Eclipse Ego (Blue to Silver Fade)
JT Proteus Clear.
VL Evolution 2 (Y Board)
+ Zeus G2 as a backup.
PMI 5000 PSI 68 Cu
Weight Well Distributed.
Swine To Strip.
Poor Construction Materials.
ok, when i got my Viewloader Evolution II (egg 2) with Y Board, i was rightly Sceptical of the claims of 19 BPS that is stated on the Box.. But most companys advertise there products with an unrealistic theoretical maximum, so i wont gripe too much about that..
I have seen a lot of people moan about the spacer between the 2 batterys.
Saying that with it in, they had to remove their batterys with pliers ect..
Obviously those individuals didnt read the manual that came with the Egg..
OK. its a hopper, youve handled other hoppers.. but instructions are there for a reason, you never know what tid-bits of information might be in them worth noting...
Said people are quick to scorn the spacer without actually realising what it is for..
well.. let me enlighten you.. C class Batterys (9V square ones to you and me..) are not manufactured to a specific size, none of them can agree to a standard size, granted, most makes of battery fit rather comfortably without the spacer, (so if your forcing it in anyway.. then frankly.. that was silly thing to do.. wasnt it?) but a couple of makes 9V batterys are rediculously small.. so the spacer will go inbetween them to stop them rattling about in the casing..
OK. now i got that out of my system.. im sorry if i sound condescending.. but please.. read the manual people.. it is there for a reason, and should only be used if needed..
Right, Let me start my Review..
NOTE :- i have 2 Eggs.. what i say covers both.
- "Reliable." All in all, i have had very few actual technical glitches or problems with this loaders mechanics, when it does act up, it either needs new batterys or a good clean
and its right as rain.
- "Relatively Fast." This loader feeds quite happily at 13 BPS, with a fresh set of batterys, it can just barely manage 15 BPS. this is by no means what its advertised at, but this is generally more than adequate unless you got super fingers, or ramping..
In whitch case, slam a Z Board in it, this should knock it up a ball or 2..
(i measure its speed with an EGO with Eyes on.)
- "Battery Life." The General Concensus seems to be about 5000 shots on 2 x 9V batterys. i actually get between 7000 and 10000 ber pair, whitch im quite happy about.
- "weight distribution." ok, this is down to personal preference, but the Egg comes back from the feedneck rather than being directly on top of it like other hoppers, the laws of physics & perpetual motion, and my personal prefference of how my gun weight should be distributed at the rear, make my Egg the hopper of coice for me if im going to be swinging my gun about a lot.
- "Shape," The Eggs profle is pretty decent, especially after you trim an inch of the feedneck, and its shape just looks cool...
- "Build Material." The shell and feedneck of the Egg feel like some Brittle Thermosetting Plastic, and sure enough, they are..
Ive had several broken Battery Doors, and a couple of broken lids.. both my feednecks are also cracked, but so far, havent had to replace them.
- "Stripping." The Egg is fairly simple inside, but BE WARNED! pay very close attention to how it comes apart as if you dont, putting it together again can be very tricky! its not all that hard once you get the hang of it, but the first time can be VERY awkward..
I put this down to poor design. (i had no trouble with the lid springs..)
- "On/Off Switch." Although i havent actually had a problem with this, the little metal lever switch does seem like it "Could" potetially be easily damaged either on the field, or in the kit bag.. and i dont think this was the best idea Viewloader ever had when designing the Egg. Consequently, i always transport my Eggs in their boxes to prevent this ever becoming a problem..
An Extra weakness i found on the Egg.
i recently purchased an SP8 whitch has a 45 feed neck with Elbow.
i bought another Egg & Z Board as i was happy with the one on my Ego.
When used on a Scenario Marker, this Hopper has a MAJOR problem.
Due to the Eggs unique way of oppening, (Mainly sliding the lid back over the hoppers
rear end) i find this puts immense strain on the Elbow of a scenario marker..
(due to the hoppers feedtube being right at the front, and the lid at the back, a simple understanding of physics and tensile stregnth should have made me see this coming..)
i will not Edit my score as i am still verry happy with Eggs.. but it seems i will need to cut my losses, and buy something top loading for my SP8..
The Egg is a Decent Hopper for the Price, as it will keep up with the demands that most players will exert on it..
I get the impression that perhaps Viewloader were in a hurry to get the Egg on the market, as i feel some really poor design choices were made in its construction
and have resultantly left it with some rather dissapointingly obvious design flaws..
Apart from that though, it is a fine hopper, and i would recomend it..
I gave it an 8 as it is certainly an adequate hopper...
8 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, May 10th, 2006 at 2:58 pm PST
quote:Originally posted by coonfizzle are you saying the egg does 13-15 on a drop test or on the gun becuase mine easily does 17 on drop tests. Ive never, shot that fast with it so i wouldn't know. Just wondering
ahh.. my bad...
on the gun.. i know it would go faster on a drop test, but i have no way to measure its BPS on a drop test..