Cube Mix Plus Review – A welcome 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.

Rebooted to Kaby Lake and 128 GB SSD

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

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.

A hot reboot

Design wise, the Cube Mix Plus is basically identical to the Cube i7 book. It has the same ports, layout and the only major change is on the color. It also is compatible to Cube i7 Book detachable keyboard. The biggest change is on the hardware, it now comes with a Kaby Lake Core M3-7Y30 and 128 GB SSD, which on benchmark is only about 5-10% faster compared to Skylake. Performance difference on real world testing isn’t really noticeable.

Hot like before

Just like the Cube i7 Book, it runs hot and unfortunately, the same I can say for the Cube Mix Plus. With a faster chipset, it also runs hotter than before and even hits thermal throttling roadblocks. 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. But in consolation, you will only experience extreme heat, when you will push the hardware to its limits. And on casual use, rarely do you see these temps.

Still a fast Ultrabook and Recommended

Unless you are pushing the hardware everyday, the Cube Mix Plus will offer you everything you want on a tablet and Ultrabook. It is fast, has more storage and  the screen is highly responsive and supports the same Wacom Stylus from before. Not to mention, you can still play games like Dota 2, CSGO with relative ease.

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Cube Mix Plus at $339 (on Sale until Dec 17)

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
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