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pabll1224 Tuesday, March 16th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
1 year
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Strengths: Speed speed speed!
Weaknesses: Lots of them. Disapointed with many design flaws.
Review: THE GOOD:
When it works right it is an amazing frame! Fast Fast Fast! The lightest trigger pull ever! So light, in fact, that you have to be careful not to hit the gun from the rear too hard or it will fire! I love the features available on the LCD screen, The Ball Counter and Game Timer especially. I almost always use the unit in tournament mode because I play at certified fields so I don't have live experience with it in full auto or 3 shot burst mode. And I feel that the turbo mode is just a waste of time.

THE BAD:
On my frame I've had problems right out of the box. The wiring harness is loose at the connector to the circuit board and requires that I jam a wad of tape behind the grip to hold it in place to function properly. I will have to ship the frame to Mako to have this repaired. I also had to drill the holes for the function buttons to a bigger size because the buttons were binding against the sides which prevented operation. The side panels of the grip are cheesy and do not keep the internals protected from moisture or paint.
Conclusion: OVER ALL:
It's a good idea, but I see a TON of room for improvement in the design and engineering of this frame. I wish I could work with Mako to design a much better frame. (My wannabe mechanical engineer side poking out)

RECOMMENDED IMPROVEMENTS:
--Lower profile or differently positioned electrical connector to the circuit board.
--More ergonomically designed grip. It's currently too square.
--Lower profile trigger. The separation between fingers is too large for most people.
--Rubber grip side and panels and front and rear of frame.
--Moisture sealing around side panels, function buttons, and charging port.
--More easily accessible Battery compartment rather than jammed in along side the electronics of the gun.
--Include 9.6 volt rechargeable battery and charger with unit.

I realize that changes of this type may double the price of the frame but after all of the bad experience I've encountered with this unit it would be WELL worth it!
Rating:
3 out of 10Last edited on Tuesday, March 16th, 2004 at 12:09 am PST
 

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