Early adopters beware – Viliv X70 reports coming in: problems
People who got X70’s in the first batch are starting to report some problems with the units (and these have been confirmed by Chippy (UMPC portal) who has a retail unit now).
The curse of the early adopters is the risk that you become testers of products that aren’t fully realised and if the Company is newish then their quality control is an unknown quantity. Just look at OQO. Formed with the best intentions and with a big name behind the Company, but out of business now and there seems to be an amount of OQO 2’s that have faults and are expensive paperweights now as there’s no warranty support.
It’s time to fess up and announce now that I “suspended” my first order of the X70. This was for a number of reasons but one of them was a gut feeling (inspired I must admit by OQO, everun, etc) that it was a first generation unit. With my budget restrictions for tech I need to buy something that will last for the next 2 years at least and it felt risky to me to buy something pre-order and bleeding edge. That and the fact I was a bit miffed that they missed the delivery date and that was because of parts being unavailable. This actually suggested to me that I may be buying a not fully realised piece of kit (reviews not withstanding).
It is indeed the reason why I’m now considering the S5. I haven’t given up on Viliv altogether as I believe they have nailed the form factor: X70 and also created a really good pocketable in the S5. The S5 has now been around for a while, doesn’t seem to be having systemic problems, has driver availability and maturity as well.
How are people going so far with their X70’s?
Update December 2009: as you will be aware if you read other bits of the blog I bought a Viliv X70 in Japan and am having a great time with it. No prblems and even better than advertised in so many ways. Windows 7 runs great on it.