Cube Mix Plus – Kaby Lake Core M3-7Y30 Chipset, New or Rehash? (now at $377)

The Cube Mix Plus gets a new Chipset, but is it a completely new tablet or just a rehash of its predecessor, the Cube i7 Book. Is it better than the old one?

The Cube i7 Book is one of my top recommendations of 2016, it offered great performance at a very affordable price. In fact, it was the most affordable Skylake Tablet available.

I have reviewed the Cube i7 Book and it was really good, and in fact, I considered it the best value tablet of 2016 even with some flaws. And now, the new Cube Mix Plus is really interesting, and I am hoping to find out how fast it is compared to the aging Skylake Chip.

Pros:

  • New Intel Core M3-7Y30 Kaby Chipset is an improvement over Skylake (faster basing on Benchmarks)
  • 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 .
  • Dual Channel 4 GB RAM at 1866MHz
  • Uses the same Foresee 128 GB M.2 SSD (516Mbps Read and 205Mbps Write speeds)
  • Supports MicroSD up to 128 GB Expansion
  • Double the Storage space of the old Cube i7 Book (from 64 gb to 128 GB)
  • Activated 64 bit Windows 10 Home Edition
  • Still supports Wacom (1024 pressure sensitivity)
  • Very responsive Wacom Stylus (Hover mode support and Palm Rejection)
  • 10.6 inch IPS Electromagnetic Display, 1080p Similar to the Surface Pro
  • The new Intel Graphics 615 Chip is also clocked 50MHz faster (slightly more fps on some games)
  • Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 3165 (Same with the old Cube i7 Book) – very good speeds and range
  • Good Quality Keyboard Build (Magnetic Pogo Pin Attachment)
  • Supports the old Cube i7 Book Keyboard (which is much cheaper)
  • Still is a 2 in 1 Convertible Notebook with Magnetic Pogo Pin Attachment
  • 4300mAh battery (gives you around 5 hours of casual use)
  • Geekbench Benchmarks (Single Core: 3356) (Multi-Core 5961)
  • Slight improvement on Gaming
  • same Design and Dimensions to the old Cube i7 Book

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, 80°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
  • 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 could be a better choice

Is it a new tablet or Rehash?

From the lists of Pros and Cons, it is obvious that this is your typical “Rebooted Tablet”. It has the same dimensions and design as with the previous Cube i7 Book but on a White Color, which unfortunately, makes those giant bezels stick out. Probably, the biggest improvement is the performance, it is definitely faster compared to the Skylake but I not a whole lot. Only if you check benchmarks, will you see these improvements. Gaming has also slightly improved, but you will be running most of the time on the lowest settings at Native 1080p. Cranking up the settings, the performance is about the same with the Skylake version. Being a rehash tablet, you can use the old Cube i7 Book Tablet and Wacom Stylus, which is a welcome addition.

Unfortunately, the biggest complaint I had with the old Cube i7 Book was the Temps reaching 88°C, which was I think the hottest Skylake Tablet that I had tested, and I mean that literally. The new version still runs close to that temps which I thought, Cube hasn’t actually made changes on the Thermals, they just shove a new Chipset in there, paint it differently and then call it another name. I wouldn’t say that it is actually better than the old Cube i7 Book, because both tablets are actually identical, aside from the new Chipset of course.

Complete Info Below…

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
AVAILABILITY (Updated February 23, 2017)
Cube Mix Plus retails at $349 (Coupon Code) – Buy here
Cube Mix Plus Keyboard

Use Coupon Code: Cubemix21 (valid until March 1)

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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.

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