As mentioned earlier, the Eve T1’s processor is an Intel Atom quad-core design. Although normally clocked at 1.33 GHz, the Atom line is capable of “burst mode” speeds up to 1.83 GHz when called upon, albeit for relatively short periods of time. Based on our testing of the Atom line in some of Asus’ lower-end Android tablets, they can provide a surprising amount of bang for the buck. They’re more or less equal, to the processors used on much higher end tablets like Samsung’s Exynos chips, so it’s no surprise that the performance in day-to-day use is flawlessly smooth.
Although we can’t attribute that only to the processor, as the T1 also boasts something fairly impressive: a full 2 GB of RAM. This is double that of most inexpensive Windows 8 tablets, and as any long-term Windows user can tell you, RAM is often just as important if not more so than processor power.
When you get under the hood, you can see that that Atom processor is not going to waste. Running a complete test using PC Benchmark for Windows 8.1 produced the following results. It won’t compare to thousand dollar rigs, and the graphics score is the weakest part, but it did successfully either hit or come close to 60 FPS when running 3D Mark.
GPU computations: 620.77
RAM test: 504.84 MB/s
CPU test single thread:: 29.99 MB/s hash
CPU test multi thread: 109.37 MB/s hash
Disk test linear: 66.88 MB/s write, 157.54 MB/s read
Disk test 512k: 46.75 MB/s write, 91.85 MB/s read
Disk test 4k: 7.82 MB/s write, 7.14 MB/s read
In general, the other specs of the T1 are fairly solid relative to the competition, as well as to the basic minimums that Windows 8 normally demands. The 32 GB of internal storage is better than many other inexpensive tablets, but then it has to be. Out of the box, the Eve only sports about 18.6 GB free. Fortunately the microSD card slot is rated for cards up to 128 GB, so expansion isn’t an issue. The specs are rounded out by fairly good wireless capabilities: 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS.
The software package on the T1 is fairly standard for Windows 8.1, with the complete Microsoft suite of apps, Bing, etc. It also comes with one free year of Office 365 Personal, which in itself has a suggested retail value of $70. Of course this is a standard feature for mid-size Windows tablets, but it is still a good deal if you’re looking at Office 365 anyway, and would help drop the “net” cost of the T1 down about as cheap as it gets.
Eve also made sure that it was easier than usual to switch back and forth from the Windows 8.1 tile interface to the “classic” Windows desktop look. The old Windows desktop was never well suited for a touchscreen device, but properly adjusted it can make things easier to get to your files for those who never acclimated, or to run a lot of legacy type software.
The camera setup on the T1 is by far the most pedestrian part of the device. With a 5 MP rear camera and 2 MP front cam, they perform on par with what you’d expect out of a cheaper, older phone camera, significantly fuzzier and with worse low light performance than a more current device.
Battery power is one of those areas it would have been easy for Eve to cut some corners, but we’re glad to report that it resisted the temptation. The T1 sports a 4300 mAh internal battery, which is comparable to or better than a lot of other similarly priced devices. Windows 8 does demand a bit more horsepower than Android does of course, which helps even things out a little bit.
Officially, Eve advertises eleven hours on a charge, but my experiences would suggest that nine to ten hours is more realistic for average use. Even so, that’s a solid life that’s comparable to the industry standard, especially for a mid-sized tablet with faster specs.