So I mainly use my Etek ego over my shocker. I seen that the star frame was becoming harder and harder to find since it was a limited run. So I traded my Shocker SFT and got the Star Frame for my etek. Upon receiving the frame, the packaging was nice and came in a metal box with screws for the etek 1/2, a qev, extra hoses, spare grip screws, dove tail adapter (star frame has a t-rail) and of course the board/installation manual. The grips on the frame and very comfortable and thin, so the ergonomics are better than the stock frame. Also the trigger is very nice, it sits on bearings and has no side-to-side play. The board that is included with the star frame is basically an ego7/8/9 and geo board. The software is different though. Just to mention, there is a new update from 1.00 with the 2009 rules. Installation was very simple, somewhat time consuming but only because putting hoses on barbs can be frustrating. And something I would like to mention is that do NOT tighten down your qev too much, a snug fit with two fingers is fine, my qev is stuck in the frame. Also, when installing make sure you cut the hoses so its just enough to go from the banjo/qev to the solenoid, if there is too much hosing then you will have a small gap between the body and frame. The qev adds some more cycling to the marker, but the etek solenoid is not as fast as an ego's so don't expect to hit 40bps on uncapped ramp. Training mode is also fun to play with. And on the field the trigger lets you rip, I get a nice consistent stream of 13-15 when I play and the ROF indicator is a nice feature.
Get it if you can, it's a great upgrade from the etek board and frame, it is very comfortable and the LCD board is extremely simple to use. I just hate how the grip screws were shorter because the screws scratch my solenoid and a new one is $100, if you get a hole in the solenoid, have fun paying for a new one. Only snug your grip screws lightly! I gave the star frame a 9 out of 10 only because I hate how the thinner grips don't come with shorter screws to help avoid solenoid damage.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, August 27th, 2009 at 9:54 am PST