Tested Cockers with and without M2Q valves
-Ego 09 Ninja
-Evil Pipe Kit / stock Barrels
-Halo B With RipDrive
-DXS 4500psi 68ci Air Reg with Kevlar tank (500psi output).
Barrel (if you like a nice paint match)
Ease of Use
First things first - You get the marker out of its box and you marvel at the looks and the lack of weight to the thing...
Barrel - You do not need to buy a barrel for this marker. You only do if you like a good paint to barrel match to maximise your accuracy and efficiency, if you do then odds are that you already have the barrels to do this. If I had to use the same size as the Ego barrel, I would use the Ego barrel.
Ease of Use - They are said to be ready to fire out of the box, which mine was, the LPR, HPR and Trigger were all set-up and ready to go (firing at about 265 over the chrono) so no need to change anything... Unless you want to use the Micro switch rather than the Opto switch. Easy enough with the "5-Point Adjustable Trigger". Takes no time at all and to change the fire modes (that are already programmed into the marker) all you need to do is unscrew the grip and press the red button to take the Torni lock off and then everything is accessible through the LCD screen.
Recoil - Having tested the Ego 08 to see if I liked it enough to buy one, and HATING the recoil on the 08, the 09 has next to nothing, even compared to an auto cocker with an M2Q valve!
Weight - It is very light even with the battery in, its a shame to add so much weight when adding your hopper, paint and tank. But it makes it feel even better when getting rid of that paint ;)
Feed Neck - It comes with a very good Leaver clamp feed neck which can be tool tightened or loosened to keep your hopper from ever falling off. My halo just about fits in there with the feed neck loosened but there is still room to tighten, creating a VERY good grip on the hopper.
Efficiency - I got about 1000 shots (using paintballs at 270FPS) from a 3kPSI 68ci tank and had about 1kPSI left. I've yet to see what I can get from a 4.5k Fill.
Cleaning - Its so easy to strip the 09 down and clean the parts, even if you have never touched an ego before, the instruction manual gives you a step by step guide on how to clean each part and put it back together.
Instruction Manual - A very in depth guide on how to set-up, maintain and fire your Ego 09 Marker. Colour Images and handy notes with clear instructions on what to do on anything to do with the marker.
Looks - Well pictures speak for themselves. To me it looks great, the milling is spot on and the colour is flawless. No scratches, dent or scuffs.
Cost - It does cost quite a bit but to me its worth every penny. I would buy the 09 again knowing how good it is. So not really a weakness, just something to highlight.
Hard Buttons - To me the up and down buttons are slightly too hard for comfort, but then you only really need to use them when changing settings, and they might get softer as time goes on.
UPDATE - 27th March 2009
I had a problem with my Ego 9 the last time I was at team training. However the problem has been solved and I am happy with the results. (read on for information)
When taking apart my Ego 9 to clean it, I noticed that the middle o-ring on the Rammer Shaft had been damaged. I got in contact with Planet Eclipse and they suggested that the problem was with the Solenoid intake from the LPR. So they said to send it back to them so that they could check and repair it under warranty. I sent it off on the Thursday (19th), got it back on Wednesday (25th). They had changed the solenoid intake barb and tested the marker. All is good.
I am very happy with the service they provided, they were very helpful and understood the problem.
Customer Service 10/10
Even though this problem occurred, it does not change my rating of the Marker.
If you have an Ego 9 and have not filled out the warranty, I suggest that you do.
PE has sent out "Plank Kits" to everyone who filled out the Warranty. I have installed them (very easy to do so) but have yet had a chance to try them out. I will update you all in a month or two. I want to give them a good test to make sure they work.
UPDATE - 08th August 2010
Since installing the Plank Kits (which take very little time to do) I have been able to put 4 boxes of paint though my ego 9. So far there is no wear on the Rammer O-rings which is a very good sign!
If I were given the choice to buy this marker or keep the money, I would buy it every time. Its at home on the Sup field and the woods. I've used it in light rain and I had no problems at all. I've used it on cold days - worked fine, no need to change the settings.
I've used it on Unlimited Semi, Millennium 12 BPS and 15BPS, no problems at all.
I am going to give this marker a 10 out of 10. I have given it 10 because the "weaknesses" in this review are my opinion rather than an actual flaw. Some people may think that the buttons are fine and that the cost is to be expected so I cannot let that reflect upon the score.
I will keep this updated as much as I can. I will Highlight Updated areas and say why it was updated and when. The next update will probably be when I have used a 4.5k PSI fill.
Please feel free to drop me a PM if you see any mistakes or just want to ask me or tell me something.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, August 8th, 2010 at 11:18 am PST
quote:Originally posted by paintballer1184 Good review, however I think it is unfair to the review that you put the price. Regardless of the price, the review is about the product, not how much it costs.
I have not let the Price/Cost affect my score of the marker and have stated such in the Conclusion. I mentioned cost because I believe that cost does play a valid role in deciding on what marker to purchase.
hey im thinking of picking up a used 09 ego and i was wondering if the plank kits solved all the problems you've had with the marker. also, besides the rammer orings shredding, have you had any other kind of problems with the gun? is it as reliable as the other egos?
quote:Originally posted by CanadianPB41 1) hey im thinking of picking up a used 09 ego and i was wondering if the plank kits solved all the problems you've had with the marker.
2) also, besides the rammer orings shredding, have you had any other kind of problems with the gun? is it as reliable as the other egos?
1) So far ive used the Plank kit with 4 boxes of paint and the o-rings on the rammer seem to be fine.
2) I have had no other problems with the Ego 9 (unless described in main post)