Microsoft’s (MSFT) Surface Pro 4 is an incredible device. It packs the power of a Windows 10 laptop into a 12.3-inch tablet that fits easily into your bag. So it makes sense that competitors would want to ape the Redmond, Wash., company’s design success. Which brings us to Samsung’s new Galaxy Book 12.
A powerful Windows 10-powered tablet in its own right, the Book 12 is purpose-built to lure consumers away from the Surface Pro 4. But taking on one of the best devices on the market is a tall order. And yet, after spending some time with the slate, it looks like Samsung is up to the task.
Keyboard included for once
If you’re going to use a tablet as a laptop, it needs a keyboard, and thankfully, the Book 12, and its smaller stable mate, the Book 10, comes with exactly that: a keyboard cover that’s actually comfortable to type on.
Microsoft, meanwhile, charges you an extra $130 if you want to use a keyboard cover with your tablet, which is incredibly infuriating.
If you want to do photo and video editing, though, the Book 12 is the way to go.
Adding to the Book 12’s premium appeal, is its brilliant 12-inch, AMOLED display, which produces beautiful colors and inky blacks. The Surface Pro 4’s screen is no slouch, either, but its colors aren’t as vivid as Samsung’s panel.
The Book 10, on the other hand, comes with a TFT display that looks significantly more washed out than the Book 12’s panel.
If there’s a downside to the Book 12, it’s that it only sports two USB type C ports. The Surface Pro 4, on the other hand, comes with a full-size USB 3 port and mini DisplayPort. Both slates, however, come with microSD card slots for expanding your storage space. The Book 10 only gets one USB C port.
Samsung has also added some slick software features to the Book 12 and Book 10, including its Samsung Flow app, which allows you to receive and send text messages sent to your phone from the slates.