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Review Eve V - Hybrid and simple tablet transformer replacement Surface Pro

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Eve Technology developers to create their ownThe first hybrid tablet used exclusively user donations (crowdfunding). As a result, Eve V appeared - a direct competitor to Microsoft Surface Pro.

For the review, I chose a model with an Intel processor.Core i7-7Y75, 16 GB of RAM and a solid state SSD-drive with 512 GB, which costs $ 1500 (86 000 p.). Included is a removable keyboard and an active stylus.

Because of its high price, the Eve V tablet will have to compete with premium laptops. Let's find out if Eve Technology managed to outperform the more well-known manufacturers.

Eve V Design

The hybrid device Eve V black aluminumbody with rounded edges. The gadget is convenient to use as a tablet, and on the strength of the design, it can compete with Surface Pro. But, in terms of the transformation capabilities of the stand and the width of the framework, Eve is significantly inferior to the product from Microsoft.

The thickness of its case is 8.9 mm - 4 mm more than the Surface Pro, but the lack of coolers allows you to enjoy silent operation.

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Keyboard Eve V is made in black tomatch the design of the tablet. The Alcantara fabric coating makes the surface soft and pleasant to the touch - again borrowing from Microsoft Transformers. So that the keyboard can work independently, via Bluetooth, a battery is installed here - because of which the gadget folded thicker than its competitors.

Eve Technology managed to create a device that is closer in design and build quality to the expensive Asus Transformer Pro T304 than to the budget Asus Transformer Pro T304.

Many connections and connectors

Following the wishes of users, Eve Technologyadded to Eve V a lot of connectors and ports. There are two USB-A 3.0 ports on each side, a microSD card reader, a 3.5mm audio jack, one USB-C 3.1 port and another USB-C with Thunderbolt 3 support.

Wireless connection available 2 × 2 MU-MIMO802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2. Pleases the presence of Thunderbolt 3 at speeds up to 40 GB / s. For comparison, on the Surface Pro you will find only one USB-A 3.0 and mini-DisplayPort connector.

Keyboard and stylus

In appearance, the Eve V keyboard differs little from Microsoft Signature Type Cover in Surface Pro. However, the keys from Eve Technology work more abruptly, which interferes with typing.

Some design innovations are surprising - especially the “oops!” Inscription on the “Backspace” button and the Eve logo on the “V” button. The right Ctrl key is missing here.

At the bottom of the hybrid device isPogo Pin (spring-loaded contact) for the keyboard, Bluetooth connection is also available. It is not necessary to pair the keyboard with Eve V - you can connect to any three Bluetooth devices at the same time.

Another unique feature is switchingbetween 7 colors of the keyboard backlight, pressing the Fn + V combination. There are two levels of brightness, but each looks more appropriate in the dark than in a lighted room.

Covered with protective glass Gorilla Glass smalltouchpad Eve V demonstrates high accuracy and responsiveness. All standard Windows 10 gestures are supported. The touchpad is comfortable and pleasant to work with.

Included you will find the active stylus and 1024sensitivity levels, as well as a moderate reaction rate - which was enough only for 2015, when the development of this transformer began. Surface Pro Stylus and Lenovo Yoga 920 offer 4096 degrees of pressing almost zero input delay and tilt sensors.

For passwordless logging in with Windows 10Hello here uses a fingerprint scanner, which is located below the power button. Scanner Eve V accurately identifies the owner and quickly unlocks the device.

Eve tablet screen

Sharp IGZO screen brightness on Eve V is 403nit - this is enough for the image to remain visible under the sunlight. Contrast at maximum brightness is 1010: 1 - a decent result. For comparison, the brightness and contrast Surface Pro: 427 nits and 1180: 1, respectively. Almost all other hybrid laptops show the worst performance.

The tablet I tested covers 74% of the colorAdobeRGB and 97% sRGB spaces. The color error is 1.27 - accuracy of 1.0 or less would be ideal. Gamma is 2.1 - because of which the image is a little lighter than it should be.

Eve Technology not only calibrated each screen, but also provided users with a utility for switching between calibration results.

Eve V and Surface Pro have the same 12.3-inchThe screen has a 3: 2 aspect ratio, but the first one has a resolution of 2880 × 1920 pixels (281 PPI), and the second has 2736 × 1824 (267 PPI). The 12.6-inch Asus Transformer Pro sharpness is noticeably less, it is equal to 2160 × 1440 (206 PPI). In practice, the Eve screen differs little from the Surface Pro, both have brightness, contrast and color accuracy at the highest level.

Speaker sound

The upwardly directed Eve V speakers give a volumetricsound with minimal distortion, even at full volume. The bass is weak, priority is given to the middle and high ranges. This is enough for watching videos on YouTube or listening to background music, but if you want to enjoy a movie or song to the fullest - you should connect headphones.

Texas Instruments technology allows you to unlock the full potential of the best headsets, for example, Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones with very clear and detailed sound.

CPU and benchmark performance

Eve V with an energy efficient processor seventhGeneration Intel Core i7-7Y75 scored 4203 points in the single-core test mode Geekbench 4 and 7297 in the multi-core. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet c Core i5-7Y57 received 3867 and 7163 points, respectively, HP Specter x360 13 with an 8th generation processor - 4713 and 12,979 points.

The hybrid tablet Eve took 1462seconds to encode a 420 MB video file into H.265 format using the Handbrake application. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet took 1810 seconds, the HP Specter 13 had 672 seconds, and the Surface Pro with the Core i7-7660U had 822 seconds.

The gadget from Eve Technology showed performance at the level of competitors, but it can not be a full replacement for a laptop.

SSD SSD

On the Eve V stands the PCIe Intel 600p SSD. An unusual solution today, as most manufacturers choose a solid-state drive from Toshiba or Samsung.

Test results in CrystalDiskMarkproved ambiguous. Intel SSD showed a reading speed of 1100 MB / s - approximately at the level of competitors. However, the write speed was only 561 MB / s, which is worse. For comparison, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet with a Samsung PM961 SSD PCIe drive showed a read speed of 1478 MB / s and write 1237 MB / s. Reading and writing to Surface Pro with Samsung PM971 was 1104 and 936 MB / s, respectively.

Relative slowness will be noticeable here.only when working with very large files - for the remaining tasks, the Intel 600p SSD is sufficient. Any notebook with SSD SATA, including Asus Transformer Pro, in the same test will show noticeably worse results.

Non-gaming equipment

A separate video card in Eve V is missing. To work with graphics that is Intel HD 615, which is integrated into the processor. The tablet scored 705 points in the test 3DMark Fire Strike - about the same result was in competitive laptops without a discrete graphics card.

When you run the Civilization IV with a resolution of Full HD at medium settings, the frame rate was 10 fps, at the maximum - 5 fps. Hybrid Eve is only suitable for old undemanding games.

Portability and Battery

Eve Technology has installed a powerful battery here.48 watt-hours capacity. On most analogues, including the Surface Pro, the battery is much weaker. Energy efficient processor additionally extends the work of Eve V without recharging.

In the Basemark heavy browser test, reviewedThe device lasted 4 hours and 27 minutes - this is almost a record for Windows laptops. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga discharged in 4 hours and 22 minutes, the latest model of the HP Specter x360 13 - in 4 hours and 14 minutes, Surface Pro - 3 hours and 12 minutes.

When cycling to open multiple websites,the battery in V sat in 7 hours and 21 minutes, when Surface Pro had 5 hours and 38 minutes, and HP Specter x360 13 with an eighth-generation processor - 8.5 hours. During playback of the Avengers looped trailer, the tested gadget lasted 10 hours and 24 minutes - 8 minutes longer than the Surface Pro and almost 4 hours less than the HP Specter x360 13.

Long autonomous work, slim body and low weight make the Eve V a very portable device. Unfortunately, there is no fast charging technology sad.

Eve V Software

There is almost no excess software - except for the mentioned application for calibration. Only basic Windows 10 utilities are preinstalled.

Total

Using crowdsourcing to collect ideas whileThe production of Eve V was an interesting idea, however, the development was delayed and as a result, users got a slightly outdated laptop. The lack of fast charging, the seventh generation processor and stylus with moderate input delay, were relevant in 2016, but not in 2018.

Due to the high quality of assembly and durability, the Eve tablet will last a long time, and many connectors will allow you to connect old and new devices. Nevertheless, the seventh generation processor is already outdated.

I can advise this hybrid from Eve Technology only to those who need a simple tablet with a long time, and not high performance.

Advantages of Eve V

  • High build quality.
  • Many ports.
  • Great display.
  • Durable battery.

Disadvantages of Eve V

  • Mediocre keyboard.
  • Weak processor.
  • Problems with the stylus.

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