Smok X-Priv Starter Kit Review
I know, it’s another Smok starter kit and, at this point, who can even keep these things straight, am I right? Well, the X-Priv actually does stand out a fair bit, on its own merits. You’ve got a smooth, cell phone-like appearance with a massive touch screen right up front. If that doesn’t make an impression, then maybe you’re too jaded by Smok to be impressed because it’s surely a very attractive setup. That having been said, it’s still a Smok product. Will it suffer from some of the same setbacks as its predecessors or is this the Smok we’ve all been waiting for, the one we knew they were capable of creating? Let’s find out.
- Dimensions: 88 x 46.5 x 30.4 mm
- Weight: 172g
- Display:0” Hi-Def Screen
- Material: Zinc Alloy
- Maximum Wattage: 225W
- Resistance Range:05 – 2.0ohm
- Temperature Range: 200 – 600F
- Juice Capacity:0mL / 8.0mL
- Coil Ratings:12ohm V12 (rated 60 – 120W), 0.4ohm V12 (rated 40 – 100W)
- High-Temp Resistanct/Explosion Proof
- Adjustable Dual Bottom Airflow
- 810 Cobra Resin Drip Tip
- Precision Memory Modes
- Upgradeable Firmware
- Great screen, easy to read
- Fire bar is great
- Zero rattle or movement
- Battery markings in white
- Colors are gorgeous & attractive
- Easy to use
- Upgradeable firmware
- Can’t separately lock the up/down buttons
- Very ergonomic
- Absolutely stunning screen, best-looking of all mods out there
- Super compact
- Very easy to use
- Super slow ramp-up & firing speed
- Honeycomb design is ugly
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- Tank overall is decent
- Favorite Smok mod to date
- Nice form factor, symmetrical design
- Small & slender
- Super attractive with nice colors & sparkly bits
- Excellent firing bar
- Easy to navigate UI
- Very nice, large screen
- Usual issues with consistency and QC
- Coils need significant improvements
- Only a tiny incremental increase over previous efforts
- No curves function or other advanced features
- No “mode” button
- Fingerprint magnet
Alright, so it’s shiny, we’ll give it that. There’s no question the X-Priv is an attractive device, but that’s not the only thing it’s got going for it. It also has some fairly minor flaws which you’ll have to contend with as well, so let’s start the dive-down by getting into those.
Arguably the biggest issue with the X-Priv is literally the same problem that’s plagued every other Smok product since the beginning of time. If you’ve ever suffered a bad batch of coils from Smok, you know exactly what we’re driving at. Now, most reviewers didn’t mention specifically getting any bad coils in their trial versions, but the sentiment remains: Smok has a certain reputation and buying any product from them carries that unfortunate stigma. If you’re willing to roll the dice, let’s take a look at some other issues which might more effectively deter you.
The coils aren’t all that great to begin with. Even assuming you’re getting a good batch, the coil flavor is only about mediocre, or perhaps above average if you’re generous. They’re just nothing special, that’s all, and you may find yourself swapping out the included tank for one of your own.
Next, there are some odd omissions on the chip, for a device which is so sleek and futuristic-looking. It doesn’t have any curves functionality, for instance. It also, strangely enough, does not allow you to individually lock the adjustment buttons, leaving you stuck with either locking the whole device or leaving it open. Obviously, this leaves you prone to accidentally adjusting your settings mid vape session, which can be kind of annoying. Again, it’s not the end of the world, but the mod’s appearance suggests that it would have these kinds of advanced features.
On the other hand, you’ve got that great big screen. It’s very easy to use, with a super intuitive and responsive UI. Paired with its minimalist functionality and you’ve got a pretty great beginner setup. The firing bar is also really nice, running along the entirety of the mod’s side. It’s clicky and responsive and super easy to use.
The whole kit is also surprisingly sleek and compact. It’s much smaller than other comparable devices in its class and it feels fantastic in the hands. The futuristic stylings just mold directly into your hands, so overall, it’s clearly an A for accessibility and user-friendly features.
There’s also zero button or battery door rattle, for the more nitpicky among us. The battery markings are clearly done up in white on black, making them super easy to see. Again, for those who love to nitpick the little things, you’ve got all your little pet peeves taken care of and fully addressed here.
The tank is something with which most of you are already familiar, and if you need more information, you’re more than welcome to check out a review on it, but it’s a fully mediocre tank, and in this pairing, the mod is clearly the star.
If you’re a fan of Smok products and it’s been a while since you picked up a new starter kit by them, this would not be a bad place to start. It’s very clearly their best mod to date, and it would make a decent addition to just about anybody’s kit.