Just like its parent company, Porsche Design specializes in the creation of devices that offer a unique set of features with an eye towards high-end styles. This month the company introduced its Ultra One laptop, which offers a 15.6-inch Full-HD touchscreen display in a chassis that is thinner than most 13-inch mobile PCs, and with a fanless cooling design, is also dead silent as well.

In terms of design, the Porsche Design Ultra One comes in a magnesium chassis with polished stainless-steel elements; the body measures 359×249.5×13.8mm and the complete laptop weighs around 1.5 kilograms. The chassis features a special hinge block that puts virtually all ports of the machine at the back in a bid to hide cables when they are in use and further emphasize ‘Apple MacBook’ style minimalism without actually removing  the USB Type-A, USB Type-C, HDMI, and microSD ports. Of course, it is debatable whether these ports are in a comfortable place to use, but at least they are present.

At the heart of the Porsche Design Ultra One notebook is Intel’s low-power 8th Generation Core i5-8200Y or i7-8500Y (Amber Lake-Y) dual-core processors, which use Intel's UHD Graphics 615 and come with a TDP of just 5 W. The CPU is accompanied by 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM as well as a 512 GB or 1 TB SSD, depending on the model (see the table below for details). Since Intel designed the processor to be as energy efficient as possible, do not expect the Porsche Design Ultra One to offer performance akin to that expected from Porsche cars. What it will likely offer is a very long battery life assuming that there is a high-capacity battery under the hood.

In order to make the Porsche Design Ultra One notebook as comfortable to use as possible, the manufacturer equipped it with a backlit keyboard featuring large flat keys (I wonder what mechanism they use) with keys like PgUp, PgDn, Home, End, Ins, Del, as well as a special key to launch the Calculator app. Furthermore, the laptop has an oversized touchpad, a page from Apple’s book, and a fingerprint reader.

On the multimedia side of things, the Porsche Design Ultra One features stereo speakers co-designed with Harman/Kardon, and Cortana-supporting microphone array. For some reason, the manufacturer never mentions any webcam that is also not seen anywhere, so either it is hidden, or is not there, which is odd, given lifestyle nature of the device.

Porsche Design Ultra One
  Ultra One i5 Ultra One i7
Display 15.6-inch 1920×1080 with touch
CPU Intel Core i5-8200Y
1.30 GHz - 3.90 GHz
4 MB
Intel Core i7-8500Y
1.50 GHz - 4.20 GHz
4 MB
Graphics HD Graphics 615
RAM 8 GB 16 GB
SSD 512 GB 1 TB
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2
USB 3.0 2 × Type-A
2 × Type-C
GbE -
Card Reader microSD
Other I/O HDMI, microphone, stereo speakers by Harman/Kardon, audio jack
Battery ?
Dimensions Width: 359 mm
Depth: 249.5 mm
Thickness: 13.8 mm
Weight Starting at 1.5 kg
Additional Information Link Link
Price $1,350 $1,800

The Porsche Design Ultra One i5 and i7 laptops will be available in late December for $1,350 and $1,800, respectively. The company is currently taking pre-orders.

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Source: Porsche Design (via Liliputing)

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  • peevee - Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - link

    I would not mind one of those if it had 10th gen 15W i7. As it is it is too weak, even phones nowadays are faster.
  • s.yu - Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - link

    The whole package is weak.
  • UltraWide - Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - link

    Nice design but there is too much strong competition out there at the price point they are targeting.
  • meacupla - Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - link

    I wonder who this is intended for... as in, what's the use case scenario?

    15" is not exactly portable. Fanless Y series means not very good performance at all. 1080p screen is perfect for watching videos, without adding extra strain on battery performance. Larger and easier to use keyboard for better typing experience... on a 16:9 screen 1080p screen...

    Yeah, the best I can come up with is watch youtube and type in some high precision comments for said videos, with some email action here and there.
  • khanikun - Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - link

    It's for Porsche owners who feel like blowing money on a laptop that they'll barely use.
  • ABR - Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - link

    It's for Porsche owners who want to keep their money in-house rather than buying the originals these imitate.
  • wr3zzz - Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - link

    It's for professionals who don't need to carry their notebook to every Starbucks or selfie hotspots in town but do need to take it around for work looking for bigger screen than 13". I will never bring another notebook with fans to business meetings but I do wish for more screen real estate than my Spectre Folio, albeit Porsche Design does not scream professionalism either.

    Those idiotic Y-series-sucks comments are from techies who never rose to managerial positions, or are not aware there are professionals who only need Office suites.
  • abufrejoval - Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - link

    I wouldn't express it quite that way, but yes: You should use one before you accuse Intel and Porsche and their customers as being fools.

    And not having fans has a huge impact on longetivity as well: Dust accumulates, chokes and eventually kills... unless you're willing to do the maintenance.

    My wife loves sewing and other stuff that includes cloth, thread, paper, etc. The amount of stuff I regularly remove from her notebooks are no reflection on how clean the household is being kept. More on how ironing and vacuuming is actually stirring up dust, that winds up in rapidly moving fans all around.
  • khanikun - Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - link

    Unless it's a completely sealed unit, the dust will still accumulate. Temp changes will cause air to flow around and with it, move dust.
  • khanikun - Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - link

    or your stuck on a network where a massive amount of your processing power is gobbled up by stupid McAfee, so even running just Office end up being a challenge. Especially with how bloated crap like Adobe and MS Office have gotten over the years.

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