Ooh. Shiny. When Porsche Design unveiled its Book One at Mobile World Congress, Microsoft’s premium Surface Book finally had a rival for Best Trophy Laptop – the one you might not mind spending a huge amount of money on because it's both powerful and portable (and looks damn good)

We haven’t tested the Book One yet – it doesn’t ship until April – but we can compare its specs to those of the Surface Book closest in price and specs. Run through the list with us and see if you agree on which device is most drool-worthy.


Both the Book One and the equivalent Surface Book model come in at the high end for a laptop. The Book One costs €2,795 (around £2,424) or US$2,495 from Porsche's website. The Surface Book costs £2,399 or $2,699 from Microsoft's website.

Case material, dimensions, and weight

Higher-end laptops eschew plastic for lighter, tougher, and more prestigious materials. The Book One is thinner overall, but not lighter, and not without further compromise. The Book One case is anodised aluminium in a matte, silvery finish. It measures 12.26 x 8.9 x 0.63 inches and weighs 1.71kg.

The Surface Book is made of Magnesium in a matte, silvery finish. It measures 12.3 x 9.14 x 0.51-0.9 inches (because of the hinge – more on that later) and weighs 1.64kg.

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