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ECrognale Saturday, September 19th, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
VL VLocity, VL Evolution 3 - the Rotor is much quieter, faster, and easier to take apart. It also rides lower on the marker, decreasing the overall profile.
Marker Setup: Proto Matrix Rail '09, Claret Dust
Dye Rotor, Red
Guerilla Air 68/4500 HPA
Dye Rhino Tank Cover, Red

Smart Parts Ion Pro
VL Evo3 with Z-Board
360 QEV
New Designz Skeleton Bolt
S.P. Freak Barrel 12"
New Designz Spring Detent Kit
New Designz Razr "Silk" Rolling Trigger
Locking Feedneck
Strengths: Speed (50+ bps)
Low profile
No tools needed
Uses AA batteries
Anti-jam trigger
Weaknesses: Cleaning interior is easy, but time-consuming
Last few rounds may not feed
Review: Out of the box: looks good, and doesn't require any adjustment.

Positives:
In my drop test, I got a 42bps feed rate, which isn't the advertised 50+, but still much better than my VLocity or a Halo. I like the low profile; how it rides so low on the marker. It is lightweight, but very sturdy: it was still intact when it fell off of my marker (read my Proto Rail review), even though one or two balls broke inside upon impact. At this point the tool-less take-down really came in handy; I had the whole thing apart in less than 10 seconds. I like that it uses 3 AA batteries, and I can use rechargeable, which are still cheaper than a single 9v. Although I haven't had any jams, I like the anti-jam trigger underneath the hopper shell, which will "back up" the feed mechanism, clearing the jam. The lid clamps down very easily, but holds securely (until dropped from 3+ feet; my bad).

Negatives:
The only thing I didn't like about the Rotor is the time that it takes to clean out a break. Although it took less than 10 seconds to take out all the moving parts, it took me several minutes to clean them due to all of the small nooks and crannies on the the feed mechanism. Whenever I had fewer than about 10 rounds left, the last few were prone to "popcorning," due to the high speed of the feed mechanism, but I've had this happen with all agitated hoppers.
Conclusion: The fastest and most user-friendly loader on the market today; worth the cost. I would definitely recommend spending the extra dough to get one of these.
Rating:
10 out of 10
 

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