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ShengShou 5x5 Speed Cube, Black
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2012
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Hi, I recently bought this cube because I wanted to learn how to solve a 5x5. I have a QJ 4x4 and wanted to kick it up a notch. Unfortunately, I was not thrilled about getting this item based on what my 4x4 felt like. The 4x4 does not cut corners and it is very tight and slow, even after breaking it in and lubrication. When I got my cube in the mail, I opened the box and gave a first turn. To my pleasant surprise, it turns VERY well. It is super-slick and the corner cutting is amazing. I love this cube and it is so fun to solve. I really enjoy using it because I am very able to solve it at a fairly fast rate due to the slick, smooth turning and the amazing corner cutting. This is my first 5x5 and I would definitely recommend this cube to anyone who wants to learn or to someone who is looking for a nice speed cube. The quality of this cube is unmatched and I would pay up to $20 for this cube all week long. This is one GREAT deal for this sweet cube.

Pros: Small (6.5 cm) so it fits comfortably in your hand
The corner cutting is GREAT
All of the layers turn very quickly and smoothly
The stickers appear fairly durable and the colors complement each other well

Cons: Not sure where you would go to buy replacement stickers for this if you ever needed them (since it is a smaller version of a 5x5 and I am not sure if Cubesmith sells mini-5x5 stickers), but mine have held up really well so far
The springs do make a small bit of noise, but I don't mind it (and I am sure it would be a simple fix for anyone that it would bother

Hope this review was helpful! :D
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2013
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First off, I am a "casual cuber"...not quite a speed cuber or a cube 'nut', but I care enough to solve my cubes frequently.

My first 5x5x5 cube was the Rubik's 'Professor' cube......what a disappointment. Not only was that cube literally painful to turn (seriously, every time I solved it, I could feel the carpal tunnel creeping into my wrists), but it locked and popped with every turn. My Rubik's 3x3x3 and 4x4x4 both loosened with use, and were also modifiable- so I suffered through solution after solution on my 5x5, hoping that it would get better. It didn't. Eventually, I decided to modify it, hoping that would make it workable...in trying to take it apart, the cube broke. The cube seemed to have been designed never to be taken apart- the pieces are all jammed together so tightly you can't pop the edges out, and the inner parts are so flimsily fragile that they break with minimum pressure.

Anyway, I decided that I needed a new cube; one that was all around better. After thoroughly researching, I came to the conclusion that I needed to get either a V-Cube 5x5 or a Shengshou 5x5......there seems to be a big dispute among speed cubers as to which is better (but the "faster" ones seemed to lean toward Shengshou). My final choice was the Shengshou based on the fact that it is 1/3 of the price of a V-cube, and apparently the same quality. I am so glad I got this cube.

Right out of the box, this cube surpassed every one of my expectations. When people say that it turns like butter, they mean that it turns like butter. I've had this cube in my hands for about an hour: it "finger trick's" easy, it hasn't locked up yet, it cuts corners well, pieces haven't popped out, etc. It's easier to use than all of my other cubes- even the ones with modifications and years of use. And another benefit: it's only slightly bigger than a Rubik's 3x3, so it's much smaller than the Rubik's 5x5 and even smaller than the Rubik's 4x4, and therefore VERY easy on the hands.

My solution time on my Rubik's 5x5 was between 15-18 minutes, just because it was literally /that/ difficult to turn. My first solve on this cube: less than 7 minutes...that's ~ 10 minutes off my time, just using a better cube.

I have two very minor complaints about this cube:
1) When I took it out of the box, it was completely soaked with lubricating oil. I'm thrilled that it comes lubricated, but I just wasn't expecting to have to wipe it clean when I got it.
2) Because of the oil, it was covered with dirt/dust as well. There are also little bumps that I am pretty sure are pieces of dirt under a lot of the stickers...so I'll probably replace those soon.

All in all, a brilliant cube. If you're looking for a quality 5x5 cube, don't let the "cheap" price of this cube deceive you.......it's the most superior cube I have ever touched- and based on other reviews I've read, other people think so too.

Happy Cubing!!
:) :) :) :) :) :)
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2012
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Out of the box: Like my ShengShou 4x4 and 8x8 (I assume all ShengShou cubes), this cube comes dusty, very greasy, and there's bits of sand/dirt under the stickers.

I've nerver owned an expensive V-Cube and I never plan to buy one. I heard many people say that ShengShou are V-Cube knock-offs. I believe that ShengShou looks at what the V-Cubes do wrong and fixes those problems in their own ShengShou cubes. For example: a new V-Cube 6 constantly locks up and pops, but a ShengShou dosen't. After lots of modding and breaking into, the V-Cube does eventually end up preforming better than the ShengShou. But, still, ShengShou cubes are much cheaper.

I believe that the stickers are PVC (not so sure), but the quality itself is excellent! The stickers are a bit translucent so they appear darker on a black cube and more bright on a white cube (Trust me, its not an eye trick, they aren't 100% opaque.) The way they were applied is a totally different story. They aren't perfectly aligned so they start to peel right away, but if you cut of the folded part, it will be perfect. (An extra set of stickers were included with mine, but I had to ask.) There's also a grain or two of sand under a few stickers.

The mechanism is different compared to a Rubik's or Eastsheen. Pieces don't pop. The tensions are adjustable. The cube is a bit small compared to a Rubik's 5x5 (About 2.5 inches on each side). This cube can corner cut one cubie and does not reverse corner cut.

Summary:

Good:
High Quality Stickers
Corner Cuts
Adjustable tentions
Low Price
Extra Stickers

Bad:
Poorly placed stickers
Out of the Box: Dusty and greasy

In my own opinion, this is the best 5x5, even better then the V-Cube.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2014
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I highly recommend this cube for anyone who just simply enjoys cubing or the challenge of solving a cube. I recently got this cube and i had never played with a 5x5x5 cube before. I learned the 3x3x3 and the 4x4x4 back in the 80's when they were first popular but by the time the 5x5x5 came out i had gotten away from the cube. I am now 42 years old and i have gotten back into cubing and i love it. I can solve a 2x2x2 in 20 to 30 seconds, a 3x3x3 in 50 seconds to just over a minute, a 4x4x4 in just under 5 minutes (the parity algorithm slows me down) a 5x5x5 in 6 to 8 minutes, and a 7x7x7 in 20 to 23 minutes average. I will never be in the record books but i am thankful to have a mind that can comprehend how to solve these cubes and can at least solve them. I eventually plan to have all of the different size cubes in my collection. Happy cubing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2014
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The cube itself is good and smooth, although it will catch every now and then (but not nearly as much as the Rubik's version). I can easily move a single layer with the flick of a finger, which the Rubik's version cannot. The reason why I gave this a 4 star instead of 5 star rating is because the color scheme on this is different... Instead of green being on the right side of orange and blue on the left, the blue and green have swapped places. I didn't notice it until my first solve, but this is just a minor issue that can be adjusted for.

Overall, this is a great product, and I would recommend it for its low price and good quality.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2013
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This is my 1st cube from this company. I love the size. It is only about 1/4" larger than a standard 3x3. So, it fits nicely in the hand. It moves very smoothly. The blocks are tight, in the sense that there is not a lot of sloppy play. It does not feel like it is going to come apart at the slightest wrong turn.

I only have 2 issues with it. 1) There is grit underneath a few of the stickers. 2) It was a little greasy when I took it out of it's package. Not much can be done about the grit, but the grease was easily remove with some wiping with a paper towel.

That being said, I think this is an outstanding cube for the price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2014
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Shipped extremely fast (and I can't stand slow shipping). As for the cube...I only average around 35 for 3x3 but my larger cube times are fairly competitive. This cube turns great can't complain about anything! Highly recommend to anyone from competitive or recreational solvers. I would also mention that the stickers are almost a "matte" finish not a glossy finish. I don't mind it was just a little bit of a surprise unboxing it.

Cheers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2013
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I really like this product. The specification is excelent, it fits exactly to the product. I am satified with my purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2013
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it has high quality plastic and stickers.It seems to be very durable and its turns very smoothly.I would recommend it to any speedcuber/collector around or anybody wanting a more difficult puzzle than a standard puzzle cube. I also recommend any shengshou product.overall i love it and its a brilliant cube
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2013
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Turns very smooth right out the box. Was a little greasy though but after a few solves the greasiness went away.
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