Developed by: Metal Worn
Bearing used: 608 ceramic
Spins for: 3 minutes
Size: Diameter: 2 inches, Thickness: 19mmz
Type: Custom design
It’s nice to take a look at some upmarket fidget spinners occasionally and we are certainly doing that here with the Titanium Turbine v3 from Metal Worn, which retails at a hefty $235. The fascinating thing when looking at a high-priced fidget spinner is seeing what additional little features it has to justify the high price. Metal Worn have come up with a couple of spinners which have seen insatiable demand, notably the Spinner Knuck which seems to be hardly ever in stock. Without further ado, let’s check out the Titanium Turbine v3 on a closer level.
Metal Worn spinners are unique for sure – you’ll struggle to find another spinner that looks like them. It’s a peculiar combination: while the Turbine often looks slightly unkempt, it’s got a graceful side too, which shows when it’s spinning.
Unusually egg-shaped, lots of effort has gone into making the Turbine an aesthetic masterpiece, as shown by the spinner’s perfectly crafted body. The slots throughout the body help to produce a see-through effect while the Turbine is spinning, and the purple finish blends beautifully into the titanium coloring. You’d be more likely to see this at an art gallery than in a fidget spinner!
While the Turbine gets top marks for aesthetics, unfortunately the design of the buttons is a real drawback. Unlike most buttons which are concave and smooth, the Turbine buttons can only be described as edgy. The concave design has been attempted, but it’s ridged which makes it uncomfortable to grip, even if the grip is improved – that said, great grip is essential if you plan on regularly exacting high torque spins from your fidget spinner. For sure, you’ll be able to get a good hold of the Turbine, but if it’s not pleasant to hold, then the fact that it can do spin times of three minutes is irrelevant. Furthermore, the slots make this spinner hard to stop, and the surplus of sharp pointy bits means it’s going to take a toll on your fingers.
The bearing gets the Turbine back on track and it’s been cleverly encased into the center of the fidget spinner for ultimate protection. This set-up helps create the perfect condition for the bearing to perform at its best consistently and to not suffer over time. You can remove the screws to access the bearing with a flathead screwdriver, although this doesn’t come with your purchase.
Going back to the buttons, that the Metal Worn logo is engraved into the bottom of the button is a nice touch from the company. Another positive is that they are raised 2mm from the body, so you can set the spinner off on its own on a table or similar surface.
The finish on the Turbine is a little bizarre. You’d anticipate something smooth but it’s actually rather rough – not that it’s easy to get a true feel of it due to the many slits.
How well does the Turbine spin?
To answer this question, we must first determine what you’d hope to get out of a fidget spinner of this price. When paying the big bucks, spins of five minutes or more should be commonplace, however the Turbine tops out at three minutes or just over, which is disappointing. So what faults have caused this? The gap between the buttons and the bearing is probably too large, and the Turbine often feels wobbly in the hand. This lack of efficiency inevitably slows down your spinner and the spin times.
The ceramic 608 bearing makes up for it a bit, and if you’re more fidgeting oriented then the lack of spin time shouldn’t concern you too much. The Turbine is smooth when it’s going although if you alter the angle you’re spinning at too much, it can get a bit noisy. All in all, these are issues you wouldn’t expect to find in a $200+ fidget spinner.
The Turbine is on the big side and the oval design could make it a nuisance if you have tiny hands. The large design means that the Turbine feels relatively slow, although the titanium body and buttons – along with the hollowed design – do make it lighter than spinners of this size usually are.
The lasting feeling after playing with the Turbine from Metal Worn is an underwhelming one. On the face of it, this is a supreme fidget spinner which promises the ultimate experience, but the downsides make you question why you would pay so much for a spinner that is a bit half-baked. If you’re not bothered about performance, then sure, go for it, but if you’re in the market for a high performance spinner, then the Turbine may not be for you.