Samsung Galaxy Book discussion thread

Discussion in 'Samsung' started by JoeS, Feb 26, 2017.

  1. Tablet Nostradamus

    Tablet Nostradamus Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Yikes, that's pretty scary! Glad to know there's ways to detect and combat stuff like that.
     
  2. Tablet Nostradamus

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    Did some more power readings...After the battery is fully charged, the GB12 is still sucking power at about 10-20W (using my Kill A Watt), more depending on how I use my tablet. Same with my SP5. Which I guess makes sense as the power is (I assume) coming from the charger as opposed to the battery. Even when shut down, it's taking a little less than 1W (on standby about 2W). The SP5, however, went down to 0W when shut down (on standby about 2W).

    Replicated on my HP Zbook x2 G4 and saw similar readings, although twice the amount because it's higher specced. Powered off, the tablet was sucking 2W, about the same as on standby.

    Hopefully these observations are useful to somebody.
     
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    Anybody try using the Galaxy Book's smart battery calibration tool? I'm trying to get better battery estimates so was directed to using this from the F2 BIOS menu. The silly thing is, as far as I know, you're supposed to leave this big, bright, static battery graphic counting down to 0%, on an amoled screen notorious for screen burn in. Would it have killed them to have the graphic move a couple of pixels every minute or so? Guess I'll just wear the battery down to 5% using Youtube and then run the tool.

    Samsung-Smart-Battery-Calibration.jpg
     
  4. wytn

    wytn Scribbler - Standard Member

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    Can't wait to hear about how you like it/how that turns out!

    I'm quite tempted but it's around 40€ + shipping (probably too much shipping) so i'm a little hesitant for now...

    (Maybe in a week or so i'll know if i can just take the plunge without thinking about it too much, depending on future expenses.)
     
  5. Azzart

    Azzart Late night illustrator Senior Member

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    4 hours for the Galaxy Book 12 makes perfect sense if someone is working with it.
    Actually, when I spend my time with the Surface Book 2 drawing with power management on Better Performance the battery lasts a miserable 4,5 hours.
    Galaxy Book without a powerbank attached lasted 2-2.5 instead.
     
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    Thanks, @Azzart, glad to hear 4 hours is pretty typical. Helps me feel like I didn't buy a lemon after all.
     
  7. wytn

    wytn Scribbler - Standard Member

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    I must say i ordered the AirStand one day after this post. No really sure how long will take the delivery. I think maybe 7/10 days (to EU) - 10 days are more likely.
    Nobody got theirs yet i suppose?
     
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    I ordered mine on March 8, got tracking number from Slacks Creek, Australia on March 13, it left Brisbane on March 15, got word that it touched down in the US (and clearing for customs) on March 19. The next step will be the local carrier, USPS I assume, to NYC, but the next notification will be upon delivery (which is next to useless). Hoping it'll arrive at least next week, March 25.

    The NKMOS rep I spoke with originally estimated about a week for delivery (haha) and they said courier (at extra cost) would take 3 days.

    Sorry for the long wait guys (I feel responsible since I mentioned the product), I underestimated international shipping time. Sometimes my cynicism lapses.

    I guess I should have foreseen this. :D:eek::(
     
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    DRTigerlilly Tablet Lead Mod (Retired) Super Moderator

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    no worries it's not on you, we join you in waiting with bated breath.
     
  10. Tablet Nostradamus

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    Thanks, @DRTigerlilly! Wait no longer!

    So the stand arrived March 23 (when I was away of course) and I haven't been able to use it until tonight. So being that I ordered this on March 5 (not the 8th, sorry I was wrong), it took 18 days, a little less than 3 weeks to get from Australia to NYC, USA. Here are some photos:

    NKMOS AirStand Universal Tablet Stand Impressions
    https://imgur.com/a/ns6iWjd

    Impressions: It's awesome! It does the job of holding up my Samsung Galaxy Book 12 without the type cover and I imagine it would do just as good a job for any tablet within reason (it didn't hold up my 4lb HP Zbook x2 G4 for very long, adhesive wasn't strong enough). The hinge offers just as much resistance as the Surface Pro's and actually feels less wobbly and plasticy (it's anodized aluminum). The adhesive (which leaves zero residue) requires a hardy tug to remove and can also be positioned for portrait mode. I tried drawing on the tablet with it on (in landscape) and it's just as good as when you're drawing on a Surface, probably better as the AirStand has rubber feet that keep the tablet from sliding on a smooth surface. If you draw with a heavy hand however, it will push the stand down, much like the Surface's (you're probably better off with a dedicated graphics stand like the Artisul Freestyle Stand in that case). The jury is still out on whether the adhesive will hold while the tablet is hot and how long the hinge will retain its tension (probably as long as the Surface's, I imagine).

    Pros:
    - Looks professional (not as embarrassing as corrugated cardboard with velcro and duct tape)
    - Surface Pro-like hinge with similar range of angles
    - Removable adhesive
    - Can be positioned for landscape or portrait
    - Rubber padding on bottom prevents slipping (Surface does not have this)
    - Comes in black, silver, or gold
    - Not plastic

    Cons:
    - Pricey ($60 AUD plus $15 AUD shipping, converts to $55 US)
    - Slow shipping from Australia (NKMOS is the only distributor)
    - Can't use on lap, wish it was wider
    - Not stable for heavier tablets or heavy drawing, you'll probably need to buy two which is what the manufacturer suggested in this video ()
    - The maximum angle leaves the tablet pretty much parallel to the table/desk

    All in all, it helps bring my type cover-less GB12 to the same level of usability as my Surface Pro 5. It's really no substitute for a dedicated graphics stand, however, but it'll do until the next AMOLED Wacom EMR detachable tablet with integrated kickstand and pen silo (I'm with you, @dstrauss !) hits the shelves. Hopefully Samsung will come to their senses and provide a higher spec GB2 someday.
     
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