The all new QiYi Valk 3 Elite M is a lightweight 3x3 speed cube released by QiYi in late 2019.
Approx Size: 55.5mm3
What's In The Box?
- QiYi Valk 3 Elite M
- Solution Pamphlet
- Display Case
- Additional Magnetic Caps
- Additional Tension Nuts
- Tensioning Instructions
- Signature Card
- Cleaning Cloth
- Spare Stickers/Logos
- QiYi Cards
- Valk Elite Sticker
Have been using the gan x and xs for some time and wanted to try other makes. I ordered this and the rs3m 2020 which is fantastic for the price I think. However I'm struggling with this cube. Took quite a bit of trying to get the settings right for me. It does have quite a unique feel when turning. It feels good when I turn slow but as soon as I try to solve at my normal speed I really struggle with it. I would describe the turning feel as crisp and precise. Rather then the gan and rs3 m as soft and smooth.
The plastic covers of the cube don't really lock of to to cube very well, and the cube feels really cheap and hard to turn. Centre cap magnets aren't really something that enhance the rubik's cube well, the primary internals looks nice though. I recommend the Original Valk 3 than this cube
The Valk 3 Elite M is a high quality cube that will be wonderful if you prefer the turning style it provides. Otherwise, there may be better options available.
The cube is in the snappy, clicky style of other QiYi cubes - if you have used a QiYi MS or a Thunderclap v3 for example, then this is similar.
The difference is in turn speed - the Thunderclap for example turns quickly, the Valk is slower in turns. That makes it great if you have a precise and controlled turning style, and like to 'place' the slices but can cause some issues if you have a messier style and rely more on just flicking the slices around and getting ready for the next one. Placing the slices works, shoving them around at speed doesn't.
For this price point I'd suggest taking a look at a MoYu GTS3 M (a bit cheaper actually), which is also sold by Kewbz. The Valk is very good but, for my style of cubing it isn't one I'll be using regularly
this cube is amazing! it replaced my old main (the gan 356 x) it has a a very clicky and smooth feel
the tensions were perfect out of the box and the medium springs came pre installed but came with strong and weak springs but the medium ones were perfect and so were screw tensions
there are magnets in centercaps which adds so much stability it unreal. it came with medium magnets and also came with strong and no magnets. the strong magnets were to strong which i wasn’t expecting
basically everything is perfect out of the box
I got the black version for the seamless capped pieces and i'd recommend it. The stickers look great. The default set up is fine. It has all these adjustments and comes perfect out of the box. A bit ironic really. I'd say this is in my top 3 for 3x3's. I prefer the Moyu WRm (black), but i'd rate the Valk Elite over the more expensive Gan XS. If you prefer stronger magnets the Valk Elite would be the best choice.
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