Cube has been around for awhile. Alongside Chuwi, it’s a well-known Chinese brand that has consistently produced decent tablet-PCs for a rather low price point. The Cube Mix Plus, is a prime example. For US$379, the Cube Mix Plus sports a really snappy processor, a solid metallic body, and a crystal-clear touchscreen that’s Windows Ink-enabled. So if you’re looking for a budget tablet PC armed with a stylus, look no further.
The Cube Mix Plus doesn’t look particular eye-catching. It has an unassuming matte silver rear that is cool to the touch, and a pearl-white bezel on the front that frames your display. The tablet screen itself sports the dimension of 27.30 x 17.20 x 0.96 cm. This can be considered to be quite a compact tablet-PC depending on how you look at it, but I do find the device a little larger than necessary considering the significant bezels on the frame.
I suspect it’s because of the numerous ports available, with a USB 3 port, USB Type C port, an audio jack, a charging dock, TF card slot, attachments for a physical keyboard as well.
It weighs in at 700g, which doesn’t even feel heavy when you slot it in your backpack, but holding it single-handedly might not be that easy.
The Cube Mix Plus comes with a WACOM enabled 10.6″ IPS panel with a 1920 x 1080 (FHD) resolution. A screen resolution of 1080p means the system will be in general, more fluid and you can even play some games at the native resolution. Nonetheless, the best thing is the WACOM stylus support which makes a the usage of styluses this device much more fluid than on any other budget tablet in the market. The only not-so-lovely part about the screen is honestly the large bezels which makes it look a tad dated.
The Cube Mix Plus took me by surprise in the department of speed. It fared incredibly well on my day-to-day usage and I hardly experienced any lags. I ran multiple applications, from Word, to Chrome, to Edge and VLC media player simultaneously without noticing any slowdowns or delayed responses at all, which in my opinion, was really commendable.
This could be credited to both its fantastic Intel Kaby Lake Core M3-7Y30 Dual Core 1.61GHz processor alongside its 128GB SSD hard drive (most budget tablet-PCs only offer a slower HDD).
I tested the device with GeekBench’s OpenCL test and got the score below.
Gaming performance seemed rather okay-ish with the Intel Graphics 615 processor, I wouldn’t recommend it for gaming to be honest, because I mainly see it as a work computer from every angle. Nevertheless, I ran the 3DMark benchmarks and you can see the results here.I thought this was quite a commendable score to be honest, for a device in the US$400+ range.
I found that the Cube Mix Plus does slightly overheat during daily usage, but it doesn’t really affect the battery life drastically so if that’s a concern of yours, then don’t worry too much about it.
The tablet-PC allows you to attach an additional keyboard and use a stylus pen alongside it. I highly recommend getting these attachments. The keyboard gives you extra USB ports for easy thumbdrive docking and the keys feel very nice to type on too, greatly improving my keystroke speed with the tablet.
The stylus attachment is definitely something you need with this WACOM screen, because using it with Windows Ink certainly makes writing on screen, whether you’re using handwriting input or just using it to jot notes down on your documents, way easier. This is invaluable for students in my opinion.
The battery life on the Cube Mix Plus is satisfactory at 7.4V / 4300mAh. It can last you around 6-7 hours depending on how you often you use it. The main source of power consumption on the Cube Mix Plus is really the WACOM screen, so if you shut off the screen and send it to sleep intermittently across the day, it should have no issues. Using it for student life when you only need to study or take notes is perfect, but if you’re an executive who needs to use it non-stop throughout the day, it’s wise to carry your power plug around with you.
The Cube Mix Plus is a great tablet-PC well worth its US$379 price tag. It’s ideal for students require a WACOM-enabled tablet and that can couple as a PC thanks to its fast m3 processor. The only drawback of this ultra-fast tablet PC with a generous 128GB SSD is perhaps its battery life and slightly heavy frame.