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At this price point you should get a couple of extra backs, like the A1
So, first impressions are good. The package it comes into is very nicely done, if the box had a handle you could take it to the field like that. Inside is your marker plus the expected extras, and it has one of the best manuals out there... taking it out of the box was surprising, I've read and heard so much about how light it is, I guess I was expecting a miracle or something. Not that I was disappointed or thought it was heavy, but to be honest, weight wise I was a lot more impressed when I bought my Angel One (didn't like it and it's been traded for the DM6). Then again I was used to the weight of the DMC I had been shooting for the longest at the time, so from that to the A1 was a major leap, which I didn't feel coming from the DM6 to the EGO7.
Obviously this is totally subjective and in no way it should influence other people, after all there's not too many lighter guns out there, if any... and since I kinda started with the low points, let's get that out of the way. I had already read about the gap between the trigger frame and the receiver, and even thou it's very small, and I mean VERY small, it's there and I can't blame anybody that paid $1000+ for being upset. I think perfection's kinda of a strong word, but parts that don't perfectly fit with each other is not the same as, say, slight milling or anno imperfections... The visible eye wires are a by product of that situation, but the gap is so small I don't see the wires as being a problem, still havenít been shot precisely there, so I would say itís no big deal (so far).
The little silver thingie under the LPR kinda bugs a little too, it digs into my index finger when I'm shooting with my off hand, what's it doing there anyways? People told me it's supposed to take some air to the solenoid, but isn't this solenoid heralded as being electrically powered, or direct-acting? Not sure what's it do, but I'm not crazy about it, not very symmetrical nor ergonomic. Another thing that's not really a low point, but the comparision is favorable to the competition, is the size of the trigger guard. I've got myself so used to the spacious Ultralite frame on my DM6, that now my fingers hit the guard when I'm trying to walk the trigger really fast. It should just be a matter of getting used to it, but if you have large hands or fingers, you might wanna try it out before making a purchase decision.
If you're the type of EGO owner that likes to upgrade the hell out of a marker, you might wanna look somewhere else, because the gun comes from the factory so shock full of features that the aftermarket companies are having a hard time coming up with parts that actually upgrade instead of downgrading it. It seems to be the case with the Virtue and Tadao boards for example, even thou they offer several "gangsta" modes and whatnot, you'll be loosing some features like the great LCD screen, or the abilty to change the trigger activation mode from opto to microswitch. Even the stock barrel is better than most aftermarket offerings.
And the last low point (for now), there's a couple of pointy spots that could not mix very well with "good-dives-gone-wild" on the field, namely the back of the bolt and the corner of the trigger guard. If you somehow manage to stick your finger in between that and the macro line fitting on the HPR and then dive, you could be in for a nasty injury... oh well, I guess I'm just being kinda picky now...
Ok, those were the lows and now for the good parts. I haven't owned an EGO before, but believe me, I know how they sound... and this one is NOT EGO loud. It's not DM quiet either, but it's a lot better than previous models... and the same goes for shot smoothness. It does kick a bit for somebody used to spool valves, but I'm sure it'll improve as the regs break in and I find some comfortable settings for myself. These are two of the areas where it greatly surpasses the performance of the Angel One (one of it's most direct competitors) more noticeably.
The trigger is really one of the key strengths of this marker, no side to side movement, very light and crisp, I hear it's completely adjustable but I like the factory adjustment so much I'm afraid to change it and mess it up. Very sweet trigger indeed. As a stock feature, it's only comparable to the A1 trigger, but the EGOís even nicer. Without any tinkering I was able to rip strings of 21+ bps on semi, effortlessly. Add to that the opto / micro switch option and you have something that in itself almost justifies getting the gun, since no other brand can claim to offer that feature.
The software is very adjustable; you have a ton of settings and adjustments that can dramatically affect the performance of the marker. When you first open it, the tournament lock is active, so you have very few options to play with. Once you turn it off, an almost overwhelming quantity of parameters becomes adjustable, and you have to take some time getting used to it, because thereís a lot of menus inside menus and more sub menus that only show up if you know precisely what youíre doing. I wouldnít call it ďunfriendlyĒ, but compared to the scroll wheel of the A1 it feels a bit cumbersome. Obviously is a lot better than counting blinking lights (specially under the sunshine) on the Ultralite frames, but still its complexity requires some getting used to. The payoff is the high customization options, allowing you to fine tune it to your taste to an incredible degree. However, itís not recommended to start fussing around with the settings until the marker is broken in, which should happen after 10 cases or so.
Accuracy seems to be right on par with the Dye guns, which is a major accomplishment in my opinion. It seems not to mind too much the quality of the paint, shooting both fresh paint and older stuff with similar results. The quality of the paint apparently is a much more influential factor, since the higher grade paintballs seemed to fly much straighter out of the Dye Titanium Boomstick Iíve been using instead of the Shaft 2. And their sizing seems to be fundamental as well, had to shoot a batch of extremely small paintballs last weekend and the results were considerable less than acceptable.
Consistency wasnít extremely impressive, fluctuating around the +/- 8 fps range, which I guess is fine for the break in period, but Iím hoping will improve dramatically. The real highlight in my opinion is the efficiency, shooting close to a case of paint from a good 68/45 fill. Big difference for someone used to DMs, having to fill up tank every few pods or so, just to be on the safe side. Perfect for any position on the field. Mid guys can use smaller tanks and still have enough air to fill in for the back line if necessary.
This marker looks awesome. Mineís a dust black one and itís sweet. I've got myself the silver polished CCU Kit, just waiting for it to arrive. Other than the already infamous gap, thereís nothing really to complain about. Light, compact, fast, adjustable and very desirable. Planet Eclipse has another winner on their hands.
So far I like it a lot. If I wasn't such a gun whore I could probably have this marker as my primary gun for quite a while. I won't deny that money was somewhat of an issue, otherwise I would've bought a DM7, but now I'm kinda happy I didn't. So far it gets...
9 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, July 21st, 2011 at 6:49 pm PST
Not sure why this review wasn't helpful to others. It was nice to see someone that understands the english language well enough to communicate their opinions in a legible format.
I was considering an Angel One at one point and I've also owned a DM6 as well. It was nice to see some comparisons between the three (judge by what you've had experience with.)
Overall this was an excellent review. I'm REALLY looking forward to my Ego 7 in the next couple of days...despite the Ego 8 coming out (not as impressed as when the Ego 7 was released...still the perfect gun in my opinion.)