The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion below.
Period of Product Use:
Less than a month
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This is up to the players preference, for me I don't really need any other upgrades, the stock setup works just fine
What Smart Parts did well:
1) Reliability / Performance - This gun can take some hits. I was tearing around the field all day with this marker, jumping, diving for cover, even (accidentally I might add) smashed it up against a wall during a match. The marker always fired consistenly and accuarately without any chopped balls or ball breaks. I shot about 4000+ rounds through it and had no problems.
2) Maintenance - The bolt out back design is great, simple to clean, easy to break down. If you break a ball in the chamber, you can have your gun cleaned, relubed and ready to go in 5 minutes or less.
3) The stock setup - The marker comes with a good barrel, a Q-lock feedneck, and Smart Parts On/Off ASA. Right out of the box you don't really need any upgrades.
4) Programming - This marker has a few different modes of operation, remove the screws securing the rubber handgrip and you can choose your settings with relative ease. Combined with the volume inserts for the firing chamber, you can configue the marker to your desired setup. (An LCD would be awesome, but it's not an Angel, It's good for the price you pay.)
5) Looks - It's just a good lookin' paintball gun.
A few things Smart Parts could've done better:
1) Include the full manual, they only give you a quick start guide. You have to download the full manual online. The quick start is enough, it tells you what you need to know, but for what you pay, they should give you the whole nine yards.
2) Maintenance equipment - The marker comes with the smaller allen wrenches, some o rings, air lines, and the volume control inserts (all good stuff), but SP did not include the larger allen wrench needed to break down the marker (5/16). I had to go to the hardware store to get one. Also according to the manual, you risk voiding the warranty if you use anything else but SP Sleek Lubricant. They do not include it with the marker, this was another thing I had to order separately.
3) The liquid carbon finish did not hold it's shine. After a full day of paintballing, I went to bed and cleaned my stuff the next day. For whatever reason, the paint made the shine go dull even with all my efforts to clean it up so it didn't look too good. I'm currently polishing off the LC finish (a couple sections of which were removed when a few paintballs hit my gun during play anyway) just to expose the metal which has a brighter color. I can tell it will look great when I'm done, but this isn't something I should have to do in the first place.
Overall, I'm happy with this gun. I don't play in tournments so I don't need to spend $800 on a shocker, but I love to play just for the fun of it so I wanted a marker that could hold it's own. Most of all I was very pleased with the performance. Although the weaknesses are somewhat annoying, when you get right down to a marker's rating, what really counts in my opinion is how well it gets paint from the marker to where you want it to go. The EOS does that very well for what you pay, so I gave it a 9/10. If any other important details come up, I will add them later.
Just wanted to point out that company's have realized how much money they can save by not printing hard copies of manuals. Thus, the 'quick start' phenomenon. Now, if a company turns around and gives this money to their officers, well then...however, for a company like Smart Parts, who is just KICKING all ar$$e with affordable high-end markers, I think getting online to download a manual is more than an acceptable trade off.
They aren't doing it out of laziness or oversight, they are doing it in order to keep giving us < $400 markers that other companies would charge twice that much for.