I think most people would much rather prefer the feeling quien gano balotaje 2015 of modern flagships such as the GTS2 or the Valk or even GAN's newer cubes, such as one of the many 356 Air variants.
All the same, I'd rather that creakiness not be there.
At just 54mm, the GAN354 M boasts a comfortable, compact feel and is especially ideal for one-handed enthusiasts and cubers with smaller hands.
Two years I would have stamped "NO" furiously all over this review and my computer screen, but in this day and age I would actually argue: yes.Turns out, my tastes have changed, and neither the original 357 nor the 357 Ultimate are as fun or confident feeling in my hands as my favorite Cosmic Valk is, or as the many new cubes I'm testing are.It's notably more stable, though.It's set up and lubricated from the factory, and as GAN's website claims, it has "perfect handfeeling".In the case of the 357 Ultimate, this means the split pieces are hand glued with Tamiya Ultra-Thin Cement then polished to take away the unsightly seam left by split cubes.Corner cutting just barely misses the mark but stability is quite a bit below the modern baseline, close to the 356S and 356S v2 which were notorious for being rather floppy cubes for what they were.However, ultimately I do find it hard to recommend this cube to any speedcuber looking for the fastest or most controllable cube to solve, not when there are so many more lighter, faster, and smoother cubes available.It doesn't quite feel like what people think of high end cubes to feel like nowadays: that is, fast, smooth, and crisp.Instead, it feels sluggish in the start and uncontrollable in the finish of every turn.This one's stability is much better and I'd say around the same as the 356S.
Good god, did they glue the caps on?
This makes the cube 3 years old, which is quite an age in the modern world of speedcubing.
Conclusions, objective score: 6/10, not a bad cube, but compared to where the mark has been set lately it's not quite there.
Not to mention GAN has a reputation for expensive cubes already and people accept that, so there's no reason they shouldn't for this cube.
Since these pieces are glued together, the chances of that happening are about 0, but you do lose some customization options in case you ever want to take apart the pieces entirely for whatever reason.
It's significantly better than an out of the box 357.Is this a reasonable price for a "flagship"?N: sigh, we finally have a good cube to review.I will not be setting this cube up because it should come pre-set.In stock, quantity, sKU: GAN354M Category: 3x3, related products, gAN 357 Ultimate.
Considering how similar the 357's design is to even current GAN flagships, it really goes to show how long GAN has been using the same design.
Ultimately, it's not such a good value for speedcubers.