Porsche Design Computing might have just outdone Microsoft at its own game. The software giant has been on a roll with great hardware lately, but Porsche Design's newly-anounced Book One takes a good idea one step further.
If you think the Book One looks like a Surface Book, you're not alone. Like that machine, the Book One's screen can be detached from the keyboard for use as a tablet. On top of that, though, it also sports a cog-style hinge that brings the same 360° rotation offered by Lenovo's Yoga line and other convertible devices. The Book One sports more ports than its close cousin, too. You'll find two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, two USB 3.1 Type-C connectors, and one Thunderbolt port. For user input, there's a digital stylus that sticks magnetically to the side of the book, a backlit keyboard, and a Microsoft-certified Precision Touchpad.
Inside, you'll find a Intel Core i7-7500U CPU with 3.5GHz turbo speed, alongside 16GB of RAM. The system's storage comes by way of an Intel 512GB SSD. While the Surface Book's screen has a non-standard 3:2 ratio with its 3000×2000 resolution, Porsche Design's system goes a bit more traditional, with a 13.3" screen sporting a 3200×1800 resolution in a 16:9 aspect ratio. There are no options for discrete graphics cards, though.
The Book One will retail for $2,495 when it releases in April. That's not a bad number when compared to the closest Surface Book in price and specs. The Surface Book model that retails for $2,699 offers roughly the same specs, but with a Core i7-6600U CPU and a Nvidia 940M graphics card instead. The Book One may be the first offering from Porsche Design Computing, but it certainly looks enticing.