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You don't need a StackMat timer

Jan 28, 2021 · Last updated: Feb 3, 2021 ·
Posted in weblog#diversions
Categories: cubing, puzzles, cfop

It's really important to start timing your solves if you want to improve your speeds. Even though StackMat timer is the official choice, you don't have to have one in order to time your solves. Here are a few pretty neat online timers that you can use on your computer or phone.

  • csTimer (Source)

    • Can be used offline and installed as a PWA
    • Ability to use WCA Inspection
    • Very customizable UI and options
    • Scramble image
    • Cloud sync with Google, WCA or csTimer account
  • qqTimer (Source)

    • Minimalistic UI
    • Can be used offline
    • Inspection support
    • Import functionality

    The original version of this timer was made by Michael Gottlieb and is available here (GitHub).

  • Twisty Timer (Source) (Android)

    • Nice UI with a range of themes and customizations
    • Supports import/export
    • Includes OLL and PLL trainer and algorithms reference in-app
    • Supports inspection
    • Ability to enable Hints for Cross/Extended Cross on 3x3
    • Scramble image
  • ChaoTimer (iOS)

    • Supports a range of gestures
  • Timiks (Source)

    • OLL/PLL trainer
    • Customizable UI
    • Cloud sync with Google
  • (Source)

    • Minimal design
    • Works offline on mobile as a PWA
    • Sync functionality
  • cTimer

    • Dark mode
    • Supports inspection
    • Scramble image

    cTimer is made by Conrad Rider, maker of VisualCube and other cubing software.

  • Ruwix Timer

    • Customizable theme and design
    • Scramble image + graph
    • Supports inspection

There are tons of timers out there but I think these options are pretty great for any use case that you might have. Enjoy!