timmy's come close, never shot an angel that could compete with this, viking is really close in design
2k2 LED matrix, freeflow bolt, Halo no rise, AKA SCM lpr, torpedo hpr, cherry switch, Tadeo 4.0, blade trigger, cp rail and cradle
new bolt/kit for efficiency, lpr (PBR, AKA, trininty), cherry switch, new board, eyes if you can afford 'em.
Speed, no kick, accuracy, efficiency (once you get a new bolt), ease of use
Weight, maintenance, stock internals
I've gotten a few reviews in for various markers. Everytime I write a review, I try and focus on the positive because most of the time, the negative is user error and not marker fault. This is case for most higher end markers, so spyders and such I won't comment on.
So to start things off, the negatives.
Weight - no lie, this is heavy marker unmilled. You can get aftermarket bodies, but these are typically completely up'd and then you're no longer shooting a gen-e trix, you're shooting a nyx, tequila, whatever it might be. With Halo and tank, it weighs quite a bit. this takes a little getting used to.
Maintenance - we've all been there. you get your first trix, there's a problem, you freak out but then you lube the bolt/replace some o-rings and everything is back to normal. You have to be patient, you have to do your homework, and you have to ask questions in order to get to a point where you're comfortable doing all the work yourself. The bolt lubing process is not hard, but can be screwed up really easily. The orings are a plenty, and getting them mixed up is pretty easy. these are all first time owners mistakes that most of us go through. The upside is that almost every problem is an oring or lube problem. Got a leak? lube it.. leak gone. bolt sticks.. lube it.. stick gone. You get the picture.
Stock internals - ok, don't get me wrong. The stock internals are better then you'll find on any stock marker out there. But in order to get rid of piss poor efficiency, the occassional chopping, and some bolt stick problems.... you'll have to shell out for a nice bolt, lpr, and maybe board. It's a small price to pay for something which helps so much
So there, the bad in my opinion. I'd say price, but I honestly believe you get what you pay for with a matrix.
Speeeeeeeeeed.. walk, walk, walk, walk.. walk all day. The matrix is a fast marker. It's really fast and has no problem shooting however fast you'd like it to. With a little trigger work and a decent lpr you can lay ropes of paint down like you were on full auto. I try and let everyone test fire my trix who wants to because there is no way of describing how fast it is. I've owned timmy's, I've owned angels, I'm owned imps, I've even owned custom ebladed cockers and I can shoot a matrix faster than all of them. Maybe I just found my perfect fitting marker, but many people say this about their trixs which leads me to believe that the matric just cycles that fast. I read somewhere that this is the fastest recorded cycling marker, but I don't remember where or have the link so don't quote me on that.
No kick .. um yeah, pretty self explainatory. But I have no kick on my matrix. Dangle it with your pinky and fire it. it won't move. This is nice for keeping consistent shots.
Efficiency.. ok, with the stock bolt, expect 700-900 shots from a 68/4500. Put in the freeflow bolt or evolve kit, and you're looking at much better numbers. I have the freeflow personally, and I get 1300 or so shots per fill. Not too shabby.
Ease of use.. so maybe this contradicts my maintenance section above. but not really. Once you get used to the little lubing querks....and the oring changing, it's really a simple marker to use. The spool bolt system is the only real moving part, the breach is easily interchangeable, frame upgrades are a snap. There isin't much that can't be done to a matrix yourself.
Chopping - it won't happen with the right lpr setup. just having the right lpr isin't enough. it needs to be set correctly and depending on the lpr, will need to be checked and set every few weeks. But when set right, the pressure is just too low to chop.
Hope that helps a perspective buyer. I don't feel the need to write a review for all you people who already own one. But the information above will maybe sway some of you into trying one and you will like it.
It's got everything people want. speed, accuracy, and with some upgrades efficiency. It gets lotsa looks, especially when you're done railing on the trigger. All in all, it's one of the better markers out there.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, April 20th, 2004 at 8:38 pm PST