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FISTFULLOFRODEO Monday, March 17th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month63 of 67 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Tippman 98/A-5- (heavy and cost more, but they still are good markers)
Spyder Pilot ACS- (larger body, heavier, ACS chops more than it should)
Spyder VS1- (board is faster, action is harsher, has eyes, bit more weight)

Marker Setup: Platinum Onyx Smartparts Epiphany
Blackheart board
Virtue eyes
Q-loc clamping feedneck
.689 freak insert
Recommended
Upgrades:
Barrel
Agitated hopper (Revvy would be great)
Firebolt, if you want less recoil
Just shoot it
Strengths: Cheap for the Tech involved
Light weight
Durable
Select fire modes
Weaknesses: Feels cheap
stock barrel is "ok"
Could be faster
No eyes
Review: The Vibe:

My brother picked this up just last week, and i have to say im impressed. For the price of a spyder, someone new to the sport can get the dependability and quality of a Electropnumatic. That idea just seems awesome to me. This thing shares many parts with its older siblings the Ion/Epiphany/and Eos, which is pretty much a tried and true setup. Now with that being said, its not exactly the same, just similar, the vibe has a completely different electronics board. The amazing thing is that the vibe is able to deliver all this performance without chopping, and it doesn’t even have eyes! Due to the new Low-force bolt tech, its virtually impossible to chop, Right now your reading this and thinking (oh great ACS MK II) NO, IT IS NOT THE SAME AS SPYDER ACS!! Inside the vibe are no springs, no delrin and the thing actually WORKS!!!

Using the crappiest hopper (and paint) that i could find (a 50 rnd brass eagle gravity drop off a talon) and firing as fast as i could to intentionally try and cause a chop...this marker generated nothing except for shots down range and a few dry fires. That is extremely impressive. Its not as good as having eyes, but really the only downfalls this marker suffers over markers with eyes is having a dry fire now and then. This is an annoying thing for someone who has become used to eyes, but then again its annoying to pull the trigger with eyes and get a no shot. the cure for both of these problems is an to get an agitated or force feed hopper. in all reality, not having eyes doesn't effect this markers preformance at all, a revvy on the top of this would produce near flawless results as far as creating maximum shot/paint ratio. So in light of this aspect i dont view the markers lack of eyes as a true downfall.

On the electronics board aspect, the new models are coming out with select fire. this gives people who pick up their new vibes the ability to fire semi-automatic, 3 rnd burst, and full automatic with the simple press of the power button. it switches modes faster, and easier than any other marker i have ever used...even the push button led spyders...its just easy.

(for any of you bummed out Vibe owners who don’t have this mode on your vibe, get a hold of smart parts. From what I have heard, the upgrade is free!)

The bad:

There are only a couple of things that bum me out about the vibe the First was that the bps count isnt much above 10. however i can see past this as the marker only costs $140 and is targeted towards first time players. For them, this marker is just right , since i have yet to meet a new player who can squeeze much over 12bps, and most new players dont shoot half that. In my mind a new player is more interested in reliability, and ease of use..as most new players arnt planning on spending hundreds to upgrade their marker. So i can see past this downfall. The other thing that bummed me out was the trigger, its made of the same material as the rest of the marker, however for some reason that material feels superiorly cheap in use as a trigger, but that again is no big deal.

The Good:


The benefits of this marker to a new player is: Low recoil..compared to a sear-tripper (spyder exc) their is much less banging and clanging, it is refined and smooth. EASY TO CLEAN: bolt out he back is just plain cool, it takes you seriously under 19sec to completely field strip this marker and add you SL33K (shocker Lube) to the bolt and you can put it back together. Next benefit is that the bolt is the same as an ion bolt, meaning you can throw a Firebolt into this thing and reduce your recoil even more. Another large benefit is that its low force bolt makes chopping a thing of the past, without eyes to clean/take care of. Its light, so just about anyone can easily take it onto the field, its made of the same material that most Law enforcement weapons are made of (need i say more about weight/to durability ratio? lol) and the best part is it runs off regular, (non anti-siphon) co2 (you can however, run HPA and Ant siphon co2 with this marker as well, the tank needs to be tipped for anti-siphon. For running Compressed air, you can change the markers dwell setting.(stock setting is C02, second setting is HPA))

One more for the road:


About the only down fall for this marker is that their aren’t a ton of upgrades for this marker yet, but its still young...and that the ion is now going for $164 in select places, meaning the real deal ion is only $24 more, however i think the vibe is a much better choice for someone who is just starting out. personally i would take this over a spyder any day (vs1 or no vs1)
Conclusion: I belive this is THE best marker for the begining player who wants a good, solid marker. Will it shoot (an advertised) 20bps like the spyder vs1...no, and i doubt if you are new, that you can pull that fast. Eyes? Nope, but in my opinion you dont need them on a starter marker. Low pressure? yep, 180psi, thats about 1/2 of a spyder's o/p (0pperating pressure). Electopnumatic? yep, not a sear-tripper like the VS1. Dependable? i shot my ion over 3 months without a clean when i got it (i was out of SL33k and it was on backorder) so with the ion having virtually the same internals, i would say yes. Ease of use, I DONT SEE ANY POSSABLE WAY THAT IT COULD BE ANY MORE SIMPLE. thats a yes by the way! (new player question) Does it have full auto? Yes, in select fire, you can put the marker to an automatic mode. (VS1 does not have this). So its a watered down ion; i think thats about the best idea for a new player that i could think of!

Why is the smartparts vibe THE best marker for any Newbie player? at its price they have little to worry about, no springs to lose (spyder), no eyes to break (split wires), its just a simple, light weight, dependable little marker which will make the next starting player confidant with themselves...after all only 1/2 of a good player is the marker, the other half is the player himself/herself. With that in mind, i would say this is the best marker under $140, giving it a best in its class 10 out of 10

i beleive i should make it a point to say this marker is not however an ION, thus dont rate it with the same standards in mind...but if you have shot an ion, and want an ion...get an ION! you wont be pleased with this if you want the ion. this is not a turny marker, its not a paint ripper, its an awesome beginners marker.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Saturday, March 22nd, 2008 at 4:12 pm PST
 

Review Comments
musicmixer10 Tuesday, July 8th, 2008 | 7:34 pm PST
Nice review. even though its long, its still helpful
   

sledgehammer Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 | 1:44 pm PST
Agreed very nice review, that being said iam picking one up tomorrow at a small shop about an hour from where i live , the person who brought it back after buying it NEW said that it froze up on him whilst playing , getting it for 130 used, i think thats good considering its lightly used, and he was not using air but co2 and not on a remote to boot. I have a remote and think that he gave up on a flawless gun without giving it a fair chance, his loss is my gain! and i will know if the regulator is no good because ive had a sp1 , besides the owner of the shop is letting me test it out. smart parts is changeing the face of affordible paintball!!!
   

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