June 18, 2024
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra

Regarding the laptop market in India, Samsung is hardly the first company that springs to mind. With the Galaxy Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra, the corporation appears to be taking its aim at becoming more noticeable. After testing the Galaxy Book3 Pro 360, we now have the most expensive model, the Galaxy Book3 Ultra, which is a competitor for Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro.

The Galaxy Book3 Ultra includes a high-end metal chassis, an AMOLED display with great contrast, and powerful internal components, such as the most recent Intel Core i9 mobile CPU and an Nvidia RTX 4070 GPU. If you own other Galaxy devices, there are also a ton of Samsung ecosystem apps that can provide further functionality. Is it a good enough premium choice for Windows users, though? Let’s examine this.

Rating: 7.5 / 10

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Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra Design:

With the exception of the flipping display, the 16-inch Galaxy Book3 Pro 360 and the Galaxy Book3 Ultra are nearly identical. Despite being a tad larger and heavier than other notebooks in its class, it is nonetheless incredibly stylish. The notebook weighs 1.79kg and has dimensions of 355.4 x 250.4 x 16.5 mm, according to Samsung. Compared to rivals such as the 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro (2.1kg) and the most recent Dell XPS 15 (1.86kg), this makes it noticeably more portable. Despite having an all-aluminum frame and a design like Apple’s, the laptop has a superior appearance due to its slick finish.

Nothing detachable was visible to me—just a big piece of metal with four rubber feet. Basically, there are four screws underneath the feet, fortunately not bonded, so you can take them out. I didn’t want to actually break the laptop, so I held off on continuing. According to what Samsung has told me, you can access the wireless connectivity card, speakers, battery, two M.2 storage slots, and two cooling fans by removing the bottom shell.

Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra Display:

As one of the major suppliers of displays worldwide, Samsung is renowned for producing some of the greatest displays. The same 16-inch WQXGA+ (2,880 x 1,800) AMOLED 2x display that the Galaxy Book3 Pro 360 utilizes is what the firm chose for the Galaxy Book3 Ultra. Because of its dynamic 120Hz refresh rate, it can automatically alternate between 60Hz and 120Hz in response to changes in content and power usage. Moreover, it has a 120 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut, deep blacks, and lightning-fast response times (0.2 ms).

The default Windows Display settings provide easy access to a variety of color profiles. The Samsung Settings app provides access to various color profiles as well as system-wide dark mode, HDR+, and Focus Mode for darkening the area around an app’s display while it’s not in use. The display can reach around 400 nits of brightness, and 500 nits in HDR. While it isn’t as brilliant as the MacBook Pro—which reaches over 1,000 nits—it is still more than adequate for the majority of uses.

Probably the only small problem that could arise is the display’s shiny finish. Depending on your laptop’s location, this causes some reflections.

Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra Keyboard and trackpad:

The size of the keyboard is rather huge, and it has a separate number pad on the right, just as the one on the Galaxy Book3 Pro 360. Long typing periods are made comfortable by the well-spaced keys. Although the keyboard is membrane-type, there is a considerable degree of feedback and key travel despite the soft keys. In addition, the power button has a fingerprint scanner integrated into it that functions wonderfully and speeds up Windows login times.

Softwareandfeatures:

Microsoft Office for Home and Students and Windows 11 Home version are preinstalled on the laptop. If you are a frequent user of the Samsung ecosystem, there are also a ton of Samsung-branded apps available, which are quite helpful. Among these practical tools are the following: using a Samsung tablet as a secondary screen, transferring files between your devices via drag and drop, and controlling your Samsung mobile and tablet. I didn’t find them all that useful because I don’t own any other Samsung devices, but it’s wonderful for those who do. Because it allows you to adjust several components of the notebook’s technology, the Samsung Settings app is likely the most crucial.

Performance: 

Expect high-performance hardware as this is Samsung’s most powerful laptop offering. Although the firm now only provides the top-of-the-line model, which pairs the Core i9-13900H mobile processor with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 mobile GPU with 8GB of GDDR6 memory, the Galaxy Book3 Ultra is available with the potent Intel 13th generation H-series mobile processors.

As previously stated, an additional M.2 slot is available for adding additional storage.

I was able to achieve sequential read and write speeds of over 6,500 MBps and 4,200 MBps on the PCIe gen 4 SSD, which is quick and snappy. Although the Galaxy Book3 Ultra’s four speakers have decent clarity, they aren’t as good as the MacBook Pro’s overall.

Battery life:

The included 135W USB Type-C wall charger can be used to charge the 76WHr battery pack. I thought it strange that Samsung didn’t try to reduce the size of the charging brick for a notebook that uses less than 150 watts.

Typically, we use PCMark 10’s Modern Office battery test scenario to check the battery. Although it is significantly less than the Galaxy Book3 Pro 360 (7 hours and 40 minutes at 60 Hz frame rate and 150 nits brightness), keep in mind that the Ultra has more power-hungry processors. In terms of regular use, I was able to get around nine hours of battery life, and charging takes about one and a half hours. All in all, a far cry from what a 16-inch MacBook Pro can offer.

Verdict:

With the Galaxy Book 3 Ultra, Samsung has effectively challenged the 16-inch MacBook Pro. In fact, the chassis is more portable and smaller, which somewhat improves the design. With a GeForce RTX 4070 graphics card and a 13th generation Intel Core i9 processor, the Samsung laptop can handle daily work activities with ease and offers excellent storage performance. The AMOLED display provides a smooth experience and is clear and colorful with a resolution of 2,880 x 1,800.

Does the Galaxy Book3 UItra make a good investment? It is without a doubt the most potent and best Samsung notebook to date, albeit a lot will depend on your needs. Even while it has several high-end capabilities, other less expensive notebooks can perform just as well or better at the expense of portability and battery life.

The laptop is priced at approximately Rs 2,82,000, which is more than the 16-inch MacBook Pro with M2 capabilities but comparable to the recently released M3 models. Regarding comparable high-end Windows laptops, the MSI Stealth 16 Mercedes-AMG is in a class of its own; a similarly equipped Dell XPS 17 costs more than Rs 3,50,000.

 

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