The Gans 356S V2 Advanced/Master Edition is the second version of the very successful Gans 356. Although the Gans 356 became popular it did have several problems which hindered performance. Obvious improvements to the Gans 356S V2 were the center pieces that came with the “S” variant of the first version and an improved grooved design on the pieces.
Out of the box the Gans 356s master advanced was very smooth but not that fast. It took quite a bit of effort turning layers and after several solves where the factory lube started to wear off it kind of got tiring on the fingers. Corner cutting was pretty impressive even though it had fairly tight tensions thanks to the structure. Breaking in, adjusting tensions and lubing is necessary to see how this speed cube really performs.
After around 500 solves the cube was pretty much broken in and I was happy with the cube. It did act very different and improved by so much. The speed cube does come with different springs which was great, I chose to use the s9 which allowed it to be as loose as it can while, according to the chart will make it the smoothest as it can be. This really did make the Gans 356s advanced very smooth, although I think this is it’s natural characteristic anyway. What really helps with the smoothness is the 10k traxxas lube that I applied inside the cube.
The Gans 356s advanced is naturally smooth. This is the characteritic it has initially and through adjustement of tensions. The smoothness really stands out when it is lubed. With the speed cube being on the loosest possible adjustment (S9 springs) the Gans 356s advanced is very fast. Unlike how it was initially you really need little to no effort to turn the layers. How fast this speed cube is outshines how smooth it is. So if I were to describe the turning of the Gans 356s advanced it would have to be light and fast.
You can really see that the Gans 356s advanced was catered to corner cutting due to it’s round center pieces which allows the corner piece to overlap the center piece. The result is very good Corner cutting. Like how I describe every good corner cutting cube the Gans 356s advanced cuts corners without unnoticeable during solves. I especially took notice on the reverse corner cutting as it was one of the best I have seen on a speed cube. The speed cube does feel very loose though and not together as if it wants to fall apart. This may be one of the features which helps it corner cut very well although it may give it some problems.
Catching and Lock ups:
Although there are no lock ups, catching does occur occasionally. Despite having good corner cutting catching will still occur when two or more layers are not aligned. This will usually happen when executing algorithms very fast which will disrupt the flow of your solve. These catches ranges from small hiccups to major catches where the catching turns layers that you didn’t intend on turning.
The Gans 356s advanced is such a great all around speed cube. A speed cube can usually have two turnings styles which is light and fast or smooth. The Gans 356s advanced is both although leans slightly towards light and fast. Due to the lightness and speed of this speed cube you can execute algorithms super fast. Unusually you still don’t get much control despite it being smooth but control is still there. Corner cutting is very good and really does complement its fast and light turning since it forgives any mis alignment that usually occurs with fast and light speed cubes.
The Gans 356s advanced isn’t perfect though. Initially the speed cube felt loose as if it was going to fall apart. Even after breaking in and adjusting tensions it still feels this way. This is probably the problem created by the design which caters to it’s good corner cutting. This looseness is actually the main culprit in which the speed cube catches.
The Gans 356s advanced is a major improvement on the first gans 356s. The turning is fast and light and at the same time it can be smooth and in control depending on how you set it up. Corner cutting is superb which really compliments it’s fast and light turning speed. Catching rarely does occur but it really is caused by the speed cubers unprecise turning. This actually helped out my speed cubing by forcing myself to turn a little but slower which makes my turns more precise. The Gans 356s advanced is an excellent speed cube. The fact that you have 4 different springs to change the way it feels means that you practically have 4 different speed cubes which you can set up according to your preference.