Cube Thinker Notebook – The Ultimate Surface Book and Notebook Hybrid (now just $589)

The Cube Thinker is finally here and on paper, I think it will easily beat the Xiaomi Mi Air 12. Here are the final specs

Highlights of the Cube Thinker Notebook

  • 13.5 inch Fully Laminated 3K Display and Touchscreen, 3:2 Aspect Ratio
  • All Metal Premium Build and Design
  • 180 degree screen rotation, similar to Yoga Notebooks from Lenovo
  • Powered by Intel KabyLake Core M3-7Y30 Quad Core Chipset
  • Equipped with 8 GB (1867MHz)
  • 240 GB M.2 SATA3 SSD
  • Fingerprint Scanner (eLAN W)
  • 2.0 MP Front Camera @ 30fps (720p HD)
  • Dual Microphone support
  • Dual Band WiFi 802.11 AC 3165
  • Large Touchpad surface area
  • Good Keyboard Performance with good travel and barely any flex
  • USB Type C supports data and video out
  • HDMI Ports included that supports 4K video out
  • 50Wh 5000mAh battery with a 12V 3A Charger (fast charging support)
  • USB Type C Data and supports External HDD
  • USB 3.0 (Standard Port) also supports External HDD
  • Stylus Support (1024 pressure sensitivity)
  • Good loudspeakers but not the same quality with the Xiaomi Mi Air 12
  • Realtek Speakers below the screen
  • Battery life rated up to 6-7 hours on a single charge

Some Cons:

  • Thermal performance is very interesting (although all metal body has an expected outcome already)
  • Non back lit keyboard
  • Typical Chinese version of Windows 10, if you activate it expect the Product key to be invalid
  • Can get hot (70-80C+ on mild to moderate use)
  • On Gaming, easily reaches 82C
  • SATA 3 SSD, not PCI-e
  • Cannot be opened one handed, firm hinge

SpecsCube Thinker Notebook
Chipset7th Gen Intel Core M3-7Y30
GPU: Intel Graphics 615 (900MHz)
MemoryRAM: 8 GB (1866MHz)
OS64 bit Windows 10 Home Edition
Display13.5 inch IPS G+G COF
3000 x 2000 pixels, 3:2 Aspect Ratio (Touchscreen)
CameraFront: 2.0 MP
Special FeaturesFingerprint Unlock (eLAN W)
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.0
WiFi 802.11 ac 3165, Dual Band 2.4/5GHz
AudioRealtek Speakers
IO1x USB Type C
2x USB 3.0 (Standard Slots)
1x DC Charging Port
1x 3.5mm Audio Port
Dimension313 x 237 x 14 mm
Weight: 1.7kg
Battery7.6V/ 5000mAh
AC Adapter: 100-240V 12V 3A

WHERE TO BUY? (June 26)

Cube Thinker Notebook retails at $589 (price until July 2)

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I really want one

The Cube Thinker Notebook on paper seems like my dream Laptop coming true. The final specs are in and it is amazing, a pure hybrid of a Laptop. Although the price tag at more than $600 seems a bit steep, you should also consider the amount of hardware put into it. A 3K IPS Screen and TOUCHSCREEN, the area which Xiaomi Mi Air lineup clearly is missing. Another welcome addition is 256GB of M.2 SATA SSD, which is twice the size of Xiaomi Mi Air 12. The 180 degree screen rotation is also a great addition. The Notebook supports Fingerprint Unlock and it is imbedded on the Touchpad. Anyway, the Cube Thinker Notebook seems to be marketed on two different categories.  A beastly laptop and a Surface Book wannabe. The 3:2 Screen and 3K Resolution is quite obvious, although one gray area is if it supports a good stylus, perhaps similar to the HiPen H3 or probably Wacom. Also I am interested to know how Cube will handle the thermals in this notebook. Will it be similar to the Xiaomi Mi Air 12?

A friend of mine who happened to grab hold of the early release of the Tablet has some praises and concerns with regards to the Laptop. Some of the praises include…

  • The screen is all the hype, it is even better than the Xiaomi Mi Air 12 and and Fully Laminated
  • The build quality is all premium and worth of the price tag
  • Wifi Performance is great, Dual Band 802.11 AC 3165, fast and stable (very common Wireless chipset)
  • Keyboard and Touchpad Performance are great
  • The USB 3.0 Standard Slots support External HDD’s and can power them
  • USB Type C Ports also supports Data and HDD Support (it can power)
  • The speakers are also good but not the same quality with the Xiaomi Mi Air 12
  • It is rumored to offer Stylus, which is also the same quality and performance with the Chuwi Hi13, but it is still unconfirmed (you cannot use the HiPen H3 on this)

Some concerns also:

  • The temps can get high, 50-60C on idle and up to 70C even on light to moderate use
  • The Keyboard is not Backlit
  • Speakers are good but not the same quality as with the Xiaomi Mi Air 12
  • As expected it comes with Chinese version of Windows 10, so you need to purchase the English version separately

What do you think about the Cube Thinker Notebook?

This article has 7 Comments

    1. Hello unitra,

      The speakers are located below the hinge area, the ram is soldered I think. 8 GB RAM seems to be fine especially paired with a Kaby Lake Chipset.

      Best Regards,

  1. Hi,
    Thanks for all the reviews on chinese tablets. What would be the best/ you reccomend for video editing

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