I use a laptop to operate this blog, edit photos, edit videos, and more. In this post, I’m going to talk about using the Samsung Galaxy Book Flex Alpha running Windows 10. I am going to tell you all about this laptop and how well it works for editing.
A Brief History of Samsung Computers:
The first computer by Samsung was made in 1883 and was more of an electronic typewriter. Samsung’s laptops have been around since the 1990s. The first Samsung laptop was the Sens 810 notebook. Since then, Samsung has made quite a number of laptops (notebooks) and desktops. Samsung’s laptops are far from the most well known laptops and their best-selling laptops are Chromebooks and for the most part which outsell Samsung’s PC’s.
Specs of the Galaxybook Flex Alpha:
- 8, 12, or 16 GB of RAM
- 256 or 512 GB of Storage
- 13.3 inch OLED Touchscreen Screen
- Intel i7 10th Gen Core
- Color: Silver
- Samsung DeX (for supported devices)
- fingerprint Reader
- Micro SD Card Reader
- Two USB A 3.0 Ports
- One USB C Port
- Headphone Jack
- HDMI Port
This laptop is the slightly less expensive version of the Galaxy Book Flex, but when I purchased it, it had higher specs (Samsung has since released another flex model). The fingerprint reader isn’t the best reader and definitely not as good or fast as my Google Pixel 4a’s reader. The laptop is occasionally difficult to open because of how thin it is. The camera is another place where this laptop struggles. It is okay, and it works, but it is a 720p webcam and so it won’t be super high quality. The final thing that I don’t like so much is the audio. The speakers are frankly disappointing for the price. The Realtek speakers just don’t get that loud. For me, it isn’t a problem since I often just wear earbuds or headphones, but it is something that I wanted to make note of.
Laptops can sometimes struggle with video editing and sometimes photo editing. I have had no problem with speed on this machine while editing. I have the 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage model so this extra ram probably helps. In posts comparing PC’s to Macbook’s you will often see that the screens on PC’s are not as good. This laptop is an exception though. The best thing about this laptop though is the incredible OLED screen which is used in high end Samsungs TV’s. In the photo below, I was using a canon macro lens and still couldn’t get super close to the screen pixels.
The laptop runs Windows 10 and has some Samsung add-ons. Classic Samsung did add some bloatware, as they are known for doing, such as McAfee. McAfee is great, but once the trial that comes with the computer runs out then you begin getting popups quite often. Also, the update situation is extremely annoying. When you update the computer to the next Windows version then you also have to do updates for Samsung’s software’s as well, which you can’t schedule. Other than these two things, the laptop’s software is pretty nice.
Writing the Blog:
When writing a blog, you want to have a nice keyboard to type on. The keys are thin and feel nice to type on. I have noticed that my period key has become slightly crooked which certainly odd. Also, as you can see from the photo above, the keys do light up. The trackpad is nice as well, it is very smooth and has nice buttons.
Samsung’s Notebook vs Macbooks
Okay, here it is, the fight between PC’s and Macbooks. I don’t want a war in the comments, so I’ll just keep it kind of brief 😂. In posts about PC’s vs Macbooks the screen resolution often comes up. Often Macbooks have better screen resolution but in the case of the Galaxybook Flex Alpha, it is different. In my opinion, the argument between PC’s and Macbooks is just the same as IOS vs Android; it depends on the device you choose and what you want that device to do.
The Future of Samsung Notebooks (2021):
The future of this line of laptops from Samsung is looking pretty interesting. Samsung seems to be doing some innovation for the next model by shrinking the bezels and adding an under-display camera.
I love using this laptop to work and hope that this post may have helped you if you are looking to buy a laptop. If you do have some time to spare, I think that the upcoming 2021 model might be worth the wait. If not, this laptop is a great buy.
Thank you a ton for reading, I’d love to hear what machines you use to edit in the comments!
-Digital Wonders & Smiles