Samsung Book X45 Notebook Review: beautiful and balanced (or almost) [análise/vídeo]

With an official price of R $ 4,829, the Samsung Book X45 is a mid-range notebook. The model’s spec sheet includes a 10th generation Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB SSD, as well as a 15.6-inch screen with HD resolution.

Note that this is not cutting edge hardware, but it is also not a basic set. How will the Samsung Book X45 behave on a daily basis? Is the overall performance good? The battery for a long time? Is the screen of good quality?

I used the laptop for three weeks and tell everything I found out about it in the next few lines.

Review of the Samsung Book X45 on video

Ethics notice

THE Tecnoblog is a technology-independent journalistic vehicle that helps people make their next purchase decision since 2005. Our product reviews are opinionated and have no advertising intent. For this reason, we always transparently highlight the positive and negative points of each product.

No company, manufacturer or store has paid the Tecnoblog to produce this content. Our reviews are not reviewed or approved by external agents. The Book X45 was provided by Samsung on loan. The product will be returned to the company after testing.

Design and finishing

Visually, the Samsung Book X45 is far from the black tradition. The tested unit features a silver-colored matte housing that, combined with the almost straight-line design, causes that premium product impression that everyone likes.

It is true that this is not an entirely new design standard – it is impossible not to remember the MacBook line here, even if only a little -, but that does not make the model any less beautiful.

The finish is all plastic. This is true even for the screen frame. This characteristic makes the equipment convey a feeling of fragility, but only until you get used to it. In fact, this material helps to make the notebook relatively light: the weight is 1.94 kg.

Samsung Book X45

A detail that pleased me – and a lot – are the two openings that Samsung placed on the bottom of the laptop. Both are just for what you are thinking: expansion of SSD (SATA) or RAM. There is no loss of warranty in this procedure.

But be careful: the two covers are difficult to remove. You need to do this very carefully so as not to damage the computer case.

Samsung Book X45

Connectivity

At almost 36 cm wide and 25 cm deep, the Book X45 is not exactly a small laptop. The advantage of this is the ease of implementing multiple ports on the device. Too bad Samsung did not take this idea very seriously.

Not that the Book X45 is bad at connectivity, but it deserved at least one more USB port on the right side. There, we found only a USB 2.0 type A port (conventional), the reader for microSD and a slot for security lock.

Samsung Book X45 - right side

On the other side, the situation improves. There the notebook houses a Gigabit Ethernet port, a USB-C, a USB 3.0 type A, an HDMI, in addition to the connection for headphones and microphone.

In wireless connectivity, the X45 features Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0. Everything worked well. I connected the Pulse PH320 headphones I have here to the notebook and I had no problem with that.

Samsung Book X45 - left side

Screen and webcam

If it weren’t for the screen, the Samsung Book X45 would be a notebook with very well-balanced specifications for an intermediary. But the model has a 15.6-inch LCD panel with a resolution of 1366 × 768 pixels. It’s too little.

Can you use Word or surf the web in a good way, for example? Gives. But if you put this notebook next to a screen with a better resolution, you’ll notice how the details are a little poorer here.

Samsung Book X45 - screen

And it gets worse. Samsung is known for the great quality of its screens, but on the Book X45, the panel is an LCD that doesn’t excite. Watching videos in full screen, for example, will require you to keep the laptop right in front of you and adjust the screen opening to get rid of that effect that makes dark areas of the image whitish depending on the viewing angle.

Samsung Book X45 - screen

This screen is standard on the line. The Samsung Book X50, similar version, but with Core i7 processor, was equipped with the same panel. Better displays only appear on more expensive lines.

Of course, just above the screen is the webcam. It is curious how this item has gained importance in recent months due to video calls and lives. If you are looking for a notebook for this, pay close attention: the Book X45 brings a camera that, at most, generates 480p images. It’s just a puzzle.

Samsung Book X45 - webcam

Keyboard and touchpad

Samsung says that the Book X45’s keyboard has 10% bigger keys than the brand’s previous notebooks. I liked it. Since the buttons are wider, it seems that you are less likely to press the wrong key because of the proximity between them.

Samsung Book X45 - keyboard

It also adds comfort points: the keys are thin, make little noise while typing and have pressure that is neither firm nor too hard. For those who spend all day typing, this is, without a doubt, a great keyboard.

Samsung Book X45 - keyboard

There is a very useful “bonus” for those who work with numbers: the equipment has numeric keys on the right. There was a point button missing there, but that’s okay.

What is really negative is the lack of LED backlight. I dream of the day that this feature will be standard in intermediate notebooks.

As for the touchpad, nothing to complain about. The component is wide, so it can be easily reached with both hands, in addition to being accurate in clicks and gestures (like dragging two fingers to scroll the screen, one of the ones I use the most).

Samsung Book X45 - touchpad

Performance, battery and software

The Intel Core i5-10210U processor that equips the notebook is a quad-core chip that delivers good performance, but without demanding too much of the battery – its maximum TDP is 25 W. Everything I tested here ran smoothly: Word, Photoshop, Google Earth, Chrome with several tabs open, anyway.

For the day to day, the 8 GB of RAM that comes with the Book X45 will handle just about everything. At no time did I notice any delay in highlighting software in the background, for example.

At this point, the 256 GB M.2 SSD also deserves mention. Thanks to it, the loading time of Windows 10 was only 11 seconds, so you have an idea.

This set is complemented with the Nvidia GeForce MX110 GPU. It is a long way from having the performance of an RTX 2000 series graphics card, for example, but it guarantees some fun.

Asphalt 9: Legends, for example, ran well. With the graphics at maximum, you can see a drop in the frame rate with some ease, but the game is not useless if you leave these settings at medium level.

The battery is missing. The component has 43 Wh and provides an autonomy of more or less 5 hours. It is not an impressive average, but neither is it indecent.

For testing, I ran two hours of video via Netflix with maximum screen brightness, I played Asphalt 9: Legends for 20 minutes and I used Chrome for about an hour. After these tasks, the battery charge dropped from 100% to 40%. A negative detail is that there is no LED to indicate when charging is in progress or completed.

I took advantage of the battery test to pay attention to the audio. The two speakers on the bottom of the notebook do not have very high volume, but the sound is clear enough for you to enjoy a movie or a song. But it is obvious that the experience is better with headphones.

Samsung Book X45 - software

In terms of software, the Book X45 comes with Windows 10 Home and some applications from Samsung itself, such as Samsung Flow, which facilitates the transfer of files between the brand’s computer and smartphones, and the PC Cleaner, for system maintenance .

Yes, there is an antivirus trial here (McAfee LifeSafe). Fortunately, it is easy to remove.

Samsung Book X45: is it worth it?

The Samsung Book X45 is a notebook to have at home or in the office. It doesn’t come with high-end hardware, but it has enough firepower to handle most daily tasks, with the obvious exception of heavy games or very demanding software.

The physical dimensions make the model offer a wide keyboard and touchpad. Using it, therefore, is not an uncomfortable task. The weight of less than 2 kg facilitates transport, although more compact laptops are the most suitable for those who need a lot of mobility.

The number of doors is decent, although there is room for more. The battery life is not impressive, but it is also not bad. Let us not forget the aesthetic appeal: a clean and matte silver look hardly goes wrong.

Samsung Book X45

If we remember the intermediate category again, this is really an almost balanced notebook. The “almost” here only exists due to the screen: with a full HD panel, the Book X45 would be unbeatable in its segment.

But, if Samsung worked with a better screen here, it would be an exception. Perhaps you have already noticed that it is common for average notebooks of various brands to have a screen with HD resolution in Brazil, a visible movement of cost containment.

Because of this and the fact that the screen allows a good use of the equipment even though it is not a very advanced panel, the Samsung Book X45 is worth it, yes, but only if you find it for less than R $ 4,500 ( it’s not worth it, but we’re at a time when everything is more expensive than usual).

But I admit that if I were to use it at home as my main computer, I would reserve a good video monitor for it.

Samsung Book X45 Notebook

Pros

  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Wide touchpad
  • Battery with good autonomy
  • Drawers for SSD and memory expansion
  • Nice design

Cons

  • Missing screen resolution
  • Keyboard without LED backlight

Technical specifications

  • Screen: LCD, 15.6 inches, 1366 × 768 pixel resolution, anti-reflective layer
  • Processor: quad-core Intel Core i5-10210U (tenth generation)
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce MX110 with 2 GB of GDDR5
  • RAM: 8 GB of DDR4 (with one free slot for expansion)
  • Storage: 256 GB M.2 NVMe SSD
  • Drums: 43 Wh
  • Connectivity: HDMI (1), USB-C (1), USB 2.0 type A (1), USB 3.0 type A (1), Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fu 802.11ac, connection for headphones and microphone
  • Others: MicroSD reader, security lock slot, keypad with numeric keys on the right, covers for memory and storage expansion, 480p webcam, two 3 W stereo speakers
  • Operational system: Windows 10 Home
  • Dimensions: 359.5 x 242.8 x 18.9 mm
  • Weight: 1.94 kg

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