There are many different makes/brands of 3x3x3. The pages within this category summarise the most common types in use today. Dayan GuHong
One of the most popular dayan cubes, this cube is very fast, can cut 45 degrees, and reverse corner cuts extremely well. It can be prone to popping unless the tensions are tight, and it isn't great out of the box. Nevertheless, this is a very popular cube, used by many cubers. If you are lucky enough and able to find someone that is selling one, the original (first batch) Gu Hongs from July 2010 seem to be much better than the newer ones. The plastic was strictly ABS which gave them a much faster and smoother feel, while the newer Gu Hongs are made with a mix of ABS and PC plastic, which has a harder feel, making the cubes seem to have a laggy, sticky feel. The characteristics of the older Gu Hongs were: black screws, clearish opaque core, softer plastic with a slightly muted black color rather than shiny (the white ones are shiny but a brighter white), the cylinder inside the center piece (which holds the screw) is slightly shorter and does not come up to the top of the center piece (while the newer ones do), and the center caps had much longer tabs on them. The old ones are quite rare to find, so don't be afraid to try a newer one. They are still quite good when properly lubed with Lubix or Maru lube (for best results).
Dayan LingYun The Ling Yun is a slightly smaller, yet heavier cube than the Gu Hong, with peices very similar, but with bigger "dips" for better corner cutting. The "stalk" areas of the edges are slightly longer, which was supposed to reduce popping, but didn't seem to work, as most people had trouble with popping from this cube. However, popping can be stopped with tight tensions which do not hinder the performance of the cube. Quite an enjoyable cube if you set and lube it properly, and by far, has the fastest speed out of any of the Dayans.
This cube is heavier than most cubes, and a bit sluggish, but what makes it special is that it almost never pops, due to "anchor" pieces attached to the edges. If the tensions are too loose, however, it WILL pop, but it can still be tensioned very loose and not pop. This cube becomes VERY nice after a good breaking in period and proper lubing. The corner cutting is superb and has a unique feel.
Dayan ZhanChi This cube is similar to the GuHong, but with "anchors" to prevent popping and ridges on the edges to reduce popping even more. Unlike the GuHong, which is a bit clicky, this cube is very smooth. Most people choose to take the anchor pieces out of the Zhan Chi, since the ridges on the edge pieces is often enough to prevent most popping. Corner cutting is excellent, but popping will occur if tensioned too loose. The cube, if not tensioned properly, will have a serious problem with the center caps staying in place, but that is the biggest problem with this cube. Like the Gu Hong, the original batch of this cube was different and much MUCH better. It had much softer plastic which gave it a much smoother feel, while the newer ones have harder plastic, which give it a scratchy, smacky feel, and just aren't the same. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to know which one you have, unless you know the feel of both. The Zhan Chi is also, by far, the most modded cube, ever. There are several different "versions" of this cube sold in different stores throughout the world. The Cubicle sells a one handed version, as well as a version called the Zhan Chi silk, Puzzle addictions sells a Zhan Chi with a modded center piece (CPM), Lubix has the ultimate Zhan Chi, with the 48 point edge mod, etc.
Dayan GuHong II
Pretty much a Gu Hong with anchor pieces. That being said, this cube has a seriously different feel than the original Gu Hong. The plastic is different and seems to give the cube a "cheaper", thinner feel. Corner cutting is excellent and layers seem to pop into place, due to the torpedoes.
Dayan LingYun II
Pretty much a Ling Yun with anchor pieces. Like the Gu Hong v2, this cube also has a seriously different feel than the original Ling Yun. This is mainly due to the torpedoes, but the plastic seems different, again. The original Ling Yun plastic feels closer to the original Zhan Chi, while the Ling Yun v2's plastic, feels like that of the newer Zhan Chis.
Korean Cubes consist of the Joy Cube and the Edison, they are available at Tribox. They both have adjustable tension, and both come assembled and stickered, with high quality PVC stickers, although some color shades are off.
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Pages in category "3x3x3 cubes"
The following 29 pages are in this category, out of 29 total.