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The Cubicle vs Speedcubeshop Debate

Which cube store do you prefer?

  • TheCubicle

    Votes: 74 75.5%
  • Speedcubeshop

    Votes: 24 24.5%

  • Total voters
    98

Sub1Hour

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I don't get it... you say "don't fix what isn't broken" but isn't matte plastic a problem that needs to be fixed?
It's a solution to a problem that didn't exist that is now a problem that does exist if that makes any sense.
Sorry, my wording was super confusing, I was meaning that at least SCS had a better approach to outer plastic than manufacturers.
 

branson_lau

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The speed stacks stuff is expensive simply because there isn’t much market competition. There have been some other brands attempting timers recently but speed stacks has been in the game for so long and has such a massive portion of current market share they can charge whatever they want.

I do agree it’s ridiculous how much money is demanded for how simple these objects are to design and fabricate.
you can buy it with around 7.4 USD
 

Kaiju_cube

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I don't mind the price for the timer (speedstacks) nearly as much as I mind the $100. price for the big display you can plug into it and mount on the table.
 

Kaiju_cube

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weird when I saw it last it was $99. but I haven't looked at it in a while.

That's a much more reasonable price.
 

cuber314159

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weird when I saw it last it was $99. but I haven't looked at it in a while.

That's a much more reasonable price.
The tournament display is over $100, there is actually a yuxin display which is what I got and is cheaper and still connects to speedstacks timers but harder to find.
 

AlgoCuber

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Here is my detailed opinion on SCS vs theCubicle

Price

Sometimes SCS has cubes that are a little cheaper than the cubes in theCubicle, and sometimes the other way around. But, SCS prices end in .95, making them 4 cents cheaper most of the time. The price is comparable. However, you pay $45 or more for free shipping on theCubicle and $55 or more for SCS. But, if you pay less than $45, SCS charges less for shipping. SCS wins this time.

Puzzles
I find that they both sell factory puzzles at around the same price, with theCubicle having a little more cubes. They both have their own "premium" line of cubes, where they set up your cube. On the plus side though, SCS also has Unicube, which lets you pick and choose whatever options you want. You also even have the option to PVC coat your cube w/ Exoshield. A lot of features. But, one could argue that theCubicle sets up their cubes better (Which I agree with). Most people just buy factory cubes though. They also have cool mats and timer overlays, which I like. I'm going to call this a win for theCubicle, just because they have more factory puzzles and are slightly better at setting up cubes.

Lube
I'm going to make this a seperate category because their lubes are both great. I'm going to list a few below

theCubicle has:
DNM-37
Silk
Mystic
Gravitas
Compound X
Celeritas
Dignitas
Lubicle Speedy
Lubicle Black
Lubicle 1
Weight lube

SCS has:
Seasonal cosmic lube
Martian
Lunar
Galaxy
Nebula
Cosmic
Comet
Vortex
Speed Lube

To be honest, I'll have to give it to SCS becuase their lubes are cheaper and they have so many cosmic lubes. My favorite lube is Martian, because it speeds up your cube, and also adds that super smooth and slightly gummy feel. It doesn't take away control, either. Seasonal lubes are always welcome. Samplers are also great because it's cheaper than the regular price and you can experiment with different lube combinations. A lot of theCubicle's lubes are the equivalent of SCS lubes, but they are more expensive and I like SCS lube bottles more.


UI
SCS wins IMO. It has a very nice text and front page, and it looks modern. But, it is a little harder to navigate because it has a lot of spacings and small text. TheCubicle is a little bit worse, but still okay. It is easier to navigate, and I think that they categorize things better. I'll give it to SCS for this, only because it feels more comfortable for me.

Edit: A lot of SCS's UI is redundant and a little distracting. Now, I'll give it a win for theCubicle because it seems more professional and less redundant

Conclusion: SCS wins, but you're definitely not making the wrong choice by buying from theCubicle. They're most amazing cube shops. When I pay above $45 and below $55, I always buy from theCubicle (Because who doesn't like free shipping?)

P.S. I have only placed one order from both shops, and that one was a $45-$55 order from theCubicle
 
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rubik2005

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Here is my detailed opinion on SCS vs theCubicle

Price

Sometimes SCS has cubes that are a little cheaper than the cubes in theCubicle, and sometimes the other way around. But, SCS prices end in .95, making them 4 cents cheaper most of the time. The price is comparable. However, you pay $45 or more for free shipping on theCubicle and $55 or more for SCS. But, if you pay less than $45, SCS charges less for shipping. SCS wins this time.

Puzzles
I find that the factory puzzles they both sell are around the same, with theCubicle having a little more cubes. They both have their own "premium" line of cubes, where they set up your cube. On the plus side though, SCS also has Unicube, which lets you pick and choose whatever options you want. You also even have the option to PVC coat your cube w/ Exoshield. A lot of features. Most people just buy factory cubes though. They also have cool mats and timer overlays, which I like. I'm going to call this a win for theCubicle, just because they have more factory puzzles.

Lube
I'm going to make this a seperate category because their lubes are both great. I'm going to list a few below

theCubicle has:
DNM-37
Silk
Mystic
Gravitas
Compound X
Celeritas
Dignitas
Lubicle Speedy
Lubicle Black
Lubicle 1
Weight lube

SCS has:
Seasonal cosmic lube
Martian
Lunar
Galaxy
Nebula
Cosmic
Comet
Vortex
Speed Lube

To be honest, I'll have to give it to SCS becuase their lubes are cheaper and they have so many cosmic lubes. My favorite lube is Martian, because it speeds up your cube, and also adds that super smooth and slightly gummy feel. It doesn't take away control, either. Seasonal lubes are always welcome. A lot of theCubicle's lubes are the equivalent of SCS lubes, but they are more expensive and I like SCS lube bottles more.


UI
SCS wins IMO. It has a very nice text and front page, and it looks modern. But, it is a little harder to navigate because it has a lot of spacings and small text. TheCubicle is a little bit worse, but still okay. It is easier to navigate, and I think that they categorize things better. I'll give it to SCS for this, only because it feels more comfortable for me.

Conclusion: SCS wins, but you're definitely not making the wrong choice by buying from theCubicle. They're most amazing cube shops. When I pay above $45 and below $55, I always buy from theCubicle (Because who doesn't like free shipping?)

P.S. I have only placed one order from both shops, and that one was a $45-$55 order from theCubicle
I disagree with a few things here, but SCS's UI does not look pleasant to me.
1.) They just have way too many things in the way (wishlist, get-to-the-top arrow, rewards, and the little thing in the bottom left corner that says "X people online" and "Someone in Y bought X" which I honestly don't care about.

2) So it's just way too distracting trying to look at a product,

3.) On top of the fact that the picture changes whenever I hover over it.

4.) Also, if scroll down on the home page, the top black bar gets smaller, and this all to me forms chaos.

TheCubicle's site is just 100 times cleaner, right when you scroll you get a glimpse of the new arrivals (which I prefer), they have a few Instagram posts at the bottom (which is convenient), and they have a pretty neat way of organizing products.

TheCubicle wins for me. It's objectively more professional (though some think this is more of a subjective matter), and there are 50 other topics that I can talk about, but I'm not trying to write a 1,500 word essay.
 

AlgoCuber

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I disagree with a few things here, but SCS's UI does not look pleasant to me.
1.) They just have way too many things in the way (wishlist, get-to-the-top arrow, rewards, and the little thing in the bottom left corner that says "X people online" and "Someone in Y bought X" which I honestly don't care about.

2) So it's just way too distracting trying to look at a product,

3.) On top of the fact that the picture changes whenever I hover over it.

4.) Also, if scroll down on the home page, the top black bar gets smaller, and this all to me forms chaos.

TheCubicle's site is just 100 times cleaner, right when you scroll you get a glimpse of the new arrivals (which I prefer), they have a few Instagram posts at the bottom (which is convenient), and they have a pretty neat way of organizing products.

TheCubicle wins for me. It's objectively more professional (though some think this is more of a subjective matter), and there are 50 other topics that I can talk about, but I'm not trying to write a 1,500 word essay.
You're right. Some of SCS's UI is redundant and kinda distracting. I changed my mind after navigating through the sites a few more times, theCubicle wins in this category. Now, I would put them at around the same level, with SCS being slightly better IMO.
 

rubik2005

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You're right. Some of SCS's UI is redundant and kinda distracting. I changed my mind after navigating through the sites a few more times, theCubicle wins in this category. Now, I would put them at around the same level, with SCS being slightly better IMO.
Yea this is almost all subjective, and it also has to do with a mix of personal level and practicality. There's some people in California who would rather wait extra days and shop at TC, while others just shop at SCS to get their cubes faster.

I've taught about making a video about comparing the two sites, but 1) I don't know if I really have anything new to add, and 2) I don't even have a channel lol.
 

Kaiju_cube

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not sure where people are seeing $30. speedstack displays..


$113.


that's what I meant when I said, "the big display you can plug into it and mount on the table. "
 

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I don't think the official speedstacks display is available for under $90. Which is so ridiculously expensive that it actually makes financial sense to produce a homemade DIY display.

On topic: I haven't used any SCS lubes, but I really like all Cubicle lubes I've tried: DNM, silk, mystic, angstrom. Especially mystic.
 
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