OlaBonga on 11/23/2018
For the price, this is a real bargain. 1 Tenergy or 7 Illumina X88??? Great for bh, but can also play good fh. I put a tacky protect-sheet on it, and that made the rubber tacky too! I have done so with Magna TX2 and Renanos Hold. My 5 years old Nittaku Renanos old has better spin now than when it was new, i kid you not!
danlaabraten on 5/18/2014
For the price, awsome rubbe. As many here already said great for backhand. But fh also very nice. No real weaknesses.
lisaehk on 10/13/2013
Very good rubber for that price (18 dollar)
Sonny on 8/9/2011
I really hated this rubber the first night I tried. I screamed "I hate this rubber!" all night. Surprisingly, I managed to stay unbeaten in four matches that night. I paired the rubber with my carbon blade Galaxy T-2. The next day, I changed my blade to balsa blade TSP Versal ... It was like a gold apple on a silver bed. Everything felt right. Yeah, feeling is the most important attribute here. If it feels just right: speed, spin, and control can be easily produced or adjusted. Like shoes, when they feel right and comfortable, the owner can step, walk, dance, and run confidently.
AIR Illumina x88 has glue sound, but a tad slower than most glued rubbers. It has taller pips or longer legs like most non-Chinese rubbers. Technically, taller pips (on both pips-out and inverted) mean the rubber is less reactive or less sensitive to opponent's spin. The pip pattern is also different from most inverted rubbers on the market. Its pip vertical spacing is longer than the horizontal spacing. AIR Illumina x88's top sheet is not tacky at all. However, its surface is firm and grippy. It looks like a "grainy" surface to me. Probably a sign of longevity? The sponge is and feels medium hard. The weight is between most Japanese and Chinese rubbers.
Like Cole said, this rubber is very different. To me, it does feel and play very different in a good way. However, it pushes, loops, blocks, spins, and smashes more like a European than a Chinese rubber. It reminds me of glued Stiga Mendo. I have been playing with AIR Illumina x88 for almost a month now and all I can say is, this is my rubber. For now (at least until LA Open, September 2011).
Kamen on 9/16/2017
Excellent for straightforward, linear, aggressive shots just above the net. The blade must offer very high control (Andro Treiber Z). Forget the high angle of throw, wait for the right moment and peck like a snake..