Samsung Galaxy Book Go Review

A reasonable initial reaction by anyone considering the Samsung Galaxy Book Go would be to wonder what sort of comers had been cut to achieve this. The big difference between this and more expensive models is that it replaces the standard laptop Intel or AMD processor with an eight-core Qualcomm 7C Gen 2, which is more like the kind of mobile chip you’d find in a smartphone or tablet.

A budget laptop that prioritises cost and battery life over speed and screen quality

Samsung’s aim is to create an affordable lightweight laptop that combines long battery life with always-connected mobile data (it comes with a built-in 4G modem – you just need to add a SIM card). The Qualcomm processor requires less power than regular laptop processors, but it works in a very different way – using the stripped-back ARM architecture instead of the x86 technology that PC and laptop processors typically use.

This means it only supports the ARM-compatible version of Windows 10 Home. The good news is that this is slick and speedy on this laptop. The downside is there are only a handful of programs

that come with ARM-compatible versions, though these also run incredibly well.

These include Firefox, Microsoft Edge, VEG, Zoom, 7-Zip, Microsoft Teams, Netflix and Prime Video. It’s a short list overall and there are some glaring omissions, including Chrome and Microsoft Office. Some 32bit programs will run, with Windows automatically launching them in an emulation mode, but these run incredibly slowly and you’re more likely to give up using them entirely.

If you spend most of your computer time online rather than on your desktop and are happy to use Firefox or Edge, you’ll probably be fine with the Galaxy Book Go. Otherwise, it’s worth checking to see if your favourite programs have ARM-compatible versions before committing to it (the vast majority won’t).

Beyond the processor, its specifications are predictably modest. It has a 14in screen with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels, and comes with 128GB of storage and 4GB of RAM (though there’s an 8GB model that costs £ more).

It’s light, at 1.38kg, and relatively compact, at 14.9x 24x225mm. Both are welcome specs in a 14in laptop, but there are lighter and smaller models around if you’re willing to spend a bit more. The case is made entirely of plastic, though the silver finish makes it look more expensive than it is. There are just enough ports, with a USB-C, headphone jack and microSD card slot on the left, and a USB-C, USB 2.0 and SIM card slot on the right (pictured below left). The lid opens up to 180 degrees, which is handy if you want to use it on your lap while slouched


Eight-core Qualcomm 7C Gen 2 processor 4GB memory • Win 1920×1080-pixel TFT screen 128GB SSD •720p webcam • Wi-Fi 5 • Bluetooth 5.1 • 2x USB-C ports MicroSD card slot • Windows 10 Home •14.9x324x225mm (HxWxD) • 1.38kg • One-year warranty

on the sofa, though it isn’t touchscreen. Beyond the software limitations, the other main disappointment is the screen. It proved to be bright enough in our tests, but the colour accuracy is way off. It also has narrow viewing angles, both vertically and horizontally, so you have to make sure the screen is positioned just right to see what’s on it. Battery life is impressive, however, lasting 14 hours 17 minutes in our video-playback test.


6 Total Score
Samsung Galaxy Book Go Review

An affordable laptop that runs on a mobile processor, which guarantees a fast performance when using compatible programs - but these are few and far between

Add your review

Best Samsung Galaxy Book Go prices ?

$239.99 $349.99 4 used from $179.99 6 new from $239.99
in stock
SAMSUNG Galaxy Book Go Laptop PC Computer Qualcomm 7C Pro...
$259.88 1 used from $209.00 1 new from $259.88
in stock
SAMSUNG Galaxy Book Go 5G (Verizon) 14" (8GB 256GB) Laptop...
£349.99 £399.00 12 used from £219.68 5 new from £349.99
in stock
Samsung Galaxy Book Go 14 Inch with Windows 10 Home...
Why can't laptops be more like phones? Everyone loves their phone. Phones can connect anywhere. They pack impressive power in a sleek, slim body. They have touch screens and all-day battery life. They easily sync with other devices and give us the best apps ever. The world's thinnest and...
$299.00 $349.99
out of stock
SAMSUNG Galaxy Book Go 14" Laptop - Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c...


1 Lenovo Legion 5 Pro Review

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro Review

Lenovo's Legion 5 Pro is the upgraded version of our Elite-listed budget gaming laptop, so we've got high hopes for this mid-range machine. It gets off to a good start with its screen, which has an intriguing 16:10 aspect ratio. This gives you ...
Added to wishlistRemoved from wishlist 0
Add to compare
2 HP Victus 16-e0097nr Review

HP Victus 16-e0097nr Review

HP's new Victus brand offers a more affordable alternative to its high-end Omen line, and this machine is one of the cheapest gaming laptops we've seen for ages. The low price doesn't mean cut-back silicon either. Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3060 has a ...
Added to wishlistRemoved from wishlist 0
Add to compare
3 HP Victus 16-d0097nr Review: This 16-inch gaming laptop delivers solid value

HP Victus 16-d0097nr Review: This 16-inch gaming laptop delivers solid value

HP Victus 16-d0097nr review - HP's Victus 16 gaming notebook keeps your focus on the screen, not what's under your fingers. by mark hachman The HP Victus 16 joins a small but growing crop of gaming notebooks whose ...
Added to wishlistRemoved from wishlist 0
Add to compare
Editor choice 4 ASUS ROG FLOW X13 GV301 Review

ASUS ROG FLOW X13 GV301 Review

The Asus ROG Flow X13 is one of the most exciting gaming laptops on the market right now, as it's not just a laptop. This machine is at its best when you buy it alongside the ROG XG Mobile graphics dock, which turbo-charges its gaming ability. The ...
Added to wishlistRemoved from wishlist 0
Add to compare


Chuwi CoreBook X 14 inch

This affordable alternative uses an ageing 8th- generation Intel Core i5 processor to help keep its price down

Series Navigation<< GIGABYTE AORUS 15G XC ReviewRAZER BLADE 14 Review >>
TNR earns Amazon affiliate commissions from qualifying purchases. You can support the site directly via Paypal donations ☕. Thank you!

Bình Phan Đức

Bình Phan Đức

Hello, I'm the founder of this blog and a part time blogger. Find more information about me at here. You can also connect with me via Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

Let us know your thoughts on a product or view reviews from our members, independent experts and other websites.

Leave a reply

Compare items
  • Total (0)
Shopping cart