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 Post subject: Dreamball vs K8 ball
PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2003 8:59 am 
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Which mechanism smoother/better: dreamball's or K8 ball's.
I only have 1 dreamball which is super smooth, but can't compare as I haven't got the other one.

Vadim


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 Post subject: Re: Dreamball vs K8 ball
PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2003 9:00 am 
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I may be able to help you in another week. However, I did notice today another puzzle called a K-Ball. I will post the link once the auction is over, but this "new" one looks more like a dreamball in color design. The K-Ball 8 that I auctioned had color combinations that I had never seen before. Both say K-Ball on the package but they are very different in apperance and packaging.


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 Post subject: Re: Dreamball vs K8 ball
PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2003 10:25 am 
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I can certainly say the K8 has a superior mechanisme, after a few email exchanges with the inventor Sal Khoudary. He was curious how I would think of his K8 ball. on his request I sended him my feedback.

Some Highlight

Here are my test results, this is my opinion it is not a research, still I tested it as objective as I can be.


K8 Ball Generic Size 8.2 cm

Surface
To slippery, for speedcubing

Turning
Very smooth

Mechanisme Stability
Feels a bit wiggly when you turn, but when I try to open or force it open I did not succeed, it is very solid and stable.

Difficulty puzzle (compared to 3x3x3 rubiks)
Easy if you can solve a 3x3x3, pretty hard if this is your first 3D puzzle

Originality puzzle
Not very original 2x2x2 Puzzles balls where produce since 1981


Ton


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 Post subject: Re: Dreamball vs K8 ball
PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2003 9:00 am 
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Also, most of the writing on this "new" K-ball puzzle was in German, unlike the one I had.


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 Post subject: Re: Dreamball vs K8 ball
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2003 9:06 am 
Yep, definitely the K8 Ball! A far better mechanism.

A ball will never be any good for speed cubing but I think the K Balls mech is EXCELLENT for speedcubing. I have one that is well used, it automatically aligns. You can have a slice twisted by something like 20deg and when you twist a perpendicular slice there is no resistance, it just lines up and turns.

So a mini K8 Ball built up to a cube would be a seriously good speed cube.

It is a shame that the K26 and K32 are so far away from full scale production :(

Max


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 Post subject: Re: Dreamball vs K8 ball
PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2003 10:25 am 
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Here is that auction for the K-Ball. However, this one does not look anything like the one that I had auctioned last week. This one looks more like the Jupiter Dreamball.

K-BAll


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 Post subject: Re: Dreamball vs K8 ball
PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2003 9:43 am 
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I found a store that sells the K-8 K-ball. Some of the ShopKo stores are handling them here in the USA.

Doug.


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 Post subject: Re: Dreamball vs K8 ball
PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2003 1:49 am 
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I still haven't seen any in UK.
Has anyone else seen them?

Vadim


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 Post subject: Re: Dreamball vs K8 ball
PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2003 8:33 am 
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Wizards / The Game Keeper stores in the U.S. carry the K8 ball or at least the one I visited in a suburb of Atlanta while on vacation did. They had two variants. They sell for $12.99 .

Here is a web site that lists their store locations.
http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=ga ... /locations

They sell most of the Rubik's line of puzzles and various other puzzles too.

Walt


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