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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 #15 among Laptops priced over $1000 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 $1490.

Who it's For

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

Compared to other Laptops

Bang for the Buck38th percentile
Versatility23th percentile
Power (General Purpose)79th percentile
Power (Graphical)75th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)69th percentile
Storage Space56th percentile
Portability98th percentile
Battery Autonomy92th percentile
Longevity21th percentile

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck29th percentile
Versatility36th percentile
Power (General Purpose)57th percentile
Power (Graphical)59th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)57th percentile
Storage Space41th percentile
Portability94th percentile
Battery Autonomy91th percentile
Longevity16th 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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CPU

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CPU

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