The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is an elegant, 12-inch, detachable 2-in-1 with a lovely display and OK performance, but its keyboard needs work.
Beautiful Super AMOLED display
Very thin, lightweight design
Solid multitasking performance for price
Tablet wobbles in its case
Paltry number of ports
The Samsung TabPro S tries to accomplish two things effectively: immersive entertainment and effortless productivity. This 2-in-1 rocks at the initial thing and does moderately well with the next. Users of the $899 Surface Pro 4 foe will love its lightweight design, stunning Super AMOLED display and decent performance. The shallow keys and minimal port selection avoid the TabPro S from being truly a great notebook replacement, but if you are buying superthin hybrid for work and play, that is an attractive option.
Update 3/28: We tested the TabPro S’s fast-charging battery. Our email address details are in the Battery Life section. Also, construction materials were changed in the look section to reflect incorrect information.
Using its thin display and sleek case, the Galaxy TabPro S earns points for style. The tablet’s polycarbonate body and aluminum edge feel solid and advise a reliable construction. Its detachable keyboard is constructed of a leatherlike material. I liked the trendy grain design on the trunk and the smooth finish on the notebook’s deck.
This magnetically detachable keyboard works very much the same established by Microsoft’s Surface notebooks, meaning it could sit in two positions. I had trouble snapping the display against the case’s flap initially, but I quickly got over the training curve. The TabPro S’s wide, folded keyboard-cover permits users to enter their laps, however the device wobbled for the reason that position.
Alone, the tablet is merely 0.25 inches thick, that makes it thinner compared to the Dell XPS 12 and HP Spectre x2 (both 0.31 inches), the Lenovo Miix 700 (0.35 inches), and the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (0.33 inches). If you compare the 2-in-1s with their keyboards attached, the TabPro S (0.57 inches) is approximately as thick as the Spectre x2 and Miix 700, but thinner compared to the Dell XPS 12 (0.63-0.99 inches). THE TOP Pro 4 using its Type Cover is even thinner (0.43 inches).
Without its keyboard, the TabPro S weighs 1.52 pounds, which is slightly lighter than those competitors, whose weights range between 1.7 to at least one 1.87 pounds. When each has its keyboard attached, the TabPro S (2.35 pounds) is slightly lighter than its competitors, which weigh between 2.37 pounds and 2.68 pounds.
Samsung gave the Galaxy TabPro S only a minor number of ports. Sadly, this implies no SD memory reader, a choice found on all the TabPro S’s competitors. Since this 2-in-1 lacks a dedicated power port, users will count on the notebook’s USB Type-C connector to draw power, the only port on these devices, save because of its headphone jack.
While there are no splitter cables that let you charge the computer and utilize the port simultaneously, you can purchase adapters from Apple ($79) and iLuv ($60) that permit you to power the computer and use standard USB and HDMI ports.
The colorful Super AMOLED display on the Galaxy TabPro S helps it be a compelling companion for watching video.
The port uses USB-C 3.1, not Thunderbolt 3, but continues to be with the capacity of powering monitors, a major plus of the Type-C standard.
The Super AMOLED display on the Galaxy TabPro S offers vivid colors and clear details, rendering it a compelling companion for watching video. When I watched the 4K Interstellar movie trailer on the tablet’s 2160 x 1440-pixel screen, I noticed the beads of sweat on Matthew McConaughey’s forehead and the grain of the dust that coated his pickup. As the panel did an excellent job rendering the inky black depths of space, and making rich oceans and fiery blazes pop, it suffered trying to replicate a white sky, adding hints of blue and yellow.
According to your colorimeter, the TabPro S’s display can produce up to 180.2 percent of the sRGB color spectrum. That’s a lot more than the common mainstream notebook (83.1 percent), XPS 12 (114 percent), Spectre x2 (72 percent), Miix 700 (113.1 percent) and Surface Pro 4 (completely).
The Samsung didn’t fare aswell on the Delta-E test for color accuracy (where nearer to zero is most beneficial). It notched a score of 4.7, when compared to near-perfect Spectre x2 (0.7) and Surface Pro 4 (0.4).
We wouldn’t recommend typing a term paper or long report on the TabPro S. Doing this won’t end well.
The TabPro S’s display can emit up to 341 nits (a way of measuring brightness), which beats the Spectre x2, Miix 700 and category average. The XPS 12 and Surface Pro 4 shine brighter. The detachable offers excellent viewing angles, as I observed colors staying intact at 80 degrees left or right.
Keyboard, Touchpad and TOUCHSCREEN
The TabPro S’s keyboard is okay for writing emails, entering URLs and posting quick social-networking updates, but I wouldn’t write a written report or term paper onto it. Doing so won’t end well. I started this review on the TabPro S’s keyboard cover, but I stopped within a few minutes, for the reason that keys were so shallow that I constantly bottomed out, forcefully hitting the deck. That is due to the keys whisper-thin 0.95 millimeters of travel and the overly sensitive 47 grams of force necessary to actuate. We prefer keys with between 1.5 to 2 mm of travel that want at least 60 grams of actuation force.
The keys are also too closely spaced, leading me to a huge amount of errors throughout my testing. On the 10Fastfingers.com typing test, I clicked my way to 59 words each and every minute with only 80 percent accuracy, which is below my 80-wpm, 99 percent average. Most detachable keyboards aren’t great, however the latest Microsoft Type Cover (which costs a supplementary $130) includes a chiclet layout that provides its keys some breathing room and makes typing easier.
The Galaxy TabPro S’s 3.4 x 1.7-inch touchpad is shorter than those on the competition, and I missed that extra space as my fingers slid off the edge of the pad. The touchpad includes a good feel to each click and accurately registered my input as I navigated the desktop, nonetheless it was slow to identify three-finger app-switching gestures.
The touch-screen display can be just a little slow on the TabPro S, as I saw it lag behind my digits when I doodled in MS Paint and performed pinch-and-zoom gestures in Chrome.
The Galaxy TabPro S’s small stereo speakers produced results that beat my expectations. Set at 100, the tablet filled a medium-sized conference room with a precise but underwhelming rendition of A Tribe Called Quest’s “Buggin’ Out.” The beat’s bass reverberated well, the group’s vocals sounded clear, and high-hat drums arrived crisp.
The Galaxy TabPro S may well not be considered a speedy workhorse, nonetheless it offers enough oomph for basic multitasking. The 2-in-1 is armed with an Intel Core M3 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. I encountered no lag when I split my screen between a streaming 1080p video and twelve Chrome tabs, including TweetDeck, a Google Doc and Gmail.