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Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro 15-inch laptop (NP950XED-KA1CA)

Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro 15-inch laptop (NP950XED-KA1CA)

This model ranked #18 among Laptops priced over $750 in terms of bang-for-the-buck.

This attractive laptop is a great fit for anyone spending little time working from their desk with its thin design, good battery life and a screen more conducive to working in a brightly lit environment. It does have a reputation for overheating because of that thin design, however, so it's better suited to scenarios where its full power is only necessary in short bursts or at the desk with additional cooling.

As far as long-term considerations go, information is a bit limited on maintenance and upgrades, but we know that the starting memory is soldered in place (no mention of an expansion slot) and that storage is slotted, making it upgradable. Without hardware documentation, this wouldn't be the best candidate for DIY maintenance for the inexperienced user.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this Laptop which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

No Optical Drive. If you still use CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray disks on a regular basis, you will need an external drive to read them with this Laptop.$30+

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $20 on accessories, for a total cost of $1320.

Who it's For

  • Road Warrior
  • Aspiring Creative
  • Photo Editor
  • Multitasker
  • Audio Editor

Compared to other Laptops

Bang for the Buck37th percentile
Versatility20th percentile
Power (General Purpose)76th percentile
Power (Graphical)74th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)65th percentile
Storage Space50th percentile
Portability100th percentile
Battery Autonomy93th percentile
Longevity24th percentile

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck28th percentile
Versatility42th percentile
Power (General Purpose)55th percentile
Power (Graphical)55th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)53th percentile
Storage Space39th percentile
Portability95th percentile
Battery Autonomy92th percentile
Longevity19th percentile

Specs

Screen

15.6", 1920×1080 (FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), Multiple Monitor Support, OLED Display

Operating System

Windows 11, Home Edition

CPU

Intel Core i5-1240P, 12 cores clocked from 3.3 to 4.4 GHz

GPU

Intel Iris Xe Graphics

Memory

8 GB

Storage

256 GB total, Media Card Reader, Solid State (very fast)

Battery

68Wh

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions (cm): w35.54 × d22.58 × h1.17

Dimensions (in): w13.99 × d8.89 × h0.46

Weight (kg): 1.11

Weight (lbs.): 2.45

Features

  • Fast-Charging
  • Backlit
  • External Power Brick
  • Built-in Media Card Reader
  • Fixed storage: Solid State (very fast)
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • HDMI
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • OLED Display
  • Lightning
  • USB Type-C
  • USB Type-A
  • USB 3.2
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • TPM & other Encryption Hardware
  • Built-in Number Pad
  • Built-In Keyboard
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi 6 ax

Maintenance and Upgrades

I do not have much insight to offer regarding this product.

Additional Ressources

Software Compatibility

Here's how you can expect this laptop to fare with popular software based on developpers specified system requirements. For reference, a 1-star rating means minimal requirements are met and a 3-stars rating means recommended specs are met. Ratings beyond the 3-stars point could be advisable for uncommon scenarios like modding, working with very large and complex documents, etc.

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