The Fangshi company came out with their ShuangRen 3×3 speed cube a couple of years ago, which produced 2 versions. The Fanshi GuanYing is their second 3×3 speed cube where hopefully only improvements can be made over their first speed cube. Continue reading to find out more.
Fangshi GuangYing Review
The first thing I noticed out of the box was that the Fangshi GuangYing was quite scratchy. This scratchy feeling was quite apparent in their earlier cubes the Fangshi ShuangRen. An unusual thing that I noticed was that there was a slight scraping sound similar to the sound when metal scrapes metal. I learned later on that this might be cause by the extra plastic or “flash” found on the individual pieces. The second thing I noticed that it was really fast and very light. This wasn’t so surprising because earlier Fangshi Speed Cubes had this turning feeling and speed.
The speed of the Fangshi Guangying is quite fast. It can be compared to the speed of the Moyu Weilong and Dayan Zanchi with one difference and that is it is much more lighter. Turning on this speed cube take little to no effort and it almost feels like the tensions are too loose, which makes it feel a little floppy and out of control.
Corner cutting out of the box is quite bad. The Fangshi ShuanRen had excellent corner cutting abilities, the best I’ve seen so far. So it is quite a surprise that the GuanYing lacked the corner cutting abilities of it’s older speed cube brothers. It does get better by loosening the tensions a bit, although it still is quite poor since it will disrupt the flow of the solve and often times lock up and catch layers.
There is no doubt that being fast and light is a great characteristic a speed cube can posses although sometimes it is at the expense of other great features such as corner cutting and overall cube control. The Fangshi GuanYing is quite a fast cube and fast times can easily be achieved, although it’s poor corner cutting abilities can cause lock ups and it’s sheer speed results in overshooting which overall make it quite hard to control.