Possibly Evolve Kit ( Read below)
Very nice trigger, good looks, balanced to my liking
Chopping Paint, Board shutting off, Cleaning
I am a very unbiased person, regardless if I just spent over a grand for a product. I will not lie about it's performance and give it a 10 like 95% of these other people. People give Spyders, Cockers, Timmys, etc 10's, it is a very innacurate system and it needs to be stopped.
I owned my angel for about three months and put only about 10 cases through it. I will describe each aspect of the gun and give my personal opinion and rating.
Not as light as my timmy's, but I did noticed it was more balanced. With a stiffi, 45/45, and a reloader b, I noticed it was a little back heavy, but if it is on your shoulder, that doesn't make a difference. Because it wasn't the lightest thing out on the market, I will give weight a 8/10.
While this is all personal opinion, I do believe they improved the looks over the previous model dramatically. They went to the 'old school' milling of a led - smooth and plain. I fell in love with the looks when I first laid my eyes on it. Secondly comes the anodizing and finish. I had a dust black and they did a great job. Only disappointment I had is that it scratched easily. I was taking off a grip, the allen wrench slipped, and scratched the marker. I am usually very gentle with my markers, so I was shocked that it nicked the anodizing that easily. Because of that, I am giving looks/finish a 9/10.
Nothing special here. Sounds like a normal angel, moderately loud like a timmy.
The trigger is simply amazing. Hands down the smoothest trigger I have felt on ANY gun.. and that is saying a lot. Because of this, a high ROF was attained with ease. I don't look for a max ROF, but consistency. Are you easily able to constantly shoot 15bps? 20? etc. I never tested my speed, but I can tell you that I could shoot a stream all day. This is hands down my favorite part of the gun. 10/10 ( Yes, a true 10. )
This is where I became disappointed. The gun felt, looked, and dry fired great. Before I shot the first paintball, I had high expectations and was thinking that this could possibly be THE best gun on the market. Sorry to inform you, but it isn't. To make a long story short, this gun is VERY picky. I am in no way a novice tuner. I know how to work on guns forward and backwards with my eyes closed. I already had an angel parts kit, adjusted the ram, set the dwell, and lpr to it's appropriate settings. Out of a case, I would legitimately chop/break 50+ balls. This is completely unacceptable. I was using several different types of paint, ranging from stinger to marbilizer. The bad thing about this marker, is once you break paint in your breech, you better just call yourself out. You honestly will keep breaking paint. I have NEVER experienced this much bad luck with a marker & paint.
I will drop the chopping case, and move on to when it would actually shoot. Like all angels, they do not have a 'flat' trajectory. According to physics ( Yes, I have taken many classes ), any object traveling at the same velocity will travel the same distance. However, there are variables to this law, including the spin on the ball. To save you time, the 05 speed does not shoot any different than the previous angels. I would not recommend this for a backer on a 7-10 man team.
Other than what I stated, the marker performed okay. Besides shooting fast, I was mildly disappointed with this marker. I am going to give shooting a 6/10.
Other various problems:
I am going to make this short and sweet:
1) This marker is inefficient.
2) The board shuts off randomly during game play
3) The eyes turn off randomly during game play
4) Very inconsistent over the chrono
5) More kick than other markers
Some might be saying - 'Throw an Evolve kit on there, that will fix the: Sound, kick, chopping, etc, etc.' It might, it might not. Because I did not try out the Evolve kit, I will not comment. However, I believe a gun should operate flawlessly stock and you should not have to buy a $160 part to fix it. Stock, this gun receives a generous 7/10.
Good review. I like the way you went throught the problems you experienced. Despite all of that I'm planning on picking up an 05 Speed for myself very soon. I have tested them out and was rather pleased with them.
I agree that stock the marker should perform flawlessly within it's limits. I hope that I do not experience the choping and such that you have. And if I do I shall do everything I can to fix it.