Seems like you are interested in a potential notebook by Eve?
Well, I had a lot of time in the recent days (due to taking time off and spending that researching the internals of notebooks for example - haha! Take that time off! )
And I recalled some topic from @vithren that also motivated me to do this! So, let’s talk about how this could be amazing!
I personally see one way for the next Eve device: A Notebook.
Reasons: Eve already has the experience and connections for a device of that category. If we went with something different, like a smartphone we’d need completely new connections in a huge area.
The main crowd we have here right now also has a good knowledge of the PC technology - so extra points for that.
Now where to go with that device? There are many roads we can go - but I say go for a premium worker
Reasons: The current ‘gaming’ market is pushing lower and lower down - HQ CPUs bundled with a 1050Ti that makes no sense as the CPU should not bottleneck the GPU in that case. The average joe that is looking for a device goes for the prize, not the premium. But in the market for work-devices (that can also be used for lighter gaming) there’s a place that’s open. Someone can crash in there and make a premium device that blows the lid open.
Now that we cleared why we want a premium worker, let’s talk about the sweet stuff - hardware! :3
Size: I’d suggest going with 14-15". 13 seems nice, but it’s damn close to the V and should serve 2 factors: a) differentiate the Pro from the V and b) offer an option for people that want a bigger device than 12.3"
Screen: Due to the already existing connections with Sharp, I’m all for going with one of the best reasonable panels available. Meaning: Screw 4k, let’s go for amazing colors & brightness! I mean - if Sharp can give a great 4k panel (that does not increase the price to 2k for the entry model) then let’s go for it, but don’t chase the pixels - chase the quality.
Oh, also Matte screen would be amazing
CPU: Let’s stay reasonable here - 15W BUT let’s go with a Kaby Lake R/Zen CPU that has 4 physical cores and can provide 8 with HT! Oh, and also maybe an option to increase the TDP pretty please? Something like 25W should suffice to give the CPU all the turbo it wants but still be coolable.
Because that’s the only advantage the HQ CPUs have in my mind - higher TDP.
GPU: Again, reasonable - 60W maybe? So, something like a 1050/1050 Ti or AMD equivalent for a good power push for whatever GPU-intense task might be needed but don’t go the gaming route and put a 1060/1070/1080 in there and let’s keep it reasonable (and cool + silent!)
Or maybe a MX150 if we don’t care much about graphics, but a dGPU for sure!
Cooling: Something like this has to be cooled as well, right? After long checking other devices on the market I came to the conclusion that a dual-fan cooling with shared heatpipes between GPU & CPU should deliver the best cooling - and should be able to stay reasonably quiet & cool! (And I did my work on that - a 3 page document just listing base facts & checking various existing devices over multiple hours)
Also, hand-tuned fan-curves for the different fan-modes would be a nice bonus (see under unique features for that)
Storage: SSD only. The prices of SSDs are slowly falling and without a 2.5" slot for an HDD we can have a second M.2 slot (possibly only SATA?) but use the extra space for battery or sweet hardware features!
Keyboard: Take something like the old MacBook keyboards (before they went super-flat) or even better a ThinkPad and put that in there! Numpad optional in my mind - but keep the backlighting!
Trackpad: Simply said: The best we can get. Let’s be frank we can’t rival the current Apple Trackpads but let’s get as close as possible!
Speakers: 2 with a (small) subwoofer? I don’t know much about sound so I want other opinions there
Camera: Something reasonable - 5MP front for a clear skype quality! Oh, and Windows Hello capable
Microphones: I think the V showed that we can have a damn nice sound quality - and since an Eve Pro would be a work device let’s go with great microphones again!
Touch: I see the use-case for touch in the screen if it does not add too much bulk/price. Wanted to tap on my notebook recently when I unearthed it for some more heavy gaming and recalled that I should maybe NOT tap that.
Battery: Put in as much as reasonable. 80Wh or more? Sure! Because I propose skipping on the 2.5" drive something like this would be easily possible. Maybe even more?
Ports: Simple in my mind:
- 2 TB3 (one on each side)
- 2 USB-A (one on each side)
- Potential 3rd USB-A with ‘always on’ power for charging a device
- 3.5mm jack.
- No Ethernet in my mind because with a good WiFi solution there is no good reason in my mind to go with a cable.
Wireless: Top-Notch just like in the V. (Gosh, I did not realize I can get my WiFi in the BASEMENT with the V ) Meaning Ac-WiFi and BT 5.0 and whatever is recent there
Windows Hello: Infrared Camera or Fingerprint - one of those 2
Unique Features: The gooood stuff in my mind that makes an Eve Pro stand out!
USB-PD: Because f proprietary chargers - charge via USB-PD if it has at least 15V output and worst case throttle the performance if it’s only 30W. I think just like the MBPro we’d need a nearly 100W charger however.
Fan-Modes: How about a ‘Silent’, ‘Regular’ and ‘Performance’ mode? Silent for presentation where you don’t want to hear a fan spin up even once, Regular for your day-to-day usage where if you push it you can hear it. and performance with increased TDP when you don’t mind the sound.
Battery-Light: Just like in the old macs - a button and a LED that shows your battery level with e.g. a number of blinks. Red blink? No good. 2 yellow blinks? Half full!
Partially soldered RAM: Wait, that as a feature? Yep, hear me out: Go with e.g. 8GB on every Eve Pro and allow for the installation of a RAM stick that can expand your Eve Pro up to 24 GB RAM (with a 16GB stick). Also nice to have more space for more battery (and other hardware features like cooling).
Access hatch: For the SSDs/RAM. Just a nice to have so you don’t void warranty when upgrading the SSD/RAM. And also nowadays a feature in many devices
And now take all of this, put it into a nice aluminum package with a wonderful screen with good resolution & brightness / colors. 90Wh battery. An i5 with 8GB of RAM. 128GB SSD. A free RAM & SSD slot to upgrade. A GTX 1050 (Ti?).
All of this for a reasonable pricetag. Like around 999$
I might sketch up some drafts for how to put all of this in a 14-15" device later if people are interested in the idea
Thanks for reading!
If you’ve got some ideas on how to improve this (or further unique features) please post them here!