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Ultraraptor Tuesday, April 8th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month5 of 9 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
DM6/7-worse on paint, smoother shooting, quieter, more accurate stock barrel, less efficient
Ego7/8-ligher, thinner, slightly more efficient, quieter
Marker Setup: Etek2, Pulse loader, Ignition 68/4500
Recommended
Upgrades:
cure bolt (when available again)
zick kit
possible barrel
Strengths: Efficient
Gorgeous
Balanced
Easy to set up
Programming
Ready to go out of the box
Weaknesses: Loudness
stock barrel
Review: So I the reason I decided to go to the Ego family instead of buying a new Matrix after selling my DM6 was several reasons in favor of Egos: efficiency, weight, ability to shoot fragile paint, and to try something new. These are the main points of the review.

First off, I want to congratulate PE on their attention to packaging and manuals. The gun is shipped in a metallic case with tons of padding containing the marker, manual, spare parts, allen wrenches, and gun oil. Absolutely great. Also, the manual is very detailed, colorful, and informative. The gun comes with every replacement part you might need. The gun itself is gorgeous. The anno is flawless, and the body lines are very fluid.

I immediately went through the manual and opened up the gun to adjust the settings. The process is very easy and quick. I really like how you can set each increment and use the E G O lights on the grip frame to do so. E represents tens, G represents ones, and O represents tenths. I will say that it is slightly annoying to know when the tournament lock is on or off at first because the the E G O lights flash green every second or so, and to notify the user that the tournament lock is on, the E G O lights flash green also. A little annoying but you can tell because the regular blinking is just the G light, whereas the tournament lock is all 3, E G O.

The trigger is easy to adjust. The stock trigger setting is actually quite nice IMO but I like a slightly sloppy trigger.

Next I aired up the gun and threw on a hopper to do some shooting. The OOPS is nice because the on/off is easy to twist even with a full air tank. I really appreciated this because the on/off on my DM6's ASA adapter was a royal pain to turn when there was a full tank attached. The feedneck is also well designed. Some people complain about the Etek2 not having the C-clamp but I don't mind. I prefer the single allen screw to the C-clamp.

So, for paint I used Evil from World Cup '07. This stuff has been sitting in my house since then. Knowing that this paint was super brittle and thick, I knew that if the Etek2 could shoot this, it would shoot anything. So out to my back yard, I shot off about two hoppers worth using PSP ramping set at 13.1 bps. The marker ramped easily, and shot the paint like a dream. So far PE has really impressed me with this marker.

The stock barrel is nice, being a .693 bore, so it will shoot a lot of different sized paint. However, I just used this marker in CFOA Xball2 and the marker was not very accurate at over 75 feet because the paint was about .685. The paint still hit within a foot diameter, but I was used to the accuracy my DM6 gave me of ball on ball at almost 100 feet. So a little dissapointing, plus it made shooting people a little harder.

I will say that this marker is extremely well balanced. Holding just the marker, it is slightly front heavy. But as soon as you add the hopper and tank and put it to your shoulder, the marker is very even and feels very light.

Now for the real test. As I stated before I used this marker in Xball2 at CFOA. The weather stunk. It was light rain and very humid all day saturday, and sunday was humid and overcast as well. In other words, a nightmare when it comes to paint. The Etek2 handled it with ease. I only had about 15 chops the entire event which is considerably low, as we played 6 matches (scoring 7th place). We used top of the line cyclone and it was very brittle. The Etek2 worked great. I never had a problem with it the entire tournament, minus the 15 or so chops. The efficiency was very good. I only dropped about three pods per point and had about 3,000 psi left over each time. My estimate is that the Etek2 can shoot about 10 pods and a hopper on a single 68/4500 fill. Absolutely awesome compared to my DM6's 6 pods and a hopper. My biggest issue however was how loud this marker was. I was playing mid-insert on snake side and I couldn't hear my coach at all, and he's loud. I could only hear my fellow teammates closest to me when I wasn't firing. For tournament players in the Xball format, this is a huge limitation and a major issue.
Conclusion: Overall, I was very pleased with this marker. It's well balanced when set up, shoots fragile paint, is very efficient, and is easy to maintain.

My only complaints are the loudness of this marker and the limited accuracy of the stock barrel.
Rating:
8 out of 10
 

Review Comments
bluesboyk3 Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 | 8:13 pm PST
well, if you play tourney you should know that accuracy only goes as far as paint to barrel match. Shotting an extremely small paint (.685) through a big bore barrel (.693) is an invitation to disaster. The breaks you experienced could be from the balls bouncing inside the barrel and not getting through it. I think it's the user responsibility to match his/ her paint in order to gain the most accuracy out of any gun platform. Knocking the accuracy of the gun in this review based on your paint selection seemed to veer off from unbiased review. just my .02.
   

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