Extended Review of the ShengShou 5×5

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

  1. 2:07.94
  2. 2:02.76
  3. (2:02.49)
  4. 2:03.79
  5. (2:18.74)
  • Average: 2:04.83

V-Cube 5 Average

  1. (2:08.87)
  2. 2:08.08
  3. 2:06.52
  4. 1:56.85
  5. (1:46.31)
  • 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.

2 thoughts on “Extended Review of the ShengShou 5×5”

  1. Well… It’s perfectly understandable but… To be honest, the V cubes are WAY too expensive, and yes, they are good but, they are not even adjustable… and for 10 bucks, I’d rather stick to the sheng shou, because, even though it’s not BETTER it’s close to be as good as the V-Cube and it’s 20 dollars cheaper.

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