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gsracer92 Saturday, April 17th, 2010
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Eclipse Geo
NXT shocker
Orracle...
Ego 08
DM9
Marker Setup: DLX Luxe, freak kit, Rotor, Feather Touch Manifold, PMI 68/45 with a Gurilla Myth regulator.
Recommended
Upgrades:
Freak kit
Strengths: Easy Maintenance, Accuracy, Simplicity, Board is easy to program, light, kick, tunable, feedneck
Weaknesses: Price
Review: This gun impressed me a lot when I took it out of its beautiful steel case. The finish on the paint is top rate, as well as the overall quality of the parts and workmanship. You don't get this kind of quality out of most modern day products.

The maintenance is extremely simple. The "power core" as DLX calls it is removable in a few seconds and the o ring and lubing maintenance is very easy to do on the core. It does take a little bit of a pull to get the core out, it doesn't just slip out so that means the bolt wont be shooting out the back of the gun if you hit it somehow while actually playing.

The eye covers are extremely easy to remove, but again they aren't going to fall off by accident because of their push-pull design (push on one end, pull on other end). The eyes glow red when the vision is on, and they turn off when you turn vision off which is kind of cool.

The trigger is also very well made and laid out. My first impression was that the trigger was cheap, but that was really because the trigger is extremely light. Even though it is light, it is extremely sturdy and doesn't have any unwanted motion side to side. The resistance of the pull is also adjustable so the light trigger doesn't matter for the actual dynamics of the pull of the trigger.

The feedneck is phenomenal. My dye rotor goes in relatively easily, and once the lever is closed it doesn't move period.

I don't have the optional micro max flo, and instead I am using a Gorilla Myth reg on a PMI tank. This was a problem at first because the gauge on the myth reg is so close to the threads that it wouldn't screw in all the way because it kit the bottom of the Luxe trigger frame. The luxe comes with a small dovetail (you don't need it unless you have my problem) however, and once I installed that the tank screwed right in with no problems. The ASA is very good quality, and you dont feel the pressure when you are screwing in the on/off valve (thats the sign of a good on/off valve).

The grips look nice, and more importantly, they are very stiff so there is no way the board or internals inside the grip are going to get damaged. This is important because the speaker is right near the top and appears to be fragile. You wont need to buy after market grips for a luxe (and you cant because it isn't a 45 grip, at least not yet that is).

The board is unbelievably easy to tune. This is my first gun that I was able to tune without opening the manual once. Thats how simple it is. It talks to you, so no need to memorize ridiculous color schemes. You could do it with colors if you wanted to, and you can turn the talking part off, but that's no fun.

**Note: the reason that the firing mode is not adjustable from the outside is not because DLX didn't know how to do it or didn't want to, its because tournaments don't allow guns that can have the firing mode adjustable from the outside. **

This doesn't sound that useful, but it is. The gun's LED display in the back of the gun tells you the firing mode, the battery level, whether the vision is on, and most importantly it tells you if there is a paintball in the breach. It glows solid blue when the chamber is empty and blinks when there is a ball loaded. Really useful for me, I've shot a paintball in my house twice after shooting a hopper so no more of that for me.

The whole gun is really light, especially the barrel. The best part is that it balances just above your hand when shooting which is exactly how a gun should be balanced.

I have the feather touch manifold in my Luxe. If you screw the adjustment screw out the gun shoots faster, louder and with more kick. Screwing it in gives the opposite, slower, quieter and less kick. The kick is negligible in both cases, and so is the difference in speed. There is a noticeable difference, but it won't get you any extra people on the field out in either case.

Wall charger is nice. The luxe also comes with an o-ring replacement kit and allen keys, sleek lube, and an extra battery.

Shot very accurately and consistently even before I fully broke the gun in, and now it shoots lasers since I broke it in.

The emblem on the very front of the gun fell off, but it was my fault because I messed with it.

I do have to note the design has many of the same features of the NXT shocker by Smart parts. The power core, solenoid, and internal airflow structure is all virtually identical (all of it is simplified, improved and rearranged though).

I will also add this:
DLX technologies is NOT OWNED BY SMART PARTS. This is a common misconception. DLX used the R&D department of Smart Parts to design the Luxe, and then bounced and made a new company. Smart Parts is having some trouble right now (not open), but they will likely be bought. DLX IS NOT PART OF SMART PARTS SO THEY ARE NOT CLOSED OR OUT OF BUISNESS. Call the number on the DLX website if you do not believe me, I guarantee you get a live person that will tell you the same thing.

Conclusion: This gun is as good as anyone (pros included) would ever need. Shoots like a dream, and is super easy to maintain. Most importantly, it doesn't break at all. It could be more air efficient as well.
Rating:
10 out of 10
 

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