Porsche Design's Book One Laptop

The design arm of the stylish automaker makes its mark with a new computer.
22 March, 2017
By adding the Book One laptop to that catalogue, the German company is extending its reputation for good taste with its first foray into personal computing.
The Book One will be available in April, and the company is ramping up its visibility with marketing efforts that are getting a lot of attention. The two-in-one convertible – a different kind of convertible than the ones Porsche usually makes – works as both a tablet and a high-end laptop.

That smooth shift is made possible with a specially designed stainless steel hinge, called the VarioHinge, that the company says was inspired by the gearbox of a sports car. It's a key feature of the pure silver housing case, otherwise made of a brushed anodized aluminium with edges polished to precision. In fact, aluminium accounts for a full 36 percent of the Book One, with just a one-percent touch of plastic.
The hinge is a key feature that allows for a 360-degree range of display, including a detachable capacity to create a separate tablet experience. Porsche Design teamed up with Quanta Computer in Taiwan to manufacture the devices, as well as with Intel and (perhaps surprisingly) Microsoft itself to ensure that the latest technological advances are featured on the inside.

Those features include the Kaby Lake seventh-generation Intel Core i7-7500U dual-core processor that runs at up to 3.5 GHz, with 512 GB of storage and 16 GB of RAM. There are two lithium-polymer batteries with a combined capacity of 70Wh, which the company says will keep users powered up for a fairly impressive 14 hours – although that shrinks down quickly to just three hours when you're using the device in tablet mode. The battery system takes under two hours to fully recharge and begin anew, though as is the case with laptops from all manufacturers, power depends on individual use conditions.
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The Book One also claims top-notch connectivity, with two full-size USB 3.0 ports and additional support via an Intel Thunderbolt – the "one cable to rule them all" for connecting external peripheral devices – and one more USB Type C port. Porsche Design also included a microSD-card reader to cover the bases.

A 5MP front-facing camera is featured, along with a second infrared camera to facilitate Windows Hello and secure the Book One through facial recognition software. Speakers and microphone are standard.
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The convertible laptop is ultrathin at just 15.9 millimeters, and vent grills along the edges add a touch of the Porsche automotive flair. Yet despite its light aluminium weight and configuration, there's no sacrifice on either the 13-inch display or keyboard. The IPS screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 4, and offers resolution of 3200x1800 pixels. The keyboard is backlit, full size and equipped with a Microsoft Precision Touchpad, so the Book One user benefits from the latest advances in touch or gesture. Yet some reviewers have found the keyboard action a little shallow, as is often the case with two-in-one devices. They've also lamented the lack of high-end graphics for serious video editing or 3D projects.
The Porsche Design laptop has a list price of USD$2,495, so it isn't cheap – but it's also a Porsche, and as beautiful as it is functional.
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