Review: The crowdsourced Eve V almost out-Surfaces Microsoft

Crowdfunded hardware is full of horror stories. Sometimes products are delayed ad infinitum. Perhaps worse, sometimes the products simply don’t live up to their lofty promises.

The Eve V is not one of those cases. It took a while to get here, but the company set out to create a convertible tablet that could live up to Microsoft’s Surface Pro at a lower price, and in some cases improve on it. I’ve spent a month with the Eve V, and it largely delivers on its high expectations.

The Eve V wasn’t just crowdfunded; its design was crowdsourced. That is to say, Eve polled potential users on what they wanted from a Surface Pro competitor, largely addressing some of the biggest complaints hurled at Microsoft. Just a quick look at the spec sheet shows some of Eve’s advantages:

  • m3/i5/i7 Y-series processor (7th Gen)
  • 8/16 GB RAM
  • 128GB – 1TB SSD
  • 12.3-inch IGZO LCD
  • 2880 x 1920 resolution
  • 1:1500 contrast ratio 100% srgb
  • High quality tpa6133 headphone amplifier
  • Quad speakers
  • Bluetooth enabled RGB keyboard
  • Eve Pen (uses same tech as the surface Pen)
  • Both the pen and keyboard are included in the price
  • Two USB-C ports, one of them Thunderbolt 3
  • MicroSD reader

Arguably the largest criticism of Microsoft’s Surface line has been its slowness to adopt the USB-C. And when it finally did with the Surface Book 2, it didn’t use the faster Thunderbolt 3 standard. Meanwhile the Eve V has two USB-C ports, one of them Thunderbolt 3.