What 2x2 is best for you?
(Transcript from video)
Before we get started I want to thank Cubes4Speed for helping me do this video.
Now, you can get great times with any of these cubes and if you are new to 2x2s any of these would be a good choice.
There are six cubes we are going to look at today.
The DaYan has been dominating the 2x2 market for quite some time. It is arguably the most popular 2x2 currently on the market. I have replaced the stickers on my cube so it may look a bit different than the regular shades. The DaYan is quite smooth and fairly quite. The cube has the largest florian cuts in the pieces out of all of the cubes we are looking at today. Because of this it has great reverse corner-cutting, and can forward corner cut over 45°. The torpedoes are similar to the zhanchi and although work well do allow for some popping on looser tensions.
The Fangshi ShiShuang is the older model of Fangshi 2x2s and is available in 55mm. Compared to my mini ShuangRen it looks almost identical in size. The added size is from very thick caps added to the corner pieces. The pieces move fairly fast, and have decent corner-cutting in both directions. Where this cube shines is the obvious size difference compared to the standard 50mm. It doesn’t seem like much when looking at it but in your hands it feels huge. My hands are fairly large and although the standard size works, I often find myself moving back to this one just because it is a bit more comfortable to use.
The XingYu is the newest 2x2 by Fangshi. The stickers are a bit different with a brighter and more florescent shades. This cube uses caps as well but they rest embedded inside of the corner pieces. The box indicates there will be a larger size, but it says it will be 52.5mm and not 55mm. These pieces are very rounded which make them feel a bit smaller than other cubes. It is very light, airy, and crispy when turning. Corner-cutting seems a bit less than other cubes. It seems to top out just under 45° but reverse corner cuts as well as many others on this list. Where this cube shines is its super fast and sandy feel. If you have felt other Fangshi cubes, it is like that, but even more so.
Next we have the MoYu LingPo. Like other MoYu cubes that have internal pieces they are white while the outside of the cube is black. It doesn’t effect my solves though. This cube is quite fast, almost on par with the FangShi XingYu. What sets this apart is that is seems much more stable as if the springs are a bit heavier. It too feels a bit smaller than the Zhanchi although both are said to be 50mm. Corner-cutting is just over 45° and over half a piece reverse.
ShengShou released this 2x2 last year. It was released under the name Aurora and has the same qualities that it’s 3x3 version has. It is extremely smooth and quiet. The smooth and slightly gummy feeling beats out every other cube on this list. Other than that the Aurora falls behind in almost every other category. It is not a super fast cube, but can be made a but faster with lube. Corner-cutting is sub-par and on looser tensions it pops quite easily. The reason for putting this on the the list is the price. It is about half the price of other cubes and if you are an accurate turner could be a good fit.
Lastly we have the Type C WitTwo. This cube has a similar feel to the Zhanchi in the hand, but feels completely different when turning. While the Zhanchi is smooth out of the box, this one is very crunchy and loud. Corner-cutting is above par being way over 45° although reverse isn’t particularly amazing. There is barely a spot where it will lock up though and will either reverse or forward cut from any spot. Also, this cube is next to impossible to pop. I had to completely take a screw out just to get a piece out.
These are all great cubes and can fit a specific style. To boil it down to a single point for each cube.
Let me know in the comments what you like in a 2x2, or if you have any questions on a specific cube.
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