Hello, Eve Community!
My name is Niraj, and I was one of the lucky members here that was selected to be involved as an Eve Spectrum Prototype Tester!
Many of you have probably seen me in recent months lurking around in the community, posting on various topics, offering my opinions, support, or just generally posting my thoughts on the Spectrum (and some other devices / proposed devices). I am completely honored that I was chosen to be a tester, and I have a lot of things to take a look at and cover in the following days.
A little bit about me: I’ve been working in IT since before it was called IT, having been the general ‘go-to’ guy that family and friends asked computer related questions to since before I was an adult. I’ve worked at a variety of places and in a variety of capacities, from end user support and Tier I / II / III (Support specialist) at companies as large as IBM Global Services to as small as global startup Given Imaging and even smaller, local startups with friends. IT is in my blood, and it is my bread and butter.
Along the way, I’ve made tons of good friends all over the world in various manners - forums, SoMed, meeting in RL, and more. And this community, all of you here, have not disappointed one bit - you’ve been as welcoming as any group I’ve dealt with, and I want to thank each and every one of you, whether I’ve had a chance to interact with you or not. Why? Because you’re here. Because this company was founded on a pretty simple (yet, in a way, completely radical) concept - “Developed in the crowd”. And that’s why we’re all here - because of the next big thing, one that I’m personally excited about, and one that I’ve got in my hands (OK, on my desk ), is almost here.
The Eve Spectrum family of monitors.
I’ve pre-ordered a pair of the Spectrum Model 3 (4K ) monitors, and when The Community Team opened up the chance to test prototypes, I offered my own submission, which you can read here.
So, without further ado, let’s dive in to some initial pics of the unboxing, shall we?
My prototype arrived at my front door on the morning of 14 May 2021. I was not expecting it until the 17th or 18th, so that was truly a bonus.
After removing all the external packing material, I got an idea of what the final packaging will look like. The Stand is packaged in its own box rather cleverly, and is easy to remove from packaging, but you’ll notice that it looks super clean and nice in full light:
The base, too, looks awesome.
And assembling it is a snap:
The Spectrum the real star of the show, though, is no slouch when it comes to packaging either.
Just take a look at these lines:
As Tom (ReignDespair) showed in his pic, the cables are packaged in their own box, and are cleverly removed from their ‘holster’ if you will:
And then, lo, and behold! My wish came true! The split in the protective fabric is on the back, allowing me to slid the stand / monitor arm right in!
And the joystick in the prototype is removable and replaceable (NOTE: I have 100% confirmation that the final product will be this way, too!!!):
(Apologies for the last 2 shots - I zoomed in from a tripod mount to capture that).
And there she is, in all her glory:
And while I’m not using the stand with my own setup, it still fits her well, doesn’t it!
OK, so that covers the Phase I: Unboxing.
Stay tuned for more Phases as I continue to test and shoot both pictures and video, including all of the different scenarios I mentioned in my tester application!
(All pictures above were taken using a Google Pixel 4 XL running Android 12/S Developer Preview 3, stock Google Camera app, using a Metal Phone Tripod Mount with Cold Shoe mounted on a Solidex VT-86HQ tripod.)