Imagine if springed cubes become like a "collectors item". I don't think that will happen in the near future though. I don't mind spring noise as you can't really hear it unless your turning very slowly. Wear down can be prevented if you lube your core.Well, all I'm saying is, we'd better enjoy it while we can. Once maglev tech becomes cheap enough, they may stop manufacturing spring-based cubes entirely (except the good ol' Rubik's brand, but nobody cares about that).