Deal Alert! Best Value Tablets and Ultrabook this February

A compilation of the best Tablets and Ultrabooks available this February 2017. This list contains Premium to Ultrabudget Tablets and Convertible Ultrabooks

Cube Mix Plus– The successor to the Cube i7 Book and currently one of the most affordable Kaby Lake Powered Tablet available. It is more of a rehash or reboot of the Cube i7 Book, basically only the Chipset has changed. Wacom support is still available as well as almost 100% pure Raw performance at your disposal.

What is it good?

  • Still offers 100% pure raw performance of the Kaby Lake Chipset
  • Upgraded to twice the SSD Storage space at 128 GB (Foresee)
  • Wacom Support is still available
  • Comes with Intel Dual Band Wireless AC3165 Network Card (Stable and Fast performance)
  • Compatible with the Cube i7 Book Keyboard
  • Battery life at most 5 hours of casual use

What’s not so great about it:

  • It is basically a reboot of the Cube i7 Book, so not much has changed on it
  • It still runs hot but does not thermal throttle
  • 16:9 Ratio Screen and also the same screen from the Cube i7 Book
  • The giant white bezels are now more noticeable because of the white texture
  • The same speakers from the Cube i7 Book (average performance also)

Complete info here: Cube Mix Plus
Where you can buy: Cube Mix Plus – $359

 

Xiaomi Mi Air 12 (Core M3 Skylake) I considered one of the best Notebook of 2016. This Macbook Clone offers the best Aesthetics on an affordable device. Although it does have some glaring limitations, it is still one of my top recommendations of 2017. Probably one of my best experience of this notebook is the high quality keyboard and touch pads, which I don’t even normally see on some expensive gaming laptops. Also the all glass sapphire screen is one of the best available in the market, so you can’t go wrong with it.

Why is it good?

  • Stunning Looks and Premium Grade Materials (100% All Aluminum)
  • Good Thermals (idle 31-39C), Gaming/Heavy load (60C)
  • Fast SSD Storage (Samsung MZNTV128HDHP SSD )
  • Awesome 1080p IPS Display (Vibrant, Deep Contrast and Wide Viewing Angle)
  • End to End Glass Screen protected by Sapphire Glass
  • Decent AKG Loudspeakers (high volume, doesn’t distort and crisp sound)
  • Dolby Surround Sound Technology
  • Fast and Stable Dual Band WiFi 2.4/5GHz (Intel Dual Band Wireless AC-8260)
  • One of the best Keyboard and Touch pad I have ever tested
  • Quick Charging support (Fast Charger can quickly charge 40% to 90% in less than 1 hour)
  • Supports both USB 3.1 and USB Type C (supports external devices)
  • SSD can be upgraded to M.2 SSD
  • Can be used on Video Editing (1080p or lower), Photoshop etc…
  • 6-7 hours average battery life

Why not?

  • On heavy load for example Adobe Premier Pro CC, Gaming, the CPU downclock to maintain ideal 50°C temps
  • Performance is much lower compared to the Cube i7 book because of the downclock
  • Limited gaming capabilities, best for Dota 2, LOL, CS GO, and older titles. Struggles on modern games
  • Windows 10 English Edition is inactivated only the Chinese version has the original product key
  • Non-Touch screen

Where you can buy? Xiaomi Mi Air 12 currently retails at $569 (Use Coupon Code: GB12LPC) to get discounted price
Complete info here: Xiaomi Mi Air 12 (Core M3 Skylake)

 

Xiaomi Mi Air 13 – Basically, the premium model to the Mi Air series. The only difference to the Mi Air 12, is the faster CPU, bigger 13.3 inch screen, discreet Nvidia GT940MX and also a slightly larger battery. It still has the same keyboard, Touchpad, Screen resolution and AKG speakers of the cheaper version, but is far more powerful and has better gaming potential. Although technically it is not a gaming notebook, because 940MX is far from a good gaming GPU. But if you want gaming on the go, especially with mainstream games and modern games like GTA 5, Mafia, etc… then you can play all of these games at a very good frame rate. Unfortunately, it is non-touch screen, which means you can’t do anything about it

Why is it good?

  • Powered by Intel Core i5 6200U Dual Core chip
  • Similar Keyboard and Touchpad performance with the cheaper Mi Air 12
  • 8 GB RAM and 256 Samsung SSD Storage (much bigger Memory and Storage)
  • The Ultrabook beefed up performance and can be used on heavier tasks such as Video Editing
  • Supports Expandable Storage via M.2 SATA Slot
  • The AKG loudspeakers offers decent output and volume
  • The Nvidia GT940 can game at a respectable 720p HD with good fps
  • Fast and Stable Dual Band WiFi connection
  • Can be charged fully in just 1 hour and 28 minutes
  • 5400mAh battery (5 hours typical use, gaming around 2 hours)

Why not?

  • On full load, it can get hot (80C +  degrees on CPU and GPU), but thermal throttling on GPU only
  • Chinese version of Windows 10
  • No Touch screen available
  • Battery life is very situational and not consistent
  • The Xiaomi Mi Air has better battery life and runs cooler

Where you can buy?:  Xiaomi Mi Air 13.3 (Core i5) – $739 (Use Coupon Code: GB13LP)
Complete info here: Xiaomi Mi Air 13 (Core i5)

 

Chuwi Lapbook Apollo– Currently, the only Ultra budget Notebook I can highly recommend. It comes with the new Apollo Lake N3450 Quad Core Chipset which is even faster than any Intel Atom Cherry Trail Chip. Although it still trails behind Core M powered Tablets, what makes the Lapbook Apollo great is the 1080p Matte screen, good enough keyboard and touch pad. But it is plastic.

Although Jumper has the Ezbook 3, also with Apollo Lake Chipset, it doesn’t beat the features and performance offered of Chuwi.

Why is it good?

  • It comes with Intel Apollo Lake Celeron Quad Core CPU
  • Huge performance improvement compared to Intel Atom Chipset
  • The 4 GB RAM actually runs at the native 1600MHz
  • Sandisk eMMC Drive but supports M.2 SATA3 SSD Expansion, although this is optional
  • Intel Dual Band Wireless 3165, which is similar to the Cube Mix Plus
  • Runs an Activated version of Windows 10
  • The Matte 1080p Screen is similar to the Ezbook 2 and surprisingly is quite good (it is also non reflective)
  • The keyboard and touch pad is satisfactory
  • Good Battery life

Why is it not so good?

  • It runs hot, plastic housing makes it a lot worst in terms of heat dissipation
  • Speakers are fairly average
  • Don’t expect the keyboards to be as good as the Xiaomi Mi Air 12

Complete Info here: Chuwi Lapbook Apollo
Where you can buy: Chuwi Lapbook Apollo – $229 (Use Coupon Code: ChuwiLapA) – limited to 30 units

 

Ultra Budget Choices

Cube iWork1x. Cube’s latest budget entry, a change to the new Cherry Trail X5-Z8350 is surprisingly good. Even with a plastic build, it still one of my best choices. It offers slightly improved performance over the older Z8300, the keyboard accessory is also well constructed. The 1080p screen is also quite good.

Why it is good?

  • It is just an upgrade to an already solid tablet
  • The new Z8350 Chipset offers mildly improved performance
  • Still offers a good 1080p Display
  • Uses a 64 GB eMMC Sandisk Drive
  • Stable WiFi Performance (Realtek Wireless N)
  • Dual OS is also available
  • An estimated 5 hours of battery life

Why is it not?

  • Not a huge improvement especially in gaming
  • Plastic body is not so appealing
  • Also runs hot on gaming but no thermal throttling
  • No Dual Band WiFi

More info here: Cube iWork1x
Where you can buy: Cube iWork1x retails at $197

Chuwi Hi12 Z8350 – Updated to the slightly faster X5-Z8350 version. This is a 12 inch Tablet that offers productivity oriented design. It still isn’t that powerful for more intensive or heavy tasks, but it is good enough for office work and also Photoshop. It natively supports Active Stylus and a large 11000mAh batter powering it. It also comes with Dual OS support natively.

Why is it good?

  • Updated to Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5-Z8350 Chipset
  • All Aluminum Build
  • 4 GB RAM and 64 GB eMMC Storage (expandable)
  • Dual OS Support
  • 12 inch Retina Display with Active Stylus Support
  • Good for office and productivity
  • 2 in 1 convertible notebook with magnetic keyboard pogo dock
  • USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 Slot
  • 11000mAh battery with Fast Charger

Why not?

  • Still no Dual Band WiFi Support
  • Heavy

Where you can buy it? The Chuwi Hi12 Z8350 retails at $235


Chuwi Ezbook 2 (Z8350 version) – This is the 14 inch Notebook This is the downgraded version of the Chuwi Lapbook Apollo. The features are similar to the Apollo except for the obvious Slower Chipset. It is also cheaper, and offers a Matte type 1080p screen. It is also a full size 14 inch laptop with a giant 10,000mAh battery.

Why is it good?

  • Cheaper than the Apollo, but also slower in that regard
  • It has a 14 inch Matte 1080p Screen, which is non-reflective
  • Full size keyboard, It also has a touchpad (user experience is more or less satisfactory)
  • Activated version of Windows 10 Home Edition
  • Realtek Wireless N Support
  • USB 3.0 Support
  • 10,000mAh battery

Why is it not?

  • Slower than the Apollo version, but this is also the Z8350 (slightly upgraded atom)
  • No Dual Band WiFi Support
  • Non touch Screen Display
  • Mostly Plastic build

Where you can buy? Chuwi Ezbook 2 retails at $175
Complete info here: Chuwi Ezbook 2 (Z8350 version)

 

Chuwi Hi10 Pro Z8350. Also a reboot of the Z8300, it’s one of the most popular tablet of 2016. On 2017, it is now slightly faster and much better. It also has a good 1200p Display and has USB Type C connectivity. A 2 in 1 Convertible Tablet, so it has an optional keyboard. It is also one of the cheapest Refreshed tablets to offer Dual OS support.

  • Reboot and only the Chipset is upgraded
  • 1920 x 1200 pixel display
  • USB Type C Support
  • Good Quality Magnetic Pogo Pin Keyboard
  • Handwriting Stylus (same with Chuwi Vi10 Plus, Chuwi Hi10)
  • Dual OS Support
  • USB Type C Port
  • 6500mAh Battery

Where you can buy: Chuwi Hi10 Pro retails at $182
More info here: Chuwi Hi10 Pro Z8350

 

Cube iWork10 Flagship Z8350. One of the best budget Tablets of 2016, this new reboot also offers the X5-Z8350 and continues the good overall build quality, battery life and Dual OS functions. It is a 2 in Ultrabook with USB 3.0 Support and USB Type C connectivity.

  • Reboot or Rehash
  • Same design and keyboard attachment (Magnetic Pogo)
  • 1920 x 1080 pixel, 16:9 Display
  • Supports Active Stylus
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Dual OS Support
  • USB Type C Support
  • 7000mAh battery and typical usage time up to 5 hours

Where you can buy: Cube iWork10 Flagship retails at $163
More info here: Cube iWork10 Flagship Z8350

 

Cube iWork8 Air (Z8350 version). If you want Ultrabudget, then look no further to the Cube iWork8 Air, it is a reboot but a definitely good one I think. At less than $100, you get the improved performance of the new Cherry Trail Chipset, plus it supports Dual OS.

  • 2 GB RAM and 32 GB eMMC
  • Dual OS
  • 8.0 inch IPS 1920 x 1200 pixels
  • MicroUSB 2.0 (OTG)
  • 3500mAh battery

Where you can buy: Cube iWorkAir Z8350 retails at $98
Complete info here: Cube iWork8 Air (Z8350 version)

The Teclast X80 Plus Z8350 is also a reboot, but also a good thing is that, it is cheaper than the Cube iWorkAir Z8350. And has basically the same features you want on a Sub$100 Tablet. Here is the full specs below

  • 2 GB RAM and 32 GB eMMC
  • Dual OS
  • 8.0 inch IPS 1920 x 1200 pixels
  • MicroUSB 2.0 (OTG)
  • 3800mAh battery

Where you can buy: Teclast X80 Plus Z8350 retails at $79
Complete info here: Teclast X80 Plus Z8350

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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