I have been itching to try one of these after spotting them for the last year or so on ebay. I finally bit the bullet and took a chance.
Bearing: C size concave, no shields, lubed.
I bought this for $13, free shipping out of China. It arrived in about a week. That was really fast considering it shipped “regular mail” from China. I am sure that shipping time may vary from vendor to vendor. The package was neat and attractive with the usual Asian funny grammar interpretations of English phrases. The T-5 yoyo Ano is smoother than silk and the T-5 is slightly larger than my Yukki. It has a nice feel, not cheap and cheesy. The ano and laser graphics are flawless. So far it has a great feel. I disregarded the free string that came with the yoyo and grabbed my favorite string of choice: Neon yellow slick-6. On first throw the bearing was very responsive and I immediately disassembled the new throw and cleaned the (8 ball) bearing and applied a scant ½ drop of thin-lube. On second throw I could tell a few things, the bearing is pretty darn good, it needs a little break in but it has a really nice feel and the T-5 does not have even the faintest hint of vibe . I threw a few matrixes and found the yoyo to be very stabile. It was quick and agile and on a bind it was a bit grabby, I suspect the silicone pads need some break-in as well. Spin time was nice and long although it can be argued that skill and technique has a lot to do with that.
I own several throws $70-$150 and I think the T-5 was $13 well spent. I feel the Magic T5 “Overlord” is comparable to throws priced at 70 bucks or more and I wouldnt hesitate to buy another.—> I give 2 thumbs up!
Cons: The recess is flat and does not make for good thumb grinds.
Sorry for the fuzzy pix, thats the best my icrap can do.