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Porsche Design Ultra One laptop short review: Noisy SSD antagonizes the expensive laptop

Mike Wobker, 👁 Sebastian Jentsch, Felicitas Krohn (translated by Stephanie Chamberlain), 11/12/2019

Fanless has its price. It's well known that products under the "Porsche Design" label don't necessarily offer a good price-performance ratio. As long as hardware and processing are of high quality, this factor isn't bothersome for the generous wallet. The Porsche Design Ultra One, however, has two quirks that seriously interfere with longer work sessions. Our review will show what this is all about.

Porsche Design Ultra One

At the time, our review of the Porsche Design Book One not only criticized the high price but also the rather modest performance, as well as the unwieldy overall concept of the convertible. With the Porsche Design Ultra One that we have now, the manufacturer has abandoned the tablet concept and manufactured an equally expensive but rather classic laptop with a 15.6-inch touchscreen. An Intel Core i7-8500Y with an integrated UHD Graphics 615 graphics unit, 16 GB of memory, and a 1 TB SSD make for a smooth operation.

The built-in CPU can also be found in fanless convertibles of the competition; we've included these in the comparison of this review for the purpose of evaluating processor performance. In addition, there are laptops from a similar price range and a significantly cheaper device, which is primarily intended to show how much more power you can get for less money. Other laptops from our database can also be added for comparison under each table.

Porsche Design Ultra One
Graphics adapter
Memory
16384 MB 
, dual-channel
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, capacitive, BOE06FB, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
FORESEE P902F001TB, 1024 GB 
, , 915 GB free
Soundcard
Conexant CX8400 @ Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: combined 3.5 mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 15 x 358 x 248 ( = 0.59 x 14.09 x 9.76 in)
Battery
45.6 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 2.1 MP, 16:9 (1920x1080)
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 24 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
1.5 kg ( = 52.91 oz / 3.31 pounds), Power Supply: 272 g ( = 9.59 oz / 0.6 pounds)
Price
1995 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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RatingDateModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionBest Price
80%11/2019Porsche Design Ultra One
8500Y, UHD Graphics 615
1.5 kg15 mm15.6"1920x1080
01/2019HP Spectre Folio 13-ak0020ng
8500Y, UHD Graphics 615
1.5 kg15.4 mm13.3"1920x1080
84%05/2019VAIO A12-92993
8500Y, UHD Graphics 615
1.1 kg24 mm12.5"1920x1080
83%10/2019Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
8265U, UHD Graphics 620
2 kg23 mm15.6"1920x1080
81%10/2019HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
8565U, Radeon Pro WX 3200
1.6 kg19 mm15.6"3840x2160
83%10/2019Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
3580U, Vega 9
1.5 kg14.7 mm15"2496x1664

Case and connectivity - High-quality processing and solid connectivity

Porsche Design manufactures the Ultra One from aluminum. Therefore, the laptop looks very stable, and the processing is of high quality. We can't detect uneven edges or similar in our test model. With its narrow dimensions, it's very manageable despite the 15.6-inch screen, and the weight is also at the level of comparable devices at 1.5 kg. The Ultra One doesn't have maintenance options, and Porsche Design specifically points out in its warranty conditions that it is voided as soon as users make changes to the hardware.

When it comes to the positioning of ports, Porsche Design goes its own way and doesn't meet everyone's taste. Most of the ports are located on the back, so that USB sticks, for example, need a little effort to be plugged in. On the sides there's only one USB Type-C port and a 3.5 mm audio jack. In return, users can decide for themselves whether they want to use the side or the rear USB Type-C port for charging the Porsche Design laptop.

The memory card reader is also placed on the back and delivers very good write and read speeds in our test. Since many competitors are now completely forgoing a card reader, we don't want to criticize the limitation to microSD cards at this point.

Users can use Wi-Fi with the fast 802.11ac standard and 2x2 MIMO antenna technology to connect to wireless networks. With an average of 447 Mb/s for receiving and 570 Mb/s for sending data, the speeds achieved in our Wi-Fi test aren't optimal but can still be described as fast.

Porsche Design Ultra One
Porsche Design Ultra One
Porsche Design Ultra One
Porsche Design Ultra One
Porsche Design Ultra One
Porsche Design Ultra One
Porsche Design Ultra One

Size comparison

376.5 mm / 14.8 inch 254.5 mm / 10 inch 23 mm / 0.906 inch 2 kg4.45 lbs371 mm / 14.6 inch 251 mm / 9.88 inch 19 mm / 0.748 inch 1.6 kg3.5 lbs358 mm / 14.1 inch 248 mm / 9.76 inch 15 mm / 0.591 inch 1.5 kg3.31 lbs339.5 mm / 13.4 inch 244 mm / 9.61 inch 14.7 mm / 0.579 inch 1.5 kg3.4 lbs320.1 mm / 12.6 inch 234.5 mm / 9.23 inch 15.4 mm / 0.606 inch 1.5 kg3.24 lbs305.5 mm / 12 inch 211.9 mm / 8.34 inch 24 mm / 0.945 inch 1.1 kg2.43 lbs
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Porsche Design Ultra One
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
78.1 MB/s ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
72.9 MB/s ∼93% -7%
Average of class Office
  (10.2 - 191, n=280)
62.6 MB/s ∼80% -20%
VAIO A12-92993
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
28.8 MB/s ∼37% -63%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
84.4 MB/s ∼100% +1%
Porsche Design Ultra One
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
83.6 MB/s ∼99%
Average of class Office
  (9.5 - 255, n=255)
78.9 MB/s ∼93% -6%
VAIO A12-92993
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
29.8 MB/s ∼35% -64%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 i5 4TB3
Broadcom 802.11ac
730 MBit/s ∼100% +63%
Porsche Design Ultra One
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
447 (min: 252, max: 514) MBit/s ∼61%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 i5 4TB3
Broadcom 802.11ac
710 MBit/s ∼100% +25%
Porsche Design Ultra One
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
570 (min: 419, max: 629) MBit/s ∼80%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø447 (252-514)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø570 (419-629)

Input devices - Porsche Design keyboard is slightly blinding

The keyboard of the Porsche Design Ultra One offers a noticeable pressure point and only produces a dull noise when typing. All the keys are easy to reach, which makes even longer writing sessions easy. A three-stage keyboard backlight can be switched on for working in the dark. However, it illuminates the keyboard somewhat unevenly and shines considerably under the edges of the F keys.

A very large ClickPad is available to users as a mouse replacement. Its surface is pleasantly smooth, but the navigation of the mouse pointer feels quite slightly delayed. The pad responds well to touch and click input so that no external mouse will be necessary after a short adjustment period.

Porsche Design Ultra One - Input devices
Porsche Design Ultra One - Input devices

Display - Very reflective screen in the Ultra One

Subpixel
Subpixel

The Porsche Design Ultra One screen consists of a glossy 15.6-inch IPS panel with touch functionality. The brightness is quite low at an average of 221 cd/m²; the combination of this and the highly reflective display surface results in the eyes permanently having to fight against reflections, even in enclosed spaces and without artificial lighting. At 74%, the brightness distribution is below average.

At least the manufacturer doesn't use PWM for brightness control, which means that users with sensitive eyes don't have to expect any difficulties, at least on this point.

239
cd/m²
253
cd/m²
227
cd/m²
224
cd/m²
237
cd/m²
207
cd/m²
204
cd/m²
211
cd/m²
187
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
BOE06FB
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 253 cd/m² Average: 221 cd/m² Minimum: 19 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 74 %
Center on Battery: 232 cd/m²
Contrast: 1354:1 (Black: 0.175 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.7 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 4.9 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
86% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 56% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.17
Porsche Design Ultra One
BOE06FB, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
VAIO A12-92993
InfoVision IVO04E6, IPS, 1920x1080, 12.5
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
N156HCE-EAA, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AU Optronics AUO30EB, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.6
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
Sharp LQ150P1JX51, IPS, 2496x1664, 15
Response Times
-12%
-1%
-30%
-16%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
42 (22, 20)
52.8 (24.4, 28.4)
-26%
42.8 (22.8, 20)
-2%
68.8 (33.2, 35.6)
-64%
47.2 (23.2, 24)
-12%
Response Time Black / White *
31 (18, 13)
30.4 (15.6, 14.8)
2%
30.8 (18, 12.8)
1%
29.6
5%
36.8 (20.4, 16.4)
-19%
PWM Frequency
990.1 (99)
24510 (40)
21370 (51)
Screen
7%
-20%
26%
18%
Brightness middle
237
315
33%
247
4%
451
90%
416.9
76%
Brightness
221
294
33%
228
3%
434
96%
389
76%
Brightness Distribution
74
89
20%
81
9%
89
20%
86
16%
Black Level *
0.175
0.21
-20%
0.18
-3%
0.25
-43%
0.4
-129%
Contrast
1354
1500
11%
1372
1%
1804
33%
1042
-23%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.7
4.4
6%
5.9
-26%
4.4
6%
2.75
41%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
9.7
7.1
27%
22.9
-136%
6.7
31%
6.64
32%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.9
4.8
2%
5.1
-4%
5
-2%
1.8
63%
Gamma
2.17 101%
2.02 109%
2.21 100%
2.31 95%
2.09 105%
CCT
6688 97%
7307 89%
6398 102%
7717 84%
6646 98%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
56
44
-21%
41.2
-26%
63
13%
63.4
13%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
86
69.5
-19%
64.1
-25%
97
13%
99.4
16%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
2.9
4.7
1.8
0.71
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-3% / 4%
-11% / -17%
-2% / 17%
1% / 13%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
31 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18 ms rise
↘ 13 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 79 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
42 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 22 ms rise
↘ 20 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 55 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (39.4 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9338 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Color-space coverage (sRGB) - 86%
Color-space coverage (sRGB) - 86%
Color-space coverage (AdobeRGB) - 56%
Color-space coverage (AdobeRGB) - 56%

Our measurements demonstrate that the Ultra One has a good contrast ratio of 1354:1 and a very good black value of 0.17 cd/m². As a result, colors appear well separated from each other and black image content looks deep and rich. The color-space coverage is also good at 86% (sRGB) and 56% (AdobeRGB). In addition, colors are reproduced in a relatively balanced way and only with a slight deviation.

Thanks to the viewing-angle-stable IPS panel, image content can be read from almost any angle without becoming distorted or showing wrong colors. However, this only applies to dark environments since strong reflections appear immediately in brighter settings. These intensify so much outdoors that users should only use the Porsche Design Ultra One in shady places, if at all outdoors.

CalMAN - Color accuracy
CalMAN - Color accuracy
CalMAN - Grayscales
CalMAN - Grayscales
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation
Outdoor use on a very cloudy afternoon
Outdoor use on a very cloudy afternoon
Viewing-angle stability
Viewing-angle stability

Performance - Porsche laptop for office work

LatencyMon
LatencyMon

The Porsche Design Ultra One is available with an Intel Core i5-8200Y, 8 GB RAM and a 512 GB SSD, as well as with Intel's Core i7-8500Y, 16 GB RAM and a 1 TB SSD. The latter is the configuration of our test model, making it mainly suitable for office applications. Although very simple or old games can be run smoothly, a drop in performance can be expected after a short time under higher load.

Processor

The Intel Core i7-8500Y used here is a 2018 dual-core processor. The clock speeds range from 1.5 to 4.2 GHz, with the possibility of up to four threads being processed simultaneously. The CPU was designed to be used in fanless laptops and tablets, which means that the energy consumption, and also the available performance, is comparatively low.

In our Cinebench R15 endurance test, the Core i7-8500Y can maintain its performance for an extended period of time under normal conditions. 

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Porsche Design Ultra One Intel Core i7-8500Y, Intel Core i7-8500Y: Ø246 (242.99-252.74)
VAIO A12-92993 Intel Core i7-8500Y, Intel Core i7-8500Y: Ø232 (221.39-245.57)
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel Core i5-8265U: Ø492 (488.36-508.63)
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8565U: Ø489 (485.76-508.49)
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U AMD Ryzen 5 3580U, AMD Ryzen 5 3580U: Ø662 (563.52-691.26)

In the Cinebench R15 individual tests, the Ultra One can almost match the Surface Laptop 3 15 in single-core performance. On the other hand, the multi-core performance is, as expected, significantly lower but it can surpass the VAIO A12 with the same CPU, for example.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Intel Core i7-8565U
165 Points ∼76% +25%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
Intel Core i5-8265U
160 Points ∼73% +21%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U
139 Points ∼64% +5%
Porsche Design Ultra One
Intel Core i7-8500Y
132 Points ∼61%
Average Intel Core i7-8500Y
  (126 - 132, n=4)
130 Points ∼60% -2%
VAIO A12-92993
Intel Core i7-8500Y
126 Points ∼58% -5%
Average of class Office
  (20 - 199, n=538)
112 Points ∼51% -15%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U
693 Points ∼16% +181%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
Intel Core i5-8265U
521 (min: 471.69, max: 492.04) Points ∼12% +111%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Intel Core i7-8565U
494 (min: 492.26, max: 519.15) Points ∼11% +100%
Average of class Office
  (36 - 1050, n=545)
345 Points ∼8% +40%
Average Intel Core i7-8500Y
  (227 - 271, n=4)
248 Points ∼6% 0%
Porsche Design Ultra One
Intel Core i7-8500Y
247 Points ∼6%
VAIO A12-92993
Intel Core i7-8500Y
227 Points ∼5% -8%
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
132 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
247 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
40.74 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
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System performance

The Porsche Design Ultra One can hold its own relatively well in the PCMark benchmarks for system performance. In the overall score of the PCMark 10 test, the result is even enough to surpass the HP ZBook 15u G6. In everyday use, the Ultra One has a smooth system operation and only shows small delays like when opening the Windows Start menu, for example. 

The performance reached by other laptops in our tests can be found in our CPU Benchmarks article.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
Vega 9, 3580U, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
3778 Points ∼32% +83%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Radeon Pro WX 3200, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
2905 Points ∼24% +41%
Average of class Office
  (320 - 3884, n=155)
2658 Points ∼22% +29%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV512G
2067 Points ∼17% 0%
Porsche Design Ultra One
UHD Graphics 615, 8500Y, FORESEE P902F001TB
2060 Points ∼17%
VAIO A12-92993
UHD Graphics 615, 8500Y, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
1978 Points ∼17% -4%
Average Intel Core i7-8500Y, Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (1791 - 2060, n=4)
1927 Points ∼16% -6%
Productivity
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
Vega 9, 3580U, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
6102 Points ∼63% +10%
VAIO A12-92993
UHD Graphics 615, 8500Y, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
6026 Points ∼62% +9%
Average Intel Core i7-8500Y, Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (5164 - 6026, n=4)
5615 Points ∼58% +2%
Porsche Design Ultra One
UHD Graphics 615, 8500Y, FORESEE P902F001TB
5526 Points ∼57%
Average of class Office
  (1266 - 7964, n=155)
5490 Points ∼57% -1%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Radeon Pro WX 3200, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3998 Points ∼41% -28%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV512G
2941 Points ∼30% -47%
Essentials
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
Vega 9, 3580U, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
7861 Points ∼70% +8%
Porsche Design Ultra One
UHD Graphics 615, 8500Y, FORESEE P902F001TB
7257 Points ∼64%
VAIO A12-92993
UHD Graphics 615, 8500Y, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
7195 Points ∼64% -1%
Average of class Office
  (2683 - 9790, n=155)
6983 Points ∼62% -4%
Average Intel Core i7-8500Y, Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (6709 - 7257, n=4)
6976 Points ∼62% -4%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Radeon Pro WX 3200, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5223 Points ∼46% -28%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV512G
5073 Points ∼45% -30%
Score
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
Vega 9, 3580U, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
4056 Points ∼52% +30%
Average of class Office
  (803 - 4597, n=156)
3276 Points ∼42% +5%
VAIO A12-92993
UHD Graphics 615, 8500Y, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3161 Points ∼41% +1%
Porsche Design Ultra One
UHD Graphics 615, 8500Y, FORESEE P902F001TB
3122 Points ∼40%
Average Intel Core i7-8500Y, Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (2884 - 3161, n=4)
3028 Points ∼39% -3%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Radeon Pro WX 3200, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
2817 Points ∼36% -10%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV512G
2247 Points ∼29% -28%
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
VAIO A12-92993
UHD Graphics 615, 8500Y, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3493 Points ∼57% +27%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
Vega 9, 3580U, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
3348 Points ∼55% +21%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Radeon Pro WX 3200, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3257 Points ∼53% +18%
Average of class Office
  (1169 - 4770, n=410)
3058 Points ∼50% +11%
Average Intel Core i7-8500Y, Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (2588 - 3493, n=4)
2894 Points ∼47% +5%
Porsche Design Ultra One
UHD Graphics 615, 8500Y, FORESEE P902F001TB
2758 Points ∼45%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV512G
2747 Points ∼45% 0%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2758 points
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Storage

Porsche Design has installed a 1 TB SSD from FORESEE in the Ultra One. It is very fast, as is typical for SSDs, but it performs significantly worse in the storage benchmarks than most competing devices in our test field.

The permanent and really unpleasant noise that the SSD in our test model makes when doing write and read operations is one of the biggest weaknesses of the Porsche laptop.

The results obtained in our benchmarks by other storage devices can be found in our SSD/HDD Benchmarks article.

Porsche Design Ultra One
FORESEE P902F001TB
VAIO A12-92993
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV512G
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
Average FORESEE P902F001TB
 
Average of class Office
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
74%
36%
61%
2%
0%
-3%
Write 4K
109.3
113.9
4%
115.3
5%
156
43%
99.04
-9%
109
0%
96 (0.217 - 204, n=160)
-12%
Read 4K
43.56
46.8
7%
43.34
-1%
45.73
5%
35.63
-18%
43.6
0%
33.7 (0.176 - 166, n=160)
-23%
Write Seq
518.1
1868
261%
1014
96%
1158
124%
706.2
36%
518
0%
712 (21.4 - 2714, n=159)
37%
Read Seq
1118
2226
99%
1481
32%
1132
1%
1044
-7%
1118
0%
999 (74 - 2827, n=159)
-11%
Write 4K Q32T1
310.4
313.4
1%
495.4
60%
369.2
19%
326.6
5%
310
0%
269 (0.222 - 701, n=161)
-13%
Read 4K Q32T1
345.6
284.6
-18%
332.6
-4%
573
66%
270
-22%
346
0%
289 (0.647 - 773, n=161)
-16%
Write Seq Q32T1
925.9
1880.5
103%
1653.8
79%
1969
113%
819.6
-11%
926
0%
915 (56.5 - 3280, n=161)
-1%
Read Seq Q32T1
1431
3401.9
138%
1746.1
22%
3138
119%
2028
42%
1431
0%
1633 (78.6 - 3561, n=161)
14%
Write 4K Q8T8
410.2
1033.2
864 (4.69 - 2067, n=16)
Read 4K Q8T8
526.7
891.8
901 (247 - 1525, n=16)
AS SSD
156%
144%
203%
29%
0%
-43%
Score Total
1076
3462
222%
3420
218%
3976
270%
1434
33%
1076
0%
1357 (21 - 5169, n=365)
26%
Score Write
372
1042
180%
1132
204%
1755
372%
488
31%
372
0%
456 (8 - 2668, n=365)
23%
Score Read
473
1638
246%
1528
223%
1474
212%
639
35%
473
0%
602 (6 - 2251, n=365)
27%
Access Time Write *
0.263
0.029
89%
0.036
86%
0.026
90%
0.11
58%
0.263
-0%
1.068 (0.021 - 34.1, n=393)
-306%
Access Time Read *
0.453
0.04
91%
0.063
86%
0.039
91%
0.056
88%
0.453
-0%
1.485 (0.025 - 32, n=390)
-228%
4K-64 Write
196.24
767.22
291%
926.34
372%
1445.94
637%
339.93
73%
196
0%
302 (0.23 - 2280, n=394)
54%
4K-64 Read
304.23
1316.36
333%
1343.59
342%
1210.64
298%
492.01
62%
304
0%
448 (0.34 - 2072, n=394)
47%
4K Write
100.19
142.48
42%
120.22
20%
137.63
37%
96.76
-3%
100
0%
74.6 (0.21 - 182, n=394)
-26%
4K Read
40.63
56.79
40%
45.72
13%
55.3
36%
34.98
-14%
40.6
0%
30 (0.4 - 112, n=394)
-26%
Seq Write
753.77
1327.81
76%
852
13%
1715.24
128%
514.48
-32%
754
0%
502 (41.5 - 2531, n=395)
-33%
Seq Read
1285.13
2650.04
106%
1383
8%
2082.88
62%
1122.12
-13%
1285
0%
838 (42.5 - 2978, n=395)
-35%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
115% / 122%
90% / 99%
132% / 143%
16% / 18%
0% / 0%
-23% / -26%

* ... smaller is better

FORESEE P902F001TB
Sequential Read: 993.1 MB/s
Sequential Write: 672.3 MB/s
512K Read: 598.2 MB/s
512K Write: 506.8 MB/s
4K Read: 28.84 MB/s
4K Write: 85.93 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 312.7 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 231.1 MB/s

Graphics card

In the Ultra One, an Intel UHD Graphics 615 takes care of the reproduction of image content. The integrated graphics unit uses the available RAM and benefits from a dual-channel configuration, which is also used in Porsche Design's laptop. In the 3DMark benchmarks, performance is up to 13% higher than the values of other laptops that we've tested with this graphics card. In everyday use, however, performance is only sufficient for applications with a low demand on graphics performance.

The expected performance for other graphics cards compared to the UHD Graphics 615 can be found in our GPU Benchmarks article.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 9, AMD Ryzen 5 3580U
4380 Points ∼100% +218%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
4256 Points ∼97% +209%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1722 Points ∼39% +25%
Porsche Design Ultra One
Intel UHD Graphics 615, Intel Core i7-8500Y
1376 Points ∼31%
Average of class Office
  (185 - 5332, n=662)
1323 Points ∼30% -4%
VAIO A12-92993
Intel UHD Graphics 615, Intel Core i7-8500Y
1185 Points ∼27% -14%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (821 - 1376, n=7)
1161 Points ∼27% -16%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
3088 Points ∼100% +216%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 9, AMD Ryzen 5 3580U
2789 Points ∼90% +186%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1143 Points ∼37% +17%
Average of class Office
  (138 - 4109, n=481)
1017 Points ∼33% +4%
Porsche Design Ultra One
Intel UHD Graphics 615, Intel Core i7-8500Y
976 Points ∼32%
VAIO A12-92993
Intel UHD Graphics 615, Intel Core i7-8500Y
964 Points ∼31% -1%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (563 - 976, n=7)
820 Points ∼27% -16%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 9, AMD Ryzen 5 3580U
19255 Points ∼100% +160%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200, Intel Core i7-8565U
18952 Points ∼98% +156%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
8935 Points ∼46% +21%
VAIO A12-92993
Intel UHD Graphics 615, Intel Core i7-8500Y
7568 Points ∼39% +2%
Porsche Design Ultra One
Intel UHD Graphics 615, Intel Core i7-8500Y
7409 Points ∼38%
Average of class Office
  (1208 - 27117, n=527)
7057 Points ∼37% -5%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (4521 - 7568, n=7)
6506 Points ∼34% -12%
3DMark 11 Performance
1503 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5528 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
881 points
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Gaming performance

The Porsche Design Ultra One is only suitable for older or very simple games. Users will have to resort to lower graphics settings for smooth frame rates.

Our GPU Games article shows the expected performance for the Intel UHD Graphics 615 in various titles.

BioShock Infinite
1366x768 High Preset
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Intel Core i7-8565U, AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200
81.55 fps ∼100% +302%
Average of class Office
  (4.43 - 128, n=347)
27.2 fps ∼33% +34%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
24 fps ∼29% +18%
VAIO A12-92993
Intel Core i7-8500Y, Intel UHD Graphics 615
22.5 fps ∼28% +11%
Porsche Design Ultra One
Intel Core i7-8500Y, Intel UHD Graphics 615
20.28 fps ∼25%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (13.3 - 22.5, n=7)
18 fps ∼22% -11%
1366x768 Medium Preset
Average of class Office
  (5.6 - 145, n=368)
31.5 fps ∼100% +10%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
31 fps ∼98% +8%
Porsche Design Ultra One
Intel Core i7-8500Y, Intel UHD Graphics 615
28.6 fps ∼91%
VAIO A12-92993
Intel Core i7-8500Y, Intel UHD Graphics 615
26.5 fps ∼84% -7%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (15.8 - 28.6, n=7)
22.3 fps ∼71% -22%
1280x720 Very Low Preset
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 9
117.9 fps ∼100% +135%
Average of class Office
  (12.2 - 208, n=374)
56.2 fps ∼48% +12%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
56 fps ∼47% +12%
Porsche Design Ultra One
Intel Core i7-8500Y, Intel UHD Graphics 615
50.17 fps ∼43%
VAIO A12-92993
Intel Core i7-8500Y, Intel UHD Graphics 615
49.1 fps ∼42% -2%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (27.5 - 50.2, n=7)
39.2 fps ∼33% -22%
Dota 2 Reborn
1920x1080 high (2/3)
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Intel Core i7-8565U, AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200
48 (min: 43.5) fps ∼100% +216%
Average of class Office
  (5.5 - 69, n=45)
28.4 fps ∼59% +87%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
18.6 (min: 17.3) fps ∼39% +22%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
18 (min: 16.7) fps ∼38% +18%
HP Spectre Folio 13-ak0020ng
Intel Core i7-8500Y, Intel UHD Graphics 615
15.4 fps ∼32% +1%
Porsche Design Ultra One
Intel Core i7-8500Y, Intel UHD Graphics 615
15.2 (min: 13.7) fps ∼32%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (11.3 - 15.4, n=4)
13.9 fps ∼29% -9%
VAIO A12-92993
Intel Core i7-8500Y, Intel UHD Graphics 615
13.6 (min: 12.4) fps ∼28% -11%
1366x768 med (1/3)
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Intel Core i7-8565U, AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200
87 (min: 76.7) fps ∼100% +197%
Average of class Office
  (9.7 - 89.8, n=53)
45.6 fps ∼52% +56%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
39.4 (min: 35.4) fps ∼45% +34%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
36.7 (min: 31.7) fps ∼42% +25%
Porsche Design Ultra One
Intel Core i7-8500Y, Intel UHD Graphics 615
29.3 (min: 24.2) fps ∼34%
HP Spectre Folio 13-ak0020ng
Intel Core i7-8500Y, Intel UHD Graphics 615
27.3 fps ∼31% -7%
VAIO A12-92993
Intel Core i7-8500Y, Intel UHD Graphics 615
26.3 (min: 21.6) fps ∼30% -10%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (17.4 - 29.3, n=4)
25.1 fps ∼29% -14%
1280x720 min (0/3) fastest
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
Intel Core i7-8565U, AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200
98 (min: 85.8) fps ∼100% +63%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
67 (min: 59.5) fps ∼68% +11%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
60.4 (min: 54.3) fps ∼62% 0%
Average of class Office
  (21.3 - 131, n=53)
66.2 fps ∼68% +10%
Porsche Design Ultra One
Intel Core i7-8500Y, Intel UHD Graphics 615
60.1 (min: 52.8) fps ∼61%
VAIO A12-92993
Intel Core i7-8500Y, Intel UHD Graphics 615
56.6 (min: 49.9) fps ∼58% -6%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (52.6 - 60.1, n=4)
56.2 fps ∼57% -6%
HP Spectre Folio 13-ak0020ng
Intel Core i7-8500Y, Intel UHD Graphics 615
55.3 fps ∼56% -8%
Anno 1800
1920x1080 Medium Graphics Quality (DX11)
Average of class Office
  (5.22 - 26.7, n=5)
11.6 fps ∼100% +122%
Porsche Design Ultra One
Intel Core i7-8500Y, Intel UHD Graphics 615
5.22 fps ∼45%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 615
 
5.22 fps ∼45% 0%
1280x720 Low Graphics Quality (DX11)
Average of class Office
  (8.1 - 52.8, n=8)
21.4 fps ∼100% +42%
Porsche Design Ultra One
Intel Core i7-8500Y, Intel UHD Graphics 615
15.09 fps ∼71%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (9.7 - 15.1, n=2)
12.4 fps ∼58% -18%
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 50.17 28.6 20.28 7.56 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 60.1 29.3 15.2 13.7 fps
Anno 1800 (2019) 15.09 5.22 fps

Emissions and energy - Fanless but with a loud SSD

Noise emissions

Noise
Noise

The Ultra One is designed for operation without active cooling and therefore doesn't emit any fan noise. In day-to-day use, however, there is a very ugly noise, especially when accessing files, which is triggered by the SSD. This electronic creaking is very high-frequency and clearly audible, which makes working with the Porsche laptop very unpleasant.

Noise Level

Idle
30.4 / 30.4 / 30.4 dB(A)
Load
30.8 / 30.4 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30.4 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2033.433.334.433.4253933.637.4393136.939.440.136.94033.334.332.333.35032.532.231.332.56327.530.528.427.58026.427.426.826.410025.625.727.325.612525.325.425.825.316024.324.623.724.320022.922.722.622.925022.522.722.222.531521.521.920.921.540020.720.420.220.750019.920.119.519.963019.519.319.219.580018.918.918.218.9100018.218.51818.2125017.918.41817.9160018.217.817.518.2200018.117.617.518.1250018.417.617.718.4315018.417.817.818.4400018.4181818.4500018.318.11818.3630018.418.118.218.4800018.418.218.418.41000018.818.118.418.81250018.718.118.118.71600018.918.218.218.9SPL30.830.630.430.8N1.51.51.41.5median 18.8median 18.4median 18.2median 18.8Delta1.61.921.6hearing rangehide median Fan NoisePorsche Design Ultra One

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

Our measurements show that the Porsche Design Ultra One reaches surface temperatures of up to 27.9 °C (~82 °F) when idle and up to 47.8 °C (~118 °F) under load. The laptop feels warm at the left rear corner but never gets too hot to hold in your hand or to be used on the lap.

During our one-hour-long stress test, temperatures inside remain below the 80 °C (~176 °F) mark and clock speeds drop to about 1.1 GHz. This means that the base clock speed is slightly undercut, but users don't have to fear restrictions due to temperatures being too high.

Max. Load
 47.8 °C
118 F
40.7 °C
105 F
27.2 °C
81 F
 
 33.8 °C
93 F
32.8 °C
91 F
25.9 °C
79 F
 
 26.2 °C
79 F
27.2 °C
81 F
24.1 °C
75 F
 
Maximum: 47.8 °C = 118 F
Average: 31.7 °C = 89 F
27.9 °C
82 F
35.1 °C
95 F
42 °C
108 F
25.9 °C
79 F
31.6 °C
89 F
34 °C
93 F
24.6 °C
76 F
27.1 °C
81 F
28.2 °C
83 F
Maximum: 42 °C = 108 F
Average: 30.7 °C = 87 F
Power Supply (max.)  32.8 °C = 91 F | Room Temperature 23.1 °C = 74 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 31.7 °C / 89 F, compared to the average of 29.4 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 47.8 °C / 118 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 42 °C / 108 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25.4 °C / 78 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 27.2 °C / 81 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.1 °C / 82.6 F (+0.9 °C / 1.6 F).
Photo of heat map in idle usage - Top
Photo of heat map in idle usage - Top
Photo of heat map in idle usage - Bottom
Photo of heat map in idle usage - Bottom
Photo of heat map under load - Top
Photo of heat map under load - Top
Photo of heat map under load - Bottom
Photo of heat map under load - Bottom

Speakers

The speakers of the Porsche Design Ultra One are branded by harman/kardon. They offer low volume and a relatively wide sound spectrum, which also covers the lower tones weakly. This makes the speakers suitable for playback of media content, but the use should be limited to very quiet environments.

Speakers
Speakers
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2032.234.432.22537.637.437.63146.840.146.84035.332.335.35035.931.335.96331.128.431.18031.526.831.510042.127.342.112552.125.852.116053.523.753.520048.122.648.125047.422.247.431557.120.957.140064.220.264.250060.919.560.96306019.26080058.418.258.4100061.91861.9125059.31859.3160064.317.564.3200066.117.566.1250064.317.764.3315058.417.858.4400058.91858.9500063.31863.3630063.118.263.1800059.918.459.91000057.518.457.51250060.218.160.21600064.518.264.5SPL74.330.474.3N34.61.434.6median 59.9median 18.2median 59.9Delta4.124.135.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoisePorsche Design Ultra OneApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Porsche Design Ultra One audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (66.14 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 9.8% lower than median
(-) | bass is not linear (15.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.6% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (10.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 0% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 96% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Energy consumption

According to our measurements, the Ultra One has an energy requirement of at least 4.6 watts when idle and up to 28.7 watts under load. This makes it an energy-efficient device, and it can be operated without any problems with the included 60-watt power adapter.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.32 / 0.38 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.6 / 7.6 / 9.7 Watt
Load midlight 22 / 28.7 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery life

In our practical Wi-Fi test, the Porsche Design Ultra One reaches a runtime of just under seven hours. This puts it in the middle of our chosen comparison devices, but it can't use its 45 Wh battery as well as Microsoft's Surface Laptop 3 15, for example.

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
3580U, Vega 9, 45 Wh
546 min ∼21% +30%
VAIO A12-92993
8500Y, UHD Graphics 615, 23.4 Wh
431 min ∼16% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE
8265U, UHD Graphics 620, 45 Wh
429 min ∼16% +2%
Porsche Design Ultra One
8500Y, UHD Graphics 615, 45.6 Wh
419 min ∼16%
Average of class Office
  (105 - 1104, n=356)
417 min ∼16% 0%
HP ZBook 15u G6 6TP54EA
8565U, Radeon Pro WX 3200, 56 Wh
415 min ∼16% -1%
Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
6h 59min

Pros

+ stable case
+ very good black value
+ good contrast
+ consistent performance

Cons

- very uneven price-performance ratio
- very reflective screen
- SSD produces unpleasant noise

Verdict - Strong weaknesses mar the Porsche Design Ultra One

In review: Porsche Design Ultra One. Test device provided by: Porsche Design
In review: Porsche Design Ultra One. Test device provided by: Porsche Design

The Porsche Design Ultra One is very expensive. For the high price, the fanless laptop offers a very stable case, a touchscreen and a full 16 GB of memory as well as a 1 TB SSD. Performance is enough for everyday office use and meets our expectations for the hardware. Devices such as the VAIO A12-92993 or the HP Spectre Folio 13-ak0020ng have already taken a similar path, and they've been thoroughly accepted by buyers. 

Porsche Design should have installed an anti-glare display and a high-quality SSD in the Ultra One to make the price actually bearable.

The design and silent operation are probably the biggest selling points of the Ultra One. The laptop clearly fails in regard to the latter point, however. As already mentioned in the review, the built-in SSD makes such an unpleasant noise that working with the device is unpleasant even for users with less sensitive ears. In addition, there's the highly reflective display, which is unpleasant for the eyes. Therefore, two important points make the use of the Porsche Design Ultra One so difficult that the price is no longer justified in any way.

Porsche Design Ultra One - 11/12/2019 v7
Mike Wobker

Chassis
82 / 98 → 84%
Keyboard
79%
Pointing Device
88%
Connectivity
45 / 80 → 56%
Weight
69 / 20-75 → 89%
Battery
74%
Display
76%
Games Performance
43 / 78 → 55%
Application Performance
73 / 95 → 77%
Temperature
92%
Noise
100%
Audio
60%
Camera
33 / 85 → 39%
Average
70%
80%
Office - Weighted Average

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Mike Wobker, 2019-11-12 (Update: 2019-11-13)