Porsche Design’s Book One takes a page from the Surface Book

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.

 

 

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    • tipoo
    • 3 years ago

    Usually “Porsche Design” makes me stop paying attention as I think of gaudy overpriced phones, but this actually seems like a reasonable Surface Book alternative. The hinge design in some ways is preferable, and the price, while high, is in the same class as that.

    Just, the 940M is more like the previous GPU dock, not the new 965M performance dock in the SB.

      • tsk
      • 3 years ago

      There is no dGPU in this one.

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    Other Porsche Design electronics have just been glammed-up versions of otherwise pedestrian products.

    I’m thinking of Blackberries, cameras and external storage. Typical markup was 50-200% more than the exact same product minus some silver paint or stick-on stainless-steel trim. In this case, I’d expect the exact same model to appear from HP or Acer in the near future for about $500 less.

      • Shobai
      • 3 years ago

      You’re not wrong! It’d be nice to know who the OEM is…

    • ronch
    • 3 years ago

    I frankly find all this Porsche Design hullabaloo rather silly. Since when did computers and gadgets need to be likened to Porsche?

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      Since always. PC-car analogies have been around since the dawn of the PC.

        • tsk
        • 3 years ago

        And they are always awful. 😀

    • slowriot
    • 3 years ago

    Porsche you say? Where are they hiding the flat-6?

      • Voldenuit
      • 3 years ago

      Right? 6 core Ryzen or GTFO.

    • Anovoca
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<] 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. [/quote<] Wrong, still a bad number.

      • tsk
      • 3 years ago

      Wrong audience, TR readers want a IBM thinkpad with dual xeons and raid 10 config, they care not if it’s 25cm thick!

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