Gans 356s V2
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Let’s take a look at the Gans 356s V2.
So first there was the 356. This was such a hyped cube. The pictures looked like nothing we had ever seem before, the rumors about the weight system as well as possibly springs and tensioning of each piece were all over the place. When the cube came out it was a bit of a let down. Not because the cube itself wan’t great, but mainly because it was a pretty catchy cube. A few months later Gans came out with new caps to fix the issue dubbing the new version the 356s. Now they have altered the cube a bit more with the V2.
The main thing that is different in this cube is the grooves in the corner pieces. They are a bit more shallow. This basically makes it feel slightly smoother. Out of the box I thought that the cube was faster than the old version but after some messing with it and taking out the old versions I realized that i had changed the springs in the old switching the standard the s8 to the s7, my old one was a bit tighter caused by he higher tension springs.
Like you would expect from the 356 this cube is pretty fast but not insane. Locking very minimal, and on standard tensions corner twisting and popping is nonexistent. As far as difference from the V1, when I tried to guess the old version from the new, I was able to tell the difference some the time, but not every time.
So is this a great cube? of course. Is the V2 that much different no. I want to go a little more into this though. I have seen multiple times on comment sections of other reviews of this cube that Gans is just trying to push the same product on its customers by rebranding it, making slight alterations, and changing the packaging. First off, isn’t that the case for pretty much every single cube company? Almost every major cube has gone through slight alterations from shapes of the pieces, to converting 2 piece corner design to three piece, extra groove in the edge pieces, and so on. If you have a 356, and especially if you have the newer caps than this is not for you. The v1 will not be in stock so improving a cube for newer purchasers is something I would expect any reputable company to do.
For someone who doesn’t have the 356, is it worth it? I would say not for the Regular or Advanced edition, but a big yes to the Masters edition. Now you might say, wait.. the regular one already costs a bit more than pretty much every other cube on the market, why would I get the same one that is even more. I’ll tell yo why. If you are just looking for any random cube to practice, than you can get pretty much anything and practice on that. The problem is that there is so much out there, knowing what you prefer as far as feeling and tension is difficult. With the 356, first I feel the cost of the regular edition is justified. The construction is very solid and I would say the most durable feeling speedcube I have felt. With the Masters edition you get some very high quality half bright stickers on the cube but the alternate spring sets make it worth it. They come with what they call the s8. and have three others with it. I like my cubes to feel a bit more stable, so the s7 springs do that for me. If I wanted an even more stable and controllable feeling cube the s6 works even better. If you like very loose and fast cubes the s9 will make that happen. Yes you can buy spring sets separately for different cubes but these are made for the 356 and fit perfectly. With construction, stickers, springs, you also have the ability to add weights to the pieces like I did in a different video. Also, with the metal octopus core you eliminate any chance of having a damaged core or stripped screw. You pretty much have the only cube you will ever need with tons of ways to adjust the feeling of the cube to make it just for you. Is this cube going to make anyone a world record solver by switching to if, of course not. But if you are in the market for a new cube but either don’t know what kind of cubes your like, or want to try something new this isn’t a bad choice
Yes you can get sometimes two cubes for the price of this one, but for what you get the 356s V2 is worth it.
Tan Park Zhong
2/19/2016 10:46:50 pm
This cube feel smoth and fast at tye same time. It feels better than my friends Gans 356s Master edition. Mine is also the Master edition.This is definitely my main.
12/24/2018 08:49:27 am
This cube is no doubt fast and buttery smooth,been using it for couple of years cuz new puzzles are too expensive.The only con of this puzzle would be it being extremely lube-hungry.Without lube it's not bad tho.
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