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The Samsung Galaxy Book Go is the first notebook to come my way that has Windows 11 pre-installed. It is 32x22.2x1.2cm and weighs 1350 grams so will not weigh down your bag. So on initial startup after the normal 15 minutes of questions and choices you are ready to go.
The viewable screen is 31x17.5cm which gives the notional diagonal imperial measurement of close to 14inches. The screen resolution defaults to 1920x1080 with 125% being the setup default if your eyesight is excellent then 100% may work for you.
It has an 81 key keyboard with the alpha keys being full size. There is 2cm clear either side of the keyboard and 3cm clear behind, the 12x7.5cm trackpad is mounted centrally in the 9cm area in front of the keyboard.
Going around the outside of the unit has USB ‘C’, 3.5mm socket for headphones and Micro SD card slot on the left. The front is clear. The right side has SIM entry point, USB ‘C’ which is also the charge point, USB3 and finally the Kensington Lock port. The back is also clear as the screen goes back to 180 degrees.
The base has four square rubber feet at the corners, just behind the front pair are 2x1.5cm speakers which give adequate volume in a quiet area.
Bootup is 12 seconds while shutdown is 3 seconds.
It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2nd Gen Processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.
It can download – or upload – exactly as it would on Wi-Fi. So 4G speeds even when you have no Wi-Fi.
It comes with a utility called Smart Switch that allows you to decide what to transfer and then without fuss it does it.
In use I got over 12 hours of continuous use before it kept screaming to have mains power connected.
So while this is easy to transfer items to or from another machine it is slightly lacking in connections. Not sure about the advantage of having the screen go to 180 degrees.
It does have a 720p webcam so video calls on the go are possible. There is no touch; this could have been helpful when out and about.
It’s priced above that of a similar Chromebook so unless you need Windows Apps that may be a better option.
Do you need to be able to send and receive on the go then this could be the answer. If not then another offering might better suit your needs.
The Samsung Galaxy Book Go is available from Vodafone for £21.75 a month with £45 upfront.
Samsung Galaxy Book Go | Connected Laptops | Vodafone UK