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Vicious49 Tuesday, December 16th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
3 months9 of 10 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
Every Ego from an 05 to every private label 06, to every SL produced so far. As well as DM's, Shockers, etc.
Marker Setup: Ego9 fully stock
RT Mag with X Valve and ULE body
06 Dark Ego
Recommended
Upgrades:
None. It has a clamping feedneck, an on/off ASA, an LCD for the board, a very good barrel, nice trigger, etc.

The only upgrade for an Ego is a newer Ego or a better owner.
Strengths: Light, Reliable, Efficient.
Weaknesses: None come to mind
Review: I've owned this since Cup and have put about 8 cases through it so far.

Like most Egos, it comes in a nice case, with allen keys, oil, spares, etc. In terms of efficiency and reliability, it is going to be the same as all previous Egos. It obviously also comes with the same great Planet Eclipse customer service.

The trigger guard on the Ego9 is bigger than the the Ego8, but not quite as big as the trigger guard on the SL8R. The Ego9 feels a bit longer than 07/08 Egos due to the way they put the reg a bit further up so you can get your hand around the reg which is something you couldn't do with the SL8R. The grip frame on the Ego9 is the same thickness as the 07/08's around the top, but a bit wider at the bottom. I loved the trigger on my SL8R, but actually like this trigger better which I didn't think was possible. It weighs the exact same as an Ego8. It still comes with a .693 2 piece barrel although it's been redesigned a bit.

The Ego9 has a newer, totally redesigned solenoid which allows them to get rid of the QEV's. This in my opinion makes it more reliable than the 07/08's because you don't have to worry about QEV diaphrams going down on you and needing to be replaced. Also, the Ego9 has a self purging reg now so you don't need to worry about it holding in a shot or two even after it's been degassed.

In terms of sound, it is definitely quieter than my 06 Ego, but a bit louder than my SL8R. However, unlike all previous Egos which had a 'pop' sound, the Ego9 has a 'thud' sound when it fires. So it's not as harsh on your ears. Even though it's not as quiet as my SL8R, the bassier shooting signature is a big improvement.

The Ego9 has a lower operating pressure than all previous Egos which should theoretically make it even easier on paint. It also comes standard with the Cure2 bolt which certainly doesn't hurt either.
Conclusion: The Ego9 weighs slightly more than the SL8R but the new sound signature is definitely more pleasant. The only reason I'd select an SL8R over the Ego9 is because the SL8R comes with a barrel kit and the exclusivity that comes with owning an SL. The Ego9 is an improvement in terms of sound and reliability while still retaining the same great efficiency and speed you've come to expect from Egos.
Rating:
10 out of 10
 

Review Comments
Tasty_Soup Friday, December 19th, 2008 | 6:02 pm PST
I have to disagree with you there, you see the '05 was best, mainly metal parts, great sound, real light, small and efficient. Now the later models all have these traits except from the first two. The first is self explanatory it has more plastic parts than the '05, but for the second try this: Shoot the '05 (stock) with some paint, then shoot the '09 (stock) with the same paint. The '09 sounds like a canon to the older models especially the 05.
All in all, for 300 or so bucks for a stock 05 in good condition, compared to a monster $1500+ for the '09 the '05 looks like the winner, IMO.
   

Vicious49 Sunday, December 28th, 2008 | 9:26 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by Tasty_Soup
I have to disagree with you there, you see the '05 was best, mainly metal parts, great sound, real light, small and efficient. Now the later models all have these traits except from the first two. The first is self explanatory it has more plastic parts than the '05, but for the second try this: Shoot the '05 (stock) with some paint, then shoot the '09 (stock) with the same paint. The '09 sounds like a canon to the older models especially the 05.
All in all, for 300 or so bucks for a stock 05 in good condition, compared to a monster $1500+ for the '09 the '05 looks like the winner, IMO.


Not sure what Egos you're shooting, but none of mine have plastic parts on them aside from the rubber pad for the buttons and the rubber grips. I've shot and owned every single Ego model they've put out so far. The Ego9 definitely sounds different (in a good way) than previous Egos.

We're also not comparing prices here. But if we were, I'm not sure where you're paying $1500+ for an 09 when MAP on it is $1250. Perhaps it's time you found a new shop that doesn't overcharge you. Either that or you need to start making posts that don't over exaggerate everything.
Last edited on Sunday, December 28th, 2008 at 9:26 pm PST
   

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