The Huawei Cube on the left is actually a rectangular prism. Meanwhile, the baseball in the right sits in a transparent plastic cube. Any questions?

But in all seriousness, there isn’t a lot to complain about the Cube, with our only real major complaint being a lack of WiFi transmission for this device.

The settings suggests this is actually running a low spectrum of 802.11n, with only 20MHz popping up in settings. There is certainly a faster speed out there, and we’re surprised

In fact, our only quibble might be something Huawei could add to a future model, and that’s a possible LED showing how many devices are connected to the Cube at once.

With up to 32 devices possible, it would be handy to see just how many in your home or office are hitting this device and sharing the connection.

You can see that you're connected to a mobile network, and that you have a WiFi connection, but not how many devices have connected to the Huawei Cube.

Conclusion

If you need faster downloads than what your current broadband connection offers, you may find some relief with Huawei’s WiFi Cube on Vodafone 4G.

We haven’t touched on pricing for plans on Vodafone because most of this review is about the hardware itself, but we feel we need to say it now: this can get expensive.

Vodafone’s plans for the WiFi Cube run from $25 per month for 2.5GB data (monthly) plus a $5 modem cost, with $64 netting you 12GB monthly and $90 grabbing 25GB monthly, the last two of these including the modem in 24 month plans. In comparison to other 4G data plans, Vodafone isn’t pitching anything that isn’t reasonable, especially when Optus charges $60 per month for 10GB monthly data while Telstra asks for $105 per month for 15GB.

But in comparison to fixed-line broadband, it’s a different game altogether, with similar $60 monthly plans grabbing anywhere between 30GB and an unlimited supply of downloads, so it’s worth noting that the amount of bandwidth on offer for mobile broadband is far, far different the moment you switch to 4G internet.

That said, we’d be looking at this as a viable option if you needed upload speed more than download speeds. Most of us will have some form of internet access at home already, and are probably reliant on the massive download caps these plans have, but with barely one megabit (1Mbps) upload speeds, our connections can’t compete with the close to 40 we received here.

If you have a lot of uploads to make, Vodafone’s 4G access on the Huawei WiFi Cube will impress, as will any 4G device, but if you have a few devices working away at the same time, this gadget makes a lot of sense, and if you happen to have plenty of money to churn through and wants faster broadband speeds in general before the NBN turns up (eventually), this could also do the job, too.

 

Review: Huawei WiFi Cube with Vodafone 4G (E5180)
Price (RRP): $159; Available on plans from Vodafone; Manufacturer: Huawei
Easy to switch on and start using; Light can be switched on and off; Network port for people keen to plug in a switch or computer;
Not really a cube; WiFi speed isn’t particularly fast; No microSD slot; Plans can be expensive;
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