Microsoft’s Surface laptops have remained wildly popular among consumers over the years, but many were disappointed last month when the company’s new Surface Book refresh included neither USB Type-C nor Intel’s new Kaby Lake mobile processor. Don’t get me wrong, the performance base is a big upgrade. The 2GB GTX 965M blows the custom 1GB 940M out of the water, and the extra battery life is a welcome addition, but for a price jump such as the one Microsoft instated, we were hoping for an updated CPU and ports as well. Fast forward a month, and a new company going by the name of Eve is looking to make the updated Surface everyone wanted.
The new Eve V sports the latest Intel Core i7 Kaby Lake processor, a 2736 x 1824 IGZO LCD display, quad speakers, Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C, and two full-sized USB-A 3.0 ports an audio jack and a MicroSD card reader all tucked into an aluminum chassis. The look is… familiar to say the least. It’s appearance looks so much like a Surface it’s actually a bit uncanny. The product is supposedly backed by Intel and Microsoft, which definitely surprised us, especially considering how it essentially looks almost exactly like a Surface Pro 4.
Another interesting feature of this 2-in-1 is the detachable Bluetooth keyboard. This is something that I wish had been available on the Surface line of laptops, as connecting your computer to an external display and being able to use the default keyboard at a range is an awesome feature. Microsoft makes you use their optional Surface dock to connect to external displays, but the Thunderbolt 3 present in the Eve V allows you to connect to almost any monitor or TV. Whatever input you’ve got, there’s a dongle for that. The laptop also has an optional V Pen, which works just like the Surface Pen with 1024 levels of pressure, and even works with Windows Ink. You can use this pen with any of the Surface laptops as well, but Eve says it is optimized for the V.
The overall look of the Eve V is... familiar to say the least
You can put down $399 to reserve your Eve V Core i7 today or pay $1300 in full, and the company says it will ship in February. While this project looks extremely promising, we have to remember that products on crowdfunding websites like IndieGoGo don’t have the best track record for arriving on time, so proceed with caution. Regardless, we’ll be sure to follow it closely as it moves towards launch
Are you interested in the Eve V? The specs certainly are top of the line, and the price is pretty low to boot.