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Which Cube Should I Get? Up To Date Recommendations

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The orange centerpiece from your main 3x3
same with 5x5-7x7? Just checked, and I'm willing to pay for the MGC 5x5 and 6x6, but the MGC 7x7 is $40... anything good for $20-30-ish or will it just be a crappy cube?
there is the YJ YuFu 7x7. Its just the lower end version of the MGC and many poeple say its almost identical. It does have this problem where the center cap keeps poppong off, but its not on all of them and there are easy fixes.
 

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same with 5x5-7x7? Just checked, and I'm willing to pay for the MGC 5x5 and 6x6, but the MGC 7x7 is $40... anything good for $20-30-ish or will it just be a crappy cube?
Probably would just be worth it to buy the mgcs. Especially with big cubes, budget cubes aren’t very good.
 

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I'm thinking about biting the bullet and actually getting my first GAN cube, the 11 M Duo. (Well, I need to wait for my meme gan cube to come first. video on that coming)
what do you guys think
In my noobie opinion I say do it. I was thinking a lot about it myself, and decided Gan is worth it overall. For 3x3s. other puzzles I'm still undecided.

1. (Price) Gan is overpriced and you pay for more than you need. True, the cost of the bag, and plastic box adds onto the price. However if it was cheaper without the bag/box, aren't you going to get a bag or box anyway to protect your expensive cube? Probably. Only thing that you really are over paying for is that smartphone type unboxing, the slow reveal. Which is still cool if you keep the packaging like I do.

1.b.(Price) The Quality control that you get with that price. I watched a few different factory tour walk throughs. The cheaper cubes, are quickly assembled and move on to the next phase. Gan however, they look for flaws, and make sure the cube is within certain specs as they are assembled. They literally make sure every single cube is perfect. Even down to the weight within .2 grams. Same with stickering, each cube is done one by one, and they make sure the stickers are perfect.

2.(Time needed for maintenance) Much lower than any others. This is because there is no need to worry about equal tensioning. The tensions are preset. Tear it down, and put it back together in a couple minutes. As a noob I really love this, because I find it very hard to find even tensions on all sides. This also means you don't need to find that sweet spot again either, between unstable, and corner cutting. That sweet spot is marked for you with the preset tensions. This is awesome when experimenting with lubes too. Or if you make a mistake and overlube, or grab the wrong lube. Easy redo.

3. (Hardware issues) Can't strip a core that has no threads. Also, less things to lose when you drop something. Your spring, screw and washer aren't going to fly off in 3 different directions. No screws to work themselves loose.

4. (Magnets) No comments. None of my cubes have adjustable magnets, so no idea on the Duos inability to swap. I've also never experienced core magnets in a 3x3.

The only downfall I can think of, is that if you don't share the same concept of the sweet spot. No way to tighten, or loosen beyond the presets.

After I heard people say that Gan is the Apple of cubing, I really tried to hate Gan, because I really hate Apple. But I just can't. Instead, I would say they are the swiss watch makers of cubing. Expensive, innovative, and high quality. You are not just paying for the name.
 

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I agree with your sentiment. GAN cubes are expensive but have proven themselves time and time again in competition as world class cubes. Plus for people who say GAN isn't innovative, the GES system and now the core magnets are real examples of innovation.
I used to hate on apple but I don't really any more. Even as an android user, I can recognize that their iphone video and photo quality is top notch and they really nail UX. Especially for things like facetime and the superb image quality, and the genuinely top build quality of the latest iphones, I can genuinely see why it is worth the pricetag. (I'm not so enthusiastic about macbooks, which don't impress me in specs)
 

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I'm thinking about biting the bullet and actually getting my first GAN cube, the 11 M Duo. (Well, I need to wait for my meme gan cube to come first. video on that coming)
what do you guys think
If you are thinking of getting a GAN puzzle, I would also recommend their earlier puzzles, the GANpuzzle 1 and 2 3x3's. It can out at the same time as the Zhanchi and was supposed to be one of its competitors (It wasn't lol).
 

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If you are thinking of getting a GAN puzzle, I would also recommend their earlier puzzles, the GANpuzzle 1 and 2 3x3's. It can out at the same time as the Zhanchi and was supposed to be one of its competitors (It wasn't lol).
yeah I think I ordered the Gans III for a meme unboxing
 

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I agree with your sentiment. GAN cubes are expensive but have proven themselves time and time again in competition as world class cubes. Plus for people who say GAN isn't innovative, the GES system and now the core magnets are real examples of innovation.
I used to hate on apple but I don't really any more. Even as an android user, I can recognize that their iphone video and photo quality is top notch and they really nail UX. Especially for things like facetime and the superb image quality, and the genuinely top build quality of the latest iphones, I can genuinely see why it is worth the pricetag. (I'm not so enthusiastic about macbooks, which don't impress me in specs)
I forgot about the phones, the phones are decent. Although they are still expensive, but they don't seem like it because a lot of Android phones have crazy prices too. Once smartphones become old, I think we'll see that Android will drop and Apple won't. Kind of like Desktops, and then Laptops did.

It's the desktops, and laptops that I find unimpressive for the price from Apple. Even my workplace that is full of Apple lovers have switched from Macbooks.

Another thought I have on the Duo, is that you can think of the Pro as magnet insurance. Are you sure that the magnets on the Duo are perfect as they are? If not, you can pay a little more as insurance and get the Pro so if the magnets aren't as you wish, you can change them.
 
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