Saturday, 22 Sep 2018

Porsche Design Book One

Porsche, the hedge fund which happens to own a car factory, used it design skills to widen its horizon again. First Porsche Design introduced the 911 Soundbar. This time Porsche Design got together with Intel and Microsoft to create a notebook in line with their car design.

Don’t expect curvy shapes or anything like that, but think of solid German design, with an eye for detail and quality. Some of the car elements found its way back into the design of the notebook. You can see an example of this in the hinges, which look similar to the Porsche transmission box. Because of the way the hinges are designed, this notebook can be used as a traditional notebook, as well as a tablet.

So, the design is solid. But how are the specs?


The Book One comes equipped with a high end Intel Core i7 7500U. This is a dual core Kaby Lake processor, with a clock speed of 2,7GHz, which can boost to 3,5GHz. It has 512GB of SSD storage, 16GB memory, and an Intel HD Graphics 620. The Intel HD Graphics 620 is certainly not a gamer’s card, but it should still give you a solid 30+ FPS in a game like GTA V.

The screen of the Book One is a touch screen IPS LCD with a resolution of 3200×1800 pixels. It’s covered by a layer of Gorilla Glass, which matches the German design and should give the notebook that extra layer of solidity. Regarding connectivity, the Book One comes equipped with 2 USB-C ports, which nicely match the design. One of USB-C ports supports Thunderbolt, and the designers even saw an opportunity to add two USB-A ports. A clear sign that Porsche isn’t Apple, which can be further confirmed by the availability of a 3.5mm audio jack.

As an added bonus, the Book One has a great looking Wacom pen. The pen, as can be expected, is sensitive to the touch, and is a great addition for designers.

The price? We don’t talk about the price. If you really want to know the price, it probably means you are one of the 99% who can’t afford this notebook. So, in more than one aspect, this notebook really captures the Porsche philosophy.