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[REVIEW] EVERYTHING YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE BUYING
CUBE I7 STYLUS

Cube i7 Stylus is a 10” Windows 10 tablet that I just bought for portable light sketching and painting purpose. It’s affordable with the price tag of $300. There are many things I like about this product while it has MANY, MAJOR FLAWS. Here I will report everything I discovered so far.

1) DISPLAY

  • IPS type panel with wide view angle. Standard-gamut with horrible color space coverage of 67% sRGB, 46% AdobeRGB. Cuts off around the far ends of green, blue, purple and red areas. Not so much for yellow and orange.
  • Very bright backlight. 400cd/m^2 at max. No flicker at low brightness level. 120 cd/m^2 is at about 30%.
  • White point 6600K, decent but still cooler than ideal.
  • Tone Response Curves look very good. Almost dead straight.
  • Average deltaE is merely 0.17. This is kinda amazing, it explains the straight TRC performance described above. Despite its small color space coverage, whatever it can display, it displays them super accurately. You don’t really need to calibrate it. As a result, it produces not rich, but very clean color, leaving me the impression of Microsoft Surface Pro 4, even though the SP4s have nearly perfect screens. You might want to be careful not to use extremely saturated color when drawing, because it cannot reflect those.
  • It’s glossy, super reflective!

2) PEN & TOUCH

  • Wacom Penabled display. The same technology of the old Cintiq line. Compatible with a zoo of weird pens!
  • Original stylus has 1 side switch. I use my Cintiq 18SX’s 2 switch stylus (THE BEST OF ALL. Model: UP911E-02DD, available on Amazon.).
  • Original stylus has 1024 level pressure sensitivity. My trusty 18SX stylus has 512, but you won’t tell the differences. They both worked well enough.
  • The display surface is a bit slippery. Use Wacom felt pen nibs to increase friction.
  • Fujitsu 10 point touchscreen. Works better after the removal of the included screen protector sheet (it has bubbles under it -_-). It doesn’t cooperate with Wacom’s stylus – no hard-wired palm rejection. Windows 10 can do this for you – search in Cortana for “Pen Settings”, check “Ignore touch input when I’m using my pen”. To turn it off completely, in Device Manager, disable “HID-compliant touch screen”.
  • GNU/Linux wise, under Ubuntu 16.04.1, 1 of 2 side switches of my 18SX stylus would not function. No dice with xsetwacom and xinput. When stylus and touch both activated at the same time system locks up for a while. I’ve reported this to linuxwacom project.

3) SPEED & STORAGE

  • It call itself i7, but it’s a dirty trick. It actually has Core m3-6Y30, 4GB RAM, HD Graphics 515. I feel no slowdown at all when drawing an A3 300dpi picture in Krita.
  • Foresee 64GB M.2 SSD. It reads like a rabbit and writes like a turtle. Boots up system in a flash, but when Windows 10 is undoing updating itself, you can feel that writing queue is lining up straight to Uranus.
  • Has a MicroSD card slot. Storage space is not an issue.

4) OTHER STUFF

  • 3 hours + under stress running time, at 30% brightness level (120cd/m^2). Lasts forever when browsing webpages. Gets red hot when you are both charging and running 3Dmarks9000 on it.
  • Power adapter not included in the official package list. At least not in China where its produced. Some 3rd party distributors includes one though. DC 12V 3.5x1.35mm jack. Good luck finding that! In China you must give them 5/5 and put up photos on the distributor’s online shop to get an adapter. I scavenged an adapter from a dead router and gave them 2/5. Bastards. (When I was writing this report, they phoned me about sending me one for free anyway.)
  • 1 USB Type-C connector. You may charge it through this connector, but your charger must have 5V2A standard USB power output to do that. QuickCharge(QC) devices and alike are not guaranteed to charge it unless their non-QC, conventional mode can output 2A. Also, it seems to charge only when you plug it in after the machine is booted into the system. If you connect its USB-C before turning it on, it might not boot. USB-C connect does not support startup disk.
  • No documents, no tech support, no drivers on website Not even on the Chinese version. They are serious about national equality here. No. Quickstart Guide does not count as a legit piece of document. The Recovery ISO is hosted on a 3rd party, Chinese equivalent of dropbox as a dodgy .rar file like a p0rn video. Very unprofessional. If you are going to install Windows anew, you’ll need to find your own drivers. (Search for: Intel Driver Update Utility / Wacom Feel Driver / Realtek High Definition Audio Driver)
  • The keyboard is detachable. In tablet mode it feels very light weight to be hold in one hand. Unlike Cintiq 13HD, this one I can use for a long time without having sore in my arms. The keyboard itself is very well made too. The whole frame is cut out from a piece of metal, probably steel. No squeaking sound. Super steady. Very heavy. Holds up the screen nicely. Definitely one of the best in this size.
  • Touch pad has major usability issues. Instead of using software to handle the gestures, it seems to embed the gesture recognition in the hardware and send out keyboard signals when it thinks your movement is a gesture. Very easy to misfire commands like minimize all windows, zoom, swipe and task view. There is no way you can turn it off. Just don’t let your fingers go near its edge.
  • The earphone jack packs a punch. The audio chip is the infamous Realtek ALC283. This crap has no right to drive my Etymotic ER4B loud (you monster!). But it did! At only 25% of the volume, too! Did they bother to put an amp chip in it? It sounds quite musical for a cheap tablet, too! I have to write about this. What a strange breed of product we got here. XD
  • Has 2 cameras, each on both sides. The sensors are OV2680 and OV5648, controlled by intel Imaging Signal Processor 2500. They are absolutely crap. You got nothing but noises. Probably not good enough to provide evidence of a crime scene. :P
  • Audio jack and power adapter jack look exactly the same. I often plug the power adapter connector into the audio jack. Although it doesn’t bring any danger because of the structure, it still makes me like an idiot.

Wow what a piece of crap! But at the end of the day, it’s better than nothing! XD”

Just joking. Despite all those problems, I still love this product. It’s very well built and doesn’t feel cheap at all. Nothing top-notch but all good enough for my target purpose - portable sketching. At the price of $300, I consider my money well spent.

But still, I DO NOT RECOMMEND IT FOR NON-TECH ARTISTS. You must know how to deal with its atrocities. Otherwise, YOU GONNA HAVE A BAD TIME, KID.

Alright so I’m separating this liveblog into different categories in different posts because they’re going in the queue anyways so might as well.

Koga

This is for you, s4ngo

Koga makes his appearance in the arc and we get to see some of his behavior towards Kagome, and it shows that he idealizes her. A lot. And doesn’t really know her all that well, tbh.

When Inuyasha breaks the barrier and immediately goes to check if Kagome is alright, this really cute scene happens.

Kagome runs up to front where Inuyasha is approaching fast. “Inuyasha!”

“Kagome, are you alright?”

Kagome nods, a small smile as she says, “I just knew you would come for us.” Koga suddenly wraps his arm around her and pulls her into a hug, and she lets out a strange, “Uuuuh?”

“No need to worry anymore, Kagome,” Koga tells her with a smirk on his face.

“Huh?”

Look I know this is Koga piece but COME ON.

I have never seen Inuyasha stand like that, ever. And I kinda like how Kagome is looking down at him, but slouched to meet his eyes. Idk I just find it adorable.

(and so does the mirsan in the back but that’s its own post later)

Kagome looks so fucking adorable with her little blush and smile that shows so much and her wide eyes because she knew, she knew he would come for her.

Then Koga comes in and makes for one funny screenshot.

Arm around her, hand in his, making himself the hero. Koga is trying his damn hardest to make Kagome fall in love with him and turn her into his woman, but that doesn’t work with Kagome. Especially what he is saying.

“No need to worry anymore, Kagome.”

This is just a small show of how little Koga really knows Kagome. He’s treating her like she’s some damsel in distress that was worried sitting around in the castle waiting for her prince to come, but she wasn’t. She knew from the moment she was taken that she would be safe because Inuyasha was coming for her, and later on Koga. 

And let’s be real here, Kagome spends her time when she’s kidnapped trying to find a way out on her own. It happened when she was taken by the Thunder Brothers - she was the one who thought a way out, she was the one who tricked them into believing her, she would’ve gotten away with it if Inuyasha had been smart for a moment and not denied it.

Kagome’s the farthest thing from a damsel in distress, and Koga knows that - he kidnapped her too, once upon a time. And remember the entire plan with Shippo disguised as Koga to go out, and Kagome making sure Shippo got out?

Yeah. Koga knows, but I don’t think he got the memo that Kagome’s normally fine when she’s kidnapped. Inuyasha’s just overprotective.

And another show of how little of Kagome’s personality Koga knows, is when the Panther King smashes his hand down on them and Koga takes Kagome out of the way.

“Inuyasha!” Kagome cries as she watches the Panther King’s hand crush him.

“Rest assured, Kagome. It’s gonna be easy to get you out of here,” Koga tells her, a small smirk on his face.

Kagome turns to him and snaps, “I’m not leaving the others behind!”

Koga looks at her, a shocked look on his face.

See, if Koga knew Kagome better, he would know that at this point, Kagome’s priorities go as such: everyone else’s security > her own security.

Kagome Higurashi is selfless, and she helps everyone she can. And her friends know that - even Inuyasha, who doesn’t like it most of the time.

But apparently the guy who is in love with her doesn’t.

He looks confused at her, mouth in a “o” and his eyes wide in shock, as if the notion that she would ever think of anyone else before her is unbelievable. You would think that a guy that claimed he was in love with her nearly 40 episodes ago would figure out how selfless Kagome is, but he hasn’t. And that just makes it more obvious to me that Koga likes Kagome for what she stands for, not for who she is.

Koga likes the jewel detector who is feisty and who fights for herself, not the 15-year-old girl who likes oden and is going to the feudal era solely to help others, whether it be her friends or random people she meets.

Need more proof?

When Kagome acts like a fucking BAMF and nags at the panthers who are blocking their pathes with weapons, saying, “We’re the live sacrifice, aren’t we?” and shoving them out of the way, Koga smirking while Ginta and Hakkaku admire her, and they help her clear a path.

This is the Kagome Koga likes seeing - the feisty, sassy one who pays attention to details going around her and is the only human who can say, “Now, move” to a bunch of demons with weapons and still live. And yes, that is part of Kagome. But it’s not all of her, it’s not her core of self. But he admires, he idealizes that one part.

Not to mention he kinda disregards her feelings, tbh.

When the villagers see that the Panther King came back to life and is fighting Inuyasha and Sesshomaru, the Inu-Tachi and Koga are wondering how he got to life, considering he needed a sacrifice. And what does he say?

“Maybe he had some fresh dog meat.”

“Don’t say things like that!”

Koga is smirking at the thought of Inuyasha being dead, while Kagome is clearly shocked and scared that that might be so. If Koga really loved Kagome, then he would know that she cares for Inuyasha and would never want to see him dead, or even think about it. Remember that later on the river scene happens in the Band of Seven arc and Koga is insensitive and made Kagome cry?

Yeah.

I’m just saying, you would have to be kinda dense to not see the care Kagome and Inuyasha have for each other, and be insensitive like that. And I know it might be considered as a joke, but just like rape and suicide jokes, it’s not fucking funny.

So yeah, that’s all I have for Koga and his idealization of Kagome. I really like Koga’s character - it’s fun to analyze, for sure!

Up Next - MirSan

Killian and Emma - The Tale of Prince Philip and Princess Aurora, Once Upon a Time (GIF Post)

So recently (or not-so-recently, given how long it took me to make this), I received an anonymous ask regarding my repeated mentions of Emma being positioned as Princess Aurora and Killian as Prince Philip in the Sleeping Beauty storyline of Once Upon a Time. The asker inquired if this was just my projection of the 4B arc, or if I meant over the course of the entire series.

My response:

HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooo nooooooooooooooooooooo!!! Lol! :-)

I meant over the course of the ENTIRE series! That’s not just a projection of 4B. That’s an established observation! :-D

See… it’s this kind of stuff that gets me excited. Let me explain!

But first, before I do, I’m going to put the lot of it under a cut because it’s long and full of stills and gifs, and may take up quite a bit of room on your dash if I don’t stick it under there. Now… considering all the gifs and long-winded, side-by-side, parallel explanations contained in this post, as well as the fact that I, myself, got a little dizzy while preparing it, I’m going to make a second text-and-stills-only post for those who appreciate a little more order and stillness while reading their analyses. HERE IS THE LINK TO THE TEXT-AND-STILLS-ONLY POST. If the link is not yet functional, that could possibly be because I’m still making it and you only need to check back in a matter of minutes to find it.

Now, all the gif sets contained in this post (or in the gif-filled post, if you’re reading this from the text-and-stills-only post) will be posted individually with links and captions in due time. I’m only just learning how to queue stuff, so this may or may not work as I would like it to. Oh! And a photo set of my stills and collages will be posted as well. Also in due time.

Anyway, I’ll leave the story under the cut. In the meantime, in order to “decorate” the cover of this analysis, here are a bunch of collages I made that I couldn’t quite fit into the analysis itself, but should be pretty self-explanatory. Enjoy! :-)

Here’s Prince Philip (Killian), Princess Aurora (Emma), and their special tree. See THIS post on a longer explanation.

Here’s the “tree” where Killian and Emma met in reality, and once upon a dream:

Here’s Prince Philip and Princess Aurora looking upon their future kingdom from a hilltop.

Here’s a picture of the enchanted tree Emma left in alongside the enchanting tree house Aurora was raised in.

Oh! And here’s a picture of Prince Philip and his White Horse (Charming) talking under a tree.

Enjoy the rest of it! ;-)

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