Whether or not the Dayan Zhanchi is the best speed cube is a question as old as the Dayan Zhanchi itself. The primary competitor for the Zhanchi currently is the Moyu Weilong. To find out whether the Dayan Zhanchi is the best speed cube or not, we will be putting it up against the Moyu Weilong.
Dayan Zhanchi vs. Moyu Weilong
Dayan is an authority name in the cubing world. Their years of experience truly shows in the Zhanchi, but is it enough to defeat the Moyu Weilong?
- Extremely fast
- Prone to popping and lock-ups
- Not as fast as the Weilong
The Moyu Weilong has been around for years and is known by many as the best speed cube, but how does it compare to the Dayan Zhanchi?
- Faster than the Zhanchi
- Extremely smooth
- Virtually never pops or locks
- Solid and heavy cube
- Can be uncontrollable for some cubers
In terms of speed, both the Dayan Zhanchi and Moyu Weilong are extremely fast cubes. They are considered the fastest on the market. However, I have found the Moyu Weilong to be a little faster thanks to its smooth design.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that the Dayan Cube can’t be as fast as the Moyu. With the proper control, either cube could be extremely fast.
When using the Dayan Zhanchi, you get a “clicky” response that just feels good in the hands. This is similar to the feel of a mechanical keyboard opposed to the feel of a non-mechanical one.
The Moyu Weilong feels more smooth and can be an uncontrollable cube for some cubers because of it.
Overall, the response from the Dayan Zhanchi feels great, but it comes at a price.
For the Dayan Zhanchi to be “clicky” it also has to be loud. This can prove to be a problem if you have family or friends around when you are cubing. The clicking sound can get annoying and irritate them.
Both cubes make clicking sounds, don’t get me wrong, but the Moyu Weilong is just a tad more silent. It is the preferred choice for not disturbing nearby people.
In terms of corner cutting, both cubes have strengths and weaknesses. The Dayan cube has great corner cutting and can reverse corner cut much better than the Moyu.
While the Moyu can’t reverse corner cut as well as the Zhanchi, it’s corner cutting is superb.
The cube that you find best suits your needs will depend greatly on your solving method, algorithm choice, and personal preference.
Both cubes have a very similar triple torpedo design. The Moyu Weilong as wider, smoother, and bulkier torpedoes while the Dayan Zhanchi takes a lighter, pointer approach. This is why the Dayan cube is much “clickier”.
All of the Moyu Weilong pieces feel heavier and bulkier than the Dayan Zhanchi, and it feels more solid in the hands. The Zhanchi, on the other hand, feels lighter. Depending on what you personally prefer, both cubes are very viable options.
Because the Weilong pieces are so wide and bulky, the parts are held in a lot tighter without sacrificing too much speed.
Both the cubes are available in a stickerless Rubik’s cube and a stickered Rubik’s cube variant.
Popping and lock-ups
The Moyu Weilong virtually never pops or locks up. It is such a smooth cube with bulky, wide pieces allowing it to be fast and stable.
The Zhanchi is very similar, but many find it to pop or lock-up in certain scenarios. For example, executing an algorithm too fast. The Zhanchi really requires precise movements in order to get the most out of it.
Of course, the Moyu Weilong isn’t perfect either. If you try to corner cut too quickly or perform a algorithm too fast, the center caps can pop off. While this is much easier to fix than a pop, it can still get on your nerves.
Neither cube is perfect. They both have their pro’s and con’s. Because of this, most serious cubers own both cubes and often find themselves switching between the two. If I had to pick just one, however, the Moyu Weilong would beat the Dayan Zhanchi in my book.
What is the best speed cube for you? Unfortunately, you will have to decide what you desire in a cube and compare the two. In the end, the best option is to purchase both to see for yourself which you prefer. This shouldn’t be a problem at all, as both cubes are around $10. Once you buy your first speed puzzle you will become addicted anyway!