e1 eBlade, various other electronic markers (timmies, angels, bushy, etc.)
Turtle Cocker Body (sometimes referred to as halfback or halfblock)
Turtle pump rod, Turtle delrin back block and Turtle delrin bolt
AKA Tornado valve
Better trigger/trigger pull
Break-beam eye setup is not yet available
If you haven't seen a Turtle or halfblock autococker, do a quick search on google. With the MP4 ram and very light cocking components, I was able to get the e1 to cycle at a rate that would allow for 28cps. I was very surprised when the e2 opened things up and allowed an incredible 40cps. With air, and the marker firing as normal (in other words, I wasn't in training mode, the marker would have actually fired a paintball out the barrel), it will fire, recock and close the bolt in less than 25ms total.
Unfortunately, I doubt the e2 will allow everyone's autococker to see that kind of improvement, you should see solid incremental gains in cycle times with the e2. There are also lots of other refinements, but I'll just highlight the stuff that no one else has covered:
-The new LCD can display a lot more information all at once. Now you always see your battery level and whether the eye is on/off. You can then select to see the game timer, shot counter, or current and max rates of fire. You can set a default display so if you want to see the shot counter when you first power up instead of the game timer, it will. However, unlike the e1, the e2's display seems to have a bit of a delay, kind of like a slow computer updating the screen. It's nothing major, but it's nocticable.
-Some of the timings now have finer adjustments. The SON time is now adjustable in 0.1ms increments. See the manual on PlanetEclsipse's website for more details.
-The trigger can be set to an even shorter pull, so short that you can't even feel it being pulled. You can set the pull even shorter than you could with the e1. When you set it this short though, even the TT filters really won't help.
-TT filters: In both the e1 and the e2, the trigger uses an eye beam sensor inside the frame to sense when the trigger is pulled. The TT filters allow you to set sensitivity settings similar to setting your breach sensor. It's a nice feature, but with all of the hype, I guess I was expecting something more.
-The new grips are more of a panel design with rubber over the plastic panels. They still wrap around the front of the frame. The plastic panelling makes it feel a bit more solid. Also, the rubber no longer has those tiny little fins that paint and goo get stuck in so easily, yet are so hard to clean out.
-I can't really comment on the battery life as I just installed my e2 tonight, but I have no reason to doubt that the e2 will last longer.
If you have an e1 already, unless you have a marker that's truly top of the line, your money is probably better spent on cheaper parts such as lighter cocking pieces and a good ram and QEVs. You'll get the same speed gains with those cheaper parts for a lot less money.
Even though it's a bit pricey, I'm giving it a 10 because I'm sure the price will come down over the coming months.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, December 9th, 2004 at 9:31 pm PST