I’m ignoring all software problems assuming these boil down to Microsoft and Eve doesn’t own them. I’m an HEB and was watching, participating for nearly a year before the Indigogo campaign
- Tablet Mode
- Pen works well
Pleasant surprises: I had hoped the V would work well in tablet mode. I had no idea how well. I’m using it for primarily for reading and makimg notes on PDFs. I read alot of research papers and the V coupled with DrawBoard PDF (or Nitro) make it easy to annotate them. From that research and other references I’ve found I have over a 2500 articles in Evernote that need tagging and rereading. The V has proven a boon for these. Finally the excellent surprise, coupled with the RSS Feedreader - NexGen - I can read 30-40 articles in an hour, then buffer (i.e. bufferapp.com) the ones that of interest to my clients.
- Typing with the device sitting in my lap - is meh at best. Example sitting in the back of a taxi right now. I need to keep my legs open wider than normal, just to stabilize the device. It feels awkward.
- Trackpad is so awful in terms of precision, I’ve wasted a a fair amount of time recovering from the mistakes I make with it. I’ve tried the current generation SurfacePro and its much better. Still not as a good as a MacBookPro mid-2015 but better than the V. The trackpad is so awful I briefly considered asking for a refund
- Battery life - I’m getting 5-6 hrs only as good as my 2015 MacBookPro - to get even this, I only use Edge as a browser and never have more 10 tabs open at one time. I keep other open software to a minimum. Background CPU hovers around 15%. My MacBook running Safari frequently has 50+ tabs open.
- Magnets for the pen not strong enough. There are clear reasons why, I suspect stronger magnets would cause other problems. In that case the Eve should have had another pen holder. As it stands it means I have to decide whether or not I will use a pen at before I stow my briefcase when flying or getting on a train. As documented elsewhere on one trip I had 5 instances of the pen falling off. Basically I nearly lose the pen everytime I take it out while on a train or plane.
- Flex in the keyboard is really noticeable, making it difficult to type longer documents without getting frustrated.
Summary: The ‘V’ is great content consumption device and adequate creation tool for a writer/consultant. The otherwise good experience is marred by the awful trackpad and only adequate battery.
Warning if you’ve not been a Windows user for a few years, get 16 GB of RAM. I keep on having surprising moments when MS Word says it has too little memory and won’t load. Its funny when I purchased this I worried about SSD space being the limiting factor instead its RAM and battery life.