Cube i7 Stylus is just the second 2 in 1 tablet by Cube that is powered by Core M. As compared to last time, this time Cube has decided to go for a smaller screen with the addition of Wacom digitizer for digital stylus support. They have also kept the starting price of this one much lower than that of the previous model. i7 Stylus still retains much of the i7’s design as well as the same metal housing, screen aspect ratio, blue matte finish, optional dock and more.
Here is a short review on Cube i7 Stylus which will give an idea about going for this one or not.
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Hardware and build
Just like the previous model, i7 Stylus is powered by Intel’s 5th Gen Core M 5Y10 which is a passively cooled dual core CPU which has Intel HD 5300 graphics onboard. Its RAM configuration is 2 x 2 GB DDR3L 1600MHz modules which gives a total of 4 GB. The DIMMs are also soldered to the mainboard which means there is no way to upgrade the RAM on this tablet.
i7 is neither the thinnest nor the lightest of tablets by any means. It is 10.5mm thick and weighs in at 703 grams which gives a solid feel when used. Its weight and thickness are similar to Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140 Core M tablet. It comes with a rear metal housing and a blue matte finish which gives it a premium look. However, it is easy to scratch the paint job which is a slight negative aspect. On the screen there is a windows logo which marks the home button, whenever touched, the haptic motor inside the tablet will vibrate and give some feedback so that you know that the tablet has detected your push of home button.
Screen and touch
i7 Stylus has a G+G type screen. It is non-laminated and there is also a 1mm gap between the glass digitizer panel and IPS panel below. The glass used is temperated glass and not Gorilla Glass, which is one of the reasons why it comes with a screen protector fitted from the factory.
Its 10.6-inch screen is a Samsung screen with full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It has excellent sharpness as well as colours and it might not be a ‘Retina’ panel yet at 208 PPI, it is still excellent when compared to other devices of its category.
Its touch sensitivity is excellent as it is both accurate and very responsive. There were no issues with touch on edges or on corners of screen. There were few notable errors when the screen was left to sleep and it took almost 5 seconds for it to wake up and respond.
This tablet turned out to be excellent for gaming thanks to its 8th Gen Intel 5300 graphics which handled the load pretty well. Most games could be run at native 1080p at medium settings and a smooth 60 fps. Even some of the demanding games like Battlefield 3 were playable once you get the Intel GFX scaling issue fixed with the driver update. There were few dips but at low settings the game looked playable and worked smoothly.
i7 Stylus is packed with a 4,500mAh Lithium-ion battery which provides almost 5 hours of continuous video playtime. This isn’t the greatest of the results and it will rarely last for a day, so power adapter needs to be kept at all times.
For those of you looking for a tablet in the market, this is surely a keeper. It’s a guarantee that you will enjoy using it no matter what your purpose of use it. It has USB 3.0 ports which work wonderfully well and provide quick speed. Its great design and hardware will surely impress the lookers and its processor and RAM will win over their hearts. It might have less battery backup but no device is perfect. For such a low price, this is surely a must buy tablet.
It is available on GearBest and can be purchased for just $380.82.