So a quick update here after 2/3 months with the V which is a bit of a response to this thread with those waiting who are concerned about quality…
In terms of my setup have the following:
Eve V with standard Windows 10. I don’t have much software on there other than MS Office, a couple of VPN’s, Dropbox and Cryptomator - good piece of software for those interested in added security for cloud storage. So it’s very lightweight in terms of installed things.
Eve Zipper Sleeve - very cool case, does the job and I like the design.
D Brand Skin - Black carbon back / white trackpad - https://dbrand.com/shop/eve-v-skins
I replaced the Eve screen protector with this one from Brotect there was nothing wrong with the Eve one, but I was trying to figure out why polarised sunglasses made the screen very dark. It’s the anti-reflective coating I think nothing to do with screen protection. However, I do think the Brotect protector is better quality and feels nicer to touch. Unsure on how it works with the pen as I don’t really use it.
I know a lot of people wanted the V to have LTE capability. I guess that would have been handy but I have a Dual SIM phone, One Plus 3T. I never really used two sim’s much in the past but I picked up a data only sim card, found a deal here that gave 12GB for 12 months on Three (only applies to UK users really) this gives me 3G/4G via feel at home in the EU. I used this in Scandinavia recently and it worked like a charm, good download speeds and meant I could use the V outside where Wi-Fi isn’t really an option. Doesn’t seem to drain my battery much either on the OnePlus 3T. I can see 12GB lasting me a few months easily at my current usage as I just avoid doing any sort of heavy uploading or downloading when off wi-fi.
Power Pack / External Charger - I bought a Ravpower USB C one - https://www.ravpower.com/external-batteries.html. Pretty nice form factor/design and works well if you need to recharge when out and about. Although to be honest I haven’t used it a whole lot, I can get 6-7 hours out of the V on the go using it constantly for browsing, content editing etc, web research type stuff. I’ve not actually done a test from 100% to zero but I was sat in a coworking space without any charger for from 11am-6pm recently without really paying attention to battery level and I think it had about 20% left when I finally packed up. I will try to do a full test on this if I remember
Allaying customer fears about quality
For customers still waiting for the V I’ve noticed a few posting about issues they have seen on the forum and unsure of the quality when they get it. All I can say is since April I’ve not experienced one issue so far - the ports fit like a glove, the hinges on the kickstand are rock solid and no issues with software at all. In fact the only thing I can remember is once when waking up from sleep, the screen seemed unresponsive to the touch, but after tapping the keyboard a few times and alt-tabbing to a different window it worked again. Could be V, or program related who knows, would need to happen every time for me to look into it.
in terms of build quality, it’s top notch. I have an XPS 15 laptop as a daily driver, and the Eve is comparable in terms of feel. I’d recommend a d-brand skin for added protection against inevitable scratches though and it’s helped keep my V in mint condition, With a quick screen clean it would pass for brand new.
So for those worried, I wouldn’t be. Sure there’s a chance you could get a defective unit or problems but they are going to be few and far between IMO. A forum like this is always going to attract complaints/issues as there’s not much motivation to leave something positive, people are too busy doing their day to day stuff on a smooth running V to really have time so from the outside it can read like everyone is disgruntled, that’s not the case, not here at least anyway!
Eve should send out some review invites to customers, asking for a few words about their experience so far that they can publish on the Community or website. They do work…