- May 11, 2020
Meilong 3x3 Premium A&M – Best Budget Buy?
- Review of Service
- Review of Cube – Mofang Jiaoshi Meilong 3x3M A&M Cube
- First Impressions
- First Turns
- Final Thoughts
Review of Store
Premium A&M Cubes: https://www.moyustore.com/collections/premium-zone
Review of Cube
Name – MoYu Meilong 3x3x3 Magic Cube Stickerless
Link – https://www.moyustore.com/collections/premium-zone/products/mf8841-moyu-meilong-3x3x3-magic-cube-stickerless-magnetic-version?variant=31593986523254
Availability – Stickerless and Stickered
Price - $15.99
Size – 55.5.mm
Weight – 72.0g
The Meilong 3x3 has proven to have some competition after it was released, especially due to the feeling of the cube itself and how it outperforms many other budget buys including the YuXin Little Magic 3x3. Along with this, the cube is a $5 budget cube from Moyustore, however, they offer a Premium setup for only 10$ more. This setup including magnets and lubrication along with spring sound reduction and core lubrication. Usually with budget cubes such as this one, they are really good for there price, considering the Meilong base cube is only $5 from Moyustore. However, comparing the MF3RS2 to the Meilong, they are both similar considering they’re both non-magnetic and they both will be very good with magnets, as we saw with custom magnetized Meilong 3x3’s. If you want a Premium Setup, head over to Moyustore’s Premium A&M webpage, where you will see a range of cubes for beginners and professionals for low prices considering the setups on the cubes that Moyustore excecute nicely.
The box consists of the cube itself, along with a pamphlet suggesting certain algorithms
Out of the Box
First Impressions – Before Turning
In terms of the shades on this cube, MoYu had opted for brighter shades, much like the MF3RS2. This being beneficial for solving in low light conditions. Along with this, MoYu appears to have lighter shades than the YuXin Little Magic 2x2, which is a $4 budget puzzle. Due to the frosted plastic of the Meilong, the cubes shades contrast nicely with each other making solving the puzzle easier to do for me, as I use CFOP, so recognising F2L pairs is easily done due to these shades. This then decreasing times.
Immediately, I realised MoYu had gone for the frosted plastic instead of the much glossier plastic that the MF3RS2 has, which I actively used for comparison. The cube also feels lighter and smaller than the MF3RS2, as well as the Gan M Lite which has been my main for many months now. In addition to this, the cube feels nice and compact, not too loose, not too tight, which I am glad to see because of other puzzles being very loose out of the box in the past such as the MF3RS2 which I had used for months when I was a beginner, which shows that budget cubes are really good for there pricing, some even breaking records and, overall, being better than high priced flagships from cube manufacturers such as GAN for over $40.
Immediately upon turning, I noticed Moyustores setup was executed nicely. The magnet strengths were perfect for the thin plastic the Meilong had. The cube had a light sandiness out of the box and speed was maintained due to Moyustores addition of thin speed lubrication, although I would have opted for a medium speed lubrication to have been applied. However, the cubes speed makes up for the small errors that the Meilong had as it outperforms many other high-priced products.
Forward – 45 Degrees
Reverse – Piece to piece
Several solves later, I realised the sandiness had reduced, allowing the speed to increase of the puzzle, along with this, the cube retained its light and airy turning after I had broken in the lubrication. The lubrication, as I mentioned earlier, I would have wanted medium speed lubrication to have been applied instead of the thin, due to the fact it would have made the cube noticeably better and smoother. However, the cubes magnetisation, speed, and spring noise reduction ‘payed off’ making the cube quicker and better, reducing my personal bests and times. The comparison below compares the Gan M Lite with the $15 Premium Meilong Setup.
Should you buy this cube?
At only $15, with a base cube at $5, you cannot go wrong with purchasing this cube for the collection or as a surprise main. It easily outperforms cubes at similar price points, as shown in the active comparisons above, and many will prefer this cube over flagships from the likes of GAN and Qiyi, without having the price tag to match. Moyustore have done an incredible job of setting this cube up, and I think it will be very appealing to beginners and intermediate cubers looking to get a cube that is ready to go straight out of the box. It is easy to see that Moyustore has taken care in ensuring each cube is set up to perfection, with perfect and even magnet placements and consistent lubricant application. In addition to this, Moyustore have done well to produce a setup such as this that outperforms many highly priced products from cube manufacturers such as GAN, who price around $40 - $60.
Along with this, the cube has a nice speed to it whilst still being controllable for those who are slower turners. In addition, I am glad to say I didn’t experience any lockups which is rare for cubes with this price tag, this including the MF3RS2 and sometimes even the Gan 356M. Moyustore have offered a lot for $15, and made it all worth the money.
So, should you buy this cube?
Yes and No.
This cube outperforms many high priced puzzles, has a nice feel outside the box, evenly distributed lubrication applied on the core and the pieces and many more things to offer such as spring sound reduction and speed. I don’t usually suggest cubes like this, however, this cube stands out from all of MoYu products, mainly due to the setup.
However, I would have preferred a medium speed lubrication to have been applied instead of a thin speed lubrication. Along with this, the cube has a loud sound, so I will not suggest using it in quiet areas. Apart from these minor flaws that the cubes speed makes up for, the cube is overall a good buy for only $15 and outperforms my previous mains:
- Gan 356 XS
- Gan 356M
Best Budget Buy?
Tell me what you think.
Feel free to take a look at my first review (on my account anyway)
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