Cube i7 Book: Unboxing & First Impressions

2016 Cube i7 Book

The Cube i7 Book is the late 2016 successor to the Cube i7 Stylus, a previously well built tablet from Cube with single position keyboard dock. The new Cube i7 Book now has a full hinged removable keyboard that goes from closed to full yoga style tent mode, and supports flipping 180 degrees as well to keep the keyboard with you in tablet mode. The i7 Book comes with the 6th Gen Skylake Core M3-6Y30 processor and the standard for late 4GB of RAM and 64GB of M2 SSD storage. To help compensate the power needed by the Core M3 processor the battery is a 9000 mAh capacity, which should grant 5-6 hours of average usage. Finally, while the tablet ships with a rather flimsy DC wall charger, it does include a USB-C port for both video, data and charging capacity. The only caveat to the charging via USB-C being finding the “right” wall plug (a quick google search) as loads of plugs only offer 2-2.4v, and it appears the minimum is a 3.0v adapter.

Specs in Review:

First Impressions:

Following unboxing the tablet and producing the associated video, here is what I think so far...

So far, I’m more impressed with this tablet than I expected, as it’s one of my first forays into the Chinese and lower priced tablet market. It’s solid, runs well, and feels easy to carry around. Given it has the full keyboard dock, it’s heavier than your average iPad or Android Tablet, but it’s a full Windows 10 system with loads of flexible use options. I’ll run around with this tablet for a week or so before composing a full review!

Update from March 2023 – This cheap laptop has turned out to be amazingly well built. After I shifted to Linux, away from Windows, this system continued to be a test bed and daily driver for various Linux distro’s, travelled with me to the arctic and everywhere else. While my main system now is my iPad Pro, I still have this machine around with Fedora Linux on it for when I need, and it still performs amazing thanks to it having that M3 processor vs. The N3000 and N4000 celerons that were popular at this time for small cheap systems.

2016 Cube i7 Book

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