
    Buy this

    In the past I used a cheap chromebook, which actually was more then sufficient for my needs however with all the online schooling, it was about time for my son to get something better. The chromebook is awesome. Build quality is awesome, snappy and all the hardware and software works in tandem

    Sep 13, 2021 19:16
  • 9.2score
    Dell - Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 14" Touch-Screen Laptop - AMD Ryzen 7 - 16GB Memory - 512GB Solid State Drive - Blue
    Description

    The Inspiron range of laptops and 2-in1s are thoughtfully designed so you can stay connected wherever you are, with long-lasting battery life, these chic, lightweight devices can seamlessly connect your PC and smartphone with Dell Mobile Connect’s wireless integration. Equipped with the latest processors, graphics, and thermal solutions; your PC runs quickly and smoothly as you connect with confidence. Optimized with technology that simplifies your life, Inspiron laptops and 2-in-1s offer a range of easy-to-use features all packaged in a minimalist and modern design. A newly designed and ergonomically positioned lift hinge increases comfort for a better typing experience when on chat, writing lengthy emails or connecting to your world. Rest assured that your privacy is secure with the mechanical privacy camera shutter. Also, the single sign on (SSO) fingerprint reader on the power button provides a more personal, more secure instant access login experience. And that’s not all, your Inspiron, is now environmentally conscious – The Inspiron compliments not just your style but also your values.

    12 Features
  • Windows 11: Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC
  • 14.0" FHD Display: Equipped with a FHD IPS touch screen, the border-less visual effect minimizes distractions offering better cinema, document and web browsing experience
  • 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive: While offering less storage space than a hard drive, a flash-based SSD has no moving parts, resulting in faster start-up times and data access, no noise, and reduced heat production and power draw on the battery.
  • 16GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming.: Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • Get in touch with versatility: Whether you are typing a friend a quick message in laptop mode or checking out a how-to video in tent mode, the 360° hinge allows to seamless shift between 4 different modes, providing the flexibility to stay connected throughout.
  • Borderless views: Enjoy the virtually borderless view with thin bezels and an expansive screen-to-body ratio to minimize distractions for a better cinema, document and web browsing experience.
  • Recharge in a flash: When you’ve been going all day on the extended battery life but need a quick charge, select between three different Express ChargeTM options to reduce the time you spend tethered to a wall.
  • Privacy is paramount: Rest assured that your privacy is secure with the mechanical privacy camera shutter. Also, the single sign on (SSO) fingerprint reader on the power button provides a more personal, more secure instant access login experience.
  • MaxxAudio® Pro: Built-in stereo speakers.MaxxAudio Pro is tuned to give you great sound across music, movies, voice and games
  • Wireless AX: Experience lightning-fast Gigabit Wi-Fi speeds and reliable connections with Intel® Wi-Fi 6
  • Additional ports: USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A (x2), USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (x1), HDMI 1.4, Micro SD Media Card Reader - 1 combo headphone / microphone jack
  • Sustainability Values: Now environmentally conscious – from packaging made of 97% recycled packaging materials to use of low VOC waterborne paints – The Inspiron compliments not just your style but also your values.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by JC1503, 8 out of 10
    Great laptop…so so tablet.

    If you are looking for an awesome little laptop and maybe the occasional use as a tablet this is a great choice!

    As far as a laptop, It's a perfect size to fit into a small bag, it’s super fast, the screen looks amazing, It has Alexa built in, back light keyboard for low light work, awesome battery life, responsive touch screen, all the right ports I need and a nice touch with the camera privacy shutter. It also has a right and left microphone for stereo on the zoom calls! I give it 5 stars for a laptop without reservation.

    Then I began to play with the tablet mode and looked for the screen release button to pull the monitor off for the tablet experience…and….no detachable screen. It just folds over. Which makes for an awkward hold and heavy. You're carrying around a lot of extra weight in the unit as opposed to a unit that truly converts to a tablet and detaches from the keyboard unit. The detachable screen is key for people that are truly wanting a tablet experience (for me anyway). It also has the keys of the keyboard exposed as I was holding the unit (see pics) which just felt wrong. As far as tablet functionality, it worked ok. The screen was responsive with my Microsoft stylus pen and writing was smooth.

    Then I went into “tent mode” This is where this 2 in 1 is nice that the screen doesn’t detach. The hinge is firm and solid and allows for a great media experience in tent mode and you can draw and sketch easily as well. I also liked that I could really adjust the angle of the "tent" due to the solid hinge feature. I also liked that the hinge feature in the laptop props the keyboard a little bit giving it a better typing angle in "laptop" mode.

    Overall I really liked this unit as a laptop that can “tent” easily. As far as a tablet again…just so so. It functioned ok as a tablet but the heaviness and feeling the keys depress when I held it in my hands detracted from the function for me. Hence the 4 stars. If you don’t use the tablet feature much or are ok with the weight and keys being depressed then I’d say 5 stars.

    Jun 11, 2021 07:23
  • Review by Naztynestor, 10 out of 10
    perfect compact little laptop

    Dell Inspiron 2 in 1 laptop its a perfect compact laptop for me, at first 14" laptop might be too small for my liking but overall experience it actually end up being a benefit to my lifestyle. about this Inspiron 2 in 1 its 14" full 1080p HD, running the latest AMD Ryzer 7 5700U. it does have a single USB A on both side, the laptop does not use a standard power connector it does use the USB C thats on the left side of the laptop, you might want to get an adapter incase you would like to use the USB C plug and charge at the same time.

    on the right side you also get one micro SD port and USB A and headphone jack. with 16GB of RAM it should be enought, you also get 512GB of SSD which id recommend to update it to atleast 1TB. cant forget about front facing camera so youre ready for zoom calls.

    i love the design of this laptop, the way the screen lift the keyboard to provide and support for airflow was such a great design idea, the keyboard feels great as well for me it felt premium. theres also a finger print reader, which i never use, but if youre into that its there just another extra feature to have.

    the other part about this 2 in 1 laptop is that the screen is full touch control, you can flip the screen 180 degrees and treat as a tablet. windows also have a setting for full tablet mode that you can select, it doesnt come with any stylus pen, not all pen works on all touch screen so you would probably need one that was made by Dell.

    ive use the tablet mode alot during my live stream, the size of this 14'" laptop was perfect fit for my table, i was able to placed it right in the middle to be as my third monitor during stream, ive used the tablet mode to watch my stream and chat , or wacthing movies through my Vudu account.

    overall the durability seem fine, doesnt feel like it will break easy, flipping to tablet mode doesnt feel great. it does not flip flushed on the back side of the body but i believe its for airflow. the weight wasnt that heavy its perfect weight and it feels premium as it should be.

    Jun 17, 2021 17:07
  • Review by TheDuke, 8 out of 10
    Both Capable and Convenient

    Thanks to this laptop, I am completely sold on the folding 2-in-1 tablet/laptop yoga functionality. Being able to fold the laptop into a tablet is hugely convenient for watching YouTube, or playing games on the couch. And, the ability to fold the laptop backwards into an “A” shape reduces its footprint enough to allow me to watch videos anywhere. It fits where the traditional laptop cannot and it stands up in places where a tablet would need a kickstand (which never works as well as intended). For convenience, this laptop is incredible.

    The formfactor is light, thin, easy to hold and carry with only one hand. It truly is the sweet spot where a smartphone, tablet, and laptop all come together into one capable and convenient device.

    The solid state drive makes booting up incredibly fast. Seriously, once you experience how quickly it powers on and boots up, you will never go back to a standard hard drive. The extra cost of a Solid State Hard Drive is completely worth it. I also truly love the fingerprint reader that is built into the power button. It is the absolute fastest way to log in and makes it easy for multiple users to access their own account quickly. Unlocking your own profile is almost instant by just lighting resting your finger on the button - it is quite impressive. Not only is scanning a finger quick, but it is much more consistent and reliable when compared to unlocking via facial recognition. Fingerprint scanning has been around for years, but HP & Microsoft really got it right on this laptop.

    While this laptop is impressive, I do have a few complaints.

    - I really do not like that the up and down arrow keys are half the size of a standard key. The split key makes navigation a bit cumbersome at times.

    - The laptop comes with a fair amount of bloatware. The harddrive has plenty of space, but the computer is always popping up messages about updating special software, running HP programs, or signing up for various other features.

    - The keys are completely flat (no contour at all)

    - The fans are impressively quiet, but the bottom still becomes quite hot

    - The metal lid feels quality but attracts fingerprints (see attached pictures)

    - The computer brags about AMD RYZEN series 7 and AMD RADEON Graphics, but the fancy foil stickers are just for show and the laptop is not suitable for any substantial gaming. Much of what you’ll find on Steam requires more power than what this laptop can deliver.

    ...But, it can handle ROBLOX - so my son gives it a pass.

    - There are not enough input ports. I appreciate the MicroUSB Card reader, but just 2 USB and 1 USB-C input is simply not enough - Especially as the USB-C port is how the laptop charges.

    The one lone USB-C port does allow for the transfer of displayport / video signal, but it is required for the charging. The logical solution is to attach a USB-C hub, but when the Power Cable is attached a hub - the laptop displays error messages about insufficient power. Either the power brick/cord that comes with the laptop should be more powerful, or there should be a separate USB-C port exclusively for charging.

    Overall I believe that this laptop offers great value as it is an impressive balance of power, convenience, and affordability. Those who require intense graphical and processing capabilities (for gaming, animation, or video editing) may want to look elsewhere, but the average user will be delighted with the features, functionality and convenience.

    Jun 18, 2021 20:35
  • Review by KansasMeddlingMom, 8 out of 10
    Good So Far

    The Dell - Inspiron 7415, 2-in-1, 14.0" Touch-Screen Laptop - AMD Ryzen 7 - 16GB Memory - 512GB Solid State Drive says that the color is Mist Blue, but even in the brightest light looks like a charcoal gray at best with maybe a tinge of blue. This 14" 2 in 1 is fairly light weight, 5 pounds or less, and can easily be carried around in one hand and put in some sort of small tote or bag. For this MSRP, I think that Dell could have included at least some sort of sleeve or carrying case because other than the power unit, there are no other accessories that come with the 2 in 1.

    However, this unit does have 360 degree auto-rotate and can thus be used as a laptop in multiple directions, as well as, a tablet in multiple directions, too. I really like this feature for convenience sake. I also really like that this computer can also be used by either engaging the touch pad or just using your fingers, like you would on your smartphone, swiping and touching the computer's screen. Keyboards will pop up on the screen and you can fill in screens or whatever that way versus using the official keyboard.

    The very brief printed owner instructions note that this unit includes Wireless-AX, Bluetooth, Micro SD Card Reader, HDMI and USB Type-C, Waves Maxx Audio and a back lit keyboard that is great for working or playing in dim or no light. This unit does have a fingerprint reader for safety'sake. The Webcam can be shuttered because at the top where the view finder is, there is a sliding mechanism that either puts the view finder either fully open or shut for privacy and especially kids these days with Zoom and other conferences.

    The solid state drive is so very quiet, cool, and the machine is very quick, great if you are wanting to communicate quickly. The reason for only 4 stars is that I do not feel that I have put it through its paces long enough to run into trouble yet. However, the set up is easy peasy, and the battery life is to die for. I took it out of the box with some charge, charged it, and have for a long time just been shutting the covers, not even turning it off, and when I pick it up each time it is on and engaged in a split second or so.

    The only thing that bothered me was that there was no separate 10 key, I am a CPA, but maybe 2 in 1's with only 14" screens do not have enough real estate to put one in. So, other than this 2 in 1 not being able to detach at the hinge and coming with no real accessories. like a stylus pen, carrying case, mouse, or other loaded software, or 24/7 live US-based, no questions asked support like these do on the shopping channels, all is good.

    Jul 05, 2021 20:16
  • Review by gpitts, 8 out of 10
    Reasonable 2-in-1

    The pros of this product would be good battery life and light weight. The display really "pops" with nice colors, and looks large for a 14" display. There's a clever feature where - when using the keyboard in a tradition laptop mode - the bottom of the display serves to lift the front of the keyboard for better ergonomics. There's a unified "key" that serves both as the fingerprint reader as well as the power button.

    The cons include performance limitations given the small form-factor. I'm accustomed to my home PC, which is based on an 11th Generation Intel processor, a lot of DDR4 memory, and a PCIe4 NVMe drive, so the comparison isn't necessarily a fair one. Like most smaller form-factor devices, getting enough information on the display can be challenging, but that's the nature of a smaller device. Lastly, I have dry hands, and I've yet to have a good experience with fingerprint readers. This is no exception - my fingers are hit or miss on the reader.

    All in all, for the money this is a good deal, providing reasonable performance and solid features.

    Jun 12, 2021 08:53
  • Review by Gizmo, 10 out of 10
    Nice laptop, great features & thin, clean design

    The Dell Inspiron 14 arrived in a nondescript cardboard box, not much of an unboxing experience. Included in the box is the laptop, a charger (USB-C) and a plug to go with the charger. Once opened, I was pleasantly surprised with a laptop that is very nicely designed fairly thin, clean and sleek. The top lid is an attractive metallic dark blue color while the lower half is a dark metallic gray color. I’m not sure if I like the two tone color scheme. I think it would look nicer if it were all blue.

    Setup was very straight forward, as with other Windows devices, you simply log in with your Microsoft login and your settings are applied. I like that the camera has a privacy shutter (albeit with a tiny metal slider button that doesn’t slide easily) that you can actually see when it’s activated. I have a work laptop that has a privacy shutter also, but it’s not as obvious when its activated. In addition to the 2 USB 3.2 and 1 USB-C ports, there is a HDMI port! On my 2 other laptops (1-3 years old), they don’t have HDMI ports, so if I wanted to put something on the TV, I need to use a USB-C adapter. There is also a Micro SD slot for your photos. The keyboard is backlit with a high and low setting. While we’re on the keyboard, the function keys do double duty as F1-F12 as well as computer settings (volume, keyboard lighting etc). You toggle between function keys and setting keys by pressing fn+esc buttons to lock the function keys or setting keys. But there’s no indicator to tell you which selection you’re on. On my other laptops, there is either a LED that turns on to let you know that the function keys are active, or you hold the fn key and the setting key to activate. Minor pet peeve I suppose.

    Using the laptop is a very pleasant experience, the keyboard is nicely laid out and a good size. The power button, on the upper right of the keyboard, doubles as a fingerprint reader to log into Windows, definitely a nice feature! I was a bit surprised that facial recognition unlock isn’t available on this laptop though. The 2 in 1 feature is nice, but I don’t usually use the laptop as a tablet, I find it too heavy. I downloaded a trading application I use use daily and it installed and ran very quickly. I also installed Microsoft Office and used Excel and Word with no issues. This laptop should be able to handle all my everyday tasks with ease.

    Dell Mobile Connect: As an iPhone and iMessage user, I usually have my phone nearby to read or send messages. With Dell Mobile Connect, it allows me to send and receive iMessages and text messages, in addition, I get all the notifications on my phone. It tried to mirror my phone basically. It seems to do this somewhat successfully. I can send and receive messages, it won’t however, copy all your current messages on your phone to the app. When I rebooted the PC, the conversations I had started on the PC went away (they’re still on my iPhone). I should also be able access my photos and videos from this app also, but I wasn’t having any luck. Both my laptop and iPhone are on the same wifi; the instructions on the screenovate web site shows that in the Dell Mobile access app, I need to have a setting “allow local network access” toggled in the ON position. On my phone, that setting isn’t even available (see photos uploaded). It seems the Dell Mobile Connect app needs some work, but it’s a good attempt to bridge the gap between your mobile device and PC.

    Alexa came pre-installed with the laptop, this is great, as I have many Alexa products, but don’t have an Alexa speaker near my office where I will be using the laptop. With the Alexa app, I can have Alexa turn on lights, control the thermostat, etc as if I had a speaker nearby! But this isn’t unique to this Dell laptop, I was able to download the Alexa PC app on my other Windows laptop as well.

    Overview:

    This is a great little laptop for anyone looking for a laptop for work or school. The minimal design, features and processor speed makes it a great choice and I would highly recommend it. I did have a few “cons” on my list, but they’re minor issues, not deal breakers. I look forward to using this Dell laptop on a daily basis in my home office!

    Pros:

    1. fingerprint reader

    2. Nice, clean design

    3. Dell Mobile

    4. Mechanical privacy shutter (that you can see when it’s on/off)

    5. Light up keyboard

    6. Alexa

    Cons:

    1. Can’t unlock using face

    2. 2 tone color scheme

    3. No LED to indicate whether function keys are on or not

    4. Privacy shutter difficult to slide

    Jun 13, 2021 22:20
  • Review by NickAtWTF, 10 out of 10
    Great starter laptop for students and new grads

    Dell’s Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 14” is a very good starter laptop computer for students, recent grads, aspiring creatives, or light gamers on the go.

    Other reviewers have commented on the rather minimalistic unboxing, and I for one was super thankful I didn’t have a boatload of plastic nonsense to throw away on unboxing (most of it cannot be recycled anyway). The trash was minimal and it’s a pitch-perfect approach for the audience of this particular laptop.

    The hinge design is actually one of my favorites I've seen in 2-in-1s lately. It's both smooth and substantive all at once - and comparing to a tablet+kickstand+keyboard combo (like the Surface), you'll love the ability to change the angle of the computer without it falling over and/or forcing awkward angles. It feels both lightweight and stable, which is a surprising rarity for 2-in-1’s, and Dell doesn’t disappoint here.

    There was a minimum amount of pre-loaded nonsense, which is a time-saver very much appreciated as my family’s IT person who regularly sets up new devices. Out of the box, it was good to go within about 30 minutes of setup time which seems to be pretty normal these days on Windows machines. The battery life so far has been outstanding. I haven’t needed to try out the Express Charge™ options, but it’s nice they’re included.

    I really liked the advent of the mechanical webcam cover, what I did not like was the comparatively low quality of the ONLY cam on the computer — too low of a quality to allow for facial recognition (which is probably why they included the fingerprint reader?). There is no back-facing webcam like you find on laptops in the 14-17” range, and I don’t really want to attach an external webcam, but it’s “good enough” if you’re just doing video meetings with your team/cohort. The fingerprint reader also makes a lot of sense in a world with masks in classroom settings, where this laptop is likely going to find a huge amount of viability.

    The touchscreen is responsive and works well with the Microsoft pen stylus, and it has a magnetic attach point for the pen on both the left and right sides of the screen. The touchpad is a nice size and has no weird pressure points, the keyboard is also nice to type on — no surprises there (for work laptops you don’t need crazy high-end, you just want it to do its job reliably, and it does here).

    The brightness of the screen and viewing angles are very good and they’re telling the truth about the minimal bezel. You won’t get crazy resolution out of this device or 4K (not really important in the context). You WILL get versatility and battery life, which is important in a laptop for students and new grads.

    The placement and number of the included ports (USB-A, USB-C, HDMI, and MicroSD) are also very good and support almost everything an aspiring creative will be using. The inclusion of Wireless AX/Wi-Fi 6 alongside a generous 512GB SSD HD virtually guarantees this laptop could survive an entire HS or College stretch.

    I have no complaints about this laptop at all - it’s exactly what it should be, and in the context of a starter laptop for a student, or a recent grad’s first computer, or a creative work laptop or portable “good enough” gaming machine, it’s a very good option to consider.

    Jun 18, 2021 17:37
  • Review by SimpleLiving, 10 out of 10
    Great 2-in-1 Laptop

    I was thrilled to get a new computer! As a student, it is crucial to have an efficient computer and this one is excellent for work and study. I have also been very pleased with the sound system and widescreen, which is especially good for streaming movies, shows, and videos whenever I need a break from work. The convertible feature adds to its versatility and offers an up-close look at whatever project or assignment I am working on. The touch screen feature gives the user so much control. Essentially, the computer has everything a modern user will need and so much more!

    The set-up was fairly easy. The very first time I tested the computer, I was greeted by Cortana, which led me through the entire set-up process (I thought that was neat and entertaining). All it takes is signing in to your Microsoft account(s) and there is also an easy, optional feature that links the computer to your phone. It runs and starts up quickly, without lagging. One of my favorite parts of this computer is that it has 459 GB storage space! Storage is a crucial factor that I consider with all my devices because I love to keep all my photos and important files safely stored and I hate to have to delete some photos to make space for more. It is heavier than my last computer, but it is also a lot bigger. Nonetheless, it is still very portable and the battery life is amazing!

    I always prefer having a mouse attached to my laptop and I often need to connect my devices, whether that is to connect my computer to a bigger monitor, import pictures from my camera, or charge my phone or headphones. I am happy that this computer has USB ports that enable all those necessary connections. Webcam quality can definitely improve, but it works well for a computer. The keyboard is smooth and easy-to-use.

    I would definitely recommend this laptop to any student and to someone looking for a great every-day use computer. I am confident that this computer will last me a very long time and that it will adequately meet every one of my needs and expectations securely and reliably.

    Jun 16, 2021 10:01
  • 9.2score
    Microsoft - Surface Laptop Go - 12.4" Touch-Screen - Intel 10th Generation Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 128GB Solid State Drive - Sandstone
    Description

    Make the most of every day with the sleek style, performance, and all-day battery life² you need in the lightest Surface Laptop, all at an exceptional value. Ultra-light and portable profile, the apps* you use every day, premium materials, and a choice of must-have colors will make this your go-to laptop.²Up to 13 hours of battery life based on typical Surface device usage. Testing conducted by Microsoft in September 2020 using preproduction software and preproduction configurations of Surface Laptop Go Testing consisted of full battery discharge with a mixture of active use and modern standby. The active use portion consists of (1) a web browsing test accessing 8 popular websites over multiple open tabs, (2) a productivity test utilizing Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook, and (3) a portion of time with the device in use with idle applications. All settings were default except screen brightness was set to 150nits with Auto-Brightness disabled. Wi-Fi was connected to a network. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage and other factors.

    16 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • A screen to fuel your dreams: 12.4”⁷ PixelsenseTM touchscreen, signature 3:2 ratio gives you the optimum space to see more, do more, and fuel your dreams.
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1035G1 processor: Smart dual-core, four-way processing performance. Intel Turbo Boost Technology delivers dynamic extra power when you need it, while increasing energy efficiency when you don't.
  • 8GB system memory for advanced multitasking: Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 128GB solid state drive (SSD): While offering less storage space than a hard drive, a flash-based SSD has no moving parts, resulting in faster start-up times and data access, no noise, and reduced heat production and power draw on the battery.
  • Intel® UHD Graphics: On-processor graphics with shared video memory provide everyday image quality for Internet use, basic photo editing and casual gaming.
  • The lightest Surface Laptop yet: Take the lightest Surface Laptop with you everywhere at just 2.45 pounds.
  • Power through your day: Up to 13 hours of battery life.² Plus, recharge quickly with Fast Charging – up to 80% in about an hour.
  • Choose your perfect match: Available in Platinum, Ice Blue and Sandstone³ all in a durable, cool metal finish. ³Available colors may vary by market.
  • Wireless/Wired connectivity (WiFi 6 - 802.11 ax): Flexible, dual-band connectivity w/ greater reliability thanks to two data streams and antennas. Connect to a Wi-Fi router to experience GB Wi-Fi speeds nearly 3X faster vs. standard Wi-Fi 5 w/ improved responsiveness for even more devices.
  • Built-in 720p HD camera: Show your best side on video calls, meetings, and virtual get-togethers with the built-in 720p HD camera.
  • Type in comfort all day: Full-size keyboard with large, precision trackpad. Perfect for papers, presentations, emails, and more.
  • Every day, everywhere: Make the most of every day with the sleek style, performance, and all-day battery life² you need in the lightest Surface Laptop, all at an exceptional value.
  • Familiar features and trusted security: Get started with convenient security and the Windows you know⁴. Enjoy amazing sound for music and shows. And, easily connect to other devices and accessories.
  • Get it done with your favorite apps: Collaborate, connect, and do your best work with the must-have everyday laptop. Power through your favorite apps, backed by all-day battery life.²
  • Windows 10 Home in S mode: Do great things with Windows 10.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Mal89, 10 out of 10
    Outstanding

    In the past year I have gone through 2 Laptop computers. Unfortunately that saying you get what you pay for is true, I cannot express how HAPPY I am with this device. The picture doesn't do it justice it is very beautiful. I have the Ice Blue model Specs 10th Gen intel core i5 processor 128GB. Very fast, EXTREAMLY responsive one of if not the best computers "window" computers that is...I have ever had. The crazy part is that this is considered one of their budget models and the budget laptops I have gotten in the past TRULY are budget. This one feels different from boot up until I am finish working on the device. $600+ no isn't cheap, however then again that saying you get what you pay for rings true; a little more for a more reliable computer is well worth it. Great for kids who are learning from home, Great for work at homers like myself. Yes, you can even play games I played The Sims game, which isn't using near as much graphics or cpu as other games ; I found no issues still. My other duds would close out or not respond while playing The Sims. YOU will not be disappointed with this device. I PROMISE.

    Mar 23, 2021 21:10
  • Review by Tomas, 10 out of 10
    Small and light laptop for uni

    A nice, small and light laptop. Bought primarily for having around school. It has good enough specs to run more intensive programs such as solidworks and less intensive games. Would recommend for anyone who is looking for a decently priced, light laptop who does not want to spend a lot of money on overkill specs.

    Oct 08, 2021 16:22
  • Review by Customer, 10 out of 10
    Solid device w/premium quality device, great price

    My wife upgraded to this one from her old Surface Pro 3 and absolutely loves it! The overall feel from the body to key comfort got her attention. Awesome battery life, camera, microphones and performance.

    Oct 23, 2020 20:48
  • Review by Thora, 8 out of 10
    Good Laptop

    When I was looking to get a new laptop, I knew I wanted a surface, I just wasn’t sure which one. This one was in a good price range and was what I needed for what I was planning to do (writing). This laptop is nothing overly special per day, but it’s exactly what I needed.

    Mar 06, 2021 11:11
  • Review by J15N, 10 out of 10
    Amazing

    This laptop is perfect for going to Uni online. It runs everything I need at a perfect speed. A great dupe of the MacBook for Microsoft users. Love it!

    Mar 05, 2021 16:29
  • Review by Alonso, 10 out of 10
    Perfect !

    It’s overall a very powerful computer. It’s perfect for any scenario except it doesn’t have a backlit keyboard

    May 07, 2021 20:30
  • Review by RoseGoldIsMyJam, 10 out of 10
    Beautiful Workhorse

    I am IN LOVE with this beautiful work-of-art laptop, which shows what's possible with both form and function are top notch! It's glorious to look at and effortless to work on. I haven't been so happy with a purchase in A LONG LONG TIME!!! And just when you thought things couldn't get any better, I used my new Best Buy credit card and paid it off in short order, which meant I didn't (a) have to come up with the whole purchase price at once, and (b) didn't have to spend anything in interest charges, either. I'd call the whole experience a WIN, WIN, WIN!

    Oct 18, 2021 08:17
  • Review by missCL, 10 out of 10
    Budget Friendly Laptop

    I bought this laptop for college and it does everything I need it to. I was able to play light games such as Roblox.

    Sep 15, 2021 20:43
  • 9.2score
    Microsoft - Surface Laptop 4 - 15” Touch-Screen – Intel Core i7 – 16GB Memory - 512GB Solid State Drive (Latest Model) - Matte Black
    Description

    Stand out on HD video calls backed by Studio Mics. Capture ideas on the vibrant PixelSense™ touchscreen. Surround yourself with immersive, theater-like Dolby Atmos® audio⁶. Do it all with a perfect balance of sleek, ultra-thin design, and more speed, now up to 70% faster – with significantly longer battery life than before¹. Two sizes. Two keyboard finishes. Plus, choice of 11th Gen Intel® Core™ or exclusive AMD Ryzen™ Microsoft Surface® Edition processors².

    12 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Get the most out of your screen space: Choose 15” for the best streaming, split-screen multitasking, and gaming experiences; or 13.5” for the perfect balance of productivity and portability. The Surface signature 3:2 ratio gives you the most vertical screen real estate on a laptop³.
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processor: Power to do what you want with up to 70% more speed than before and an 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processor.
  • 16GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming: Reams of high-bandwidth LPDDR4x RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 512GB Solid State Drive (SSD): Expansive SSD has no moving parts, resulting in faster start-up times and data access, no noise, and reduced heat production and power draw on the battery. Holds your growing collection of digital photos, music and videos.
  • Make it your own: Slim, sleek design with rich tone-on-tone colors in warm Alcantara® material or cool metal finish. Choose from new Ice Blue, plus Sandstone, Matte Black, and Platinum²​.
  • Do more with the Windows you know: Comes with Windows 10 Home, giving you familiar features, trusted security, and automatic updates.
  • Intel Iris Xe Graphics: Integrated graphics provides everyday image quality for Internet use, video streaming and casual gaming.
  • Improved all-day battery life: Go from low battery to full faster with Fast Charging – up to 80% in about an hour⁵. Feel free to move about your home or workspace easily with significantly longer battery life than before¹.
  • Show your best side on video calls: Sharp video and image quality, even in low light, thanks to a front-facing 720p HD camera and be heard loud and clear with dual far-field Studio Mics that capture your voice and reduce background noise.
  • Connect in more ways: Plug in the accessories you use today with built-in ​USB-C® and USB-A ports, Surface Connect for charging, and headphone jack.
  • Built for Windows Ink: With Windows Ink-compatible computers, you can take notes on screen, mark up photos and screen shots, or create content through Ink-enabled apps. Learn more ›
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by SurfaceLaptop4, 10 out of 10
    Better delivery that from Microsoft itself!

    I got this latest laptop to replace my 6 yr old Surface Book. The Surface Laptop 4 is so much faster and startup is much simpler. I was able to easily get this from Best Buy within 10 days, yet Microsoft would not promise delivery until mid-September- CRAZY! Best Buy delivered when they promised and without issues. My only concern is with Microsoft and all the talk about Windows 11 which may not be compatible with the Laptop 4; then I hear today that Microsoft is planning to announce a much improved laptop in the Fall. Seems like there is an opportunity to establish a generous trade in for buying whatever new laptop Microsoft is planning.

    Aug 14, 2021 08:05
  • Review by cab123, 8 out of 10
    Great laptop... but battery only lasts me 5 hours

    So far so good.... really loving this laptop. My only problem is I bought it because my laptop didn't meet the battery or storage requirements for my graduate school program so I bought this laptop because the battery was supposed to last "up to 16 hours"... so far it has lasted me 5 hours with my normal use (opening up a few different word documents and the internet at the same time, brightness up, no music or anything playing). Disappointed in the battery life for sure. BUT at least the battery charges super fast (~1.5 hours) so if im at school, I can charge during lunch if need be.

    The laptop was also a bit glitchy right out of the box (shut down internet browser, bottom taskbar kept loading), but no problems since then.

    Other than that, i'm loving the new laptop. I love the keyboard, the mousepad, etc. It's nice and light and love the color.

    Overall, I would recommend, but think the battery life should say "up to 5 hours of normal use" instead of 16.

    Apr 21, 2021 20:02
  • Review by newbie, 6 out of 10
    Disappointed

    After being excited about finding the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 in stock, I was disappointed with the battery life. I was under the impression that I would receive at least 8-10 hours of battery life while checking email and opening 8-10 webpages at a time. I was sadly disappointed that my experience was the total opposite. I only received 3-4 hours of battery life before I had to plug in. Sadly, after many weeks of research, I had no choice but to return Microsoft Surface Laptop 4.

    Jul 17, 2021 07:10
  • Review by KeepCoronasCold, 10 out of 10
    The beat continues!

    Everything you could want in a powerful yet elegant laptop that can run anything! The major reason to upgrade was that my old Surface Laptop would not support Windows 11. Purchased from Best Buy because the pricing was great and availability was immediate.

    Oct 29, 2021 16:38
  • Review by DanS, 6 out of 10
    Not what I was expecting

    I had high hopes for this computer, but at double the ram and processor speed than the Surface Book 1 that it was replacing, it had some issues that I could not overlook. The first was crashing during a zoom call and the lag/hang ups that I experienced with it. The matte black was also not a good choice for me as it showed smudges and fingerprints all over the case. I bought a keyboard slip protector that works great at keeping the keys clean, but I ended up returning the computer and re-up-upgrading to the Surface Studio Laptop. I really like the Studio, but it was an extra thousand dollars than the Laptop 4 with even double the ram and storage, but the battery life on the studio is just horrible. I can't win for trying......

    Oct 15, 2021 07:01
  • Review by gamer, 10 out of 10
    The lightest surface laptop so far with 15 inch

    The lightest surface laptop so far with 15 inch monitor, slimmer than surface book

    Oct 08, 2021 16:00
  • Review by NDman123, 10 out of 10
    Great Computer

    Very good computer. Fast and Lightweight. Good for my use as an Accounting Student

    Nov 05, 2021 15:37
  • Review by laptop, 10 out of 10
    surface 4

    we had a surace 2 laptop and it was a really good computer; we decided to stay with micro-soft surface products. This is why we chose the surface 4 as our new upgrade. These are great laptops; sure we could have gone with a lesser brand and lower priced one but the micro-soft surface has proven to be a reliable product; we chose to get it from Best buy as we did the surface 2 that we bought several years ago.

    May 28, 2021 17:01
  • 9.2score
    Microsoft - Surface Pro 7 - 12.3" Touch Screen - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 128GB SSD - Device Only - Platinum
    Description

    At your desk, on the couch, or out in the yard, Surface Pro 7 adapts to the way you work with laptop-to-tablet versatility. And now, it delivers more power than ever, with a laptop-class Intel® Core™ processor, all-day battery¹, Instant On, and improved graphics — plus more multitasking connections, including both USB-C® and USB-A ports.

    11 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Connect, create, get comfortable: Whatever your office looks like, be it a desk, couch, or dining table, Surface Pro 7 is your ultra-light, endlessly adaptable partner — now with faster processing and more connections — plus all-day battery life.¹
  • More powerful in every way: Chase your dream and get seriously productive with mega-multitasking laptop power, all-day battery,¹ and plenty of memory and storage.
  • Powered by a 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processor: Surface Pro 7 keeps up with you — with multitasking speed, stunning entertainment, incredible Wi-Fi performance, and long battery life.¹
  • Get back to work the moment inspiration strikes: With Fast Charging, all-day battery¹ and Instant On, you can get back to work right now, tonight, or tomorrow. Surface Pro 7 stands ready to take your ideas to the next level whenever you are.
  • Built-in cameras that show your best side: 1080p HD video webcams are perfect for all your calls, meetings, virtual get togethers and more.
  • Connect and keep up the way you want to: Video calls and meetings come to life with spectacular audio and video with far-field Studio Mics, Dolby® Audio™ sound, and HD cameras that automatically adjust to indoor and outdoor lighting conditions.
  • A brilliant display: The high-resolution 12.3” PixelSense™ Display with touchscreen automatically adjusts to lighting conditions.
  • Make a statement with signature accessories: Personalize your Surface Pro 7 with the Surface Pro accessories you know. Choose from Platinum or Matte Black.⁴
  • Be heard loud and clear: Whether in conference calls or using voice dictation in Office apps* with enhanced dual far-field Studio Mics. Plus, enjoy crisp, clear audio for music, podcasts, and movies with Dolby® Audio™ sound.
  • Do more with the Windows you know: Comes with Windows 10 Home, giving you familiar features, trusted security, and automatic updates.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Isaiah, 10 out of 10
    Perfect upgrade for Samsung Note Pro 12.2

    OS: Windows 10. I have been on the same ecosystem since I could type, so very pleased it's running like a gem.

    Login: no fingerprint, but so far the facial detection runs great with no hassle.

    Touchscreen is sensitive and precise, with option for calibration. I suggest getting the bundle, so the keyboard and pen come with the package.

    Kickstand: been using my Pro 7 for 3 months now and hinges are sturdy and stable.

    Weight: considering it's literally a laptop masquerading as a tablet, it's got a bit more weight to it than your typical Samsung Tab's or iPads.

    Double speakers on the sides are awesome!

    Cameras are above average, but I doubt you'd use this tablet to do a lot of shooting in the field. But resolution is decent for your typical Skype, Zoom, and Messengers meetings.

    Specs for eval: core i5, 128 gb storage, 8gb RAM.

    Jul 15, 2020 10:45
  • Review by AylinC, 8 out of 10
    Love it!

    I love this device. I wanted to get the i7 one but decided to go with the i5 instead and I don’t regret it. It’s very fast when it comes to turn it on and off, loading up apps and downloading things. It handles multiple apps running on the same time. It does heat up sort of fast but it’s fine. Doesn’t affect how things are running. The device does scratch up easy so I’d be careful. But other than that, it’s really awesome. I’m able to do my work, read, write, and watch movies, play games in this tablet. The battery life last for a good while and I don’t even do battery saver.

    Oct 15, 2021 15:53
  • Review by BustaAndroidNow, 10 out of 10
    For the busy man of the house.

    I am not a tech guy in the least though I love anything that makes my life just alittle less hectic and brings a semblance of order to it and I must say the Surface Pro 7 has yet to disappoint. Although I have an iPhone I choose the Surface Pro 7 because I needed something compact but, also with enough RAM to run programs like Photoshop since I tattoo and create digital art. I got the best of both worlds...a tablet and a fully capable laptop. If you need something more than to watch cartoons on or chase Twitter feeds....then this is what you need. The. Pen does not lag, which is definitely a

    Plus...and I love the the detachable keyboard/cover. Great all the way around

    Apr 28, 2021 20:01
  • Review by Alex, 10 out of 10
    Great hybrid device that crosses many lines.

    I am a dyed in the wool Mac user, and I chose this device as my first Windows 10 box. I have a lot to say about the surface pro, but I would say that unless you need a really powerful machine, this is pretty close to perfect. You can dock it and use it as a desktop, attach a keyboard and use it as a laptop, or sit on the sofa and use it as a tablet. Does Windows 10 as a tablet have issues? Yep, big time. But this hardware is top notch and perfect for email, writing, productivity, watching video, and most other things people want to do with a computer. I'd grab more than 128 GB if this is your only device or you're a pretty serious hobbyist. The keyboard and pen are worth adding on, which increase the price by a lot, but it's a great experience.

    Jun 05, 2021 16:53
  • Review by Darrell, 10 out of 10
    Great So Far

    I wanted something smaller and lighter than my Surface Book, so I went with the Surface Pro. This model fits well into the pocket sleeve in my portfolio unlike my Surface Book which goes in my backpack. The colored keyboard, mouse, and stylus are nice options. Furthermore, the Surface Pro can also use my docking station allowing me to use an additional dual monitor setup as well as the Surface Pro monitor itself. If you like dual monitors, try three.

    Feb 28, 2020 17:34
  • Review by NCB86, 10 out of 10
    Surface Pro 7

    This Surface Pro 7 is a Excellent product to get its great quality and very convenient to use at Home are on the go.

    Sep 25, 2021 16:25
  • Review by Alphonso, 10 out of 10
    Great tablet that is universal

    My wife loves it! The flexibility for having a tablet when you want and a laptop when you choose is the best. She also loves the programs that seem to be very easy. Only complaints is that lack of options for the kick stand.

    Jul 15, 2020 16:34
  • Review by Bee2e, 8 out of 10
    Really Nice Computer!

    It was a gift for my husband on Fathers Day and he LOVES IT! The reason I chose this laptop was because my sister has one and she has had it for at least 3 to 4 years and it works like a charm.

    Jul 03, 2020 19:48
  • 9.2score
    Lenovo - Yoga 7i 2-in-1 15.6" Touch Screen Laptop - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 256GB Solid State Drive - Slate Grey
    Description

    The Lenovo™ Yoga™ 7i 15" combines versatile portability and enhanced productivity, thanks to the boundary-breaking performance and responsiveness of 11th generation Intel® Core™ i5 processors and vibrant FHD clarity with Intel® Iris® Xe graphics. Go anywhere with a sleek 2-in-1 metal chassis featuring thoughtful details including a webcam privacy shutter..

    18 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Windows 11 Operating System: Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.
  • 15.6" Full HD 10-point multitouch screen: The 1920 x 1080 resolution boasts impressive color and clarity. Touch, tap, glide and make the most of Windows 11. Energy-efficient LED backlight.
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1135G7 mobile processor: Ultra-low-voltage platform. Quad-core, eight-way processing provides maximum high-efficiency power to go.
  • 8GB system memory for advanced multitasking: Plenty of high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 256GB solid state drive (SSD): The flash-based SSD has no moving parts, resulting in faster start-up times and data access, no noise, and reduced heat production and power draw on the battery.
  • 360° flip-and-fold design: Offers four versatile modes — laptop, tablet, tent and stand. Lenovo Transition automatically switches specific applications to full screen when changing from PC to tablet, tent or stand position.
  • Intel® Iris Xe Graphics: Impressive performance for creating, gaming, and entertainment. A new level of graphics performance and crisp, stunning visuals – with the convenience of a thin & light laptop.
  • Weighs 4.18 lbs. and measures 0.76" thin: Lightweight design, featuring a slightly smaller screen and omitting the DVD/CD drive for improved portability. 4-cell lithium-ion battery.
  • Aluminum chassis: Offers a sleek look.
  • Thunderbolt port for connecting advanced monitors and external drives: This single interface supports both high-speed data and high-def video — plus power over cable for bus-powered devices — ideal for digital content creators.
  • Wireless/Wired connectivity (WiFi 6 - 802.11 ax): Flexible, dual-band connectivity w/ greater reliability thanks to two data streams and antennas. Connect to a Wi-Fi router to experience GB Wi-Fi speeds nearly 3X faster vs. standard Wi-Fi 5 w/ improved responsiveness for even more devices.
  • Built-in HD webcam with TrueBlock Privacy Shutter: Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends or teleconference with colleagues over Skype or other popular applications. Slide the TrueBlock Privacy Shutter closed for peace of mind when you’re not using your webcam.
  • Backlit keyboard for easy typing in dim or dark locations: Touchpad with scroll and multitouch capability.
  • Built-in fingerprint reader: Streamlines security settings for quick, typo-free access.
  • Basic software package included: 1-month trial of Microsoft Office 365.
  • Additional port: Headphone/microphone combo jack.
  • Alexa Built In*: With Alexa on your PC, you can voice control your day at home and on the go. Just ask, and Alexa can add an appointment to your calendar, turn on the lights, set a reminder, or play today's hits. *Requires Activation
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by GingerbreadMan29, 10 out of 10
    Nice Bang for the Buck

    I needed a new work computer. Wanted a 15" to lessen the strain on my eyes from looking nat spreadsheets all day. This checked all the boxes USB-C charging, touchscreen, number keypad.

    A few days in I'm more than pleased with the resolution if the display. The keyboard is an adjustment but I'll benefit from the numberpad in the long run. Machine came with Windows 11 Home installed. Haven't had the opportunity to explore new features. Applications load fast and it wakes immediately using the fingerprint scanner. Speakers aren't that great but I have connected to an external display with speakers. I have not tweaked sound settings yet.

    Definitely not an Ultrabook, the heft is there. Not unwieldy but wouldn't want to transport daily. I considered the Samsung Galaxy Pro 360 but the Yoga 7i was a no brainer given it's almost half the price.

    Oct 17, 2021 10:50
  • Review by Frannied, 10 out of 10
    Lenvo Yoga 7i

    Lenova Yoga 7I light weight. Can be used as a tablet or laptop. Up grades right away to windows 11. 7i processor is fast. I was able to link up to my micosoft account right away. Comes with finger print acess for added security. Great graphics. So far i enjoy my experience.

    Nov 04, 2021 03:04
  • Review by Debeburks, 10 out of 10
    My First Lenovo laptop

    I have only had my laptop a weeks but so far I really like it.

    The back lite keyboard is nice and the screen size is perfect for me.

    The laptop is light weight .

    Anthony transfered my data from my old laptop to my new one and because I have the beta plan it was included. He did a great job and put everything where I wanted it.

    I am a happy senior right now.

    Sep 04, 2021 07:57
  • Review by Nanabg, 10 out of 10
    Lenovo Laptop

    First time to buy a Lenovo laptop. I had always had mainly Dell and a couple of HP so I was skeptical. I absolutely love my Lenovo Yoga. I would definitely recommend a Lenovo laptop. Thank you!

    Aug 28, 2021 14:48
  • Review by Sayy, 8 out of 10
    Great purchase

    I loveeee this laptop so far. I have done some research and spoke to many different sales reps before purchasing. Only reason I give it a 4 out of 5 is I can not find a hard shell case for it! I have a three year old who is sometimes a little rough!

    Feb 04, 2021 07:53
  • Review by Tyeshan, 10 out of 10
    Greatness

    I love everything about this computer. The screen is huge, it's an ear of use, I adore the keyboard light, the battery life (omg, the linear I've used).. just great all around and my 5 year old loves it abs uses it easily..

    Jan 06, 2021 04:21
  • Review by jacky, 10 out of 10
    worth every penny

    My pic says it all, just check it out.

    ...............

    Feb 01, 2021 11:00
  • Review by Fresman, 10 out of 10
    Pretty great purchase

    Great purchase. I think the screen hurts my head after a certain point, but that’s just a reminder to limit my screen time. I’m a freshman in college and it’s definitely doing a great job. I don’t really have anything negative to say about it.

    Sep 05, 2021 20:01
  • 9.2score
    Microsoft - Surface Pro 7 - 12.3" Touch Screen - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 256GB SSD - Device Only - Matte Black
    Description

    At your desk, on the couch, or out in the yard, Surface Pro 7 adapts to the way you work with laptop-to-tablet versatility. And now, it delivers more power than ever, with a laptop-class Intel® Core™ processor, all-day battery¹, Instant On, and improved graphics — plus more multitasking connections, including both USB-C® and USB-A ports.

    13 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Premium performance on the go: Powered by Qualcomm®, the new custom Microsoft SQ1 processor delivers multitasking laptop performance, all-day battery life¹, and fast LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity.
  • No Wi-Fi, no problem: In addition to Wi-Fi, every model comes enabled with blazing-fast LTE Advanced Pro³ connectivity.
  • See more and do more on 13" screen: The virtually edge-to-edge high-resolution PixelSense™ display touch screen and Surface signature 3:2 ratio give you more workspace. Ambient light sensing automatically adjusts to lighting conditions.
  • Our thinnest Surface ever⁹: Perfect for your on-the-go lifestyle - sleek and slim, in Matte Black, Surface Pro X is just 7.33mm thin and starts at 1.7 pounds.²
  • Modern connections for multitasking: Two USB-C™ ports allow connecting to displays, docking stations and more, as well as accessory charging.
  • Your laptop, your way: The next-generation laptop features the versatility of a studio and tablet, so you can type, touch, draw, write, work, and play more naturally.
  • Complete your experience with powerful accessories that are always at your fingertips: Make it a full laptop and portable studio with Surface Pro X Signature Keyboard, Slim Pen*, and Surface Arc Mouse.*
  • Next-generation laptop-grade performance with on-the-go mobility: Up to 16GB RAM and 256GB of storage.⁴
  • All-day battery life: Up to 13 hours¹, and the ability to go from empty to full fast - about 80% in just under an hour.⁸ Comes with Instant On and improved battery standby that extends your battery when you're away.¹
  • Do more with the Windows you know: Comes with Windows 10 Home, giving you familiar features, trusted security, and automatic updates.
  • You are the password: Log in securely with Windows Hello sign-in, a fast and secure way to unlock Surface Pro X.
  • Work without an office: Get more done with Office 365* and quickly accomplish everyday tasks with fast web browsing in Microsoft Edge and Chrome.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Culpepper, 10 out of 10
    Surface Pro 7 - Awesome buy.

    I purchased this to replace a laptop that I was having issues with things loading. So far I love the ease that comes with the Microsoft Surface Pro 7. I haven't done too much on it yet as I am still getting things set up on it. The plan is for this to be the device I use when I am not at home and need to work on school stuff. Purchased as a bundle with the keyboard and then decided to purchase the pen as well. I love having the pen as I do not use a mouse with this and I can use the pen to scroll on webpages and all that. I definitely recommend purchasing a case for the device to give yourself more protection. The only thing I have had so far is that is did freeze up on me once and I had to hold the power button down until it shut down and then restarted it. Have not had the issue again.

    Feb 22, 2021 11:03
  • Review by Prelude428, 10 out of 10
    Wow! Very nice upgrade!

    Coming from an sp3 and this one is a huge step up! I don’t think it would be a big difference but happy we made the upgrade!

    Apr 09, 2021 17:12
  • Review by SurfacePro7, 8 out of 10
    Quite the Upgrade Surface Pro 2 to Surface Pro 7

    This Surface Pro 7 is a replacement for my old Surface Pro 2. It's bigger and shinier and faster and bigger inside :-). I especially like that we got the Type Cover. My old one's battery got too tired to recharge and you don't replace those; so it was time for a new one. It gave me 7 years of great service and I'm hoping to get at least the same from this one.

    So far it works the same as the old one. My only problem is that it goes to sleep and doesn't want to wake up. I have worked around that by adjusting the settings to not let it go into deep sleep. I haven't tested the battery life yet to see if it lasts all day unplugged.

    I really like having the Type Cover both for inputting data and for protecting the glass when in transit. Would highly recommend getting that and it is a nice keyboard as well.

    Jun 01, 2021 18:20
  • Review by Abraham, 10 out of 10
    8gb memory I5 256g ssd model

    Great tablet/computer. I got this when it was on sale for $999 primarily for design since I do custom made cake toppers using Affinity Designer. This laptop meets and exceeds my expectations:) I didn’t want to carry around a laptop around and this is very lightweight and performs as should using these designs programs including Adobe Illustrator. The resolution is far better than my laptop (HP).

    I bought the keyboard later down the road and the pen works amazing. I’m glad I’ve made this investment.

    Mar 13, 2020 16:24
  • Review by Alexis19, 10 out of 10
    Surface Pro

    I love this computer! I’m in college so I wanted something small but I could carry around with me with no trouble and this is perfect. It does anything I need it to and converts into a tablet if I need to take notes for class! Overall 5/5

    Mar 20, 2020 21:51
  • Review by Patty, 10 out of 10
    Buy it.

    It is a great tablet, i use it Monday to Saturday for work and it is very practical. Very slick and modern. All my friends and coworkers ask what brand is it, the system is very fast and the colors and all look phenomenal. I really recommend it for work, school or just pure entertainment. 100% recommended.

    Jul 30, 2021 17:18
  • Review by JCFan, 10 out of 10
    A jack of all trades!

    The 7th version of Microsoft's tablet is another evolution in the tried and true design with no real changes from last year other than the addition of the USB-C port. Internally you'll get the latest 10th gen Dual or Quad core processors depending on the model you choose. What makes this a great device (with the mandatory type cover; you'll need and want this) is that it can suit so many diverse use cases. Want a tablet? Check. Need a laptop? Check. Want to take notes for school or work or draw (again, with the optional pen)? Check. If you have the ability to get all of the accessories like the Type Cover, Pen, and Docking Station, you'll have a device that can do it all (except serious gaming). It can be expensive getting all the accessories but it makes up for it by being really good at pretty much everything. Cameras on front and back make it easy to chat or grab a quick photo. The kickstand lets you set almost any angle you'd like. The display is super sharp and clear for watching videos or viewing photos. Don't skimp on the RAM and get at least the 8GB versions. The i5 versions have no fan and always remain quiet and pretty cool. The i7 models have great performance but will bring a fan along that you'll hear if you are pushing performance. Overall, a highly recommended device.

    Nov 08, 2019 15:48
  • Review by ReverendDC, 10 out of 10
    What An Upgrade!!

    After buying into the "Surface Life" with a surplus Surface Pro 2, I was hooked on the Microsoft Surface Pro series. No other device offers the functionality, portability, and power in such a small, light device. While carrying dual core Intel processors for the first 5 generations of devices, it surpassed expectations in productivity and, yes, even gaming in a system that often exceeded the performance of similarly spec'd computers.

    I purchased a Surface Pro 6 a short 6 months ago, and the bounce was noticeable. With an i5 boasting 4c/8t performance, even at the "entry level" 128GB system (not counting the m3, which was not worthy of the "Pro" label) and NO FAN (the Pro 6 and 7 i5 models share this trait, as fans in tablets are WRONG) and 8GB of RAM, gaming on a tablet (along with that pesky productivity ability) became a thing.

    When the Surface Pro 7 came out a short month ago, it looked like a very minor refresh, with the biggest changes being a USB-C port replacing the miniDP and a two generation jump from the Intel 8th gen to 10th gen graphics...most reviews looked to be accurate with a solid "meh."

    Since my wife also wanted a Pro, the time had come to decided upon another 6 or to move to a 7 (don't worry, she got a laptop too...Merry Christmas!). Even with the steep discounts for the Pro 6s, I HATE being behind. The Surface Pro 7 it was...

    ...and it was the correct choice, indeed. While the 1035G4 didn't appear to be too much of an increase from the 8250 of the Pro 6, in reality, the jump in pure power is exceptional. One wouldn't think so with the drop in base frequency to 1.1 GHz, but the boost speed is greater, and, due to the excellent thermals of the Pros themselves, maintains higher than base clocks the huge majority of the time when under any load. In addition, the overlooked Iris Pro graphics now come close to matching the Nvidia base MX150 graphics in games with 48 ECs vs the 24 ECs in the UHD 620 setup, although the frequency stays the same on both. Guild Wars 2 dailies, Battlefield 4 (4!!!!), Elite Dangerous...not only doable, but fun...in a tablet (NO FAN).

    The jump from DDR3 to DDR4 is another update that doesn't look big on paper, but works wonders for the overall device speed.

    The USB-C port (no, NOT Thunderbolt 3) is a welcome change from the miniDP port, and the dongle life has never been easier to carry as a result. This change alone easily reduces the dongles required from 5-10 (depending on your needs) to a maximum of 1 the majority of the time (a sweet USB-C hub with the original DP, VGA, HDMI, multiple USB 3 ports and an ethernet port are not hard to find at a reasonable price). Likewise, the charging capabilities through both the Surface Connector and the USB-C port make for an excellent means of always staying charged.

    The screen, always a strong suite of the line, remains, as does the awesome removable keyboard; neither required an update. A small color accuracy update would have been great for the screen, but not truly necessary. The pen and Arc mouse remain great, but not necessary accessories (the argument could be made that the Surface isn't truly complete without the Surface Pen, though).

    In addition, in one of the truly underrated updates, the WiFi chipset was FINALLY updated to an Intel model from the previously atrocious Marvell chips on the Pro 6 and earlier...and it comes with WiFi 6 for futureproofing. This is a HUGE update, and maintains both speed and connection in a far better manner. We aren't even mentioning the Bluetooth 5 capability.

    Audio jack (ahem, Apple), external microSD card slot, the very unappreciated Instant On with Windows Hello functionality, excellent build quality, 1024 levels of touch sensitivity, wonderful stereo speakers, front and rear decent cameras with excellent audio capture for conference calls, literally MILLIONS of tried and true Win32 applications...the benefits go on and on. All in a (FANLESS) tablet. Oh, and Windows 10.

    A perfect device, then? Um...no. No LTE option?! We get the awesome Instant On, why can't we also have the Always Connected" option as well? While I'm a personal fan of the bezels (they make it a LOT easier to hold as a tablet), it is a blast from the past for many who are used to seeing the bezels shrinking into the abyss (there's the Surface Pro X for that, although...ARM...for Windows? NOT SOLD...yet). Microsoft...I know Thunderbolt 3 is a battery hog, but you really should have had this included, even as an option on some of the higher SKUs. Speaking of battery life, the firmware definitely needs tweaking (anyone with a Surface knows that this WILL happen), as the battery usage, while understandably higher because of the G4 vs UHD 620, definitely takes a hit compared to the mature 4th - 8th generation firmware and drivers (Intel tick-tock-tock-tocked their way through the last 5 generations on the 14nm process). Microsoft (again), if you are going to call this a 2-in-1, then you should include the keyboard. Enough of this nickel/diming (more like $50/$100-ing) for essential and much desired equipment, like the KEYBOARD. Once you use the Pen, you will not know how you lived without it (the response is almost as good as the Apple Pencil in response time, and the feel is wonderful), but it's $100 as well...with a non-recharging battery?! Why does the Surface PRO (PRO) series NOT INCLUDE WINDOWS PRO?! Which brings us to...

    ...dat price doe!!!! Although I proudly live the "Surface Life," the cost of entry is truly Apple-esque. "Value" in this case really depends on the user and use cases. If you are looking for a content delivery system, go buy a base iPad or Samsung tablet (or an Amazon Fire if you are one of THOSE PEOPLE). However, the old adage of "the best tool for the job is the one you have with you" remains true, and you will find yourself bringing the less than 2 pounds of a full and powerful Windows device with you everywhere far more often than that 15" (or even 13") laptop that can weigh twice as much with far more plastic involved. This is a system for business users, prosumers, and those who want a jewelry-like Windows tablet that matches and even exceeds (in some ways) the design savoir faire of the fruit people, and has a price to match. The "value" proposition then is not a one-to-one comparison, but a one-to-two or one-to-three comparison (replacing a laptop and a tablet with one device). Even cheap end equipment will add up to the cost of a single Surface Pro 7 on the low i5 end in these cases, and adds up to much more for mid range stuff, like an iPad Pro and an "Ultrabook."

    It's also a great content consumption device.

    In conclusion, if you want a great, well designed tablet/laptop thing that is easy to carry, easy to pack, has great power and battery life on demand, and just plain works, this is one of the best options on the market, and well worth the price of admission. If you are looking for an update from the Pro 5 or earlier, it's a no-brainer, especially with a ton of trade-in options (right now, Best Buy is guaranteeing $200 or more dollars with a Surface Pro trade in, any generation). If you have a Surface Pro 6 and no pressing need to push your gaming envelope or cut down on the donglage, the Pro 7 is still a great update option, but not one that will move most peoples' meter too much. If you are looking at a new "Ultrabook" or replacement for a productivity laptop, look no further. A great option for every occasion!

    Nov 16, 2019 00:17
  • 9.2score
    Microsoft - Surface Laptop Go - 12.4" Touch-Screen - Intel 10th Generation Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 128GB Solid State Drive - Sandstone
    Description

    Make the most of every day with the sleek style, performance, and all-day battery life² you need in the lightest Surface Laptop, all at an exceptional value. Ultra-light and portable profile, the apps* you use every day, premium materials, and a choice of must-have colors will make this your go-to laptop.²Up to 13 hours of battery life based on typical Surface device usage. Testing conducted by Microsoft in September 2020 using preproduction software and preproduction configurations of Surface Laptop Go Testing consisted of full battery discharge with a mixture of active use and modern standby. The active use portion consists of (1) a web browsing test accessing 8 popular websites over multiple open tabs, (2) a productivity test utilizing Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook, and (3) a portion of time with the device in use with idle applications. All settings were default except screen brightness was set to 150nits with Auto-Brightness disabled. Wi-Fi was connected to a network. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage and other factors.

    16 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • A screen to fuel your dreams: 12.4”⁷ PixelsenseTM touchscreen, signature 3:2 ratio gives you the optimum space to see more, do more, and fuel your dreams.
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1035G1 processor: Smart dual-core, four-way processing performance. Intel Turbo Boost Technology delivers dynamic extra power when you need it, while increasing energy efficiency when you don't.
  • 8GB system memory for advanced multitasking: Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 128GB solid state drive (SSD): While offering less storage space than a hard drive, a flash-based SSD has no moving parts, resulting in faster start-up times and data access, no noise, and reduced heat production and power draw on the battery.
  • Intel® UHD Graphics: On-processor graphics with shared video memory provide everyday image quality for Internet use, basic photo editing and casual gaming.
  • The lightest Surface Laptop yet: Take the lightest Surface Laptop with you everywhere at just 2.45 pounds.
  • Power through your day: Up to 13 hours of battery life.² Plus, recharge quickly with Fast Charging – up to 80% in about an hour.
  • Choose your perfect match: Available in Platinum, Ice Blue and Sandstone³ all in a durable, cool metal finish. ³Available colors may vary by market.
  • Wireless/Wired connectivity (WiFi 6 - 802.11 ax): Flexible, dual-band connectivity w/ greater reliability thanks to two data streams and antennas. Connect to a Wi-Fi router to experience GB Wi-Fi speeds nearly 3X faster vs. standard Wi-Fi 5 w/ improved responsiveness for even more devices.
  • Built-in 720p HD camera: Show your best side on video calls, meetings, and virtual get-togethers with the built-in 720p HD camera.
  • Type in comfort all day: Full-size keyboard with large, precision trackpad. Perfect for papers, presentations, emails, and more.
  • Every day, everywhere: Make the most of every day with the sleek style, performance, and all-day battery life² you need in the lightest Surface Laptop, all at an exceptional value.
  • Familiar features and trusted security: Get started with convenient security and the Windows you know⁴. Enjoy amazing sound for music and shows. And, easily connect to other devices and accessories.
  • Get it done with your favorite apps: Collaborate, connect, and do your best work with the must-have everyday laptop. Power through your favorite apps, backed by all-day battery life.²
  • Windows 10 Home in S mode: Do great things with Windows 10.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Mal89, 10 out of 10
    Outstanding

    In the past year I have gone through 2 Laptop computers. Unfortunately that saying you get what you pay for is true, I cannot express how HAPPY I am with this device. The picture doesn't do it justice it is very beautiful. I have the Ice Blue model Specs 10th Gen intel core i5 processor 128GB. Very fast, EXTREAMLY responsive one of if not the best computers "window" computers that is...I have ever had. The crazy part is that this is considered one of their budget models and the budget laptops I have gotten in the past TRULY are budget. This one feels different from boot up until I am finish working on the device. $600+ no isn't cheap, however then again that saying you get what you pay for rings true; a little more for a more reliable computer is well worth it. Great for kids who are learning from home, Great for work at homers like myself. Yes, you can even play games I played The Sims game, which isn't using near as much graphics or cpu as other games ; I found no issues still. My other duds would close out or not respond while playing The Sims. YOU will not be disappointed with this device. I PROMISE.

    Mar 23, 2021 21:10
  • Review by Tomas, 10 out of 10
    Small and light laptop for uni

    A nice, small and light laptop. Bought primarily for having around school. It has good enough specs to run more intensive programs such as solidworks and less intensive games. Would recommend for anyone who is looking for a decently priced, light laptop who does not want to spend a lot of money on overkill specs.

    Oct 08, 2021 16:22
  • Review by Customer, 10 out of 10
    Solid device w/premium quality device, great price

    My wife upgraded to this one from her old Surface Pro 3 and absolutely loves it! The overall feel from the body to key comfort got her attention. Awesome battery life, camera, microphones and performance.

    Oct 23, 2020 20:48
  • Review by Thora, 8 out of 10
    Good Laptop

    When I was looking to get a new laptop, I knew I wanted a surface, I just wasn’t sure which one. This one was in a good price range and was what I needed for what I was planning to do (writing). This laptop is nothing overly special per day, but it’s exactly what I needed.

    Mar 06, 2021 11:11
  • Review by J15N, 10 out of 10
    Amazing

    This laptop is perfect for going to Uni online. It runs everything I need at a perfect speed. A great dupe of the MacBook for Microsoft users. Love it!

    Mar 05, 2021 16:29
  • Review by Alonso, 10 out of 10
    Perfect !

    It’s overall a very powerful computer. It’s perfect for any scenario except it doesn’t have a backlit keyboard

    May 07, 2021 20:30
  • Review by RoseGoldIsMyJam, 10 out of 10
    Beautiful Workhorse

    I am IN LOVE with this beautiful work-of-art laptop, which shows what's possible with both form and function are top notch! It's glorious to look at and effortless to work on. I haven't been so happy with a purchase in A LONG LONG TIME!!! And just when you thought things couldn't get any better, I used my new Best Buy credit card and paid it off in short order, which meant I didn't (a) have to come up with the whole purchase price at once, and (b) didn't have to spend anything in interest charges, either. I'd call the whole experience a WIN, WIN, WIN!

    Oct 18, 2021 08:17
  • Review by missCL, 10 out of 10
    Budget Friendly Laptop

    I bought this laptop for college and it does everything I need it to. I was able to play light games such as Roblox.

    Sep 15, 2021 20:43
  • 9.2score
    Samsung - Galaxy Chromebook 2 - 13.3" QLED Touch-Screen - Intel Celeron - 4GB Memory - 64GB eMMC - Fiesta Red
    Description

    Now work can be just as fun as play, thanks to the world’s first QLED Chromebook ever. Feast your eyes as you dive into your favorite past times or present your next big idea with a larger-than-life color display that’s more vibrant than ever before. With the power and speed of next-generation Intel Celeron processing, the Galaxy Chromebook 2 is powered up and ready for everyone, from the early morning tasks-master to the late-night studier. Plus, add in a sleek, compact design, and a battery that works around the clock — it’s simple to see the Galaxy Chromebook 2 has everything you need to stay in the moment, and still stay connected.

    8 Features
  • Explore your best ideas in true color: Get lost in every image with the world’s first jaw-dropping QLED Galaxy Chromebook 2 that produces 100% volume.¹
  • The power and speed you need: Whether for work, study or a good laugh, your Galaxy Chromebook 2 has next-generation Intel Celeron processor with Wi-Fi 6 GIG+ that runs super smooth and super fast, so you can bounce between what you want to do and what you’re supposed to be doing in a glance.
  • Sound that puts you in the scene: Smart Amp audio surrounds you in sound up to 178% louder than normal amps, so you can leave the outside world behind.
  • Sleek design mode to stand out: Make the perfect pitch or last-minute paper look effortless with a Galaxy Chromebook 2 engineered to stand out.¹ With technology as slim, sleek and savvy as this, it’s no wonder they’re staring.²
  • Battery that’s above and beyond: Stay dialed in on-the-go with a battery that keeps up no matter how many checkmarks your to-do list demands.
  • A keyboard that’s totally your type: Save time and typos with wider keys and a backlit keyboard that's designed to make you more comfortable and productive.
  • Inspiration at your fingertips: When inspiration strikes, you’re prepared. Add any USI pen to your Galaxy Chromebook 2⁶ and enjoy industry-leading pressure sensitivity whether you’re writing your boss an email or creating boss-level content.
  • Personal assistant included: Finally have someone who listens to you, then actually does what you say. With Google Assistant support, you can tell your Galaxy Chromebook 2 to do something simply by talking to it.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by theamirajasminee, 10 out of 10
    Worth it !

    I absolutely love it. i bought it specifically for schooling. it’s not made for any type of hard use such as gaming. i got a lot of compliments from my family about the color. everything was just great with the computer. the battery life is amazing. cant go wrong with it.

    i’d highly recommend over an apple macbook !

    Apr 01, 2021 16:26
  • Review by Likespreserves, 10 out of 10
    Beautiful Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2

    I did my research before choosing this particular Chromebook and bought this Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 in Fiesta Red because it was recommended by some tech experts for its great features and great looks. It was good to use for Zoom meetings and email. The size was big enough for my needs. The sound and pictures were clear. I say was because I had it for only 5 weeks before a burglar broke in and stole it. I will probably buy one again.

    Jul 10, 2021 19:34
  • Review by Buzz, 10 out of 10
    Great design & value with acceptable performance

    The aluminum case is solid, the construction is precise (assembled in Vietnam), and the QLED screen is fantastic (almost certainly the best at this price point). Performance is middling - while I can live with the Celeron processor, if you wouldn't miss the $150 upgrade to i3, I'd probably go for it (the step up also includes 8gb ram and 128gb storage). Overall, I'm very satisfied and recommend this Chromebook without reservation.

    Oct 20, 2021 19:47
  • Review by Derf, 10 out of 10
    Chrome Book

    I am really surprised at how nice it is. Really good unit. Really nice. Priced right also.

    May 07, 2021 17:21
  • Review by Amoora, 10 out of 10
    Nice

    I purchased this for my husband. It’s small and perfect to take everywhere with him. Only down fall is it doesn’t have the usb.

    Aug 11, 2021 20:13
  • Review by Graduationgift, 10 out of 10
    Great purchase

    I purchased this for my daughter. She's very happy with its performance. Its light weight, compact and performs very well. A great value!

    May 21, 2021 20:52
  • Review by monkey, 10 out of 10
    monkey

    awesome computer lightweight so can take it anywhere

    Sep 18, 2021 18:44
  • Review by Awalt, 10 out of 10
    Great

    Really great all around for my 6 year old who is homeschooled

    Sep 10, 2021 15:49
  • 9.2score
    Acer - Chromebook Spin 713 Laptop - 13.5" 2K - Gorilla Glass– Intel Evo Core i5 – 8GB RAM – 256GB SSD – Thunderbolt™ 4
    Description

    Acer’s Intel® Evo™ platform-based Chromebook Spin 713 is ideal for heavy multitasking since it comes with powerful specs, long battery life, plenty of storage and enough ports for external monitors and accessories. Designed to give users a premium experience with increased speeds from the 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 processor, this sleek convertible features a vivid, 13.5” 2K IPS VertiView touch display with vivid Intel® Iris® Xe graphics, a long-lasting and quick-chargeable battery, and speedy Chrome OS performance. At just over 3 lbs., this sleek machine is faster than ever. It features a built-in HDMI port, two USB Type-C™ Ports with Thunderbolt™ 4, a backlit keyboard and a unique 3:2 ratio display—that delivers an extra 18% more vertical space—making work and play more fun and extra easy on the eyes! The 360° durable hinge provides four different modes for you to enjoy. And this awesome Chromebook is fitted with a high-quality, military-grade tested aluminum chassis!

    11 Features
  • Power to Perform: Acer's Chromebook Spin 713 based on the Intel® Evo™ platform brings together the perfect combination of performance, responsiveness, intelligent battery life & instant wake from sleep mode. Experience vivid colors and immersive displays with dedicated Intel Iris Xe graphics inside.
  • See More, Do More: The VertiView display's 3:2 aspect ratio gives you 18% more vertical screen space to view your favorite websites without the need to scroll. The 2256 x 1504 (200 PPI) maximum resolution of the 13.5" display boasts 1.21 times as many pixels as a similar Full HD display (165 PPI).
  • Conveniently Convertible: Utilize your Chromebook in ways you've never thought of before. Its 360-degree convertible modes gives you the flexibility to easily switch from tablet, laptop, tent, and every angle in-between at a moment's notice.
  • Stylish & Lightweight: Slim, lightweight and stylish, the Chromebook Spin 713 is the ideal laptop for being on the move, thanks to its aluminum sandblasted chassis, it’s able to weigh as little as 3.02 pounds and is only 0.67 inches thin. Go anywhere and do so with grace.
  • Fully Connected: This Chromebook features the latest Intel® Wi-Fi 6, Corning® Gorilla® Glass touchscreen and touchpad, backlit keyboard, built-in HDMI port and two incredibly fast Thunderbolt™ 4 USB-C ports - which support DisplayPort functionality and Power Delivery.
  • Stylish Rugged: Worry less about your device and focus on your work. This Chromebook features a metal chassis with a streamlined, reinforced design that delivers a stylishly modern look as well as independently verified MIL-STD-810H military-grade durability.
  • Battery Life Designed to Last: With up to 11 hours of battery life, you don’t even need to remember your charger. In case of emergency, it can also be fast charged to provide up to 4-hours of use for just 30 minutes charge.
  • Superior Sound to Go: Get a rich sound without needing to break the bank. Advanced audio technologies such as DTS® Audio and the built-in Smart Amplifier give you higher-quality, distortion-free sounds and deeper bass while also protecting the speakers from damage as you pump up the volume.
  • Ideal for heavy multitasking: This Chromebook is ideal for heavy multitasking since it comes with powerful specs, so you can have multiple apps and browser tabs open at the same time, experience smooth video calls, fast web browsing, fast media editing and game launch times.
  • Ready When You Are: Chromebooks boot up in seconds, and with automatic updates you get the latest software without being interrupted. Whether you’re answering an urgent email, taking notes in class or relaxing at home, just open it up and get going.
  • Chromebook - Security Built-In!: With features like built-in virus protection and a built-in security module, Chromebooks keep you and your data protected. Even if you somehow land on a malicious site that’s been designed by a hacker, the rest of your computer is designed to stay secure.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by TechGuru, 10 out of 10
    Premium Affordable Chromebook with 2 Thunderbolt4

    Acer new Chromebook Spin 713 is an affordable slim powerful Chromebook with no compromise on build quality or performance. Compared to its last year model this Chromebook has the new Intel Core I5 11th gen processor with Intel Iris Xe Graphics. Also, has 2 new USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports with 5v charging.

    What is in the box: Acer Chromebook Spin 713, 45 W USB C power adapter, Manual/warranty sheets.

    Measurement & Weight: It measures 11.8 x 9.25 x 0.67 inches and weighs 3.01 pounds (1.35kg).

    Color: Silver; Memory: 8GB; Storage: 256GB PCie NVMe SSD

    Design: This 13.5-inch 2256 x 504 IPS Vertiview display with ACER logo on the front. Display is one of the best standout features for the price point. Colors are vibrant and crisp and is very bright. This Chromebook display features 3:2 aspect ratio compared to the standard 16:9 on most of todays laptop. This means more screen size vertically which gives more real estate space that minimizes less zooming or scrolling of webpages and more room for browser.

    Spin 713 is very well built with military-grade durable aluminum chassis unlike other brands that are plasticky. Has Corning Gorilla touchscreen and the hinge is built well and supports 360 degree swiveling and is easy to flip around.

    ChromeOS was preinstalled but if this is the first-time using Chromebook then you will need to connect the power adapter first before hitting the power button. Once booted, follow the onscreen instructions to complete the setup. You can download more apps from the google play store app and even has Microsoft word, excel and PowerPoint.

    Charger/Ports: On the left side of the Chromebook, you have the 2 USB Type-C Thunderbolt4 ports. You can use any of the USB C (3.2) ports to charge the laptop battery using a 45W power adapter and supports 5v charging. Also, the USB-C ports support DisplayPort functionality to hook up to external monitor with ease. This is the first Chromebook that has 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports for an affordable price. It has a HDMI port and 3.5mm audio jack. On the right side, it has power button one USB Type A port, MicroSD card reader, volume rocker. Compared to previous gen, this Chromebook uses USB- C easy charge for quick charge.

    No Fingerprint reader on this review model but there is an option to get one with that configuration.

    Battery: With 56Wh Li-on battery, during our testing it lasted close to 8 hours with screen brightness of 48%, running few apps, watching YouTube videos and working on office documentation which is okay for a Chromebook but there is a room for improvement. You will get lesser time if the brightness is high and gaming but the good part is it charges really fast. With 30 minutes of charging, you get up to 3.5 to 4 hours which is impressive.

    Keyboard and Trackpad: Full function keyboard with right amount of key travel during typing. Keyboard is comfortable and backlit. Got a large Touchpad and is surprisingly accurate and has a tactile click when pressed.

    Speaker and Mic: Speakers delivers okay audio experience with loud sound and minimal distortion at maximum volume compared to earlier models and supports DTS Audio and the built-in Smart Amplifier but don’t expect great audio quality and will be great for the video calls or for audio on the go.

    Camera/Face Login: Features a front facing camera great for all video calls and online meetings.

    Performance: This Spin 713 has 8GB of RAM, 256 GB PCie NVMe SSD of storage. There is also an intel I7 processor and would recommend that if you need this as your daily driver. Performance is good and there is no lag when working on video calls, watching videos, opening multiple taps on chrome, multiple apps and even some level of gaming. Great for college kids or for someone who use it for browsing and not into heavy programming or video editing. It does support most of the android apps from google play store. With the latest and greatest Bluetooth 5 and Wi-Fi 6 AX201 this latest Spin 713 doesn’t lack any new technologies.

    Pros:

    + Portable 3:2 screen

    + 2 USB-C Thunderbolt4

    + Touchscreen 360 degree swiveling

    +Military grade durability,

    +Great Battery life (approx. 8 – 8.5 hours);

    + Wi-Fi 6 for smooth video chats and large file transfer

    + Large Track Pad

    + DTS Audio

    Cons:

    - No Fingerprint Sensor

    Bottomline: Acer Spin 713 Chromebook is a portable notepad with all the ports required for anyone to achieve excellent performance. High quality built, large display, 3:2 screen. If you are in the market for a premium Chromebook that delivers better performance and need for everyday use, then you will not be disappointed at the price point it offers.

    Highly recommend for its performance, price and size over other brands in the market.

    Jun 08, 2021 12:17
  • Review by Solrak, 10 out of 10
    Intersection of performance,portability,and value

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    >>>>> Bottom Line Up front: <<<<<

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    The Acer Chromebook Spin 713 deserves serious consideration if you're looking to get school and/or work done anywhere your daily routine takes you. Thanks to the Spin 713's - 3:2 aspect ratio - and it's 13.5" 2K screen - I was able to get more done and spend less time scrolling around text heavy pages and "CC" text boxes (that love to live in the bottom of video/class presentations) when plugging away at my classes.

    Once you factor in solid build quality, respectable styling that doesn't scream "cheap plastic", a great (but not perfect) backlit keyboard, reasonable amount of accessory ports (USB-C w/Thunderbolt 4 support, MicoSD card reader, HDMI Output, etc), Quad Core Intel Core i5 based computing performance, excellent battery life that always lasted me through my 6-8 hour sessions away from a power outlet ( PLUS super-fast charging - about4 hours of battery for 30 mins of charging) – I could keep going on and on, but it's not hard to see why this an extremely ideal solution for students and administrative office work on the go.

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    >>>>> My detailed thoughts: <<<<<

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    - Overall Design/Aesthetics: -

    I used the Acer Chromebook Spin 713 for a solid week as my primary school workstation. From an exterior, styling perspective, I was very impressed by color choices and textures that Acer used on this Chromebook. The sleek sandblasted metallic “Steel” grey color that I encompasses the exterior is a far cry from the super cheap looking flat black/grey colored plastic shells I have seen in the past. Typically, in my mind I equated a Chromebook as a “budget” option, and did not expect this level of thought/emphasis placed into the exterior design. The silver “acer” and convertible “hinge” accents do a nice job of visually breaking up the solid grey motif, and once I actually picked up the Spin 713 in my hands, I noticed the that it had the nice “heft” that I like to feel in quality mobile products – as in it did not feel like toy. The actual exterior itself is surprisingly fingerprint and scratch resistant. I haven’t had the chance to buy a sleeve or case for the Chromebook yet, so I have been just throwing it my backpack this entire time. Although it’s not 100% fingerprint proof, its done a fantastic job not picking up any scratches so far. The front facing web cam and mic are subtly hidden in the bezel, and the front speakers are tucked away under the front facing portion of the bottom shell adding to the overall professional looking design.

    - Keyboard: -

    The actual keyboard was nicely backlit, and had a reasonable amount of travel in the keys. I spend a large amount of time coding and working with rapid key strokes and I tend to prefer keyboards with large amounts of key travel, but this keyboard was more than satisfactory and I had no issues with any tasks I threw at it. I also appreciated the fact the Spin 713 included a dedicated set of arrow keys – as many notebooks in this size category tend to either omit, or combine them with other keys.

    - Screen: -

    The screen was pretty impressive and I find myself once again surprised at how much performance Acer is giving here in this Chromebook. At its native “2K” (2256 x 1504) resolution, the IPS touch screen was crystal clear and responded rapidly to all my inputs and requests. I can’t find anything negative to say about the screen and thanks to the convertible nature of the Spin Book you can behold its wide-angle viewing glory in “tent” mode (my favorite) – as I would often prop it up on the corner of a shelf or ledge to watch lecture or presentation while doing something else with my hands.

    The My university uses an online learning environment that typically scales with the resolution of your monitor (for both desktop and mobile systems) – however just because the GUI interface scales – it doesn’t make the online environment any easier to navigate and actually use for completing classwork. Compared to my standard 16:9 aspect ratio laptop that I was using to get my work done, the Spin 713 saved me a good amount of scrolling up and down the screen while participating in discussion boards and watching video-based content that had text boxes load underneath. Particularly, if you’re not using an external mouse and relying solely on the built-in track pad. - and fortunately the built in track pad is generously sized and very easy and responsive to use.

    - Computing performance: -

    This Spin 713 is sporting the latest 11th generation Core i5 mobile processor, along with Intel’s latest line of integrated Iris Xe graphics for video playback. Coupled with 8GB of ram and a 256GB NVMe SSD hard drive == zero performance issues. As far as what I needed and what I think most students need out of a notebook to complete their classes – these specs are most likely overkill, but provide ample performance on tap as computing and graphics requirements relentlessly move forward. I appreciate the dedicated MicroSD reader, as it saves me having to carry around yet another dongle to read those when I need to access one. The 2x Thunderbolt supported USB-C ports are awesome if you use devices that can take advantage of their addition features and bandwidth. As an added bonus, there is even an HDMI output which opens up the possibility of using the Spin 713 with an external monitor or projector as well. The Spin powers on in seconds, powers down in seconds, lasted me 5-6 hours of regular/daily course work, and was virtually silent the entire time.

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    >>>>> Closing thoughts: <<<<<

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    I really like the Acer Spin 713. It has redefined what I think a Chromebook can do and perform from a professional and school focused notebook. The Spin 713 has almost everything going for it in that regard: elegant styling, a functional/productivity focused 3:2 aspect ratio, excellent battery/charging features, premium construction, a solid backlit keyboard, the latest generation of Intel parts …. And even a HDMI output for when/if you need to output your display for a classroom presentation (whenever that day eventually comes). The Spin 713 should definitely be high on your list if you’re in the market for something to help you excel in your course work on the go – or even just at home.

    Jun 10, 2021 09:02
  • Review by DavidJr, 10 out of 10
    Slim laptop with Android functionality

    This little thing is an interesting cross between a slim laptop and a large tablet with what feels like a crossbreed between Windows and Android. I’ve had one other Chromebook before that felt more tablet-like than laptop-like, but this one feels more laptop-like and the tablet feature is just a neat addition.

    The great thing about a Chromebook is that if you already have an Android device you already have some familiarity with the possible applications. With the Play Store you pretty much have everything you can ever need from typical big name applications down to the simplest of games. You can choose to use them like you would with a normal computer with the touchpad or a connected Bluetooth or USB mouse, or touch screen. The touchscreen feels as sturdy as my cell phone or tablet with the Gorilla Glass but does have some flex with it being so thin and large.

    You have two USB Type-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, one USB 3 Type-A port, HDMI, headphones and micro-SD slot for all the connectivity you could use. If it doesn’t have the connection type you need, you can easily find an adapter for that. The keyboard is backlit, which some larger laptops don’t even include.

    The resolution of the screen is capable of 2256x1504, but wow, talk about making everything super tiny. The default 1410x940 that it is set for feels a bit more usable, regardless the screen is bright, colorful and detailed. Flipping the screen past 180 degrees turns it into tablet mode. This disables the touchpad and keyboard but does feel strange still having all that underneath. You can leave it at just about any angle and it holds itself up. The built in camera is decent enough for video conferencing, but not the best looking selfie camera. The speakers are on the underside of the keyboard and kind of weak and hollow, but there is a 3.5mm headphone jack, Bluetooth and USB for better sound options.

    Battery life is always dependent on what you are doing. With a full charge and some sporadic usage here and there, this thing lasted for days without charging and was instant on when opened. A full charge claims over 11 hours and the included charger gets that back up in a fraction of that. But, brightness, volume level, intensity of the application all takes more power and can burn through that charge time quicker than originally calculated.

    A side note, in case you may encounter this issue. When I first received this, I could not get connected to my WiFi router, an Asus RT-AX88U. It would show as “Out of Range” regardless of being in direct sight of my router. After changing some settings on my router it was discovered that the “Optimized for Xbox” option in the wireless settings, picture attached, was preventing this laptop from connecting to my AX enabled networks. Acer is now aware of this issue and may be resolved eventually, but just in case you have that issue, that could be your fix.

    Overall, this has been a fun and useful laptop as it still gives the functionality that you need in a laptop as well as the ability to play your favorite Android games.

    Jun 25, 2021 16:20
  • Review by emiliosic, 10 out of 10
    Premium Hardware

    This is by any means a premium machine with state of the art specs, that happens to run Chrome OS:

    • The screen is a high-resolution: 2256 x 1504 pixels, giving it a 3:2 aspect ratio, with a 2K resolution. This is the same as newer Surface laptops and others that are moving away from 16:9 (1080p) form-factor, which is much better for editing documents, and while watching movies, I appreciate the controls remain outside the viewing area.

    • Tablet mode: The 'Spin' in the name indicates this is a convertible laptop, so when folded with the screen on top, the keyboard becomes disabled, and one uses it via touchscreen. The screen has a gorilla glass (like phones), and the OS detects this mode by maximizing every window and showing the touch keyboard when necessary.

    • The keys are island style, backlit, with the ChromeOS distribution: No command/windows key, and the caps-lock becomes the search key. It's very comfortable to type with.

    • Trackpad is large and responsive, with a smooth glass surface. Very nice to work with.

    • Ports: On the left, there are two thunderbolt 4, one HDMI and audio jack. On the right, the power, USB-A 3, Micro-SD slot and volume keys (To use mostly in tablet mode)

    • The sound (With DTS label) comes from two speakers on the underside – front. It took me a while to get used to hear the sound coming from the bottom but it works.

    • Charging is via one of the thunderbolt/USB-C ports. It comes with a large, typical laptop-size charger that has an USB-C port, and also worked by charging from an USB-C dock.

    • Wi-Fi: Supports WiFi 6. I was able to get around 300 Mb up and down on a gigabit internet, using SpeedTest from the Play Store.

    • Storage is via an M2 type SSD: 240 GB.

    • RAM is 8 GB.

    • Bluetooth 5.0.

    • The CPU is an 11th gen Intel Core i5, and is 'Evo' compliant: Evo is an approval mark by Intel for systems that support current state of the art specs like higher-end Intel embedded graphics, Thunderbolt 4 and WiFi 6, with over 9 hours battery life.

    Because the ports are Thunderbolt, I was able to use two 1080p monitors connected to a single thunderbolt dock (which uses USB-C Alt mode, like Macs) and also, separately, used a portable generic USB-C dock to drive an external display, keyboard and mouse.

    The laptop also has a web camera. I didn't find it to be too impressive, but works. I used it with Zoom (Chrome app) and it works well as long as there is adequate lightning.

    ChromeOS:

    Although initially it was basically a way to run the chrome web browser, within the last few years it can also run Android apps. Many android apps work well within a laptop screen, and with Intel 64-bit CPUs.

    And now in beta, it also runs Debian Linux within a Virtual Machine, which also supports complex GUI applications like Microsoft Visual Studio Code. This works by either using apt-get from the Linux console or by downloading a .deb package.

    So within Chrome apps, Android and Linux there isn't much it cannot do.

    ChromeOS is generally very secure, and is fairly straightforward to restore the laptop to like it came from the factory. Much of the system is 'read-only', and that makes it more resilient.

    Keep in mind that ChromeOS, for much of its functionality requires internet connectivity, although there's plenty that can also be done offline as well.

    Also keep in mind that Google collects plenty of data from Chrome. In return, a lot of what’s done on the device is backed up and synced into Google's cloud, so working on different devices or replacing a Chromebook is also a lot simpler.

    Overall, I'm very impressed with this laptop and how capable ChromeOS is while being very secure.

    The multiple-personality of the system running Chrome and web applications, Android and Linux is great but there are occasionally some rough areas in how these coexist, although it's been very good overall and it keeps improving.

    So in this way I'd prefer ChromeOS to an Android tablet.

    The hardware in this laptop is top of the line. Consider this if looking for a premium Chromebook or a high-end Android tablet.

    Jun 10, 2021 22:40
  • Review by SwigglesMilam, 10 out of 10
    Quality Inside and Out!

    The new Acer – Chromebook Spin 713 Laptop is beautiful inside and out. Built on the 11th Gen Intel Evo Core i5 platform, this Chromebook can go for an extended period of time on one charge, and with its two Thunderbolt 4 Type C Ports can be fully charged in the fraction of the time it takes most laptops.

    The 13.5” screen with its 2K IPS VertiView touch display delivers a screen resolution of 2256 x 1504, an awesome picture that in large part can be contributed to the Intel Iris Xe graphics. With its 3:2 ratio display that delivers 18% more vertical space, the picture when watching TV or a video is quite impressive for such a small laptop. The audio, just average but sufficient, paired with a small external speaker with added bass, gave the audio the sound it needed for viewing a movie.

    But in addition to the responsive and bright touch screen display and bright brilliant graphics, there are other components that contribute to making this a top-notch computing product. The speed of the Chrome OS was a very pleasant surprise and performs very well. It makes my 500 GB internet seem even faster. The touch pad is also smooth and very responsive. And, because of different light levels that I work in, the backlit keyboard is an especially nice amenity to the Acer Chromebook Spin 713.

    For a product that is just over 3 lbs. in weight, the Acer Chromebook Spin 713 Laptop has a lot to offer. Considering that Chromebook encourages use of the Cloud for storage and includes quality wireless connectivity to accomplish this, this Chromebook still has an integrated 256 GB SSD (Solid State Drive) and 8 GB of RAM built into the laptop. It is equipped with Google Assist and has a “one-button-key” that can return you quickly to search for any documents or apps that you have been working on through this laptop.

    This Chromebook is capable of interfacing with various types of media and can be used in many applications. It has a built-in HDMI port, the two USB Type-C Ports with Thunderbolt 4 already mentioned, a USB Type A connection, a media card reader, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. With its 360-degree hinge and very responsive touch screen, it can be used as a laptop, a tablet, or angled in two different positions to serve as a presentation stand for the screen display. The laptop is also Energy Star Certified and equipped with a front facing camera for interacting through Zoom, Go to Meeting, etc.

    All of these high-quality amenities are packaged in an equally high-quality case. Not only is this product, beautiful, sleek, and high-tech looking -- it is high tech. It is enclosed in a military grade tested aluminum chassis and equipped with a Gorilla Glass display screen. Acer offers a 1-year warranty on all parts and labor.

    The Acer Chromebook Spin 713 Laptop may be priced a little higher than other Chromebooks. Even so, it is a real bargain with all that it offers and the quality of its components. I have to give this a 5 out of 5 because I am very impressed with it and cannot find anything at all that is not a positive. Take a look at this product, I think you will be very happy with it and wish to purchase one for yourself or a family member.

    Jun 06, 2021 17:48
  • Review by Aminevoo, 10 out of 10
    HIGHLY recommend!! The BEST bang for your buck

    I bought this laptop only a couple days ago but so far I'm in LOVE! I switched over from using Windows computers my whole life, so the Google OS looked weird at first and took a little bit to get used to. Other than that, this laptop has been a legitimate delight to use. I'm using it mostly for college work and web browsing/occasional youtube, so I'm not going to be putting it to the ultimate performance test, but it exceeds all of my expectations!

    Pros:

    -Really good battery life (for my light-moderate use. I've had it for 2 days and haven't needed to charge it at all while using it for schoolwork & youtube throughout the 2 days)

    -Amazing screen (in love with the 3:2 ratio and how the display looks! HIGHLY recommend giving this laptop a try just for this screen)

    -Build quality (very solid & feels premium)

    -Keyboard (I'm extremely picky with laptop keyboards and this one is very tactile and responsive/clicky! Exactly what I was looking for in a keyboard)

    -Good trackpad

    -Quiet fans (they'll ocasionally kick up and make a loud noise, but that doesn't happen a lot and only lasts a few seconds. Other than that they are whisper quiet!)

    -Doesn't get hot! (I've felt it get slightly warm but that's it. Nothing extreme or concerning)

    -Very lightweight

    Cons:

    -Speakers? (basically everyone lists this as a con b/c they're not GREAT but in my opinion they're adequate. They could definitely be better which is why it's a "con", but I was expecting way worse based on other reviews)

    -Camera (the webcam quality is embarrassingly bad. I'd have to buy a seperate webcam to use for zoom/online meetings b/c the pics/videos this laptop takes are toaster quality)

    Oct 24, 2021 17:27
  • Review by Algorhythm, 10 out of 10
    Good Windows laptop alternative for most people

    This is my first Chromebook, after having used mostly high-end Windows laptops since the late 90s. I was thinking about replacing my current Windows laptop (7th gen i7, 16 GB 2133 MHz RAM, 256 GB SSD, 4K 15.6 inch display) with something similar (but newer and faster). However, I realized that I don't really need a lot of power in a laptop, as I recently built a powerful desktop PC that I use for real work. Now I just need a laptop for web browsing, answering personal emails, and throwing together the occasional personal spreadsheet or formatted text document, and I need to be able to take the laptop on road trips not related to work. For such low-demand activities, I thought I could save some money by investing in a decent Chromebook, especially since I expect to always have a reasonably fast internet connection available wherever I would need to use my laptop.

    While conducting my research, I came upon mostly positive reviews of the recently-released Acer Spin 713 Chromebook. Yes, it's not one of the cheaper Chromebooks out there, but its hardware specs are so good that I expect this model to still perform well as a Chromebook for many years. A four-core, eight-thread 11th gen i5 CPU, combined with 8 GB of LPDDR4x RAM, is overkill today, but I expect I'll still be happy with this Chromebook several years down the road.

    Pros:

    -Very fast at web-based activities (assuming you have a fast internet connection)

    -Fast graphics processing (HD videos play back flawlessly)

    -Superb display (no visible pixelation; capable of high brightness)

    -Adequate keyboard (a little cramped due to limited available real estate, but you'll get used to it)

    -Excellent wifi 6 performance (I see 50% faster download speeds than I was seeing with my previous wifi 5 laptop at the same location)

    -Great start-up and shut-down times (literally just a few seconds)

    -Programmable "Search" key (many reviews complain about a "Search" key occupying the place where a "Shift" key would normally be, but the function of this key can be selected from a drop-down menu that includes "Shift")

    Cons:

    -Sluggish response when managing cloud-resident files via Google Drive (takes a long time to select hundreds of files and then delete them; had to break them into many batches; probably par for the course when storing files in the cloud)

    -Found that many Android apps in the Google Play store are not compatible with Chrome OS (fortunately not a problem for the ones I really wanted to install, like MS Office)

    Jul 13, 2021 10:51
  • Review by Technerd666, 8 out of 10
    Best Chromebook available!

    I have had this unit a while and can give and honest and fair review.

    If you liked last years model then you will like this one and if not then you will still have issues. This is essentially the exact same unit as last year except for the 11th gen processor and 256 gb nvme drive. Otherwise it is exactly the same. The change to 10nm 11th gen Intel processors is a big deal though and delivers serious performance gains over last years model-specially in graphics intensive tasks.

    I would have liked if they would have made some changes. First off the speaker placement and sound is pretty bad. Side mounted or top firing speakers would make a huge difference here. Smaller footprint would have been nice as well as maybe one other color option. Also stop with the polished edge on the laptop lid-scratches really easy. Not a fan of the ergolift design.

    The good stuff is the 11th gen processor is a game changer in the graphics arena. The processor is plenty fast and adds two thunderbolt ports. THe larger NVME drive is a welcome addition.

    The screen is bright and color accurate. It does have backlight bleeding from the top and bottom edges. The 2k resolution is perfect. Gorilla glass scratch protection on the touch screen is a plus as well.

    The glass trackpad is nice as well.

    Overall this is the best performing Chromebook on the market for the cost. I think this is an excellent choice for most people. I do wish Acer would put more attention to build quality and keyboard.

    Chrome OS has come a long way and I really enjoy using it. I hope that it becomes a full fledged OS as it has the foundation of Linux to add onto. That being said, I can get the majority of my work and pleasure done on a Chromebook without any loss of function.

    In my use case I actually find my chromebook easier to use than my Mac. If Manufacturers can deliver more high end features while keeping costs lower than Macs or Windows pcs then I have a strong feeling ChromeOS based devices are going to be more and more popular over the years. This unit is supported until June 2029 and it has enough power that it might just perform well during that entire time making another strong incentive.

    Jun 27, 2021 19:04
  • 9.2score
    Microsoft - Surface Go 2 - 10.5" Touch-Screen - Intel Pentium Gold - 8GB - 128GB SSD - Device Only - Platinum
    Description

    Your perfect everyday companion. New 10.5" Surface Go 2 is perfect for keeping up and winding down - delivering tablet portability with laptop versatility, long battery life, a stunning touchscreen, and Windows security for the whole family. Browse, shop, and manage email with ease, relax with your favorite TV shows, and much more.

    14 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Perfectly portable: Starting at just 1.2 pounds (not including Type Cover*), and featuring a new 10.5" touchscreen display.
  • Your fast, everyday companion: For browsing, shopping, emails, homework and more, with battery life up to 10 hours.¹ And charge your Surface Go 2 to 80% in less than 1.5 hours.⁴
  • Stay connected: Includes USB-C™ port and headphone jack. Full HD front- and rear-facing cameras let you make crisp, clear calls to friends and family, or take and share great photos.
  • Get back to email or homework faster: Features Instant On when you open the Type Cover,* and find the power you need thanks to improved standby that extends battery life when you're away.
  • Browse, play, and binge watch: A bigger 10.5" PixelSense™ Display with improved 220ppi resolution, is designed to be viewed, touched, and written on.
  • Premium sound with clear, powerful volume: Includes built-in Dolby® Audio™, perfect for listening to music and audio books, and streaming your favorite shows.
  • Video calls and virtual meetings come to life: With spectacular audio and video with far-field Studio Mics, Dolby® Audio™ sound, and HD cameras.
  • Laptop mode: Work Smart - Connect Surface Go Signature Type Cover* for a great typing experience when and where you need it.
  • Tablet mode: Just write - Take notes and complete homework directly on screen.
  • Studio mode: Express yourself - Adjust the built-in Kickstand to set your perfect angle for drawing, sketching and coloring with Surface Pen.* * Some accessories and software sold separately.
  • Seamless, safe, and secure: Sharing Surface Go 2 with your family is seamless and secure, with parent-managed screen time limits, spending control, and content filtering - plus plenty of space for photos, videos, and music.
  • Windows 10 Home in S Mode: Do great things with Windows 10.
  • Seamless activities for the whole family, securely backed up with OneDrive.: Jot down ideas, write papers, help out with homework, create and practice presentations, and keep it organized across your devices.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Ernesto, 10 out of 10
    Slim, portable, premium

    After spending some time with the Surface Go 2, here is my review:

    I really like Microsoft’s Surface Go 2, it is ultra slim, ultra portable, at a fair price. As someone who has the first generation Surface Go (which I also like) I was excited to give this New generation of surface Go a try.

    As far as laptops go, the specs on this device are pretty average. But I can honestly tell you that it handles all my computing needs very well.

    The surface Go 2 is for your average user who wants to check emails, web browse, listen to music, watch videos etc. I purposely tried to push this device as far as it could realistically go, I opened up several webpages, I checked my email, I had like three YouTube videos playing at the same time as well as Microsoft Word open, and it handled everything without any noticeable slowdown.

    I’m sure that this device would not be able to handle professional users who would use this for heavy video editing or Photoshopping big files, And It’s definitely not for gamers as this device would not be able to run most newer games, but for everyone else like me, this device is all I need for what I do.

    A word of advice, The first thing you should do after you boot up your device is to update to the newest Microsoft edge web browser, It considerably sped everything up.

    An accessory that is actually a must, is the keyboard, not only do you add physical keys to the tablet, but it also comes with a trackpad, and it converts your tablet into a true laptop. The keyboard itself is well-built, it attaches to the tablet magnetically, and it doesn’t require any batteries as it draws power from the tablet itself.

    I would recommend the Surface Go 2 over a similarly priced laptop for a couple reasons. This device is ultra slim, ultra portable, and made with premium materials, it is a two in one tablet/laptop, it doesn’t make any noise because it doesn’t have any air vents, and the battery lasts a reasonably long enough time to power the device for a few hours.

    A lot of people will look at the specs and determine that this device is somehow slow or under powered without even trying it out. Like stated in my review that is not the case.

    “Reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews.”

    Jul 09, 2020 18:35
  • Review by Bren, 10 out of 10
    Excellent blend of a tablet and a laptop!

    To start with, I want to make it clear that I am a Tech Insider Network member and I received this tablet free of charge from Best Buy. Reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews.

    While this might make one think that my review will be skewed, I actually feel I am in a unique position to review this item since I did not make an emotionally charged purchase.

    To begin with, I think it is important to recognize that this specific tablet in the Microsoft Surface Go 2 lineup is probably the minimum-speced choice I would go with for anyone that expects to be able to multitask on this device. The 8gb of 1867mHz speed RAM is the MINIMUM needed to yield a smooth, stutter free experience on a full Windows desktop device like this—4gb ram is anemic in today’s computation world and it is almost a disservice that companies are still offering that little RAM on higher end devices. The storage this offers in the form of 128gb of onboard storage from a Toshiba BG4 SSD with read speeds of 1400mb/s and write of 800mb/s according to my testing is not bad! The real chokepoint of this device I would say is the 2-core, 4-thread Intel Pentium processor. While it is not the slowest processor to be utilized in a Windows tablet, it is definitely going to be the culprit behind any slow Operating System speed and program launch/navigation slowness detectable to the user. Altogether though, this trim of the Surface Go 2 will surpass the expectations of most everyday users. Now let’s talk more about how I think the use experience is.

    First of all, to get the full laptop-like experience out of this, I think that a keyboard is almost mandatory. I have been using the Microsoft Surface Go signature type cover that Microsoft also sent me and I have been nothing but impressed by it. As a matter of fact, it is what I am typing this review on right now. The tablet functionality of the Surface 2 Go is great but to fully utilize the Windows OS a keyboard is the best way to take advantage of it. 2nd, for those who want to get the most out of the tablet functionality of this device, a pen such as the Microsoft Surface Pen is going to greatly enhance that experience. Finally, the IO on this device is minimal in the form of one 3.5mm headphone/speaker jack, a USB-C port, the charging port, and a micro-SDXC port. Thus, to get full usage out of it, I would recommend a USB-C port expander or dock if you need more port needs than what is offered on the device. As for the device itself, I think from the hinge on kickstand, to the Windows Hello log-in feature (similar to face-ID on Apple iOS), to the beautiful bright 1920X1280 screen (with appropriate bezels for being able to use as a tablet without having accidental-touches), this thing is just great to use. It really is so many rungs above other tablets on the ladder of tablet hierarchy.

    Where does this tablet fit into the workflow/use case of a potential user at its price point and functionality? I think really it is for someone who really needs the portability or actual features of a 10.5inch tablet with full Windows 10 accessibility who needs a laptop secondarily. The reasoning for this is that at the price point of this device with the additional purchase of a Surface Go type cover, there are faster, better featured Windows laptops. As such, I would highly recommend a prospective buyer look at whether they need a tablet, a laptop, or something like this that performs moderately well in both roles. A tip I want to offer is that this tablet comes loaded with Windows 10 S, a sort of truncated, Windows-app-only version of Windows 10, so when you are ready to download Google Chrome and other non-Windows suite apps and programs, you will have to take a minute to switch to the normal version of Windows 10—not too difficult but a step that must be taken none-the-less.

    Overall, I think this is an incredibly well built, quality device and will certainly make a good purchase for those who meet criteria I outlined above.

    Jul 09, 2020 12:54
  • Review by GlennT, 10 out of 10
    Great little computer

    TL:DR Overall a great little device, super portable even with the optional keyboard attached, easily fast enough for basic computing!

    Processor- The Pentium 4425y isn't a speed demon at a base clock of 1.7Ghz over 2cores/4threads with no boost, but it sips power, and works for basic stuff (browsing/email/netflix/Youtube) without issues! Scored a 418 single/974 multi on Geekbench 5, and 2162s/4296m on Geekbench 4.

    Ram- It has 8GB of dual channel LPDDR3 1866. Not the fastest memory, or the largest amount, but perfect for basic computing (and its power efficient), any less and you'll really notice once you have a few browser tabs open.

    Storage- The 128GB SSD is just big enough, and quite speedy. Its a true NVME based SSD, albeit a slower one (mine is a Toshiba branded one). I saw a peak of 1.8GB/s reads and 800MB/s writes with crystaldiskmark 6. Better than SATA based SSDs and blows eMMC out of the water.

    Screen- The screen is quite nice, personally I feel like the peak brightness is a bit lower than you'd want to use outside, but the resolution/pixel density is great and the size isn't too small.

    Graphics- Definitely a low point for this device, but the Intel UHD 615 is not really meant for PC gaming. Retro gaming should be fine, it also handles Hearthstone like a champ, but beyond that you can use one of the many streaming services to get a better gaming experience on it. It scored an 833 in 3Dmark Firestrike.

    Network- Hilariously good WiFi, the Intel WiFi 6 AX200. Microsoft did not need to put this good/recent of a WiFi setup in this device, but they did. I have a Ubiquiti AC Wave2 access point, and this little guy connected (line of sight, 15ish ft away) at 1.7Gbps OVER WIFI! (this is Windows reported connection speed, I do not have the ability to do a true throughput test as my gigabit switch will be a bottleneck)

    Cameras- The devices has a much better front facing camera than the junk they're still putting in multi thousand dollar devices from some other device manufacturers, and Windows Hello face login is super fast and easy! The rear camera isn't anything to write home about, but works decently enough.

    “Reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews.”

    Jul 09, 2020 08:03
  • Review by bckrupps37, 8 out of 10
    Excellent upgrade from original Go

    “Reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews.” Microsoft was kind enough to send me the Surface Go 2 for review. I originally purchased the Surface Go 1 so I have a good amount of experience using it day to day. The Go 2 has a few upgrades that in my opinion make a difference. First the screen now has smaller bezels and a slightly larger viewing area. It’s an aesthetic upgrade but really makes the tablet look more modern. As far as performance this model has 8gb of ram vs my original model which had 4gb. I strongly recommend buying atleast the mid grade model as i have noticed more speed and less slowdown when using multiple programs or taxing the processor with the additional ram. The front facing camera is also one of the best you will find and works great for conference calls. Unfortunately S mode is app limited but i switched out of that with no noticeable issues. The Microsoft Edge browser is outstanding. They actually have a new version which has lots of homescreen options i have been using. The screen is the best i have used for not showing fingerprints at the expense of some glare. The weight and portability is the reason to buy this and the stand is the best especially for a tablet design without needing a case to provide one. It is impressive how light, portable and functional this is. I also have the keyboard cover and the pen. I do consider the pen optional but to get the full benefits from windows the keyboard realistically isn’t optional. That’s where the 4 stars comes in. None of this is inexpensive and the costs can add up. I do feel a better value would have been to include the Microsoft sleeve in the 2 highest configurations as that would have added some value without including their most premium accessories. Overall i enjoy my original Surface Go and Microsoft did a great job improving the things I thought were weaknesses on the first one. For a student or anyone that loves portability and doesn’t need all the additional power this will definitely do the job and do it well.

    Jul 08, 2020 11:44
  • Review by Todd, 8 out of 10
    A decent alternative to a P.C.

    I recieved this item in return of my unbiased review from the Tech Insiders Network. To start this is a nice alternative for a laptop or p.c., I really like the responsiveness of the touchscreen. The rear kickstand comes in handy as well, especially when using the Microsoft docking keypad/ screen cover. This surface go with its Intel pentium processor is pretty snappy and multi tasks well. This device gets pretty warm to the touch under very light use.

    Battery life is pretty good considering the tablets thin dimensions. Storage of 128 gb is ample in my opinion for software and apps or games. I tend to let my 2 sons use it for school work and myself for surfing the net. I really wish there was a included pen & wireless mouse, but those are a extra cost. I really like the built in face recognition for signing into the tablet. No need for a password with the face recognition, which I really enjoy. The two forward facing speakers are decent.

    I was happy to find out this has wifi 6 built in, and connects seamlessly with my Asus wifi6 router with a speedy connection over wifi. Build quality is very good, seems to be made of aluminum rather than cheap plastics. Overall this a good tablet capable of multitasking easily, but I wou,d reccomend getting a wireless mouse and pen for it as well.

    Jul 08, 2020 16:28
  • Review by Kotor, 10 out of 10
    Powerful and Portable

    I received this product in affiliation with the Tech Insider Network. Reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews. That I received this product at no cost did not influence my review in any way. My review is based on my opinion and experience using it.

    I am going to focus as much of my review as possible on the tablet functionality, even though I am using it with the Surface Go Signature Type Cover, which is a keyboard/cover accessory that is available as an optional purchase. It is well worth the added expense, and I highly recommend getting both. The Surface Go 2 is an outstanding tablet, but with the keyboard it becomes an even more capable and portable hybrid tablet/laptop.

    Out of the box it is running Windows 10 S, which I immediately converted to standard Windows 10. Most users will want to do the conversion because Windows S is a walled garden OS that limits the user to the Edge browser, and the limited number of Apps in the Microsoft Windows S Store. Most importantly, there are no Google Apps available in Windows S. So if you are a user of Google Apps, like I am, you will immediately want to convert to standard Windows 10. I did not use Windows S enough to compare its performance compared to Windows 10, but I am very satisfied with the overall Windows 10 performance of this device.

    Setup consisted of charging, powering it on, signing on to Wi-Fi, and then Windows. I already have a Microsoft account so I did not need to create a new account.

    Included is a proprietary power adapter that magnetically attaches to the Surface Go 2 charging port. It is an interesting design, and I am still trying to decide if I like it or not. The upside is it attaches securely because of the strong magnet, but also attaches in a smooth way that should not put as much stress on the port as a standard connection. The downside is that it is a proprietary adapter. Fortunately there is a USB C port that can be used to connect accessories and power the device. So it is not necessary to take the power adapter everywhere because the Surface Go 2 can be charged with a, what is now becoming the universal standard, USB C cord. But I did find that a typical 5 watt power adapter did not provide enough power to charge this device, and I had to use a minimum of an 18 watt adapter.

    The high resolution screen looks fabulous and is great for watching videos. I have tested it with Netflix and Vudu, and find the video quality to be excellent. The touch screen is very responsive and works well.

    The build quality and visual appeal are impressive. The aluminum body is lightweight and thin, making it very easy to handle. The kickstand is incorporated into the back of the device, and allows instant and secure adjustment for optimal viewing angles. I want to give the kickstand design a special mention because it is without reservation, the smoothest design I have ever used.

    The speaker sound quality is passable, and typical for such a thin tablet. For listening to videos or music, I use Bluetooth headphones.

    The battery takes about 2 hours to fully charge. I was able to use it all day without having to recharge it until the next day. I would say it lasted me about 8-10 hours.

    There is a Micro SD port if more memory is required than the 128 GB flash memory that is equipped. The Micro SD port is also useful to transfer files between devices.

    ---Conclusion---

    The Surface Go 2 features an elegant and lightweight design that is, as the name implies, easy to take on the go. The Go name describes who this device is for, and what it does best. It is perfect for someone that wants to have power and versatility in a slim, portable tablet/laptop form factor. If you are a user of power intensive applications, then you will need a more powerful device. But the Surface Go 2 has more than enough processing power and memory to handle most day to day productivity and entertainment needs easily.

    Jul 10, 2020 11:46
  • Review by Richtech, 6 out of 10
    Nice size for portability

    Good tablet but definitely not a computer(laptop) replacement. It's slow and lags at times unfortunately all depends what you use it for. Good for emails and light web browsing some movies and on the go light work for in-between times when a desktop or laptop is unavailable. Microsoft should up the processor to i3 minimum for a good overall 10" tablet @64bit.

    Aug 26, 2020 15:34
  • Review by KMiller, 8 out of 10
    Compact and ready to GO, with limitations

    I received this product from Best Buy through their Tech Insider Network Program. Reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews.

    I was very eager to receive and test the Microsoft Surface Go 2 as this was a product I had been “window shopping” for a couple years. After a week of use I must admit I’m not as excited about it as I initially was, but I do think it’s a great product. The Surface Go 2 is impressively lightweight, while retaining a solid build. I love the kickstand design feature and was impressed with its range of motion and its sturdiness. The combination of the kickstand with the signature keyboard cover is what makes the Surface Go 2 a fully functional 2-in-1 laptop. While the signature keyboard cover was also provided for this review, it is not included with the Surface Go 2 and has to be purchased separately. (I can’t imagine owning the Surface Go 2 without it, so it’s unfortunate that it’s not included.)

    Initial set up of the Surface Go 2 was quick and easy. As soon as the device was turned on, Cortana guided me through the set up. I did not care for the limitations of the Windows 10 S mode, but for the purpose of this review I did not switch out of it (because you cannot switch back afterwards). With Windows 10 S mode, you are not able to download Google apps, even Chrome, and, overall, are limited by Microsoft on what programs can even be used on the Surface Go 2. While Microsoft Edge has been improved upon, it’s still not a favorite of mine so this little nuance is problematic for me personally. Outside of this annoyance, the Surface Go 2’s performance is worthy of comparison to a laptop. I opened and used a handful of programs – not all at once – and felt that they all performed the same as they would on a laptop. When watching shows on Hulu, I was very impressed with the speakers and how loud the sound was from them. A pleasant surprise with the Surface Go 2 is that it still contains a headphone jack, especially in a time where this feature is starting to disappear. It additionally contains a USB – type C port and a slot for a SD card, but no USB- type A or micro type B slots. The cameras on the Surface Go 2 are decent, but definitely do not hold water to what most cell phones are capable of. Although not super high quality, the cameras appear to be sufficient for video calls and meetings. The battery life seemed accurate to what is spec’d by Microsoft, which makes this device a great for traveling.

    I wasn’t particularly impressed with the screen resolution, but it is more than adequate for the main uses with this device. In addition, I did feel that the touch screen was a bit finicky and didn’t always respond as accurately as it should – even after re-calibrating it. (I am already considering purchasing the surface pen because of this.) I did have a couple hiccups with an app and web page not opening, which could be a short coming of the Windows 10 S mode, but other than that, I didn’t have any serious issues while using the Surface Go 2 for the week.

    After my short test trial of the Surface Go 2, I’m not sure I would strongly recommend that this be the device for you. It’s considerably more powerful than the average tablet, but it isn’t up to par with the average 2-in-1 laptops on the market today. It falls in an interesting category of needing something light and compact for traveling, while also being capable of running office programs like a PC, but it isn’t going to replace your primary laptop. If you’re not looking to use this device beyond what most tablets can do, then I would recommend looking at non-2-in-1 tablets as they tend to be much cheaper. If you’re looking to use this as your primary 2-in-1 laptop, then I would strongly suggest making sure all the programs you would need access to can be installed and used on this device, without severely inhibiting its performance. If you’re looking for a powerful tablet, with limited PC capabilities, then this might be the perfect device for you to splurge a bit for.

    Jul 13, 2020 10:48
  • 9.2score
    Lenovo - Yoga 7i 2-in-1 14" Touch Screen Laptop - Intel Evo Platform Core i7 - 12GB Memory - 512GB Solid State Drive - Slate Grey
    Description

    The Lenovo™ Yoga™ 7i 14" combines versatile portability and enhanced productivity, thanks to the boundary-breaking performance and responsiveness of 11th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processors and vibrant FHD clarity with Intel® Iris® Xe graphics. Go anywhere with a sleek 2-in-1 metal chassis featuring thoughtful details including a webcam privacy shutter.

    18 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Windows 11 Operating System: Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.
  • 14" Full HD 10-point multitouch screen for hands-on control: The 1920 x 1080 resolution boasts impressive color and clarity. Touch, tap, glide and make the most of Windows 11. Energy-efficient LED backlight.
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7 mobile processor: Ultra-low-voltage platform. Quad-core, eight-way processing provides maximum high-efficiency power to go.
  • 12GB system memory for full-power multitasking: Plenty of high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 512GB solid state drive (SSD): The flash-based SSD has no moving parts, resulting in faster start-up times and data access, no noise, and reduced heat production and power draw on the battery.
  • 360° flip-and-fold design: Offers four versatile modes — laptop, tablet, tent and stand. Lenovo Transition automatically switches specific applications to full screen when changing from PC to tablet, tent or stand position.
  • Intel® Iris Xe Graphics: Impressive performance for creating, gaming, and entertainment. A new level of graphics performance and crisp, stunning visuals – with the convenience of a thin & light laptop.
  • Weighs 3.08 lbs. and measures 0.7" thin: Ultrathin and ultralight for maximum portability, featuring a smaller screen size and omitting the DVD/CD drive to achieve the compact form factor. 4-cell lithium-ion battery.
  • Aluminum chassis: Offers a sleek look.
  • Thunderbolt port for connecting advanced monitors and external drives: This single interface supports both high-speed data and high-def video — plus power over cable for bus-powered devices — ideal for digital content creators.
  • Wireless/Wired connectivity (WiFi 6 - 802.11 ax): Flexible, dual-band connectivity w/ greater reliability thanks to two data streams and antennas. Connect to a Wi-Fi router to experience GB Wi-Fi speeds nearly 3X faster vs. standard Wi-Fi 5 w/ improved responsiveness for even more devices.
  • Built-in HD webcam with TrueBlock Privacy Shutter: Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends or teleconference with colleagues over Skype or other popular applications. Slide the TrueBlock Privacy Shutter closed for peace of mind when you’re not using your webcam.
  • Backlit keyboard for easy typing in dim or dark locations: Touchpad with scroll and multitouch capability.
  • Built-in fingerprint reader: Streamlines security settings for quick, typo-free access.
  • Basic software package included: 1-month trial of Microsoft Office 365.
  • Additional port: Headphone/microphone combo jack.
  • Alexa Built-In*: With Alexa on your PC, you can voice control your day at home and on the go. Just ask, and Alexa can add an appointment to your calendar, turn on the lights, set a reminder, or play today's hits. *Requires Activation
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Babz, 10 out of 10
    Lenovo is notorious!

    Great laptop and very powerful! Very please with it and it handles photo edited very well

    Quick application opening and overall ease

    Case is very premium feeling all metal and speaker sound outstanding.

    2 in 1 is a plus

    Dec 25, 2020 16:06
  • Review by BugoyiKid, 8 out of 10
    Best overall laptop

    Been using this laptop for a while now.. am satisfied

    Oct 20, 2021 14:08
  • Review by Jamie, 10 out of 10
    Portable, lightweight and fast!

    I think a huge plus with this laptop is how light weight and thin it is. I was searching for something to replace my old gen surface go from 4 years ago and loved the portability with it. But, with that I was also looking to replace my Hp Envy that was super powerful. So, something light and could take heavy programs. I think this laptop was a good option. With the i7 evo inter grated into this laptop, it makes it so fast. I also didn’t notice the finger print sensor for easy log in! The laptop comes with a 720p webcam and a protective cover to cover the webcam when not in use. The webcam is okay, had to play around with the settings to fix the lighting but as long as you can clearly see my face there isn’t much of a problem. The cover can get annoying at times, sometimes it slides back to cover the camera and I catch myself sliding it back. I got this laptop on sale and it was super worth it!!

    Feb 26, 2021 16:48
  • Review by UEBurke, 10 out of 10
    Soars To New Heights

    The speed is phenomenal, the speakers are out of this world, and the graphics make you feel like you're there with the real thing. Had an older Lenovo G50, so I was familiar with the brand, but the Yoga 7i brings my experience to new heights. The tablet mode is a bit cumbersome, but very suitable for watching videos. The lighted keyboard is very helpful to see the keys in dimmed lights, which tcan be adjusted in settings. Extremely happy with the purchase. But for the price, the stylus pen should have been included.

    Mar 07, 2021 14:14
  • Review by Roy6, 10 out of 10
    Fast, reliable, value

    My YOGA I7 has been a revelation. Fast startup, fast WiFi, stable with a long lasting battery. I even have it connected to my Galaxy phone allowing me to receive texts on my computer. Tech has come a long way.

    Mar 24, 2021 15:47
  • Review by Musicman, 10 out of 10
    Levono is Great!

    I was reluctant to buy a Lenovo due to my loyalty to Dell. However, Dell let me down! After doing much research and contemplation, I went for it. So far, my Lenovo has met my expectations, and continues to exceed as I learn the system.

    Feb 05, 2021 17:32
  • Review by Gaurav1, 10 out of 10
    The ideal Laptop for a fast-paced computing world

    The product Yoga 7i is one of its own kind. The finishing touch of the external hardware is really smooth. It comes with 512gb SSD which makes it quite fast. Moreover, 12gb ram gives me enough space to run browser, games, meeting applications at the same time without overheating. I has been a good product for me.

    Mar 19, 2021 22:16
  • Review by Chris, 10 out of 10
    Great 2 in 1 - solid, fast and long battery life.

    This 2 in 1 Yoga 7i is powerfull, fast and the battery life is amazing.

    Super easy to setup. I purchased this for my wife's birthday and she loves it. she wanted something smaller than the 15.6 inch laptop she had and with this being 14" and not heavy at all she can take it anywayre.

    Oct 17, 2021 21:14
  • 9.2score
    Samsung - Galaxy Book Pro 360 15.6" AMOLED Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Evo Platform Core i7 - 8GB Memory - 512GB SSD - Mystic Navy
    Description

    Why can’t laptops be more like phones? They can when you turn your work-life balance completely around with Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360. It’s a premium PC that quickly converts to a top-of-the-line tablet and is Intel® Evo™ platform certified. Precisely draw out plans and write down notes with our S Pen and Samsung Notes — both redesigned for the best experience possible. Then instantly flip to having fun, and get lost in your favorite movie and more, all with 120% color volume on an advanced AMOLED screen and the surround-sound technology of Dolby Atmos audio. Top it out with the power of the latest Intel® 11th Gen Core™ processor, up to 16GB of RAM and an entire TB of storage — all running on the fast and familiar Windows 11 OS — and you get all the space and speed you need. Plus, with Wi-Fi that’s up to 3x faster, you’ll discover a new era of mobile computing. It’s not a laptop. It’s a Galaxy Book.

    11 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Windows 11 Operating System: Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.
  • AMOLED Screen: Make everything look unbelievably brilliant with the first 15.6” Super AMOLED touch screen in a Galaxy Book. Lose yourself with vibrant cinematic-like viewing.
  • Sleek & Convertible Design: Turn heads with a stylish, 2-in-1 device that’s as powerful as a PC and thin as a smartphone. Designed to switch to a PC or a tablet, plus sleek, ultrathin and available in two colors, Galaxy Book Pro 360 is made to make you look good.
  • Powerful Performance: Smoothly do whatever you need to do — from streaming with minimal lag time, to split-second responsive gaming, to major multitasking and more — all with the latest 11th Gen Core processor that’s Intel® Evo™ crtified,
  • S Pen: Turn your screen into a canvas with an improved S Pen³ that’s made bigger, so it feels more comfortable in your hand. Use an all-new Samsung Notes to draw on PDFs, transform handwriting into documents and more. It’s built to give you the best writing and drawing experience.
  • Long-Lasting Battery: Be productive and play throughout the entire day with up to 20 hours on a fully charged battery.⁴,⁵ Schedule even heavier? Our smallest and lightest charger won’t weigh you down and works with all your Galaxy devices⁶, so you get restored super fast.⁷
  • Galaxy Continuity: Pair your devices and easily jump from your work life to your personal life on your Galaxy Book Pro 360. Set it up as a second screen for twice the productivity or use it for beautiful notetaking with our improved S Pen. 8Instantly share files with Quick Share.
  • WFH Ready: Make WFH work for you with tools that help you look, sound and do your best. Attend a lastminute morning meeting and still make a good impression with our camera beauty filter. Hide the rest of the family’s ruckus with background noise removal and more.
  • Connectivity: Backed by next-gen Wi-Fi 6E, Galaxy Book Pro 360 gives you speeds up to 3x faster than normal.
  • Windows 10 OS: Do more on a familiar operating system, now updated to make your life even easier. Get the programs and tools you love, plus some that are completely new since Galaxy Book Pro 360 is equipped with Windows 10 Home OS.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by MellowMoet, 10 out of 10
    #ILoveMySamsung #MakesMeHappy #ThatIsAll!

    I looooooooooooooooove the features of this laptop. This is my 5th, well 6th laptop, if you want to count that old Dell from back in the day lol. I have had 4 HP's since and this is my first Samsung. I cannot complain. I have not yet tested out all the features but I am already blown away by the compatibility aspect. All my TV's, Phones, and Tablets are Samsung, so this purchase was a no-brainer.

    P.S. I still use my newest HP daily (2019), but it seems to be getting finickier by the week. So figured I'd jump on this Samsung while they had promos! #ILoveMySamsung #MakesMeHappy #ThatIsAll!

    Jun 23, 2021 15:18
  • Review by BlueMachine, 10 out of 10
    Lightweight Laptop with Good Value

    I purchased after reviewing the top laptops like Dell XPS 15, Windows Surface Book, LG Gram, HP Spectre and went with this one due to value for specification, included S Pen, light weight feel, color and overall features.

    I'm very happy with this laptop and perfect for my needs. I don't do gaming so can't speak for that type of performance but if you need for school or work then you should consider this laptop.

    It's a bit of a fingerprint magnet so keep your microfiber cloth next to you. Be careful with not putting too much weight when closed as it's very thin and I can see the screen easily cracking.

    Aug 09, 2021 13:55
  • Review by misslunaC, 8 out of 10
    Great, light laptop. Excellent for travel.

    Love this computer overall. Long battery life and quiet processor. The only thing that took some getting used to was the touchiness of the (large) touchpad. I hit it by accident when I'm typing with unintended consequences.

    Jul 09, 2021 17:01
  • Review by Shay, 10 out of 10
    Loving this Computer!!

    So far I am loving this computer. I like that I can connect it to my phone like the iphone and mac computers. Very lightweight and easy to carry and fit in any bag.

    Jun 28, 2021 17:01
  • Review by Lizz, 8 out of 10
    Laptop

    I have only had this a few days so I am not sure how it will fare in the long run. The only thing that I don't like is that it has no usb drive slot, for this price it should. I will update my review in a couple of months.

    Aug 20, 2021 17:23
  • Review by Esteban117, 10 out of 10
    Best 2 in 1

    Definitely the best 2 in 1 i have ever used not to mention the top deal that i had was excellent, this laptop is the best choice for a 2 in 1 laptop!

    Aug 12, 2021 15:21
  • Review by Hasan, 10 out of 10
    Samsung is the best

    Excellent laptop.. i beleive the best i have owned so far.

    Jul 30, 2021 15:39
  • Review by Nikko, 8 out of 10
    Great Machine

    A great laptop!! My best laptop to date. I love how light it is. It feels like a toy laptop, but once booted, it's amazing.

    Aug 14, 2021 13:49
  • 9.2score
    Samsung - Galaxy Book Pro 360 15.6" AMOLED Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Evo Platform Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 1TB SSD - Mystic Navy
    Description

    Why can’t laptops be more like phones? They can when you turn your work-life balance completely around with Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360. It’s a premium PC that quickly converts to a top-of-the-line tablet and is Intel® Evo™ platform certified. Precisely draw out plans and write down notes with our S Pen and Samsung Notes — both redesigned for the best experience possible. Then instantly flip to having fun, and get lost in your favorite movie and more, all with 120% color volume on an advanced AMOLED screen and the surround-sound technology of Dolby Atmos audio. Top it out with the power of the latest Intel® 11th Gen Core™ processor, up to 16GB of RAM and an entire TB of storage — all running on the fast and familiar Windows 11 OS — and you get all the space and speed you need. Plus, with Wi-Fi that’s up to 3x faster, you’ll discover a new era of mobile computing. It’s not a laptop. It’s a Galaxy Book.

    11 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Windows 11 Operating System: Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.
  • AMOLED Screen: Make everything look unbelievably brilliant with the first 15.6” Super AMOLED touch screen in a Galaxy Book. Lose yourself with vibrant cinematic-like viewing.
  • Sleek & Convertible Design: Turn heads with a stylish, 2-in-1 device that’s as powerful as a PC and thin as a smartphone. Designed to switch to a PC or a tablet, plus sleek, ultrathin and available in two colors, Galaxy Book Pro 360 is made to make you look good.
  • Powerful Performance: Smoothly do whatever you need to do — from streaming with minimal lag time, to split-second responsive gaming, to major multitasking and more — all with the latest 11th Gen Core processor that’s Intel® Evo™ certified,
  • S Pen: Turn your screen into a canvas with an improved S Pen³ that’s made bigger, so it feels more comfortable in your hand. Use an all-new Samsung Notes to draw on PDFs, transform handwriting into documents and more. It’s built to give you the best writing and drawing experience.
  • Long-Lasting Battery: Be productive and play throughout the entire day with up to 20 hours on a fully charged battery.⁴,⁵ Schedule even heavier? Our smallest and lightest charger won’t weigh you down and works with all your Galaxy devices⁶, so you get restored super fast.⁷
  • Galaxy Continuity: Pair your devices and easily jump from your work life to your personal life on your Galaxy Book Pro 360. Set it up as a second screen for twice the productivity or use it for beautiful notetaking with our improved S Pen. ⁸Instantly share files with Quick Share.
  • WFH Ready: Make WFH work for you with tools that help you look, sound and do your best. Attend a lastminute morning meeting and still make a good impression with our camera beauty filter. Hide the rest of the family’s ruckus with background noise removal and more.
  • Connectivity: Backed by next-gen Wi-Fi 6E, Galaxy Book Pro 360 gives you speeds up to 3x faster than normal.
  • Windows 10 OS: Do more on a familiar operating system, now updated to make your life even easier. Get the programs and tools you love, plus some that are completely new since Galaxy Book Pro 360 is equipped with Windows 10 Home OS.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Harrkev, 10 out of 10
    Mostly fantastic, but expensive

    --DESIGN--

    This laptop is the usual “ultrabook” form factor where it is very thin, and can fold back into a tablet form. While not unusual, it is well done. You can set it up in “tent” mode and watch a movie on it while it is free-standing. The body appears to be made of plastic, and there is more deck flex than I would expect at this price point. For the money, I would have much preferred some metal in the construction, and for the unit to be more rigid. Still, it seems sturdy enough, so this may be nit-picking. It is certainly usable. I should note that the case itself appears to be a fingerprint magnet, so it will be difficult to keep it looking nice, if you care about that sort of thing.

    --DISPLAY--

    The display on this laptop is fantastic for general use. It advertises itself as having “120% color volume.” While not explaining if this is referenced to sRGB or Adobe color space, I can still believe it. Compared side-by-side to a standard IPS display, the colors are noticeably more vivid. Being an AMOLED, the blacks certainly are black. I have no doubt that you could calibrate the color on this display to be quite accurate, if you have the equipment to do so. It is “only” 1920x1080, but that really is the sweet spot for this display size for my aging eyes. The display is also “only” 60Hz, so this might not appeal to twitch gamers, but they are not the target market. But this is, without a doubt, the finest display that I have ever used on a laptop.

    --PERFORMANCE--

    This is where this little machine shines. It has the latest “Tiger Lake” CPU. It features four cores and eight threads. The performance and thermals of this are quite impressive. It gets a solid 4391 points on Cinebench R23. For reference, compare this to a gaming laptop with a six-core i7-9750H processor, it only lost by a little, but the gaming laptop ran much hotter, a lot noisier, and almost three times as thick. So the performance is surprisingly good given the size. It is good to finally see Intel making a CPU that can compete against AMD in terms of both performance and power. The new Intel integrated graphics is also great for non-gamers. It gets a Furmark FHD benchmark score of 1926 points and 32 FPS. While it would struggle with modern AAA titles, for older and casual gamers, it should be more than adequate. Finally, it has something that I have not seen before. CPU-Z reports the 16 GB RAM as being quad-channel. Dual-channel is standard, and some laptops don’t even have that. This may be partially responsible for the impressive Cinebench score. The cooling is also apparently well done. Even while running the CPU at 100%, the fan was not obnoxiously loud and the chassis did not have any apparent lap-burning hot spots. There is ample storage for almost anybody, as it has a 1TB solid-state drive.

    --CONNECTIVITY--

    This is very much a mixed bag: a strange combination of awesome and disappointment. However, given the extra-thin nature of the body, I can understand why they did what they did. First, the bad: there are no HDMI or USB-A ports at all. The ONLY connectivity consists of three USB-C ports (one being a Thunderbolt), one micro-SD slot, and one headphone jack. That is it. If you have a common flash drive, you won’t find a place to plug it in without an adapter. If you want to hook this up to a television, make sure to keep a USB-C to HDMI adapter on hand. However, the USB-C ports are perfect. You can charge the laptop using ANY of the three ports, and all three also support displays. I managed to get one USB-C port to drive three monitors (two are 1080p and one is 1440p) with a suitable docking station (using DP alt mode: not Thunderbolt, and not DisplayLink). Even my gaming laptop can only support two displays at full resolution.

    --INTERFACE--

    The keyboard seems to be of fine quality, and I encountered no problems with it. It is backlit, with three levels of brightness. It also features a shrunken numeric keypad on the right, so the center of the alphabet portion is shoved a little to the left. The numeric keypad also holds your movement keys (home, end, pages up and down), so you can have those or the numbers, but not both at the same time. Also in the upper-right corner is the power button with the fingerprint sensor (no unlocking the computer with your face). The touchpad is gigantic, and works well. The speakers did not provide any surprises given the size. The bass is a little stronger than expected, but still not very pronounced, and the volume is adequate for listening to videos, but certainly not room-filling. Big sound requires big speakers, and there just isn’t room. Finally, the laptop came with a pen. This works well, and should allow for easily taking notes and drawing (with the right software). A cursor is displayed under the pen when it just gets close to the screen, but nothing is activated until the tip touches the display. It also has a button that brings up useful pen options. One of the best things is that it does not appear to need a battery at all. No more trying to find strange “quadruple-A” batteries or forgetting to charge it. If there is one minus, it is that the pen might be easy to lose. There is no place to store it. It seems magnetic, and it sticks to the bottom of the keyboard area when the unit is opened, but there appears to be no place to put it when the laptop is closed where it would be safe enough to not drop it. The included quick start guide also gave no guidance on pen storage.

    --BATTERY--

    I have not had it enough to exhaustively test the battery, but it certainly seems to last a long time, depending upon usage. I used Firefox to stream a YouTube video (full screen, 50% brightness, audio muted) for three hours, and the battery went from 100% down to around 70%. This implies that the battery would fully die after about 10 hours. If you are just doing light office work (word processing, spreadsheet, etc.) I suspect that the battery would last much longer. This should easily last an entire day of school or work. The included USB-C charger is TINY. I would expect a charger that size to be suitable for a phone, but it actually supports 65W charging.

    --CONCLUSION--

    While it commands a premium price, this is nearly the perfect ultrabook. The only things lacking are: USB-A and HDMI ports, and a stiffer chassis.

    Jun 05, 2021 20:29
  • Review by CraigB, 8 out of 10
    Great convertible for Samsung ecosystem

    Pros

    Super amoled inky blacks

    Sturdy chassis

    Extremely thin and light

    Includes USB-C and a Thunderbolt

    Charges with USB-C

    Included charger is Gallium Nitride

    Lid automatically turns system off and on

    Good keyboard

    Includes number pad

    Good touchpad

    Some provided apps are useful

    Touchscreen

    Extremely small bezels

    Stylus included

    Fast fingerprint scanner

    Stable screen during usage despite thinness

    Tons of features compliment a Galaxy phone

    Switchable cooling profiles for performance or silence

    Cons

    Anemic downward firing speakers

    Battery life much shorter than stated

    Drivers still not stable

    Screen has a lot of glare

    Blue finish is a fingerprint magnet

    Includes bloatware with separate app store

    1080p resolution on large screen reduces sharpness

    No storage for stylus

    Rubber tip on stylus doesn’t feel natural and catches dirt

    “Pro” version comes with Windows 10 “Home”

    16:9 ratio feels extremely long in tablet mode

    Large bottom chin

    Lackluster webcam

    No Windows Hello Camera

    Poor touchpad palm rejection when typing

    Zero key in non-standard place on number pad

    Minor OLED PWM screen flicker

    The Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 looks to have chosen to compete in the upper range of 2-in-1 Ultrabooks. Samsung’s focus with this seems to be thin and light with heavy integration to add value if you have a Galaxy Phone. It’s not to say you can’t use those features without one, but their functionality is enhanced when you do.

    Design and Features

    The design is extremely thin and deceptively light and very understated with only the Samsung logo embossed and two removeable stickers below the keyboard. In fact, it’s so thin it would be near impossible to house a standard USB port. Instead, it has 2 USB-C ports, one USB-C/Thunderbolt port, and a micro-SD card slot. If you still have standard headphones, you will be happy to hear it still has a headphone jack. Despite being so thin, the metal chassis makes it feel stronger than it you would expect. There is some minor deck flex in the keyboard, the center of the bottom panel flexes, and the bottom center of the screen also flexes but those areas don’t seem to be noticeable during regular usage. You can pick it up from a corner and it will hold it’s shape without warping. The power button doubles as a fingerprint reader as the webcam does not support Windows Hello. In the box is a stylus which has a slightly rubbery texture, USB-C charging cable, and power adapter. The power adapter is so small it seems to be gallium nitride which means even though it is 65 watts it is nearly the same size as a standard cellphone charger.

    Setup

    Once logged in you will find a lot of added apps. Some are bloatware, but a lot are Samsung’s own apps to extend functionality for Galaxy devices much how they do to Android on their phones. Many are nearly identical to their Android counterparts. Some apps are useful, such as a screen recorder or the creative app to go with the stylus while others are questionable at best such as the webcam beauty filters. The good thing is you can fully remove any applications you don’t want. That said, if you daily drive a Galaxy phone many of these apps will enhance the overall experience as you get Dex, Flow, Notes, Gallery, Voice Notes, Nearby Share, and others which directly tie into the Samsung ecosystem. The good thing is if you don’t use them, Samsung seems to have done a good job preventing them from bogging down the system.

    Performance

    Initially, performance was hit or miss with random errors and slight instability. After a round of firmware and driver updates the speed and reliability has improved noticeably. Overall performance feels snappy with no unexpected slowdowns. A nice touch is by default. The lid action shuts off the system versus standard sleep so you shouldn’t have it waking up in your bag later. The moment you open the lid the startup feels as instant as if it were in sleep mode. You can quickly log in with the fingerprint scanner, although a Windows Hello Camera would have been nice.

    The keyboard provides a good travel for the thickness. Keys have a distinct activation point with minimal wobble in keys and some extra travel after activation. Even in long typing sessions it feels comfortable. The main adjustment was the size of the keyboard. Key spacing is a bit different causing a small adjustment period to adapt while the number pad is a different story. If you bought this for the separate number pad and are proficient in 10-key touch, the offset of the 0 key will be frustrating. Instead of 0 being below the 2 or a long button between 1 and 2, it is only under 1. Often when you want to press 0 you end up hitting the decimal point instead. The trackpad inertia is well done feeling very natural making for pleasant usage with no unexpected gesture or click activations. There is a noticeable “rattle” on a tap click. It does cheapen the overall feel, but the consistency suggest it is by design. If there was any criticism about the touchpad, it would be the palm rejection. While updates have improved it, you can still occasionally cause unwanted movement while typing as the system registers your wrists resting on it typing as actual movements. Hopefully, Samsung will improve this during updates but as it stands now the issue is minor.

    Tablet use is, unsurprisingly, a compromise. The size and 16:9 aspect ratio makes tablet usage workable but not great. The huge chin to one side gives an odd offset feeling and if you put your fingers in that area to hold it you can feel the bezel flexing taking away from the premium feel a bit. While it would be nice if the S-Pen had a way to store it, the extra thickness is appreciated as it makes using the pen more confident. However, the rubberized tip has a bit too much grip. It seems Samsung was trying to provide friction for a more natural writing experience, but the stylus tip rubs enough to catch anything on the screen hindering the overall feel and the rubberized tip doesn’t glide as smoothly as a pen or pencil. What it does offer is a battery free experience with the same menu found on the Note lite that comes up with you click the S-Pen button. While nice, the button is very sleek making it hard to feel exactly where it is located. At 15 inches, using the convertible as an easel would seem a better use case. In that scenario, the main issue is the thinness means you will need to support the screen as your write or draw.

    Speakers feel like and afterthought on the 360. They are downward firing, but worse is that they don’t even get very loud. In quiet rooms this could be ok, but if you are trying to watch a video and there is any ambient noise it is sometimes impossible to hear particularly on some videos where the gain is set very low. In most cases the audio is good enough, but any Galaxy phone can easily outperform in sound quality and volume. The screen seems the exact opposite. While a 16:10 or 4:3 aspect ratio would have been nice for productivity and tablet mode, the 16:9 is well suited to watching videos. The Super Amoled produces inky blacks. It still exhibits some PWM flicker in certain lighting conditions, but the effect is mild. However, some might think their screen is failing because if this. Areas of the screen can become as dark as the surround bezel and just disappear. Light colors on the black background remain crisp with no unwanted blooming. Colors are accurate but just like Galaxy phones you can set your color profile to your liking. You can choose punchy and vibrant, subtle and accurate, or auto mode which determines the setting for you based on what you are doing. There is a light sensor which can help keep the screen from being too bright in dark rooms or crank the brightness all the way up when outdoors. Outdoors is where this panel struggles the most. While Samsung doesn’t seem to list the maximum brightness, the screen does seem to get bright, but any hope of overcoming bright light or sunlight is diminished by the heavy glare caused by the screen. While the glossy screen looks nice, it means that even in a moderately lit room you effectively have a mirror. In some cases, changing screen angles can alleviate this but just be prepared to accept the glare or possibly add an anti-glare screen protector.

    In today’s time talking about the webcam seems to be a must. If there was one word to describe the webcam it would be passable. Samsung knows how to make good, compact cameras and the one in this system seems an odd miss. They add beauty modes that seem more of a gimmick but the camera struggles in anything but very bright light and even though only looks workable. It would be fine for video conferencing but not much else. The microphones do work rather well, so that seems to confirm their focus. That said, the poor quality camera does tarnish the overall polish of the otherwise solid system.

    Final Thoughts

    There is so much more that could be said about this 2-in-1. Samsung added a ton of features, mostly useful, to enhance functionality and customizability to what is already a nice system even considering the odd compromises. The best way to describe it is if you have ever used a Galaxy phone. While they duplicate features, it’s often because they are improving them. Much like their newer phones, the additions on the Galaxy Book Pro 360 don’t seem to come with much, if any, performance hit. If you own a Galaxy phone that you are happy with and you are in the market for a laptop or 2-in-1, the Galaxy Book Pro 360 would be a nice fit. For others, it should be on your short list of choices as Samsung has done a nice job of making a solid, high performance 2-in-1 Ultrabook.

    Jun 05, 2021 23:51
  • Review by Kelby, 8 out of 10
    Powerful 2-in-1 With Great Battery Life & Features

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    Verdict:

    If you are looking for a portable 2-in-1 laptop with all-day battery life and great performance, the Galaxy Book Pro 360 might be for you. There is a lot to like about it, such as the thin and lightweight design, beautiful screen, long-lasting battery, great keyboard, and included S Pen. Due to the poor webcam quality and lack of built-in stylus storage, it is just shy of a five-star laptop. Despite that, I am very pleased. Especially for Galaxy device owners, the Galaxy Book Pro 360 is definitely one to consider.

    Pros:

    - Thin and lightweight, especially for a 15-inch laptop

    - Beautiful AMOLED screen

    - Premium build quality

    - Long battery life

    - Comfortable typing experience

    - Seamless experience for Galaxy device owners

    - S Pen included in the box

    Cons:

    - Webcam quality is subpar

    - No built-in stylus storage

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    Design:

    Laptops have been getting thinner over time, but what Samsung has accomplished with the Galaxy Book Pro 360 seems impossible. How is such a powerful laptop with a very long-lasting battery this thin? It is astounding to me, and so is the weight. Especially for a 15-inch laptop, the super sleek design is a game-changer for me, since I am often transporting my laptop on the go. With the Galaxy Book Pro 360, I can have a large screen without sacrificing portability. Even with such a thin and lightweight design, all the components feel solid and of high quality. To test the 360-degree hinge, I have been frequently trying different modes (laptop, tent, and tablet) and have noticed that the hinge is very sturdy. As for the ports, there is a decent selection that includes three USB-C (one supports Thunderbolt 4), a headphone jack, and a MicroSD card slot. If you use any USB-A accessories, you will need an adapter to use them with this laptop. Typing on the keyboard feels very comfortable. I like that the right side of the keyboard has a number pad which can also be used as an extra arrow d-pad that includes Page Up and Page Down, as well as Home and End keys. These are enabled when Num Lock is off. Rounding out my comments on the design, the trackpad is huge. I really appreciate that there is plenty of room for scrolling or using pinch zoom.

    Screen:

    The AMOLED screen is stunning. Whether I am inside or outside (even in direct sunlight), it is bright enough for me to see what is on the screen, and the colors are vivid. There are several color profiles available in the settings that allow you to customize the screen mode to your liking, or you can just go with “Auto mode” which will switch color profiles automatically based on what you are doing. Although not visible to the naked eye, Samsung says the screen reduces blue light which can lessen eye strain. I have had several long working sessions on this laptop and have not noticed any eye strain, so I think there might be some truth behind it. This is the first 15-inch laptop I have owned in a while, and I quickly realized that the extra screen space is nice to have, especially since I often find myself with multiple windows open at once.

    Performance:

    I purposefully ran numerous apps and videos at once to gauge the Galaxy Book Pro 360’s performance, and it handled everything with ease. Nothing crashed or had any lag. I would likely never be running that much at once, but it is nice to know this laptop can handle just about anything you throw at it.

    Battery Life:

    One thing I look for in a laptop is a battery that can last through a normal workday (8+ hours of continuous use), and the Galaxy Book Pro 360 easily hits that mark and then some. I would say that I average about 10 hours of battery life when running multiple apps and using numerous tabs in my browser. If I just use it for casual browsing or entertainment, I can get even more.

    Features:

    An S Pen is included in the box, and I have been using it often to write notes. I am happy to say the writing experience is great, and of the little doodling I did, the drawing experience seems great too. Since taking notes digitally is part of my weekly routine, I am glad the S Pen makes it easy to write legibly with little error. My only wish is that there was a slot to house it on the laptop, but at least it can attach magnetically. Since I usually participate in multiple video calls throughout the week, having a webcam on my laptop is a must. Unfortunately, the webcam quality on the Galaxy Book Pro 360 is subpar at best. I was hopeful that the various filters might help, but they do not. It always seems to look a little blurry and grainy, and those on the other end of the video calls agree, which is not acceptable for a premium laptop. The poor webcam quality came as a surprise to me because everything else about this laptop has been impressive. Moving on to some of the other features that I do like, there is a fingerprint sensor in the power button that works with Windows Hello. It has proven to be a reliable, quick, and secure way to unlock the Galaxy Book Pro 360. There are also several Samsung apps pre-installed that enable a seamless experience if you own other Galaxy devices. For example, Quick Share allows you to instantly share files, and Samsung Notes syncs across all Galaxy devices. As a Galaxy Note phone owner, I appreciate having apps like these that make multitasking or transitioning from my phone to the computer (or vice versa) very easy.

    Jun 05, 2021 18:01
  • Review by AtlantaGreg, 8 out of 10
    Overall great laptop (with a horrible web cam)

    We’ve been relying on our laptops more than ever in the last year, and shortages have caused choice to usually be limited to the very cheap or very expensive, with many of the mid-range systems having been scooped up by people needing to work and/or school from home this year. So, the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 enters the scene as a not-so-cheap laptop with higher end features, but still not among the top priced competitors.

    The Galaxy Pro 360 is a beautiful machine. It’s incredibly thin and light at around 3 pounds and thin as a typical smart phone. The Mystic Navy color is very attractive (though it does attract fingerprints easily). Being so thin, you have one thunderbird port, and three USB-C ports with a microSD card reader and headphone jack, but unfortunately that thinness excludes an optical drive, HDMI port, or any standard USB ports (there is no USB-A to USB-C adapter in the box – boo). A 65 watt fast charger and cord is included, so charging won’t take long at all. Samsung claims up to 20 hours of battery life per charge (I got more like 8 to 11ish, in real-world use; yours may vary depending on how you use it).

    The standout feature of the Galaxy Pro 360 is the very nice 15.6”, 1080p, AMOLED display. It’s not the very brightest outdoors, but bright enough for my uses (indoors), and being AMOLED, the colors are saturated and the blacks stand out very well. You can swivel the screen from standard use to tent mode, or all the way back to tablet mode. A Galaxy s-pen is included in the box – it’s larger than the s-pens you see with Note phones, but feels good in the hand. With this pen, you can do a lot on the Pro 360’s touch screen with the included Samsung software; take hand notes, copy areas of the screen for screen shots, notate web pages, sign documents, edit videos, screen record, and more. It takes a little practice, but comes in very handy. There’s no slot in the laptop to slide it into, though – but it will magnetically stick to the lid.

    The keyboard (lit) is a bit thin, but still has some tact to it when typing. Not the best I’ve used, but not bad. If you’re a hard typist you’ll feel a little flex but not terribly so. It does include a full numeric keypad on the right (slightly smaller than standard size). A fingerprint reader key on the upper-right doubles as the power-on button. The speakers are more on the side/underside and are at best average, not being very loud and a lacking bass; ok for general use and with tweaking can sound better, but if listening to serious music, you’ll want to use a Bluetooth speaker. The one VERY bad part about the Pro 360? The web cam. Ugh… 720p (!), not very sharp, and very poor in lower light. This is my one HUGE complaint. Samsung put a $350 laptop web cam on a $1,500 laptop, in a time when more than ever, people are relying on video conferencing for work and school – why, Samsung… why?

    My model has a newest generation i7 processor, 16 gigs of RAM, a very fast and nice sized 1 terabyte SSD drive, and built-in Iris graphics which works surprisingly fast for integrated graphics. You won’t have an issue doing all of your daily work, photo editing, and even video editing so long as you’re not rendering a Hollywood blockbuster. Most games except the most high-end should work fine. Mine didn’t stumble at all, no matter what I did. My Galaxy ear Buds connected seamlessly with the laptop, and if you are part of the Samsung ecosystem, you can also connect many of Samsung’s Galaxy phones to the Pro 360 to swap data and interact.

    I MOSTLY love the Pro 360. I love love love the screen, the beautiful body and overall build quality, the color, and the basic specs being speedy, along with the s-pen’s convenience. What I don’t like is the sound quality from the speakers, lack of legacy ports (USB-A and HDMI), and the dare I say it again, horrible web cam. So, as long as you realize you’ll probably need to use an external speaker for real serious music playback, and third-party web cam with this, many should feel ok with this laptop. Also again, remember to buy a USB-A to USB-C adapter if you plan on using older accessories with it. Recommend with good marks, minus a star for the web cam.

    Jun 04, 2021 22:17
  • Review by Knivels, 8 out of 10
    Sleek and Dazzling!

    Samsung’s Galaxy Pro 360 delivers productivity when needed and converts to an even more impressive entertainment companion thanks to a perfect blend of software and hardware. If the past year has taught us anything, it is more important than ever to find that balance between work and play amidst everything else.

    The formfactor and lightweight of the Galaxy Pro 360 are very captivating. Enclosed in an aluminum chassis (Mystic Navy Blue in my case), it weighs just a little over three pounds (3.06 lbs.) and has a very minimalist layout. The left side houses one of the two provided USB Type-C ports. The other items located on the left side are the operating status LED and a Thunderbolt 4 port. On the right side can be found the second USB Type-C port, a MicroSD Multi-media card reader (micro SD, micro SDHC and micro SDXC) and a headphone out/microphone in combo. In addition to charging USB Type-C devices, these ports (and the Thunderbolt 4 port) can each be used as the charging port for the PC via the included 65W USB Type-C adapter. My configuration had a 4405mAh 4 cell Li-ion battery that is rated for 20 hours.

    Two AKG tuned speakers rated at 4W are located underneath the computer along with the fan vents. The sound is amazingly clear and doesn’t appear negatively impacted by the speaker location. The backlit keyboard has a numeric pad and is also spill resistant. I found the keystroke travel acceptable given the overall size of the PC; it is only 0.47 inches at its thickest region by the hinges. The multi-gesture touchpad is generously sized and physically clicks. The power button also doubles as a fingerprint sensor/reader for security. Setup is easy and works very well.

    Underneath the hood is an 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor (2.8GHz up to 4.7Ghz with 12MB L3 cache). The processor is also Intel Evo-certified which simply put means the device has been verified to provide top notch mobile performance such as instant wake, exceptional battery life and responsiveness. In my experience, even on the battery life focused setting, the Galaxy Pro 360 is quick in performance. Assisting the snappy CPU is 16GB of RAM for multitasking; the integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics card also uses this for video memory and is more than adequate for non-intensive video tasks. The RAM appears soldered to the motherboard though implying no possible upgrades. 1TB SSD for storage is more than enough for average use. Given Samsung’s history with SSD, you can be assured of longevity. For connectivity, there is Bluetooth 5.1 (low energy use, quicker connections) and Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) on the new 802.11ax standard.

    The centerstage of the Galaxy Pro 360 is the 15.6” glossy Super AMOLED touch screen. With a 1920 x 1080 (FHD) resolution and an aspect ratio of 16:9, it is a real joy to use. To be expected with the Super AMOLED technology employed in most Samsung tablets and tablets, colors “pop” and are brought to life with remarkable contrast ratios. Blacks are true blacks as the screen does not illuminate those areas, helping conserve battery unlike LCDs. Another advantage over the LCDs is the lack of light "bleed" around the screen edges. In addition to an Auto option, there are four other modes to choose from for content viewing: Vivid, Natural, PhotoEdit (photo editing) and Movie. Brightness is adequate, however, to be expected with a glossy screen, outdoor use can be a little challenging.

    As the name suggests, the rather sturdy hinges offer 360-degree rotation for conversion to either tablet or “tent” mode for an alternative viewing setup. Needless to say, the PC comes “binge-watching” ready. Above the screen is housed a 720p HD camera, a video camera LED indicator, a microphone with a dual array setup and an ambient light sensor that not only controls screen brightness but also the keyboard illumination.

    In addition to accepting touch input, the included S Pen can be used to take handwritten notes via the included Samsung Notes app. This iteration is ergonomic and feels more natural than its smaller Galaxy Note counterparts. It’s beveled to help prevent rolling and can magnetically attach to the chassis. There’s no defined storage for it by default but Samsung already has a case that will protect both the laptop and S Pen.

    Pressing the S Pen button while hovering over the screen delivers the S Pen features via Samsung’s Air Command. Highlights of the features are listed below:

    • Samsung Notes - Note creation via text or handwriting/doodle that can also capture audio and images

    • Smart select - For selecting, sharing or saving content. App can extract text from PDFs or save videos as GIFs

    • Screen write - Captures screenshot for scribbling or drawing

    • Live Message - Records handwriting or drawing action that is saved and played back as an animated file. Adds a personal touch to messages

    • PENUP - Samsung’s app for sharing and viewing Pen generated content globally. The app also provides coloring activities and live drawing tutorials to help develop sketch skills

    • Show Window - When connected to an external display (via an optional USB-Type C/Thunderbolt 4 to HDMI cable), selected area on the Galaxy Pro 360 can be projected in full screen on that external display

    Two other notable software are detailed below:

    • Link Sharing: This allows you to share content via a link. It conveniently has a two-day expiration; an inbuilt Dropbox

    • Samsung Security: Samsung deploys its own suite of security promoting features:

    a) Privacy Folder – Secures content in password protected folders

    b) Secret Screen – Uses window overlays of compatible apps to thwart prying eyes

    c) Block Recording – Prevents unwanted microphone or camera recording

    d) Security Cam – Emails pictures of failed log in attempts by unauthorized persons

    Samsung has come a long way and is no doubt a formidable force in both mobile and television industries. The Samsung Galaxy 360 is a very good effort to deliver some of its best innovations from both sectors in a very compact PC. Familiarity with Samsung's devices and software heightens the excitement but newbies will feel right at home too. The Galaxy Pro 360 is poised to be the device to seamlessly tackle both work and play, as we adjust to the new normal working from home.

    Jun 04, 2021 18:42
  • Review by Weezerang, 10 out of 10
    Excellent, light and powerful 2 in 1

    Samsung has hit the ball out of the park with the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360. If you ask me, this is the only Samsung laptop as of yet to be good enough to warrant the Galaxy name. It is a beatiful, light and powerful machine that clocks in at a very light weight. It has no 3D gaming chip, but so far has been able to play many of the Xbox and Steam games that I've thrown at it (granted it gets quite hot and sometimes freezes based on the complexity of the game) Halo, Mechwarrior 5, and Forza 7 worked great, granted you do mot get all of the visual bells and whistles. However, this is impressive coming from a thin ultra-book 2 in 1. The screen is not 4K, but is OLED and looks mighty impressive and sharp.

    My biggest gripes are the webcam and usb ports. It comes with lightning and usb-c so a USB-C to USB adapter or hub is necessary. I understand that this was done to keep the laptop as thin as possibe and I applaud them for that. However, it makes the Galaxy Book less portable when having to also carry around a hub or adapters. The webcam is overly bright and pixelly. Not a fan, but also not a complete deal breaker, especially when a clipon webcam can be gotten for about 30 bucks.

    Also, the camera is not compatible with Windows Hello, but the fingerprint scanner works quite well.

    In the end, I am very pleased with the Samsung Galaxy Book and could go on and on about it, but you're probably already bored with me.

    Try it, you'll like it!!

    Aug 06, 2021 15:55
  • Review by Xtant, 10 out of 10
    Impressive 2n1

    So I got this Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 to replace my last convertible that I handed down.

    First this thing looks really good! The design and feel are really nice! It’s slimmer than my old convertible while having a bigger screen. It is a bit slippery. Yes I know it’s a laptop but it’s also a tablet and in that mode it can be a bit of a handful to hold.

    Performance far exceeds my needs for basic laptop use (email, web browsing and simple office type work.) So for its performance is great with the Intel Corei7 and 16gb of ram. Start up was fast once all the Windows updates were done. Programs loaded fast and switching between was as well.

    The AMOLED screen is gorgeous! Pics really don’t do it justice. Videos and pictures look great on it. The included S pen is nice and it’s size make it comfortable and easy to use. Pen input worked well while doing some simple coloring and notes. The only down side is that there isn’t a way to attach the S pen to the laptop. I’m guessing because of its size which helps with it’s usability but it would be nice to have something on the laptop to hold it. Touch input was also extremely smooth almost like using a huge Samsung Galaxy phone lol

    I’m not much of a gamer but I did download Asphalt 9 legends to see how the Galaxy Book Pro would do? I was able to play with the highest settings with no lag or stuttering at all. The screen really shines here. I didn’t have a controller to use so played in tablet mode. This thing is on the bigger side of course so it does make it challenging to play on but doable.

    If your in the market for a 15.6” convertible you should definitely put the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 on your short list!

    Jun 05, 2021 13:40
  • Review by Samsung, 10 out of 10
    About my new laptop

    The Samsung Galaxy Book 360 has the most power I have ever used in a computer. The startup of Windows 10 is instant. It has no drag. The laptop connects directly with my Samsung phone for everything from calls to downloads.

    I have begun editing video on the laptop and it has exceeded my expectation.

    Oct 01, 2021 17:39
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    GeoBook 120 is a 12.5-inch Windows 10 laptop complete with a 1-year subscription to Microsoft 365 Personal. Powered by an Intel Celeron Dual Core Processor and 4GB RAM, this lightweight laptop makes easy work of essential tasks, browsing and more. 64GB eMMC storage is built in and can be expanded with the addition of a MicroSD card (up to 64GB). GeoBook 120 also features a 2MP webcam, dual microphones and integrated speakers, plus reliable AC Wi-FI.

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  • Review by callmeageeth, 8 out of 10
    Great kids Chromebook Alternative

    This is a budget laptop through and through but is perfect for a young child for both school work and some very light gaming. It’s essentially a Chromebook, but with windows. Please note that I am commenting on the laptop both from the perspective of a parent buying this for their child and from my son’s perspective.

    IN THE BOX

    You get the laptop along with a charger. The purchase also includes a year subscription of Office 365 which you can sign up for after setup.

    DESIGN

    I actually like the look and feel of this laptop a lot. It’s really slim has a cool light blue hue to it (which is different from the black and silver laptops you see everyday) and it has a nice “rubber” feeling coating to the outside that makes it easy to grip.

    It has a decent size trackpad, and the typical keyboard you’d expect in a small laptop. It has the up and down arrow keys jammed together which I don’t love, but is almost a necessity given the small footprint.

    The only thing I wish it really had was backlit keyboard. I get it, it’s a super cheap laptop, but the light blue color with white lettering is more difficult than normal to see without good lighting. And the brightness of the screen doesn’t help much.

    In terms of ports, it has 2 USB-A 3.0 (blue) ports which is nice, a USB-C, also nice, headphone jack and microSD slot. I like that it includes HDMI out, but it’s HDMI-mini. I don’t have one of those hanging around, so that’s a bit of a bummer, but I get why a full sized HDMI wouldn’t have worked. It’s too big. And it obviously has a proprietary charging port which is a tiny circle. My other main complaint would be for USB-C charging. I charge most of my electronics with one, and when my kid loses his charger (inevitably) it would have been nice to charge it via USB-C.

    SETUP

    It’s like any Windows laptop. No “kid” skin to speak of, it’s a full fledged Windows laptop through and through. I will say that I had issues setting up my son’s account, which I set up as a part of my family account so I can lock certain apps and websites when he signs in. But this was undoubtedly user error, nothing to blame the laptop for.

    I will add that I use an Alienware as my desktop, and it comes full of bloatware (some helpful, others I never use). I was happy to see the Geobook comes with no bloatware. Which is a good thing given its limited storage space and computational power.

    USE AND PERFORMANCE

    In the world of QHD, 4K, and even 8K, a lot of people might balk at this laptop’s screen resolution. I’m here to say that it’s just fine. I’m not just saying that because a young kid might not care or know any better, but even using it myself, the 1366X768 resolution is just fine for everyday tasks and school work (and light gaming). My only complaint about the screen was that it came with a dead pixel. It is only noticeable when the screen is on and completely black, but in day-to-day use, I don’t see it at all.

    The 64 GB hard drive however, is a bit more difficult to swallow. Windows 10 itself takes up a bulk of that space. Putting movies, videos, pictures, maybe some games, will eat up the hard drive space quickly. My kid doesn’t edit videos, photos or play large games (think Call of Duty) so the lack of storage isn’t a big concern (at least for now). I like that it is expandable via microSD. I’m comfortable upgrading HDDs in a laptop and wouldn’t have minded the ability to do so here, but for my kid who doesn’t know what bleeding edge tech looks like, the relatively slower speeds of a microSD card compared to high end SSD isn’t an issue.

    It also only has 4 GB of RAM, which when you think about it, isn’t a lot since most newer phones have at least that much. But when your kid is browsing the web, watching YouTube videos, doing Google Classwork or even playing Minecraft or Roblox, there is virtually no performance hiccups. I haven’t opened a bunch of tabs or opened programs to really stress it, but I can tell you that day-to-day use (and having heard no complaints from my son about slowdowns, etc., the 4 GB of RAM is more than adequate for this laptop.

    I mentioned gaming. My son plays Roblox and it runs just fine on this laptop. So does Minecraft. I don’t let my kids play high end games (like GTA or Call of Duty) so I don’t see a reason to install it and test its capabilities, but I’m certain for AAA games it won’t run them very well. But again, for what this laptop is, that’s perfectly ok.

    BATTERY LIFE

    I have to mention the battery life. It’s great. It has close to 15 hours of battery life. I’m certain its’ the Intel Celeron processor combined with the low resolution screen that helps it last that long. For kids who aren’t accustomed to charging their electronics regularly, this can be extremely helpful.

    CONCLUSION

    This is a terrific laptop for what it is. A budget laptop for kids. It seems durable (although we haven’t really dropped it, etc., so I can’t say how it would hold up to kids handling it long term). It has everything they need and it’s Windows. Obviously Google Classroom will work through Chrome, which, if your kid does NTI from home is a plus. While I like Chromebooks, I do prefer Windows and having a budget Chromebook-ish Windows laptop for my kids is better (in my opinion).

    Sep 11, 2021 19:23
  • Review by JKinSYR, 8 out of 10
    Budget friendly and ideal for kids

    Budget friendly computer for light duty usage on a day to day basis. This computer sports a nice but effective Intel Celeron processor. It's enough to get by for web surfing, streaming, and MS Office tasks but will seem to slow down if you push it for more intensive usage. The 4GB of RAM is pretty minimal, but is enough for this machine. 64GB of storage space is good for this machine, as it's an entry level Windows based laptop. You also get some ports for your external devices such as 1 HDMI, 2 USB 3.0 Type A, 1 USB Type C, Micro SD card slot.

    The color is unique and inviting in a soft powder blue case/shell with a soft plastic/rubber texture. You'll get yourself a nice sized 12.5 inch LCD screen with an adequate screen resolution of 1366 x 768 HD resolution. Adequate for an entry level machine and sufficient for virtual classes and schooling from home. It's lightweight which is nice as it makes it easy to be portable and move around with. About 3 pounds and .7 inches thin. The built in webcam will also allow for 2MP video along with the built in microphone so you'll still be able to take part in virtual web based interaction. The box is fairly simple and to the point, as you get a laptop, power adapter, and quick start guide.

    In my opinion the best part of this laptop is that you'll also get a 1 year subscription to Microsoft 365 Personal which is helpful and useful in itself. After that 1 year you can decide what you'll want to do going forward, but it has been coming in handy for our household so far.

    I feel that this machine is ideal for elementary aged, maybe middle schoolers, and senior citizens. It can accomplish the tasks you would need to do with Windows 10 S mode. Don't expect it to do heavy gaming or processing, but use this machine as a budget friendly alternative to a tablet or a laptop that would cost twice the price.

    PRO:

    Screen size is nice

    Compact and portable

    Unique color

    Price

    CON:

    Select audience

    Sep 03, 2021 09:28
  • Review by PhillipB, 8 out of 10
    Great for kids. Replaces Chromebook.

    This was an interesting product.

    Kind of like a Chromebook kind of like a tablet.

    So let's go with physical appearance.

    Nice color

    Lightweight

    Grippy feel

    Has multiple ports to plug in

    Keyboard is nice feeling

    Size is good. Not too big not too small.

    Performance

    For being a small compact performance was decent.

    Battery life lasted 3 days of moderate use. First day was heavy due to Microsoft updates.

    Video conference via Skype was good.

    Mic was clear

    Sound was decent.

    My kids used this for their remote Skype music lessons and it did well. No lagging. No freezing..

    Screen was decent. I streamed 4k and it looked nice.

    USBc allowed me to use HDMI adapter to run a big screen and it worked just fine.

    Memory was good. Half of the available space was used by operating system. So saving files locally may not work out. You will need to work off the cloud and with the 1 year subscription of Microsoft office that will help.

    Printing to wireless printers was much easier than using Chromebooks. For whatever reason Chromebooks have App issues and it made.it difficult to print. Because this is Windows 10 based it took care of that issue.

    Only thing I could ding this on was the polarization of the screen. It has filters on it which is probably good to help with eye fatigue but I did not completely like it.

    Other than that this is like a Chromebook but running Microsoft 10 lite.

    For the purpose of my kids this will do just fine for any additional distance learning if needed and general school work.

    Based on what my kids do on computers and how this computer performed. I would recommend this product for kids if you don't want to use a Chromebook.

    Sep 08, 2021 01:39
  • Review by DaveW, 8 out of 10
    Great Starter Laptop

    The Geobook 120 is a 12.5” entry-level laptop that I have been messing around with for about a week now. I have had the chance to use it almost daily as well as having my kids take their turns with it. The fun color scheme and entry level specs skews this machine towards young school age kids, as well as anyone looking for an affordable machine to meet some basic computing needs.

    Specs

    CPU – Intel Celeron N4020 Dual Core 1.10 GHz processor w/ integrated Intel 600 graphics

    Memory – 4GB LPDDR4-2133

    Graphics – integrated Intel 600 graphics

    Screen – 12.5” 1366 x 768p HD TN

    Storage – 64GB eMMC – expandable via SD card up to additional 64GB

    Ports – 1X USB C / 2X USB 3.0 / 1X HDMI 2.0 / 1X microSD Slot / TRRS 3.5mm Jack (headphone and mic support)

    Network Connectivity – Wireless AC

    Audio – dual speakers

    Webcam – 1080P with dual microphone

    Dimensions – 11.9 x 8.11 x 0.71”; 3.05lb

    Battery – 34200 mWh Li-ion

    Other – Windows 10 S w/ 1 year subscription of Office 365

    Design

    The design of the GEO 120 is pretty fun. Mine comes in the light blue color which adds to the fun look. The outer chassis material is a grippy soft touch plastic and features plenty of rounded edges. The inner material is a smooth soft touch plastic – still in that light blue. The keyboard and touch pad keep with the color scheme, and the keys feature white lettering. There is no backlight to the keys. The touchpad is generously sized for the form factor. Its clickable and understand multi-finger inputs. The keyboard also has a function key for media controls, but it does not feature a function lock. The overall design reminds me a bit of the netbook I had back in college. Small form factor, very lightweight, and great for on the go tasks.

    I had my GF’s youngest daughter (10y.o.) help me test the GEO out. She liked the color and the size of the laptop. It was perfect for her to sit on the couch with it in her lap. The base didn’t get particularly warm on her, so hold the laptop on bare skin was no issue. The only thing she had trouble with was the white lettering on the keys. She isn’t a touch typist yet, so she still relies on being able to quickly read the key faces. The white lettering is tough to see in bright overhead light (keys are kind of shiny) and in dimly lit rooms. Other than that she liked the look and feel of the GEO. The keyboard was easy to type on and the keys felt nice to her. They had a good little click that provided enough tactile feedback. She also liked the trackpad because it was fairly responsive and accurate.

    Performance

    The GEO 120’s 4GB of low power RAM coupled with the 1.1GHz dual core means its not going to be a compute power house. If you are used to faster machines this will feel like a step back. However, through the eye of a kid getting their first laptop the GEO has more than enough power. My testing partner has a 12” Chromebook from school, so this isn’t her first machine by any means. However, the comparison between the two was favoring the GEO a bit due to it being a touch faster and more familiar OS (Windows vs. Chrome).

    When it came to playing games she was able to load up some games from the Microsoft store that were already on her account. I’m not 100% sure what all she was playing, but I know she played Human Fall Flat and a couple of other Gamepass games. As far as I could tell she didn’t have any issues or complaints with how the games ran. I would be hesitant to have her try anything too intensive, but knowing it can crank out good experiences on resource-light games is a plus.

    The 64GB of eMMC isn’t a whole lot. eMMC is essentially a soldered SD card – not a traditional HDD or SSD but more like the memory in your phone. The 64GB drive is faster than a HDD, so it moves along well. However, that 64GB does fill up quickly especially if you or your child wants to add some games. I plan to pick up a fast microSD card (64GB max) to toss in the expansion slot. At 128GB I think we would be fine, and not have to do a lot of storage housekeeping.

    Display

    The 12.5” 1366 x 768p (HD) display is perfectly adequate and its pixel density is just fine (125 ppi) for the size. Compare it to a 21.5” 1080p screen and this beats its out by a decent amount (102 ppi). I know seeing 768p can throw you off, but in this case its fine. Its not too bad of a display, and it absolutely fits the budget on the machine.

    However, I do have some issues with the display. In a really bright room the panel isn’t bright enough to not be slightly washed out. The TN panel is an older technology that fits the budget, however it provides really poor vertical off angle viewing. Horizontal off angle viewing isn’t as greatly affected though, which was surprising. I would expect you would want horizontal to suffer more than vertical on a laptop where you are the only viewer. However, I can see screen sharing with siblings as a reason to align the panel for better horizontals. The last issue I have relates to the display housing in the chassis. It is noticeably weak enough to “ripple” the image on the screen along the entire bottom when adjusting the angle or even slightly wiggling the screen. You can also cause ripples along the edges where you grab with even the lightest touch.

    Speakers and Webcam

    The speakers are there. They are very tinny and don’t have a lot of power. I had them at max volume and could talk over them. They are acceptable for limited use, but I would absolutely recommend a headset.

    The webcam does a nice job overall. My GF’s daughter loves to Skype her grandma, so she was thrilled to use the webcam. It does a nice job overall. You do need to stay in a well lit room as it starts to get grainy in low light. The dual mics pick up your voice well, and don’t do too bad with background noise in general.

    Other Thoughts

    So this is my first time running across Windows 10 S. I had honestly never heard of it. It serves as sort of a stripped down Windows experience that is optimized for security and speed. You can’t install 3rd party apps – you can only install apps available in the Microsoft store. Edge is the only browser and it defaults to safe search. The OS appears to have been optimized for lower spec’d systems – I mimicked this experience on my old netbook with a cracked stripped down Win7 build, and it was absolutely the way to go back then. So hopefully Win10 S does the same job of removing some of the system overhead to keep things snappy. If you don’t want or need this protection you can always upgrade (for free) to plain Win10 Home Edition, but you won’t be able to go back once you upgrade.

    Overall

    As an adult with a gaming PC, gaming laptops, a workstation class laptop I can say I am not really the target for this PC. However, I do see the value in a machine like this for a quick runabout or travelling. It is very easy to transport. Where it really shines is with the kids. My GF’s daughter loved it and it didn’t even occur that it was a lightly spec’d machine. She loves getting to use it. As a parent I really like the baked in Office 365 sub, and the walled garden that is Win 10 S. I personally would upgrade it to Home but only because I don’t need those barriers. The only drawbacks I really saw were with the display panel and the speakers. They were the only somewhat underwhelming aspects. Everything else seems great though.

    Sep 14, 2021 01:40
  • Review by softwareEngineer, 8 out of 10
    Daily Driver for the Kids, Family

    The Geo 120 laptop is catered for those looking to perform basic tasks or those who need to run non-demanding Windows applications, all on a budget. The Intel Celeron Dual Core N4020 processor can handle most jobs, but it will definitely feel sluggish overall if you’ve got something much faster at home. This is due to the eMMC storage that performs slightly better than an traditional 7200rpm HDD, but helps keep the overall dollar costs down for the laptop. I think the price vs performance is perfect for our kids in school that are starting to dig into Word or staying connected to their classroom assignments online.

    Although advertised with 64GB eMMC, you’ll have around 25-30GB of usable space due to the Windows installation, so that’s something to think about if you have space requirements. Luckily, you can insert an additional max 64GB MicroSD card for more storage. The 4GB of RAM clearly highlights its weight class, which is to be the best at web browsing or streaming video content, but not all at once. As far as gaming, I was able to give Roblox a test drive, which is currently the game-of-choice for the kids at home. The UHD630 did struggle slightly with frame rates and input response, but it was still playable. Battery life lasted about 7-8 hours under normal basic use.

    There’s a lot to enjoy about this laptop. The keys are very large and tactile and there is just the right amount of “click” with each key press. I like the omission of the touchpad left/right buttons as it is integrated within the touchpad itself. This gives you more touchpad real estate. The screen’s hinge is strong enough to keep it from drooping during sudden movements or adjustments. 1366x768p is a great choice of resolution for a 12.5” screen and also helps increase battery life. The laptop will get a little warm during heavy loads (playing Roblox, for example), but it didn’t bother me. The laptop is very quiet due to its passive cooling method (no fans). The baby-blue color just speaks to the kids! I especially loved that I could charge the laptop (with a laptop-rated charger) through the USB-C port, which means I don’t have to carry it’s proprietary charger around when I travel with it. The front-facing camera is perfect for Zoom calls and the sound output is adequate. It’s lightweight at 3lbs and less than ¾ inch thick when closed.

    There are a couple of things that I wish this laptop had. For one, it would have been nice to have a backlit keyboard. Second, I wish I could upgrade the eMMC storage to an NVMe drive as this would surely give this machine a performance boost. For me, the touchpad doesn’t perform well during small, precise movements. I felt like it lagged or drifted on its own when performing these small adjustments. Also, I am concerned about its durability since its outer shell is entirely made of plastic. I didn’t knock off points for its overall performance because at its price point, it’s actually doing a heck of a job. Lastly, the laptop comes configured in “S” mode, which locks the laptop down to Microsoft approved software, but you can easily switch out of this mode if you choose to do so. I switched out so I could install Chrome Browser.

    I’ve honestly never heard of Geo Computers until I saw this laptop. After visiting their website, I’ve learned that Geo Computers are the largest UK-based supplier of OEM devices. They are part of the Tactus Group and are winners of the 2021 Microsoft Device Partner of the Year Award. And so they grace us with their Geo 120 to compete in the very heavy entry-level laptop class, and it really doesn’t disappoint at its price point.

    Sep 04, 2021 20:23
  • Review by TheDuke, 8 out of 10
    Impressive Value

    The GeoBook 120 is quite an impressive value - especially considering that it comes with 1 year of Microsoft 365 Personal which costs $70 on its own. The GeoBook does not have the streamlined simplicity of a Chromebook, but instead manages to provide a more full featured windows experience at an incredibly low cost.

    The physical build does feel rather plastic and cheap but it functions well and is truly able to meet the entry level needs of most young students. Researching on the internet, word processing, spreadsheet creation, watching Youtube, using Netflix, Video chat, and even very light gaming all work well. The battery will play video for over 3 hours and will allow over 5 hours of web browsing or word processing.

    It is important to note that the GeoBook runs Windows 10 Home in S Mode. This means that only applications from the Microsoft store will download and run on the laptop - which actually improves security of the laptop. The laptop also does NOT have a graphics card, so the GeoBook should NOT be purchased for gaming. BUT, my 7 year old son was thrilled to discover that the computer is able to run Roblox reasonably well.

    The GeoBook comes with about 24 gigabytes of remaining harddrive space, but does have a MicroSD slot that allows up to 64 gigs of extra space. The keyboard feels cheep and rather clunky, but works appropriately. The laptop has a built-in camera, but it is only 2MB and it does not have a physical shutter cover to block the camera. If you are concerned about the security of a camera being pointed at your child every time the laptop is open, you may want to buy a 3rd party cover for the webcam. Also, be aware that the video output is Mini HDMI - so you will need a special cable to output the video to a 2nd monitor.

    Overall I am impressed with the value of the GeoBook and would definitely recommend it to those who want a low cost, but nearly full featured laptop.

    Sep 15, 2021 00:50
  • Review by Mirvana, 8 out of 10
    A great affordable notebook for kids!

    My wife and I wanted to find a laptop that was geared specifically toward low-end, very simple tasks, that we could let our kids have for at home learning. Specifically, they have internet games they can play that help them work on various school subjects. We have other computers, laptops, tablets, etc. at home but most of them are "ours" as parents or are used solely for fun.

    This GeoBook from Geo has been helped fill this role very well. Our kids were SUPER excited to get a laptop "just like yours dad". They are very excited about being able to do things like ABCmouse, Prodigy, etc. and we're happy to have an option that doesn't take up our work computers.

    The notebook itself has some fantastic features for the price, the 64GB of memory is way more than they'll ever use doing what they're doing, the 4 GB of RAM is plenty for light work and internet tasks, the 12.5" screen is a great size for them as well.

    I must say though, the screen itself leaves a lot to be desired. The 768p resolution is actually really good on such a small screen but the colors are extremely washed out and viewing angles, especially vertical, are pretty bad. I've posted a pic for comparison. That said, our kids didn't care, they don't care about things like color accuracy, viewing angles, off axis color shift, etc. They just don't.

    Other than the sub-par screen, this has been a great tool for our kids and we're excited they'll have something that they can own and will be a tool they can use to help them learn at home.

    Sep 06, 2021 16:35
  • Review by MonicaC, 10 out of 10
    Awesome 1st computer

    What an adorable 1st laptop for my nephew. I fell in love with the color and size of this laptop. It’s compact and lightweight. Perfect to carry to school if needed. I bought it more for the aesthetics but this little guy packs a punch. With a free 12 month MS 365 software it was a no brainer. I opened it and gave it a test run. It was easy to use. I recommend this laptop for a child’s (and adult) needs.

    Aug 11, 2021 20:30
  • 9.0score
    Microsoft - Surface Go 2 - 10.5" Touch-Screen - Intel Pentium Gold - 4GB - 64GB SSD - Device Only - Platinum
    Description

    Your perfect everyday companion. New 10.5" Surface Go 2 is perfect for keeping up and winding down - delivering tablet portability with laptop versatility, long battery life, a stunning touchscreen, and Windows security for the whole family. Browse, shop, and manage email with ease, relax with your favorite TV shows, and much more.

    14 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Perfectly portable: Starting at just 1.2 pounds (not including Type Cover*), and featuring a new 10.5" touchscreen display.
  • Your fast, everyday companion: For browsing, shopping, emails, homework and more, with battery life up to 10 hours.¹ And charge your Surface Go 2 to 80% in less than 1.5 hours.⁴
  • Stay connected: Includes USB-C™ port and headphone jack. Full HD front- and rear-facing cameras let you make crisp, clear calls to friends and family, or take and share great photos.
  • Get back to email or homework faster: Features Instant On when you open the Type Cover,* and find the power you need thanks to improved standby that extends battery life when you're away.
  • Browse, play, and binge watch: A bigger 10.5" PixelSense™ Display with improved 220ppi resolution, is designed to be viewed, touched, and written on.
  • Premium sound with clear, powerful volume: Includes built-in Dolby® Audio™, perfect for listening to music and audio books, and streaming your favorite shows.
  • Video calls and virtual meetings come to life: With spectacular audio and video with far-field Studio Mics, Dolby® Audio™ sound, and HD cameras.
  • Laptop mode: Work Smart - Connect Surface Go Signature Type Cover* for a great typing experience when and where you need it.
  • Tablet mode: Just write - Take notes and complete homework directly on screen.
  • Studio mode: Express yourself - Adjust the built-in Kickstand to set your perfect angle for drawing, sketching and coloring with Surface Pen.* * Some accessories and software sold separately.
  • Seamless, safe, and secure: Sharing Surface Go 2 with your family is seamless and secure, with parent-managed screen time limits, spending control, and content filtering - plus plenty of space for photos, videos, and music.
  • Windows 10 Home in S Mode: Do great things with Windows 10.
  • Seamless activities for the whole family, securely backed up with OneDrive.: Jot down ideas, write papers, help out with homework, create and practice presentations, and keep it organized across your devices.
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  • Review by GoldRam2006, 10 out of 10
    Perfect option for on the “Go” usage

    Best purchase I’ve made in a while. I was debating on the Surface Go 2 versus Net Books and I’m glad I chose to go with this beauty. Once I took it off S mode it worked just as a laptop. Taking it off the unwanted S mode to many user was extremely easy to do so. Since I’ve had zero issues on downloading apps and been able to use a Military CAC reader for my travels and at home usage.

    Sep 30, 2021 15:45
  • Review by Angel, 10 out of 10
    Love watching tv on mine

    Great device to watch tv on or do anything on I love it!! It’s by far my favorite device I’ve owned.

    Jun 29, 2021 17:38
  • Review by Rafa12, 2 out of 10
    Poor quality

    Overall you get less than what you pay for. Didn't think it would be this low powered and the cpu is 100% used when you're just scrolling on the laptop. 400 dollar phones are better than this thing.

    Apr 01, 2021 07:44
  • Review by SteveO, 2 out of 10
    Don't waste your money

    Would give it 0 stars if possible. 1st one camera stopped working and had to disable to boot up. Only 3 months old and had to accept a refurbished unit as replacement. That one failed immediately (screen was upside down when rotated 90 degrees)... yet another refurbished unit showed up to have the exact same problem (even during the initial setup)... screen upside down when turned 90 degrees.

    Oct 19, 2021 15:26
  • Review by Wildstar, 2 out of 10
    Windows 10 S will not let you install software

    Buyer beware.

    YOU CANNOT INSTALL ANY THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE.

    Windows 10 S is not a normal Windows Operating system. I saw "Windows" and just assumed this Surface Go would work like every other Windows computer I have owned. This is not the case. Windows 10 S is NOT normal Windows.

    This includes other browsers and EVEN TITLES from Microsoft themselves. Windows Journal from Microsoft.com will not install from their website.

    Only an upgrade to Windows PRO is the only answer.

    QUOTE FROM MICROSOFT Website

    My Windows 10 S PC won't install some apps. Is that normal?

    If you have a Windows 10 PC running Windows 10 S (such as a Surface Laptop), you may notice that it won't install apps from outside the Microsoft Store. Don't worry—that's the way we designed it.

    By exclusively running apps from the Microsoft Store, Windows 10 S helps keep your PC running fast and secure and provides peace of mind by removing the risks that come with downloading apps from other places.

    Feb 22, 2021 11:00
  • Review by Brit, 2 out of 10
    Misleading product photo

    Don't buy this if you want a laptop. Also the photo is misleading...there is no keyboard! It's basically an ipad and not the most efficient. Once I got used to it, I thought ok it functions for me just fine...but I expected an actual laptop. Wasn't happy at all.

    Apr 16, 2021 16:10
  • Review by Francis, 10 out of 10
    Life saver !

    Hands-down this is the smallest most fastest ipad/ laptop that I could connect anywhere to so that I can work from anywhere. I can download any software for me to do payroll from anywhere ! For vacations it is easy to pack in my purse because it’s very thin and compact and small very well worth your money. No over heat it lasts days without being charged. Worth every penny !

    Sep 18, 2021 16:24
  • Review by Beenbrockencustmetservise, 2 out of 10
    Protection plan

    Not satisfied with product quality at all it only worked for about a week

    Nov 21, 2020 13:31
  • 9.0score
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    Geo
    Geo - GeoBook 120 12.5-inch HD Laptop - Intel Celeron Dual Core Processor - 4GB Memory - 64GB eMMC - Purple
    Description

    GeoBook 120 is a 12.5-inch Windows 10 laptop complete with a 1-year subscription to Microsoft 365 Personal. Powered by an Intel Celeron Dual Core Processor and 4GB RAM, this lightweight laptop makes easy work of essential tasks, browsing and more. 64GB eMMC storage is built in and can be expanded with the addition of a MicroSD card (up to 64GB). GeoBook 120 also features a 2MP webcam, dual microphones and integrated speakers, plus reliable AC Wi-FI.

    5 Features
  • Intel® Celeron® N4020 Dual-Core processor: Enjoy a computer with an Intel® Celeron® processor. Experience Intel performance with entertainment features and fast connectivity. The Intel Celeron processor delivers performance in a new computer that fits your lifestyle and budget.
  • Memory: 4GB system memory for basic multitaskingAdequate high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run multiple applications and browser tabs all at once.
  • Dimensions: Weighs 3.05 lbs. and measures 0.7" thinUltraportable design, featuring a smaller screen size and omitting the DVD/CD drive to achieve the compact form factor. 2-cell lithium-polymer. battery.
  • Wireless/Wired connectivity (WiFi 5 - 802.11 ac): Connect to a Wireless-AC router for nearly 3x the speed, more capacity and wider coverage than Wireless-N. Backward-compatible with all other Wi-Fi networks and hotspots.
  • Built-in 2.0MP webcam with microphone: Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends or teleconference with colleagues over Microsoft Teams or other popular applications.
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  • Review by callmeageeth, 8 out of 10
    Great kids Chromebook Alternative

    This is a budget laptop through and through but is perfect for a young child for both school work and some very light gaming. It’s essentially a Chromebook, but with windows. Please note that I am commenting on the laptop both from the perspective of a parent buying this for their child and from my son’s perspective.

    IN THE BOX

    You get the laptop along with a charger. The purchase also includes a year subscription of Office 365 which you can sign up for after setup.

    DESIGN

    I actually like the look and feel of this laptop a lot. It’s really slim has a cool light blue hue to it (which is different from the black and silver laptops you see everyday) and it has a nice “rubber” feeling coating to the outside that makes it easy to grip.

    It has a decent size trackpad, and the typical keyboard you’d expect in a small laptop. It has the up and down arrow keys jammed together which I don’t love, but is almost a necessity given the small footprint.

    The only thing I wish it really had was backlit keyboard. I get it, it’s a super cheap laptop, but the light blue color with white lettering is more difficult than normal to see without good lighting. And the brightness of the screen doesn’t help much.

    In terms of ports, it has 2 USB-A 3.0 (blue) ports which is nice, a USB-C, also nice, headphone jack and microSD slot. I like that it includes HDMI out, but it’s HDMI-mini. I don’t have one of those hanging around, so that’s a bit of a bummer, but I get why a full sized HDMI wouldn’t have worked. It’s too big. And it obviously has a proprietary charging port which is a tiny circle. My other main complaint would be for USB-C charging. I charge most of my electronics with one, and when my kid loses his charger (inevitably) it would have been nice to charge it via USB-C.

    SETUP

    It’s like any Windows laptop. No “kid” skin to speak of, it’s a full fledged Windows laptop through and through. I will say that I had issues setting up my son’s account, which I set up as a part of my family account so I can lock certain apps and websites when he signs in. But this was undoubtedly user error, nothing to blame the laptop for.

    I will add that I use an Alienware as my desktop, and it comes full of bloatware (some helpful, others I never use). I was happy to see the Geobook comes with no bloatware. Which is a good thing given its limited storage space and computational power.

    USE AND PERFORMANCE

    In the world of QHD, 4K, and even 8K, a lot of people might balk at this laptop’s screen resolution. I’m here to say that it’s just fine. I’m not just saying that because a young kid might not care or know any better, but even using it myself, the 1366X768 resolution is just fine for everyday tasks and school work (and light gaming). My only complaint about the screen was that it came with a dead pixel. It is only noticeable when the screen is on and completely black, but in day-to-day use, I don’t see it at all.

    The 64 GB hard drive however, is a bit more difficult to swallow. Windows 10 itself takes up a bulk of that space. Putting movies, videos, pictures, maybe some games, will eat up the hard drive space quickly. My kid doesn’t edit videos, photos or play large games (think Call of Duty) so the lack of storage isn’t a big concern (at least for now). I like that it is expandable via microSD. I’m comfortable upgrading HDDs in a laptop and wouldn’t have minded the ability to do so here, but for my kid who doesn’t know what bleeding edge tech looks like, the relatively slower speeds of a microSD card compared to high end SSD isn’t an issue.

    It also only has 4 GB of RAM, which when you think about it, isn’t a lot since most newer phones have at least that much. But when your kid is browsing the web, watching YouTube videos, doing Google Classwork or even playing Minecraft or Roblox, there is virtually no performance hiccups. I haven’t opened a bunch of tabs or opened programs to really stress it, but I can tell you that day-to-day use (and having heard no complaints from my son about slowdowns, etc., the 4 GB of RAM is more than adequate for this laptop.

    I mentioned gaming. My son plays Roblox and it runs just fine on this laptop. So does Minecraft. I don’t let my kids play high end games (like GTA or Call of Duty) so I don’t see a reason to install it and test its capabilities, but I’m certain for AAA games it won’t run them very well. But again, for what this laptop is, that’s perfectly ok.

    BATTERY LIFE

    I have to mention the battery life. It’s great. It has close to 15 hours of battery life. I’m certain its’ the Intel Celeron processor combined with the low resolution screen that helps it last that long. For kids who aren’t accustomed to charging their electronics regularly, this can be extremely helpful.

    CONCLUSION

    This is a terrific laptop for what it is. A budget laptop for kids. It seems durable (although we haven’t really dropped it, etc., so I can’t say how it would hold up to kids handling it long term). It has everything they need and it’s Windows. Obviously Google Classroom will work through Chrome, which, if your kid does NTI from home is a plus. While I like Chromebooks, I do prefer Windows and having a budget Chromebook-ish Windows laptop for my kids is better (in my opinion).

    Sep 11, 2021 19:23
  • Review by JKinSYR, 8 out of 10
    Budget friendly and ideal for kids

    Budget friendly computer for light duty usage on a day to day basis. This computer sports a nice but effective Intel Celeron processor. It's enough to get by for web surfing, streaming, and MS Office tasks but will seem to slow down if you push it for more intensive usage. The 4GB of RAM is pretty minimal, but is enough for this machine. 64GB of storage space is good for this machine, as it's an entry level Windows based laptop. You also get some ports for your external devices such as 1 HDMI, 2 USB 3.0 Type A, 1 USB Type C, Micro SD card slot.

    The color is unique and inviting in a soft powder blue case/shell with a soft plastic/rubber texture. You'll get yourself a nice sized 12.5 inch LCD screen with an adequate screen resolution of 1366 x 768 HD resolution. Adequate for an entry level machine and sufficient for virtual classes and schooling from home. It's lightweight which is nice as it makes it easy to be portable and move around with. About 3 pounds and .7 inches thin. The built in webcam will also allow for 2MP video along with the built in microphone so you'll still be able to take part in virtual web based interaction. The box is fairly simple and to the point, as you get a laptop, power adapter, and quick start guide.

    In my opinion the best part of this laptop is that you'll also get a 1 year subscription to Microsoft 365 Personal which is helpful and useful in itself. After that 1 year you can decide what you'll want to do going forward, but it has been coming in handy for our household so far.

    I feel that this machine is ideal for elementary aged, maybe middle schoolers, and senior citizens. It can accomplish the tasks you would need to do with Windows 10 S mode. Don't expect it to do heavy gaming or processing, but use this machine as a budget friendly alternative to a tablet or a laptop that would cost twice the price.

    PRO:

    Screen size is nice

    Compact and portable

    Unique color

    Price

    CON:

    Select audience

    Sep 03, 2021 09:28
  • Review by PhillipB, 8 out of 10
    Great for kids. Replaces Chromebook.

    This was an interesting product.

    Kind of like a Chromebook kind of like a tablet.

    So let's go with physical appearance.

    Nice color

    Lightweight

    Grippy feel

    Has multiple ports to plug in

    Keyboard is nice feeling

    Size is good. Not too big not too small.

    Performance

    For being a small compact performance was decent.

    Battery life lasted 3 days of moderate use. First day was heavy due to Microsoft updates.

    Video conference via Skype was good.

    Mic was clear

    Sound was decent.

    My kids used this for their remote Skype music lessons and it did well. No lagging. No freezing..

    Screen was decent. I streamed 4k and it looked nice.

    USBc allowed me to use HDMI adapter to run a big screen and it worked just fine.

    Memory was good. Half of the available space was used by operating system. So saving files locally may not work out. You will need to work off the cloud and with the 1 year subscription of Microsoft office that will help.

    Printing to wireless printers was much easier than using Chromebooks. For whatever reason Chromebooks have App issues and it made.it difficult to print. Because this is Windows 10 based it took care of that issue.

    Only thing I could ding this on was the polarization of the screen. It has filters on it which is probably good to help with eye fatigue but I did not completely like it.

    Other than that this is like a Chromebook but running Microsoft 10 lite.

    For the purpose of my kids this will do just fine for any additional distance learning if needed and general school work.

    Based on what my kids do on computers and how this computer performed. I would recommend this product for kids if you don't want to use a Chromebook.

    Sep 08, 2021 01:39
  • Review by DaveW, 8 out of 10
    Great Starter Laptop

    The Geobook 120 is a 12.5” entry-level laptop that I have been messing around with for about a week now. I have had the chance to use it almost daily as well as having my kids take their turns with it. The fun color scheme and entry level specs skews this machine towards young school age kids, as well as anyone looking for an affordable machine to meet some basic computing needs.

    Specs

    CPU – Intel Celeron N4020 Dual Core 1.10 GHz processor w/ integrated Intel 600 graphics

    Memory – 4GB LPDDR4-2133

    Graphics – integrated Intel 600 graphics

    Screen – 12.5” 1366 x 768p HD TN

    Storage – 64GB eMMC – expandable via SD card up to additional 64GB

    Ports – 1X USB C / 2X USB 3.0 / 1X HDMI 2.0 / 1X microSD Slot / TRRS 3.5mm Jack (headphone and mic support)

    Network Connectivity – Wireless AC

    Audio – dual speakers

    Webcam – 1080P with dual microphone

    Dimensions – 11.9 x 8.11 x 0.71”; 3.05lb

    Battery – 34200 mWh Li-ion

    Other – Windows 10 S w/ 1 year subscription of Office 365

    Design

    The design of the GEO 120 is pretty fun. Mine comes in the light blue color which adds to the fun look. The outer chassis material is a grippy soft touch plastic and features plenty of rounded edges. The inner material is a smooth soft touch plastic – still in that light blue. The keyboard and touch pad keep with the color scheme, and the keys feature white lettering. There is no backlight to the keys. The touchpad is generously sized for the form factor. Its clickable and understand multi-finger inputs. The keyboard also has a function key for media controls, but it does not feature a function lock. The overall design reminds me a bit of the netbook I had back in college. Small form factor, very lightweight, and great for on the go tasks.

    I had my GF’s youngest daughter (10y.o.) help me test the GEO out. She liked the color and the size of the laptop. It was perfect for her to sit on the couch with it in her lap. The base didn’t get particularly warm on her, so hold the laptop on bare skin was no issue. The only thing she had trouble with was the white lettering on the keys. She isn’t a touch typist yet, so she still relies on being able to quickly read the key faces. The white lettering is tough to see in bright overhead light (keys are kind of shiny) and in dimly lit rooms. Other than that she liked the look and feel of the GEO. The keyboard was easy to type on and the keys felt nice to her. They had a good little click that provided enough tactile feedback. She also liked the trackpad because it was fairly responsive and accurate.

    Performance

    The GEO 120’s 4GB of low power RAM coupled with the 1.1GHz dual core means its not going to be a compute power house. If you are used to faster machines this will feel like a step back. However, through the eye of a kid getting their first laptop the GEO has more than enough power. My testing partner has a 12” Chromebook from school, so this isn’t her first machine by any means. However, the comparison between the two was favoring the GEO a bit due to it being a touch faster and more familiar OS (Windows vs. Chrome).

    When it came to playing games she was able to load up some games from the Microsoft store that were already on her account. I’m not 100% sure what all she was playing, but I know she played Human Fall Flat and a couple of other Gamepass games. As far as I could tell she didn’t have any issues or complaints with how the games ran. I would be hesitant to have her try anything too intensive, but knowing it can crank out good experiences on resource-light games is a plus.

    The 64GB of eMMC isn’t a whole lot. eMMC is essentially a soldered SD card – not a traditional HDD or SSD but more like the memory in your phone. The 64GB drive is faster than a HDD, so it moves along well. However, that 64GB does fill up quickly especially if you or your child wants to add some games. I plan to pick up a fast microSD card (64GB max) to toss in the expansion slot. At 128GB I think we would be fine, and not have to do a lot of storage housekeeping.

    Display

    The 12.5” 1366 x 768p (HD) display is perfectly adequate and its pixel density is just fine (125 ppi) for the size. Compare it to a 21.5” 1080p screen and this beats its out by a decent amount (102 ppi). I know seeing 768p can throw you off, but in this case its fine. Its not too bad of a display, and it absolutely fits the budget on the machine.

    However, I do have some issues with the display. In a really bright room the panel isn’t bright enough to not be slightly washed out. The TN panel is an older technology that fits the budget, however it provides really poor vertical off angle viewing. Horizontal off angle viewing isn’t as greatly affected though, which was surprising. I would expect you would want horizontal to suffer more than vertical on a laptop where you are the only viewer. However, I can see screen sharing with siblings as a reason to align the panel for better horizontals. The last issue I have relates to the display housing in the chassis. It is noticeably weak enough to “ripple” the image on the screen along the entire bottom when adjusting the angle or even slightly wiggling the screen. You can also cause ripples along the edges where you grab with even the lightest touch.

    Speakers and Webcam

    The speakers are there. They are very tinny and don’t have a lot of power. I had them at max volume and could talk over them. They are acceptable for limited use, but I would absolutely recommend a headset.

    The webcam does a nice job overall. My GF’s daughter loves to Skype her grandma, so she was thrilled to use the webcam. It does a nice job overall. You do need to stay in a well lit room as it starts to get grainy in low light. The dual mics pick up your voice well, and don’t do too bad with background noise in general.

    Other Thoughts

    So this is my first time running across Windows 10 S. I had honestly never heard of it. It serves as sort of a stripped down Windows experience that is optimized for security and speed. You can’t install 3rd party apps – you can only install apps available in the Microsoft store. Edge is the only browser and it defaults to safe search. The OS appears to have been optimized for lower spec’d systems – I mimicked this experience on my old netbook with a cracked stripped down Win7 build, and it was absolutely the way to go back then. So hopefully Win10 S does the same job of removing some of the system overhead to keep things snappy. If you don’t want or need this protection you can always upgrade (for free) to plain Win10 Home Edition, but you won’t be able to go back once you upgrade.

    Overall

    As an adult with a gaming PC, gaming laptops, a workstation class laptop I can say I am not really the target for this PC. However, I do see the value in a machine like this for a quick runabout or travelling. It is very easy to transport. Where it really shines is with the kids. My GF’s daughter loved it and it didn’t even occur that it was a lightly spec’d machine. She loves getting to use it. As a parent I really like the baked in Office 365 sub, and the walled garden that is Win 10 S. I personally would upgrade it to Home but only because I don’t need those barriers. The only drawbacks I really saw were with the display panel and the speakers. They were the only somewhat underwhelming aspects. Everything else seems great though.

    Sep 14, 2021 01:40
  • Review by softwareEngineer, 8 out of 10
    Daily Driver for the Kids, Family

    The Geo 120 laptop is catered for those looking to perform basic tasks or those who need to run non-demanding Windows applications, all on a budget. The Intel Celeron Dual Core N4020 processor can handle most jobs, but it will definitely feel sluggish overall if you’ve got something much faster at home. This is due to the eMMC storage that performs slightly better than an traditional 7200rpm HDD, but helps keep the overall dollar costs down for the laptop. I think the price vs performance is perfect for our kids in school that are starting to dig into Word or staying connected to their classroom assignments online.

    Although advertised with 64GB eMMC, you’ll have around 25-30GB of usable space due to the Windows installation, so that’s something to think about if you have space requirements. Luckily, you can insert an additional max 64GB MicroSD card for more storage. The 4GB of RAM clearly highlights its weight class, which is to be the best at web browsing or streaming video content, but not all at once. As far as gaming, I was able to give Roblox a test drive, which is currently the game-of-choice for the kids at home. The UHD630 did struggle slightly with frame rates and input response, but it was still playable. Battery life lasted about 7-8 hours under normal basic use.

    There’s a lot to enjoy about this laptop. The keys are very large and tactile and there is just the right amount of “click” with each key press. I like the omission of the touchpad left/right buttons as it is integrated within the touchpad itself. This gives you more touchpad real estate. The screen’s hinge is strong enough to keep it from drooping during sudden movements or adjustments. 1366x768p is a great choice of resolution for a 12.5” screen and also helps increase battery life. The laptop will get a little warm during heavy loads (playing Roblox, for example), but it didn’t bother me. The laptop is very quiet due to its passive cooling method (no fans). The baby-blue color just speaks to the kids! I especially loved that I could charge the laptop (with a laptop-rated charger) through the USB-C port, which means I don’t have to carry it’s proprietary charger around when I travel with it. The front-facing camera is perfect for Zoom calls and the sound output is adequate. It’s lightweight at 3lbs and less than ¾ inch thick when closed.

    There are a couple of things that I wish this laptop had. For one, it would have been nice to have a backlit keyboard. Second, I wish I could upgrade the eMMC storage to an NVMe drive as this would surely give this machine a performance boost. For me, the touchpad doesn’t perform well during small, precise movements. I felt like it lagged or drifted on its own when performing these small adjustments. Also, I am concerned about its durability since its outer shell is entirely made of plastic. I didn’t knock off points for its overall performance because at its price point, it’s actually doing a heck of a job. Lastly, the laptop comes configured in “S” mode, which locks the laptop down to Microsoft approved software, but you can easily switch out of this mode if you choose to do so. I switched out so I could install Chrome Browser.

    I’ve honestly never heard of Geo Computers until I saw this laptop. After visiting their website, I’ve learned that Geo Computers are the largest UK-based supplier of OEM devices. They are part of the Tactus Group and are winners of the 2021 Microsoft Device Partner of the Year Award. And so they grace us with their Geo 120 to compete in the very heavy entry-level laptop class, and it really doesn’t disappoint at its price point.

    Sep 04, 2021 20:23
  • Review by TheDuke, 8 out of 10
    Impressive Value

    The GeoBook 120 is quite an impressive value - especially considering that it comes with 1 year of Microsoft 365 Personal which costs $70 on its own. The GeoBook does not have the streamlined simplicity of a Chromebook, but instead manages to provide a more full featured windows experience at an incredibly low cost.

    The physical build does feel rather plastic and cheap but it functions well and is truly able to meet the entry level needs of most young students. Researching on the internet, word processing, spreadsheet creation, watching Youtube, using Netflix, Video chat, and even very light gaming all work well. The battery will play video for over 3 hours and will allow over 5 hours of web browsing or word processing.

    It is important to note that the GeoBook runs Windows 10 Home in S Mode. This means that only applications from the Microsoft store will download and run on the laptop - which actually improves security of the laptop. The laptop also does NOT have a graphics card, so the GeoBook should NOT be purchased for gaming. BUT, my 7 year old son was thrilled to discover that the computer is able to run Roblox reasonably well.

    The GeoBook comes with about 24 gigabytes of remaining harddrive space, but does have a MicroSD slot that allows up to 64 gigs of extra space. The keyboard feels cheep and rather clunky, but works appropriately. The laptop has a built-in camera, but it is only 2MB and it does not have a physical shutter cover to block the camera. If you are concerned about the security of a camera being pointed at your child every time the laptop is open, you may want to buy a 3rd party cover for the webcam. Also, be aware that the video output is Mini HDMI - so you will need a special cable to output the video to a 2nd monitor.

    Overall I am impressed with the value of the GeoBook and would definitely recommend it to those who want a low cost, but nearly full featured laptop.

    Sep 15, 2021 00:50
  • Review by Mirvana, 8 out of 10
    A great affordable notebook for kids!

    My wife and I wanted to find a laptop that was geared specifically toward low-end, very simple tasks, that we could let our kids have for at home learning. Specifically, they have internet games they can play that help them work on various school subjects. We have other computers, laptops, tablets, etc. at home but most of them are "ours" as parents or are used solely for fun.

    This GeoBook from Geo has been helped fill this role very well. Our kids were SUPER excited to get a laptop "just like yours dad". They are very excited about being able to do things like ABCmouse, Prodigy, etc. and we're happy to have an option that doesn't take up our work computers.

    The notebook itself has some fantastic features for the price, the 64GB of memory is way more than they'll ever use doing what they're doing, the 4 GB of RAM is plenty for light work and internet tasks, the 12.5" screen is a great size for them as well.

    I must say though, the screen itself leaves a lot to be desired. The 768p resolution is actually really good on such a small screen but the colors are extremely washed out and viewing angles, especially vertical, are pretty bad. I've posted a pic for comparison. That said, our kids didn't care, they don't care about things like color accuracy, viewing angles, off axis color shift, etc. They just don't.

    Other than the sub-par screen, this has been a great tool for our kids and we're excited they'll have something that they can own and will be a tool they can use to help them learn at home.

    Sep 06, 2021 16:35
  • Review by MonicaC, 10 out of 10
    Awesome 1st computer

    What an adorable 1st laptop for my nephew. I fell in love with the color and size of this laptop. It’s compact and lightweight. Perfect to carry to school if needed. I bought it more for the aesthetics but this little guy packs a punch. With a free 12 month MS 365 software it was a no brainer. I opened it and gave it a test run. It was easy to use. I recommend this laptop for a child’s (and adult) needs.

    Aug 11, 2021 20:30
  • 9.0score
    Samsung - Galaxy Book Pro 360 13.3" AMOLED Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Evo Platform Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 512GB SSD - Mystic Navy
    Description

    Why can’t laptops be more like phones? They can when you turn your work-life balance completely around with Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360. It’s a premium PC that quickly converts to a top-of-the-line tablet and is Intel® Evo™ platform certified. Precisely draw out plans and write down notes with our S Pen and Samsung Notes — both redesigned for the best experience possible. Then instantly flip to having fun, and get lost in your favorite movie and more, all with 120% color volume on an advanced AMOLED screen and the surround-sound technology of Dolby Atmos audio. Top it out with the power of the latest Intel® 11th Gen Core™ processor, up to 16GB of RAM and an entire TB of storage — all running on the fast and familiar Windows 11 OS — and you get all the space and speed you need. Plus, with Wi-Fi that’s up to 3x faster, you’ll discover a new era of mobile computing. It’s not a laptop. It’s a Galaxy Book.

    11 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Windows 11 Operating System: Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.
  • AMOLED Screen: Make everything look unbelievably brilliant with the first 13.3" Super AMOLED touch screen in a Galaxy Book. Lose yourself with vibrant cinematic-like viewing.
  • Sleek & Convertible Design: Turn heads with a stylish, 2-in-1 device that’s as powerful as a PC and thin as a smartphone. Designed to switch to a PC or a tablet, plus sleek, ultrathin and available in two colors, Galaxy Book Pro 360 is made to make you look good.
  • Powerful Performance: Smoothly do whatever you need to do — from streaming with minimal lag time, to split-second responsive gaming, to major multitasking and more — all with the latest 11th Gen Core processor that’s Intel® Evo™ certified,
  • S Pen: Turn your screen into a canvas with an improved S Pen³ that’s made bigger, so it feels more comfortable in your hand. Use an all-new Samsung Notes to draw on PDFs, transform handwriting into documents and more. It’s built to give you the best writing and drawing experience.
  • Long-Lasting Battery: Be productive and play throughout the entire day with up to 21 hours on a fully charged battery.⁴,⁵ Schedule even heavier? Our smallest and lightest charger won’t weigh you down and works with all your Galaxy devices⁶, so you get restored super fast.⁷
  • Galaxy Continuity: Pair your devices and easily jump from your work life to your personal life on your Galaxy Book Pro 360. Set it up as a second screen for twice the productivity or use it for beautiful notetaking with our improved S Pen.⁸ Instantly share files with Quick Share.
  • WFH Ready: Make WFH work for you with tools that help you look, sound and do your best. Attend a lastminute morning meeting and still make a good impression with our camera beauty filter. Hide the rest of the family’s ruckus with background noise removal and more.
  • Connectivity: Backed by next-gen Wi-Fi 6E, Galaxy Book Pro 360 gives you speeds up to 3x faster than normal.
  • Windows 10 OS: Do more on a familiar operating system, now updated to make your life even easier. Get the programs and tools you love, plus some that are completely new since Galaxy Book Pro 360 is equipped with Windows 10 Home OS.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by WillF, 10 out of 10
    Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 13"

    Bought an Open Box, saved a couple of hundred dollars in doing so and the computer is awesome! I'm already in the Samsung Ecosystem and love it! I bought the computer for home use and to edit photos using Adobe Lightroom, this computer handles everything I throw at it and then some, aslo does it quickly. I highly recommended the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360! I will add though that the battery life will be cut in half if using applications like Lightroom, Photoshop and Premier.

    Nov 16, 2021 09:47
  • Review by Maxmihal, 10 out of 10
    The metamorphosis of Samsung: Trash2Treasure

    As a kid of the 80s and 90s Samsung was a brand we made fun of. Awful. So buying a laptop was a big about-face. I had help from buying a Galaxy Note a few months ago and being crazy impressed with everything about it. So I thought the laptop might impress too. That's an understatement. I returned a loaded Lenovo Yoga 6 AMD Ryzen 5 in Denim, (the 16GB Ram model) for this and wow. Build quality is on a different level. As good as my Spectre 13 Oled if not better. The display puts the Yoga to shame as well as the keyboard. Worth every penny, this Samsung, especially at 500 off.

    Nov 21, 2021 11:54
  • Review by MEP50, 8 out of 10
    samsung 2 in 1 laptop.

    its fast, the keys feel great, the lack of a regular usb to hook up a real 10key and a mouse is a big problem for me, it was 1500 out the door october 2021, november and its at the geek store because the biometrics wont work and it doesnt take the password to open it up. The touch screen is great, so different and inovative.

    Nov 06, 2021 13:20
  • Review by TheRicker, 10 out of 10
    Nailed it!

    I too purchased this open box and am extremely, extremely happy.

    Totally would have bought this new but it worked out that there was an open box. What I like about this laptop is that it is rare. You can open it with one hand and the fingerprint reader jump to OS time is instantaneous now with Win 11. This is super thin, a superb laptop at this price point compared to the HP Spectre which I also considered but is $2800 however with a 4k screen. This screen is 1920x1080 and for a 13.5" display it is perfect at this res. It could use a magnetic charging connection and the S-Pen would be better suited to fit in the unit itself bit this is such a crispy clean display and form open and closed that I can overlook that.

    You will not get 21hrs battery life as those tests were with the Wi-Fi off, backlit keyboard off, no network connection straight video playback and screen at max nothing lese running. You will get 8 though which is way better than my Dell Inspirion I just bought and upgraded 1.5 years ago. Huge difference with this Samsung 13" is that I can put it on my lap and not roast my kibbles. I could not do that with any...any other laptop but I think we will see more of this with these newer processors being more efficient and kicking out less heat.

    The fan is super quiet. It did get really hot though updating to Win 11 and getting all the updates but the install time was so fast with the SSD. The SSD btw is top of the low tier so its good but not perfect. I think the screen brightness is great too.

    I added a 512GB micro SD to the side and I now have 1TB storage. Awesome. 65w charging means its going to charge in about 1hr from about 2% battery. Super happy, no longer using the Dell and for a company that doesn't really do laptops, they nailed this one.

    Nov 18, 2021 09:03
  • Review by HappyAsAClamShell, 10 out of 10
    Love this laptop

    I have used dozens of laptops, the Galaxy Pro Book 360 is right up there with the best. Great processing, fantastic graphics. (would have loved 4k, but at this price point I can live with this). It is so light, I really don't even feel it on my lap, even after hours of work.

    Battery life could be better, but other than that no complaints at all. S Pen use is seemless, similar to Galaxy Tab S7+, as close to pencil to paper as I can imagine without it being the real thing.

    I could not be happier with the purchase.

    Sep 30, 2021 10:20
  • Review by AmyPearl, 10 out of 10
    Love this little laptop!

    This laptop is super light-weight and powerful. I use it for work and home. The screen is quite vivid and the keyboard is comfortable. The only thing I wish it had is a USB port in addition to the USB-C, as I still use flashdrives. It was very easy to set up and I'm not super techy. And the blue color is pretty!

    Nov 21, 2021 13:55
  • Review by Typic, 10 out of 10
    Worth the price

    Sleek- fast- lightweight. Touch screen is highly reactive and fast connections make it great for school

    Nov 17, 2021 17:00
  • Review by Eric007, 10 out of 10
    Great Laptop!

    I decided to try the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 13 after using Lenovo Yoga models the last 10 years. It is pretty sweet. Super light weight and feels good. Nothing to complain about.

    Nov 13, 2021 20:22
  • 9.0score
    Samsung - Galaxy Book Pro 360 13.3" AMOLED Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Evo Platform Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 512GB SSD - Mystic Navy
    Description

    Why can’t laptops be more like phones? They can when you turn your work-life balance completely around with Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360. It’s a premium PC that quickly converts to a top-of-the-line tablet and is Intel® Evo™ platform certified. Precisely draw out plans and write down notes with our S Pen and Samsung Notes — both redesigned for the best experience possible. Then instantly flip to having fun, and get lost in your favorite movie and more, all with 120% color volume on an advanced AMOLED screen and the surround-sound technology of Dolby Atmos audio. Top it out with the power of the latest Intel® 11th Gen Core™ processor, up to 16GB of RAM and an entire TB of storage — all running on the fast and familiar Windows 11 OS — and you get all the space and speed you need. Plus, with Wi-Fi that’s up to 3x faster, you’ll discover a new era of mobile computing. It’s not a laptop. It’s a Galaxy Book.

    11 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Windows 11 Operating System: Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.
  • AMOLED Screen: Make everything look unbelievably brilliant with the first 13.3" Super AMOLED touch screen in a Galaxy Book. Lose yourself with vibrant cinematic-like viewing.
  • Sleek & Convertible Design: Turn heads with a stylish, 2-in-1 device that’s as powerful as a PC and thin as a smartphone. Designed to switch to a PC or a tablet, plus sleek, ultrathin and available in two colors, Galaxy Book Pro 360 is made to make you look good.
  • Powerful Performance: Smoothly do whatever you need to do — from streaming with minimal lag time, to split-second responsive gaming, to major multitasking and more — all with the latest 11th Gen Core processor that’s Intel® Evo™ certified,
  • S Pen: Turn your screen into a canvas with an improved S Pen³ that’s made bigger, so it feels more comfortable in your hand. Use an all-new Samsung Notes to draw on PDFs, transform handwriting into documents and more. It’s built to give you the best writing and drawing experience.
  • Long-Lasting Battery: Be productive and play throughout the entire day with up to 21 hours on a fully charged battery.⁴,⁵ Schedule even heavier? Our smallest and lightest charger won’t weigh you down and works with all your Galaxy devices⁶, so you get restored super fast.⁷
  • Galaxy Continuity: Pair your devices and easily jump from your work life to your personal life on your Galaxy Book Pro 360. Set it up as a second screen for twice the productivity or use it for beautiful notetaking with our improved S Pen.⁸ Instantly share files with Quick Share.
  • WFH Ready: Make WFH work for you with tools that help you look, sound and do your best. Attend a lastminute morning meeting and still make a good impression with our camera beauty filter. Hide the rest of the family’s ruckus with background noise removal and more.
  • Connectivity: Backed by next-gen Wi-Fi 6E, Galaxy Book Pro 360 gives you speeds up to 3x faster than normal.
  • Windows 10 OS: Do more on a familiar operating system, now updated to make your life even easier. Get the programs and tools you love, plus some that are completely new since Galaxy Book Pro 360 is equipped with Windows 10 Home OS.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by WillF, 10 out of 10
    Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 13"

    Bought an Open Box, saved a couple of hundred dollars in doing so and the computer is awesome! I'm already in the Samsung Ecosystem and love it! I bought the computer for home use and to edit photos using Adobe Lightroom, this computer handles everything I throw at it and then some, aslo does it quickly. I highly recommended the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360! I will add though that the battery life will be cut in half if using applications like Lightroom, Photoshop and Premier.

    Nov 16, 2021 09:47
  • Review by Maxmihal, 10 out of 10
    The metamorphosis of Samsung: Trash2Treasure

    As a kid of the 80s and 90s Samsung was a brand we made fun of. Awful. So buying a laptop was a big about-face. I had help from buying a Galaxy Note a few months ago and being crazy impressed with everything about it. So I thought the laptop might impress too. That's an understatement. I returned a loaded Lenovo Yoga 6 AMD Ryzen 5 in Denim, (the 16GB Ram model) for this and wow. Build quality is on a different level. As good as my Spectre 13 Oled if not better. The display puts the Yoga to shame as well as the keyboard. Worth every penny, this Samsung, especially at 500 off.

    Nov 21, 2021 11:54
  • Review by MEP50, 8 out of 10
    samsung 2 in 1 laptop.

    its fast, the keys feel great, the lack of a regular usb to hook up a real 10key and a mouse is a big problem for me, it was 1500 out the door october 2021, november and its at the geek store because the biometrics wont work and it doesnt take the password to open it up. The touch screen is great, so different and inovative.

    Nov 06, 2021 13:20
  • Review by TheRicker, 10 out of 10
    Nailed it!

    I too purchased this open box and am extremely, extremely happy.

    Totally would have bought this new but it worked out that there was an open box. What I like about this laptop is that it is rare. You can open it with one hand and the fingerprint reader jump to OS time is instantaneous now with Win 11. This is super thin, a superb laptop at this price point compared to the HP Spectre which I also considered but is $2800 however with a 4k screen. This screen is 1920x1080 and for a 13.5" display it is perfect at this res. It could use a magnetic charging connection and the S-Pen would be better suited to fit in the unit itself bit this is such a crispy clean display and form open and closed that I can overlook that.

    You will not get 21hrs battery life as those tests were with the Wi-Fi off, backlit keyboard off, no network connection straight video playback and screen at max nothing lese running. You will get 8 though which is way better than my Dell Inspirion I just bought and upgraded 1.5 years ago. Huge difference with this Samsung 13" is that I can put it on my lap and not roast my kibbles. I could not do that with any...any other laptop but I think we will see more of this with these newer processors being more efficient and kicking out less heat.

    The fan is super quiet. It did get really hot though updating to Win 11 and getting all the updates but the install time was so fast with the SSD. The SSD btw is top of the low tier so its good but not perfect. I think the screen brightness is great too.

    I added a 512GB micro SD to the side and I now have 1TB storage. Awesome. 65w charging means its going to charge in about 1hr from about 2% battery. Super happy, no longer using the Dell and for a company that doesn't really do laptops, they nailed this one.

    Nov 18, 2021 09:03
  • Review by HappyAsAClamShell, 10 out of 10
    Love this laptop

    I have used dozens of laptops, the Galaxy Pro Book 360 is right up there with the best. Great processing, fantastic graphics. (would have loved 4k, but at this price point I can live with this). It is so light, I really don't even feel it on my lap, even after hours of work.

    Battery life could be better, but other than that no complaints at all. S Pen use is seemless, similar to Galaxy Tab S7+, as close to pencil to paper as I can imagine without it being the real thing.

    I could not be happier with the purchase.

    Sep 30, 2021 10:20
  • Review by AmyPearl, 10 out of 10
    Love this little laptop!

    This laptop is super light-weight and powerful. I use it for work and home. The screen is quite vivid and the keyboard is comfortable. The only thing I wish it had is a USB port in addition to the USB-C, as I still use flashdrives. It was very easy to set up and I'm not super techy. And the blue color is pretty!

    Nov 21, 2021 13:55
  • Review by Typic, 10 out of 10
    Worth the price

    Sleek- fast- lightweight. Touch screen is highly reactive and fast connections make it great for school

    Nov 17, 2021 17:00
  • Review by Eric007, 10 out of 10
    Great Laptop!

    I decided to try the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 13 after using Lenovo Yoga models the last 10 years. It is pretty sweet. Super light weight and feels good. Nothing to complain about.

    Nov 13, 2021 20:22
  • 9.0score
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    MSI
    MSI - Delta 15.6" FHD 240hz Gaming Laptop - Ryzen R7-5800 - Radeon RX6700M - 1TB SSD - 16GB Memory - Black
    Description

    Unexpected. Unseen. Unreal. The Delta 15 AMD Advantage™ Edition uses the latest AMD Ryzen™ 7 5800H processor and Radeon™ RX 6700M graphics. Coming in at 4.19lbs light and 0.75in thin, the Delta 15 supports SmartShift, Smart Access Memory and Wi-Fi 6E for powerful performance inside a premium chassis. Break through and set off a new standard in gaming with the Delta 15.

    7 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11: Upgrade rollout plan is being finalized and is scheduled to begin late in 2021 and continue into 2022. Specific timing will vary by device. Certain features require specific hardware, see https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-11-specifications.
  • Windows 10 operating system: Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your scree
  • 15.6" FHD display: The 1920x1080 resolution with 240hz refresh and 3ms response time boasts impressive color and clarity. Energy-efficient LED backlight.
  • 16GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming: Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 1TB solid-state drive (PCI-e): Save files fast and store more data. With massive amounts of storage and advanced communication power, PCI-e NVMe SSDs are great for major gaming applications, multiple servers, daily backups, and more.
  • AMD Radeon RX6700M graphics: Backed by 10GB GDDR6 dedicated video memory for an ultrafast, advanced GPU to fuel your games.
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate - Discover your next favorite game.: 1 month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate included. Play over 100 high-quality games on Windows 10, console and mobile. Includes new day one titles, iconic Bethesda games and EA Play on PC.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Ponskippa, 10 out of 10
    MSI and AMD For The Win!

    Ahhh man, where do I start? The Ryzen 7 - 5800H and the all new Radeon RX6700M mobile GPU is a very powerful combination! This machine has run every single game I have thrown at it with absolute ease. Games I’ve played on it include.. Rocket League, Control, Resident Evil 2, Fortnite, Street Fighter, Gears 5, Battlefield V, and Call of Duty Warzone. I averaged anywhere between 120 and 200 frames per second on every game I played. All on High / Ultra settings. I honestly cannot wait to try some true next game video games on this laptop. I am confident that they will run without a hitch also. The AMD smart shift software is absolute genius. I still don’t quite understand how it works lol, but its some type of sorcery. I went ahead an unplugged the laptop to see how the laptop would perform and all the games I tried still ran really good! Although the frames dropped down between 70-100, I didn’t have to turn down the graphics settings while on battery. It’s hard to say how long the laptop will let you game on battery alone, But based on my tests.. I’ll go ahead and assume that you’ll get at least 4 hours of play time while on battery. It has a l fairly large battery and the AMD software does an excellent job of managing power while on battery. The fans do get a little loud, but the speakers are loud enough to let you enjoy the game without a headset. I would still recommend you use a headset though to get the full immersive experience.

    You still with me? Let me tell you about the build quality of the laptop. It is premium. The whole chassis is metal, I’m guessing aluminum, because it is very lightweight yet sturdy. The whole laptop is very thin and light without sacrificing quality. The display is crisp and very vibrant. I believe it is an IPS panel, but it doesn’t have the typical light bleed or weak contrast of an IPS panel. It’s a very nice colorful IPS panel. My unit did have a very slight amount of light bleed in the bottom corner, but it is negligible and I only really notice it on the boot up screen or on screens with mostly black background. It is 240hz, super fast. This is the first time I’ve every played on a 240 hz screen and I dont think I can ever go back haha. It’s so buttery smooth, and breathes new life into “older” games. The keyboard is very comfortable to type on and the trackpad feels like metal and is very smooth and accurate. My only complaint about the laptop is that when I opened it up to see how easy it would be to upgrade, there is some sort of cover under the shell? Call me dumb, But I’ve never seen a laptop with that in there. I shared a photo of it. I’m going to assume it is there as a heat shield, and there to cool and disperse heat across the laptop. It feels like there is some sort of adhesive around it, holding it in place and I didn’t want to rip it off to look under it. Sooo I’ll wait til I see a tear down or upgrade tutorial on YouTube before I mess with it. Honestly though, the machine has plenty of Ram and SSD storage to keep you going for quite some time. I always tend to circulate my game titles anyway. I dont like to keep more than 10 games installed at a time and clutter up my hard drive anyway. I would like to eventually add an extra 1 or 2 TB NVME drive into it though. I believe it has 2 NVME M.2 slots. Another thing to note is that one of the screws has a “factory seal” sticker covering it. Hopefully MSI can chime in on whether or note you void your warranty or not by removing the sticker and opening the laptop.

    I could ramble all night about this amazing laptop, But if you made it this far I’m going to tell you to go ahead and buy this thing If you are seriously considering it. It is my new favorite machine to game on, and I’ve neglected my Xbox Series X since I got my hands on it. I love it, and I think you will also!

    Sep 23, 2021 19:18
  • Review by gadgetguy11, 10 out of 10
    Ultimate Gaming Laptop by MSI Delta

    The MSI Delta 15.6" FHD 240hz Gaming Laptop raises the bar for excellence in speed, performance & WINNING! This powerhouse is loaded with the ultimate weapons for competitive gaming:

    The latest high performance CPU: Ryzen 7 - 5800H

    The latest GPU: AMD Radeon RX6700M with 10GB of VRAM

    The 1920 X 1080 screen display measures 15.6" & features a 240hz refresh rate

    1TB SSD is huge, fast memory

    16GB RAM

    Wi-Fi 6E (latest version)

    Bluetooth 5.2 (latest version)

    Back lit keyboard with changeable colors is easy to see at any hour.

    Laptop measures only 0.75" Deep

    It weighs just over 4#

    No annoying lagging during gaming. Actions are crisp & immediate.

    The colors on the screen are intense & accurate. In addition to gaming, I loaded Office 365 & a number of high resolution photographs from my portfolio.It makes a stunning photo gallery display. The screen is bright enough to view outdoors, which is quite an accomplishment.

    The only negative in using Office 365 is the lack of a numeric keyboard. However, since the intended use of this powerhouse is for gaming, it actually offers a much cleaner look without a numeric keyboard & features larger keys, which I perceive as an advantage.

    In conclusion, this MSI Delta is the top gaming laptop available today & is attractively priced compared with other competitive models. It earns my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.

    Oct 02, 2021 09:43
  • Review by GameOverSuckas, 10 out of 10
    The Lamborghini of laptops! This thing is awesome!

    Having had quite a few laptops in my time..Everything about this one says quality! Appearance, feel, performance, sound.. its hits all the checkmarks!

    Looks wise its stealthy like something a secret agent would carry. Polished exterior and all black interior where the keyboard is and all with some futuristic designs cut into for what I'm guessing breath-ability and cooling. When the fans kick on they sound like small turbines not too loud but you can really tell they're working. It also has a multi color RGB back lit keyboard. IT has a few modes to cycle through to for whatever your liking may be. Different colors, pulsing colors, or slowly transitioning from one color to the other. (my favorite)

    The feel is unique. It's well built not too heavy not too light. The keys are made of some super soft what I'm guessing is rubber on top from the feel. Typing or using the keys takes barely any effort as if they're just floating there and very responsive.

    The sound coming from this is above average I'd say. Great highs with slight amount of bass. So great for gaming or music.

    It may be just a sign of the times but I really miss having the two click bars under the touch pad which this laptop does not have either. Nor does it have a disc drive. I guess most things nowadays is digitally downloaded but I prefer having something I can hold in my hand to show what I paid for haha

    The graphics were excellent, no drag or lag and it never got hot while I was playing so I'd say overall it's an excellent laptop .. a little high on the price point but you get what you pay for

    I'd recommend this to others

    Sep 29, 2021 02:56
  • Review by grumblez, 10 out of 10
    Perfect Thin and Light gaming laptop with 1 catch

    This laptop is one of the most power thin and light gaming laptops you can buy. It offers similiar performance but at 500$ less than the Razer Blade 15 with a rtx 3070.

    -The Fans hit around 52DB in performance mode when gaming, after a while it will throttle very slightly. You can manually turn the fans to MAX where they get close to 60DB but no throttling will occur if your concerned about getting an extra 200mhz on your CPU clock speed. While not bad at Auto if set to Max theres quiet a bit of coil whine, I think its unavoidable in fans this small though running that fast

    - The battery life is amazing setting screen at 60Hz and battery savermode it streamed youtube for over 13 hours.

    -The 240HZ 1080p screen has really good color accuracy 99.9% SRgb

    - The trackpad is very nice but I thought the keys where a bit to squisy/soft for my liking

    The only major drawback to this laptop is it doesn't support USBC charging. A nice feature to have in any laptop but seems extra important in a modern ultraportable gaming laptop.

    Sep 04, 2021 16:49
  • Review by Ashh, 10 out of 10
    Love it

    Really great performance for such a light weight machine

    Nov 08, 2021 09:14
  • Review by TheOffice1234, 10 out of 10
    GREAT (and powerful) MSI DELTA GAMING LAPTOP

    MSI - DELTA 15.6" FHD 240HZ GAMING LAPTOP - RYZEN R7-5800 - RADEON RX6700M - 1TB SSD - 16GB MEMORY - BLACK

    MODEL:DELTA15001

    GREAT (and powerful) MSI DELTA GAMING LAPTOP

    I’ve only ever heard great things about MSI Gaming Laptops and the MSI – DELTA Gaming laptop lives up to the hype. Since I’ve only used Nvidia GPU’s, I was not sure what to expect performance wise, but I was surprised how well the GPU (RX6700M) performs. Especially when paired with the ultra-fast CPU AMD RYZEN R7-5800H. Even when benchmarking with Unigine Superposition (which usually brings GPU’s to their knees) I was able to get up to 45 FPS in Extreme Mode (by comparison the Nvidia RTX 3050TI only got about 26 FPS). In real world gaming tests, the MSI-DELTA Gaming laptop easily blasted through anything I gave it, usually even at Ultra settings. So far, I’ve tested Doom Eternal, Star Wars Squadrons, and Forza 4 (which is really CPU / GPU / RAM intensive). Most of these are getting at least 100 FPS and closer to 200FPS in Doom for example. I’ve yet to start fine tuning the laptop to see if I can get more performance, but I assume I can get at least another 10% more after tweaking.

    She does run hot though. When gaming, you will want to run this rig on a table and not on your lap.

    The screen is bright, and colors seem accurate. I don’t have a spectrometer (or whatever it is called) to tell how true the colors are, but they seem really good to me. I was able to use it outside without any issues (on full brightness). Given that this will be used for gaming, it will almost always be plugged in, so I did not try to see exactly how long the batteries will last.

    You should be aware that the MSI DELTA GAMING LAPTOP does not have a physical ethernet port. You can get a simple USB3 to Gb Ethernet for a few dollars just about anywhere.

    What it does have instead of a physical ethernet port, is a 240hz screen, 1 TB of highspeed NVME storage, 16GB RAM (in 2 chips so you can run in dual channel mode), and the latest WiFi and Bluetooth versions.

    The keyboard lights and colors can be controlled via included software. The keys themselves are only OK, they are not very tactile and are very smooth. That being said, I would be bringing a gaming keyboard and mouse with me, so that is not a huge deal. The trackpad was really responsive and plenty usable for example in first person shooters like Doom.

    Overall, the MSI DELTA GAMING LAPTOP is one the best I’ve used in a long time. This will be my Go To system, when I don’t want to be tied down the big desktop system.

    PRO’s

    - 240hz Refresh Rate

    - Great CPU / GPU Combo

    - Plenty of Storage (1TB) and RAM (16GB)

    - GPU with 10GB of VRAM

    - Light Keyboard with ability to change colors

    - Thin form factor

    - USB 3.2 Gen 2 Port (Type C) (with DisplayPort function)

    - Wi-Fi 6E / Bluetooth 5.2

    - Qty (2) m.2 NVME Slots for SSD expansion according to the specs

    SETUP / MISC

    I’m sure it was all about timing, but it was nice that the unit I received had a very recent versions of Win 10 build on it, so that I did not have to spend an hour doing the update / reboot thing that is typical with most laptops. The laptop was fully up to date in only a few minutes. Everything out of the box if fully automated, and it boosts itself into higher performance mode when needed.

    SUMMARY / RECOMMENDATION

    The MSI DELTA GAMING LAPTOP is good to go out of the box, there is nothing more that is really needed. It has plenty of everything. I’m not even sure if upgrading the RAM to say 32GB would make that much of a difference in real world use.

    I have no hesitation recommending the MSI DELTA GAMING LAPTOP to anyone in the market for a high-performance laptop.

    Sep 20, 2021 19:41
  • Review by Trobadour, 10 out of 10
    Gaming On Ultra...Sweet

    --- SETUP ---

    The MSI Gaming laptop arrived in a no-frills box with just the minimum to protect the computer. Documentation was minimal and all that was in the box was the charging cable and the laptop itself. I immediately started charging the laptop. Initial setup took 5 minutes but downloading all the software and updates for gaming took a couple of hours.

    --- FEATURES ---

    This MSI Gaming Delta laptop features a 15 inch 240hz screen, 1 TB SSD storage, 16 GB memory, and uses the AMD Ryzen R7-5800H processor with the Radeon RX6700M graphics card. It weighs a little over 4lbs and is Wi-Fi 6E compatible.

    --- PERFORMANCE ---

    This is a beast of a portable machine. It is a huge upgrade from my previous desktop that housed 2 Radeon’s RX480s. With this laptop, I was able to play most games I tried at high settings and a few in ultra settings. Games like Doom Eternal run at a full 60 FPS on high settings without any hiccups or frame drops. A Dark Souls like game called Mortal Shell looked incredible on Ultra and I was able to see detail I’ve never seen before. Games that are less graphic intensive are extremely beautiful to look at with the 240 hz running on ultra at their fullest potential. An example of this would be Phsyconauts 2.

    --- EXPECTATIONS ---

    The MSI Delta weighs a little over 4 pounds but feels lighter than I expected that to feel. When playing games at high or ultra settings, the fans do sound loud. That is to be expected, but if you’re playing without headphones, expect to hear those fans.

    A software feature that I think many streaming gamers will enjoy is the autodetection of your microphone / headphone connections. Upon plugging in said devices, a software called Nahimic opens up and with a few prompts, customizes your equipment for their best use with your intended purpose. For instance, when I stream my video games through Facebook Gaming or YouTube, I put on certain filters, like a suppressor and gain adjustments, so that my background noise isn’t heard. This software takes care of that automatically.

    Battery wise, this laptop lasts if you’re just doing office-related things, but when you’re gaming, you want it plugged in for long sessions.

    Speaking of office-related work, I used the laptop to teach my coding students via Zoom as well as to create lesson plans. I didn’t like the work-experience because of the lack of a number pad and an ethernet port. Because it is Wi-Fi 6E enabled, I didn’t mind gaming only with my Wi-Fi 6E router.

    --- VALUE ---

    For the price, portability, and awesome insides, this is a worthy present for yourself and others who work hard and want to game equally as hard.

    --- APPROVAL ---

    This is my first MSI product and I must say, they have left quite an impression on me. I’d suggest this machine belongs in the hands of gamers who want nothing but top-notch quality paired with portability.

    Sep 21, 2021 22:12
  • Review by JKinSYR, 10 out of 10
    Fast and Furious Gaming Laptop

    This is one beautiful laptop with it's black case and thin profile for a gaming laptop. The laptop has a backlit keyboard without a keypad so it has this upscale and sophisticated look to it.

    Powering this MSI is an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H chip, along with an AMD Radeon RX 6700M graphics card that is anti lag for extreme gaming performance. The screen has a 240hz refresh rate and 1920x1080 FHD display coming in at 15.6", and it all comes together in a truly spectacular display. No matter what you do on this screen it looks amazing, and it's like nothing I have ever experienced before. Windows 10 works well on here, a whopping 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD for storage. This machine is ready out of the box to play games and not slow you down. WiFi 6E will keep you connected for solid performance, and this machine weighs just over 4 pounds.

    The fans in this computer are loud, but needed to help keep this cool as much as possible. The laptop does get warm and that's even when the fans are running at full speed to keep this cool.

    I have been using this computer for everyday work purposes, surfing, shopping, and gaming. It's an excellent overall machine that gives you the best of both worlds with work and play. Gaming will be experienced the way that gaming is meant to be on a fast and responsive visual display and super slick internal components that ensure you're moving at the speed of light. This laptop is big but still ideal for on the go and portability. Plenty of ports and jacks to keep your controllers and monitor connected. MSI Delta is one of the best laptops I have ever used.

    PRO:

    240hz screen is amazing

    1TB SSD

    16GB RAM

    CON:

    Fans are loud and this baby gets hot

    Sep 22, 2021 21:26
  • 9.0score
    Microsoft - Surface Pro 7 - 12.3" Touch Screen - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 512GB SSD - Device Only - Matte Black
    Description

    At your desk, on the couch, or out in the yard, Surface Pro 7 adapts to the way you work with laptop-to-tablet versatility. And now, it delivers more power than ever, with a laptop-class Intel® Core™ processor, all-day battery¹, Instant On, and improved graphics — plus more multitasking connections, including both USB-C® and USB-A ports.

    11 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Connect, create, get comfortable: Whatever your office looks like, be it a desk, couch, or dining table, Surface Pro 7 is your ultra-light, endlessly adaptable partner — now with faster processing and more connections — plus all-day battery life.¹
  • More powerful in every way: Chase your dream and get seriously productive with mega-multitasking laptop power, all-day battery,¹ and plenty of memory and storage.
  • Powered by a 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processor: Surface Pro 7 keeps up with you — with multitasking speed, stunning entertainment, incredible Wi-Fi performance, and long battery life.¹
  • Get back to work the moment inspiration strikes: With Fast Charging, all-day battery¹ and Instant On, you can get back to work right now, tonight, or tomorrow. Surface Pro 7 stands ready to take your ideas to the next level whenever you are.
  • Built-in cameras that show your best side: 1080p HD video webcams are perfect for all your calls, meetings, virtual get togethers and more.
  • Connect and keep up the way you want to: Video calls and meetings come to life with spectacular audio and video with far-field Studio Mics, Dolby® Audio™ sound, and HD cameras that automatically adjust to indoor and outdoor lighting conditions.
  • A brilliant display: The high-resolution 12.3” PixelSense™ Display with touchscreen automatically adjusts to lighting conditions.
  • Make a statement with signature accessories: Personalize your Surface Pro 7 with the Surface Pro accessories you know. Choose from Platinum or Matte Black.⁴
  • Be heard loud and clear: Whether in conference calls or using voice dictation in Office apps* with enhanced dual far-field Studio Mics. Plus, enjoy crisp, clear audio for music, podcasts, and movies with Dolby® Audio™ sound.
  • Do more with the Windows you know: Comes with Windows 10 Home, giving you familiar features, trusted security, and automatic updates.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by teedang, 10 out of 10
    Fantastic Product!

    I've been a fan of the Microsoft Surface Pro lines since its inception. Not much of a difference between the Surface Pro 6 and this Surface Pro 7 though. Appreciate the newly added USB-C port but Microsoft should've already had it on the Surface Pro 6. Overall, great product all around.

    Mar 09, 2020 02:27
  • Review by JDThird, 10 out of 10
    Finally found my new laptop

    I had a lot of problems trying to replace my nearly 3 year old Dell XPS13. First of all it was an i7 with a terabyte SSD and 16 GB RAM. 4K HDR screen was gorgeous. I didn't NEED a replacement, but I'd never kept a laptop that long, and I missed the tablet format of my Spectre X360's I had before it. So first I tried a Surfacebook, but it wouldn't work with my Dell WD15 USB C dock. I finally got the multimonitors to work, but it didn't have enough power to charge. I didn't want multiple plugs and I didn't want to buy a dock for it.

    Then I tried a different version of this, the i5 base model Surface Pro 7. I already knew the format, I have a Surface Pro 4 that my son and I use for building Lego sets, since we like the electronic instructions rather than the paper. But that Surface Pro 7 also didn't work well with the multimonitor setup with that Dell WD15 dock. Then I tried the 2020 Spectre X360 15" with the discrete video option. Yes, still issues with the dock and multi monitor. So then I finally tried the new 2020 Spectre X360 14 inch. When that didn't work well with the Dell dock, I purchased a Thunderbolt 3 dock that should've worked well with it, and still had issues.

    I finally saw they had a really great sale on these higher end Surface Pros, so it was worth getting this and simply buying the Surface Dock 2 and bypassing issues with my Dell dock.

    And it's been a nearly perfect result.

    It is a bit of a performance hit for the lower power i7 this has, but for my needs, the things I do like transcoding video files are not a constant, so I don't mind the performance drop. The 4k HDR screen was nice, but I don't watch movies on these, so I didn't really lose anything there.

    I do require something I can use on my lap on the couch though since I do a lot of work at home at night as well, and the Brydge Pro 12.3 really DOES turn this into a laptop for all intents and purposes, finally a keyboard that's weighted enough that this acts like a laptop in your lap, no kickstand needed.

    It's so great having something with no fan noise. This is dead silent.

    The form factor is great for someone like me who takes it to work and back home every day.

    The tablet functionality is outstanding, whether using fingers or the pen, it gives so many more possibilities than normal laptops. Unlike the HP Spectre X60 15 inch, this is NOT a burden to hold and use as a tablet.

    I've had SSD based systems for years now, the last five laptops I've had were all SSD, all my desktops and my media center are SSD, so I'm used to fast booting systems. Yet this still boots quicker than any other system I have or ever used. I don't sleep anything, always power off, so I still have a very quick boot.

    I've had a few issues with a couple programs I use such as Eseecloud for my home external cameras, and even with the dock 2 designed for these, I get weird issues with the mouse moving between one of the monitors and this screen. But considering all the things I run on here, that's small potatoes.

    The power brick isn't too bad, but I found a USB C to surface port charging cable that I can use with a small USB C wall wart that puts out 90 watts. FAR easier to carry that with me, and the one that shipped with this is permanently under the couch and used when I am home.

    The screen gets very dark if you want, FAR darker than the XPS could, which I appreciate at night.

    Battery life is a bit of a letdown, but still better than my Dell was doing after nearly 3 years of use. I would've loved the battery life of the Surfacebook but I didn't want to pay the premium for the hardware when I could get this on such a great sale and have basically the same experience. I have no need of discrete graphics and it seemed pointless to spend extra money for something I never needed to use.

    I'm glad I finally am done searching for a new laptop. Between the Brydge keyboard I can leave at home on the stand by the couch and the typecover for when I'm anywhere else and don't need this on my lap, I have the best of all worlds.

    Dec 24, 2020 18:59
  • Review by BJMED, 8 out of 10
    Great if it stays charged.

    I bought this to replace the one I bought a year and a half ago. The battery on the last one stopped charging and they had to refund (as credit) and then I could use the refund to buy another one. I got the same one in black, and I am hoping the charging issue doesn't happen this time. I love the computer, but even new it doesn't stay charged as long as my little Chromebook, which I bought while waiting to get the new Surface because they don't have loaners. I really love the size and weight of the Surface and the color contrast. I bought the keyboard for it. I wouldn't want to have to use it without that.

    Jul 02, 2021 19:24
  • Review by Surfacepro, 8 out of 10
    No keyboard

    Like the computer. Wish it came with keyboard thought it did and everyone is sold out

    Nov 05, 2021 16:12
  • Review by dhishi, 10 out of 10
    Good Laptop

    Power pack with all the features on 16GB 512GB laptop with an i7. Battery is life is bad.

    Works great for use and portability. Extremely light weight.

    Oct 13, 2021 07:34
  • Review by Jeff, 10 out of 10
    Would highly recommend the Surface Pro

    Fantastic product. Love the size of the tablet and the visual quality is excellent

    Oct 30, 2021 15:51
  • Review by Denice, 10 out of 10
    USB port

    It did exactly what I needed. I needed a tablet that worked just like a computer with a USB port to download my sewing software. And it worked great. I don’t have the best of luck with computers so this did want I needed

    May 21, 2021 19:30
  • Review by Traci, 10 out of 10
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    Everything I was looking for on production floor and office areas.

    Sep 07, 2021 07:41
  • 9.0score
    29
    Geo
    Geo - GeoBook 120 12.5-inch HD Laptop - Intel Celeron Dual Core Processor - 4GB Memory - 64GB eMMC - Blue
    Description

    GeoBook 120 is a 12.5-inch Windows 10 laptop complete with a 1-year subscription to Microsoft 365 Personal. Powered by an Intel Celeron Dual Core Processor and 4GB RAM, this lightweight laptop makes easy work of essential tasks, browsing and more. 64GB eMMC storage is built in and can be expanded with the addition of a MicroSD card (up to 64GB). GeoBook 120 also features a 2MP webcam, dual microphones and integrated speakers, plus reliable AC Wi-FI.

    5 Features
  • Intel® Celeron® N4020 Dual-Core processor: Enjoy a computer with an Intel® Celeron® processor. Experience Intel performance with entertainment features and fast connectivity. The Intel Celeron processor delivers performance in a new computer that fits your lifestyle and budget.
  • Memory: 4GB system memory for basic multitaskingAdequate high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run multiple applications and browser tabs all at once.
  • Dimensions: Weighs 3.05 lbs. and measures 0.7" thinUltraportable design, featuring a smaller screen size and omitting the DVD/CD drive to achieve the compact form factor. 2-cell lithium-polymer. battery.
  • Wireless/Wired connectivity (WiFi 5 - 802.11 ac): Connect to a Wireless-AC router for nearly 3x the speed, more capacity and wider coverage than Wireless-N. Backward-compatible with all other Wi-Fi networks and hotspots.
  • Built-in 2.0MP webcam with microphone: Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends or teleconference with colleagues over Microsoft Teams or other popular applications.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by callmeageeth, 8 out of 10
    Great kids Chromebook Alternative

    This is a budget laptop through and through but is perfect for a young child for both school work and some very light gaming. It’s essentially a Chromebook, but with windows. Please note that I am commenting on the laptop both from the perspective of a parent buying this for their child and from my son’s perspective.

    IN THE BOX

    You get the laptop along with a charger. The purchase also includes a year subscription of Office 365 which you can sign up for after setup.

    DESIGN

    I actually like the look and feel of this laptop a lot. It’s really slim has a cool light blue hue to it (which is different from the black and silver laptops you see everyday) and it has a nice “rubber” feeling coating to the outside that makes it easy to grip.

    It has a decent size trackpad, and the typical keyboard you’d expect in a small laptop. It has the up and down arrow keys jammed together which I don’t love, but is almost a necessity given the small footprint.

    The only thing I wish it really had was backlit keyboard. I get it, it’s a super cheap laptop, but the light blue color with white lettering is more difficult than normal to see without good lighting. And the brightness of the screen doesn’t help much.

    In terms of ports, it has 2 USB-A 3.0 (blue) ports which is nice, a USB-C, also nice, headphone jack and microSD slot. I like that it includes HDMI out, but it’s HDMI-mini. I don’t have one of those hanging around, so that’s a bit of a bummer, but I get why a full sized HDMI wouldn’t have worked. It’s too big. And it obviously has a proprietary charging port which is a tiny circle. My other main complaint would be for USB-C charging. I charge most of my electronics with one, and when my kid loses his charger (inevitably) it would have been nice to charge it via USB-C.

    SETUP

    It’s like any Windows laptop. No “kid” skin to speak of, it’s a full fledged Windows laptop through and through. I will say that I had issues setting up my son’s account, which I set up as a part of my family account so I can lock certain apps and websites when he signs in. But this was undoubtedly user error, nothing to blame the laptop for.

    I will add that I use an Alienware as my desktop, and it comes full of bloatware (some helpful, others I never use). I was happy to see the Geobook comes with no bloatware. Which is a good thing given its limited storage space and computational power.

    USE AND PERFORMANCE

    In the world of QHD, 4K, and even 8K, a lot of people might balk at this laptop’s screen resolution. I’m here to say that it’s just fine. I’m not just saying that because a young kid might not care or know any better, but even using it myself, the 1366X768 resolution is just fine for everyday tasks and school work (and light gaming). My only complaint about the screen was that it came with a dead pixel. It is only noticeable when the screen is on and completely black, but in day-to-day use, I don’t see it at all.

    The 64 GB hard drive however, is a bit more difficult to swallow. Windows 10 itself takes up a bulk of that space. Putting movies, videos, pictures, maybe some games, will eat up the hard drive space quickly. My kid doesn’t edit videos, photos or play large games (think Call of Duty) so the lack of storage isn’t a big concern (at least for now). I like that it is expandable via microSD. I’m comfortable upgrading HDDs in a laptop and wouldn’t have minded the ability to do so here, but for my kid who doesn’t know what bleeding edge tech looks like, the relatively slower speeds of a microSD card compared to high end SSD isn’t an issue.

    It also only has 4 GB of RAM, which when you think about it, isn’t a lot since most newer phones have at least that much. But when your kid is browsing the web, watching YouTube videos, doing Google Classwork or even playing Minecraft or Roblox, there is virtually no performance hiccups. I haven’t opened a bunch of tabs or opened programs to really stress it, but I can tell you that day-to-day use (and having heard no complaints from my son about slowdowns, etc., the 4 GB of RAM is more than adequate for this laptop.

    I mentioned gaming. My son plays Roblox and it runs just fine on this laptop. So does Minecraft. I don’t let my kids play high end games (like GTA or Call of Duty) so I don’t see a reason to install it and test its capabilities, but I’m certain for AAA games it won’t run them very well. But again, for what this laptop is, that’s perfectly ok.

    BATTERY LIFE

    I have to mention the battery life. It’s great. It has close to 15 hours of battery life. I’m certain its’ the Intel Celeron processor combined with the low resolution screen that helps it last that long. For kids who aren’t accustomed to charging their electronics regularly, this can be extremely helpful.

    CONCLUSION

    This is a terrific laptop for what it is. A budget laptop for kids. It seems durable (although we haven’t really dropped it, etc., so I can’t say how it would hold up to kids handling it long term). It has everything they need and it’s Windows. Obviously Google Classroom will work through Chrome, which, if your kid does NTI from home is a plus. While I like Chromebooks, I do prefer Windows and having a budget Chromebook-ish Windows laptop for my kids is better (in my opinion).

    Sep 11, 2021 19:23
  • Review by JKinSYR, 8 out of 10
    Budget friendly and ideal for kids

    Budget friendly computer for light duty usage on a day to day basis. This computer sports a nice but effective Intel Celeron processor. It's enough to get by for web surfing, streaming, and MS Office tasks but will seem to slow down if you push it for more intensive usage. The 4GB of RAM is pretty minimal, but is enough for this machine. 64GB of storage space is good for this machine, as it's an entry level Windows based laptop. You also get some ports for your external devices such as 1 HDMI, 2 USB 3.0 Type A, 1 USB Type C, Micro SD card slot.

    The color is unique and inviting in a soft powder blue case/shell with a soft plastic/rubber texture. You'll get yourself a nice sized 12.5 inch LCD screen with an adequate screen resolution of 1366 x 768 HD resolution. Adequate for an entry level machine and sufficient for virtual classes and schooling from home. It's lightweight which is nice as it makes it easy to be portable and move around with. About 3 pounds and .7 inches thin. The built in webcam will also allow for 2MP video along with the built in microphone so you'll still be able to take part in virtual web based interaction. The box is fairly simple and to the point, as you get a laptop, power adapter, and quick start guide.

    In my opinion the best part of this laptop is that you'll also get a 1 year subscription to Microsoft 365 Personal which is helpful and useful in itself. After that 1 year you can decide what you'll want to do going forward, but it has been coming in handy for our household so far.

    I feel that this machine is ideal for elementary aged, maybe middle schoolers, and senior citizens. It can accomplish the tasks you would need to do with Windows 10 S mode. Don't expect it to do heavy gaming or processing, but use this machine as a budget friendly alternative to a tablet or a laptop that would cost twice the price.

    PRO:

    Screen size is nice

    Compact and portable

    Unique color

    Price

    CON:

    Select audience

    Sep 03, 2021 09:28
  • Review by PhillipB, 8 out of 10
    Great for kids. Replaces Chromebook.

    This was an interesting product.

    Kind of like a Chromebook kind of like a tablet.

    So let's go with physical appearance.

    Nice color

    Lightweight

    Grippy feel

    Has multiple ports to plug in

    Keyboard is nice feeling

    Size is good. Not too big not too small.

    Performance

    For being a small compact performance was decent.

    Battery life lasted 3 days of moderate use. First day was heavy due to Microsoft updates.

    Video conference via Skype was good.

    Mic was clear

    Sound was decent.

    My kids used this for their remote Skype music lessons and it did well. No lagging. No freezing..

    Screen was decent. I streamed 4k and it looked nice.

    USBc allowed me to use HDMI adapter to run a big screen and it worked just fine.

    Memory was good. Half of the available space was used by operating system. So saving files locally may not work out. You will need to work off the cloud and with the 1 year subscription of Microsoft office that will help.

    Printing to wireless printers was much easier than using Chromebooks. For whatever reason Chromebooks have App issues and it made.it difficult to print. Because this is Windows 10 based it took care of that issue.

    Only thing I could ding this on was the polarization of the screen. It has filters on it which is probably good to help with eye fatigue but I did not completely like it.

    Other than that this is like a Chromebook but running Microsoft 10 lite.

    For the purpose of my kids this will do just fine for any additional distance learning if needed and general school work.

    Based on what my kids do on computers and how this computer performed. I would recommend this product for kids if you don't want to use a Chromebook.

    Sep 08, 2021 01:39
  • Review by DaveW, 8 out of 10
    Great Starter Laptop

    The Geobook 120 is a 12.5” entry-level laptop that I have been messing around with for about a week now. I have had the chance to use it almost daily as well as having my kids take their turns with it. The fun color scheme and entry level specs skews this machine towards young school age kids, as well as anyone looking for an affordable machine to meet some basic computing needs.

    Specs

    CPU – Intel Celeron N4020 Dual Core 1.10 GHz processor w/ integrated Intel 600 graphics

    Memory – 4GB LPDDR4-2133

    Graphics – integrated Intel 600 graphics

    Screen – 12.5” 1366 x 768p HD TN

    Storage – 64GB eMMC – expandable via SD card up to additional 64GB

    Ports – 1X USB C / 2X USB 3.0 / 1X HDMI 2.0 / 1X microSD Slot / TRRS 3.5mm Jack (headphone and mic support)

    Network Connectivity – Wireless AC

    Audio – dual speakers

    Webcam – 1080P with dual microphone

    Dimensions – 11.9 x 8.11 x 0.71”; 3.05lb

    Battery – 34200 mWh Li-ion

    Other – Windows 10 S w/ 1 year subscription of Office 365

    Design

    The design of the GEO 120 is pretty fun. Mine comes in the light blue color which adds to the fun look. The outer chassis material is a grippy soft touch plastic and features plenty of rounded edges. The inner material is a smooth soft touch plastic – still in that light blue. The keyboard and touch pad keep with the color scheme, and the keys feature white lettering. There is no backlight to the keys. The touchpad is generously sized for the form factor. Its clickable and understand multi-finger inputs. The keyboard also has a function key for media controls, but it does not feature a function lock. The overall design reminds me a bit of the netbook I had back in college. Small form factor, very lightweight, and great for on the go tasks.

    I had my GF’s youngest daughter (10y.o.) help me test the GEO out. She liked the color and the size of the laptop. It was perfect for her to sit on the couch with it in her lap. The base didn’t get particularly warm on her, so hold the laptop on bare skin was no issue. The only thing she had trouble with was the white lettering on the keys. She isn’t a touch typist yet, so she still relies on being able to quickly read the key faces. The white lettering is tough to see in bright overhead light (keys are kind of shiny) and in dimly lit rooms. Other than that she liked the look and feel of the GEO. The keyboard was easy to type on and the keys felt nice to her. They had a good little click that provided enough tactile feedback. She also liked the trackpad because it was fairly responsive and accurate.

    Performance

    The GEO 120’s 4GB of low power RAM coupled with the 1.1GHz dual core means its not going to be a compute power house. If you are used to faster machines this will feel like a step back. However, through the eye of a kid getting their first laptop the GEO has more than enough power. My testing partner has a 12” Chromebook from school, so this isn’t her first machine by any means. However, the comparison between the two was favoring the GEO a bit due to it being a touch faster and more familiar OS (Windows vs. Chrome).

    When it came to playing games she was able to load up some games from the Microsoft store that were already on her account. I’m not 100% sure what all she was playing, but I know she played Human Fall Flat and a couple of other Gamepass games. As far as I could tell she didn’t have any issues or complaints with how the games ran. I would be hesitant to have her try anything too intensive, but knowing it can crank out good experiences on resource-light games is a plus.

    The 64GB of eMMC isn’t a whole lot. eMMC is essentially a soldered SD card – not a traditional HDD or SSD but more like the memory in your phone. The 64GB drive is faster than a HDD, so it moves along well. However, that 64GB does fill up quickly especially if you or your child wants to add some games. I plan to pick up a fast microSD card (64GB max) to toss in the expansion slot. At 128GB I think we would be fine, and not have to do a lot of storage housekeeping.

    Display

    The 12.5” 1366 x 768p (HD) display is perfectly adequate and its pixel density is just fine (125 ppi) for the size. Compare it to a 21.5” 1080p screen and this beats its out by a decent amount (102 ppi). I know seeing 768p can throw you off, but in this case its fine. Its not too bad of a display, and it absolutely fits the budget on the machine.

    However, I do have some issues with the display. In a really bright room the panel isn’t bright enough to not be slightly washed out. The TN panel is an older technology that fits the budget, however it provides really poor vertical off angle viewing. Horizontal off angle viewing isn’t as greatly affected though, which was surprising. I would expect you would want horizontal to suffer more than vertical on a laptop where you are the only viewer. However, I can see screen sharing with siblings as a reason to align the panel for better horizontals. The last issue I have relates to the display housing in the chassis. It is noticeably weak enough to “ripple” the image on the screen along the entire bottom when adjusting the angle or even slightly wiggling the screen. You can also cause ripples along the edges where you grab with even the lightest touch.

    Speakers and Webcam

    The speakers are there. They are very tinny and don’t have a lot of power. I had them at max volume and could talk over them. They are acceptable for limited use, but I would absolutely recommend a headset.

    The webcam does a nice job overall. My GF’s daughter loves to Skype her grandma, so she was thrilled to use the webcam. It does a nice job overall. You do need to stay in a well lit room as it starts to get grainy in low light. The dual mics pick up your voice well, and don’t do too bad with background noise in general.

    Other Thoughts

    So this is my first time running across Windows 10 S. I had honestly never heard of it. It serves as sort of a stripped down Windows experience that is optimized for security and speed. You can’t install 3rd party apps – you can only install apps available in the Microsoft store. Edge is the only browser and it defaults to safe search. The OS appears to have been optimized for lower spec’d systems – I mimicked this experience on my old netbook with a cracked stripped down Win7 build, and it was absolutely the way to go back then. So hopefully Win10 S does the same job of removing some of the system overhead to keep things snappy. If you don’t want or need this protection you can always upgrade (for free) to plain Win10 Home Edition, but you won’t be able to go back once you upgrade.

    Overall

    As an adult with a gaming PC, gaming laptops, a workstation class laptop I can say I am not really the target for this PC. However, I do see the value in a machine like this for a quick runabout or travelling. It is very easy to transport. Where it really shines is with the kids. My GF’s daughter loved it and it didn’t even occur that it was a lightly spec’d machine. She loves getting to use it. As a parent I really like the baked in Office 365 sub, and the walled garden that is Win 10 S. I personally would upgrade it to Home but only because I don’t need those barriers. The only drawbacks I really saw were with the display panel and the speakers. They were the only somewhat underwhelming aspects. Everything else seems great though.

    Sep 14, 2021 01:40
  • Review by softwareEngineer, 8 out of 10
    Daily Driver for the Kids, Family

    The Geo 120 laptop is catered for those looking to perform basic tasks or those who need to run non-demanding Windows applications, all on a budget. The Intel Celeron Dual Core N4020 processor can handle most jobs, but it will definitely feel sluggish overall if you’ve got something much faster at home. This is due to the eMMC storage that performs slightly better than an traditional 7200rpm HDD, but helps keep the overall dollar costs down for the laptop. I think the price vs performance is perfect for our kids in school that are starting to dig into Word or staying connected to their classroom assignments online.

    Although advertised with 64GB eMMC, you’ll have around 25-30GB of usable space due to the Windows installation, so that’s something to think about if you have space requirements. Luckily, you can insert an additional max 64GB MicroSD card for more storage. The 4GB of RAM clearly highlights its weight class, which is to be the best at web browsing or streaming video content, but not all at once. As far as gaming, I was able to give Roblox a test drive, which is currently the game-of-choice for the kids at home. The UHD630 did struggle slightly with frame rates and input response, but it was still playable. Battery life lasted about 7-8 hours under normal basic use.

    There’s a lot to enjoy about this laptop. The keys are very large and tactile and there is just the right amount of “click” with each key press. I like the omission of the touchpad left/right buttons as it is integrated within the touchpad itself. This gives you more touchpad real estate. The screen’s hinge is strong enough to keep it from drooping during sudden movements or adjustments. 1366x768p is a great choice of resolution for a 12.5” screen and also helps increase battery life. The laptop will get a little warm during heavy loads (playing Roblox, for example), but it didn’t bother me. The laptop is very quiet due to its passive cooling method (no fans). The baby-blue color just speaks to the kids! I especially loved that I could charge the laptop (with a laptop-rated charger) through the USB-C port, which means I don’t have to carry it’s proprietary charger around when I travel with it. The front-facing camera is perfect for Zoom calls and the sound output is adequate. It’s lightweight at 3lbs and less than ¾ inch thick when closed.

    There are a couple of things that I wish this laptop had. For one, it would have been nice to have a backlit keyboard. Second, I wish I could upgrade the eMMC storage to an NVMe drive as this would surely give this machine a performance boost. For me, the touchpad doesn’t perform well during small, precise movements. I felt like it lagged or drifted on its own when performing these small adjustments. Also, I am concerned about its durability since its outer shell is entirely made of plastic. I didn’t knock off points for its overall performance because at its price point, it’s actually doing a heck of a job. Lastly, the laptop comes configured in “S” mode, which locks the laptop down to Microsoft approved software, but you can easily switch out of this mode if you choose to do so. I switched out so I could install Chrome Browser.

    I’ve honestly never heard of Geo Computers until I saw this laptop. After visiting their website, I’ve learned that Geo Computers are the largest UK-based supplier of OEM devices. They are part of the Tactus Group and are winners of the 2021 Microsoft Device Partner of the Year Award. And so they grace us with their Geo 120 to compete in the very heavy entry-level laptop class, and it really doesn’t disappoint at its price point.

    Sep 04, 2021 20:23
  • Review by TheDuke, 8 out of 10
    Impressive Value

    The GeoBook 120 is quite an impressive value - especially considering that it comes with 1 year of Microsoft 365 Personal which costs $70 on its own. The GeoBook does not have the streamlined simplicity of a Chromebook, but instead manages to provide a more full featured windows experience at an incredibly low cost.

    The physical build does feel rather plastic and cheap but it functions well and is truly able to meet the entry level needs of most young students. Researching on the internet, word processing, spreadsheet creation, watching Youtube, using Netflix, Video chat, and even very light gaming all work well. The battery will play video for over 3 hours and will allow over 5 hours of web browsing or word processing.

    It is important to note that the GeoBook runs Windows 10 Home in S Mode. This means that only applications from the Microsoft store will download and run on the laptop - which actually improves security of the laptop. The laptop also does NOT have a graphics card, so the GeoBook should NOT be purchased for gaming. BUT, my 7 year old son was thrilled to discover that the computer is able to run Roblox reasonably well.

    The GeoBook comes with about 24 gigabytes of remaining harddrive space, but does have a MicroSD slot that allows up to 64 gigs of extra space. The keyboard feels cheep and rather clunky, but works appropriately. The laptop has a built-in camera, but it is only 2MB and it does not have a physical shutter cover to block the camera. If you are concerned about the security of a camera being pointed at your child every time the laptop is open, you may want to buy a 3rd party cover for the webcam. Also, be aware that the video output is Mini HDMI - so you will need a special cable to output the video to a 2nd monitor.

    Overall I am impressed with the value of the GeoBook and would definitely recommend it to those who want a low cost, but nearly full featured laptop.

    Sep 15, 2021 00:50
  • Review by Mirvana, 8 out of 10
    A great affordable notebook for kids!

    My wife and I wanted to find a laptop that was geared specifically toward low-end, very simple tasks, that we could let our kids have for at home learning. Specifically, they have internet games they can play that help them work on various school subjects. We have other computers, laptops, tablets, etc. at home but most of them are "ours" as parents or are used solely for fun.

    This GeoBook from Geo has been helped fill this role very well. Our kids were SUPER excited to get a laptop "just like yours dad". They are very excited about being able to do things like ABCmouse, Prodigy, etc. and we're happy to have an option that doesn't take up our work computers.

    The notebook itself has some fantastic features for the price, the 64GB of memory is way more than they'll ever use doing what they're doing, the 4 GB of RAM is plenty for light work and internet tasks, the 12.5" screen is a great size for them as well.

    I must say though, the screen itself leaves a lot to be desired. The 768p resolution is actually really good on such a small screen but the colors are extremely washed out and viewing angles, especially vertical, are pretty bad. I've posted a pic for comparison. That said, our kids didn't care, they don't care about things like color accuracy, viewing angles, off axis color shift, etc. They just don't.

    Other than the sub-par screen, this has been a great tool for our kids and we're excited they'll have something that they can own and will be a tool they can use to help them learn at home.

    Sep 06, 2021 16:35
  • Review by MonicaC, 10 out of 10
    Awesome 1st computer

    What an adorable 1st laptop for my nephew. I fell in love with the color and size of this laptop. It’s compact and lightweight. Perfect to carry to school if needed. I bought it more for the aesthetics but this little guy packs a punch. With a free 12 month MS 365 software it was a no brainer. I opened it and gave it a test run. It was easy to use. I recommend this laptop for a child’s (and adult) needs.

    Aug 11, 2021 20:30
  • 9.0score
    30
    HP
    HP - Pavilion 15.6" Touch-Screen Laptop -AMD Ryzen 5 5500U - 8GB Memory - 512GB SSD
    Description

    Enjoy incredible performance in a smaller PC and mind-blowing entertainment with a micro-edge screen and Audio by B&O.

    12 Features
  • Windows 10 Home: Do great things confidently with the familiar feel of Windows - only better.
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5500U Mobile Processor: Create. Play. Work. Educate. Entertain. The possibilities are infinite. Be anywhere, go anywhere. Powers ultrathin notebooks that offer supreme performance, astonishing battery life, and modern features you need on-the-go.
  • AMD Radeon graphics: Whether it’s games or movies, experience high performance for all your entertainment.
  • Micro-edge display: The barely visible bezel revolutionizes your display by letting a larger screen fit into a smaller frame.
  • HD touchscreen: Pinch, zoom, and swipe to intuitively control your PC right from the screen.
  • HP Fast Charge: Go from 0 to 50% charge in approximately 45 minutes.
  • PCIe NVMe SSD storage: Get up to 15x faster performance than a traditional hard drive.
  • Wi-Fi 5 (2x2) & Bluetooth 5.0: With a Wi-Fi 5 (2x2) (802.11a/b/g/n/ac) WLAN adapter and Bluetooth 5.0, all your connections are rock solid.
  • A truly powerful audio experience: HP Dual Speakers, HP Audio Boost, and tuning by B&O deliver a rich, authentic audio experience.
  • HP Audio Boost: Smart amplification technology gives you loud, clear, and dynamic sound.
  • DDR4 RAM: With higher bandwidth, you get more of a boost in performance for improved multi?tasking.
  • HP Wide Vision HD Camera: The 88-degree, wide-angle field of view lets you video chat with the entire family or group of friends in crystal clear detail.
  • 4 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by EMQ05, 8 out of 10
    HP Pavilion Laptop 15 inch touchscreen

    Great laptop! Touch screen big plus! Fast processor. Love the numeric keypad on the right side. Only downside there is no ethernet port. Not a big issue but I had to buy an ethernet port adapter. Video quality is very sharp. Colors are bright.

    The wait was a little long at the store to see a representative. But once I had my turn, he was very knowledgeable, patient, and did not rush us. We compared a few laptops and then found this particular one which is perfect for what I need it for. Great customer service on the floor once we had a turn.

    Oct 30, 2021 13:08
  • Review by Nika, 10 out of 10
    Love it!

    I am loving my laptop this far. I was concerned by it not being full HD but I can barely tell a difference. It is perfect for my needs.

    Oct 01, 2021 15:45
  • Review by Richard, 10 out of 10
    New

    Love the colors and ease of use touch screen. So light weight, too

    Oct 01, 2021 16:44
  • Review by Morgan, 8 out of 10
    Good but dimming is Psychological Warfare!

    It does everything I need it to dow from recreation to work. I miss the full flip of my last laptop but. No biggie. There is one that ing that makes me want to throw this laptop into my pool. If it's not plugged in it gets dimmer even though I've already changed the settings. I've tried to become a coder and or computer hardware engineer to fix it. It's so slight yet uncomfortable for my eyes. I feel like I'm being gaslit. If you like to use your laptop 85% brightness or less you will probably be fine. But other than that. You've basically got a desktop because it always will need to be on the charger o be at full brightness no matter your settings.

    Sep 11, 2021 13:01
  • 9.0score
    Samsung - Galaxy Book Pro 360 15.6" AMOLED Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Evo Platform Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 1TB SSD - Mystic Bronze
    Description

    Why can’t laptops be more like phones? They can when you turn your work-life balance completely around with Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360. It’s a premium PC that quickly converts to a top-of-the-line tablet and is Intel® Evo™ platform certified. Precisely draw out plans and write down notes with our S Pen and Samsung Notes — both redesigned for the best experience possible. Then instantly flip to having fun, and get lost in your favorite movie and more, all with 120% color volume on an advanced AMOLED screen and the surround-sound technology of Dolby Atmos audio. Top it out with the power of the latest Intel® 11th Gen Core™ processor, up to 16GB of RAM and an entire TB of storage — all running on the fast and familiar Windows 11 OS — and you get all the space and speed you need. Plus, with Wi-Fi that’s up to 3x faster, you’ll discover a new era of mobile computing. It’s not a laptop. It’s a Galaxy Book.

    10 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Windows 11 Operating System: Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.
  • AMOLED Screen: Make everything look unbelievably brilliant with the first 15.6” Super AMOLED touch screen in a Galaxy Book. Lose yourself with vibrant cinematic-like viewing.
  • Sleek & Convertible Design: Turn heads with a stylish, 2-in-1 device that’s as powerful as a PC and thin as a smartphone. Designed to switch to a PC or a tablet, plus sleek, ultrathin and available in two colors, Galaxy Book Pro 360 is made to make you look good.
  • Powerful Performance: Smoothly do whatever you need to do — from streaming with minimal lag time, to split-second responsive gaming, to major multitasking and more — all with the latest 11th Gen Core processor that’s Intel® Evo-certified,
  • S Pen: Turn your screen into a canvas with an improved S Pen³ that’s made bigger, so it feels more comfortable in your hand. Use an all-new Samsung Notes to draw on PDFs, transform handwriting into documents and more. It’s built to give you the best writing and drawing experience.
  • Long-Lasting Battery: Be productive and play throughout the entire day with up to 20 hours on a fully charged battery.⁴,⁵ Schedule even heavier? Our smallest and lightest charger won’t weigh you down and works with all your Galaxy devices⁶, so you get restored super fast.⁷
  • Galaxy Continuity: Pair your devices and easily jump from your work life to your personal life on your Galaxy Book Pro 360. Set it up as a second screen for twice the productivity or use it for beautiful notetaking with our improved S Pen. ⁸Instantly share files with Quick Share.
  • WFH Ready: Make WFH work for you with tools that help you look, sound and do your best. Attend a lastminute morning meeting and still make a good impression with our camera beauty filter. Hide the rest of the family’s ruckus with background noise removal and more.
  • Connectivity: Backed by next-gen Wi-Fi 6E, Galaxy Book Pro 360 gives you speeds up to 3x faster than normal.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Harrkev, 10 out of 10
    Mostly fantastic, but expensive

    --DESIGN--

    This laptop is the usual “ultrabook” form factor where it is very thin, and can fold back into a tablet form. While not unusual, it is well done. You can set it up in “tent” mode and watch a movie on it while it is free-standing. The body appears to be made of plastic, and there is more deck flex than I would expect at this price point. For the money, I would have much preferred some metal in the construction, and for the unit to be more rigid. Still, it seems sturdy enough, so this may be nit-picking. It is certainly usable. I should note that the case itself appears to be a fingerprint magnet, so it will be difficult to keep it looking nice, if you care about that sort of thing.

    --DISPLAY--

    The display on this laptop is fantastic for general use. It advertises itself as having “120% color volume.” While not explaining if this is referenced to sRGB or Adobe color space, I can still believe it. Compared side-by-side to a standard IPS display, the colors are noticeably more vivid. Being an AMOLED, the blacks certainly are black. I have no doubt that you could calibrate the color on this display to be quite accurate, if you have the equipment to do so. It is “only” 1920x1080, but that really is the sweet spot for this display size for my aging eyes. The display is also “only” 60Hz, so this might not appeal to twitch gamers, but they are not the target market. But this is, without a doubt, the finest display that I have ever used on a laptop.

    --PERFORMANCE--

    This is where this little machine shines. It has the latest “Tiger Lake” CPU. It features four cores and eight threads. The performance and thermals of this are quite impressive. It gets a solid 4391 points on Cinebench R23. For reference, compare this to a gaming laptop with a six-core i7-9750H processor, it only lost by a little, but the gaming laptop ran much hotter, a lot noisier, and almost three times as thick. So the performance is surprisingly good given the size. It is good to finally see Intel making a CPU that can compete against AMD in terms of both performance and power. The new Intel integrated graphics is also great for non-gamers. It gets a Furmark FHD benchmark score of 1926 points and 32 FPS. While it would struggle with modern AAA titles, for older and casual gamers, it should be more than adequate. Finally, it has something that I have not seen before. CPU-Z reports the 16 GB RAM as being quad-channel. Dual-channel is standard, and some laptops don’t even have that. This may be partially responsible for the impressive Cinebench score. The cooling is also apparently well done. Even while running the CPU at 100%, the fan was not obnoxiously loud and the chassis did not have any apparent lap-burning hot spots. There is ample storage for almost anybody, as it has a 1TB solid-state drive.

    --CONNECTIVITY--

    This is very much a mixed bag: a strange combination of awesome and disappointment. However, given the extra-thin nature of the body, I can understand why they did what they did. First, the bad: there are no HDMI or USB-A ports at all. The ONLY connectivity consists of three USB-C ports (one being a Thunderbolt), one micro-SD slot, and one headphone jack. That is it. If you have a common flash drive, you won’t find a place to plug it in without an adapter. If you want to hook this up to a television, make sure to keep a USB-C to HDMI adapter on hand. However, the USB-C ports are perfect. You can charge the laptop using ANY of the three ports, and all three also support displays. I managed to get one USB-C port to drive three monitors (two are 1080p and one is 1440p) with a suitable docking station (using DP alt mode: not Thunderbolt, and not DisplayLink). Even my gaming laptop can only support two displays at full resolution.

    --INTERFACE--

    The keyboard seems to be of fine quality, and I encountered no problems with it. It is backlit, with three levels of brightness. It also features a shrunken numeric keypad on the right, so the center of the alphabet portion is shoved a little to the left. The numeric keypad also holds your movement keys (home, end, pages up and down), so you can have those or the numbers, but not both at the same time. Also in the upper-right corner is the power button with the fingerprint sensor (no unlocking the computer with your face). The touchpad is gigantic, and works well. The speakers did not provide any surprises given the size. The bass is a little stronger than expected, but still not very pronounced, and the volume is adequate for listening to videos, but certainly not room-filling. Big sound requires big speakers, and there just isn’t room. Finally, the laptop came with a pen. This works well, and should allow for easily taking notes and drawing (with the right software). A cursor is displayed under the pen when it just gets close to the screen, but nothing is activated until the tip touches the display. It also has a button that brings up useful pen options. One of the best things is that it does not appear to need a battery at all. No more trying to find strange “quadruple-A” batteries or forgetting to charge it. If there is one minus, it is that the pen might be easy to lose. There is no place to store it. It seems magnetic, and it sticks to the bottom of the keyboard area when the unit is opened, but there appears to be no place to put it when the laptop is closed where it would be safe enough to not drop it. The included quick start guide also gave no guidance on pen storage.

    --BATTERY--

    I have not had it enough to exhaustively test the battery, but it certainly seems to last a long time, depending upon usage. I used Firefox to stream a YouTube video (full screen, 50% brightness, audio muted) for three hours, and the battery went from 100% down to around 70%. This implies that the battery would fully die after about 10 hours. If you are just doing light office work (word processing, spreadsheet, etc.) I suspect that the battery would last much longer. This should easily last an entire day of school or work. The included USB-C charger is TINY. I would expect a charger that size to be suitable for a phone, but it actually supports 65W charging.

    --CONCLUSION--

    While it commands a premium price, this is nearly the perfect ultrabook. The only things lacking are: USB-A and HDMI ports, and a stiffer chassis.

    Jun 05, 2021 20:29
  • Review by CraigB, 8 out of 10
    Great convertible for Samsung ecosystem

    Pros

    Super amoled inky blacks

    Sturdy chassis

    Extremely thin and light

    Includes USB-C and a Thunderbolt

    Charges with USB-C

    Included charger is Gallium Nitride

    Lid automatically turns system off and on

    Good keyboard

    Includes number pad

    Good touchpad

    Some provided apps are useful

    Touchscreen

    Extremely small bezels

    Stylus included

    Fast fingerprint scanner

    Stable screen during usage despite thinness

    Tons of features compliment a Galaxy phone

    Switchable cooling profiles for performance or silence

    Cons

    Anemic downward firing speakers

    Battery life much shorter than stated

    Drivers still not stable

    Screen has a lot of glare

    Blue finish is a fingerprint magnet

    Includes bloatware with separate app store

    1080p resolution on large screen reduces sharpness

    No storage for stylus

    Rubber tip on stylus doesn’t feel natural and catches dirt

    “Pro” version comes with Windows 10 “Home”

    16:9 ratio feels extremely long in tablet mode

    Large bottom chin

    Lackluster webcam

    No Windows Hello Camera

    Poor touchpad palm rejection when typing

    Zero key in non-standard place on number pad

    Minor OLED PWM screen flicker

    The Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 looks to have chosen to compete in the upper range of 2-in-1 Ultrabooks. Samsung’s focus with this seems to be thin and light with heavy integration to add value if you have a Galaxy Phone. It’s not to say you can’t use those features without one, but their functionality is enhanced when you do.

    Design and Features

    The design is extremely thin and deceptively light and very understated with only the Samsung logo embossed and two removeable stickers below the keyboard. In fact, it’s so thin it would be near impossible to house a standard USB port. Instead, it has 2 USB-C ports, one USB-C/Thunderbolt port, and a micro-SD card slot. If you still have standard headphones, you will be happy to hear it still has a headphone jack. Despite being so thin, the metal chassis makes it feel stronger than it you would expect. There is some minor deck flex in the keyboard, the center of the bottom panel flexes, and the bottom center of the screen also flexes but those areas don’t seem to be noticeable during regular usage. You can pick it up from a corner and it will hold it’s shape without warping. The power button doubles as a fingerprint reader as the webcam does not support Windows Hello. In the box is a stylus which has a slightly rubbery texture, USB-C charging cable, and power adapter. The power adapter is so small it seems to be gallium nitride which means even though it is 65 watts it is nearly the same size as a standard cellphone charger.

    Setup

    Once logged in you will find a lot of added apps. Some are bloatware, but a lot are Samsung’s own apps to extend functionality for Galaxy devices much how they do to Android on their phones. Many are nearly identical to their Android counterparts. Some apps are useful, such as a screen recorder or the creative app to go with the stylus while others are questionable at best such as the webcam beauty filters. The good thing is you can fully remove any applications you don’t want. That said, if you daily drive a Galaxy phone many of these apps will enhance the overall experience as you get Dex, Flow, Notes, Gallery, Voice Notes, Nearby Share, and others which directly tie into the Samsung ecosystem. The good thing is if you don’t use them, Samsung seems to have done a good job preventing them from bogging down the system.

    Performance

    Initially, performance was hit or miss with random errors and slight instability. After a round of firmware and driver updates the speed and reliability has improved noticeably. Overall performance feels snappy with no unexpected slowdowns. A nice touch is by default. The lid action shuts off the system versus standard sleep so you shouldn’t have it waking up in your bag later. The moment you open the lid the startup feels as instant as if it were in sleep mode. You can quickly log in with the fingerprint scanner, although a Windows Hello Camera would have been nice.

    The keyboard provides a good travel for the thickness. Keys have a distinct activation point with minimal wobble in keys and some extra travel after activation. Even in long typing sessions it feels comfortable. The main adjustment was the size of the keyboard. Key spacing is a bit different causing a small adjustment period to adapt while the number pad is a different story. If you bought this for the separate number pad and are proficient in 10-key touch, the offset of the 0 key will be frustrating. Instead of 0 being below the 2 or a long button between 1 and 2, it is only under 1. Often when you want to press 0 you end up hitting the decimal point instead. The trackpad inertia is well done feeling very natural making for pleasant usage with no unexpected gesture or click activations. There is a noticeable “rattle” on a tap click. It does cheapen the overall feel, but the consistency suggest it is by design. If there was any criticism about the touchpad, it would be the palm rejection. While updates have improved it, you can still occasionally cause unwanted movement while typing as the system registers your wrists resting on it typing as actual movements. Hopefully, Samsung will improve this during updates but as it stands now the issue is minor.

    Tablet use is, unsurprisingly, a compromise. The size and 16:9 aspect ratio makes tablet usage workable but not great. The huge chin to one side gives an odd offset feeling and if you put your fingers in that area to hold it you can feel the bezel flexing taking away from the premium feel a bit. While it would be nice if the S-Pen had a way to store it, the extra thickness is appreciated as it makes using the pen more confident. However, the rubberized tip has a bit too much grip. It seems Samsung was trying to provide friction for a more natural writing experience, but the stylus tip rubs enough to catch anything on the screen hindering the overall feel and the rubberized tip doesn’t glide as smoothly as a pen or pencil. What it does offer is a battery free experience with the same menu found on the Note lite that comes up with you click the S-Pen button. While nice, the button is very sleek making it hard to feel exactly where it is located. At 15 inches, using the convertible as an easel would seem a better use case. In that scenario, the main issue is the thinness means you will need to support the screen as your write or draw.

    Speakers feel like and afterthought on the 360. They are downward firing, but worse is that they don’t even get very loud. In quiet rooms this could be ok, but if you are trying to watch a video and there is any ambient noise it is sometimes impossible to hear particularly on some videos where the gain is set very low. In most cases the audio is good enough, but any Galaxy phone can easily outperform in sound quality and volume. The screen seems the exact opposite. While a 16:10 or 4:3 aspect ratio would have been nice for productivity and tablet mode, the 16:9 is well suited to watching videos. The Super Amoled produces inky blacks. It still exhibits some PWM flicker in certain lighting conditions, but the effect is mild. However, some might think their screen is failing because if this. Areas of the screen can become as dark as the surround bezel and just disappear. Light colors on the black background remain crisp with no unwanted blooming. Colors are accurate but just like Galaxy phones you can set your color profile to your liking. You can choose punchy and vibrant, subtle and accurate, or auto mode which determines the setting for you based on what you are doing. There is a light sensor which can help keep the screen from being too bright in dark rooms or crank the brightness all the way up when outdoors. Outdoors is where this panel struggles the most. While Samsung doesn’t seem to list the maximum brightness, the screen does seem to get bright, but any hope of overcoming bright light or sunlight is diminished by the heavy glare caused by the screen. While the glossy screen looks nice, it means that even in a moderately lit room you effectively have a mirror. In some cases, changing screen angles can alleviate this but just be prepared to accept the glare or possibly add an anti-glare screen protector.

    In today’s time talking about the webcam seems to be a must. If there was one word to describe the webcam it would be passable. Samsung knows how to make good, compact cameras and the one in this system seems an odd miss. They add beauty modes that seem more of a gimmick but the camera struggles in anything but very bright light and even though only looks workable. It would be fine for video conferencing but not much else. The microphones do work rather well, so that seems to confirm their focus. That said, the poor quality camera does tarnish the overall polish of the otherwise solid system.

    Final Thoughts

    There is so much more that could be said about this 2-in-1. Samsung added a ton of features, mostly useful, to enhance functionality and customizability to what is already a nice system even considering the odd compromises. The best way to describe it is if you have ever used a Galaxy phone. While they duplicate features, it’s often because they are improving them. Much like their newer phones, the additions on the Galaxy Book Pro 360 don’t seem to come with much, if any, performance hit. If you own a Galaxy phone that you are happy with and you are in the market for a laptop or 2-in-1, the Galaxy Book Pro 360 would be a nice fit. For others, it should be on your short list of choices as Samsung has done a nice job of making a solid, high performance 2-in-1 Ultrabook.

    Jun 05, 2021 23:51
  • Review by Kelby, 8 out of 10
    Powerful 2-in-1 With Great Battery Life & Features

    ----- Summary -----

    Verdict:

    If you are looking for a portable 2-in-1 laptop with all-day battery life and great performance, the Galaxy Book Pro 360 might be for you. There is a lot to like about it, such as the thin and lightweight design, beautiful screen, long-lasting battery, great keyboard, and included S Pen. Due to the poor webcam quality and lack of built-in stylus storage, it is just shy of a five-star laptop. Despite that, I am very pleased. Especially for Galaxy device owners, the Galaxy Book Pro 360 is definitely one to consider.

    Pros:

    - Thin and lightweight, especially for a 15-inch laptop

    - Beautiful AMOLED screen

    - Premium build quality

    - Long battery life

    - Comfortable typing experience

    - Seamless experience for Galaxy device owners

    - S Pen included in the box

    Cons:

    - Webcam quality is subpar

    - No built-in stylus storage

    ----- Details -----

    Design:

    Laptops have been getting thinner over time, but what Samsung has accomplished with the Galaxy Book Pro 360 seems impossible. How is such a powerful laptop with a very long-lasting battery this thin? It is astounding to me, and so is the weight. Especially for a 15-inch laptop, the super sleek design is a game-changer for me, since I am often transporting my laptop on the go. With the Galaxy Book Pro 360, I can have a large screen without sacrificing portability. Even with such a thin and lightweight design, all the components feel solid and of high quality. To test the 360-degree hinge, I have been frequently trying different modes (laptop, tent, and tablet) and have noticed that the hinge is very sturdy. As for the ports, there is a decent selection that includes three USB-C (one supports Thunderbolt 4), a headphone jack, and a MicroSD card slot. If you use any USB-A accessories, you will need an adapter to use them with this laptop. Typing on the keyboard feels very comfortable. I like that the right side of the keyboard has a number pad which can also be used as an extra arrow d-pad that includes Page Up and Page Down, as well as Home and End keys. These are enabled when Num Lock is off. Rounding out my comments on the design, the trackpad is huge. I really appreciate that there is plenty of room for scrolling or using pinch zoom.

    Screen:

    The AMOLED screen is stunning. Whether I am inside or outside (even in direct sunlight), it is bright enough for me to see what is on the screen, and the colors are vivid. There are several color profiles available in the settings that allow you to customize the screen mode to your liking, or you can just go with “Auto mode” which will switch color profiles automatically based on what you are doing. Although not visible to the naked eye, Samsung says the screen reduces blue light which can lessen eye strain. I have had several long working sessions on this laptop and have not noticed any eye strain, so I think there might be some truth behind it. This is the first 15-inch laptop I have owned in a while, and I quickly realized that the extra screen space is nice to have, especially since I often find myself with multiple windows open at once.

    Performance:

    I purposefully ran numerous apps and videos at once to gauge the Galaxy Book Pro 360’s performance, and it handled everything with ease. Nothing crashed or had any lag. I would likely never be running that much at once, but it is nice to know this laptop can handle just about anything you throw at it.

    Battery Life:

    One thing I look for in a laptop is a battery that can last through a normal workday (8+ hours of continuous use), and the Galaxy Book Pro 360 easily hits that mark and then some. I would say that I average about 10 hours of battery life when running multiple apps and using numerous tabs in my browser. If I just use it for casual browsing or entertainment, I can get even more.

    Features:

    An S Pen is included in the box, and I have been using it often to write notes. I am happy to say the writing experience is great, and of the little doodling I did, the drawing experience seems great too. Since taking notes digitally is part of my weekly routine, I am glad the S Pen makes it easy to write legibly with little error. My only wish is that there was a slot to house it on the laptop, but at least it can attach magnetically. Since I usually participate in multiple video calls throughout the week, having a webcam on my laptop is a must. Unfortunately, the webcam quality on the Galaxy Book Pro 360 is subpar at best. I was hopeful that the various filters might help, but they do not. It always seems to look a little blurry and grainy, and those on the other end of the video calls agree, which is not acceptable for a premium laptop. The poor webcam quality came as a surprise to me because everything else about this laptop has been impressive. Moving on to some of the other features that I do like, there is a fingerprint sensor in the power button that works with Windows Hello. It has proven to be a reliable, quick, and secure way to unlock the Galaxy Book Pro 360. There are also several Samsung apps pre-installed that enable a seamless experience if you own other Galaxy devices. For example, Quick Share allows you to instantly share files, and Samsung Notes syncs across all Galaxy devices. As a Galaxy Note phone owner, I appreciate having apps like these that make multitasking or transitioning from my phone to the computer (or vice versa) very easy.

    Jun 05, 2021 18:01