Dayan PanShi Review

October 19th, 2013


The PanShi is a combination of daring and lazy. On one hand they were trying to make some thing new and better. On the other hand you can see exactly how the designers just copied the ZhanChi CAD file and made a few small modifications. These modifications include wider “wings” on the edges, and a higher “lip.” Both do a really good job of keeping the pieces from popping, but at the expense of wide corner cutting margins and hence speed.

ZhanChi corner on the right, PanShi on the left.

ZhanChi corner on the right, PanShi on the left.

ZhanChi edge on top, PanShi edge on bottom.

ZhanChi edge on top, PanShi edge on bottom.

This doesn’t mean it’s a bad cube. I can certainly get sub-15 times on it, however not very consistently. (For context I consider myself to average a mid-14 with a ZhanChi). I’ve been trying to get better at blind solving and I think this is a really good cube for my practice. It’s hard to make accidental moves on it and the sides click in such a way that is very distinct. It gives the same kind of good feeling the clicks from a mechanical keyboard give, that is I get tactile and audible feedback from a turn.

You can see the mechanisms that keep the edges in here.

You can see the mechanisms that keep the edges in here.

I can see this being a really good cube for people still over 25-30 seconds. It encourages clean turning, and it doesn’t pop as frequently as a Rubik’s brand might. However in the end this is a prime example of the innovator’s dilemma, it just doesn’t stand up to its predecessors at all.


The Dayan PanShi can be bought on for $13.08 USD and they have they have free shipping anywhere in the world.

The stickers are actually pretty nice.

The stickers are actually pretty nice.

42mm Dayan ZhanChi Review

October 11th, 2013


I said it twice in the video review: it’s just a ZhanChi. But when you hold it and play with it, it feels like so much more. I imagine it has something to do with our perception of small things being cute? The stickers are pretty decent actually. Historically DIY’s specialty cubes from China have had really bad greens, yellows, and oranges.


It’s not a main cube, you’d be crazy to use this as a main cube. The ergonomics of it just don’t work either, my thumbs end up feeling tweaked after a short session with the cube. One thing I didn’t mention in the video review is how you physically have to push less, to be precise: the arc length your finger travels to turn a side is shorter.


If you’re looking for a good small cube, this is most likely your end all solution. The 42mm ZhanChi can be bought at for $8 and the ship anywhere in the world.


V-Cube 3 Officially Announced

January 24th, 2012

A few posts ago I talked about the leaking of the V-Cube 3. The primary issue we all saw in the leak is that it was pillowed, meaning that it was not competition legal. The lesson I learned today is not to base all expectation off of just one leaked image. Today the V-Cube 3 was officially announced and there’s good news, there is a non-pillowed version too! They’re calling it the “flat version” and it looks like it’ll be competition legal. No specifications on dimensions yet but in images where it is pictured with the V-Cube 2, it looks like it is of average 3×3 size.

Furthermore Verdes is providing a DIY version of the V-Cube 3 flat and pillowed versions, this is great news for a few reasons: For one, the kit comes with two sets of stickers, three sets of springs, and two cores. Not only is that a great package, for any DIY, but the fact that they’re providing extra cores, could imply that they might open up a greater DIY line? DIY’s have almost always only ever come in the form of 3×3′s. Some people specifically mod the V-Cube 5 so that it has a DIY core, it would be very advantageous to Verdes if they simply supply a DIY version of the V-Cube 5.

I’m excited to see how it is; in white and black pillowed and flat, the preassembled is €15 and the DIY is €14 (with shipping one cube is ~$35 USD).  I ordered a black preassembled one mere moments ago (I’m assuming the preassembled is also adjustable) so expect a video review soon. Now when is the V-Cube 4 coming out?!


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