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My First 4 x 4 Speed Cube | Kevin Rye.net - Main

Kevin Rye

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My First 4 x 4 Speed Cube

After seeing me solve a Rubik's Cube in less than a minute, my 10-year old son really wants to get into speedcubing. It just so happens that TheCubicle.us sent me an email full of discounted cubes the other day. I headed over to The Cubicle to see what was on sale.

He's just getting started, so he doesn't need a fancy $25 dollar cube. Just a cheap thing will do. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that they had 2x2s and 3x3s on sale for less than $3 bucks. They also had a 4x4 on sale for $5 bucks. I wasn't going to buy a 4x4, not any time soon anyway. I told myself that I'd rather get faster at the 3x3 before taking on a harder cube, but I just couldn't help myself. I even picked up a 2x2 just for the hell of it. Go big or go home, right?

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The 2x2 is kind of easy, so I'm not going to get into it right now. I want to jump right in with the 4x4.

I'm sure it's not the best cube, but what do you want for $5 bucks? I'm sure it's fine just for learning the algorithms.

4x4_0021

It came with a cheat sheet, but it might as well be in Chinese. Wait, it is in Chinese.

4x4_0023

Nice colors. The cube feels pretty solid. It doesn't feel nearly as junky as I expected it to be. It might just be an OK cube.

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I hopped online and watched a video or two. It's relatively straight forward, if you know how to solve a 3x3.

This is by no means a tutorial, I just want to show that I did it!

The first thing you have to do is make the centers on all sides.

4x4solve_1

You pair up the edges, then F2L. All very similar to the 3x3.

4x4solve_3

Solving the yellow side is a little trickier, but fixing the corners and moving the edges around is also very similar to the 3x3.

4x4solve_7

Not bad. It's not impossible. I thought I was going to be at it for days, but I solved it in probably under an hour, and that was while watching the video. There was some pausing and rewinding, etc. So I feel pretty confident that with some practice, I can memorize the algorithms and get pretty good at it.