GAN 356 Air SM 3x3 (2019 Edition)
The GAN Air SM (2019 Edition) is an update of the popular Air SM 3x3. The 2019 version is made with GAN's newest GES system and feature minor updates to the design and pieces.
Max Park used this puzzle to set the 6.82 second 3x3 one handed world record single in October 2019.
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Performance is exceptional, good corner cutting, but seemed like Gan changed the plastic of the cube. I once had the OG 2017 version of the SM and it was amazing, very satisfying to turn, with soft plastic and a buttery smooth feeling. Sadly I lost it and gotta buy this as a substitution. This 2019 version feels totally different. Harder plastic, got a very slight bumpy feel to it, somewhat stronger magnets. This thing now feels more like an UM to me than a SM. They also removed the option for the clear spring which I really like. At least they put the springs in a more reasonable packaging XD
I had zero expectations before opening this cube, since... it only came in stickered. But once I unboxed it, it blew me away immediately.
This cube was very fast, but very controllable at the same time despite the magnets being lighter than those on a GTS3M.
It came with green springs, which I still use now, which made it loose enough to do good corner-cuts. AND THAT'S WHERE BAD THINGS COME IN.
First off, this cube is a bit too flexible, which means that I get lockups quite easily.
Second, this cube only comes in stickerless. The stickers are of good quality, but over the course of just 365 days almost all of them have been chipped. Luckily, they haven't been chipped enough to affect my turning because I start turning slower subconsciously because I don't want the stickers to get more damaged.
At last, using the yellow springs make the cube WAY TOO SLOW. Maybe it's my setup's problem, but Yellow = Slow on my setup.
Overall, a very good cube, but I recommend the GAN 356X v2 over this instead.
But if you want to pretend to be Feliks Zemdegs on his 5.97 average, then... OK.
So i have 3 of these cubes, including the pro shop version. 2 of them became horrible and so bad after only a few months and 1 is still good. I think it may be becuase they might've changed their plastic because between all 3 of them, they feel to have different plastic. But i did get 2 of them at the same time and now they feel so different. I think Gan may have changed their plastic because my original Gans Air Master and Gans UM and 2 SM's are really bad now but my 354's, 460s X, and SM are okay. Just because of this, I will no longer be buying Gan cubes because i wasted a few hundred dollars on Gan cubes that became bad. If anyone knows if Gan changed their plastic, please let me know!
this is a really good cube, it is very smooth and has great cornercutting this might be my new main 3x3
So out of the box it feels really nice but is kinda slugish, so i figured i would set it up, after setup this cube is even worse, the speed has not changed at all, not even with a faster set up, the lube doesnt spread properly, and overall just makes it bad, the only good thing i can say about it is that it looks nice, i would not recommend this cube to anybody unless its for collection
OOTB this cube was AMAZING. It was so buttery smooth and I instantly broke my pb. I really liked the sticker shades, but after a few days they started chipping and peeling off. I decided to switch out the GES springs that came stock (green) for the yellow ones. Of course this reduced corner twisting but it wasn't a really big problem. The magnets are medium to strong just the way like it. After a few months, I had done thousands of solves on this cube and then the cube started feeling scratchy and I got some pretty bad lockups when turning fast. I also got a few pops while solving, but that might be because i have a pretty rough turning style. I would only recommend this cube if you have a much more relaxed turning style. Personally i give this cube a 6/10
Still very good! Better with MAX combination. I will keep using it as my OH main and also I won a OH podium using it. It's still a highly- anticipated puzzle! Plus the price is now $10 cheaper(39.99)!!!
This cube was my first GAN puzzle. When I got it, I noticed that it was not overly smooth, but the turning is still very fluid. However, that did not last. After a couple of months I noticed that it started to get scratchier and solves were not very smooth.
The magnets in this cube are the perfect strength, although it is stronger than my other puzzles. The stickers are also not very durable, but are decent.
I set this up by lubing it and replacing the GES springs to yellow, although pops were more common after that.
This cube is my main, although it is quite outdated, so I might get a better GAN 3x3.
The cube was sandy out of the box with a few stickers snagged already. I lube with silk and weigh 3 and looses it and the performance was better. I am not sure it will be my main. But definitely a strong competitor
do i even have to have to write a review its amazing out of the box but if you want it faster i recommend some lube