A crowd-sourced 2-in-1 aimed squarely at Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 sold out immediately this week on Indiegogo, no doubt spurred by its combination of high-end specs and affordable pricing.
On the—ahem—surface, the Eve V, as it’s called, looks a lot like Surface Pro 4, with a familiar 2-in-1 form factor that combines a tablet body with a detachable keyboard cover. No surprise there: All major PC makers are likewise copying the basic Surface Pro 4 design, and even Apple and Google have gotten into the act.
But the Eve V has some important advantages over the Surface Pro 4, which still utilizes a year-old Intel Skylake-based architecture and lacks modern USB-C ports. The Eve V, meanwhile, offers a newer 7th-generation Intel Core processor, has two full-sized USB 3 ports, vs. one on Surface Pro 4, and two USB-C ports, one of which also does Thunderbolt 3. The Eve V’s keyboard cover is also wireless, so it can work without being physically attached to the device.
But the biggest advantage is likely the price: Where a Surface Pro 4 with a Core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM, and a 512 GB SSD costs $2350, a similarly-configured Eve V is only $1400. That’s almost $1000 less expensive. And if you want an entry-level version, a Core m3-based Eve will cost just $699. The Core i5 version is $960.
And that explains why they’re all sold out as well.
Well, not sold out, exactly. But if you want to get an Eve V, it’s going to take a while. Like April of next year. Because the Eve V’s first run was already snapped up by fans who pre-paid on Indiegogo.
I’ve reached out to Eve about potentially reviewing this device, but I’ll have more information soon regardless. Yes, there are a lot of 2-in-1 PCs these days. But this one looks legitimately interesting.
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