Porsche Design Book One Review
Porsche Design Book One
Porsche Design Book One Review – Designed to perform.
The Porsche Design BOOK ONE is an uncompromising reinterpretation of the 2-in-1 concept. In one of the world’s thinnest convertibles / detachables, maximum performance meets a breathtaking design. An optimized 360° functionality combined with the latest generation of technology.
The VarioGear is a unique, high-quality stainless steel hinge, giving the Porsche Design BOOK ONE its unparalleled flexibility, whereby the construction was inspired by the gearbox of a sports car. In seconds, the lightweight 2-in-1 notebook can be transformed from a high-end tablet into an ultramobile high-performance laptop.
The 7th Gen Core i7 processor and 512 GB SSD from Intel® master every private and professional application with ease. The two lithium-polymer batteries with a combined capacity of 70Wh give the Porsche Design BOOK ONE up to 14 hours of endurance. And then fully recharge in less than 2 hours. Equipped with one USB Type-C™ 3.1 and one Intel Thunderbolt®, as well as two full-size USB-A™ 3.0 ports, the Porsche Design BOOK ONE also leaves nothing to be desired in terms of connectivity.
A sandblasted surface in pure silver. Polished edges. Straightforward, clear and to the point. The Porsche Design BOOK ONE is the consequent implementation of Porsche Design DNA. Shape and function in perfect harmony.
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|Dimensions||311.1 x 226.5 x 15.9 mm (2-in-1)|
311.4 x 209.5 x 7.7 mm (tablet)
Housing material made of brushed and anodized aluminium in pure silver
|Weight||1580g (55.49 oz / 3.47 pounds)|
758g (26.81 oz / 1.68 pounds) (tablet)
QHD+ IPS-display with 3200 x 1800 pixel resolution 276 PPI
Gorilla Glass 4
|16:9 Aspect Ratio|
|CPU||7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-7500U processor with 2.70 GHz up to 3.50 GHz|
|GPU||Intel Iris Plus Graphics 620|
|Memory||512 GB Intel SSD 600p hard drive|
16 GB RAM Dual-Channel LPDDR3-1866
|Primary Camera||5MP front camera|
|Ports||USB Type-C 3.1, USB Type-C 3.1 Thunderbolt, 2 USB Type-A 3.0|
The Porsche Design Book One has a design that turns heads, and its ability to serve as both a convertible and detachable 2-in-1 is an awesome innovation.
But when it comes to performance, laptops that opted to be just one kind of 2-in-1 had it beat. The convertible Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga ($2,177 when similarly configured, but with a 1080p display), is faster and lasted 12 hours on a charge in our testing. The detachable Microsoft Surface Book ($2,499 when similarly configured) lasts longer and has a speedier SSD, but it uses an older CPU.
If using your laptop in every possible use case is your highest priority, the Book One is for you. Its superior design and more options than a Swiss army knife will work for you, and others will notice. However, if you don’t need as much style, consider an alternative and get a battery and performance bonus.
It is no surprise that a product with the brand name Porsche or Porsche Design, respectively, is not a bargain. At least their sports cars provide the expected levels of performance and quality, but this is not the case for the Book One from Porsche Design. We rarely review a device where the gap between good and bad aspects is so big.
Positive aspects definitely include the bright touchscreen, the great build quality of the tablet, the digitizer with magnetic fixation and the comfortable keyboard. You also get a modern IR camera for facial recognition and long battery runtimes in combination with the keyboard dock.
However, the negative aspects outweigh the positive ones, especially the ergonomics and the operating noises. The convertible is extremely top-heavy, which makes it really hard to use the laptop on your lap. The hinges have a problem with the weight of the tablet and the edges at the bottom (where you usually hold the tablet) are not rounded. Then there is the keyboard illumination, which only works really well in complete darkness, but otherwise it struggles with the low contrast and the uneven brightness distribution.
The two main problems are the almost constant electronic noises and the low performance. The Core i7 is artificially throttled, despite the active cooling solution, but even one core cannot utilize its full performance even for short peak load. Throttling is a familiar issue for slim devices, but the test model is not close to the advertised performance level. Then there is the pretty high power consumption and the short battery runtime when you use the tablet without the dock.
We cannot recommend the Book One. You will be better off with one of the competitors and also save some money if you can live without the brand name.
Overall, the Porsche Design Book One is a disappointment. I had high hopes for this laptop, and assumed it would pave the way for Microsoft to produce a similar design for its next Surface Book. Porsche has one-upped Microsoft in features and ideas, but it falls flat in execution and functionality. There are some fundamental design flaws with the Book One, especially the top-heavy nature of it.
Porsche Design has rushed into the race with a laptop that looks unique, but a closer inspection reveals that it has some bad parts that need to be fixed. Quanta (a white-label device manufacturer), Intel, and even Microsoft have all helped Porsche Design create the Book One, but it’s not enough. I appreciate that Porsche has tried to push the boundaries with its laptop like it has with car design, but it has failed. I’m hopeful that the next iteration of a Porsche-branded laptop will fix all the problems I had. For now, the Book One stands as another demonstration of why laptop makers should focus on the basics instead of trying to cram too much into a single device.