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Eve V review: MrMobile's first crowdsourced PC (video)

The upstart behind the Eve V is trying to build something powerful, price it affordably, and give users a voice in the process. Did the group succeed? Read (and watch) this.

When I first laid eyes on the Eve V courtesy of Windows Central's Computex 2017 hands-on, I saw it as just another Microsoft Surface lookalike and, frankly, quickly forgot about it. But when I was offered a chance to review the Eve V in the opening days of 2018, I looked into the company behind the device – and I found a nimble upstart trying to do in the PC space what OnePlus has done in the smartphone world: build something powerful, price it affordably, and give users a voice in the process.

As with most products, the Eve V doesn't live up to all of the bold promises its creator lays down – and due to some problems with my preproduction review device, I faced more challenges than usual building it into my workflow. But those issues gave me a chance to see what "crowdsourced support" means, according to Eve-Tech ... and once I got it working, the Eve V gave me my first experience with a crowdsourced computer. Join me for the MrMobile review!

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5 Comments
  • Thumbs up for this!!!
  • I really appreciated this review. I agree with most points, but I still take issue with the "oops!" key instead of the Backspace. I know it's minor, but I think the stylized "V" key is enough personality without detracting from the serious and premium design. That said, this is a strong contender for my next since I'm selling my old Surface Pro 4.
  • This was really insightful. I was thinking of buying this when they finally get more in stock. Currently i'm working off of my SP4 but was looking to upgrading.
  • Thanks for the review. This device has a lot of potential. However, I agree with all your reasons for holding off from buying this 1st-generation device. For the time being, I'm quite happy with my SP4.
  • "As with most products, the Eve V doesn't live up to all of the bold promises its creator lays down" -- seeing this more and more with a"l types of products also. False advertisement? Bait & Switch? Snake oil? Take your pick. The potential sounds really good. And very nice job on the review. Thanks for keeping things honest.