- Feb 12, 2021
I wasn't into cubes when the VCube debacle went down. But after seeing the designs and reading and seeing the video(s) of their dramatic history (thanks Cubing Historian), I decided I wanted to try them, so I bought them.
The pillowed design looked neat, I still haven't seen a pillowed 3x3 except for the GoCube, which seems more 'rounded' than actually pillowed. So I was excited to try them.
First I got the 3x3 and 4x4. They're both incredibly light and turn really smooth. They don't corner-cut or have any flex to them, but they are actually very nice puzzles that put the Rubiks ones to shame in terms of smoothness and feel when turning.
So I decided to get the 5x5, 6x6, and 7x7. And that's when things took a turn.
According to internet history they were the first 6x6 and 7x7 so I had high hopes of owning these "Classics" and figured they'd be just as nice as the 3x3 and 4x4. **spoiler alert-they are not**
For some reason the 5x5 is cubed while all the others are pillows,.. this makes no sense to me. And it doesn't turn,.. at all. The amount of force required to turn the sides is absolutely ridiculous, it's just as bad if not worse than the Rubiks 5x5,.. which is basically a square brick.
The 6x6 is better and does turn, but it locks up constantly and makes doing algs like parity algs pretty painful and take much longer than it should because you basically have to re-align the layers after every one or two turns.
And the 7x7 is pretty much the same. I can do a regular (nice) 7x7 like MGC or Shengshou pretty quickly, but the VCube 7x7 took hours. It's hard to turn, layers lock up and need constant re-aligning, and even worse, at one point I had to just stop and make new stickers for it because some of the stickers fell off and wouldn't stick back on. Luckily I have a few Shengshou Gigaminx's that come with extra stickers, so I was able to trim the corners off the sticker sheets and use the 'extra' to make some stickers for the VCube.
After fighting the 7x7 all morning to finish the solve my fingers actually hurt.
So my final thoughts for the VCube line? The 3x3 and 4x4 are pretty neat and worth owning. No they're not 'speedcubes', but they are nice additions to a collection. If nothing else they're different because of the pillow design and the white plastic and black stickers replacing the white ones.
The 5x5, 6x6, and 7x7 are basically trash. I solved them each one time and don't think I'll ever solve them again. Maybe the 6x6 if I feel like punishing myself one day, it was the best of the three.
They seem solid though, very Tank Like,.. much like the Rubiks brand cubes are.
but Rubiks has tiles instead of stickers that fall off, so I'd probably still recommend them. .. though not the Rubiks 4x4 or 5x5,.. those are pretty awful and also fall into the 'One Solve' category for me.
I've found MoYu, MGC, Shengshou, YuXin, and YongJun all make much, much nicer big cubes, for less money. At the moment I'd say MoYu and Shengshou make my favorites, but MGC, YuXin and YJ are not far behind them.
I tried to give VCube a fair try but they were underwhelming and at time's just downright frustrating to use.