I just had my first weekend with the Pyra. I was order #73 and it shipped on Feb 9th from DragonBox shop, sat in Germany a few days, then sat in Memphis Tennessee a few days more due to storms, and arrived on my doorstep in Alaska on Feb 19th. I unboxed the Pyra that evening and began exploring. I was both immediate impressed with the device and slightly disappointed. After using it the rest of the weekend I am less disappointed and more impressed.
- Box and booklet are beautiful. The booklet describes the hardware well but not the software so you have to dig around on the forums/wiki a bit. Maybe include a quick start note with first steps (update software, install browser, install dbp package, etc) or a link to a wiki article.
- Build quality is good, way better than Pandora. The Y key was not set correctly but I was able to quickly open the Pyra, access the keymat, and fix the issue. I initially did not like the keyboard but after a few days my opinion has changed for the better, it works great. Biggest disappointment for me in terms of hardware is lack of touch input on edges of display, I guess I will be using the nubs a lot, thankfully they are excellent.
- Its great to have a current Linux distro, so much software available in Debian Arm repos, and Mate is a good default choice for desktop. Dbp package system for Pyra specific software looks promising.
- I knew there would not be lot of Pyra specifc software this early on but it was still a little disappointing. On the bright side I have a great linux device right now and the gaming will only get better especially once issues with the tiler get resolved.
- I am impressed with speed/responsiveness of the Pyra. Firefox and Chromium both run great! Once HDMI out is working, docking the Pyra to monitor/keyboard/mouse should give me a nice workstation.