If you thought German-based Porsche Design only makes vehicle accessories for its sister carmaker company, think again, because it has now created probably what can only be called the sports car convertible of all laptops.
Porsche Design announced on Monday that it has come out with its new 2-in-1 laptop called the Book One at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that concluded today. In outside appearance it looks like a glossy and clean Surface Book. The laptop runs on Windows 10 Pre and even includes a 5-megapixel camera with an infrared sensor for logging in through Windows Hello. For the rest of the specifications:
- 3-inch touch QHD display
- Core i7 Intel processor
- 16GB of RAM, 512GB of SSD storage
- Two USB-C ports, two USB 3.0 ports, and a USB-C port that supports Thunder Bolt 3
- Precision Touchpad and backlit keyboard
The Book One also supports a digital stylus that can magnetically stick to the right side of the laptop. Just watch out for it when you’re carrying the laptop around in case it drops off. It’s worth noting the notebook’s hardware was finely done by Quanta, Intel, and Microsoft, these companies are also responsible for helping develop and manufacture Amazon’s Fire tablets.
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Once you open the laptop you’re immediately drawn to the impossible-to-miss Porsche Design logo that makes you feel like you own the sports convertible of laptops. Without the logo it really looks like a Surface Book, with one obvious difference, the hinge on the Book One. Like the Surface Book, the screen on the Book One is detachable, but can also rotate 360 degrees. The Surface Book screen can’t do that.
However, that hinge, and the Porsche name, comes with a really steep price. When the laptop is released in the U.S. this April it will be priced at around $2,495. Yes, it’s slightly more expensive than a base Surface Book, but look on the bright side since you’re getting a cool hinge, more ports compared to other laptops, and the German sports care Porsche name, of course minus the engine and car body.
When Microsoft came out with the Surface Book hinge design that made it a powerful 2-in-1 laptop and tablet hybrid, it was at that time hailed as a first, until Porsche Design’s Book One could rotate 360 degrees while still unhinged. The Book One’s hinge also allows the display to close onto the keyboard with any gap. There are even small rubber stoppers to the hinge so that you won’t scratch the laptop in the various modes it flips to. The hinge is sturdy even when the tablet is locked into place.