Hi guys. This is my first post. I have been avidly reading all the cool ideas that you guys have posted and have paid attention to the wants and needs of the community. I have loads of very cool concepts but I will only post what can be reasonably expected of Eve-Tech and what I think would be beneficial to the community, basically most of my ideas :). To that end this post is a direct response to all of those in the community that would like to see Eve make a laptop. I think I have a cool, unique and rather innovative convertible laptop. I will not decide on specs I’m more interested in creating novel form factors/ functionality.
Essentially the idea is a blend of the eve v and the yoga book. It has all the benefits of a laptop in laptop mode but non of the drawbacks of a laptop in tablet mode. ergo. It is a laptop first and a tablet first also (rather than last).
In laptop mode it is very similar to the surface laptop. The major difference being that the keyboard is detachable.
The device also has a presentation/media consumption mode like other 360 convertibles. With the added benefit of being remotely controllable via the detachable Bluetooth keyboard.
Where the device stands head and shoulders above other convertibles is in tablet mode. Because the keyboard detaches its makes for a slender tablet (approx 10mm for core y) and you don’t get the awkward keyboard on the back like other 360 convertibles.
Also a note about the hinge mechanism. The hinge is plastic whilst the rest of the device is aluminium (I know what your thinking but trust me it’ll look good). The reason for this is because the hinge houses the Antennae and also if possible 2 of the four speakers in the device. This also means the design language from the v is mirrored in this device.
Please read the attached PDF for further details on how the device works, potential sizes, potential charging methods for the keyboard etc. Available here https://1drv.ms/b/s!AmxR7ZsLz9SCisFyjymlJ6hGN4ctjg
Please note that this device make sense for any size between 12-16 ish inches and any performance level within that market. So is you want a 14" quad core device with a laptop GTX 1060 it is totally possible, whether enough people would want that is up to you guys to decide.
Also apologies for the rough and ready renders the model is unfinished and has no keys on the keyboard (I’ve only been using Autodesk inventor for two weeks ).
Anyway, what do you guys think about this form factor. Would you want to buy it if you were looking for a laptop or convertible.
EDIT 1: By popular demand a way to use the pen on the base.
There are 3 viable options to use pen/touch on the top surface of the base, underneath the detachable keyboard. Similar to the yoga book.
Option 1: just like the yoga book. A plastic digitizer for pen and maybe even touch.
Issues: will definitely add thickness and cost to the base device. Would make the device less durable and will loose the Eve v like dark aluminium aesthetics.
Option 2: to have a separate OPTIONAL detachable ‘blade’ the would replace the keyboard(keyboard comes in box).
This has many advantages over option 1:
- adds no cost/complexity to the main device (good for people who don’t use pens)
- detachable (BT + small battery), great for desktop setup when connected to a monitor
- keeps the metal back in tablet mode
- 5mm thickness allows it to be physically clickable like a trackpad
- you can choose between keyboard and pad or carry both of them in your bag
- repairablilty, if it breaks just replace it
- no loss of durability
Option 3: same as option 2 but the pen digitizer is on the reverse side of the detachable keyboard.
- simple, only one accessory to carry
- same advantages as option 2
- makes the base device more expensive
- might get scratched
- ruins the alcantara aesthetics
On balance I think option two is the best option.