Cube Thinker i35 is without a doubt so far the best piece of Chinese tech I’ve reviewed so far, a laptop with a fully laminated 13.5-inch Surface Book display. But it doesn’t stop there not only does it have that awesome display but the same touch digitizer and N-Trig stylus support, which means? Yup, you guessed it, Surface Pen support. It’s selling for $564.99 at the moment with coupon Cubethinker so it’s cheaper than the base Surface laptop with double the RAM, Type-C USB 3.1 (Can’t believe the Surface Laptop lacks this!) and a better screen even.
It’s a long video review (But covers a lot!) So here are some timecodes:
01:04 – Design
03:58 – Screen
05:27 – Benchmarks
08:04 – Battery & Charge time
09:01 – Thermals
10:31 – Webcam sample
11:18 – Mi Notebook 12 Vs Thinker i35
13:03 – Adobe Photoshop CC & Premiere Pro
14:59 – Stylus tests
18:52 – Speaker test
19:18 – GTA V Gaming test (Playable)
20:36 – Thoughts with Pros and Cons
Cube’s build quality is top notch on the Thinker, very good. The eLan fingerprint reader unlock works great, the Core M3-7Y30 is fast and we have a 256GB SATA3 SSD, 8GB of DDR3 1866Mhz RAM. Wireless AC is also there. So great specs, just not quite perfect, one issue. It gets hot, only when pushed hard non-gaming about 82 degrees C. After gaming 92 degrees C but no thermal throttling. And the speakers just aren’t loud enough. if you intend to game or do Auto CAD or 3D work, I recommend my Cube Thinker thermal mod that fixes the issue.
But I’m really impressed and think it’s the best notebook out of China I’ve tested, better than the Mi Notebook 12? Owning both, I think it is, I find it hard to use my Mi Notebook Air 12 now, the screen just spoils me.
A brief write-up, pros and cons with rating will be added to the site soon.