To start this off, I’d like to say this is my first review, so don’t hate.
First impressions: woah, this feels so small. This is my first undersized yoyo, and it is a lot smaller than I would have thought. Compared to my genesis or superstars, this feels like a small toy. Wen I compare them side to side, I dont see much of a difference, but when I play them separately, I can feel that the 888x is much much smaller than either my genesis or superstars. Right out of the box I tried some grinds, and on finger thumb and irgs this yoyo dominates. It seems to have the same finish as my genesis, but grinds much better. It might have something to do with the shape.
After 3 weeks: just about the same as before. This thing rocks with grinds. Before the grinds I couldn’t do with my genesis have now been easier than ever. Athough this yoyo is more fun than my genesis and grinds much better, I have to say it’s not nearly as stable. My genesis can handle 10+ skin the gerbils, but I have to be super careful with my 888x. It’s about as stable as my superstars, but maybe a little less. It definitely does spin out after a few tricks. Although it isn’t super stable, when I leave it to spin without doing any tricks, I can get it to sleep for a good 6-8 minutes. This is as long or maybe longer than my genesis. Once I swapped out the standard bearing for a central on my 888x, the stability definitely improved. It also improved the spin time aswell. I’m big into 5a, so I put one of my beautiful wasp nest counterweights on it. Big mistake. This may just be the absolute worst 5a yoyo I’ve ever used. The genesis is much better for 5a than the 888x, but it’s not fair to compare them. They are almost opposites in terms of statistics, and play completely differently. The 888x simply spins out too much in 5a
Hubstacks: I’m a big fan of hubstacks. Also, the 888x handles any kind of hubstacks flawlessly. I have the 888x in black, and it comes with white hubstacks. This looks stunning, but I wanted to try out my dice stacks. I have red, blue, and orange dice stacks. They all look completely stunning on the 888x. They also play wonderful aswell. But I wasn’t done yet. I also have 2 sets of zstacks. White, and translucent blue. I currently still use the blue, because they are epic on this yoyo. I truly believe that this yoyo was made for zstacks. The stacks fit right on the side of the yoyo with not a millimeter to spare. They have no wobble whatsoever, and I was surprised to see that they were actually silent. They do pop out the side of the yoyo a little, and I can definitely feel then when I throw. This is opposite of my superstars, how they leave the stacks recessed. The 888x plays dead smooth with zstacks.
Conclusion: the 888x was a huge shock on how small it actually was, but it was awesome. This is now my #2 favorite 1a yoyo. The only one flaw is that it isn’t as stable as my genesis. Actually, there is one more flaw. I can’t decide which hubstacks to use on it! Totally worth the money.