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what I have seen it looks like the 356 was going to come with weights but Gans decided to scrap that to make things simpler. The possibility of adding the weights is still there so we are going to do that today.
First lets take a quick look at the cube. It is a 56mm puzzle and looks just like a smaller version of the Gans 357 from the outside. There are some big differences when looking at the inside. The biggest difference besides the ability to add weights is the much sturdier core.
Out of the box this cube feels different form the 357. It is quieter and feels much more solid. There is a little bit of flexing, but nothing compared to that of the 357, or the MoYu HuaLong.
My cube did not come with the weights, so I stopped by my local hardware store and picked up some hex nuts. I believe they were 1/4 size. I just brought a corner pieces and tested it out to see what fit.
The weights go in the pieces of the cube, and originally would be held in place by springs. I have extra springs from other cubes, but instead of taking those cubes apart I decided to just use tape. It might fall off at some point but for the moment it works really well.
As far as taking the cube apart I saw in a video by The Cubeologist that all you have to do is push up on the screw. That worked about 75% of the time for me. some of the pieces when pushing up on the screw just made the base pop out. I spent much of my time with a razor blade trying to pry it open. This was probably the most frustrating cube I have ever taken apart.
I first just want to test the weights in the corner pieces only. Once they are in, the cube oddly enough does not feel that much heavier. There is some difference, but surprisingly it is barely noticeable. The other things that is barely changed is the turning quality. I don’t feel that much of a difference in the movement of the cube. It feels sturdier, but not any faster or slower.
Now I went to add the weights to the edge pieces but ran into an issue. The plastic pieces that hold the two sides of the edge together block the weight from fitting. It looks like that will not be possible unless you have a different size weight.
Now, I was about to end my video there, but realize I completely forgot what I initially wanted to test. It seems that with the added weight there would be more centrifugal force allowing the cube to possibly spin for longer. So just flicking one face of the cube and seeing how far it spins I get almost exactly 180° turns. Now because I need to test it without weights I need to take it apart again.
Again I had issues with the pieces and spent more time than I wanted to with a razor blade prying it open hoping to not damage the plastic too much.
Now that the weights are out I tested spinning one side trying to use the exact same amount of force that I did before. The pieces only wanted to move about a side and a half, or around 135°. I am glad I did this test because there does seem to be a difference in the movement of the cube.
Going from no weights to added weights didn’t feel like much of a difference, but going from added weights to no weights makes the cube feel light and airy. I do like the feeling of the weights, and even though I didn’t notice an immediate difference in the solving it obviously does effect the movement of the cube and especially changes the all around feeling of the cube
Now all I have to do to put the weights back in is take the cube apart... again...
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