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sia_simba Friday, December 16th, 2005
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month4 of 5 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
E1
Marker Setup: E2 Lotus
Strengths: In review
Weaknesses: In review
Review: I purchased the E2 this week for around $200 brand new. Not a bad price if you ask me. Now let me start off from the top down.

What I DO LIKE:

1. The packaging was GREAT. It was in a very nice tin box, color manual with thorough instructions, a very very good presentation in my opinion. Eclipse couldn't have done it any better.

2. The LCD screen is superb. I was using an E1 and thought, what big difference would it make, boy was I wrong. The E2 LCD screen makes it very attractive, easy to read, and conserve energy with the auto-dim option.

3. The grip feels very nice, attractive style but I guess that is just based on personal preference. However, I think the E1 grips feels a bit nicer because of the cushion thing they have on the grips. But the E2 doesn't fall a lot behind in comparison.

4. The sear solenoid retainer no longer falls out when the screws are removed from the grip like how the E1 did.

5. The top right screw for the grip on the right hand side no longer screw into the frame where it can pinch the solenoid + eye wires. Big improvement in my opinion.

6. The LCD menu is very easy to use. It shows you a category and you can go into the sub-category so at least you can guide yourself. I think this is really important. The eye on/off option is always available so you can tell at anything whether or not your eyes are on. I really love the ROF option. It tells you your max ROF and then gives you the current ROF you are doing. The timing is again a big bonus. You can time the gun to the exact specs you like it. ON the E1, timing is in whole numbers, whereas the E2, timing is to the decimal place. When adjusting breech sensitivity and such, you can do it by adjusting the breech sensor AND the sensitivity value, which in my opinion is a bonus. The old E1, you are able to adjust only the sensitivity and breech by scrolling back and forth in the menu which is a hassle. With the E2, both are on the same screen and you can compare the two either by numbers and/or by a bar scale.

7. The trigger feels a bit cheaper than the worrblade trigger, but it still looks nice though. My opinion. =) However, not much has been changed with the trigger adjustment. But there weren't any problems to begin with.

8. The solenoid cover looks pretty slick. I like the fact that it covers the entire solenoid so paint wont get in there if you get shot in the 3way. I think the way how the solenoid was made will decrease the chances of your 3way from leaking because the gasket is placed with the solenoid instead of how the E1 was like, which you can easily separate the two.

9. The frame has a nice design to it, well I guess its similar to the E1, but the back 3 buttons are a little tougher to press, and the top depression has a style to it which makes the overall appearance a bit more attractive. The LCD screen is no longer off centered like the E1 LED, so that is a plus as well.

10. It comes with a trilogy adapter for those who uses these style of A/C. I think its very thoughtful and nice of eclipse to make something like that.

What I DONT LIKE:

1. There are two little screws that is somewhat responsible for holding the sear solenoid in place when firing. On the right hand side of the frame, if you tighten that little screw too much, when shooting rapidly, the sear solenoid will rise up along w/ the sear solenoid retainer, thus it will depress your sear and prob cause missed shots or your hammer won't be able to catch. Maybe its a defect with my, which I doubt because I was able to fix the problem, but I don't know why eclipse would put that in the frame.

What I DIDNT TRY but WILL TRY and UPDATE:

1. The filter: I know a lot of people say there are no bounces, but I will try out the filter menu and see how it really is.

2. I haven't shot the marker with paint yet, but I'm sure it will rip. I am anxious to try all the different types of mode, along with the ramping mode. As of right now, I am only able to do 15bps max with the eye off, but of course, my gun is only timed to shoot 15bps max.



Conclusion: The E2 was better than what I expected. I definately love it. The price initially was what bothered me even when it was at $300. But since I got it for $200 bucks, I think its a big bonus since it comes w/ zero b board so I don't have to spend $80 bucks just to upgrade my old E1. If you have an E1 and want E2, instead of getting the zerob, sell your E1 and just purchase the E2 for around $200. That would make you drool. I would personally offered this item to anyone who is interested in upgrading. Of course if you are new to cockers and short on cash... the E1 is not as bad. And to conclude, I will try to update after I test out the item later on in the week. As for right now, It is the best as it can be. I recommend!

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1/26/06
I have shot this frame and I'll tell you one thing, I LOVE IT. The only thing that is a bit annoying I find is with switching the modes. You would have to remove the grip frame and then switch it. I guess that prevents people from cheating in tournaments, but I don't like it. =)

I love the ramping on this gun. Ramp up to 15bps when you've completed 5cycles per second. I use PSP mode of course. The only thing about ramping is that once you switch to PSP mode, it will automatically adjust your frame settings, i.e. con, coff, etc. I am not sure if that really affects the performance or not, but since you're ramping anyways... it doesn't matter.

I have also adjusted the filter for the marker and now it has absolutely no bounce. But before you adjust the filter, you must first adjust the trigger. It is very important to know that you can't have the trigger soooo light and back. Because if you do, your frame will still bounce due to the fact that it can't register it as a real shot or not. I have my trigger adjusted... then adjusted filter to a little bit of bounce... then readjusted my trigger again. Now I have no bounce.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Thursday, January 26th, 2006 at 5:16 pm PST
 

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