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Eve V review: This Surface Pro killer compromises on performance

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The Good The Eve V comes loaded with a fanless aluminum design, a brilliant display and a decent number of ports.

The Bad Performance isn’t as strong as some of the competition and the kickstand doesn’t stand up to the excellent one on the Surface Pro. It may be hard to get one unless you already preordered through its crowdfunding campaign.

The Bottom Line The crowd-designed Eve V offers competitive pricing and a better feature set than the Surface Pro, but getting your hands on one will be the real challenge.

8.1 Overall
  • Design 8
  • Features 9
  • Performance 7
  • Battery 8

If you'd asked me if it was possible to design a Microsoft Surface Pro ($738 at Amazon) killer with 1,000 suggestions from random strangers, I'd have told you it was a stupid idea. Then again, I'm glad I'm not right, as the Eve V ($959 at Eve Technology) (pronounced "Vee", not five) proves that sometimes, crowdsourcing can get you something great.

Built with aluminum, the V gives the Surface Pro a great run for its money. It comes with decent hardware, USB Type-C ports and Thunderbolt support (something the Surface Pro lacks) as well as packing in a keyboard and pen stylus. Of course, there are some compromises -- the processors used aren't as powerful as those on the Surface Pro, but depending on what you're planning on doing, performance may not be that big of an issue for you.

It's amazing how much the V got right, from the matching $799 starting price, which converts to about £600 or AU$1,045, to a cheaper top-end model compared to the Surface Pro, the much brighter (and color calibrated) 400 nits 12.3-inch display and the Bluetooth keyboard that works even when disconnected from the V. The Eve V is a bargain hunter's dream, but you'll have to be patient if you want one. The V is only sold online through flash sales, which take place about every two weeks.

Eve V

Price as reviewed $799
Display size/resolution 12.3-inch, 2,736 x 1,824 touch-display
PC CPU 1.3GHz Intel Core i7-7Y75
PC Memory 16GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,833MHz
Graphics 128MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics 615
Storage 512GB SSD
Networking 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.1
Operating system Windows 10 Home (64-bit)

If you weren't happy with the lack of ports on the Surface Pro, the V doesn't let you down. It comes with two standard USBs and two Type-C ports, one of which has support for Thunderbolt, so you can easily output your display to an external monitor. The stylus has 1,024 pressure points, less than the Pro's 4,096, but you don't have to buy it separately. It comes bundled in the box, along with the keyboard.

V by the numbers

  • It's slightly thicker than the Surface Pro at 8.9mm, and bit heavier at 1.87 pounds (850g).
  • Seventh-generation "Kaby Lake" Intel Core Y-series processors, Core m3, Core i5 and Core i7 Fanless design
  • 135-degree kickstand
  • 1,024 levels of pressure on the stylus
  • Fingerprint sensor for Windows Hello login
  • Bundled keyboard cover works wirelessly and has multi-colored backlighting
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The Eve V has a multitude of ports to cater to most of your needs (unlike the Surface Pro's limited amount).

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If you hate entering your password every time you log in, the V's fingerprint sensor in the power button unlocks it just like a phone. It starts up when you press the button, which is great. Its multicolored backlit keyboard cover was apparently the most-requested feature.

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