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mdf44 Friday, April 17th, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month
3 years
Products Used:
Revy, Eggy, Empire B, v35 Halo B, VLocity (all worse)
Marker Setup: Etek 2 (red and white)
Freak barrel w/ 14" all-american front
68/45 PE nitro tank
Dye Rotor w/ high capacity shell
Strengths: Fast!!
Easy maintenance
Battery life
Lots of colors
Weaknesses: Small windows
Bit fugly
Review: I had an Empire B for the better part of my three years of paintballing, and it served me pretty well. But it started to fall apart and the performance decreased, so I finally reluctantly jumped on the rotor bandwagon with the rest of my team and am not disappointed at all. This is much faster than any other hopper I've used (never used the prophecy or pinokio so I can't say how it compares to those), and you absolutely never have to wait for this hopper. It can keep up with any gun on the market and then some. I wanted the prophecy because the rotor is kind of ugly, but I was convinced to get the rotor because of its simplicity and reliability, and I don't regret it at all. Also, the rotor is much, much easier to take apart than any other hopper I've ever used. It takes seconds to get to pretty much any part of the hopper. Furthermore, three AA batteries will last you several months of regular play, unlike Halos or Empire Bs. Finally, you'll never have to replace your shell like you probably have had to with other hoppers. It's almost impossible to break a rotor shell. The jam release trigger is also nice.

I only have a few minor complaints about this hopper. First, the windows to see the paint are kind of small, and it's hard to see how much paint you have through them sometimes. You can always look through the lid or judge by weight, though. Also, the rotor only holds 180 paintballs, which honestly is average for a hopper. Not 200. I counted. I usually play back at tourneys so I solved this with high capacity shell, which adds at least 70 shots for the somewhat reasonable price of $25. Which brings me to the biggest weakness of the rotor. It costs over $150! But it's still worth it, and I can't really count that as a weakness of the product itself.
Conclusion: If you play tournaments and you have a gun that can rip, it's worth it to make the upgrade to the rotor. This hopper is lighter, faster, more reliable, more durable, easier to take apart, and more efficient on batteries than anything I've every used. The only complaints I have about it are very minor, so I'm giving it a rare 10. Buy it.
10 out of 10Last edited on Friday, April 17th, 2009 at 5:51 pm PST

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