Before i went travelling I decided i wanted a cheap lightweight tablet. I looked around for awhile and decided to settle with the Cube iWork 10. After using it over the past few months i have decided to do a Cube iWork 10 Review. Please note this review is based on the Windows 10 version of the tablet. Apparently there is another version which comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop and Windows 10.
Cube iWork 10 Review
The tablet is smart and feels pretty sturdy with a black bezel around the front and a blue metallic case on the back. The device has withheld being thrown around in my bag while travelling South America but be warned that this tablet doesn’t take lightly to being dropped! I let a friend borrow it and they accidentally dropped it. This resulted in me not being able to turn it on. Luckily i was in Peru where i found a local repair shop where a guy opened it up and found one of the connectors had come loose so he repaired it for me.
The tablet comes with 64gb of internal storage which is a massive selling point over those tablets with 32gb as Windows 10 takes up a reasonable portion of this. The tablet comes with a 64 bit version of Windows 10 and as stated above there is another version which comes with android. If you need any additional storage then there is a micro SD slot which can take up to 128gb.
The tablet also comes with an Intel Atom X5-Z8300 and 4gb of ram along with a Gen8-LP10 / 12EU GPU which is perfect for browsing and watching high definition films. I have yet to test this with anything real intensive but all basic day to day tasks work perfectly.
The Cube iWork 10 may have dual speakers but they are not very loud. Everytime me and my friend wanted to watch a film we had to plug my X-Mini in. The speakers are both positioned on one side of the tablet if viewing the tablet horizontally so i’m not sure if they are Stereo but this would only ever work if you are viewing the tablet vertically.
The tablet itself does not come with any usb ports but it does come with a USB OTG lead.
Both the rear and front facing cameras are 2.0mp. This is fine for skype but not ideal if you are one of those people who likes to take photos on their tablet.
I can’t confirm for definite what the battery is as different sources seem to claim different things but i generally get about 5-6 hours use out of it which is pretty reasonable. The only problem is that it takes forever to charge. If you are using the device while it is charging it takes near enough the same amount of time to charge as what you get out the battery. For example 6 hours to drain will take 6 hours to charge while using the device. My recommendation is to leave it off and charge it overnight if you can.
The Cube iWork 10 comes with a full HD 1920*1200 pixels display on a 10.1″ display. This is crisp on a 10″ tablet. It is not the brightest even when on full and trying to use the tablet in sunlight didn’t really work compared to my Galaxy S 5 phone which i can see clearly. The touch screen is responsive and i have never had any problems with it.
The keyboard docks nicely with magnets and also allows you to change the angle of the display and seems to hold pretty well without toppling backwards. The keyboard also comes with 2 full size USB ports which are great for plugging devices in. The keyboard also allows you to close the device so it folds up like a laptop. Be aware that when using the tablet and keyboard the device does become heavier which i’m guessing is to stop it from being top heavy and toppling backwards.
Unfortunately my keyboard appeared to be ok at the start but soon started playing up. For example wherever my mouse cursor was placed it would return the focus to this position which when writing text becomes very annoying. Maybe i had a faulty keyboard or perhaps the keyboard got bashed around in my bag but the problems got worse when the keyboard was plugged in. For example it now constantly tries to zoom in and out on its own which becomes very frustrating when trying to use it. The mouse pad also sometimes left clicks instead of right. Can anyone confirm in the comments if they are having the same issues or have i potentially broken mine/got a faulty device? Unfortunately i did not write this Cube iWork 10 Review on the tablet for the above reason.
The stylus was not out at the time of me going travelling but it is now available so i have since ordered one and will update this Cube iWork 10 Review when it arrives.
Pros and Cons of Cube iWork 10
- For the price this is a great tablet with high specs and includes Windows 10 so you can run all your normal desktop applications.
- There is a MicroSD slot where the storage is expandable up to 128gb.
- Great lightweight alternative to a laptop.
- This device takes forever to charge.
- My keyboard is a bit dodgy but cant confirm if all are the same.
- Tablet is a bit quiet when using the built in speakers along with both speakers being placed on the same side which isn’t that great for stereo sound if being used horizontally.
Conclusion of Cube iWork 10 Review
All in all this is a great little tablet and for the price you cant go wrong. If you compare it to any other tablet with a keyboard on the western market you will be paying a lot more for the same specs, that is if you can find something with the same specs. If you want a small and lightweight-ish tablet with a keyboard i would recommend this based on the fact that i think my keyboard maybe faulty as the tablet itself works perfectly without the keyboard. Cube have a great reputation when it comes to tablets and this one does not appear to fail. The fact it comes with Windows 10 and the ability to run all your desktop apps is a huge bonus. If you are looking to purchase a Cube iWork 10C then you can buy them now from Gearbest.
If you have any additional questions that were not featured in my Cube iWork 10 Review then please comment below.