Sunday, 3 April 2016

YJ GuanSu Review

Hey Guys,

So Today I'm going to be reviewing the YJ GuanSu, a 4x4 by the child company of MoYu. I unboxed this cube on YouTube, so please feel free to check that out here.

The YJ GuanSu is $8 on, although I bought it on ebay here, as the postage is a lot cheaper. It came packaged ok, and out of the box I could tell it was going to be a great cube. Stock tensions were excellent, and didn't need changing at all, as well as it was already lubed so that didn't need changing either. I have now done ~50 solves on it, and I haven't noticed a significant improvement, but there definitely has been a bit of a change.

The turning on the outer layers is amazing, but the inner layers are sometimes slow and sluggish. The corner cutting with stock tensions is not great, only 1/2 of a cubie and a fraction of reverse. I have never had a pop, but the cube does minor catches sometimes. Here is a photo of the mechanism for those of you that are interested:

The stickers are the standard Moyu shades, and they are excellent quality, as is standard from Moyu and its derivatives.

All in all, I would recommend this 4x4 to anyone, as it is great quality and definetly speedcubeable, as well as being extremely cheap.

Keep checking up here for the latest in geek!

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Moyu TangLong Review

Hey guys,

So I haven't posted in months, I know, as I've been much more busy with The Geek Circle YouTube channel- if you haven't checked that out, make sure to do so here

Onto the review.

Today, I'm going to be reviewing Moyu's latest 3x3, the TangLong. I got this cube for £12 on, and if you haven't checked them out, you should as they are a very reliable source of cubes, the only problem being they charge A LOT to ship to the UK.

The TangLong was released in September last year, so is fairly new. My first impressions of the cube were that the turning is extremely crisp, like the AoLong, but my AoLong is extremely over - lubed, with cubicle weight 3, a lube way too heavy for me. I thought the TangLong would just be a remake of the AoLong, but it isn't - the mechanism is completely different, as can be seen here:

The corner-cutting off the TangLong is just under 45°, and reverse is half a cubie. Corner twisting is possible, but it requires some force, so would not happen during a solve. Stock tensions were perfect, and didn't need any tweaking, although the white face makes some springing noises when turning.

The stickers are of course of excellent quality, as is to be expected with Moyu cubes. The stickers are larger than the ones on the AoLong, leaving less border, which I quite like the look of. The Moyu shades are very bright and look excellent as usual, as can be seen here:

All in all, this cube is great, and I would greatly recommend it to any speedcuber, whether new or experienced.

Keep checking up here for the latest in geek!