DaYan Zhanchi vs GuHong

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  1. Zhanchi

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  2. Guhong V2

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  1. koreancuber

    koreancuber Member

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    This review will mainly compare the Zhanchi and the GuHong (Read THIS before reading this review ).

    I will not give this cube, or any cube, a 10/10, because no cube is ever perfect.
    This cube was lubed only by Maru lube, and has been broken in for about a week.
    This cube HAS the anchors (hooks) on the edges, just because it was already assembled with them on.

    First Impressions of the Zhanchi

    When I opened the box, it was stickered with standard Dayan (dull) stickers and had no lube on it. It was quite stiff and hard to turn. The edges and corners were quite sharp and unfriendly in many areas, and as soon as I unboxed the cube, I had to take my exacto knife and smooth down the sharp edges and corners. The stickers were moderate, although a bit dull. After lubed with Maru lube, the cube was flying fast.

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    The unstickered Zhanchi.

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    The two corners and one edge of the Zhanchi (after lubed).

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    The core and inner pieces of the unstickered Zhanchi.

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    [Top] Zhanchi corners and edge
    [Bottom] GuHong corners and edge

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    The insides of the Zhanchi (unstickered) and the GuHong (stickered).

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    GuHong
    ZhanChi

    Rating

    Smoothness : 8.8/10
    Speed : 9.9/10
    Corner cutting : 9.7/10
    Stability (popping frequency) : 9.9/10
    Reliability (how crazy you can turn without lock-up or pops) : 8.4/10
    Lockup resistance : 7.1/10
    Quality (of plastic, core, etc) : 9.4/10
    Quietness : 8.1/10
    Feel : crisp, fast
    Overall : One of the fastest cubes I've owned, and maybe even too fast. Speed, corner-cutting, stability and the quality of the cube is outstanding, but as you can see, the others may lack a bit compared to the GuHong.

    THE Review

    Smoothness (8.8/10) - This cube, compared to the GuHong, is quite crisp. It is also slightly clicky, but other than those two, the Zhanchi is fine off in smoothness. The GuHong, with a rating of 9.9/10 in smoothness, is by far the winner in this category.

    Speed (9.9/10) - VERY fast, almost uncontrollably fast. The GuHong, in the other hand, is quite slow and mushy, which is why it got a 8.4/10 in the category of speed.

    Corner cutting (9.7/10) - As expected, the Zhanchi is almost perfect in corner cutting. With the exception of accidently cutting the opposite direction, this cube has the best corner cutting ability I have ever seen in a cube. The Zhanchi wins the Guhong by 0.3 points in corner cutting.

    Stability (popping frequency) (9.9/10) - With the anchors (hooks) on, the Zhanchi will NOT pop, unless you do abnormal things to your cube. Although I haven't tried the cube without anchors, I'm pretty sure even without them, the Zhanchi will win this category. (GuHong - 8.8/10)

    Reliability (how crazy you can turn without lock-up or pops) (8.4/10) - The pops are not a problem in this cube, but rather the lockups due to the speed of the cube. Lockups are also caused by accidental corner cuts in wrong directions. The GuHong is also rated 8.4 because of its frequent pops, with no lockups.

    Lockup resistance (7.1/10) - The Zhanchi's uncontrollable speed is probably its worst quality, because it causes many other problems, such as lock ups, therefore, I gave the cube a low score. The GuHong, in the other hand, is outstanding with Lockup resistance and was given a 9.1/10.

    Quality (9.4/10) - The quality of the plastic was fine, but the sharp, uncut edges of the edges and corners of the cube was quiet disappointing. The GuHong (although I think Cameron may have smoothened the sharp edges) gets a 9.8/10.

    Quietness (8.1/10) - It's loud, crispy and clicky. Nothing more. The GuHong is quiet, creamy and smooth, which is why it got a 9.7/10 in quietness.

    Feel (crispy, clicky) - Compared to the GuHong, the Zhanchi is quite rough. Although this is personal preference, I think I may like the crisp and fastness of the Zhanchi over the smooth, creamy feel of the GuHong.

    Overall

    The DaYan Zhanchi is a well rounded cube, rating wise, with many pros and cons.

    Pros: Fast, excellent in cutting corners, little to no popping, fine quality plastic (with the exception of the sharp edges)

    Cons: Loud, a lot of lockups, not very smooth.

    Comparison to the GuHong

    I think in the end, the Zhanchi and GuHong are both very fine cubes, but are very different.
    The crisp, fastness of the Zhanchi and the smooth, quiet feel of the GuHong are mainly depended on one's personal preference.
    So in other words, if you like quiet, smooth cubes, I recommend you to buy the GuHong, but if you like fast, clicky cubes, I recommend you to try out the Zhanchi.​
     
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2011
  2. Engberg91

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    very very good review!
     
  3. Muesli

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    Very nicely done, however.
    I disagree. Try tightening the Zhanchi. I only ever get lockups on my cube if I'm doing something spectacularly stupid.
     
  4. cycle

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    was the guhong fresh out of the box?
    i recently got a pink guhong and a white zhanchi. and the zhanchi is completely smooth but the guhong clicky (completely different to my heavily used black lubix ultimate guhong, which is very smooth).
     
  5. Innocence

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    Oh. My. Freaking. Gosh. Another post from KoreanCuber! Hi btw. /offtopic

    Nice review, I've been hearing nothing but good reviews of the Zhanchi. I'm feeling really compelled to hurry up and buy one.
     
  6. JLarsen

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    Sand down the bottom of the corners where the T parts catch on the molding imperfections and then tell us what you think.
     
  7. Erdos

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    Good review, but I don't think you should stereotype the two cubes too much like that. In other words, I wouldn't particularly say something like "go for the Gu Hong if you like a smooth, creamy feel and go for the Zhanchi if you like a crispy, clicky feel." I feel that may not be entirely true and surely, the difference certainly can't be as big as it is for the F-II versus A-V.
     
  8. koreancuber

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    Thanks to all!
    @SneakyPMan - I'll try it out and add more to the original post
    @Innocence - HAI
     
  9. JLarsen

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    Did you ever try touching up the corners?
     
  10. Bapao

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    Early pic of the ZhanChi...

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    The ZhanChi is the b*stard child of the Godly GuHong and a black LingYun...IZO predicted the ZC and made it real before the actual cube was even out...
     
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  11. timeless

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    what about lingyun?
     
  12. Bapao

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    Uranus...
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    The LingYun will inevitably be in our hearts and in our minds long after things "progress". To me, the LingYun is the epitome of the 3x3x3...
     
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  13. Yuxuibbs

    Yuxuibbs Member

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    wouldn't putting torpedos on a guhong make it a zhanchi with a skinnier edge piece?
     
  14. adamantrvs81

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    What about the lubix zhanchi and lubix guhong? Is it really a better improvement from the normal ones?
     
  15. timeless

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    lol u can say that to zhanchi too
     
  16. koreancuber

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    @SneakyPandaman - not yet. I'll try it out this weekend
     
  17. musicninja17

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    Well, mr guhong main here ordered himself a zhanchi couple days back. I'll see what i think of it....
     
  18. slowhand

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    Interesting. I've never had a single pop with my GuHong (4 months of steady cubing with it now). I must have mine tensioned just enough differently that it doesn't happen. Either that, or the white GuHongs don't pop like the black ones (I use white only).
     
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  19. nupityS

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    guhong or zhanchi

    hi, im gonna order from Icubemart cubes.
    and lubix are too expencive.
    what to buy, guhong that lubed with lubix, or zhanchi that lube with lubix?
    actually, its guhong ultimate without the mod or zhanchi without the mod.
    whats to choose?
     
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