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BTRobertson Monday, March 6th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
3 months8 of 8 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Similar
Products Used:
Stock Smart Parts Nerve board (OEM Shocker in 2006)
Marker Setup: Smart Parts Shocker (Black)
Smart Parts high-efficiency bolt kit
Smart Parts Blackheart board
Freak stainless steel barrel system w/ boremaster kit
Smart Parts Q-lock low-rise feedneck
Empire Reloader B w/ rip drive
PMI 68/4500 fiber HPA

Kingman Spyder Rodeo Green
Kingman IPI 3.0 C.A.M.D. e-frame
Kingman Xtra Delrin ACS rear-cocking bolt
Smart Parts Freak Jr. rear, Freak front barrel system
Empire Reloader II e-hopper
Palmer Stabilizer Spyder Regulator kit (male)
CP Spyder Assault Block vertical ASA with LPC
Bad Habitz spring kit
Psycho Ballistics Bullet drop forward with on/off
Strengths: Programmability/Ease of Use
Key Modes
Price
Weaknesses: None
Review: I bought this board within minutes of buying my Black Shocker, which was a graduation gift to myself for finally finishing college this year. The store I purchased the gear from had every board known to man, including the Tadao, Predator, and Dynasty offerings. The Blackheart was the cheapest, and offered the modes I wanted while leaving out the modes I didn't need for tournament play.

Strengths:

1.) Programmability/Ease of Use - the instructions that come with the Blackheart are clear and consise, and explain each stage of programming. From Dwell to Sustain Rate to Kick-in, each mode is accessed by removing the grip (left side when looking at marker from the rear), turning the power on, and pressing the lower button. The board will "chirp", then you can cycle through the different yellow/red light combinations to get to the section you want to change. For instance, a single blinking yellow light is the Firing Mode section, where any one of four modes are selectable, such as Semi-Auto, PSP mode, NPPL mode, and Milennium Series mode. I can't remember them all, but suffice to say it's very easy to see which section you're changing. Then, when you want to make the change, hold the trigger in for three seconds and you're met with a series of chirps, which means you can now change the setting. When done, release the trigger and the settings are saved.

2.) Key Modes - as noted above, there are four key modes with the Blackheart - PSP, NPPL(NXL), Semi-Auto, and Milennium modes. When you select, for instance, the PSP mode, it automatically sets the Kick-in, Sustain, Ramping, and R.O.F. (rate of fire) settings, which rocks because you don't have to set each one of those individually. Setting the Firing Mode to PSP sets it once and you're ready to rock out. :)

3.) Price - Could you ask for more for $100.00? MSRP is $125.00, but you won't find it anywhere more expensive than $99.99. With all the modes, ease of use, accurate programming, and ease of installation, you can't beat it.

Another worthy note is that the Blackheart board will enable you to use any color shell/fill paint without Vision Eye issues. My friend and teammate had a Pewter Shocker just like mine, but stuck with the stock Nerve board. We were playing at All American Paintball Park last month and were using a dark shell rec (cheap) paint for BYOP practice day, and his Vision would stop working almost immediately after firing the first one or two balls, while mine would shoot and ramp with NO issues whatsoever. As soon as he bought the Blackheart, the problems went away. I just think the software of the board goes beyond modes - it is directly related to the types of paint you can shoot because my theory is that it "trains" the Vision Eye to work better. A nice feature indeed.
Conclusion: It's cheap, you get the modes, the Vision Eye works better, and it's Smart Parts. :) 'Nuff said. Best board for the money, hands down.
Rating:
10 out of 10
 

Review Comments
pball_4life99 Monday, March 27th, 2006 | 11:05 am PST
hey bt i sorta get what u are sayin but i just got a used ion all uped and it came with a black heart board but no instructions can some1 sorta help me out explaining how and how and when i no wat my gun seting is on
   

pball_4life99 Monday, March 27th, 2006 | 12:39 pm PST
but wat about the virtue board isent it aspost 2 be better even though there geting sued 4 makin it is it better then the blackheart
   

BTRobertson Tuesday, March 28th, 2006 | 3:56 am PST
quote:
Originally posted by pball_4life99
hey bt i sorta get what u are sayin but i just got a used ion all uped and it came with a black heart board but no instructions can some1 sorta help me out explaining how and how and when i no wat my gun seting is on

The instructions are downloadable from the Smart Parts website at www.smartparts.com. Just search around the products section and find the Blackheart - there's a link there to a PDF file of the instructions.

B.T.
   

BTRobertson Tuesday, March 28th, 2006 | 3:57 am PST
quote:
Originally posted by pball_4life99
but wat about the virtue board isent it aspost 2 be better even though there geting sued 4 makin it is it better then the blackheart

Yes, there are "better" boards out there, I guess, but "better" is relative. My Blackheart shoots straight, I can shoot 99% of the paint out there (the eye software is better on the BH board), and it's easy to program. Sure, there are more expensive boards out there, but I haven't tried them so I can't comment on what makes them "better".
   

pbfreaks29 Tuesday, April 25th, 2006 | 9:11 pm PST
Does the BH come with new eyes, or is it just a new connector???
   

jack_empire Thursday, June 15th, 2006 | 9:59 am PST
ur shocker sound nice
   

BTRobertson Thursday, July 13th, 2006 | 10:52 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by pbfreaks29
Does the BH come with new eyes, or is it just a new connector???


Sorry this took so stinking long, but yes, it comes with a new eye. They started doing that later on to market it better, so not all stores may have the BH board with a free eye.
   

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