Alias Intimidator- older, but very similar operationally. It compared with all the other guns of its time the same that the ego8 compares to the guns of today.
Alias Intimmidator, Halo, Centerflag 68/45, Cp Barrel Kit
A nice barrel kit will finish off this gun. The shaft is a bit expensive and redundant though, as you can only buy the complete set and the gun comes with a .693 back and 14" front stock.
EFFICIENCY, weight, ease-of-maintenance, speed
Maybe too light- some commented that it felt like a toy.
I picked this gun up for a nice price that I can't disclose with high expectations. So far, the gun has not been found wanting. I made my decision because I wanted something new that was light, would turn heads, was easy to take care of, and was efficient. Obviously, the ego8 fit the criteria in all respects.
The gun itself is very light. I compared it with my alias and found that the difference wasn't huge, but it was noticeable. I loved the milling, and in my opinion it's better than the 07's. I also have loved the way ego's look for a long time, so I may be a bit biased.
Besides the aesthetics comes the technical side of the gun. It's a ram-poppet type gun like the intimidator. The only real difference in function is the use of QEV's in the ego's. The nature of its operation means that it is very air-efficient, and I believe it is one of the most, if not THE most efficient type of gun in the market. I got 7 pods and a hopper off of a 4000psi fill and had 1000-1500 psi to spare before I filled up and podded up again. The quote I heard was 9 pods and a hopper off of a 68/4500, but i have yet to have gotten a full fill on my bottle or an opportunity to put it to the test.
I chopped one of the first 4 balls I shot, but it was because I had forgotten to turn my hopper on. The special feedneck was supposed to deal with that, but whatever. I swabbed my barrel and kept shooting fine. There was little kick and the noise signature was only a bit louder than my teammate's intimidator.
If you have the money, go for it. I believe that the ego, and all high ends, are over-priced for what they are, but if you want the best there is then look nowhere else. My only gripe is the recall on the reg collars, but at least they're replaced for free. Oh, and the lack of maroon ccu kits to match Texas A&M's colors.