Cube i7 Book Full Review – Powerful Skylake Tablet with Wacom Stylus Support

Now equipped with an Intel Skylake chipset, the Cube i7 Book is now faster, runs hot and offers better gaming capabilities. It also offers Wacom Stylus support for Photoshop Softwares and other editing tools.

PROS:

  • Great multitasking Performance (Intel Skylake Core M3-Y630)
  • Equipped with 4 GB RAM and 128 GB SSD Storage (Forsee)
  • Runs Cool on idle 40C
  • Runs Windows 10 Home Edition out of the box
  • Supports Wacom (1024) with Electromagnetic Screen (best suited for Photoshop)
  • Accurate touch screen with good viewing angles and image quality
  • Can play mainstream games with very good fps (Dota 2, Lol, etc…)
  • Convertible 2 in 1 tablet with Magnetic pin Docking interface
  • 4 hours of battery life (average) – 4300mAh

CONS:

  • Can get hot at heavy load (70 to 80C) – passive cooling
  • No HDMI Port
SPECS Cube i7 Stylus Book
CHIPSET
Intel 6th Gen Skylake Core M3-6Y30 2.2GHz Dual Core
GPU: Intel Gen9 LPHD515
MEMORY RAM: 4 GB LPDDR3
ROM: 64 GB SSD (Foresee)
TF/MicroSD support up to 128GB
OS 64 bit Windows 10 Home Edition
DISPLAY 10.6″ IPS, Electromagnetic Screen
1920 x 1080 pixels
WACOM STYLUS (1024 pressure)
CAMERAS Rear: 2.0 mp
Front: 2.0 mp
CONNECTIVITY Bluetooth 4.1
WiFi 802.11 ac/b/g/n/a, Dual Band 2.4/5GHz, Intel AC3165
USB Type C (reversible connector)
I/O 1 x 3.5mm Audio Port
1x USB Type C (Reversible) Port
1x USB 3.0 Port
1x TF/MicroSD Card Slot
1x Magnetic Docking Interface
DIMENSIONS 273 x 172 x 9.6 mm
Weight: 710g
BATTERY 7.4V/4300mAh
AVAILABILITY (Updated January 9, 2017)
Cube i7 Book (Gearbest) retails at $331 – Buy here
Cube CEP01 Stylus Pen (Wacom 1024) – click here

Other links

Cube i7 book (Banggood) retails at $269 (After Coupon) – Buy here

Use coupon code: b2b6b8 (18% off)

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September 29, 2016

The Cube i7 Book or otherwise called Zealot is the successor to 2015 Cube i7 Stylus. Now, it comes with Intel Skylake Core M3-Y630 chipset and Intel HD515 that promises improve gaming and multitasking performance. The Tablet still offers the same Wacom Stylus support

Good build Quality and Design

The Cube i7 Book is a reboot, and thus, there  really isn’t a lot of changes here. In fact, the major changes is only on the chipset. Anyway, the overall build quality is good and well built with no noticeable areas of cheap plastic. It has an all Aluminum back shell, however, it does have a bit of weight to it.

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Inputs and Output

There are a couple of Inputs and outputs available here:

  • USB 3.0 Port – mainly uses an adapter to connect to peripheral devices
  • USB Type C Port (reversible Port)
  • MicroSD or TF Card Slot – supports up to 128 GB
  • 5mm Audio or Earphone Port
  • DC 12V Charging Port

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Great Performance

The Intel Skylake Core M3-Y630 is a laptop mobile CPU, probably comparable to a Core i3 chipset. It is coupled with an Intel HD515 Gen9 Graphics Chip. In terms of memory and storage, it has 4 GB LPDDR3 RAM and about 64 GB SDD Storage.

The Storage used is FORESEE which offers Good Write and Read speeds, mostly it has fast read speeds. On Crystal disk, here are the scores that I got.

Test       Read (Mb/s)                      Write (Mb/s)

Seq        501.6 Mb/s                         163.6 Mb/s

4K           128.9  Mb/s                        111.8 Mb/s

Seq        418 Mb/s                             157.7 Mb/s

4K           8.5 Mb/s                              57.33 Mb/s

As you can see, the SSD is quick  and has good scores especially on 4K. It does however have much faster Read speeds compared to Write speeds in comparison.

Benchmark tests results:

  • Cinebench: OpenGL (15.44 fps) and CPU (157 cb)
  • Geekbench scores: Single core (2645) and Multicore (4931)
  • Heaven Benchmark: 9 fps only on basic mode, 720p HD
  • No thermal Throttling on Aida 64 CPU Stress test (100% load on all CPU) – reaches 70C on full load

As you can see from the benchmark test above, the CPU is strong enough to handle most programs and tasks, it is in my opinion comparable to the Core i3 Mobile Chip.  The overall experience was quite good, you can open multiple tabs on Google Chrome at the same time without any slow down issues.

Capable Gaming Tablet

Compared to the Cherry Trail Atom CPU’s, the Skylake Intel HD515 is much more capable of running the current generation games albeit low to medium settings. Mainstream games like Dota 2, LOL, Counterstrike way above the comfortable 30 fps range.

For example: Dota 2 (1920 x 1080 pixels, lowest setting can achieve 50 – 80 fps) more info on the video below.

However, I would not advice 3D intensive games like GTA V

Strong Dual Band WiFi and USB Type C (Connectivity)

The tablets is equipped with Dual Band WiFi (Intel Wireless AC3165), and so far, I did not experience any disconnection issues or range problems. It readily connects to my wireless router and never did I experience connection drop. Furthermore, it readily supports USB Type C and USB 3.0 natively. However, using the USB 3.0, you will need a adapter or OTG capable to connect to it to other peripheral devices. Unfortunately, that is it, there is no HDMI Port available, so you can’t output your videos to other wireless TV’s.

Loudspeakers could have been better

The loudspeakers are the right side of the tablet, however, the sound quality and volume are relatively tiny and you can’t hardly make up if there is bass. Meaning, unless you are sitting close to the tablet, you can’t hear it properly. It is below average compared to the good sounding speakers of the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2. On the other hand, the 3.5mm Audio Port works just fine, the volume is good and there is no interference or static, as far as I have tested it. The quality also is also much better.

Thermals and heat output

So far at idle, using Hardware Monitor, I was able to get around 40C. On heavy load or gaming, it can reach up to a toasty 70C. Here are some situational temperature variances below.

  • Idle: 40 to 45C (cool to the touch)
  • Light to moderate load (Youtube streaming via Google Chrome) – 55 to 60C
  • Moderate load – using multiple tabs and programs at the same time – 60C to 65
  • Gaming – 65 to 75C (but may falter depending on the game being loaded, this is just based on Dota 2)

Especially on heavy load, the left hand side (where probably the Chipset is located) can get toasty, so if you are gaming, better place it on a table or matt. You would likely expect such temperatures because of the passive cooling type of the system used.

The keyboard and Wacom (untested sorry)

I am terribly sorry that I wasn’t able to review the Keyboard and Wacom stylus, as my package didn’t come with it. I will be showing it once it is available.

Battery life (more or less 4 hours)

It’s difficult to measure accurately battery life. As it is very variable and depends on your usage. But on casual use, like Websurfing, youtube, or watching movies on 25% brightness, you will probably get around 3.5 to 4 hours. On gaming however, probably around 2 hours at best. But for more frugal use, without wifi, you can get a good 4.5 to 5 hours of use, which is already pretty decent.

Note: you can also compare this tablet here: Tablet Guide

PROS:

  • Great multitasking Performance (Intel Skylake Core M3-Y630)
  • Equipped with 4 GB RAM and 128 GB SSD Storage (Forsee)
  • Runs Cool on idle 40C
  • Runs Windows 10 Home Edition out of the box
  • Supports Wacom (1024) with Electromagnetic Screen (best suited for Photoshop)
  • Accurate touch screen with good viewing angles and image quality
  • Can play mainstream games with very good fps (Dota 2, Lol, etc…)
  • Convertible 2 in 1 tablet with Magnetic pin Docking interface
  • 4 hours of battery life (average) – 4300mAh

CONS:

  • Can get hot at heavy load (70 to 80C) – passive cooling
  • No HDMI Port

Powerful Skylake Tablet with Wacom Stylus Support

I  would in a heartbeat pick the Cube i7 Book or Zealot as one of the best tablet I have tested of 2016. Even if it is just a reboot, it still offers superb performance for the price. The Skylake Chipset runs great on Windows 10 and Multitasking is a breeze. You can also game on respectable frames and wireless performance is also great. The Wacom stylus support means you can use it on Photo Editing softwares like Photoshop, but I wouldn’t recommend on Video Editing as encoding on it takes quite a while, you will probably be aiming for the Xiaomi Mi Air 13 when it comes to video editing.

AVAILABILITY (Updated January 9, 2017)
Cube i7 Book (Gearbest) retails at $331 – Buy here
Cube CEP01 Stylus Pen (Wacom 1024) – click here

Other links

Cube i7 book (Banggood) retails at $269 (After Coupon) – Buy here

Use coupon code: b2b6b8 (18% off)

You may also be interested:

Tablet Flash Sale (updated)

About Vincent
I am 27 years old and an avid fan of Phones and tablets. Writing blogs is my hobby and i have taken a keen interest in making Tablet and Phone Reviews.

9 Comments on Cube i7 Book Full Review – Powerful Skylake Tablet with Wacom Stylus Support

  1. Vincent, it can’t output video via usb C connector to hdmi? It’s very uncommon such a beast of a tablet, hasn’t hdmi output, or any other 🙁

    • Hello Ale,

      It is a reboot, so there is really no design changes expect for the hardware. It does have USB Type C, USB 3.0 (but needs adapter OTG to connect to standard peripheral devices). It does not have HDMI Connector unfortunately.

      Best Regards,
      Vince

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