I think time devaluing the components is an issue but, for me at least, it’s not just the components that are being devalued. It’s the joy of receiving the product. When I paid the full amount as a Hyper Earlybird I was beyond excited; my previous laptop completely died a few months before so I needed a new computer for university and I really wanted a Surface-like device for physics. I found the V and saw how much better it was than the SP4 and it was considerably cheaper (Surfaces are stupidly expensive in Aus). It was going to be ready in Feb/March so I thought, ‘Wow, just in time for the beginning of next semester!’. Then that semester passed and I hoped ‘Maybe I’ll get it during mid-year break’, and then the break passed. I’m already into the second semester of this year and I still have no computer. The excitement is largely gone, I just want it to be here already so it’s over and done with and so I can study more efficiently. It’s going to have to be a truly amazing device for me to be completely happy with my purchase, which it well might be.
I know there’s a lot of talk about how complaining or whatever isn’t contributing to any discussion but I disagree to some extent. We are a large community where many members share the same frustration, as social creatures it’s only natural to speak about a problem that we share with others. However, it isn’t helpful when people attack the employees at Eve or are rude to one another.
I hope the V will be a very successful device, but I’m sure the delays and the following outcries will be a very important lesson to Eve about scheduling and time buffers. Good luck to them.