I received the YanCheng Yan3 a few days ago, and I have to say, I was quite impressed. The feel is excellent and the design is quite unique.
YanCheng is the newest sub-brand of MoYu, and the Yan3 is the first cube from this designer. This cube was formerly announced as the Swallow3, but the name was changed due to the word “swallow” having multiple meanings. This cube has been in development for over three years, and this definitely shows in the design, but that most certainly isn’t a bad thing.
In the past year, there has been a definite trend in speedcube design. The GuoGuan YueXiao introduced an interesting new style of mechanism, and nearly every flagship 3×3 released since then has had similar geometry. The Yan3 has brought in a familiar design that we haven’t seen in quite a while, perhaps since the FangShi ShuangRen. This makes for a refreshing aesthetic and a classic feel.
As seen here, the design is quite unlike anything we have seen for a while. The corner stock is long and narrow, and the body of the corner seems to be cut off a bit higher than normal. It features MeiYing-style square corners, with a relatively large hole under the overhanging corner.
The body of the edge stays consistent with other modern cubes, with a relatively simple shape. The base of the edge has a long arch, which is quite effective at preventing any type of popping. This is paired with a removable torpedo, something that is unheard of on modern cubes.
Despite straying from what is usually seen in modern speedcubes, this cube does not disappoint, and has excellent performance. This cube is very fast and fluid while remaining completely controllable, something that cannot be said about many cubes. Corner cutting is excellent, but has a small dead zone. This likely not something to be concerned about, even for rough turners, but should be kept in mind.
This puzzle has a feel that cannot be compared to anything else. The turning is quite tactile, and I can’t help but be reminding of the ShuangRen when feeling, despite it missing the sandy feel that makes the ShuangRen so unique. This is great to see, since so many cubes that were recently released feel so similar.
I absolutely recommend this cube, for it has excellent performance and a great new feel. It will definitely appeal to those who miss the feel that older cubes have, but still want modern performance.
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