The Porsche Design Acer Book RS is a lovely laptop with a lot using on its slim shoulders. With a title like that (Porsche Design is owned by the identical mum or dad firm as automaker Porsche AG), it’s naturally anticipated to mix efficiency together with model. The lofty costs—$1,400 for the bottom mannequin and $2,000 for the “premium bundle”—additionally carry some stress to ship. Will this product rise to defend its good title? Associate Acer’s appreciable ability at making laptops is a strong place to begin.
Introduced Wednesday and obtainable in December, the Porsche Design Acer Book RS does seem to carry sports-car flair. The lid for its 14-inch show is manufactured from 3k carbon fiber for lightness in addition to aesthetics. The all-metal, CNC-machined chassis has diamond-cut edges, an accent largely reserved for different premium merchandise just like the HP Spectre x360 14.
The specs are what I’d name high-end mainstream somewhat than performance-oriented—this isn’t a gaming laptop—however inside that context they’re largely good:
- CPU: Intel Core i5-1135G7 or Core i7-1165G7
- Reminiscence: 8GB or 16GB of dual-channel LPDDR4X SDRAM
- Storage: 512GB or 1TB of PCIe 3 NVMe SSD
- Show: 14-inch, 16:9 FHD IPS with one hundred pc sRGB shade gamut, Corning Anti-Microbial Gorilla Glass, and 340-nit most brightness
- Graphics: Intel Iris Xe built-in, or optionally available Nvidia GeForce MX350 GPU
- Connectivity: Two SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps Kind A, one Thunderbolt 4, HDMI, headphone jack
- Networking: Wi-Fi6 (Gig+)
- Dimensions: 12.52 x 8.24 0.63 inches
- Weight: 2.65 kilos
Just a few particulars of the configuration stunned me by their un-Porsche-like quaintness. The show’s 16:9 facet ratio has been the standard spec for some years, however we’re seeing the highest-end laptops with which the Book RS will compete, just like the Dell XPS and the HP Spectre, transfer towards a far more productivity-minded 3:2 facet ratio. There’s nothing mistaken with FHD (1920×1080) decision, however premium competitors is providing 4K or OLED choices (or each). However, high-res screens kill battery life, whereas the Book RS guarantees up to 17 hours on a full cost.
The MX350 graphics are discrete, nevertheless it’s Nvidia’s entry-level product for laptops. Don’t count on to run video games at max settings on the Porsche Design Acer Book RS, nevertheless it ought to give you the chance to deal with low or midrange settings.
The Book RS can be virtually adorably sq. by providing two USB-A ports and only one USB-C (Thunderbolt). I might perceive retaining one of many older type issue, however why solely one of many newest technology? That single Thunderbolt port could discover itself working extra time to run an exterior show or two, join to quick exterior storage, or maybe use a third-party USB-C charger—the Book RS seems to include a quaint barrel charging port as properly.
On the identical time, the Book RS has, maybe correctly, not tried to accomplish fairly as a lot as its predecessor promised. The unique Porsche Design Book One, which debuted at Cellular World Congress in 2017, appeared decided to upstage what was then probably the most unique laptop obtainable (and undoubtedly some of the costly), Microsoft’s Floor Book. Just like the Floor Book, the Book One provided a removable show, and it additionally had a very spectacular, gearlike 360-degree hinge that made the Floor Book’s personal rounded, non-convertible backbone look clunky.
Given the constraints of laptop know-how on the time, nevertheless, the Porsche Design Book One’s precise efficiency didn’t reside up to the look (or justify its very excessive value). We hope to see the Porsche Design Acer Book RS regain its household’s honor if we’ve got a probability to evaluation it.