Pyraminx (for Speed Cubing)

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Meffert's Pyraminx doesn't need any introductions when it comes to successful Twisty Puzzles. Not everyone knows this, but the Pyraminx was actually the first ever Twisty puzzle to be invented, back in 1970, four years before the Rubik's Cube. Over 40 years later, the puzzle is still going strong as the second best-selling puzzle in the world. I guess people still prefer cubes over pyramids...

With all this popularity, it's not a surprise knowing that there are too many Pyraminx versions and variations that cannot simply be count by the fingers of your hands. My latest acquisition is a Speedcubing version of the original, which being easily one of my favorites, I couldn't let the opportunity of having a more flexible version pass. How easily is it to maneuver in comparison to the original? - The difference is astonishing.

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Before I get to that, a couple of differences between the two versions: the first noticeable difference is the size, as the new version is slightly smaller than the original Pyraminx, but only by a few millimeters (about half a centimeter). The corners of the Speedcubing version are much more rounder and feel more comfortable to handle. Another difference, and this one is purely aesthetic, is that the new version doesn't come with that nice clear display dome and stand. The main reason might be because you're gonna use it more often and it doesn't justify the extra cost for the additional parts. The stickers are basically the same color scheme, and the same high quality as all the other Meffert's products, with bright fluorescent colors.

Now, the Speedcubing part... I'm probably not the best person to test this, since I'm not a speedcuber, but I did found it to be significantly better than the one I had, which by the way it's not a difficult thing, because I can barely turn it without applying too much force. I'm sure it would turn better if I applied some lubricant, but the new version is just naturally better. The puzzle has this Meffert's characteristic of turn and click, where it makes this loud noise when you complete a move. The pieces are much more loose and move effortlessly, thanks to this spring-loaded bearings. I did experience some lock-ups though. The loosely nature of the pieces is a double-edged sword, because while making them move more freely also makes them prone to jam on other adjacent pieces. You can probably lessen the effect with practice, but I doubt it will be completely lock-up free.

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Closing Comments:

Whether you're a speedcuber or not, the new version of the Pyraminx for Speed Cubing is highly recommended for anyone just starting on the Twisty Puzzles. It's very easy to solve, even without any kind of algorithms, and the easiness of its movement makes it a pleasure to play with. A classic is reborn with a modern touch...

Availability: You can get a copy of the new Pyraminx for Speed Cubing at PuzzleMaster for $18 CAD.



George said...

Solving this puzzle fast should not be "speed cubing". Shouldn't it be called "speed tetrahedroning"?? ;-)

Gabriel said...

That's actually a good point, George. That term is so deep-rooted in our vocabulary that we don't even think about it anymore. I guess we could simply call it "speed solving" ;-)

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