Huge thanks to Zain Anjam for writing up this review for us! A really great, in-depth look at this puzzle. Here it is:
Review of Cube
Name – YJ YuChuang V2M
Price - £8.99
Link - https://www.britcubes.co.uk/store/p32/yj-yuchuang-5x5-m.html
Size - 62mm
Weight – 144g
YJ have recently released a new set of budget magnetic puzzles under their competitive “Yulong V2M” line, going from their 2x2 Yupo to their 7x7 Yufu. This set of puzzles have been increasingly popular with beginner and intermediate speedsolvers, with magnetic cubes now becoming more affordable for people on a budget. The Yulong V2M series has been competing with the Mofang Jiaoshi Meilong cubes as well as the Shengshou Mr M and Yuxin Little Magic series of puzzles.
Out of the Box
First Impressions – Before Turning
Upon removing the puzzle from the plastic wrap, I notice that there is some lube on the outside of the puzzle. After a quick wipe down of the cube, I turn to its design. With larger “florian” holes on the outer layers, I would assume this would be improve outer layer cornercutting. The shades on this puzzle are nice and vivid, with a deeper red and blue and an excellent contrast, shades that I prefer over the Yuxin and Cubing Classroom. The cube feels a good weight in the hands, not too heavy for me to get tired whilst solving yet not too light to feel cheap. The pieces on the inside have factory lubricant, which is great since a lot of budget cubes come very dry. I can notice a set of deep grooves on the inner layer pieces.
Doing a few T perms, the speed of the outer layers were nice and fast, yet controllable, a perfect speed for beginners and intermediates. The outer layer magnets are noticeable when doing slower turns, and you can feel a slight bump when doing fast R turns. When doing U/U’ flicks, sometimes I would slightly undershoot or overshoot, perhaps due to my inexperience with 5x5 hardware. However, during solves, the magnets are of suitable strength to maintain alignment of the cube.
The inner layers out-of-the-box, as expected, are slightly slower than the outer layers, but the speeds would soon become more uniform with a bit of break-in and setup. Stronger magnets are used in the inner layers so are much more noticeable than the outer layers. Doing H perms on this cube are effortless, since the magnets are good at holding the inner layers together whilst allowing the outer layers to move freely.
Cornercutting out-of-the-box is very good, 1 ½ pieces forward and ½ piece reverse on the outer layers, and slightly less on the inner layers. Reverse cornercutting on the inner layers are “snappy”, but a lot more effortless on the
outer layers. I would assume setup would change this effect.
During a few solves, I experience a small amount of inner layer catching, possibly due to the lack of inner layer reverse cornercutting, a similar problem to the Yusu V2M, although it could have just been my inaccurate turning. The cube overall remains very stable, maintaining its shape very well. On the tighter tensions, I did not get any bad 5x5 lockups, although I am not to blame the cube for any minor lockups, which were easily corrected. 3x3 stage is very fast due to the weaker outer layers, and I am able to use M slices readily in my solves. There was a slight spring noise, but I was aware this would go away after setup
Before setting this cube up, I wanted to know how the cube feels when completely dry, as I was aware the inside was thoroughly lubricated. I wiped each individual piece thoroughly and assembled the cube.
I was surprised to notice both the inner and outer layers were very fast, with not much of a difference when the factory lubricant was removed. This was a good sign, as this ensured the cube will be beginner-friendly or great for those who choose not to lubricate their puzzles. There was a slight sandiness of course, but the polished plastic ensured this was minimal.
Lubrication + Tensioning
Once again, I disassembled the cube to lubricate the core with 50k and assembled the cube, also lubricating the pieces with 50k. I experimented with the tensioning, but ultimately decided on keeping the stock tensions. The cube is now much faster, the inner layers showing a more noticeable change. The catching seemed to have minimised, although this may have been to my adapted turning style and more accurate turning. The cube is now excellent for intermediate solvers.
After several more solves, the inner layers are beginning to speed up a bit and the catching has reduced, maybe due to my more accurate and careful turning.
I had heard very mixed opinions of this cube, many people dismissing it for the Yuxin Little Magic 5x5M. Despite not having the Yuxin Little Magic M to compare this to, I can tell this cube is very fast out of the box and it just continues to improve after setup and break-in. The cube is very stable, and even on looser tensions, pops are non-existent for me. Simulating aggressive, inaccurate turning, the cube does not experience any hard-to-fix 5x5 lockups that can be experienced with some other cubes which could ruin the solve completely. I was very impressed by this new release from YJ immediately once turning the cube, and I would definitely recommend this cube over any non-magnetic budget 5x5 for both beginner and intermediate cubers.
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