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Porsche Design tries their hand at a different kind of convertible—a notebook

The Book One distinguishes itself by having both a 360 degree hinge and a detachable tablet. (Source: Porsche Design)
The Book One distinguishes itself by having both a 360 degree hinge and a detachable tablet. (Source: Porsche Design)
Porsche Design is jumping into the notebook market with both feet via their US$2500 premium 2-in-1 convertible, the BOOK ONE. The Book One is differentiated by its aggressive design, high price, included Wacom stylus, and the fact that the screen both swivels 360 degrees and detaches.

Porsche Design has recently gone into the high-end smartphone market with their Porsche Design edition of the Huawei Mate 9, but they aren't stopping there. The German company is making a convertible—a laptop convertible, that is. In a sea of Windows convertible PCs, what makes the so-called Book One (stylized as BOOK ONE) stand our are its Porsche Design branding (and price) and that it has both a 360 degree hinge and a detachable keyboard, making it truly more flexible than other 2-in-1 PCs.

The Book One aims high with it's specs, seeking to compete against the Surface Book more than the Surface 3. It has an i7-7500U Kaby Lake CPU, 16GB RAM, 512GB PCIe SSD, a 5MP Windows Hello compatible webcam, and a 13.3-inch QHD+ (3200 x 1800) display. Unlike the Surface Book, the Book One has a Thunderbolt 3 port along with two USB Type-A ports. The comparisons to the Surface Book seem even more apt with the Wacom pen that Porsche Design is including with the unit. The pen features 2048 levels of pressure-sensitivity and docks magnetically alongside the chassis.

The design is relatively slim considering it's a convertible (which means more parts and heavier construction): it measures 12.3 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches and weighs 3.5 lbs together with its keyboard. The design is certainly more aggressive than the Surface Book, however, with a sizable chin bezel, rounded edges, and the hard to miss Porsche Design etching.

The Porsche Design Book One will be available in April for US$2500.

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Douglas Black, 2017-02-28 (Update: 2017-02-28)
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