The Valk 3 Elite M is the long-awaited flagship from the famous Valk line by QiYi MoFangGe. Light and fast with a smooth, comfortable feel, the Valk 3 Elite M is favored by many cubers who enjoy fast turning with a uniform, consistent magnetic feel.
The Valk Elite M comes with clear nuts (standard strength) and clear magnets in the center caps (standard strength).
This cube features a brand new magnetic system with three different levels of strength. The moderate and strong versions feature a "twin-magnetic" scheme and use "center-edge" plus "corner-edge" magnetism for positioning. Additionally, QiYi introduced its own version of an elasticity adjustment system that also conveniently reduces spring noise.
- Valk 3 Elite M
- Cube box
- Two additional spring sets (red = strong; green = weak)
- Two additional center cap sets (red = strong; green = none)
- Cleaning cloth
- Extra logos
- Cleaning cloth
AKA: Valk3 Elite M, Valk 3 Elite, Valk3Elitem, Valk Elite, Elite M, Elite, Valk3Elite
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This cube is nice at first but after a few months it gets worse and worse
The cube is the best Valk 3x3. The Valk 3 is way too loud and crunchy, while the Valk Power is obviously very slow and sluggish. The Valk Elite is perfect for me, because my previous main, the TengYun V2, has a stability issue. I would only recommend the Valk Elite on two different center cap settings, the clear and the strong. The green center caps just defeat the purpose of the extra magnets, making the cube not stable.
I personally think that cubes with more than 48 magnets in them (maglev cubes, cubes that have core magnets, and cube with 96 magnets like this cube). The cube is so stable due to the center cap magnets and is decently quiet. The Tornado v2 says it is an updated version of this, but it was too small for me and it has a corner cutting issue. I just loosened the screw by a half turn and it can corner cut.
Perhaps the value of this cube in 2019 was something, but for $45 this cube has probably aged worse than any other flagship without having a direct successor.
First impressions are everything, and the build quality is quite a weak point in the cube. Production tolerances on the caps aren't great, the corners feel and appear to protrude farther out from the cube than the edges and center, even after the caps were pressed back in after a few solves; it's also a bit ironic that the center caps are seemingly more difficult to remove than the caps on the corners. Finally QiYi factory lube in my opinion must be wiped out, otherwise the cube becomes irreversibly sluggish.
After that, Lubicle-1 usually does the trick.
In terms of customization, the different strength magnets contained in each center cap, plus 12 additional springs for different spring strength is very inefficient compared with a cube like the GAN XS which came out in the same year. Moreover the "twin magnetic positioning system" I found does very little if not nothing at all to improve performance over traditional magnet setup. The springs are also just a basic spring swap, and the fact that I have 12 other spring sets laying around I think is a waste of plastic compared to a spring compression system; at least I could use these springs in my broken TengYun since the plastic housing also acts as a screw standoff, as well a substitute for the Tornado V2's tensioning system: The extra center caps however have no purpose besides one extra logoless white one for blindfolded.
The feel is nothing special, it's sort of a cross between a Valk Power and a TengYun V1, soft but clicky, practically opposite to the Valk3 in terms of harsh-feeling. The performance of the cube however really disappoints: regular corner cuts are not fluid and can lock up even on tighter tensions, and reverse corner cutting is rather jarring as well. Sometimes if I'm doing a V-Perm midway through my alg, the cube will just do a D2 and U' for no reason, and more often than not I undershoot D moves on E=Perms even on the weak springs.
The setup I have the cube on is just your basic Angstrom setup but with 50K on the core, I'd imagine this cube would be somewhat better with a Mystic or Celeritas setup, but even still, as I mentioned at the beginning of my review, the cube is extremely sensitive to the lube you use, even Lubicle-1. It seems the factory lube must have done something to the plastic which made it highly resistant to most lube in general, and even on the lighter springs the cube is still incredibly sluggish.
All in all, there's no question the original Valk 3 is still the best Valk 3x3, however there were a lot of cubes from this year that I think are straight-up better, such as the Gan XS, and WeiLong WR M, and in my view more current flagships such as the Gan 11/12 and WR M 2021 leave this cube in the dust (even the RS3M 2020/2021 is better in my opinion). In its current state, with the pace at which the Valk line is being discontinued, even a $30 clearance price would be generous.
Out of the box the Valk was too tight and kept catching. After setup and lubing, this thing turned amazingly. I now have it as my main.
It is smooth and light. I have made some great times with this cube. The only feedback is that it was over lubricated, perhaps. Very solid cube!
Valk 3 Elite M 3x3
I love this cube so much very smooth love the customization it has thank you so much cubical!
Turns well and not that many lock ups
i like it now but it came with a magnet unglued which was a pain to e mail and get a new one