AllDoCube Thinker – 1 Year Later Re-Review
So often I don't get the chance to do these. Videos I'd, like to do a lot more. A follow up. Video of what tech is like, how did it hold up? Is there any problems? Did it start to fall to bits on me as the battery completely dead after a year of use and financially? I just can't do that. I can't hang on to everything, but the really good stuff that I like personally, of course, I'm gon na keep, and this is one of them. So the thinker is really now for the price it's been selling for as well a fantastic laptop still, and I still do recommend it. But a couple of things have arisen who come up at the time of using it for one year and I'll go over that in this video, so it's not going to be a full review or anything like that. This is basically just a recap after one year, how is the cube thinker i35 holding up? So if you haven't seen my full review of this model and the follow up videos that I did in the mod video as well, then I'll quickly go over the specs. Here so we've got 8 gigabytes of RAM. We'Ve got the corium 3 seven way 30, and that has Intel HD 615 graphics, 256 gigabyte SSD, and it is a touchscreen and it's got on here. Very very nice screen. So did I run into any problems with Windows here? Well, I actually updated it to the latest updates and I did.
I ran into some problems, so I ended up restoring an old Windows 10 image. Now I don't know what the new updates, if it's still gon na run into problems, but I don't recommend just getting it and running all the windows updates non. Stop I mean you can do that, but you could run into problems. I haven't bothered with that. So I've set my wireless connection. What I've done as I've now set it to will, does basically meted mode and what it will do is then stop it from just continue downing Windows Update. So when I do that, I found that I haven't run now into any problems. That'S, really the only thing that happened. It was going fine for a while, but it was some updates that came through that just affected a few things that bothered me so that's. My reason for doing that, so the performance of the touch is still perfectly fine, it's, very smooth the scrolling. It is a really amazing screen on this, and it says the reason why I keep coming back to this particular notebook just because of the price, the value for money, and this amazing screen it's got so it is differently right up there as a top screen. It is fully laminated, the brightness tops out of 510 Lux and images are just so crisp sharp and clear, now, there's a side effect to this. They obviously the touchscreen using it all the time you can't see it on camera because actually use some alcohol wipes, and I cleaned up this tablet because a laptop sorry, I keep calling it a tablet to make it look a little bit better.
More percentage of home camera because I had smart desire, so you get fingerprints smudges and it looks a hell of a mess really when you turn off the screen, it's just covered in fingerprints, so that's just a minor column there, and but really just amazing colors. The touch responses mentioned it's, very accurate, it's, really good, exactly the same as the surface book and the surface book to the smaller version, of course screened that they use they're stuck with the same screen. Microsoft, because it truly is really good and it's. I feel probably one of the best touchscreen laptop screens that you will find out there. So an amazing screen – and this is really the key feature to this laptop now. The build overall has held up really well and I have looked after it. I'Ve been using a zero shot case. These are these Japanese cases, they're quite old now and I've had this case for probably about eight years or something – and I put it in this sleeves whenever I transported around, so that stopped it from getting any real damage, because I've noticed that the alloy they've gone With is not a very hard alloy, so it's very easy to scratch. So if you have, for example, like a ring on your finger and you're always constantly touching around the keyboard and you're knocking on the alloy, you will get these really fine, scratches that's. One thing that has popped up there, the other thing that popped up literally was the screen just on the corner.
Now I pushed it back, but you can push it right down and I think the problem was actually me probably pushing the screen down. I was pushing the screen down flat a lot when I was using the surface pin on this. I don't have the surface pin for it anymore, because I just don't use stylus as enough, so I ended up selling that, but it popped up on the corner here. Just a little bit it raised up about a millimeter, I know there's, I think a few other users on the forum that commented about this. I pushed it back and for the last three months, or so I haven't seen it pop back again, so it seems to be fine. I do get a lot of questions about the keyboard, the touchpad, because some people they're about, I think only two users decide to sit. There – had problems with a keyboard now it's, not an amazing keyboard and the review. I think I mentioned that I think it's a good keyboard, but I didn't go as far as to say it is excellent. The best keyboard I have used. No, so it does have now the typical little bit of wear that you would see typing on these keyboards. All the time it's hard to see on camera, but the keys around the spacebar here has some shininess to it. The touchpad as well has got a little bit of a shine now to the the paint job and a tiny little like a little chip, maybe on the fingerprint reader, the sensor.
This is still working perfectly fine. The eland touch pad back on the original Windows. 10 image that is, I don't, know on the latest updates, as I don't know, cuz. I just don't run that anymore on there, but the keyboard is holding up well. Apart from, I have noticed that lately, probably in the last three months, it's super minor that the spacebar will not register every single timeline. I get the occasional miss keystroke, which is a little bit annoying and it seems to always be either this space. If I don't hit it right in the middle or the C key – and this is only happening about once – every 20 key presses or something like that so it's minor and it is there and it will cause the occasional typo. So after one year of use, I rate the keyboard as being average it's good, especially for the price it's, now selling it's still perfectly fine. So what is a great keyboard now to me, a great keyboard turns out to be the Xiaomi. This is the me notebook pro that I have also had for now. I think about ten months, if not more, I probably will have to do a follow up video of this one. This keyboard has quality keys and it just typing on it. Whenever I go back to this keyboard and use this one, it feels so much better and I almost get no typos in there they're just quality keys.
They have a slight inwards curve to them, so they feel much nicer. Of course, this keyboard as well on the Meno, but bro here is backlit. This keyboard is not and what about the USB ports? I know after I've used laptops for a couple of years. They'D loosen up and it's definitely the case here so putting it in, for example, just my Logitech receiver is very easy to do. It'S loosened up a little bit but it's not getting to the point where I'm gon na lose connection or contact. I feel that that's going to easily last two or three more it's perfectly fine, the USB ports on here it's, just your typical, the port, does loosen up a little. You can probably see this chamfered edge here that they have there's a little bit of scuff enos to it little scratches along there. My now very minor complaint there, because it's like just polished, alloy and that's. Why it's really happening it's gon na happen on any device? So the type C port I have been using this a lot because I use this at home dr. up to a monitor and I use a hub with it and I've got no issues to report there. I always charge it with type C and it's holding up fine, but most of the time, I do actually run it off power, as it goes for battery life I'm still getting around about four hours, and it really depends on the brightness I am using.
So when I set the brightness to something like 75 at the moment and it's only gon na be about four hours, but I can squeeze it out to possibly at zero percent, which is very dim, but I can still see it. Fine that's, when you can probably get over five hours of five and a half hours a better life, is not amazing. I'Ve never had a core m3. A laptop or tablet. That'S had really good battery life. So nothing really to report here, it's still holding up well. The cell – and it has been recharged and cycled quite a few times, but most the time I have actually been using it on power – I will admit, but when I do travel within things of course was when I do use it. So it says battery where there's nothing here, but at one point it did say 5. I think it was and I did a full recharge discharge and recharge and then has disappeared here again. So the battery I feel, is holding up well after one year now. One thing: I must point out that I have the copper heatsink mod on this particular model, so this one thing I really do highly recommend is that you do this. Mod I've got a video it's, a link in the description for this, and what it does is lowered temperatures about 20 degrees, so one area that cube really did fail with thermals. If you don't do the mod it will reach what was it, and I think it was 93 degrees in my review, so it does get very.
Very hot and I've been permanently running this under volt as well. So you can see that it is a zero point. Zero 6 5 volts that I run on both the CPU and the GPU. In fact, I've got it in the bias set like this, so don't even actually have to use intel's extreme tuning utility to undervolt it now doing the under volt. What also low temperatures and increase the performance so that's? Why? I recommend you do this so with this mind, you can just make this laptop so much better, now to point out their performance very briefly that it's running perfectly fine, I haven't noticed any problems. Apart from what I mentioned with the Windows, Update that I can't remember what it was, I think it was the the touch or the wireless or or something screwed up on it, and I was not heavy at all so that's why I ended up going back to The original Windows 10 image, so I did take a backup of that so when it comes to Geekbench for scores, it gets normally gets over there. So it's no about 3100 is what you can get for single core score performance, and this is a big bump up. Even over the latest 2018 Gemini Lake, which is the Apollo 8 success, so now you see a lot of those laptops that I often review they're around 300 us and if you are lucky enough to get one of these for 380 US dollars, this particular model it's, Fantastic value, considering you getting a much better screen, you're, getting a better build quality.
You have double the performance and, in some cases, double the RAM because the jumper easy book, for example the x4 – that has 4 gigabytes of double data rate for RAM. But here you've got 8 and 8 is plenty. I feel for Windows, 10 it's, good. Ok, it depends on what you're doing you know. I don't do strenuous tasks on this model. I don't edit 4k video because it's just a little too slow with the export times. It can be done, but I don't really recommend it. If you want something that you need to do, demanding things on you'll be better off with a fan called Core i5 laptop for that, so streaming 4k video. This is fine. It does handle, of course, a vp9 HEV C codec files, so your your 4k clips out there will run fine, even though the screen is not a 4k screen, it's still a high resolution screen. So when you look at any 4k content, it just looks so much better than looking at, for example, 1080p, but of course, you're going to get the borders, because this is three by two aspect: ratio and not your typical 16 by 9. Now the speaker's is definitely one area where this laptop fails, like most Chinese laptops, although I will give you a sample, it is better than most of the cheaper Chinese laptops, I've reviewed, but when you hit a sample it's, not amazing and I'll. Compare it to.
Of course, my me notebook pro here, which has got some AKG tunes speakers, and these speakers are really impressive on the me notebook so I'm sure you could hear from that, that they mean night book probe course absolutely just blows away. The cube thinker in terms of audio quality that one has impressive sound for a thin and relatively light 15 point inch laptop at least the 3.5 millimeter headphone jack on the cube sinker that produces good quality, there's, no annoying static or anything over it as well. Another minor annoyance with the thinker after the year of using it is the fact that it does not have a micro SD card slot. So I always have to carry around this here. My micro SD card or SD card adapter to get my videos off and on to here on e to upload something so that's, just a minor complained there are you gon na need that adapt? I really wish that cube. If they're gon na make a second model of this, they need to make that hinge. 360 degrees. You can flip it right around and use it as a tablet, but they definitely need at least a micro SD card slot on it. Alright, so after the year, I think that they think is holding up very fine. Remember that I have taken really good care of this is where I've been putting it in a case all the time I like to look after my tech.
So if you're someone it's a bit rough with it, then your result to probably go on over there. You'Ll manage will vary with the unit. Now I didn't mention the hinge, but the hinge is actually perfectly fine. It still feels quite stiff it's loosened up. I feel a tiny little bit, but hardly anything like ten percent from what it originally was so that's, not actually too bad. Now the glasses I mentioned that pop out a little bit at the bottom. It came up about a millimeter or two and I've pushed it back and it seems to be fine. I don't see that as being a problem. Probably the biggest thing for me is the keyboard, so the keyboard has now and then it has a missed keystroke and it happened. You'Re writing a paragraph and maybe the space won't register for me and sometimes the C key. But if I type a little bit harder with the keys, then I probably won't even have that problem at all it's, a very minor, but it shouldn't really be happening. I mean after one year, yeah so that's, probably where the quality is showing a little bit as the keyboard. Now battery life is still holding up, even though it's still disappointing, it's still very close to the original figures, perhaps down, maybe only by about 10 or something. So I can still squeeze about four and a half to five five and a half hours out of this, which I feel is decent, because no other quarry m3 for me has been able to get good battery life even the Microsoft Surface, pro 4, when I had That the coin 3 model well, they are six.
Why Tynan it at 6 by 30? Sorry, I couldn't get more than about five and a half hours anyway, so no chorim's had good, better life. For me and this to my experience, so the sound nothing's changed there. Of course the sound is still very average. It does the job it's going to be good, but not like the kind of sound that you can get out of a proper bigger laptop. Now I didn't really mention the portability. Do I it's a lot smaller, you can see obviously 15.6 inches. This is 13.5 makes this machine a little bit more portable, the weight difference as well. That'S 2 kilos in this way, sorry off the top of my head here. I think it's 1.4 1.5 kilos so it's not bad for what it is and it is really well put together. It'S solid I've got a bit of shine enos now on the trackpad, the touchpad is still working exactly the same. The fingerprint reader as well and the keys have some shine to them is really their only signs that this has a year and of course I did clean it. So when you don't clean it and the screen is just covered with fingerprints and grease and everything, it looks an absolute mess like any tick out there. So, overall, especially now for the price that I have seen itself for, which is crazy, 380 aus on some certain clearance sales on certain websites. If you hunt around and find this before completely runs out of stock everywhere, because the cube will do cube, they don't make this anymore.
So if you want one, you have to really act, pretty quick to find one or get a relatively new one or a used. One that hasn't got any issues with the keyboard. Anything like that, but I've got an absolute fantastic laptop and I don't see myself selling at any time soon. Even if the specs is gon na be outdated, it's still got the eight gigabytes around 256 kilobytes of storage and the performance is reasonable good for light to medium tasks and that screen that screen, I feel, is going to hold up in another three years time. It'S still going to look like an amazing screen thanks a lot for watching this follow up after one year with the audio cube thinker, I 35. I may do the same kind of video after a year with this one right here, which of course, is that me notebook pro the 15.6 inch model, which is also highly recommended, and one last thing: if you do own one of these or you're thinking about getting One make sure if you haven't done the thermal for this, you have to really do it. I feel to getting the most out of this is add: a copper shim, open it up and put a thermal pad on the back, and it really opens up the performance as well for this particular model.