So it has been 6 months since my i7 was delivered, I was one of those that bought into the project when the Eve team held early last year, a sales event for those Indiegogo backers that couldn’t wait for the device.
I had been a Sufrace Pro 4 i7 user since 2016, so had a good experience with using a 2-in-1 device and the Surface did set a great standard. That device was for my day job and as a software professional, after 7 years of using a Sony VIAO i5 (first generation) which has been upgraded to its limit including an SSD (still operation to this day). I needed a modern device to continue building software projects at home and on the go when the bicycle was out of action and the commute was on train/bus. So the Eve i7 with the 512GB upgraded to 1TB was an ideal replacement. It had growth potential through Type-C port, once the Sharp screen was included … it became a definite viable device.
My use is mostly on the battery although at home I do dock it. I like the fact that the device recharges fairly quickly. Luckily I have not had any issues, it was delivered in Feb, and the only issue is the missing extra’s that I am yet to see arrive but I am willing to wait for those (although they may never arrive ).
Now the topic at hand, I use it mainly as the main personal development machine with both Visual Studio 2017 and of course Visual Source code, building things in several languages; I also run linux under the WSL. The i7 has been stable and functional, I have added a type-c dock from Mantiz Titan. Does the device meet my original expectations? and secondly does it meet the performance profile that I would expect of a similar device? The answers to those are mixed, it does meet my initial expectations of the build quality, on the performance side it is a fair bit below the Surface Pro 4 (due to the processor being a re-badged intel m-Series a low power version), but the trade off is that I am getting better battery performance. I have experienced the ghost touch a couple of times but I have managed not to get them these days. I did experience putting the device to sleep then it waking up while in transport and overheating … I am definitely glad no damage was done.
Setting aside the issues with Eve organisation’s stability and missing items, the device so far has been up to the promise of what I expected and in some instance has exceeded my expectation, specially the quality of the screen. I am a little sad that no armour protective covers are available, but I have added a thick non-glare screen protector which has been great and of course the dbrand skins.
I think this has been a great project in its inception, definitely a fair amount of issues with execution and meeting expectations but overall I wish for it to work out. My greatest hope is that Eve is able to raise the funds and get the financial support to continue community developed device builds.