I’m really at the end of my ability to wait, my current laptop was at its deathbed 2 years ago but I was convinced to keep it alive and hold out for the V which I really did believe in. I love what Eve has done, I think their design choices will ripple through the upcoming hardware for the next few years. I think if they can solve their project management issues they have a shot at becoming something really special. So I’m no naysayer, I would say I’m actually on the cusp of being a fanboy, but I have to stay logical in my choices.
I was always one of the backers that wanted it to be slightly more “laptopy” I loved the idea of the folio case and I was truly saddened when the idea went cold. I work in science and while I spend most of my day on my feet I only need to drag my Asus i7 a55a with me to instruments about 20% of the time so mobility isn’t the primary attribute I seek. What I really love about the V is the selection of ports, I have to interface with lots of weird devices on a daily basis, this includes external 3 1/4 inch drives and other legacy ports on non standard equipment, so having the best of both worlds on the V was a huge selling point for me and honestly one of the main reasons I am still on the fence otherwise I would have sold my slot and picked up the yoga 920 when it was released.
I don’t actually care about having the newest tech, this crummy laptop I’m on now is actually still pretty good as far as I care (I did upgrade to an SSD and more ram though), it’s just that its like lugging around a granite slate every time I have to travel for work. I don’t need the fastest cpu for 8K video encoding so I don’t mind at all that the V isn’t quite up to the spec of the 8th gen, 98% of the time I’m pretty sure I will use the device with headphones so lackluster speakers aren’t an issue and I doubt I will use the pen.
I know the V now has an amazing screen but I’m the sort of luddite who is still happy on 1080p for my work machine. At home I have a decked out gaming desktop with all the fancy bits so I only need a work focused utensil. My personal priorities are functionality>longevity>portability>glamour, in that order. Seeing as I bought the i7 512 V, if I returned it or sold it onward I could easily buy a yoga now and get the money for the V back later. I know based on how I have described my needs even the yoga seems like an extreme purchase, I could probably get a think pad to do the same job but I’m typing this on a laptop from 2012 so I know whatever I buy I will probably be using it for a really long time and having something nice is worth it in the long run.
What I’m asking for is reasons not to switch to the yoga. Is someone using one and thinks it is lackluster? is the keyboard a bit janky? is there something you regret about it? I have read the specs and reviews and it all seems pretty much ok to me. I believe in EVE and I want the V but its just getting harder and harder to justify the shortcomings/$/performance of the V vs the yoga for just my personal position given that I’m not prioritizing the form factor, the pen or the need for an amazing screen. I feel part of it is delay fatigue, if they had said march 2018 mid last year instead of dec 2017 it probably wouldn’t be as bad but as it is I still have no shipping info.
I’m not here to complain, I’m here to ask for help making a choice, I think I would be happy with the V but I would be pretty disappointed if it wasn’t perfect out of the box after all this time. I also don’t want to hold EVE to higher standards than other companies and not expect the same unit to unit issues with devices like the yoga.
I don’t know, I’m going all over the place here and this turned into a huge rant, I’ll stop now. suggestions please.