LEDeng Fidget Toys Cube Relieves Stress and Anxiety Attention Toy for Work, Class, Home (Black Red)
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- An unusually addicting, high-quality desk toy designed to help you focus.
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The design of this face is inspired by traditional worry stones, tools used to reduce anxiety when rubbed. Pivot this switch back and forth gently if you're looking to fidget silently, or quickly for a more audible click you don't have to be a gamer to enjoy the unusually satisfying gliding action of this joystick. No need to click that pen anymore. You'll find 3 clicker buttons and 2 silenced buttons on this side design to satisfy the clicker in each of us.
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As you may know if you've looked on Amazon, the number of replicas is truly stunning. Where to start? I decided to ignore the ultra-cheap variants, because most reviews of those were about how cheap they looked or felt. So, why compare known crap to the original when I already knew it would be better. So I focused on more pricey versions that seemed to be in direct competition to Fidet Cube. The "brands" I narrowed my search down to were: Focus Cube, Stress Cube, LEDeng, VHEM, KCHKUI, and Generic. These seemed to encompass most of the positive reviews out there (and plenty of negative ones as well).
In the end, I chose the LEDeng cube here, at $15. Why? I don't know, other than it seemed to be the ONLY one that comes in a different box than all the others (so maybe those are all the same?), and several of the reviews said it was a higher quality than other replicas the reviewers had tried. Truth or not, that's the one I picked. And so begins the comparison with my Antsy Labs Fidget Cube. PS - I've included the thoughts of my 15 year old as well - many of his preferences are the exact opposite of mine, which just proves how the appeal of these is based on subtle personal preference.
A common problem with the original FC is its packaging. The cubes are loose and the cases are cracked. While the case in itself is a pretty piece of art, as a packaging/shipping container it sucked. The simple box of the LEDeng (LED) was much more practical, and kept the cube from thrashing around during shipment. Advantage LED - even though again, I think the FC box is cool.
Both the FC and LED look well built and solid - neither looks cheap. However, there is at least one seam that is very easy to feel on the LED (no gaps, just a high edge). All seams are smooth on the FC. Unlike some of the other replicas. the LED is not substantially larger than the FC - but it is a tad larger - just a tad. And, the extra extension of the "Glide" side gives an overall larger appearance. The FC is noticeably heavier due to its larger steel ball, but the FC also rattles due to the looseness of its ball, where the LED does not (more on this later). The LED is a matte texture, with almost a velvety feel, while the FC is smooth plastic. While that makes the LED just a bit easier to grip, I think I prefer the feel of the FC. My 15 year old son however prefers the size and feel of the LED.
This one is a mix for me - I like the "click" buttons better on the LED and the non-click buttons better on the FC. The LED has a consistent double-click noise (on the way down and the way up) with a constant spring-like tension through the entire travel, while the FC has a hard click on the press down and a subdued "thump" on the return travel. Definitely like the LED here. With that said, the non-click buttons have a more natural springy feel on the FC while having a more spongy/squishy feel on the LED. Also, of large note is that the buttons themselves are hard plastic on the FC and rubber on the LED - which obviously impacts the overall feel. Both my son and I like the "click" buttons of the LED and the non-click buttons of the FC.
For me, hands down the winner here is the FC. I read all the complaints about the limited travel, lack of a click, etc. but after now trying one with a higher post and more travel I prefer the FC by a longshot. Obviously that means my son does not like the FC version here and prefers the higher-post joystick of the LED. But, he really doesn't like this side very much regardless. For me, I like the idea of how it functions on the FC more than as a "joystick." With the FC it functions more as a continuous rotational motion than as a standard up down joystick motion. The high post and long travel on the LED actually makes it harder to use (for me) as the circular top moves all the way down to the far edge of the cube, making it harder to grip. In addition, you don't get a perfectly smooth rotational motion. Feels clunky. And this isn't a build quality thing, it's the way it's design.
Interesting differences here. The FC, as many have mentioned, is a more subtle (weaker) click - and when doing it slowly you can do it with no sound. The LED on the other hand has more tension/force (more like a std light switch) but it emits an audible click no matter how slowly or gently you click it. For this reason, my advantage here goes to the Fidget Cube. My son however likes the LED flip much more. One thing you can do with the LED, and not with the FC, is hold it with your finger on it and get one side to just partially rock and spring back very quickly (the FC doesn't really spring). For him that's a great "fidget" that he can do that isn't available through any of the 6 sides on the original FC.
Another hands-down winner for the FC for me. My son agrees with this one (Woohoo!). The Breathe side on the FC is smooth with a soft angle going down into the shallow indentation area. The LED is deeper with a more pronounced indentation and a steeper, harder edge. Also with the FC's smoother plastic, the feel is much nicer to rub than the LED's surface.
First, the gears: The FC's gears have defined tactile feedback (clicks) and are not free spinning. As such they also make noise when turned. The LED's gears are free spinning (well, the middle one isn't totally, but I think that's a flaw, not a feature) and they are basically silent. I believe I prefer the tactile feedback - but again here, my son prefers the silent turning gears as small "spinners." I think it feels more "cheap" and not as "finished" but to each his own. Next, the ball: this is where you have a tradeoff. The FC ball is significantly larger and looser - and rattles if the FC is shaken. However, this looseness, and the extra weight of the large ball, allows you to "spin" it like a ball bearing. The LED ball is a more snug fit and doesn't rattle (or spin freely) but it does roll very easily - so easily in fact that at first I didn't think it rolled at all, but on closer inspection saw that it was just a super-smooth roll. So where do I net out on the ball? I like the heftier weight and the free-spinning of the FC ball, my son likes the smooth rolling smaller ball. Go figure! I think the added weight on the FC makes the overall cube feel better - even if it does rattle a little bit.
This was my original disappointment with my FC. The Spin side on the FC has a tactile geared feel, so it is not free/smooth spinning. You get a ratchet feel as you spin it. On my FC, it slightly stuck at the same place constantly, and was just not smooth turning at all. My favorite side (or maybe I just became obsessed with it because it was the "problem" side) so I kept trying to make it work better by focusing on it. Actually, I can say it has loosened up and now works great on my FC through a lot of massaging and working it hard (pressing, wiggling, etc.). Anyway... because of the geared feel it makes a little noise. The LED Spin is the polar opposite - smooth spinning, no tactile feel at all, just noiseless frictionless spinning wheel. I want to say I like the FC's tactile feel better, but... I don't know. That may just be because it's the "first" one I used. I really like the frictionless feel of the LED spin too, and the FC actually makes you have to think about doing it in order to keep it moving. For this reason I think I'll have to go with the LED as the winner - although it's truly a preference thing. My son, as expected, much prefers the smooth silent LED version.
So, there you have it. The original Fidget Cube wins for me (about 5 out of 8 criteria) but the LED wins (6 out of 8) for my son - so he is the proud new owner of the LEDeng cube. And to be honest, we both like both cubes - just prefer specific features over others on each one.
Bottom line, the LEDeng is a good alternative/replica to the original Fidget Cube. It's not identical - it has its own identity for how it has implemented each of the sides - but it's a fine cube in its own right. While I like my original Fidget Cube, this LEDeng is a nice product as well.
If I were to do it all again, I'd just buy this one.
- Gears are smooth and offer silent spinning or a very quiet whir. Ball is a bit hard to spin but it gives more control. This ball CAN CLICK! :)
- Disc is easy to grip and spin.
- 3 plastic audible buttons, 2 plastic inaudible buttons.
- Joystick doesn't petrude too far out, fits nicely in pocket. Joystick spins, not sure if intentional. Very tactile.
- Switch is satisfying to use. It can be silent if turned slowly.
- Worry stone feels nice, as it is very concave.
- Right color, some companies mess up and provide a different color. I got the same color I ordered! :)
Overall, the cube is a great deal compared to other more expensive cubes.