Cube i7 Book Review

Chinese tablets: moving from good to great

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Last Updated: July 28th, 2016

One of the hottest trends washing over the consumer electronics market as of late is the rise of cheap yet surprisingly solid Chinese tablets. Cube is a good example of a Chinese company that cranks out Windows-focused hardware that won't break the bank. If you want a Windows 2-in-1 tablet with stylus capability and don't want to pay Surface prices, the new Cube i7 Book is worth a look.

Layout and Aesthetics

To its credit, the Cube i7 Book isn't a MacBook or iPad ripoff like many new Android or Windows tablets. It's dark, unassuming and constructed from a metal alloy that's sturdy enough. Just 9.6mm thick, it weighs in at about 710 grams including the keyboard. The i7 Book is reminiscent of the Asus Transformer due to its ability to flip the tablet 180 degrees into presentation mode for media viewing.

 

Horsepower, Storage & Display

Under the keyboard, there's an Intel Skylake Core m3-6Y30 CPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of SSD storage. Total on-board storage can be boosted by up to 128GB if you're in the mood. The display is a high-end 10.6-inch 1920x1080-pixel IPS multi-touch screen. Tablet ports include a TF card slot, Type C USB and a Micro USB 3.0 connection in addition to the usual microphone jack and docking port.

OS, UI and Unique Software

The Cube i7 Book comes with a full version of Windows 10 and very little else worth commenting on as far as software is concerned. The good news is that Cube has tweaked the implementation a bit to optimize the end user experience by minimizing the possibility of inadvertent edge swipes. While Palm Rejection on Windows is a work in progress, it works well enough on the i7 Book.

Networking and Peripherals

Unlike quite a few other hybrid tablets making the rounds, the i7 Book has Intel Wireless-AC 7260. What that means is that the i7 can get up to 867 Mbps while juggling Bluetooth 4.0 without skipping a beat. Furthermore, there's the optional WACOM stylus with 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity to go with the whole shebang. Long story short, the i7 is connected in all the right ways without having to rely on AT&T or Verizon.

Performance in the Field

Thanks to its updated Core m3 CPU, the i7 Book handily outperforms its earlier i7 Stylus cousin in pretty much every test you throw at it. It manages to score over 2,400 in the single-core GeekBench 3 test and over 4,600 in the multi-core version of said test. It also notches over 1,000 in the 3DMark 11 test. Finally, the i7 Book can get up to 5 hours of run time under punishing conditions.

 

Cube i7 Book Pros & Cons

The good news is that the Cube i7 Book is everything that the i7 Stylus was and a whole lot more. It's powerful, it's versatile and it's pretty inexpensive considering the build quality. To top things off, it's got a non-handicapped version of Windows. The only real downside is that it's not the Surface. However, that caveat only matters for image-conscious consumers.

The Ideal Cube i7 Book Buyer

It's not often that a tablet of any kind is a no-brainer purchase. There's no reason not to buy a Cube i7 Book regardless of who you are or what you do. It's a powerhouse office laptop, an artist's sketchpad and a media projector all at the same time. If you trust Cube, you can believe in the i7 Book.

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Technical Specifications

Cube i7 Book
 Tablet  Cube i7 Book
 Rating  Ratings
 OS  Win 10
 CPU  m3-6Y30 - 2.20 GHz
 Storage  64 GB
 RAM  4 GB
 Display  IPS - 10.6 inch
 Resolution  1920 x 1080 px - 208 ppi
 Camera  Front 2.0 / Back 2.0 MP
 Weight  0.73 kg / 1.60 lbs
 Battery life  6.0 hours
 Released  2016-07

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Battery life comparison

Battery life of selected tablet

 Tablet   (h)   Battery life 
Cube i7 Book6.0Cube i7 Book tablet autonomy comparison

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Weight comparison

Weight of selected tablet

 Tablet   kg   lbs   Weight 
Cube i7 Book0.731.60Cube i7 Book weight comparison

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