The Yuxin 3×3 is a rather new speed cube and can be compared to the Moyu Aolong. It is very affordable which makes it quite attractive. If the Yuxin 3×3 already has a good price but will it’s performance be as good? Read on to find out.
Yuxin 3×3 Review
The Yuxin 3×3 out of the box didn’t turn too well feeling very tight and quite slow. Solving this speed cube out of the box wasn’t very pleasurable. The Yuxin 3×3 came factory pre lubed although it dried up too fast. This might be caused by the tight tensions or the plastic material. I adjusted tensions and relubed because I couldn’t bear any more solves.
After correct tensions and quite a bit of silicone lubrication, the Yuxin 3×3 became faster and felt much better then it initially did. At this point I can now appreciate the size of the speed cube which is quite chunky, similar to the Moyu DianMa and Maru CX3, which feels good in the hands. It’s stickers has a matte texture which increases grip, the shades aren’t bright but that didn’t affect look ahead as much as other speed cubes with stickers that are not bright.
During solving I still can’t help but notice that the Yuxin 3×3 is still very slow and one of the biggest things that stand out is the amount of force needed to turn the layers despite the tensions. I had the tensions all the way to the loosest without the screws falling off. Turning feel is very soft and unresponsive and layer turns are very slow and sluggish, to the point where it misaligns. There is an annoying catching that happens, it doesn’t disrupt the solve but it is very annoying and will ruin the flow of your solve. Corner Cutting is excellent with this speed cube, very little effort is need to corner cut and you will hardly notice the corner cuts.
- Feels very nice in the hands
- Excellent corner cutting abilities
- Very sluggish
- Catching often occurs which disrupts flow
The Yuxin 3×3 internally looks like the Moyu Aolong although performance wise it is far from the Aolong. The speed cube is terrible out of the box and tensions can be quite tricky. After proper tensions and the application of silicone lubrication it does get better although the slow and soft turning is still there. If this won’t turn you off then the catching that occurs quite often will surely annoy you. The Yuxin does have excellent corner cutting although coupled with the slow and soft turning it doesn’t really matter. The price is still quite attractive and there will still be some speed cubes that will gravitate to the turning style. If you are a precise turner who prefers slow and smooth turning then the Yuxin 3×3 might be your cube.