The Dayan Zhanchi is probably the most sought after speed cube in the world. Dare I say it is the best speed cube. The Zhanchi is a powerful and speedy cube best suited for the intermediate cuber. It makes no sacrifices.
The Dayan Zhanchi is crazy fast. That is why we don’t recommend it for beginners who don’t need the extra speed. This cube is the fastest on the market, but that doesn’t mean it will increase your solve time. If you don’t have the skill to control the extra speed, you will run in to lock-ups, or just completely overshoot your turn causing you to mess up an important algorithm.
The Zhanchi uses a torpedo design. If you don’t know what that means, well, just know that it will never pop. Ever. Of course, you could always remove the torpedos for a smoother and faster experience. I only recommend that option for advanced cubers, though. It causes more popping to occur if you are not extremely accurate with your turns. Though, it can also prevent more lockups.
This cube is smooth as butter and will not lock on you in all but two cases. The first being when you can’t control the cube’s speed and attempt a turn at the wrong moment. The second being when you just plain out make a bad turn. Both of these scenarios are user error and should not be used to judge the cube. If you are an intermediate level or above cuber, the Dayan Zhanchi is still the best cube for you.
This cube is two things: precise and fast. If you are not able to handle the speeds at which this cube turns, then you will have a hard time controlling it. However, if you can control the speed, you will liking set personal records on the arrival of this cube. I recommend leaving in the torpedos for most users to get the most consistency and control.
While the Dayan Zhanchi doesn’t require much, it is more work than some competing speed cubes. Tensioning is bigger deal on this cube because it can be very finicky. It can be hard to get the tensioning even on all 6 sides. You also have to worry about whether or not you want to use the included torpedos, and if you are anything like me, you will go back and forth many times to experiment with them. While this is fun, it is also a lot of work not associated with other cubes.