Gen 2 Texas Storm Intimidator: Very heavy with about the same noticeable kick and WAY less efficient.
Gen 3 Dark and Gen 3 Alias: A bit heavier and less efficient but is more upgradeable.
07 Ego: Louder, less efficient, more kick.
Bob Long Vice:
Empire Barrel kit
Gear drive ASA
In order of high priority to low:
Does not come with manual.
Bob Long Vice
The box and all its glory: The Vice comes in rather minimalist packaging, a simple cardboard box with cut out foam to hold the marker and barrel in place. With the marker you get a barrel, some spare o-rings and a manual for the board (not the gun).
First impressions: I have to say the Vice really is a thing of beauty, the anno is such a rich red color and the milling is exquisite. Its an extremely light marker weighing in at 1.13 pounds they couldn't have shaved much more weight off, feels very nice in hand.
The marker: I will split this into two parts, one for the marker itself and the second for the performance.
Barrel: A very nice 1 piece barrel has to be one of the best stock barrels out there. If you'll be shooting different paint sizes then you'd be wanting a kit to match your bore size.
ASA: Comes with a direct mount ASA but does have a rail if you're that way inclined. Stock ASA is of high quality but I switched it out for a bob long gear drive just because I prefer the on/off.
Feedneck: Very solid feedneck, has just the right amount of height to actually grab your hopper while still maintaining a low profile. As a lever locking feedneck there is absolutely no reason to switch this out.
Board: With a Tadao board stock theres no need to upgrade unless you really want that oled screen. This board also has the coding for the 4c eye upgrade.
Eyes: Has the standard issue breakbeam eyes you see in pretty much all markers at the moment, good eyes but if you want maximum performance from the marker you can upgrade to the 4c eyes. 4c eyes are great for those who shoot semi because it detects the ball before it gets into the breech and then primes the marker for firing, you'll get a much smoother rope with fewer gaps.
Poppit: Standard poppit has great efficiency about 2100 shots off a full 68/45 but you can swap it out for a LP (low pressure) poppit which will allow you to lower the lpr thus making your shots smoother but sacrificing a little bit of efficiency.
Trigger: Great trigger, could probably benefit from a magnetic upgrade but I like the way it is at the moment. There are plenty of aftermarket triggers available if you're not a fan of the stock.
This gun easily competes with guns like the 08-09 ego and is better in a few ways too.
Kick: Shooting the marker you will notice a very small kick (to say its comparable to a DM is not quite true) but is much smoother than other poppit markers.
Efficiency: With over a case on a full 68/45 the efficiency is simply awesome.
Feel: The frame is nice an thin so it is well suited to those with smaller hands but those with larger hands like myself will have no difficulty with this sucker. Its a very tight gun to play with and is very well balanced with a 68/45 tank.
Maintenance: With this gun maintenance is very simple, lube the ram and oil the bolt every 2000 shots, relube the regs at 10000 shots. Easy. One thing you will be needing for servicing this gun other than your usual assortment of allen keys is a lpr tester which can be purchased of the bob long site, this is basically just a gauge to see what the pressure is at.
I think that this has to be one of the greatest markers to hit the market in a long time, its extremely cheap for what it is and really reliable. You will not be disappointed if you get this gun.
I'm giving it a 9/10 because to get a 10/10 it would need to be fully upgraded out of the box.