Online since 2002. Over 3300 puzzles, 2600 worldwide members, and 270,000 messages.

TwistyPuzzles.com Forum

It is currently Wed Jul 23, 2014 2:14 am

All times are UTC - 5 hours



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 16 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Help with NeoCubes (magnetic spheres)
PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 1:15 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Oct 02, 2006 9:38 pm
Location: Brazil
Hey guys.

I was recently interested in buying one or more sets of those magnetic spheres.

Does anyone have any experience with them? Any advice?

My main concern is about which brand to buy.
I'm really confused... There are the original NeoCube, the CyberCube, BuckyBalls and Zen Magnets. Not to mention the "generic" brands.
But I didn't find any reliable source of info to decide which is the best.

So I thought of asking the people I really trust.
Does anyone know which one has the best quality/durability?

I plan on buying a lot of them (like 1000 spheres), so I want to go with the right brand.

Thanks!
Paulo


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Help with NeoCubes (magnetic spheres)
PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 2:33 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sat Jan 16, 2010 11:48 am
Location: In Front Of My Teraminx (saying WTF?)
I know that ZenMagnets are the cheapest for every package i believe, but i think that the best package is the zen set with 216 magnets, because you can do a lot of things with it and it doesnt cost a lot. They are as good and as magnetic as the others.

Hope i helped,

Greg

_________________
My Shapeways Shop!
My Designs
My Official Results
My Website on Twisty Puzzles with Gears

Grégoire Pfennig


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Help with NeoCubes (magnetic spheres)
PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 2:37 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri Oct 10, 2008 12:53 am
Location: Finland
I have a set of the genuine NeoCubes and they are just awsome! The prices between brands do not vary all that much so I'd advise you to go with NeoCube. If I'm not mistaken they also have special offers if you buy bigger sets. I did buy a couple of cheap DX sets just for comparison but to be honest they are basically crap (IMO at least). It's all about quality before quantity when it comes to these magnetic spheres.

My 2c. Hope it helped :)

_________________
Did you know...
that if you saw every combination of the 1x1x1 Rubik's Cube, at a rate of one per second, it would take you less than ONE SECOND to see all the combinations?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Help with NeoCubes (magnetic spheres)
PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 3:50 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Sep 17, 2009 6:07 am
Location: Germany, Bavaria
I've bought two sets of the original Neocubes (for 6x6x6 and 10x10x10 cubes). They are really good and I found many voices on the Internet giving the advice to go with the originals. I have no personal experience with other brands, though.

_________________
My collection at: http://sites.google.com/site/twistykon/home


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Help with NeoCubes (magnetic spheres)
PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:50 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri Feb 06, 2009 2:57 pm
Location: Pittsburgh
Why not buy magnetic spheres in bulk from K&J?

_________________
3x3x3 PB: 00:48.10
"Study gravitation, it's a field with a lot of potential."
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Help with NeoCubes (magnetic spheres)
PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 4:21 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Oct 02, 2006 9:38 pm
Location: Brazil
Thanks guys!

For those who played with NeoCube, what you think about the sphere size?
Some people say they are too small.

Neocube uses 4.76mm spheres, while some other use 5mm and 6mm spheres.

I know CyberCube has a model with 6mm spheres, but I don't know if it is a good brand.

Anyone?

Thanks!
Paulo


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Help with NeoCubes (magnetic spheres)
PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:40 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Wed Dec 23, 2009 4:36 pm
Location: A Small Town in Colorado
My brother has a similar thing to a neocube, and I have a neocube. I have found out that the neocube is easier to play with because a neocube is easier to pull apart flat shapes when they are stacked ontop of eachother. :D

-Uber Cuber

_________________
Cubers Tell Time in Seconds
Jade Club vip :D
Twisty Puzzles Cure Sanity.
The difference between knowledge and wisdom is humility.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Help with NeoCubes (magnetic spheres)
PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 7:20 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed Oct 01, 2008 10:41 am
I have I set of 216 from Cyber cube, they seem good but then I have nothing to compare them to. The only thing Ive noticed is that after using them a lot your hands get dirty from the magnets slowly breaking down. I would assume this happens with all high power magnets.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Help with NeoCubes (magnetic spheres)
PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 6:56 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun Nov 16, 2008 5:18 pm
Location: MA, USA
I believe the NeoCubes are the highest quality. I'd advise you to get those, because as others have said, the prices don't vary all that much and it's more about the quality.

_________________
ImageImage


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Help with NeoCubes (magnetic spheres)
PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 7:36 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Oct 02, 2006 9:38 pm
Location: Brazil
konsassen wrote:
I've bought two sets of the original Neocubes (for 6x6x6 and 10x10x10 cubes). They are really good and I found many voices on the Internet giving the advice to go with the originals. I have no personal experience with other brands, though.


Hey, can I ask you a few questions?

What do you think about the size of the Neocubes spheres? Are they too small?
What about the magnetism? Is it kinda weak as some people say, or have you noticed any wear on their strength?
About the coating, did you notice any shattering or wear, or small particles coming off the coating to your hands?

Thank you!
Paulo


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Help with NeoCubes (magnetic spheres)
PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:00 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Wed Dec 23, 2009 4:36 pm
Location: A Small Town in Colorado
The balls on a neocube are a little smaller than any other one I have seen, and the magnitism is a little weaker, but the overall of the cube seems better than my brother's one because the spheres look nicer to me smaller and the slightly weaker magnitism helps with making geometric shapes and deconstructing them without geting a mess of little magnetic spheres. From my expierence the neocube is better, and dosn't leave residue from the balls on your fingers.

-UC

_________________
Cubers Tell Time in Seconds
Jade Club vip :D
Twisty Puzzles Cure Sanity.
The difference between knowledge and wisdom is humility.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Help with NeoCubes (magnetic spheres)
PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:32 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Oct 02, 2006 9:38 pm
Location: Brazil
Thanks Uber.

I have now reduced my choices to either NeoCubes or Zen Magnets.

Does anyone have Zen Magnets?
What do you think about them regarding the questions I made in my last post about size, strength and coating resistance?

I will buy a large quantity of them, and I will pay significant shipping, so I have to go with the best quality one.

Thanks very much guys!
Paulo


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Help with NeoCubes (magnetic spheres)
PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:06 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sat Jan 16, 2010 11:48 am
Location: In Front Of My Teraminx (saying WTF?)
I read reviews on NeoCubes and ZenMagnets, and they are said to have the same quality, so you can go for whichever you want!

(Personnally i would go for ZenMagnets, because the only difference, is that they have free 24 hour shipping, compared the the others which have 8 $ 1-4 day shiping)

Cheers,

Greg

_________________
My Shapeways Shop!
My Designs
My Official Results
My Website on Twisty Puzzles with Gears

Grégoire Pfennig


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Help with NeoCubes (magnetic spheres)
PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 7:04 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Oct 02, 2006 9:38 pm
Location: Brazil
RubixFreakGreg wrote:
I read reviews on NeoCubes and ZenMagnets, and they are said to have the same quality, so you can go for whichever you want!

(Personnally i would go for ZenMagnets, because the only difference, is that they have free 24 hour shipping, compared the the others which have 8 $ 1-4 day shiping)

Cheers,

Greg


That if I lived in USA!
So for me shipping is not a variable in the equation, as I will have to pay for it anyway.
Quality is all that matter!

Paulo


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Help with NeoCubes (magnetic spheres)
PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 8:13 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Wed Dec 23, 2009 4:36 pm
Location: A Small Town in Colorado
To me neocubes seem to be a better quality than other brands of magnets.

-UC

_________________
Cubers Tell Time in Seconds
Jade Club vip :D
Twisty Puzzles Cure Sanity.
The difference between knowledge and wisdom is humility.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Help with NeoCubes (magnetic spheres)
PostPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 4:53 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sat Jan 16, 2010 11:48 am
Location: In Front Of My Teraminx (saying WTF?)
--> (free shipping to the whole world)

Well i believe all qualities are about the same, so just pick randomly between NeoCubes and ZenMagnets (i'd go for Zen but you choose)

_________________
My Shapeways Shop!
My Designs
My Official Results
My Website on Twisty Puzzles with Gears

Grégoire Pfennig


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 16 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 5 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

Forum powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group