V-Cube 3 Officially Announced

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?!

Source: V-Cubes.com

V-Cube 3 Leaked

According to this speedsolving.com post and the subsequent links inside Verdes Innovations is making a 3×3 cube. Product was apparently posted to Amazon too early and with it, the pictures. The first thing you’ll notice is that it’s pillowed, like their 7×7 and one of their 2×2’s! This is very unfortunate because it means that it will not be allowed in WCA competition (see rule 3h with curved sides more pieces than normal are viewable).

Historically Verdes cubes has not been listened to their fans and has even gone out of their way a couple times to prevent the sale of  certain cubes that they claim infringe on patents (the GuHong). I would really like to see a V-Cube 4 more than anything else (although it’ll probably be most like a Maru 4×4) and some people would like to see larger cubes than the 7x7s. Either way, few people wanted them to make a 3×3, and now that they have, it’s pillowed!? C’mon.

I don’t think I’ll be getting this even to simply review, it looks a lot like the Meffert’s Feliks 3×3 and I’m sure it’s fast, but not WCA legal and that’s a big determinant on what puzzles I get.

UPDATE: There’s a flat version too!