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DaYan GuHong V4

MDoe8

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Hi all,

I recently picked up the new stickerless GuHong and noticed that there were not many discussions here on it so I figured i'd give it a whirl.

For those that care, the box is nice and the unboxing is a good experience. I personally would rather it cost a few bucks cheaper and come in simple packaging, but I know some folks like fancy packaging. Comes with a screwdriver and a nice bag.

Out of the box thoughts:
  • Very lightweight (but not cheap feeling)
  • Stickerless colors are great
  • Very fast
  • VERY loose. Way too loose. I had to tighten this thing a bunch.
  • Papery smooth feel.
  • Pretty quiet. Similar to the Valk Elite I'd say, but more papery.
  • Magnets are I would say upper medium. Maybe comparable to the middle or strong setting on the Tengyun v2. In my opinion, they are absolutely perfect for this cube.
  • Corner cutting is fine. Honestly, this is something that folks care too much about. I could go on and on about this subject. All modern speed cubes, by the numbers, corner cut great. It is more a matter of the characteristics of how they corner cut to match the feel of the cube. For example, I have my Tengyun v1 tightened quite a bit, to the point where the corner cutting is less than 45 degree, but it does not translate to any lockups because it cuts smoothly and compliments the turning of the cube. The GuHong has more of a snappy corner cut, not smooth, and it works great for the feel of the cube.

My setup:
  • I love when cubes are fast out of the box, because this means I have to gum it up a bit with heavier lube, which results in a quieter and smoother feel. This was the case with the GuHong, I added a bit of Controllius and decent amount of Martian to it. Feels perfect now.
  • Tightened it a couple turns to get medium tensions. It is way too loose out of the box, to the point where corner twists happen all the time.
  • That's it! There is not much to adjust on this, it is very standard. That being said, it's pretty spot on.

Conclusion:
This cube has become my main. I have been changing up between a Valk Elite, QiYi MS, and Tengyun V1 recently, but this takes the cake. The combination of attributes fit my preferences perfectly. It has the right look, feel, weight, and sound.

I suppose folks will immediately want to compare this to the RS3M 2020. Mine has the extra magnets and a similar setup to the above. They are both fantastic, just boils down to preferences. I never liked the rs3m2020 much. It performed perfectly, matching my best times, but I just wasn't a fan of the feel. It is a tad heavier and just feels...less refined? Not sure. It's a great cube, without a doubt the best bang for the buck, just not for me. Most modern speed cubes will perform at a flagship level, so to me look/feel/sound is my deciding factor, which is where the GuHong wins out for me.

Hope this helps!
 

qwr

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Nice review. I don't have the guhong, but Owen Morrison here has a nice review video on it. The RS3M 2020 has a weighty solid turning and I think it feels pretty refined, whatever that means to a person. I don't think I would like a super light cube from my experience with the Meilong but maybe this cube is different. You should compare it to the GAN 11M Pro or a Meilong M in terms of lightweight cubes, if you have the others.
 

MDoe8

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Thanks.

I do not have an 11M to compare, but I do have a Magnetized Meilong (not a factory Meilong M). Here are some notes on that:
  • Guhong is quite a bit faster
  • Guhong is more blocky/stable
  • Meilong is more flexible and forgiving
  • Meilong corner cutting is less "snappy"
  • Meilong edges are a bit more rounded, less sharp
  • M slices are easier on the Guhong (for this particular Meilong, which is self magenetized)
  • Guhong is quieter
  • Shades are quite a bit different on the two
  • Meilong is frosted, Guhong glossy
  • Guhong just a tad larger
  • Very similar in weight, Guhong maybe a tad lighter
 
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MDoe8

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Nice review, I have the guhong v3, and I found it very small and light. So I never had the motivation to pick up the v4 when it was released.
They feel quite a bit different, so I would not group them together. Besides the V3 being smaller; it has a looser, less stable feel. I also get a bit more catching with the v3 and it is louder. I do like them both, but the v4 feels quite a bit different, it is a better performing cube.
 

Milominx

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Yea I was abt to get it, but I got Valk 2m. BTW, is XMD Flare really that good?
My Friend has Valk 2 M and XMD Flare is Almost like a better version of it but My Flare is fast and now even faster cus of DNM and My Friends Valk is quite slow
 
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