Helloes from China!
Times are very busy and we are putting in our best efforts to make sure the V comes out as defined right here at the eve.community! We feel bad we haven’t had time to update you guys properly, but it is not because there is nothing happening behind the scenes - its exactly the opposite!
So without further ado, let’s get to updating:
The V Computer
Short user experience report after living roughly 36 hours with this V proto:
I’ve gotten my hands on a quasimodo unit that’s half final half gen1. Screen unit is not glued in so adjustments in the mechanics inside can be easily made - if necessary. Even though it’s a quasimodo unit, I have the advantage of having seen all the units throughout the development process. That’s why I can still genuinely say that I like this computer.
The display is immensely immersive. When the V turns on and we get to the loading screen, I always tend to pause for a bit to just admire the vivid colors. Its bright too. I was sitting in Starbucks today that was very standardly illuminated and was able to go through the day with using just around 30% brightness.
The V prototype and the V Wireless Keyboard Alcantara edition next to Microsoft Surface 3
During this coffee shop session the battery life was a pleasant surprise. I’m only now installing software that I standardly use so but with browser open (10 tabs or so), whatsapp web open, batterymon and CPUZ open, I was hacking away with the keyboard plugged in experiencing steady slow battery drop that leads me to believe that we’re going to the all day battery life for light usage (browsing, occasional videos, perhaps some music from headphones, writing text heavily). With my usage, the batterymon & windows battery estimator both estimated the battery will ran out in 12 hours. this is without algorithms (they will be implemented later).
Eve V in its natural habitat, the coffee shop (alongside an 11.6" MBA)
But dudes, as we know: Battery life always depends on how you use your computer! If you max out the brightness & speakers, keep keyboard backlight on and charge your phone from the V while CPU is buzzin’ at 100%, expect nothing of the sorts.
This unit is an i5 version, and I have nothing to complain. In fact quite the opposite. Only Konsta’s gaming laptop has seemed faster (and that’s with 16 gigs of RAM and an 45W quad core CPU). The said laptop is also famous of its less than 2 hour battery life (as new), these days it doesn’t even have battery anymore as some of you might remember
Programs install fast. Boot is less than 9.5 sec. Wake up from sleep is instant. To summarize, performance is what at least what one could become to expect from a modern, mobile computer.
Of course I’m probably one of the worst persons here in the community to judge performance since my “PC” for the last 2 years has been Microsoft Surface 3 with 2W x7 Cherrytrail CPU and 4 gigs of RAM. I feel so ashamed of that now. All I can say is that we will let you guys be the judge. OFC will also do our own benchmarks and provide these to you guys soon.
The V Wireless Keyboard with Turquoise backlight (blue is my favorite)
The keyboard is coming together very well. We’re satisfied of the functionalities. And recently FN-lock was implemented as well*
I’ve tested the keyboard with Alcantara and without, and personally I like Alcantara’s suede feeling much more. Its hard to explain but when I lay my hands on it, it feels as if it massage them. It’s hard to describe but it just feels very comfortable. To me, personally, it also looks more stylish and unique. Nobody has these kind of keyboards.
Not to mention guys, using the keyboard wireless is absolutely BOSS. First of all, because it prevents you from looking like this:
A man in Starbucks without the V Wireless Keyboard
When the keyboard is detached from the V, it will connect within seconds. Apart from looking awkward, it also serves another very important purpose: it frees your working postures. You’re free to place the V on any surface next to you, adjust the distance of the display from yourself and most importantly, your not holding the whole device on your lap, but just a light handy keyboard.
As the picture above shows, the keyboard is capable of multiple different backlight colors, which can be adjusted by the user. The keyboard also remembers your chosen backlight color, so you don’t have to always set it up again.
The trackpad is also satisfying in its size and function, working without lag also in bluetooth. It’s software needs still some updating, but hardware wise we’re looking at a very nice experience. I love the feel of the gorilla glass over it.
*FN-lock will activate if user presses FN and ESC simultaneously. At this point the keyboard will blink backlight with yellow light twice to indicate you’ve activated FN-lock. You’ll deactivate with the same key combination, backlight blinking once, respectively.
What are we doing now?
Behind every great customer experience, there are processes, principles and a huge amount of work being done by a lot of people.
So right now guys we’re doing exactly that!
Project’s chief tooling engineer experiencing the V for the first time, as we reviewed some minor changes on the aluminum case
On the product side we’re mainly finalizing the small details of the V. This very much detail work. Typically a great product has been honed and improved through so many times, that thousands of details have been synchronized to perfection. These details are invisible, unless they are not taken care of. If they are not fixed, they become annoying. That’s why were all here, right? Examples of these small details are:
“how fast the V wakes up when the keyboard is opened?”
“What is the current boot time? Can we improve it?”
“Are the buttons aligned with the housing in an appropriate angle?”
“Is the color of the housing same as in the golden sample” and so on.
You deserve only the very best, and that’s what we’re making for you
Some poor dude’s stay in China gets way way extended as airline tickets are being rescheduled with the V
Apart from the product, our main focus now is doing a lot of customer service, continuing issuing purchase orders for components, establishing operations, such as reliable logistics and preparing to open the web store etc, so that once we ship the V to you guys, we’re also able to operate properly and thus take good care of you
That’s the best I can do for now - more later!
I will be answering questions here and we will be trying our very best to update you guys to the best of our abilities!
Disclaimer: This post has been written with the V prototype without any major issues