I felt relatively uncomposed through the whole review of the ShengShou 5×5, perhaps it was watching all the takes I did over and over again in editing and picking which ones to include and exclude. Nevertheless I hope the information and my opinions came off well. If they didn’t they’re basically this: the ShengShou 5×5 offers more consistency, but faster solves are still possible with the V-Cube 5. So if you’re trying to set averages with low standard deviations, then yeah the ShengShou will be fine, but the V-Cube is still faster. I just did two averages of 5 on Cubemania that can show this very clearly. The V-Cube 5 average was done directly after the ShengShou average.
ShengShou 5×5 Average
- Average: 2:04.83
V-Cube 5 Average
- Average: 2:03.82
Sure it’s only 1.01 seconds faster, but I like the looks of those two sub-2 times in the V-Cube 5 average. Peoples’ criticism of the V-Cube 5 is that it’s slow from the box and hard to turn. So what? You do a corner mod on it, give it some time, do some averages, strengthen those wrists. You make it a good cube. The problem with ShengShou, Maru and other cubes that rip off the V-Cube 5 design or take it and slightly modify it, is that you get what you pay for (usually about $15), I’ve always found off brand cubes besides the V-Cube 5 to feel cheap and flimsy, the ShengShou not as much, but it shows in the times and the 3×3 stage, no matter how consistent it makes me.
I realized in the beginning of the ShengShou Review I pose the question if the ShengShou can really take “brand dominance” over the V-Cube 5, more simply I ask if the ShengShou is better. After a week with it, I can safely say it is not, I’ll be sticking with the V-Cube.