Yesterday the long wait came to a glorious end! I overcame and gained the Victory! So glad I was patient. The package came in good order (except the white box was partly opened)!. The only thing – as others have reported as well – there was some dust on the backside of the V.
After booting up the machine and running the necessary windows updates (which took quite some time), the V was up and running. And it is blazing fast. Nothing what I read in the reports of others showed to be true with my machine (except the keyboard – more later). In summary:
Screen: AMAZING. No dead pixels, torching brightness (I run it most of the time with 25% brightness), beautiful colors, extreme SHARP . I put the screen protector on (low quality) and took it off after a few hours since it really compromises the performance of the pen and the clarity of the screen.
AUDIO: I am not sure what the others were complaining about. But compared to my Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga the speakers do at least as well. If you expected Bose like sounds you will be disappointed, of course. Especially the bass is missing. The volume is great. The precision of the mid and high range sounds is quite good (better than on other laptops I have had). If we could improve the bass (driver?) the audio quality could be one of the best laptops/tablets out there – I believe.
PowerBUTTON/FIngerprintBUTTON: What should I say? Flawless and blazing fast. It all works well.
BATTERY: I have run the machine without the power adapter at least 5 hours with heavy installations tasks most of the time. I am quite confident that I should get at least 9 hours out of it. When I am just doing office work, I should get 10+ hours. Let’s see.
PEN: works excellent as an N-Trig pen of the SP3 and SP4. I am used to Wacom EMR (the technology is quite different) and there is the huge difference of hover distance. But once you learn that the palm rejection gets activated with a much smaller hover distance everything is alright. Its just that your brain has to adapt. The side magnets are not very strong but good enough. For me nothing to complain.
CAMERAS: we the community wanted – good enough but not the differentiating factors.
KEYBOARD: Feels: excellent, high quality, perfect key-travel. Function: Once you have learned how the key-combinations work it outperforms the functionality of most keyboards. Yes, the keyboard is a little bit heavier than the SP versions, but I actually like it as it allows for a less shallow writing experience. Bluetooth connection: Again, once you know what to do it works really well. Am glad we got the Bluetooth functionality built in! Will use it quite a bit. However, not all is great. My Ctrl key and my Return key do get a bit stuck when I hit them on some spots of the key surface. That is quite annoying. I am now training myself to hit them on the good spots. It will take me 1-2 days and I will be good. But nevertheless, this is something that needs to get fixed.
TOUCHPAD: This is the most problematic part of the product – I think. It only clicks in the bottom part and it is not very responsive. I hope a drive update will fix the response-part of it. But again, I think I will be fine after a while.
SUMMERY: Do I regret my purchase? Not at all. This is a beast of a beauty. It should do exactly what I wanted it to do and it does it better than the competition out there right now. I am not doing heavy video editing and photoshopping but more office tasks, running virtual machines, researching with databases and spreadsheets and the subjective experience of the performance is on pair with my Thinkpad Yoga i7 8GB 256GB. For those things that did not go that well: I should be able to adapt my brain to hit the critical keys in such a way that the hardware limitation is overcome. I hope the touchpad sensitivity will be improved through a driver update. I also hope that the basses of the sound will be resurrected via a driver update. All in all: I am more than glad and pleased.
Here some photos: