Porsche Design BOOK ONE Discussion Thread

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  1. KOTR

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    Does anyone know yet if this will support dual monitors out of its Thunderbolt port?
     
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    I stumbled upon the Porsche Book a week ago in a local electronics store, Media Markt (kinda like Best Buy for the american folks).

    Unfortunately it was pretty much locked down. No pen, the display was in an annoying store demo loop, and the security tags kept me from moving it fully. So here are my limited observations:

    Design: Most if it looks and feels really nice. The one eye-sore are those hinges. Instead of polished stainless steel those have the looks of cheaply painted with chrome, kinda destroys the premium look in my opinion. They are quite smooth though, no real danger of scratching anything with it.

    Hinge: Independent of the looks, those had a good friction when moving the screen. Unfortunately it was also prone to wobble, at the same level as the Surface Book or even worse.

    Keyboard: It was only ok, key travel felt a bit too shallow and a bit noisier than I like. They keyboard on the Surface Book is definitely better. Touchpad on the Surface felt better as well.
     
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    I think you mean Mercedes
     
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    That's what I get for trying to look clever.
     
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    The Porsche Book One pen has been upgraded to 4096 pressure levels. They updated their website and now clearly point this out. During their announcement they stated 2048 everywhere. This is only the second manufacturer to offer this so far, besides Lenovo with the Active Pen 2 (and Wacom with the un-/confirmed(?) 4096-level Bamboo Ink).

    Some minor additional observations since I saw it again in the store:
    • You cannot attach the tablet portion onto the keyboard the other way round, only screen facing the keyboard, so this does not work like the Surface Book or Lenovo Helix etc. If you want to use it as a tablet with the keyboard attached, you have to use the 360° hinge and hence the keyboard on the bottom. The proprietary connector is shaped similar to a HDMI connector so it physically fits only in one direction.
    • Just like with the Surface Book, the Porsche Book One has to have power to disconnect the tablet. You push a button on the right side and then a small unlock symbol lights up under the screen indiciating that ypou can detach it. I don't know if this works in stand-by or if it needs to be booted up.
    I can't say anything else, since it was still in a stupid, useless demo-mode by the big box retailer Media Markt, and of course the employee there showed their typical, well-known incompetence by being unable to get it out of their own demo mode... :rolleyes:
     
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    You'd think in a device which is all about design, they'd make better design choices, like allowing the tablet portion to connect the other way around and allowing it to disconnect without power. Since it doesn't have a dGPU, it means the base is nothing but a large battery, a keyboard, and a port extender. They easily could have connected it with a USB C connector and delivered power and ports with zero additional complications that necessitate actively disconnecting the keyboard or not being able to connect it with the display facing out.
     
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    Have had my PB1 now for a couple of weeks, and I absolutely love it. I have it running a 4K monitor, albeit at 30Hz, out of the TB3 port using the provided adapter. I tried a TB3 docking station, but it wouldn't allow me to operate dual monitors. In speaking with Porsche Design Support, they said that they'll be releasing their own docking station near the end of this year. Instead of fooling around with other stations, I'll just wait for that to be released.
    BTW - The PD Premium Support service is fantastic! I call / email them about anything and I get immediate, knowledgeable support. They go out of their way to be helpful.
     
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