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Worst cubes ever?

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Hey guys,
I was wondering, which cubes do you think are the worst ever produced? Ex: V-Cube, Rubik's Brand, etc.

This doesn't have to be for 3x3 or any nxn puzzles. It could also be other WCA and non-wca events.
 

CodingCuber

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I got a cube from Questacon in Canberra on a school camp. It can pop with a 45 degree turn. I average 26 seconds, and with this cube I can only get 4 minute times.
 

SenorJuan

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I couldn't believe how awful a Rubik's brand 2x2 was when I made the mistake of buying one, circa 1998. I though my engineering skills would be able to sort it out, but no. Having to physically break it to get it apart was a bad start. I carefully examined how things moved, and filed/sanded down various parts so it seemed to be much looser, and I confidently re-glued it together. Only to find it was very loose most of the time, but when certain pieces randomly aligned in the 'wrong' way, it would tighten up badly. Ghastly thing. Plus, I recall it had those paper stickers. Paper is great for some things, like books. But not cube stickers.
 

Dr. Lube

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The Cube4You Chromium puzzle is, hands down, the worst puzzle in my collection, but I find it endearing that a company would choose to release a puzzle which, while so compex internally, would solve fairly easily if it could actually turn without shattering.

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ZZ'er

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Definitely a "Greenbrier 3D puzzle cube", you get what you pay for.

For $1.00 USD.
 

Dr. Lube

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The Meilong Kilominx
Is it worse than the Rubik's 5x5 though? Personally I'd rate the ShengShou GEM 2x2 as worse than the MeiLong KiloMinx, because it's a pig.
ShengShou suckered me again recently and released a stickerless Legend 2x2, which I bought, only to discover it was basically a non-textured GEM. Ouch...
 
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Old Rubik’s 4x4
Last year a kid on the bus asked me to solve it, and I did most of it, but I got parity(I knew parity, I just didn’t want to do it). The layers were soooo bad. Sometimes when you turn one layer, the opposite layer would turn. The inners were terrible too, they always locked up and got jammed. Parity would have been so bad to do.
 

eyeballboi

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the Rubik's 3x3,t he thing is so bad that me and some kids at school got one and chucked it around until the core snapped, which happens very easy if you throw it hard on the cement. The next day we did the same, but the Rubik's is so hard it didn't break.
 

Tabe

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Is it worse than the Rubik's 5x5 though? Personally I'd rate the ShengShou GEM 2x2 as worse than the MeiLong KiloMinx, because it's a pig.
ShengShou suckered me again recently and released a stickerless Legend 2x2, which I bought, only to discover it was basically a non-textured GEM. Ouch...
Hmmm... If it's not worse than the Rubik's 5x5, it's sure close. The Meilong Kilominx is really, really bad.
 

efattah

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People think the original 3x3 Rubik's cube from 1980 was the 'worst' cube, but actually it was an absolute DREAM compared to the 'clone' cubes, of which the 'Wonderful Puzzler' was the most common. Being slightly cheaper, it sold many units, but it was horrible. Those of us that were 'cubers' refused to use anything but the 'original' Rubik's cube, which turned way better. The Wonderful Puzzler was basically impossible to turn without putting vaseline inside, which was the only lube available at the time. Silicon lubes didn't exist yet.

Having said that, the Rubik's Revenge was probably even worse. I still have one. It is the original 4x4 made by Rubik's around 1982.
 
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the Rubik's 3x3,t he thing is so bad that me and some kids at school got one and chucked it around until the core snapped, which happens very easy if you throw it hard on the cement. The next day we did the same, but the Rubik's is so hard it didn't break.
I use one as my main, but mine is the 2.0 which after breaking in is kinda nice! :D
So...
Without a doubt, the Rubik’s 4x4 and 5x5.
Cement.
 

Sion

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Worst 3x3 ever: I got a dollar store cube from amazon once. Stiff as a brick, whole layer flew off when I tried to do a forward cut at 1/8 a cubie.

Worst WCA ever: Rubik's 4x4. It's just one of those cubes that will never ever be good no matter how hard you try to set it up. It uses an outdated WitEden mechanism too.

Worst Non WCA ever: LimCube Pineapple. Insanely unstable, need to align everything perfectly, which it never wants to do. I guess it could be good with magnets, but why would you waste time putting them in a non WCA?

Worst mass Modern 3x3: Hard to say.I define modern as 2015 onwards, and only considering major companies. I'd need to say the Thunderclap v2 was pretty awful. Atrociously heavy, had no M-slice corner cutting, and insanely flimsy.

The senhuan Mars was also the same case. both were extremely awful cubes that nearly ruined the reputations of their brands/subbrands.
 
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