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new Rubik's smart cube

SolidJoltBlue

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I will be honest here. I have a GAN 356i and my main issue is the Chinese software. Rubik's release may actually be a great decision by them if people decide to buy a cube from a Western company rather than a Chinese one.

I love GAN's cube but the software is almost a deal breaker.
 

SnowyDay

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That new Rubiks Smart Cube and app look fantastic. Very compelling video by The Cubicle. Let's see how well the local firmware and cloud app work.

As everyone knows, Gan released 2 cube and 2 robot revisions over the past year, but the firmware and cloud apps still seems to be in beta. Gan is publicly testing a major update now which is scheduled to be released in a few weeks. I'm rooting for a successful launch but a complex ecosystem (smartcube, robot, and cloud app) may have been a bridge too far. Gan's window of opportunity is closing fast . . .

I have been pining for a smart cube for some time. Frankly the probability of that being a Gan is diminishing.
 

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TBH, this is probably gonna be better than Gans I and I play. Although Gans cube may be faster, Rubik's is probably better because of the hardware. Like, have you seen the problems in Gans cube!!! It's almost impossible to do anything!
Now, comes the price, I think the price will be 50 dollars, maybe even 40 is it gets really good.
 

SnowyDay

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After waiting for a year for GAN to sort out the robot-based custom alg training & competition app, we ordered some Rubik's Connected cubes. Decision based on:

- The GoCube app has a pretty good track record to build on
- Preliminary "sponsored" reviews indicated app is reliable, competition mode is robust, and cube solves well

GAN's 356i and robot have the potential to offer so many features, so we certainly would consider that in the future. Just not buying that in current state of development.
 

johnvictor

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No clue why none of the smart apps understand..... give a normal ass scramble. No highlighting and turning red and changing, just a regular scramble. Add a tap for 15 second inspection, and start when you start turning. CSTimer + Smart cubes is perfect, I just want that from the manufacturers.
 

SnowyDay

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Received Rubick's Connected this week. The cube and the software are both well engineered and executed. Professional quality control.

IMHO, WeiLong GTS2 M is better for turning. But the Rubick's Connected is pretty good and I like it more and more every day.

See Sean's new video

 

Cheersbigears

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Does anyone know if you can tension this cube? Im very tempted but would like to understand if you can adjust and if lubes are safe before I commit?
 

SnowyDay

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Will this have insanely strong magnets like the gocube, or a little weaker magnets?
Never used the gocube.

Magnets of Rubick's Connected don't seem "insanely strong" but are noticeable. Gently turning a side to 20*, the magnets won't pull the side to neutral 0*. Between roughly 0*-15*, the magnets will pull a side to neutral. My cube has a few drops of Lubicle Silk and is new so not broken in; YMMV.

As the electronics core seems to have a bit more friction than a premium standard core does, the magnets are probably pretty strong but in practice feel average to me. In the video above I think Sean said, "magnets are a little bit strong."

Overall, I like how the cube feels; slightly more sluggish and heavy than my premium non-electronic cubes. I put a few drops of Lubicle Silk and that helped a bit but I will try some experiments. IMO, the GTS2M turns a bit easier, smoother, lighter and quieter. For reference, I am just an advanced beginner (60 sec average, cubing for about a year) but like tuning cubes and electronics.

Does anyone know if you can tension this cube? Im very tempted but would like to understand if you can adjust
"Due to the complex electronic design found in each of the cube’s center pieces, the spring force can’t be adjusted. "

if lubes are safe before I commit?
"Can I lubricate my cube? Of course, like all other speed cubes! There is no concern of harming the electronics with lubrication."

Source of these two answers - click the help button at the bottom of this page and type in the words "lubrication" or "adjust":

BTW - I took off the white cap and there are similar electronics there. Essentially two small PCBs. The large PCB is nearly the size of the sticker and is physically held in with two plastic stakes that were melted at the ends. Above that, a small PCB was soldiered on (then conformally coated). The small PCB might cover a screw to adjust tension but I can't tell and suspect not. I don't think these boards should be removed by beginner electronics DIY.

Video below shows how to remove center cube cover...there are electronics below the blue cap.


Oh...just saw the Rubick's Connected is down to $49.95. We got one at $49.95 early September (price rose to $59.95 late September). It is listed at $79.95 retail on the website but I don't recall seeing it ever offered at full price.
 
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