Maru is a Taiwanese puzzle manufacturer.
Available c. 2009, the Maru 2x2x2 Cube contained a screw-spring structure similar to the Lanlan 2x2 which improved corner cutting. However, they were said not to turn as well as a broken-in Eastsheen 2x2x2. The Maru turned well though and was unlikely to pop, and was regarded as a high quality cube. Available in Black or White.
Another 2009 cube, sometimes called the 'Maru DIY'. It came in a range of colours, and was reported to have smooth turning. Out of the box, this cube seemed to be nothing special, but once lubed with the special Maru lubricant, it quickly improved.
Another newer 3x3 of theirs, the Maru nano cube released in early 2015, is currently the smallest mass produced 3x3 on the market, measuring 15mm (1.5 cm) across on all sides. This cube is meant to be a collectors item and not a speedcube.
Known for its good corner-cutting this Maru 4x4 was rarely found in common online stores. It had a screw/spring structure like all Maru cubes and had superior corner cutting. In 2011 it was said to out-perform other 4x4s such as the Rubik's brand, Eastsheen and possibly the Meffert's brand. It had minimal pops and lockups but disassembly was not recommended because the assembly of this item can be very tedious. Available in Black, White, or Transparent.
A very small cube measuring 30mm each side. It was reported by many to be too small for speedcubing, but may suit cubers with very small hands. Small enough to fit comfortably in a pocket, making it ideal as a travel cube. The cube its self was fairly good quality considering its size, with smooth turning and good resistance to pops.
Maru Lube is a silicone-water based lubricant from Maru that is specially designed for lubricating cubes. Its effects are temporary and it is typically used in conjunction with other thicker silicone lubricants.
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