Now that’s out of the way…
I have noticed a bit of buzz on the site about some of the reviews that have been published on the V with some community members getting a bit irate about the reviewers.
Often feeling like one of the community elders (as in ancients who have been around since the invention of fire) here, I thought I’d chime in to hopefully be of a bit of assistance.
Over the years I have seen review sites rise and fall from relevance (or from credibility just like many anti-virus software providers - I’m looking at you Symantec!). There were Tomshardware.com, jkontherun.com, jkkmobile.com, ubertablet.blogspot.com and many more over the years, some of which are still around, some of which have been ‘acquired’ and others have just vanished.
Today there web is littered with so-called reviewers and experts but most of them fall into just two categories:
A. The paid corporate mouthpiece - (AppleFan)Boy Genius Report, CNET and others
B. The outright clueless - (I prefer not to name names here as this is potentially more damaging than the first, more obvious category)
There are however a few left who are often overlooked by the mainstream consumers who just don’t have a clue where to look and get caught up in the hype and noise made by A and B above. So here I will give my personal shortlist of the review sites I trust (for now) where at least a few have already published on the V at the time of this writing:
A review unit should also be sent to anandtech.com if not already done.
and one to Chippy Paine at umpcportal.com
Ireland’s Technology Blog has also done a review with video that can be found here:
Neowin’s overly excitable review can be found here (I think it may have already been mentioned elsewhere on the forum):
Notebookcheck.com has published what I personally believe is the most thorough review so far and in my professional opinion hits the nail on the head as far as the V’s pros and cons and performance capabilities are concerned. For those interested in the eGPU support, I have reserved my opinion on the Donald Dock project until now… note the comment about the eGPU limitations due to the CPU limitations of the Core-Y processor:
Their unboxing video can be found here:
For those who are looking for something more powerful, there is the HP Z-Book X2 I mentioned in a previous post and for the mac-heads among us, in the same class as the Z-book, there is the Modbook Pro and upcoming Pro X tablet.
I personally will be going for the HP and will use the Eve V for everything that doesn’t require workstation-class power.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of every reputable review site on the web so feel free to discuss below any other sites I have failed to mention which can be relied upon for an impartial review.