Yeah, well not wanting to hijack other threads, I decided to write my own review for the T5. this is a replacement for a defective t5 i got last week, so now I can actually make a small review about it.
Material: Durable Aluminium Alloy
Gap width: 4.7mm (approx)
Response: Recessed Magic YoYo Silicone Pads diameter 20mm, width 2.7mm.
Bearing: Size C stainless steel 10-ball concave unshielded bearing.
Finish: Colour anodised and laser engraved.
Ok, so right off the bat we’re looking at a yoyo that’s like… 22$? I bought it for 14 UK pounds and I don’t feel like checking the conversion rate. Let’s call it 22 and if I’m wrong, so be it.
The yoyo comes into a skimmy ugly cardboard box that reminds me of all the toys I’ve never wanted as a kid. I don’t mind it at all, since a better package would have raised the price, yet I can’t help but feel the artwork could have been better. If you’re gonna print something on cheap cardboard, by all means, print something cool. It also comes with a string that I wouldn’t be caught removing a dangling tooth with. Once again, the price hits.On the back it says you can use this trick for “1A/3A/5A”. It seems 3A is where it would shine the most.
The shape is something I haven’t tried yet, and since I haven’t got many yoyos I can’t compare it to anything. I’ll let someone with more experience and/or more yoyos be the judge of that. At 54.5 mm, I wouldn’t call it undersized. Let’s call it “slightly undersized”. It says 70g but it feels lighter than a dv888. I didn’t find it really comfortable, but then again, I’m finishing my master’s in engineering school and I’ve always met the dads of my girlfriends, so this is by no means a peak in my uncomfortability.
The response is unlike the one on a N12. This one’s actually good. it looks like some silicone pads of sorts and it works perfectly. The bearing I bought it with is a concave 10ball magic drop bearing, which is smoother than my trifectas. I actually bought more for my other throws
The finish on it is awesome. Like, really. The anodizing on my red T5 is absolutely great, and it’s nice and shiny. The artwork is so simple it actually looks stylish. And the particular shade of red…Can’t wait to play this on a sunny day unless I ding it to death. Oh, wait, it costs less than a lot of plastics, so i can buy more. LE: Also, the ano is really resistant. i just hit my bathroom door and the yoyo doesn’t have a scratch, after wiping the paint from the door. I’m laughing like crazy while yelling “I’m gonna buy more!” at 12:53 AM.
The bearing seat isn’t tight. I wish it was tight. There’s very loose, loose, normal, tight, very tight, incredibly tight, impossibly tight, and then there’s the t5 bearing seat. At first i thought it was a defect of the broken t5 (seems it was something else that was causing wobble), but no. This baby holds on to its bearings like a fat chick to her hamburgers. As i’m typing, my yyf multitool is sitting in there after my hands went numb with trying to remove it. Whomever manages to pull it out should be the next king of England (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sword_in_the_Stone). When I’ll eventually have to clean the bearing, I’m gonna buy another one. For the price, it seems to be the easier alternative.
This thing plays beautifully. Really. It’s so smooth I’ve seen butter with more vibe. It somewhat reminds me of a supernova. I’m not a particulary good player (or a medium player. or below medium player. Damnit, one time i’ve tried a skin the gerbil and found myself tied to a tree with my pants down.), but for my specific needs, this yoyo is pure awesomeness. I couldn’t find anything it couldn’t handle, except my horrific throw. That would make even a Ti5 cringe. It’s not good for grinds, with that shiny finish, and I don’t even know what horizontal should look like, let alone how it should play.
My final verdict for this beauty is a 9.5/10 because of the bearing seat. Everything else is awesome about it. For the price, I can’t find a better alternative.