These are the best Samsung laptops you can buy in 2022

These are the best Samsung laptops you can buy in 2022

Samsung is widely known for being one of the most popular Android smartphone makers in the world. In the past couple of years, though, the company has made some very interesting laptops, too. The Samsung Galaxy Book Pro family introduced in 2021 was home to some of the best lightweight laptops on the market, for instance. We’re seeing it again with the Galaxy Book 2 series, but there are even more great options out there.

We’ve rounded up the best Samsung laptops you can buy today, covering a variety of different audiences and price points. These are all great devices, though, so you’re bound to find something you like.

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Best overall: Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro

Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 laptop seen at a rigt-angle from the front with the lid open

The latest and greatest in Samsung’s laptop lineup has a lot going for it. The Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro ups the ante on a few levels compared to last year’s Galaxy Book Pro, including upgraded performance and a better webcam. All the while, it keeps what made the original one of the best laptops around.

We’ll start with performance. The Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro comes with Intel’s 12th-generation Alder Lake processors, which are a big upgrade over last year’s models. These new processors have a hybrid architecture, with performance and efficient cores mixed together. Not only that, though, Samsung has upgraded to Intel’s P-series processors, meaning the processors now have a 28W TDP, instead of just 15W. The Galaxy Book 2 Pro comes with up to an Intel Core i7-1260P, meaning you get up to 12 cores and 16 threads, plus boost speeds up to 4.7GHz on the performance cores. It also includes Iris Xe graphics so it can handle some light GPU workloads. If you get the 15.6-inch variant, you can also get discrete Intel Arc graphics. In addition to that, you can get up to 32GB of RAM and 1TB of storage, so you have all your basic needs covered.

One of the best things about the original Galaxy Book Pro was the AMOLED display, and thankfully, Samsung kept it around. The Galaxy Book 2 Pro comes with a Full HD (1920 x 1080) AMOLED panel, and you can get it in either 13.3-inch or 15.6-inch sizes. Usually, AMOLED displays are reserved for super-premium options with 4K resolution, so to have that brought down to a more reasonable price point is still great to see. Plus, with this iteration, Samsung has improved the display to have up to 500 nits of brightness and emit less blue light, so it’s still an upgrade.

Another thing Samsung has upgraded this year is the webcam. The Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro now comes with a Full HD (1080p) camera, so it feels much more like a modern laptop. We’ve seen a few laptops give you this option for 2022, and it’s certainly welcome in the age of remote work and learning. Samsung has also increased the field of view on the camera, plus it has an auto framing feature so you can stay visible if you move around a bit. There’s no Windows Hello facial recognition, unfortunately, but it does have a fingerprint reader for that purpose.

Design-wise, the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro is still incredibly impressive for its thinness. The 13.3-inch model is a mere 11.2mm thick, with the 15.6-inch bumping that to 11.7mm. It’s a little thicker (13.2mm) if you get the discrete graphics, but that’s still impressive. It’s equally light, too: The 13-inch variant weighs 1.92lbs, while the 15-inch model weighs 2.45lbs (2.58lbs with discrete graphics). Beyond the size and weight, the Galaxy Book 2 Pro comes in either silver or graphite color options. The silver model is white on the inside, and it looks really nice. The graphite version is all black.

Finally, we have the ports, and there’s a solid selection overall. You get one Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) port, a regular USB-C port, one USB Type-A, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a microSD card reader. If you get the 15.6-inch model, there’s also an HDMI port, which is very welcome.  In some markets, you can also get the 15.6-inch version with 5G network support, but that’s not the case in the US.

If you want the cream of the crop when it comes to thin and light laptops, the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro is it. We should not that preorders are open on March 18th, but you can reserve it right now to save $50 (at writing time). You can always check out the original Galaxy Book Pro if you can’t afford to wait.

    The Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro takes everything its predecessor did and makes it better. It has more performance, a brighter display, and a better webcam, and it's just a fantastic lightweight laptop.

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Best convertible: Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360

Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 in tent mode

The standard Galaxy Book 2 Pro is a fantastic laptop already but if you’re like me and you need a convertible, this is for you. The Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 comes with (almost) everything that makes the Galaxy Book 2 Pro great, but now in a more versatile form factor.

Starting with performance, it’s pretty much the same thing. It comes with up to an Intel Core i7-1260P with 28W of power, meaning you get 12 cores (4P + 8E) and 16 threads, with boost speeds up to 4.7GHz on the performance cores. It also includes Intel Iris Xe graphics built-in to help with some light gaming, though there’s no option for a discrete GPU with this model. Similar to its clamshell sibling, you can also get it with up to 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD, so it’s still a fantastic choice for day-to-day use.

The display is also nearly identical on the Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 compared to the clamshell variant. It’s a Full HD (1920 x 1080) Super AMOLED display, with all the benefits you usually get with AMOLED. That means true blacks, vivid colors, and high contrast ratios. With this new model, you also get up to 500 nits of brightness so outdoor viewing is that much more comfortable. Of course, this is a convertible so we’re looking at a touchscreen, and it even supports the S Pen, which is included with the laptop itself. This is a great laptop for doodling and taking notes. Just like with the clamshell version, you can also opt for 13.3-inch or 15.6-inch sizes.

Similarly, the webcam on the Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 has also been upgraded to a Full HD (1080p) camera with a wider 87-degree field of view. Features like auto framing and Samsung’s studio mode are available here, too, but there’s still no Windows Hello facial recognition. You’ll have to make do with a fingerprint reader on the power button, which is still a great solution.

If the Galaxy Book 2 Pro is impressively thin for a clamshell laptop, this model is even more so for a convertible. The 13.3-inch version is just 11.6mm thin, and the 15.6-inch model goes up to 11.9mm. It is a little heavier than the clamshell version, though, with the 13-inch version coming in at 2.29lbs and the 15-inch model going up to 3.1lbs. As for looks, it comes in silver, graphite, or burgundy color options, and the last one is certainly the more interesting. There’s no dual-tone look here. Every model has a single color, except the keys are always black instead of being color-matched. With silver and black laptops being so common, the burgundy version becomes that much more appealing.

As for ports, the Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 comes with one Thunderbolt 4 port, two regular USB Type-C ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a microSD card reader. You’re missing out on USB Type-A and HDMI compared to the clamshell model, and that might be a big sacrifice for some users. Still, it’s what it takes to get a laptop to be this thin, and there are plenty of Thunderbolt docks or USB-C adapters to work around those limitations.

This is a phenomenal convertible laptop if you want something super portable and capable. Similar to its clamshell sibling, preorders open on March 18th but you can reserve it now for a discount. If you can’t wait (though we’d recommend it), you can check out the first Galaxy Book Pro 360 instead.

    The Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 is an impressively thin convertible laptop with top-tier performance and a stunning AMOLED display.

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Best 5G laptop: Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 5G

Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 5G front view with lid open

The Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro series doesn’t have 5G options in the United States, but if you want 5G connectivity, last year’s model is still fantastic. We’ve actually reviewed the Galaxy Book Pro 360 5G and called it the perfect on-the-go laptop, so you can rest assured it’s a great choice.

Performance-wise, this one is quite a bit different from the first two models on this list. The Galaxy Book Pro 360 5G is powered by an Intel Core i5-1130G7, which is an 11th-generation processor from Intel’s 9W series. That means it has a much lower power consumption compared to traditional laptop CPUs, but it also means performance takes a hit because of it. It’s not quite as fast as some other laptops on this list, but that’s not to say it’s slow, either. It can handle all kinds of productivity tasks just fine with its four cores and eight threads, along with boost speeds up to 4GHz. And, despite its low TDP, it still has Intel iris Xe graphics built-in. Aside from the processor, the Galaxy Book Pro 360 5G comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, which you can’t configure in any way without sacrificing 5G. It covers the basics just fine, though.

Moving on to the display, you get a fantastic 13.3-inch AMOLED panel at Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, so it looks fantastic. The display can cover 100% of DCI-P3, and while it’s not quite as bright as the new models, you still get the usual benefits of AMOLED, like true blacks and vivid colors. Plus, it still supports touch (it’s a convertible, after all) and an S Pen is included in the box.

Unlike the models above, the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 5G does come with a 720p HD webcam, which is slightly disappointing if you want to use it for video meetings and calls. It should still suffice if you only use it occasionally, though. As per usual, Windows Hello facial recognition isn’t supported, but there’s a fingerprint sensor built into the power button to make it easy to unlock the PC.

In terms of design, the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 5G isn’t too far off from the newer models. It’s just 11.4mm thin, and it weighs 2.43lbs, which is very impressive for a convertible with 5G support. It only comes in Mystic Silver, as other color options are restricted to non-5G models of the Galaxy Book Pro 360.

Finally, for ports, the Galaxy Book Pro 360 5G is very similar to its successor. You get one Thunderbolt 4 port, two USB Type-C ports, a headphone jack, a microSD card reader, and a nano-SIM slot. There’s no HDMI or USB Type-A, which can be a bit limiting, but you can buy adapters or docks to fix that. Of course, as the name implies, it supports 5G, but only in the sub-6GHz spectrum, which is the case for most laptops.

The Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 5G gets a lot right, and whether you need 5G connectivity or you just want something super portable, it’s a fantastic laptop.

    For those who want an ultra-portable laptop, the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 5G is stellar. 5G support makes this fantastic laptop even better for on-the-go workers.

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Best 5G laptop on a budget: Samsung Galaxy Book Go 5G

Rear view of Samsung Galaxy Book Go on wooden bench

Want 5G support but also great battery life? The Samsung Galaxy Book Go 5G may just be the laptop for you. While it lacks the premium design and display of some of its siblings, this is still a great portable laptop with solid performance, and the Arm architecture means it gets fantastic battery life, too. Plus, this is one of the cheapest 5G laptops out there.

As far as performance goes, the Samsung galaxy Book Go 5G is quite different from the other laptops on this list. It’s obviously powered by an Arm processor, specifically, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2. This is an octa-core processor with four performance cores and four efficient cores, and it can reach speeds up to 3.15GHz. That can give you solid performance for all kinds of day-to-day tasks, and it’s backed up by a Qualcomm Adreno GPU. You also get 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD for storage, so it covers all the basics for most users.

The display is one area where this laptop makes some sacrifices, but it’s still serviceable. It’s a 14-inch display and it comes in Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, so it’s pretty sharp for its size. It’s not an AMOLED display like the more expensive laptops on this list, and there’s no touch support, but it gets the job done well enough. This is part of what allows the laptop to be as cheap as it is, though.

The webcam on this model is also a 720p HD camera, which is the minimum required for Windows 10 and 11 laptops. It won’t be particularly great in terms of quality, but it should get the job done in a pinch. There’s also no Windows Hello support of any kind here, and that makes it obvious that this is a budget laptop for the most part.

While it’s not a major focus for this laptop, the design of the Galaxy Book Go 5G is still decently portable. It’s 15.49mm thick and it weighs 3.17lbs, which isn’t bad when you consider how affordable it is and the fact that it has all the hardware needed for 5G support inside. It only comes in silver, so you don’t get a lot of options in terms of looks.

Finally, for connectivity, the Samsung Galaxy Book Go 5G has two USB Type-C ports, one USB Type-A port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a microSD card reader. Of course, it also has 5G support, and that’s really what makes this laptop come together. 5G support in a laptop this affordable is a rarity, and that’s the reason for many of the sacrifices above.

If you want a laptop with 5G support without paying an absurdly high price, the Samsung Galaxy Book Go 5G lets you do that. It’s not a premium laptop, but it’s still a great option.

    The Samsung Galaxy Book Go 5G is one of the cheapest ways to get 5G support on a laptop, and it has solid performance, too.

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Best mainstream convertible: Samsung Galaxy Book 2 360

Convertible laptop in tent mode

The Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro series is focused on premium laptops, and that means they can be expensive. Luckily, Samsung also introduced a more affordable product, the Galaxy Book 2 360. This still has a lot of what makes the Pro series great, but it’s cheaper and makes some small sacrifices.

In terms of performance, the Galaxy Book 2 360 is also packing Intel’s 12th-generation Core processors, but this time, it’s from the U-series. They have a 15W TDP just like before, but they still have the new hybrid architecture. Specifically, the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 360 comes with up to an Intel Core i7-1255U, which has 10 cores (2P + 8E) and 12 threads, and boost speeds up to 4.7GHz on the performance cores. As usual, it also has Intel Iris Xe graphics built-in. Aside from the processor, you also get up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage, which is enough for most customers’ needs.

One of the best things that the Galaxy Book 2 360 inherits from the Pro lineup is the Full HD (1920 x 1080) AMOLED display. It’s only available in a 13.3-inch size (which may actually be more suited for this resolution), but it still has the same 500 nits of brightness and HDR support. That’s a notable upgrade over the previous model, which didn’t have AMOLED displays at all. Now, you get true blacks, vivid colors, and higher contrast ratios. Plus, it’s a convertible, so touch support is obviously here as well.

On the other hand, the Galaxy Book 2 360 doesn’t get the same 1080p webcam as the Galaxy Book 2 Pro lineup does. Instead, it uses a 720p HD webcam, though it still has features like studio mode and auto framing, so not all is lost. There’s no Windows Hello facial recognition, as you’d probably expect at this point. It does have a fingerprint reader, though.

Design-wise, the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 360 is still impressively thin, coming in at 12.9mm of thickness, something you usually expect from very premium laptops. It’s also relatively lightweight, weighing just 2.56lbs, which is also impressive for a relatively affordable convertible. It only comes in silver or graphite color options, but those are the most popular choices anyway.

Coming around to the ports, the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 360 still comes with one Thunderbolt 4 port, one standard USB Type-C and one USB Type-A port, HDMI, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a microSD card reader. That’s a solid supply of ports for a relatively small laptop, covering all the needs the average customer might have.

Overall, if you want a slightly more affordable laptop that still has top-notch specs, an AMOLED display, and a versatile form factor, the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 360 is the ideal choice for most customers. It’s still somewhat pricey, but it’s more reasonable than the Pro variant.

    The Samsung Galaxy Book 2 360 is thin and light convertible with solid performance and a fantastic AMOLED display, all for a reasonable price.

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Best budget laptop: Samsung Galaxy Book Go

Front view of Samsung Galaxy Book Go

If you’re looking to buy a super cheap laptop that can still get the job done, the Samsung Galaxy Book Go might just be one of the best options on the market right now. It gets a lot right when you consider its incredibly affordable price point of $350, so it’s perfect for users with basic needs who really just want something to browse the web and write up some documents every now and then.

For starters, it’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2, which is an entry-level Arm processor for laptops. It’s an octa-core processor with four efficient cores and four performance cores, and it can reach up to 2.55GHz speeds. Naturally, it’s not quite as powerful as the 5G version, which has a higher-end processor, but it can still handle basic day-to-day tasks just fine. Plus, it comes with the benefit of fantastic battery life compared to traditional Intel or AMD CPUs. In addition to that processor, you get 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD for storage, which is enough to run Windows 11 and give you a decent experience overall. Many laptops at this price would use an HDD or eMMC storage, so this is a big deal for the Galaxy Book Go.

In every other area, this model is similar to the Galaxy Book Go 5G we mentioned above, but everything lights up that much more when you consider the price point. A Full HD (1920 x 1080) 14-inch display is practically unheard of at this price point for a Windows laptop, so it truly stands out on that front.

The webcam is also a 720p HD camera, and while that’s not impressive for an expensive laptop, it’s absolutely fair to expect at this price. The same applies to the lack of Windows Hello support. Pretty much no laptop at this price supports Windows Hello, so it gets a pass.

Design-wise, this is also identical to the Galaxy Book Go 5G, albeit slightly thinner and lighter. This model measures 14.99mm thick and weighs 3.04lbs since it doesn’t have all the hardware you’d need for 5G support. Otherwise, it looks and feels the same, coming in the same silver color, too.

Ports are also the same as on the 5G sibling we’ve already listed here. Two USB Type-C ports, one USB Type-A, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a microSD card reader give this laptop a solid supply of connectivity. We still lament the lack of HDMI, but that’s also the same as the 5G version.

There aren’t many budget laptops that can check all the boxes the Samsung Galaxy Book Go does, so if you’re looking for something truly affordable, this is one of your best options.

    The Samsung Galaxy Book Go is a super cheap laptop, but it can still meet the basic needs of most users, delivering solid performance and great battery life with a sharp 1080p display.

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Best Chromebook: Samsung Galaxy Chromebook

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook in Fiesta Red

While it’s a couple of years old at this point, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is still the best Chrome OS laptop in Samsung’s lineup. The performance is still far from bad, but perhaps most importantly, the display and design make this a laptop that’s hard to pass up. It’s come down in price significantly since its launch, so it’s arguably a better purchase than ever.

First off, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is powered by an Intel Core i5-10210U, which is a 10th-generation Intel processor with four cores and eight threads, capable of boosting up to 4.2GHz. While it has been succeeded by some better processors, this CPU can still deliver a great experience on Chrome OS, and it’s possibly one of the best you’ll find on a Chromebook to this day. It doesn’t have the same improved graphics of later generations, but you shouldn’t need that on a Chromebook. It also comes with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, so it’s packing some great specs for a lightweight operating system like this.

The true highlight of this laptop, though, is the display. The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook has a 13.3-inch display and it comes in an incredibly sharp 4K resolution (3840 x 216o) on top of being an AMOLED panel. That makes it one of the best displays, if not the best display on any Chromebook. That’s what made this computer so special when it launched, but it’s also the reason why you might want it today. There’s nothing quite like it among Chromebooks. It’s a convertible, too, so touch support is guaranteed, but there’s also pen support, and it’s included in the box and stored inside the laptop itself.

For the main webcam, the Galaxy Chromebook uses a 1MP sensor, meaning it only supports 720p video, which isn’t terribly impressive. It’s on par with most laptops at the time of its release, though. But there’s a second camera above the keyboard, meant to be used when the laptop is in tablet mode. This camera has 8MP, so it can capture much better pictures and video in a pinch. Facial recognition isn’t supported in Chrome OS, but there is a fingerprint reader for authentication here.

Another highlight of this laptop is very obvious in the picture above. Yes, Samsung made the decision to go with an extremely vibrant red as a color option for the Galaxy Chromebook, and that alone should make it worth your consideration. With an overflow of silver and black laptops, with only some moderate variation every now and then, this laptop is a breath of fresh air. It still has silver edges, which makes for a cool dual-tone effect. Of course, there’s also a grey model if you prefer that. Portability is also super impressive, with the Galaxy Chromebook being just 9.9mm thin and weighing 2.29lbs.

As for ports, the setup is basic, but it makes sense considering the thinness. You get two USB Type-C ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a microSD card reader. It’s not a lot, but it’s not unexpected for a super-thin laptop like this. As usual, USB-C hubs may be helpful to work around this limitation if you need to.

While it launched at nearly $1,000, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook can be had for just $599 at writing time, which makes this a deal you shouldn’t pass up if you want a laptop that looks fantastic and delivers a great media viewing experience.

    The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is a stunning laptop with an incredibly sharp 4K AMOLED display. It still delivers solid performance, too.

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Best Chromebook on a budget: Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2

It’s labeled as a successor, but the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 is really a more affordable version of the original Galaxy Chromebook. It still has some of the things that make it great, but it’s toned down to be accessible to more customers. It still feels premium, though.

Performance-wise, the Galaxy Chromebook 2 is a step down from the original, but it should still do just fine. It’s powered by an Intel Core i3-10110U, a dual-core, four-thread CPU that can boost up to 4.1GHz. It’s going to be a bit slower, but it’s still quite good for a Chrome OS laptop.  Plus, it comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage, so it still covers all the basics in terms of performance and overall usability.

Another aspect that’s been toned down significantly is the display, which is no longer 4K nor AMOLED. Now, we get a Full HD (1920 x 1080) panel, and it uses Samsung’s QLED display technology, so it’s essentially an LCD panel. It still looks great, though, so it’s not a huge sacrifice to make. Like the original, this is a convertible, so touch and pen support are built-in, but there’s no pen included with the laptop this time. You’ll have to buy one separately if you want one – and we have a list of the best USI pens for Chromebooks to help you with that.

Just like its predecessor, the Galaxy Chromebook 2 makes do with a 1MP webcam, which can only record 720p video. That’s not too surprising considering its price point, but it is a bit of a bummer. There’s no secondary camera this time around, though. And if you were hoping the fingerprint reader was also kept from the previous generation, that’s not the case, either.

One part that’s still great is the design. The Galaxy Chromebook 2 has gained some weight, now weighing 2.71lbs, and it’s also thicker at 13.9mm. However, it still brings back that stunning Fiesta Red colorway that made the original so special – except it’s even redder now. The edges are no longer silver, so the laptop is red all around. Also, just like before, you can get it in grey if you want to be more conservative.

Despite being thicker, the Galaxy Chromebook 2 has the same ports as before. You get two USB Type-C ports, a headphone jack, and a microSD card slot, giving you a decent supply of ports, though there would have been space for something like USB Type-A.

Considering the Galaxy Chromebook 2 starts at $549 and that – at the time of writing – you can buy the original Galaxy Chromebook for just $50, we’d certainly recommend going with that option. But if you find the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 on sale, or if the price on the original goes back to normal, this is still a fantastic choice for a Chromebook, and for a laptop in general.

    The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 is a more affordable version of the original Galaxy Chromebook. It has a great QLED display and solid performance, but it's more affordable.

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Those are some of the best laptops you can get from Samsung today or in the near future, depending on when you’re reading this. The Samsung Galaxy Book 2 family is still a few days away, but you should be able to preorder it very soon. If you to explore other market segments that Samsung doesn’t cover all that well, check out our roundup of the best laptops overall. There are some great options there for gamers and business users, for example.

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João Carrasqueira
João Carrasqueira

Editor at XDA Computing. I've been covering the world of technology since 2018, but I've loved the field for a lot longer. And I have a weird affinity for Nintendo videogames, which I'm always happy to talk about.

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