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sumorai Thursday, December 6th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
3 months19 of 28 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Similar
Products Used:
Cyborg
DM/PM
Shocker
Threshold
Marker Setup: Droid
VLocity + Gangstar
Lucky un1tec barrel
Recommended
Upgrades:
Doesn't need anything
Strengths: Small
Light
Fast
Reliable
Very low-pressure operation (100psi)
Only one reg to deal with
Weaknesses: Price?
Run out of paint quickly
Review: Opening up the box you've got the standard MacDev two-piece MatchStik barrel (.689), a nice barrel bag, a small jar of Militia Lube, a very nice little allen key set, a wonderfully detailed manual, and the Droid itself. So to start off with, you get a great, full package. The manual is very impressive compared to those that came with the Cyborgs. I hope this improvement is mirrored in the Cyborg release next year.

Let's get the subjective items out of the way first. The gun, in my opinion, looks amazing. I find the milling to be very elegant, clean and smooth, with the gloss red finish showing off all of the curves and lines beautifully in any light.

The trigger frame is almost exactly like that of the Cyborg. It is slightly thinner, but the grips are thicker, so it feels much the same as the Cyborg. As for the grips, they are much sturdier, but feel about the same. The small window to view the LED lets a lot of light out, so it's easy to see in any conditions. The trigger is the same as that of the 07 Cyborg (later versions) which is itself a slightly more comfortable version of the 06 Cyborg trigger.

The last subjective item is the spacing between the reg and the trigger guard. Some hate it, some like it. I find it immensely comfortable. It's tiny like a Mini, but not too small (which I think the Mini is). To me, the Droid is "just right" size- and comfort-wise.

Onto the objective items, I'll start with the little things. First, the new on/off ASA. It is small, it is light, it is very smooth and easy to use. I don't know why, but mine only came with one grub screw holding it on. However, mine was a display model at Cup, so it's totally understandable if something like that was overlooked. It's no big deal, actually, as the one grub screw holds it on quite sturdily.

Next, the feedneck. MAJOR improvement over the old style. I honestly kinda like the taller feedneck, but I've had no problems with this one. The clamp works easily and slides around the diameter of the feedneck so you can position it anywhere you want. I did have a little trouble clamping down on a hopper with a very thin feedneck, but I screwed the adjuster in all the way and it held it. My feedneck was not loctited in, so it unscrewed when I spun a clamped-in hopper around. A little loctite fixed that, though. All-in-all, it's a great improvement over the old-style Cyborg feedneck. If it's too short for you, you can change it out with any MacDev / AKA threaded feedneck.

The MatchStik barrel is top-notch as always. I did notice that using a Dye Ultralight barrel on it was a tad quieter, but I like the MatchStik better for accuracy and self-cleaning. If you don't think the MatchStik is a good barrel, please click here and read some research on paintball gun barrels.

Efficiency is great. With reballs, shooting at 220fps, you can shoot over a case on a 68/45. With regular paint, shooting 290fps, I was getting around 1600-1700 shots from a 68/45. This is based on me shooting ~800 shots using 2300psi in a 68/45.

Technical aspects: Adjusting the reg is easy. There's a handy little sticker on it telling you which way to adjust it. I haven't had to adjust the trigger at all, but you can if you'd like. Again, it's the same as a Cyborg. The stock board is the same as a 2007 Cyborg also, with the Militia code on it. It is much like a Tadao board in terms of programming: very easy with a multi-colored LED. All of the details are in the included manual. I did find that mine was too bouncy and I had to adjust the debounce up from 10 to 15, and the AMB up to 5 to get it to be legal for tournament play.

The gun shoots very smoothly. It feels a lot like a Cyborg. I held one in each hand and shot each and the only thing I noticed was a difference in the sound. I've had people compare my Borg to a DM before, and I'd have to agree that the Droid shoots much like a DM. I haven't shot a shocker in a while, so I don't know how it compares. Oh, and it's fast.

It is consistent over a chrono. Even +/- 3 and sometimes +/- 5 over the chrono with reballs, and usually +/- 3 with paint (depends on the paint, obviously). Accuracy, again, depends on the paint.



Maintenance is an issue I'm not sure of yet. I played with the internals a few times trying to figure out how it works and to take pictures for people curious about the gun. As such, I believe I caused a small leak at one point, but it's never been a problem. It comes and goes. Usually if I break a ball (it's happened a couple of times using cheap paint) it'll get a small leak, but it seals itself after a while, it seems.

A lot of people object to, or are worried by, the number of o-rings in the Droid Drive Train. In my experience so far, it has not been an issue. Taking the Drive Train out and replacing it in the marker, I have not nicked any external orings on the back cap threads at all. There are only a couple of dynamic orings inside the gun (maybe 4 or 5) and only one you need to be concerned about at all. However, I would feel better with an o-ring kit on-hand. Hopefully they'll include one with the Droid at some point.

I think it's a bit early in the game to come to a final conclusion, but so far, I love it. All of my other guns (except my Viking) are going away and I'll have just those two. This gun shoots great and, for me, is extremely comfortable to use. I'll probably post more here after I've had a chance to put it through its paces in a tournament (hopefully this weekend). Until then, feel free to post any questions and I'll answer as best I can.

Much thanks to loki for bringing it back from Cup for me, to Kai for making sure I get my gloss red, and to James & MacDev for making a great new paintball marker.



Please see the Droid FAQ page for more information, pictures, videos, where to buy, etc.

Update 11/11/07: Using the Droid in the cold (30-40 degrees) is fine, but you'll probably want to use a larger bore size than the included .689. I had a lot of barrel breaks with it. (shooting polar ice) I was getting around 1400-1500 shots per tank efficiency-wise in the cold weather, shooting 300fps.

Update 11/17/07: Played some woodsball today I had my 68/45 filled to 4K today, went out and shot a hopper and 4 pods (760 balls) @ 280fps and used 2000psi from the tank. By those numbers, that's 1710 shots per tank. Also, it didn't chop once. But I had some barrel breaks again. I need to get a .696, heh.

Update 12/4/07: I had problems with my Droid at Commander's Cup. Juan (MD USA), Kai (ranjerzproshop) & Fernando (Nurv) all helped out. MD USA replaced my bolt and valve with new updated parts. Also, Fernando helped me figure out a problem I've had with it on and off. If your Droid is chopping paint, check your loader to see if you can lower its force settings so that it doesn't put too much tension on the stack. This weakens the balls so when they hit the breech or are fired, they explode in the gun.

Update 12/6/07: Shot a case with it playing last night. Not a single break. Shot accurately all night. I love it!
Conclusion: I would recommend this gun to any serious tournament paintball player, or anyone who wants a highly reliable and high-performing spool valve marker.

If you don't have the money for it, grab a Quest or Threshold instead.
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

Review Comments
Etfren Thursday, December 6th, 2007 | 10:45 pm PST
Excellent review Sumorai. If I ever get the money I'm getting one of these.

I never knew you had a PBR account.
   

snakeseatcans32 Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 | 3:45 pm PST
Running out of paint quick isnt a weakness, unless you meant running out of Air.
nice review
   

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