EVE emphasizes that, as a Scandinavian company, it pays special attention to communication with the community. This helped the startup not only in financing through crowdfunding. But much more she wants to be aware of the wishes of those who support her. As a result, the 12.3-inch device has a lot in common with the Microsoft Surface Pro, and in some ways it can even surpass it.
Crowd financing, crowd development
In the positive sense of this expression, the display catches the eye: the maximum contrast ratio of the EVE V sample we tested is at the level of 1624:1, but the checkerboard contrast ratio with its 112:1 turned out to be relatively weak. But the maximum brightness here is very high (461 cd / m2), which greatly improves reading in a bright environment. Even under direct light, the contrast ratio is 13:1, currently the highest in our respective rankings. Here, the device can give a serious head start to the Surface Pro 6 (423 cd/m2, 4:1). The Standard-RGB color space is covered by the display by 100 percent, the resolution with its 2880×1920 pixels is very high.
EVE V: display remains highly readable in bright environments
EVE V with good basic equipment
The device has managed to distinguish itself especially with its luxurious equipment: the package always includes 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD drive, a keyboard and a high-quality stylus. For a surcharge of 30$, you can get a rather thick protective case. On the inside, it has a stylus mount.
There are no interface outputs on the keyboard, but they are presented in sufficient quantity on the tablet part: a micro-SD card reader, one USB Type-C 3.0 and one USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 3 support. The device can be charged through it, and through the included adapter you can connect an external monitor. At the same time, the charging cable is quite long and has USB-C plugs at both ends.
The 49 Wh battery available in the tablet meets the needs of the device and provides it with energy from 6 to 10 hours of battery life, depending on the type of load. Thus, in this area, EVE V is seriously close to the Surface Pro 6, although the device from Microsoft still lasts longer. The power supply is somewhat weak: with its power of 30 W, it takes as much as 3.5 hours to fully charge the battery.
In terms of dimensions, this model turned out to be somewhat thicker than the compared device (9.2 mm versus 8.4 mm, and together with the keyboard even 16.1 mm versus 13.7 mm). And the weight is somewhat overpriced: at 900 and 400 grams, respectively, the tablet and keyboard dock show 100 grams more on the scale than the Microsoft Surface Pro 6.
EVE V: Comes with a backlit keyboard, stylus, and a weak power supply with a long cable
Performance and cost
An Intel Core i5-7Y54 or Core i7-7Y75 can be installed inside EVE V. The Y designation here indicates that we are talking about energy-efficient processors that consume little energy during long work. But with short bursts of load, they can overclock the clock speed up to 3.6 GHz. Thus, the device falls short of the Surface Pro 6 we tested, but in everyday work, the processor does not leave much to be desired. And I’m also glad that the cooling system here is fanless.
We were a little annoyed by the USB-C charging port: since the case tapers a little towards the back, the charging cable does not fit perfectly into the port. During the test, several times such a situation arose that we connected the charging cable, but it did not sit deep enough and the device did not charge. Ultimately, this can be attributed to user error, but the deep design of the port clearly contributes to it.