Cube is the first company to use Jide’s Remix operating system on their tablet, the Cube i7 Remix. Cube has used the body of the Cube i7 and changed the internals to bring the price down and slapped Remix OS over top of Android. How does this Remix OS tablet perform, and will it be enough for you? Let’s find out. It seems like the regular price went down, it now retails for $180USD at Gearbest . Continue reading after the break!
|11.6″ 1920×1080 IPS Display||Intel Atom Z3735F Quad Core 1.33GHz|
|2GB RAM + 32GB ROM||2MP + 5MP Camera|
|Android 4.4.4 with Remix OS||Bluetooth, MicroHDMI, 2x MicroUSB port|
|8400mAh Battery||MicroSD card slot, OTG|
|720g, 297 x 180 x 8.5mm|
The i7 Remix is big. Its an 11.6″ screen, and large bezels around the screen as well. This makes the Remix almost too large to use as a tablet, and it’s quite heavy at 736 grams, definitely not the best size and weight for a tablet experience. The quality however is quite good, it has a metal body and feels really nice in hand, partly because of it’s weight as well. The Windows button is located at the bottom of the tablet.
You find the power and volume buttons on the top. On the left side you find all the ports, headphone jack, MicroSD, MicroHDMI, and quite strangely two MicroUSB ports. I don’t know why they didn’t just use a regular USB port, maybe they were trying to keep the thickness down, but I definitely would have preferred a regular USB port. The bottom holds the magnetic docking connections that work with the keyboard which is sold separately.
The back of the tablet is coated in powdered metal which makes it feel good and gives you a good grip, especially compared to my Chuwi Vi10 which is completely coated in glass and can get quite slippery. However, the metal doesn’t seem to be too scratch resistant, so do be careful with it.
So let’s talk about the keyboard. The official Cube keyboard dock is very, very good. Having used the Chuwi Vi10’s keyboard, the Surface Type Cover, and the ASUS T100’s keyboard, this keyboard is miles ahead of all these other keyboards. It is very spacious to type on, the keys have great travel, and best of all, it has two full sized USB ports. The typing experience is the exact same as a smaller 12-13″ ultrabooks like the Macbook Air. In addition, it has the advantage of not falling over when using it on your lap like the Surface, the Chuwi Vi10 or Jide’s Remix tablet and you can even pick up the tablet with the keyboard attached and it won’t fall off. This keyboard is quite close to perfect, the only thing being it’s weight; the keyboard is as heavy as the tablet to keep the tablet from tipping over, so combining the two makes for quite a heavy package. There is also only one fixed angle, so you have to adjust yourself around that.