First off I bought this gun brand new for the newly dropped price of $400. I'm going to compare it to other spools like Pms and then other guns in the price range, but first I'll start with the impressions on it and then explain it's strenghts and weaknesses.
Sweet. The gun comes in a tombstone shaped box (I thought it was cool. Some would say it's not), Micro line included, a set of extra o-rings (super nice), and Hater Sauce lube. Enough to last a while. The first thing i noticed was how small it was. The photo's don't do it justice.
The trigger is the best I've owned by far. It reminds me a lot of my teammates 06 intimiadors trigger. Almost no side to side play and great return.
Bolt Design: This is in reference to the bettter air efficency than all other spool valves ;(pre-druid). A lot better then the Dm's and PM's I've got my hands on.
Grip Position; This is the first marker I know of that allows you to switch the grip from a forward to a back postion. I noticed the same with the ASA when I put my On/off on it.
Board W.A.S. board, Enough said.
Grips: The grips are sweet. I don't care what anyone says, they are cool.
Microline placement: The reg is made so the microline enters it on the left side right where your hand should be. Not only is this uncomfortable, but it makes it so you have to take the grip off get the reg off.
No On/Off: All guns that are $800 should have an On/Off. This isn't as big of deal now that the price is $400, but for $800 is was rediculous.
Not pre-tested: By this I mean the factory dosn't air up the guns before sending them off. I know this becase one of my body screws where leaking baddly when I first aired it up. I had to heat the screw to get the locktight to let go. I then used a higher grade locktight, and a nicer screw in it's place. This is important becuase it allows stupid little things like this to get out. A person not a mechanically inclinded would have a problem with this.
Compared to other Spools I've shot, (Pm6, Dm4) This marker is alot smaller. It's more air efficent. It shoots just about the same. Not sure if FEP is as good as DYE yet, but i'll update this as I deal more with FEP.
Compared to Angels, the quest smaller again. It has less kick and a much nicer trigger than my Fly.
Compared to other $400 markers, I thought, and still think this is a better marker. My freinds fusion dons't shoot as smooth and isn't as small. The quests trigger is so much nicer.
When the Quest first came out, I though the Price was to high. No On/Off and unknown company had me worrying. Because of the recent price drop I feel it's the best new marker in that price range. It easly goes round for round with the PM6, is well ahead of the DM4, Fly, and Fusion.
For $400 it's a great buy, for $800, I always thought it was overpriced. And when I opened the box and it leaked, I questioned FEP a little more but for $400, 9/10 easly.
Please keep in mind I will up-date as I deal more with FEP and shoot the marker more.