The Rubik’s brand has teamed up with Gan and came up with the appropriately named Rubik’s speed cube. Personally I’m really excited about this puzzle because Rubik’s brand speed cubes have a place in my heart. Around 2007 when I first started speed cubing, the only “good” speed cube was the Rubik’s DIY kit which was basically a Rubik’s store bought cube but with screws so you can adjust tensions. Using a speed cube with a Rubik’s cube brand brings back memories.
The box is really simple, which is still far better then the old Rubik’s DIY kit which just comes in a plastic bag. You can see the puzzle through the box and you’ll immediately notice that there are no stickers and instead it uses tiles. You will only find the puzzle in the box, no pamphlets, tools and surprisingly not even a stand which all Rubik’s Cubes come with.
I’m pretty sure that this will be much better then the old Rubik’s DIY kits but will it be on par with the top players in the game like the Moyu GTS V2, Valk 3 or the latest Gan speed cubes? let’s see.
Out of the Box:
The first thing anyone will notice about the Rubik’s speed cube is the tiles. The tiles really make it stand out from all the stickers and recently an abundance of stickerless puzzles. What I really liked is that these tiles are square like how all stickers used to be which adds more to the Rubik’s DIY kit nostalgia.
The speed cube feels a little small in my hands but I quickly got used to this after some solves. At first the Rubik’s speed cube felt quite dry and had the characteristics of a fast and light turning cube, although later on after many solves it became smoother and turning slowed down.
The tiles did require some getting used to but I actually like how it feels and I thought it would be slippery but strangely it actually gave me more grip.
Another thing that got my attention right from the start is all the catching that happens where it want’s to fall apart or where pieces squish on each other which is very similar to the Gan puzzles.
The internal torpedo piece bent inwards while I was pushing in the last edge piece when assembling the puzzle. I’m really disappointed about this because this has never happened to me with any other puzzle.
I am overlooking this because this was still caused by me. I have however tested the Rubik’s speed cube enough to come to a conclusion.
At first I felt as if this was a fast and light turning speed cube. Although after several solves it became smoother and some of that speed actually went away. The smoothness took off a little speed but replaced it with control. There is quite a bit of effort need though to turn layers which explains the control that it will give you.
2. Corner Cutting
Corner cutting is quite awful. You will really notice when it corner cuts and it really breaks concentration. What you notice or feel is almost like a “crunch” coming from inside which is probably caused by internal catching.
3. Catching and Lockups
There is catching a lot of it and it’s not pleasant. The Rubik’s speed cube feels quite lose already which really doesn’t explain why it’s catching so much. The catching also seems like internal catching which is probably the worst kind because it’s a design flaw and can’t really be fixed by tensions.
Most of my times I’m really bothered with the catching and poor corner cutting so my solves really reflect that.
Although there are a few times where the catching and corner cutting lay low and let’s the smoothness and control shine, which gives me decent times.
There is no surprise and I’ll say it right away that this isn’t a really good speed cube. Performance wise I don’t like this speed cube. The turning isn’t even decent enough to try and save it from it’s corner cutting and catching. Poor corner cutting and internal catching just pulls it way down.
As a beginner speed cube it’s just ridiculous because value for money is just out the window. It’s not really cheap and for the same price you can already get a Moyu GTS2 which is an amazing speed cube. You’re only paying for the speed cube, not pamphlets, fancy packaging, stands and no tool. Having no tool come with it is major because it doesn’t use the common Philips screws and instead uses the Gan G.E.S, so if you decide to adjust tensions you probably won’t have a Gan tool since as a beginner you probably won’t have a Gan puzzle.
Unless you are like me and want to relive some memories with the Rubik’s DIY kits I wouldn’t recommend the Rubik’s speed cube as a beginner cube or a speed cube to replace your main.