10 Things I Love & Hate About the Fidget Cube

Saturday, August 19, 2017

First of all, I'd like to clarify that this is a review for a fake fidget cube that I got off Lazada Malaysia. As much as I'd like to get the original one, there is no way I'm going to spend that much money on a toy. I want to relieve stress not cause it, which is what happens whenever I look at my bank account balance these days. 😭 😭 😭

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Now I am the first to admit, I don't suffer from anxiety. If I do, it's not as serious as other people who are suffering from it. I do realise I do perform some form of stimming especially when I'm walking to work or when I'm listening to lectures, videos or music. My favourite type of stimming is definitely the rage inducing pen clicking. If you've ever glared at someone in your class who incessantly clicked their pens in class, that was probably me you were glaring at. 😅

 I also liked to chew things like pens and straws. I know, ew. But I grew out of it!
Mostly because I rarely ever use pens when I work anymore, so there's nothing to chew. I will chew the occasional straw if it's in front of me, but I do actively stop myself from chewing them while I'm out in public with people. Also, drinking out of chewed straws is a bitch.

If you don't know what stimming is, you can read more about it in my blog post, here

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About the Fidget Cube

(It's) basically a baby toy for adults
- The Verge

With all the love the fidget spinner was receiving this year, I'm surprised the fidget cube didn't go viral too.

This device is a fidget toy that was designed by Antsy Labs (Get it? Antsy? lol). It has 6 sides that are designed with different stimming tools such as a swtich, gears, a rolling ball, a joystick, a disc for spinning, buttons and a "rubbing stone".

In my humble opinion, this thing is great if spinning spinners isn't for you. 

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My Fidget Cube










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 How to Use the Cube

Buttons


Joystick


Rolling ball and Gears


Spinning disc



Switch

→ Gif credits 

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What I Liked 

1.  The Velvety Texture of the Cube
The texture of the entire cube is very smooth and velvety. I can't stop running my thumb on the "rubbing stone" side of the cube and all over! It's very comforting.

2. The Switch side of the Cube
This side of the cube is my ultimate fave. It's super clicky and it doesn't take much to flip like in the gif. Of course, I only flip the switch side when I'm alone in my room cause it's quite loud. Flip the switch long enough in a room of people (your office or a classroom) and someone will definitely stab you. People who hate clicky pen sounds will hate this. 

3. Affordable
Guys, this is RM15 with FREE shipping on Lazada and it's great quality.

4. Lightweight & Portable
It's small enough to slip into your pocket or handbag without weighing it down. I find that I didn't like how heavy the fidget spinners feel in my hand. Not to mention I'm not even able to spin it properly cause my hands are so freakin' small.

5. Inconspicuous 
You can have this in your jacket pocket or even just hide it in your hand while you use it. I used it during a boring meeting once by hiding it in my jacket sleeve and using the spinning disc and rolling ball sides so I didn't make any noise. Much better than having to twirl a fidget spinner. 

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What I Didn't Like

6. Noisy
Some of the stimming tools are crazy noisy like my favourite switch side, the joystick and the buttons. Three of the 5 buttons make loud clicky noises and I like to flick the joystick instead of swirling it around so it was quite noisy.

7. Too small
People with bigger hands will hate the cube. If you have small hands, it might feel awkward to try and hide it in your fist cause it's so wide. Also because it's so small, I found that it tended to get lost in the abyss that is my bag.

8. Awkward shape
If you want to put it in your jeans pocket, it will definitely feel and look awkward. But if you want to walk around with a weird bump protruding from the side of your hip, then by all means.

9. Rust & Stickiness
The metal roller ball got rusty after a while. When I first received the cube the roller ball moved very smoothly and now it kind of scrapes on the sides. If you like that kind of stimulation, then this might be a pro for you? As for stickiness, I found this happened a lot with the joystick. I'd be moving it around and it would get caught so it wouldn't return to its original position until I gave it a little nudge or poke.

10. Unused sides
We all have a favourite form of stimming. The cube offers a few different ones but I tended to only use a couple that I really liked. It came to a point where I kind of got annoyed at the sides that I didn't use like the gears or the buttons. 

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Overall, I really like my fidget cube. I use it while I'm commuting (if I remember to pocket it). I found it really helps when I'm feeling motion sick and can't look at my phone screen. It's also nice to have while I'm in a call or meeting and can't use my phone. 

If you would like to try something for stimming and don't seem to like the fidget spinners, then do try the fidget cube! I highly recommend it. :)

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