German company Porsche Design just unveiled their first Windows laptop, and disgruntled MacBook Pro users would do well to pay attention—the 13-inch 2-in-1 powerhouse might just tempt you to finally jump ship to (or back to) Windows.
It’s no mystery that photographers who love the MacBook Pro line are less-than-thrilled with the newest Touch Bar iterations. One reviewer even called it Apple’s Canon 5D Mark IV—in other words, a step forward, but underwhelming and took way too long to bring to market. So what’s a traveling photographer with mobile photo editing needs to do?
Porsche Design’s Book One is a new, and very tempting, option.
Spec-for-spec, the Book One can keep up with some of the most capable 2-in-1s on the market, the most obvious comparison being Microsoft’s own Surface Book. Inside you’ll find a 7th generation Intel Core i7-7500U chip, 16GB of RAM, and an Intel SSD with 512GB of storage. On the outside, you’re greeted by a beautiful QHD IPS display with 3200 x 1800 pixels of resolution.
Sadly, the Book One does NOT include an SD card slot, but there is a microSD slot, two multifunctional USB Type-C ports, two regular USB 3.0 ports, and one USB 3.1 Type-C/Thunderbolt 3 port. And if you look on the right side of the screen, you’ll see a magnetically-attached Wacom-made stylus that will let you interact with your photo editing programs a bit more naturally, even if you leave your Wacom tablet at home.
With a ton of RAM, a better processor, versatile 2-in-1 design, and a Wacom stylus to boot, we could see the Book One tempting many a MacBook Pro user looking to upgrade.
The newly-announced laptop will arrive on store shelves in April for $2,495.