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 Post subject: Maru Mini cube on Dealextreme
PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 7:11 pm 
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I ordered this cube, and I think I may have been the first one to receive it -- mine was opened when I got it, which generally indicates it's the one DX used for photos.

The cube is available here at $3.91 including shipping.

For a keychain-size cube (30 mm), it's a heavy and well-turning puzzle. As you can see, the cubies (especially the edge cubies) are fairly full, which might well make it a good candidate for mods. The centers have springs, screws, and centercaps, making them eminently adjustable.

(I will need to either make smaller pictures or reduce the size, but I'm about at the end of my rope for today. Just wanted to share it before tomorrow.)

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 Post subject: Re: Maru Mini cube on Dealextreme
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Nice! Could it be we finally have a non-junk keychain other than the Rubik's? I will have to order a few...

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 Post subject: Re: Maru Mini cube on Dealextreme
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A screw spring structured keychain cube? I'm impressed.

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 Post subject: Re: Maru Mini cube on Dealextreme
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Ooh, they come in black too!

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.20017


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 Post subject: Re: Maru Mini cube on Dealextreme
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JasperJ wrote:
I ordered this cube, and I think I may have been the first one to receive it -- mine was opened when I got it, which generally indicates it's the one DX used for photos.

The cube is available here at $3.91 including shipping.

For a keychain-size cube (30 mm), it's a heavy and well-turning puzzle. As you can see, the cubies (especially the edge cubies) are fairly full, which might well make it a good candidate for mods. The centers have springs, screws, and centercaps, making them eminently adjustable.

(I will need to either make smaller pictures or reduce the size, but I'm about at the end of my rope for today. Just wanted to share it before tomorrow.)

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yes, apart from the black one they also come in different stickers as well, like the maze and the four color stickers (whoops, don't know what its called). $3.91USD is resonable, very close to the price we get in Hong Kong :D


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 Post subject: Re: Maru Mini cube on Dealextreme
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$3.91USD is resonable, very close to the price we get in Hong Kong :D

Especially with free international shipping!

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 Post subject: Re: Maru Mini cube on Dealextreme
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Yay, that's good news. Mine should arrive today or tomorrow and I was planning to use it as the core of a domino. Judging from your description it will be perfect :D

OT, Jasper, I've recently receieved another black super square-1 and this was the second one (out of three I ordered) that has arrived without the stickers.


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 Post subject: Re: Maru Mini cube on Dealextreme
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I've seen people playing around with these on youtube and always wondered where they came from. Thanks for the heads up :)


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 Post subject: Re: Maru Mini cube on Dealextreme
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LuckyStar917 wrote:
yes, apart from the black one they also come in different stickers as well, like the maze and the four color stickers (whoops, don't know what its called). $3.91USD is resonable, very close to the price we get in Hong Kong :D


Are you sure those are the same cube? DX also has those sticker variations but they're on normal-size cubes.


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 Post subject: Re: Maru Mini cube on Dealextreme
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Great. Thanks for the recommendation.


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 Post subject: Re: Maru Mini cube on Dealextreme
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Jared wrote:
LuckyStar917 wrote:
yes, apart from the black one they also come in different stickers as well, like the maze and the four color stickers (whoops, don't know what its called). $3.91USD is resonable, very close to the price we get in Hong Kong :D


Are you sure those are the same cube? DX also has those sticker variations but they're on normal-size cubes.


yes i am sure.
i've seen them before at a local shop in Hong Kong.


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 Post subject: Re: Maru Mini cube on Dealextreme
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I've picked these up in the normal sized cubes for the shephards cube, with the ultimate design, and with a few other designs on the stickers. I can post pictures this evening if you want. They have been available here for about a month or so.

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 Post subject: Re: Maru Mini cube on Dealextreme
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katsmom wrote:
I've picked these up in the normal sized cubes for the shephards cube, with the ultimate design, and with a few other designs on the stickers. I can post pictures this evening if you want. They have been available here for about a month or so.


oh no... i must be wrong then... :(
what happened to my short term memory :cry:


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 Post subject: Re: Maru Mini cube on Dealextreme
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LuckyStar917 wrote:
katsmom wrote:
I've picked these up in the normal sized cubes for the shephards cube, with the ultimate design, and with a few other designs on the stickers. I can post pictures this evening if you want. They have been available here for about a month or so.


oh no... i must be wrong then... :(
what happened to my short term memory :cry:



Not wrong, you just don't buy as many "toys" as I do. And I haven't told you all of the places I buy my puzzles from either :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Maru Mini cube on Dealextreme
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katsmom wrote:
LuckyStar917 wrote:
katsmom wrote:
I've picked these up in the normal sized cubes for the shephards cube, with the ultimate design, and with a few other designs on the stickers. I can post pictures this evening if you want. They have been available here for about a month or so.


oh no... i must be wrong then... :(
what happened to my short term memory :cry:



Not wrong, you just don't buy as many "toys" as I do. And I haven't told you all of the places I buy my puzzles from either :wink:


Oh kats, you have to tell me where you get your puzzles from :D
i did went to shum shui po after the fair that day and managed to get
the large and small size kaos, and the price just makes me :lol: :lol: :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Maru Mini cube on Dealextreme
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HOLY COW!! $20.49 EMS express! :shock: Gotta love that other free option. :) Im definatly gonna pick up one of these! Thanks for sharing. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Maru Mini cube on Dealextreme
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THis is great! If these are really as good as everyone is saying they are, then they would be perfect for modding! First, they're less than half the price of rubiks brand cubes, and they come in both colors. I'm gonna have to get a few of these.

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 Post subject: Re: Maru Mini cube on Dealextreme
PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 9:16 am 
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Just some more observations today. I've had the cube in my pocket for a couple of days, and done probably 3 or 4 dozen solves on it (hey, I'm slow..). The stickers appear to be paper with laminate type, not unlike Eastsheen or Rubiks brand, they seem to respond better than the cheap laminate stickers on my other cheap keychain cubes. Most of my other keychain cubes, incidentally, are these ones from DX. Those are also spring/screw, but they don't have a cap on the centers -- the sticker doubles as it. Which means center stickers get ugly holes after a while, and adjustments mean ruining those stickers.

One ugly feature of the Maru Mini cube I've had happen to me twice now is an entire face coming off, after the screw loosened from the core. The screw may be too short or the core made of the wrong material (it's transparent red on mine). I may try hybridising a core/screw/spring set from those cheap cubes with the cubies & centers from the Maru Mini sometime soon. They appear to be suitably sized for it, and the cheap cubes have slightly longer screw and springs with slightly more twists, as well as a black plastic core that looks more suitable for holding threads.

Cosmetically, there's a mold line running along one side of each edge cubie on the Maru Mini near the adjoining center which is not very smooth and which tends to collect dirt like a fingernail.

All this of course based on my samples, yours may vary, etc.


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 Post subject: Re: Maru Mini cube on Dealextreme
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JasperJ wrote:

The screw may be too short or the core made of the wrong material (it's transparent red on mine). I may try hybridising a core/screw/spring set from those cheap cubes with the cubies & centers from the Maru Mini sometime soon. They appear to be suitably sized for it, and the cheap cubes have slightly longer screw and springs with slightly more twists, as well as a black plastic core that looks more suitable for holding threads.

Cosmetically, there's a mold line running along one side of each edge cubie on the Maru Mini near the adjoining center which is not very smooth and which tends to collect dirt like a fingernail.

All this of course based on my samples, yours may vary, etc.


Yes, I think your probably right about the screws.
A friend of mine who sell these cubes told me the same thing as well. He said although it uses a core, screw and spring mech for the mini cube which makes it turn really well... however, becos of the screw being too short, it makes the cube pop very easily.
I am not too sure about the other problems because I don't want to take my mini maru cubes out from the package so I can't test it out.


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 Post subject: Re: Maru Mini cube on Dealextreme
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JasperJ wrote:
entire face coming off

Have you tried sanding the ends of the springs flat? That helps a lot with the same problem on Meffert's megaminx.


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 Post subject: Re: Maru Mini cube on Dealextreme
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Stefan Pochmann wrote:
Have you tried sanding the ends of the springs flat? That helps a lot with the same problem on Meffert's megaminx.


Come to think of it, these springs are wound the wrong way round. They 'stick' in the anticlockwise direction.

I'm currently working on my hybrid, with cheap-cube core & screws with the Maru Mini springs & everything else, with sanded springs.


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