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ProtoFan Monday, February 15th, 2010
Period of
Product Use:
3 months16 of 16 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
Angel Fly
Luxe
Etek
Ego 9
Marker Setup: Ego 10
Deathstiks Carbon Fibre 14" Edmonton Impact
Empire Prophecy
Guerrilla Air 45/68 with Myth Reg
Recommended
Upgrades:
Barrel (like every stock marker)
Strengths: Ego = AK-47 of Paintball
Easy Maintenance
Sweet Spot Tuning
Weaknesses: Loud
Typical "Ego Lob Shooting"
Review: I can't believe no-one has done a review of this amazing gun yet! I purchased this gun on Nov 20th and I believe I have shot enough rounds through it to do a proper review.

::Out of the Box::
A great box always makes a nice gun seem nicer, and Planet Eclipse has done it again. As soon as you unzip the foam lined, plastic casing the Ego Ten is waiting for your drool. Amazing packaging. Comes with Spare Parts (o-rings and detents), Eclipse Oil, Manual, Shaft III 2 Piece Barrel .692 14", and a Barrel Bag.

::Manual::
A quick glance over of the gorgeous color manual and I was ready to turn it on. Planet Eclipse put out a 100% awesome booklet containing everything that you need to know about the Ten. Tech support is almost not needed! Have a problem? Flip the booklet to the back and Bam! Answer is right there.

::First Impressions::
The LED Screen is a god-sent! You can change the background color to whatever you are thinking. Not just plain red, blue, or green; but Orange, Purple, Yellow, White, Teal! I spent almost an hour just playing with the colors.

Flipping through modes is very, very straight forward. My 5 year old nephew could do it. Even better is you can save 2 User Modes so that you can create a great semi mode and load up a crazy ramp that you designed. Also comes with the standard NPPL, Millenium, and PSP (10/12 bps).

Gorgeous milling on the Ten. I have the Champange/Silver Ten and absolutely love the way it looks. 100% better looking than the Luxe (personal opinion).

::Shooting the Ten::
Holding the Ten is very comfortable, although it feels a little heavy compared to a Luxe with the same HPA and Rotor. The height of the bolt is very high compared to "sleeker" guns like Dye's & Luxe's.

Important! If you are a tall player (5'9" to 6'1") then the placing of the Ten to your shoulder snaps on very quickly; the bolt just seems to land center of nose every time. When shorter people hold the Ten, they almost have to slide the HPA lower past the armpit to center it. A pain, but it can be worked around.

Shooting the Ten in a tiny room over a chronograph: Bring Ear-Plugs! Loud! Wow it's almost crazy how loud it was in the room. Personally I blame the fact that the stock barrel is over-bored and a lot of excess air was being wasted. A barrel kit should solve this.

Loaded up with Marbs and shooting over an indoor chronograph the Ten was averaging +/-15 fps. Not great, but the Reg needs to break in.

::After 3 Months::
In the final break in period, I was able to get a hold of a Edmonton Impact series Carbon Fiber Deathstiks 14" set. This took off so much weight of the Ten it is literally like holding a toy. Scary.

Orginally i was using a Vlocity Jr to feed the Ten, but I had to get a Rotor just to keep up with this beast. Again, scary.

The Ego started jumping only +/-4fps after 4 cases and a better matching barrel size. Huge increase from when i first started playing with it.

::Maintenance::
Just pull out the Cure 3+ bolt and lube the O-rings, then pull out the Zick 2 Rammer and apply quick oil lube. That's it. I have gone through roughly 30 cases of paint with my Ten (a lot of off-season practices) and that is all that needs maintaining.

Ego's are literally the AK-47's of paintball, you can do whatever you want to them and they will keep on humming like a dream.

::Update April 16/10 - Tuning the LPR::
With the purchase of a Empire Prophecy and some tweaking on the trigger, it seemed to fire faster. Maybe just me getting used to it and finding that sweet spot? Also with the Prophecy settings I have it on the lowest Sound Activation setting and it still turns. You can literally slam the lid and it will not turn without you pulling the trigger.

Now for Tuning the Ego Ten. I left the dwell at the stock setting for a long time, just adjusting the trigger to better suit me. After 15 cases of paint I turned the HPR to get me within my 300fps range. I took the stock setting of the screw on the LPR and turned it in (IN, not OUT) 2 complete turns. Then firing it over the chrono again I re-adjusted the HPR to get back into my 300fps.

After I was happy with the HPR setting I went into the Dwell menu and dropped the Dwell down 1/2 ms at a time and re-shot over the chrono to make sure there was no drop. Be sure to shoot 8 paintball's or so to get a good average reading. If there was no drop in fps, then drop it down another 1/2ms. As soon as there was a drop i turned it back up another 1/2 ms.

Currently my Ego Ten shoots with a +/-4fps and with a 11.5ms Dwell and shoots amazingly well. For anyone who owns or has shot an Ego 8, it feels exactly like it. Still loud, but smooth shooting with little kick.

::Final Thoughts::
If you have ever shot a Ego before, you know exactly how it will shoot: with that funny arc that no other marker can match. Kind of neat though, cause a player with and Ego playing Doritio's can lob balls right on top of the opponent. Maybe not that bad but almost. If you are new to Ego's then be prepared to learn to shoot one. After a case you will pick up on it quickly.

The Ten is still a little loud, but I really don't see it as an issue. In the height of the game who really cares?

As for the Ten having kick? It is an Ego. Deal with it. It is not a spool valve and when you compare the 2 the Ten does have more kick. In reality the kick is Negligible! I never wander off target when shooting ropes as the kick comes straight back towards the shooter, not up. After tuning it the kick is almost; almost gone...
Conclusion: It's a top of the line Ego. If they made an 11 or 12, I really don't see how they could make it better. The Cure 3+ & Zick 2 combo works great and shooting the Ten is satisfying. If you are a taller player then this is a no-brainer. If you are on the smaller size perhaps try it out before you buy it; it might not be the most comfortable fit.

And after tuning it to it's "sweet spot" it shoots smooth like the Ego 8's do.

Price is high but if you are reading this, obviously you are comparing high end markers. Ego Ten scores a Ten.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Friday, April 16th, 2010 at 4:31 pm PST
 

Review Comments
shockley Sunday, March 21st, 2010 | 1:54 pm PST
First off this is a very accurate review. Second is and this is just from my experience is even though the stock barrel is over bore its starndard for all P.E. guns and i think that over bore guns are more accurate . Changing the barrel is a good idea but leave it over bore. But like i said personal preference and keep up the great reviews.
   

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