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[Review] My Written Puzzle Review Thread

BenChristman1

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This is a thread for all of the puzzles that I get. I am going to write a written review about all of them, and hopefully this can help people in the future decide if they should get these puzzles. It would be cool for other people to make their own thread too, so that we all can see each other's reviews about lots of different cubes.

General Info

Price:
$9.99 on TheCubicle ($7.99 for non-magnetic)
Plastic: Black, white, or stickerless
Premium Versions: None
Release Date: September 17, 2019
Size: 56 millimeters and 92 grams
Buy this puzzle here!

Earlier Cubes

Thunderclap Lineup:
There is a Thunderclap 4x4 and and Mini Thunderclap 4x4.
Earlier versions: There has been a Thunderclap v1 and v2.

Box

Box Appearance:
This box has a weird design. You have to pull apart 2 half-boxes, then the actual box is inside.
Accessories: Pamphlet

Before Turning

Shades:
These stickerless shades are the same as the Valk stickerless shades.
Pieces: There are primary internals on the edges, but not the corners. I like the look of primary internals a lot, so I kind of wish it was on the corners too, but it's no big deal.

First Turns

Speed:
The speed is okay; after a little break-in, it gets a lot better.
Magnets: Medium-Strong
Normal corner-cutting: 40 degrees
Reverse corner-cutting: 30 degrees

Solves: I did an average of 25 on this cube; normally, I average about 19, and my Ao25 was 19.03, so I can get pretty normal times on this cube.

My Setup

Lubrication:
MAX Command and Fleet
Tensioning: I loosened each screw a half-turn.
Changes in performance: The end result was much better corner-cutting (around 50-55), and the cube is now much faster and smoother.

Overall Review

This cube is great, but it takes a lot of setup. I would only recommend this cube to intermediate solvers who are on a budget and who can set up cubes semi-well. You have to lube and tension the cube, but it isn't worth it if you are a top-level solver. If you are on a budget, I would recommend saving up for a cube that has more advanced magnet and tensioning systems.

Pictures

General Info

Price:
$6.99 on TheCubicle
Plastic: Stickerless
Premium Versions: None
Release Date: April 30, 2019
Size: 50 millimeters and 65 grams
Buy this puzzle here!

Earlier Cubes

YJ Magnetic Budget Lineup:
YJ has made budget magnetic 2x2-7x7, pyraminx, and megaminx puzzles.
Earlier versions: There has been a YJ Yupo v1.

Box

Box Appearance:
This is a very nice box, in my opinion. It has a cube design on the outside.
Accessories: Pamphlet

Before Turning

Shades:
These shades are similar to the shades on the stickerless Gan 249.
Pieces: The pieces on this 2x2 are pretty standard.

First Turns

Speed:
The speed is pretty average, not too fast, not too slow.
Magnets: Medium-Strong
Normal corner-cutting: 50 degrees
Reverse corner-cutting: 35-40 degrees

Solves: I did an average of 50 and got 4.8. Normally on 2x2, I average around 4.1.

My Setup

Lubrication:
1 drop of Mystic
Tensioning: Loosen each screw by one quarter-turn
Changes in performance: Slightly better corner cutting and much faster.

Overall Review

I would recommend this 2x2 to anybody. For beginners, this is a fun 2x2 to just play around with and to learn how to solve the cube on. For intermediate and advanced 2x2 solvers, this is a great cube to practice on and bring around with you, and possibly become your main.

Pictures

General Info

Price:
$2.99 on TheCubicle
Plastic: Stickerless
Premium Versions: None
Release Date: April 27, 2020
Size: 45 millimeters and 14 grams (33 grams with the keychain)
Buy this puzzle here!

Earlier Cubes

Qiyi Keychain Lineup:
There are 3x3 and Ivy Cube keychains made by Qiyi.
Earlier versions: None

Box

Box Appearance:
The box is just Qiyi's standard budget cube box.
Accessories: None

Before Turning

Shades:
The shades are normal Qiyi shades; very bright and vivid.
Pieces: The pieces are just like a normal pyraminx, just smaller.

First Turns

Speed:
This puzzle is very slow, I will have to put some DNM-37 in it.
Magnets / Ball Bearings: I was surprised to figure out that this puzzle does not have ball bearings.
Normal corner-cutting: 30 degrees
Reverse corner-cutting: 5 degrees

Solves: On a normal pyraminx, I average about 10 seconds, but on this one I average about 15. So, not too much of a difference, but you definitely shouldn't use this to speedsolve.

My Setup

Lubrication:
1 drop of DNM-37
Tensioning: None
Changes in performance: The puzzle is much faster, and much more fun to solve.

Overall Review

This is a great puzzle, and I definitely recommend it to everybody. It is undoubtedly the best pyraminx keychain on the market right now.

Pictures

General Info

Price:
$0.50 each on TheCubicle
Release Date: September 10, 2018
Size: 5 grams
Buy it here!

Package

Package Appearance:
They come in a small, plastic bag.

Overall Review

There is not much to say. These make it so that your lubes in a syringe will not spill all over the place. The only thing that I was surprised about was that this is made of plastic. I assumed it would be rubber. I would recommend these for sure, with every syringe lube you buy.

Pictures

I set the cube up for my dad, then re-packaged it to give to him for Father's Day.
General Info

Price:
$7.99 on TheCubicle
Plastic: Black or stickerless
Premium Versions: None
Release Date: April 24, 2020
Size: 56 millimeters and 82 grams
Buy this puzzle here!

Earlier Cubes

Qiyi MS Lineup:
There is a Qiyi MS 2x2-5x5 and Pyraminx.
Earlier versions: None

Box

Box Appearance:
Similar to the Qiyi Wuwei box, it has a clear lid looking at the cube.
Accessories: Pamphlet

Before Turning

Shades:
Normal Qiyi/Valk shades, but I think the orange might be a little lighter.
Pieces: The center pieces and edge pieces are kind of strange. The edge has an indent towards the top, which fits into a ridge on the center piece. (Pictures below)

First Turns

Speed:
Fast
Magnets: Medium
Normal corner-cutting: 40 degrees
Reverse corner-cutting: 25-30 degrees

Solves: I did an average of 25 on this cube; normally, I average about 18.5, and my Ao25 was 18.465, so I can get normal times on this cube.

My Setup (for my dad)

Lubrication:
MAX Command
Tensioning: I loosened the screws, but I'm not sure how much.
Changes in performance:

Overall Review


This cube is very fast out of the box, so fast that I didn't need to put any lube on the pieces, just the core. I would not recommend this for beginners, but for intermediate solvers, who are able to set up a cube semi-well (similar to myself).

Pictures

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1FfTkvHY0wWaLRy--UTSTa7OcNy1qOSYX
https://drive.google.com/open?id=18xWDn8YTRornLyDO2RAjUtxc_WkGAgWt
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1VMrAhjJIWrRAjxAJnuFPxXROXv2FZPqO
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1RZB4UcWHCNQYjuGu4UiaEFlFfnfh-XTv
 
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BenChristman1

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Awesome reviews. Will be keeping an eye on this thread.
Thank you! I took inspiration from your threads, but altered it a bit. Instead of doing large paragraphs, I just made it a lot shorter and to-the-point, because that is how I prefer to get information. Maybe other people enjoy reading paragraphs more, though.
 

Zain_A24

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Thank you! I took inspiration from your threads, but altered it a bit. Instead of doing large paragraphs, I just made it a lot shorter and to-the-point, because that is how I prefer to get information. Maybe other people enjoy reading paragraphs more, though.
Yeah that's cool. My reviews just end up becoming long paragraphs since I don't want to miss anything out, but I certainly enjoyed reading your more condensed reviews. Hopefully we will see you take to leap of faith and head over to YouTube at some point in the future.
 
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Yeah that's cool. My reviews just end up becoming long paragraphs since I don't want to miss anything out, but I certainly enjoyed reading your more condensed reviews. Hopefully we will see you take to leap of faith and head over to YouTube at some point in the future.
Usually, long paragraphs are more reliable. I like them more.
 
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