Recommended Tablets or Ultrabooks

Here are my Recommended or Top lists of Tablets and Ultrabooks that offer the best price to performance ratio as well as the best value for your money.

Best of the Best this August 2017.

Best Value Premium Ultrabooks

Here are my recommended Ultrabooks or Notebooks that offer the best possible performance for the price.


The Xiaomi Mi Air 12 has been my trusty daily driver quite some time now, and I do love it a lot. It delivers great performance, long battery life and a superb typing experience. Anyway, there are a lot of versions of the Mi Air, such as the more powerful Mi Air 13 but they offer the same performance for the price. It comes with Intel Skylake or the Much newer Kaby Lake Core M3 Chipset, 12.5″ IPS 1920 x 1080p, 4 GB RAM and 128 GB Samsung SSD, Dual Band WiFi Support, USB Type C and a 5000mAh battery.

(+) Top Notch build quality (All aluminum)
(+) Ultra light, whole notebook weighs just 1kg
(+) Delivers great performance
(+) One of the best screens available for a Notebook (Glass to Glass Sapphire Glass)
(+) 12.5 inch IPS 1080p Screen
(+) Fast Samsung SSD Storage
(+) Expandable Memory and Supports M.2 SATA SSD Expansion
(+) Fast and Stable Intel Dual Band 8265 Wireless AC
(+) 6-7 hours Battery Life
(+) Fast Charger, and charges via USB Type C 3.1
(+) Multi-purpose USB Type C Ports
(+) One of the best Touchpad and Keyboards I have ever tested
(+) Great thermals, does not overheat
(+) Can play Dota, LOL above 30fps at native 1080p
(+) AKG Custom Speakers (High Quality Audio)
(+) The new Kaby Lake version offers about 10 more performance

Cons

(-) Inactivated Windows 10 (only comes with Windows 10 Chinese version)
(-) non touch screen

Read more here: Xiaomi Mi Air 12 Kaby Lake (2017 edition)

Availability? Xiaomi Mi Air 12 (2017 Edition) 4+128 GB retails at $489 (Use Coupon Code: NEWMIAIR12)

Xiaomi Mi Air 12 (2017 Edition) 4+ 256 GB retails at $549 (Use Coupon Code: MIAIR256)

 

 

Cube Thinker i35. The newest Laptop from Cube is a Surface Book Clone also. It is powered by Intel Kaby Lake Core M3 Chipset with 8 GB Dual Channel Memory and 240 GB SSD Storage. It also comes with a gorgeous 3K Screen and support for the same Stylus with the Surface Book.

(+) Delivers Performance (Kaby Lake Core M3)
(+) Great build quality and sturdy design
(+) Fast SSD Storage
(+) Fingerprint ID on the Touchpad
(+) Fast and Stable Dual Band Wireless AC 3165
(+) Gorgeous 3K Screen with Stylus Support (1024 pressure sensitivity)
(+) Great Touchpad and Keyboard User Experience
(+) 5-6 hours battery life (5000mAh)
(+) Can play Dota 2, CSGO, LOL etc… at 30-40fps at 1080p
(+)Temps are relatively good

(-) Inactivated Windows 10 (only comes with Windows 10 Chinese version)

Read more here: Cube Thinker i35

Availability? Cube Thinker Notebook at $579 (Use Coupon Code: Cubethinker)Read more

 

Cube Mix Plus – is the most affordable Kaby Lake Powered Tablet available and it delivers every ounce of it. It is the successor to last years Cube i7 Book. Although it no design changes were made, it is now 10% faster. It comes with Intel Kaby Lake Core M3, 4 GB RAM, 128 GB Foresee SSD, Dual Band WiFi AC 3165 and Wacom Support.

(+) Faster than the Cube i7 Book
(+) Fastest and cheapest Kaby Lake Tablet
(+) Suited for Video Editing and Moderate Gaming
(+) Can run Dota 2, LOL, CSGO at 50-60fps at native 1080p
(+) Wacom Stylus works great
(+) Similar dimensions and design of the Cube i7 Book (Keyboards can be interchanged)
(+) Fast and Stable Wireless Support (Intel Wireless AC 3165)

(-) No design changes, expect for the color
(-) The design now is a bit old
(-) If used heavily, the temps can go as high as 90°C and thermal Throttles

WHERE TO BUY? Cube Mix Plus retails at $284 (Use Coupon Code: MIXPLUS)Read more

 

Best Value Budget Laptops or Ultrabooks

The Chuwi Lapbook 12.3 is great budget Notebook that offers a Surface Pro Screen. It also comes with a Retina Screen, Dual Band Band WiFi Support and M.2 Sata SSD Storage Expansion.

(+) Fully laminated Screen Similar to the Surface Pro 2017 Edition
(+) 12.3 inch IPS Retina Non touch screen
(+) Supports M.2 SATA SSD Expansion
(+) Powered by Intel Apollo Lake N3450 Chipset
(+) Equipped with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB eMMC
(+) Fast and Stable Dual Band WiFi AC 3165
(+) Runs an Activated Windows 10 Home Edition
(+) Comes with Standard size USB 3.0 Slots
(+) Good Battery Life

(-) Ultra High resolution Screen bottleneck by CPU
(-) Not ideal for gaming (Struggles on Dota 2, LOL etc…)
(-) Non Touch Screen

Read more here: Chuwi Lapbook 12.3

Availability? Chuwi Lapbook 12.3 retails at $289 (Use Coupon Code: CHUWI123)

 

The Chuwi Hi13 is another Surface Book clone that offers 3K Screen with a 1024 Pressure Sensitivity Stylus Pen. It is powered by Intel Apollo Lake N3450 with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB eMMC.

(+) Premium build quality and design
(+) Premium build of the keyboard
(+) 1024 HiPen Sensitivity H3 Stylus (Works great with Palmar Rejection)
(+) Stylus works great on built in drawing or graphics apps except for Photoshop
(+) Fast and Stable Dual Band Wireless (
(+) Runs on acceptable temps
(+) Huge 10,000mAh battery

(-) Performance is not the best, you can see that the CPU is bottlenecks the screen
(-) Dota 2, LOL runs below 20fps, making it unplayable
(-) Input lag on the Photoshop (only on this App) other built in apps works great
(-) Only eMMC Storage, no SSD
(-) Heavy (2kg including the keyboard)
(-) No USB 3.0 Standard Slot

You can read more here: Chuwi Hi13 Full Review

Where to Buy? Chuwi Hi13 retails at $278 (Use Coupon Code: GHi13)

 

The Chuwi Lapbook is an affordable Notebook that has a Macbook lookalike design and offers a above average display and decent performance. It comes with Intel Apollo Lake N3450 with 4G GB RAM and 64 GB eMMC Storage. 

(+) Decent Performance and much better compared to any other atom powered Notebooks
(+) Supports M.2 SSD Expansion
(+) Dual Channel 4 GB RAM and expandable up to 8 GB
(+) Much better than expected Anti-Glare 14.1 inch 1920 x 1080p Display
(+) Runs Activated version of Windows 10
(+) Comes with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Standard Sizes
(+) Dual Band WiFi AC 3165
(+) 9000mAh battery

(-) Not great for gaming, Dota 2, LOL struggles
(-) Non SSD Storage, although you can add it yourself

You can read for the full info here: Chuwi Lapbook

Availability? Chuwi Lapbook Apollo retails at $234 (Use Coupon Code: ChuwiLapA)

 

Jumper Ezbook 3 Pro is an updated version of the Ezbook 3 series and comes with 6 GB RAM, Dual Band WiFi support and M.2 SSD Sata Expansion slot. It is still powered by Intel Apollo Lake N3450 and comes with a 13.3 inch Matte Anti-Glare 1080p screen.

(+) Updated version and comes with Dual Band WiFi
(+) M.2 Sata SSD Support Expansion
(+) Based on Macbook Pro Design
(+) Comes with Cooper Heatsinks for better thermals (60-70°C on Full Load)
(+) Comes with USB 3.0 Standard Sizes
(+) 13.3 inch IPS 1920 x 1080p Anti Glare Screen (Usable even on direct sunlight)
(+) Good Battery Life (9600mAh)

(-) No USB Type C Port
(-) No SSD Storage (only eMMC Drive)

More info here: Jumper Ezbook 3 Pro

Price? Jumper EZbook 3 Pro retails at $229 (Use Coupon Code: BOOKPRO)

 

Budget Dual OS Tablets

Unfortunately, these lists only includes Atom Z8350 tablets because Apollo Lake doesn’t support Android.

The Chuwi Hi12 is the predecessor to the Chuwi Hi13. It is slower with only an Intel Atom Z8350 Chip underneath but offers Dual OS Support, better battery life and Standard USB 3.0 Slots available. Also its main selling point is the gorgeous 2K Display.

(+) Gorgeous 2K (2160 x 1440 pixel screen)
(+) Dual OS Support
(+) Active Stylus Support with 256 pressure sensitivity
(+) Standard USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Slots available
(+) Equipped with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB eMMC Storage but is Expandable up to 128 GB
(+) All aluminum build
(+) Great Battery life (up to 8 hours of casual use)

(-) there is no Dual Band WiFi Support

You can read more here: Chuwi Hi12 Z8350 version

Price? Chuwi Hi12 Z8350 retails at $204 (Use Coupon Code: CHi12V)

Chuwi Hi10 Plus is probably the cheapest Tablet that offer a Surface Pro Screen, it has a 3:2 Aspect Ratio Screen and Dual OS Support.

(+) 3:2 Aspect Ratio Screen (1920 x 1200 pixels)
(+) Equipped with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB eMMC (Supports TF Card Expansion)
(+) Dual OS Support (Android + Windows 10)
(+) Long Battery Life (8400mAh)
(+) Comes with USB Type C Port

(-) Not the best performance especially on Windows 10
(-) Only suited for office tasks and low end gaming

Read for more info here: Chuwi Hi10 Plus

Availability? Chuwi Hi10 Plus Z8350 version at $179 (Use Coupon Code: Hi10PlusK)

 

Ultra Budget Android only

Lenovo P8 is an affordable 8.0 inch Android Tablet that offers a fast midranger chipset, great screen and long battery life.

(+) Powered by Midranger Snapdragon 625 Chipset with Adreno 506
Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box
(+) Dual Band Wireless Support
(+) 8.0 inch IPS 1920 x 1200 pixels
(+) Equipped with 3 G RAM and 16 GB eMMC Storage
(+) Long Battery Life (4250mAh)

Read more here: Lenovo P8

Availability?Lenovo P8 retails at $154 (Use coupon code: LenovoP8)

 

FNF iFive Mini 4s is an ultra budget Android Tablet that offers surprisingly great build quality and features. It has a Fully Laminated Screen, which is rare at this price range and a Retina Display, the same you see with the iPad Mini 2 or 3.

(+) Powered by Rockchip RK322 Quad Core
(+) Best suited to low end games
(+) 7.9 inch IPS 2048 x 1536 pixels Display, Fully Laminated
(+) Runs a Clean version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow
(+) built in Gyroscope
(+) Dual Band WiFi Support

(-) No GPS built in
(-) Average Battery life (because of the 2K Screen)

Read more on the FNF ifive Mini 4s

Availability? FNF ifive Mini 4S retails at $106 (price until Sept 4)

 

Cube iPlay10 U83 is an Ultra Budget Sub$100 Tablet that offers Dual Band WiFi Support and built in GPS.

(+) Powered by Mediatek MT8163 Quad Core Chipset
(+) Equipped with 2 GB RAM and 32 GB eMMC
(+) Dual Band WiFi Support
(+) built in GPS (good performance)
(+) Runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box
(+) 10.6 inch IPS 1920 x 1080 pixels
(+) 7 hours battery life (6000mAh)

(-) Low End Chipset

Read more here: Cube iPlay10 U83

Where to Buy? Cube iPlay10 U83 at $97 (price until Sept 4)

You can also check out my complete lists of Tablets and Ultrabooks here: Tablet Guide

This article has 5 Comments

  1. The xiaomi is a non touch screen right? You should write it, it’s a huge bad point (in my opinion of course).

    1. Hello Shikotei,

      Yup, sorry forgot to mention it. For me, the non touch screen isn’t really a huge issue because the screen doesn’t rotate up to 180 degrees or more or similar to those yoga laptops.

      Best Regards,
      Vince

  2. Is there any option available to buy now or being launch soon with same specs as Cube Thinker i35, but with a 360 degree screen?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *