Samsung Galaxy Book4 Pro review: the premium ultra-portable almost as durable as a MacBook Air

Construction

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The finish of the Samsung Galaxy Book4 Pro ultraportable is excellent.

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With this Galaxy Book4 Pro, Samsung still hopes to become the “Apple of PC”. The ultra-thin case (only 1.16 cm) impresses with its almost perfect finish. The aluminum also gives it a very reassuring stiffness and sturdiness, whether you're carrying it in your hand or slipping it into a backpack. This design is all the more pleasing as it doesn't really involve the usual sacrifice in terms of connectivity.

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Connectivity is good, but we're sorry (to search) that the card reader is in microSD format.

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Samsung actually offers a wide selection of physical connectors. So we find two Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) ports, a USB-A 3.2 port, a microSD card reader (unfortunately, because the SD format is our preference for obvious adaptability reasons), the usual headphones/microphone, and oh my , an HDMI 2.1 port that allows signal to 5K and 8K monitors/TVs, up to 120 and 60 Hz respectively.

Wireless isn't left out, Samsung doesn't have a reputation for dragging its feet in this area. So we are entitled to an Intel AX211 module that supports Bluetooth 5.3 and wifi 6E (2×2). We may regret that the South Korean giant did not opt ​​for WiFi 7, but its ultraportable is capable of accessing the 6 GHz band, so a good speed gain when connected to a compatible network. .

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The Galaxy Book4 Pro's connectivity is quite different, much more than the MacBook Air and a bit more than the MacBook Pro M3.

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The keyboard is one of the main points of a laptop and Samsung has not neglected it here. Well lit and perfectly readable in the middle of the night, without glare, it ensures very good typing comfort, especially thanks to the fairly large keys. Their stroke is stable, responsive and fairly short. Nothing to complain about, just like the trackpad, huge and accurate.

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The Galaxy Book4 Pro keyboard is very pleasant to use, day or night.

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Samsung hasn't neglected its webcam either. Full HD (1080p), handles difficult conditions quite well, such as backlighting and very bright rooms, but also when lighting is missing. Obviously, digital noise will be a bit significant, but image sharpness is good the rest of the time. How to get the most out of Studio Effects on Windows.

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The Full HD webcam offers quite good image clarity and manages light quite well.

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Finally, it is necessary to salute Samsung's design work. Despite its thinness, the Galaxy Book4 Pro manages to remain quite discreet. We measured 36.6dB while under full load and fully ventilated. In addition, all parts of the case we came into contact with are always at a comfortable temperature, even if we noted a temperature peak of almost 51°C under the Book4 Pro. Avoid working too much with the machine on your knees and wear shorts on sunny days. However, this temperature was obtained by loading the Core 7 ultra 155H. More traditional uses of an ultraportable shouldn't cause it to heat up that much.

The Galaxy Book4 Pro doesn't get too hot and its ventilation remains quite discreet.

The Galaxy Book4 Pro doesn't get too hot and its ventilation remains quite discreet.

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Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

Implementation

For its Galaxy Book4 Pro, Samsung chose the Core Ultra 7 155H, a Meteor Lake chip that we end up knowing well having already encountered, with more or less success, in the Asus Zenbook 14 Oled, the MSI Prestige 13 AI Evo and 16 AI Evo, or even the MSI Claw, first Like Steam Deck powered by an Intel chip.

This variety of products is an indication of the flexibility the chip offers to PC makers, who are free to supply it with more or less electricity and work to optimize it, both to increase its performance and to maintain the autonomy.

For the record, the Core Ultra 7 155H lines up 16 cores divided into six high-performance cores (Core P), eight low-power cores (Core E) and two ultra-low-power (LPE) cores. All this allows Intel to claim 22 threads with a maximum frequency in Turbo mode of up to 4.8 GHz for P cores, while the theoretical consumption can vary between 20 and 115 W — in advance Samsung didn't let the model included in our test go that far for obvious heating and battery life reasons.

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The Core Ultra 7 155H proves to be quite efficient and well optimized for the uses usually associated with a slightly muscular ultraportable.

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However, with a CPU index of 122, the Galaxy Boook4 Pro is among the most efficient laptops equipped with this Intel SoC. Therefore, it is more efficient than the Asus ZenBook Duo (111). We note that the Samsung ultraportable is behind the Ryzen 7 of the Acer Swift Edge 16 or the Apple MacBook Air 15-inch M3. In 2023, the Galaxy Book3 360 and Pro 360 we tested had CPU scores of 99.5 and 120.9, respectively. Both were equipped with a Core i7-1360P. A slight increase in power, at least for the Pro 360, but those machines were slightly noisier and didn't prove as durable. So there is good progress today.

Especially since the graphics part of the Core Ultra 7 opens the door to video games a bit. Don't expect to run the latest titles in full definition on the Galaxy Book4 Pro, obviously, but it's possible to enjoy very enjoyable games without worry. Dead cells And Hades they are therefore perfectly fluid, even with a battery. And when we ask the Galaxy Book4 Pro to run Shadow of the Tomb Raider, we get 29 fps with the Very High setting (which is very ambitious for this platform in Full HD). On the other hand, it will be enough to allow the graphics to reach 47 fps with the Very Low setting, which then plays perfectly, without the environments or Lara Croft being abused too much.

So the Core Ultra 7 155H performs well here. Ensures good responsiveness in Windows 11 and smooth launch and running of applications. In the end, we regret only one thing: that Samsung did not see fit to increase the storage capacity, which was set at 512 GB by default. The same goes for the RAM which can only be 16GB, non-upgradable.

Editor's Rating: 5 out of 5

Screen

Samsung isn't the type to neglect its screens, either in its laptops or smartphones. Where Apple offers LCD screens, classic or backlit with mini-LEDs, Samsung opts for a 14-inch OLED screen. So the contrast is said to be infinite with deep blacks that will highlight particularly accurate colors as long as you adopt the right setting (vibrant). So we were able to measure an excellent delta E of 1.8, well below the threshold of 3 below which the average human eye can no longer distinguish between a real color and what is displayed. It is very pleasant to work, to see photos and of course videos.

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The Oled panel of the Galaxy Book4 Pro is excellent.

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We also appreciate the anti-reflective treatment of the panel protected by Gorilla Glass with DX which, in addition to reducing the risk of scratches, significantly reduces its reflection (22.8%). A plus, because the panel's brightness isn't great, measured at 412 cd/m² at maximum, but more than enough for working indoors and possibly with your back to a window. In direct sunlight, you may need to tilt the panel to see the displayed content.

Editor's Rating: 5 out of 5

Mobility / Autonomy

The 14-inch Galaxy Book4 Pro is the very archetype of the ultra-portable. Relatively compact, it weighs only 1,233 kg, making it as easy to carry as it is in a backpack where it will be quickly forgotten.

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The Galaxy Book4 Pro charger is rather compact, which makes it easy to carry the whole thing around.

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The 65W charger is also extremely compact and rather light (165g). It will also be discreet in transit. However, it will only take 37 minutes to charge 50% and 100 minutes to fill the 63Wh battery to 100%.

In terms of autonomy, Samsung seems to have managed to find the right balance for the integrated Evo platform, organized in tight ranks around the Core Ultra 7 155H. During the video playback autonomy test (Netflix under Chrome, screen brightness set to 200 cd/m²), the Galaxy Book4 Pro lasted 16 hours and 21 minutes. It is simply excellent. Only Apple Silicon M MacBooks do better and that's saying something!

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The autonomy of the Samsung Galaxy Book4 Pro flirts with that, excellent, of the Apple MacBook Air M3.

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Strong points

  • Design and finish.

  • Well calibrated Oled panel.

  • Rather rich and varied connectivity.

  • Core Ultra 7 performance.

  • Autonomy.

Weak spots

  • Soldered memory.

  • No wifi 7.

conclusion

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Editor's Rating: 5 out of 5

How does the rating work?

Beautiful, stylish and particularly well finished, the Samsung Galaxy Book4 Pro looks to be a decidedly premium machine. It combines an impressive number of advantages: an excellent Oled panel, a comfortable keyboard, rich enough connectivity for an ultraportable and an Intel platform that is both stable and energy efficient, almost as much as the MacBook Air. This will undoubtedly help pass the currency pill, which is also decidedly 'premium'.

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