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Comparison of DIY Types

watermelon

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After doing some searching, I found a few comparisons of types a/b/c, but no formal, detailed comparisons. Since I'd like this to serve as a guide for future DIY buyers, try to post as much information as you can, and I'll update this post as necessary.

[size=+1]Chinese DIYs[/size]

General Pros:
-Many colors are available
-Many of these are cheaper than the rubiks.com DIY
-Center caps stay in without aid

General Cons:
-Expensive shipping costs

Type A

Colors available: white, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, black

Pros:
-Very smooth once assembled and lubed
-Requires almost no breaking in

Cons:

"New" Type A

Colors available: white, black

Pros:
-Due to design features, this type is less likely to pop
-Turns well out of the box

Cons:
-The most expensive type
-Many more pieces to assemble than normal DIYs
-Doesn't cut corners well

Type B

Colors available: white, red, yellow, green, blue, black, gold, silver, transparent

Pros:
-The cheapest type

Cons:
-There is no balanced tension; too loose and it will pop, too tight and it will barely turn, no in between state
-Turning is not smooth

Type C

If anyone has some information on this type, please let me know.

Colors available: white (fluorescent/glow in the dark), yellow, green, blue, black

Pros:
-Supposedly better than Type B

Cons:
-Supposedly worse than Type A

[size=+1]Rubik's DIY[/size]

Pros:
-Available from the official rubiks.com website
-Can be very good after a lot of breaking in

Cons:
-Not good right out of the box
-Center caps don't stay in without aid (paper, glue, etc.)

[size=+1]Notes/Ideas[/size]

-Ron has claimed that Type A is the best Chinese DIY because of its screws
-Type A cubes have the softest plastic, Type B have the hardest
 
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Nice, Mitchell.

Couple of comments:

Supposedly the best type...
...Supposedly the worst type
I'd scrap those, those are generalizations.

-Ron has claimed that Type A is the best Chinese DIY because of its screws
-Idea: would a Type B DIY be better if a Type A core/spring/screw/washer set was used?
The material of the plastic of the cubes makes as much of a difference as the screws and core, hybrids are not significantly better than b's.
 

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Type C is better than type B, but worse than type A. Thats about all I know. Are you gonna add anything about new type/old type and colors?
 
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After doing some searching, I found a few comparisons of types a/b/c, but no formal, detailed comparisons. Since I'd like this to serve as a guide for future DIY buyers, try to post as much information as you can, and I'll update this post as necessary.

[size=+1]Chinese DIYs[/size]

General Pros:
-Many colors are available
-Many of these are cheaper than the rubiks.com DIY
-Center caps stay in without aid

General Cons:
-Expensive shipping costs

Type A

Colors available: white, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, black

Pros:
-Very smooth once assembled and lubed
-Requires almost no breaking in

Cons:
-The most expensive type

"New" Type A

If anyone has some information on this type, please let me know.

Colors available: white

Pros:

Cons:

Type B

Colors available: white, red, yellow, green, blue, black, gold, silver, transparent

Pros:
-The cheapest type

Cons:
-There is no balanced tension; too loose and it will pop, too tight and it will barely turn, no in between state
-Turning is not smooth

Type C

If anyone has some information on this type, please let me know.

Colors available: white (fluorescent/glow in the dark), yellow, green, blue, black

Pros:
-Supposedly better than Type A

Cons:
-Supposedly better than Type B

[size=+1]Rubik's DIY[/size]

Pros:
-Available from the official rubiks.com website
-Can be very good after a lot of breaking in

Cons:
-Not good right out of the box
-Center caps don't stay in without aid (paper, glue, etc.)

[size=+1]Notes/Ideas[/size]

-Ron has claimed that Type A is the best Chinese DIY because of its screws
-Type A cubes have the softest plastic, Type B have the hardest
You forgot puzzleproz. www.shops.ebay.com/puzzleproz

1 week shippin 3$.

WIN.

Also theres a already a thread on comparision

Also for C you said Cons C was better then B?
 

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I would have to say a that a con for the new type (a) are that they don't cut corners as well, since the cubies are more cubic (xD). A pro I suppose is that they're less likely to pop, though they still do, unless your get that stupid little piece in, I guess. I haven't. They also turn pretty well without need for lubrication.

You could also add the first version of the new type (a), but I suppose that would be pointless, since they don't sell those anymore.
 

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Thanks everyone.

andrewvo1324: Thanks for catching that mistake. As for puzzleproz, what brand are their DIYs? (or is the brand unique)

Dyste: Thanks for the information on the New Type A. Updated.
 

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By the way, the type (a) is not the most expensive type, the new one is. Also, the new type (a) is technically available in black, just.. not in stock often..

Oh, and I read in another thread that puzzleproz gets cubes from basically the same supplier as cube4you, except that they can sometimes have defects.
 
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Updated.

Dyste said:
Oh, and I read in another thread that puzzleproz gets cubes from basically the same supplier as cube4you, except that they can sometimes have defects.
Do you mean that puzzleproz's DIYs sometimes have defects, or the supplier's DIYs do?
 

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I tried a few cube4you cubes at Pleasantville and they feel nothing like mine...:confused:
 
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andrewvo1324

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Updated.

Dyste said:
Oh, and I read in another thread that puzzleproz gets cubes from basically the same supplier as cube4you, except that they can sometimes have defects.
Do you mean that puzzleproz's DIYs sometimes have defects, or the supplier's DIYs do?


I would say that my cube does not have any defects.

It came with Corner caps too.

And the center caps and corner caps fit perfectly without glue.

It turns fine cuts corner.

Pops not alot./
 

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Yes, but some other people weren't so lucky. They just didn't feel like posting comments on the service on EBay.
 

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[size=+1]Chinese DIYs[/size]

General Pros:
-Many colors are available
-Many of these are cheaper than the rubiks.com DIY
-Center caps stay in without aid

General Cons:
-Expensive shipping costs

Type A

Colors available: white, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, black

Pros:
-Very smooth once assembled and lubed
-Requires almost no breaking in

Cons:

"New" Type A

Colors available: white, black

Pros:
-Due to design features, this type is less likely to pop
-Turns well out of the box

Cons:
-The most expensive type
-Many more pieces to assemble than normal DIYs
-Doesn't cut corners well

uhm. i have a couple of questions.

1) I've heard that type A DIY cubes are the best, and you've made it quite obvious to me also, but which is better? The "New" Type A or just the regular Type A?


2) This is going to sound stupid, but what does cut corners mean? On the last con for the "New" Type A you said it didn't cut corners well... I don't understand that >.<
 

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Type C

If anyone has some information on this type, please let me know.

Colors available: white (fluorescent/glow in the dark), yellow, green, blue, black

Pros:
-Supposedly better than Type B

Cons:
-Supposedly worse than Type A
Pros:
-Cut corners well
-Hardly locks at all
-The cube will stil turn well at tighter settings
-Easy to remove center caps(but they don't pop off)

Cons:
-Pops quite a bit
-Requires a bit of breaking in
(Note:This is my only cube so I do not have anything to compare it to.)
 

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Here are some other things.

Cube4you DIY:
Pros: decent out of the box, turns fast when lubed

Cons: Not too smooth, locks up quite a bit.


Yuga(Type D):

Pros: Very crisp and fast. When lubed become great cubes. Virtually never pop.

Cons: Lock up quite a bit.

Famwelth:

Pros.:.
Cons: Everything


Type A III

Pros: With lots of breaking in can become fast cubes. Respond well to lube.

Cons: Very clicky and locks up. Pops a good amount.
 
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