Cube Mix Plus – A HOT Kaby Lake Reboot

The Cube Mix Plus is the famed successor to the Cube i7 Book, but is it a new tablet or a rehash, find out here while I review this tablet.

The Cube Mix Plus in a nutshell is a Reboot or Rehash of the Cube i7 Book. The external shell is the same, but with a faster Kaby Lake Chipset. It does have its ups and downs and you can read my full written article below, so you can better understand it.

SpecsCube Mix Plus
ChipsetIntel Kaby Lake Core M3-7Y630 1.51-2.6GHz Dual Core
GPU: Intel HD615
MemoryRAM: 4 GB LPDDR3 (Dual Channel, 1866MHz)
ROM: Foresee 128 GB M.2 SATA SSD
Expansion: supports up to maximum 128 GB
OS64 bit Windows 10 Home Edition
Display10.6 inch IPS 16:9 Aspect
1920 x 1080 pixels
Wacom Stylus (1024 pressure sensitivity)
Electromagnetic Screen
CamerasRear: 5.0 MP
Front: 2.0 MP
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.0
Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 3165, Dual Band 2.4/5GHz,
USB 3.1 (needs adapter for USB 3.0)
SensorsGravity
Dimensions273 x 172 x 9.6 mm
Weight: 700g
Weight (w/Keyboard): 1.4kg)
IO1x TF Card Slot
1x USB Type C
1x USB 3.1
1x 3.5mm Audio Port
1x DC Charging Port (12V)
Magnetic Pogo Pin Docking Interface
Battery7.4V/ 4300mAh
Adapter: AC 100-240V 12V 2A

WHERE TO BUY?

Cube Mix Plus at $269 Use Coupon Code: GBTPC25

Fortunately, the thermal issues only come up when you use the tablet heavily. Video Encoding, gaming, or Benchmarks, you can see the temps increase quickly. But for moderate to casual use, you can expect between 50-70C operating temps, not really cool, but still acceptable. My biggest question is that, why Cube didn’t make any changes on the Thermal Padding, as they know thermal issues were a problem on the Cube i7 Book, and apparently it still is now. Anyway, you still get the benefits and speed of Kaby Lake and you definitely feel the improvements, browsers open quick with less slow downs. The Wireless Performance is also top notch and I haven’t had connectivity issues with it.

So if you have the Cube i7 Book, then stick with it, the Cube Mix Plus is basically its twin brother. But if you want a fast 2 in 1 Ultrabook that can keep up multitasking and also good for mainstream gaming, then this tablet is up your alley. Also at less than $300, it is the cheapest Kaby Lake Ultrabook available.

Pros:

  • Performance improvement, about 10% from Skylake Chipset (Benchmark scores offer insight)
  • The Intel Kaby Lake M3-7Y30 has a faster base and turbo clocked (1.6-2.6GHz) compared to (only 2.2GHz) on the Skylake Core .
  • Using the Tablet feels faster and especially when using Chrome as your browser, even faster than the Xiaomi Mi Air 12
  • Solid Build Quality, Similar to the Cube i7 Book
  • Keyboards and Wacom Stylus similar to the Cube i7 Book
  • Keyboard Quality is above average, good feedback, spacing and accurate
  • Good counterweight on the keyboard, doesn’t tip over the tablet
  • Dual Channel 4 GB RAM at 1866MHz at stock speed
  • Double the storage at 128 GB Foresee SSD, According to Crystaldisk, performance is similar to the Cube i9 SSD
  • Supports MicroSD up to 128 GB Expansion
  • Activated 64 bit Windows 10 Home Edition
  • 10.6 inch IPS 1080p Display, 16:9 Aspect Ratio similar to the Cube i7 Book
  • Very good and accurate touch sensitivity on the screen
  • The new Intel Graphics 615 Chip is also clocked 50MHz faster (but performance is still similar to the Intel HD515)
  • Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 3165 (Same with the old Cube i7 Book) – Stable and good speeds
  • 4300mAh battery (gives you around 4-5 hours of casual use)

Cons:

  • Rehash or Reboot of the Cube i7 Book, nothing has change in terms of design, but only a different color
  • White bezels emphasize how giant those bezels look
  • It still runs hot, 90°C plus just on benchmarks, and on gaming, close to 88°C which is what the old Cube i7 Book also had
  • I assumed, no improvement on the Thermal padding, as it still runs Hot
  • Thermal Throttled to 100-200MHz
  • Non Laminated Screen (uses the same screen with the Cube i7 Book)
  • Still there is no Full Size or Standard USB 3.0 (you still need the adapter to connect)
  • Still stuck with 16:9 Aspect ratio, I would have expected at least 3:2 similar to the Cube i9, which better suits
  • Poor speakers, all on the right side, similar to the Cube i7 Book and audio quality is average (sounds flat and tiny)
  • Still at 4 GB RAM, 8 GB would have been a better choice
  • Touchpad is small
  • Wacom stylus experience is similar to the Cube i7 Book, not a great experience, can get frustrating at times
  • No real world improvement on gaming, similar fps on the Cube i7 Book

WHERE TO BUY?

Cube Mix Plus at $269 Use Coupon Code: GBTPC25

A Reboot but sadly it runs hotter now

The Cube Mix Plus is sadly just a reboot, I have examined it from top to bottom and it is basically just the Cube i7 Book with new Chipset (Kaby Lake). Although I applauded the performance improvement, about 10% or so especially on CPU. My biggest gripe is the temps, which is coincidentally, also the huge Con of the Cube i7 Book. Now with a faster chipset, it runs hot, hotter even compared to the Cube i7 Book. Hitting more than 90°C on benchmark test and Adobe Premier Pro CC. You can also see a drop on the frequencies, about 100-200MHz, a clear indicator of Thermal Throttling. The Cube i7 Book did also thermal throttled, but at $30MHz at most, it doesn’t really affect the performance a lot.

My experience with the Wacom Stylus is also similar to the Cube i7 Book. It wasn’t smooth sailing and most of the time frustrating that you have to hold the Stylus pen at a certain angle for it to work properly. Anyway, once you get the hang of it, it works as it should but it isn’t likely a recommended tablet for hard core graphic artists alike.

With a faster Chipset, you can see improvements on Multitasking, on my Adobe Premier Pro CC test. You can watch the video below if you want to know more about that test. Anyway, I concluded that the new Kaby Lake Chip is 24 seconds faster compared to last years Skylake Chip on the Cube i7 Book. This doesn’t included the fact that the CPU did thermal throttled up to 200MHz on this test, and it ran 90C+ right throughout.

This article has 9 Comments

  1. hey vincent, banggood can get 310$ using this code da8982. cheaper than gearbest

    by the way, how fast the kaby lake in this tablet compares to i5/i7 in laptop?

  2. where can we get a glass screen protector or the cube mix best? I dont want to fill the screen with rub marks from the pen

    1. Hello SAus,

      Just get the shop to install it for you. I think the universal size would do just fine

      Best Regards,
      Vince

  3. I just got this from the Gearbest flash sale, and when it arrived I noticed the sticker that seals the box was cut open already. The tablet still looks new though.

    First powerup showed battery power at 66%,but that could be due to discharge in storage. So I plugged in the charger. Nothing happened, charging was not detected. About an hour later the power was at 33%, still not charging. Eventually it reached 0% and shut down and now I can’t get it to power on again even with the charger plugged in.

    I also noticed that there was a user account called “Alldocube” on it. Is this the default factory account?

    And I could not get the Wacom intuous 4 pen to be detected at all. Is this pen supposed to work with it?

    1. Hello Miwashi,

      1.Were you able to turn on the tablet again? I mean charge it?
      2. Yes, alldocube or cube is the company that made the tablet. Mine did came with an account already made, you can reset that if you want
      3. What do you mean by not detected pen? Can you use it to draw on the screen?

      Best Regards,
      Vince

      1. Thanks for the help!

        no, it can’t turn on anymore, i guess it’s because the battery power is still 0%. Even after charging there seems to be no power.

        when i move the pen over the screen, nothing happens. No cursor, and the pen cannot do anything at all, like select items. Can’t draw either. Is the Intuos 4 pen an EMR pen?

        1. Do you have similar 12V chargers to test?

          The screen is Electromagnetic, it is a Wacom Stylus, and should immediately respond without any issues. It doesn’t need a battery, and the tablet already comes with its own software for that.

  4. I’m really curious as to how to pry it open for the thermal mod. I tried using a prying tool but it just won’t go in enough to get leverage to lift the case open. Will I definitely scratch the case if I open it?

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