Talk me out of a Cube i7 sale $294

Talk me out of a Cube i7 sale $294

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  • #46356
    george evandro barreto martins
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    I narrowed my search for a work/travel/game tablet:

    -Core M3 6Y30. I picked this over the Cherry Trail Atoms because premium 2-in-1 Cherry Trails cost about as much as low-end Core M3s.

    -Type C USB 3.1. The major selling point of the 6Y30 is the ability to run 4k 60Hz, and only The Asus m3 Ultrabook has Displayport, all the rest either goes Type C or gave up on 4k 60Hz.

    -Upgradeable SSD or at least 128 MB

    -As much battery life as possible. This is the major issue of the Surface Pro 4

    -Ability to install Remix for gaming

    -True tablet mode.

     

    So far the only product that meets my requirements is the SP4 ( if one believes that Remix has solved the not working touchpad of earlier releases). And the SP4 can only do 4k 60hz using Microsoft’s  Type C dock. The Dell dock that this site reviewed is infamous for not working properly, not even with Dell hardware.

    So i found the Cube i9/i7, which can receive upgrades on the SSD and have a USB 3.1 Type C port.

    The only thing that keeps me out of the current sale is that i have not found someone who tested Microsoft’s SP4 dock and drivers on the i9/i7.

    Is there another product i should consider?

    #46361
    Chris G
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    Depends how long you want the device? Do you change each year ? If you want it for the long term and If you can afford to I would still go for the SP4, that screen, support and build are far superior to the cheap i7 book. Of course, it all comes at a cost and the Surface Pro 4 isn’t cheap.

    And the i7 Book isn’t perfect if you saw my review, but I have added a 256GB SSD to mine, fixed the thermals and now with anniversary update the palm rejection is perfect. And DXF audio enhancer has improved the speakers a little. I think it’s a great 10.6″ machine. Sold my i9 to keep it until the Xiaomi Notebook Air or the next best Chinese Core M3.

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    #46473
    Sing Along
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    Just got my i7 book from a aliexpress seller, received in 7 days.

    I owned a surface 3 as well and theses are my thoughts on the 2 of them.

    The cube is well built and feel solid. benchmarks are as what chris has mentioned in his review. The cube is noticeablely faster than the surface 3 when it comes to opening programs and renedering webpages. However, even with a 33% battery larger than the surface 3, battery life is terrible  compared to the surface 3 when doing the same task load. For usual office tasks, I get roughly 5 hours for the cube while I get  9 hours for surface 3. These are tasks that both tablet can do very well. For rendering tasks that uses up all available cores, the cube has the same speed / output as the surface 3 but last only 2 -3 hours while the surface lasts 4 – 5 hours. If not for the darn emmc in the surface, I would be using it. (I need ram and pagefile is the only way I can get it)

    For the keyboard, it is quite irritating that it can only tilt to 120 degree. I am propping in up underneath with a pack of tissue to get 5 – 10 degree more. In terms of weight, the surface and the cube is okay for commute but not for holding for long as a tablet unless you are cradling it.

    In terms of overall package weight ( keyboard + tablet), the cube is way too heavy compared to the surface. If there is a good type cover with a kick stand that is not too heavy, I will switch over in an instant. If you are concerned about weight and is able to sell out 60% more budget, get a asus instead.

    Else I am pretty much satisfied with this tablet..

    Will look at changing the ssd and put in a thermal pad this weekend. wish me luck hehe.

    And special thanks to chris for this great recommendation.

     

     

    #46918
    quasimodoz
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    GPS?

    I tried  – unseccessfully- to find specs of the Cube i7 book to find out if GPS is integrated in this device. Can anybody answer this question?

    I’m looking for a 2in1 with core i3 or i5 WITH GPS an if  possible with a backlit keyboard. Any hint?

     

     

    #46938
    Chris G
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    Hi, it doesn’t have GPS.

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    #46960
    Sing Along
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    Juts tape a small gps receiver to the laptop?

    #47011
    Paul
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    I have got a Bluetooth GPS but amazingly Windows 10 does not have a simple solution to use this GPS with mapping – does anyone know how it can be done please ?

    I have managed to poll it and get a single Lat & Long but as to integrating it with W10 no luck at all

     

     

    #47209
    Arga Firmansyah
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    Buy a USB gps, open the case and solder it inside the cube using a USB hub…

    #47228
    Paul
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    Thanks Arga F but that is way past my pay grade with my brand new book. Maybe when it gets a bit older 🙂

    For now all I want is to find how to integrate the Bluetooth GPS (which the book can see) with any mapping software or apps. I just cannot understand why this should be so hard as Android devices use GPS in so many ways and yet Windows 10 it appears nowt !

     

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