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ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 Hands-On With Z Stylus & First Impressions

It’s been a while since I looked at a 9.7″ retina tablet, everything (well almost) has shifted to the popular 2-in-1 format with tablet and attachable keyboard. Not the case with the new ASUS Zenpad 3S 10, it’s got no keyboard, not even a case/stand/ keyboard combo one like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2. The new 430 gram retina tablet runs Android 6.0.1, no dual boot here, seems none...[Read More]

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12.5″ Unboxing, First Look and Impressions.

Our Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air arrived today, it’s the 12.5″ version. This one has an Intel Skylake Core M3-6Y30, 4GB of 1866Mhz dual channel RAM, 128GB Samsung SATA3 SSD and a spare slot to add another even. And because I’m impatient, I had this sent out with Windows 10 Chinese only, knowing all too well it will not allow me to change it over to English.  But now there is an option ...[Read More]

Cube i7 Book – 48 Hours Later With Benchmarks

Having used my Cube i7 Book for 48 hours, I can now report back on a few of my findings, the below video covers benchmarks, overall performance, battery life and a quick speaker test. The Cube i7 Book is very quick, it feels super fluid and faster than the Teclast X3 Pro and Cube i9, benchmark scores it got are better than the Cube i9 and X3 pro. But temps are not! Disabling the Intel battery savi...[Read More]

Cube iwork12 Unboxing and First Impressions

The cheaper version of the Cube i9 is has arrived, the iwork12. Like the iwork11 it’s the cheap Atom version of Cube’s Core M3 flagship. Not a lot as changed, gone is the Core M3 6Y30, replaced with a cheaper Atom X5 Z8300. The 128GB SSD for storage is now a 64GB eMMC and the type-c port is a USB 2.0 port for charging and data. What we do gain is Android / Windows 10 dual boot and it&#...[Read More]

Cube i9 Unboxing, Hands On & First Impressions

The wait is finally over after an Aliexpress seller blunder that resulted in a 30+ day transit wait for my Cube i9. It’s the new Cube flagship, replacing the popular Cube i7 Stylus with a new Intel Core M3-6Y30 SoC and larger kickstand design. Here’s the unboxing video and hands-on. This tablet will be in the spotlight for a while and get some extra attention from me as it interests me...[Read More]

Chuwi Vi8 Plus Unboxing And First Impressions

Chuwi Vi8 Plus is now out and I got hold of one yesterday, it’s basically a black Chuwi Hi8 Pro with the Vi8’s lower spec screen. (1280 x 800 resolution) The Type-C port, Atom X5 Z8300, 2GB of Ram and 32GB of the Hi8 Pro are there. It’s $91.99 from Banggood.com with the 8% off coupon f4644d.   First impressions: Just like the Hi8 build, but in black Speaker is average, same ...[Read More]

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Unboxing And First Impressions

I received my Mi Pad 2 (Android 16GB version) today It’s powered by an Atom X5 Z8500, 2GB of Ram and has a fully laminated 2048 x 1536 7.9″ iPad mini screen that’s super sharp. I’ll be putting this tablet through its paces over the next few days seeing just how this $194 iPad mini clone performs. My first impressions: Excellent build quality for the price – As good as...[Read More]

Teclast X98 Pro Unboxing Video And First Impressions

The Teclast X98 Pro is the upgraded version of the X98 Air series, Today mine arrived in from China. It’s the Chinese version, with that annoying Windows 10 Single OS version. No way to install English or any other languages, so I made a backup the drivers myself and did a Windows 10 fresh install. Below is my unboxing video I’ll have some more videos to follow very soon, benchmarks, c...[Read More]

Onda v919 3G Core M Unboxing And First Impressions

My Onda v919 3G Core M arrived today, in case you haven’t heard of this one. It’s the first Core M retina 9.7″ 4: 3 tablet and the first one to have a true dual boot Android 5.0 lollipop set up and not emulated. My unit came with Windows 10 Home China on it, it’s strictly Chinese only so I was forced to do a fresh Windows 10 install in order to get English. Not exactly off ...[Read More]

Cube i7 Stylus Unboxing, Hands on And First impressions

Our Cube i7 Stylus is now in the Office for its review and tests. Please see our below unboxing and hands-on videos: So far so good, first impressions are as follows: The Good: Same great build quality as the Cube i7 Fast 64GB SSD drive, faster than my i7’s 64GB USB 3.0 port works at full speeds and can power 2.5″ drives and USB 3.0 hubs Came with English installed Wacom Stylus works w...[Read More]

Onda v116w Core M unboxing and hands on impressions

The Onda v116w Core M has arrived on my door step, 3 days from China via DHL. Super fast. So here is the unboxing video. And so far my first impressions are overall positive. The Good: Two full sized USB ports, the left one is USB 3.0 and working at full USB 3 speeds (Unlike my Cube i7) Port placement is good Over all build is okay 109GB free on the 128GB BIWIN sata3 ssd dive 450mbs read / 150 wri...[Read More]

Surface 3 Atom X7 Z8700 unboxing and impressions part 2

For those that are interested in Microsoft’s Atom Cherry Trail Surface 3, here is an unboxing video of the tablet: My focus here is mainly Chinese tablets, but this is the first tablet to use the new gen Atom X7 Z8700 aka Cherry Trail so it’s a good tablet I feel to review and benchmark so I we can get an idea of just what the new Atoms are capable of and what the Chinese tech companie...[Read More]

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