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fastjack Monday, October 11th, 2010
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month0 of 4 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
MacDev Clone
Eclipse Ego 10
Invert Mini
Marker Setup: 45/4500 Ninja Ultra Light Air Carbon Fiber, Dye Rotor, stock barrel.
Strengths: Compact and Light
Inexpensive ($399)
On/Off ASA system
Weaknesses: Stock board
Manual
Review: I have a Mac Dev Clone as my main marker and an Invert Mini as a backup. I have been happy with the Invert as a backup (it was my main marker when I started out playing tourny ball). I decided to get the Dangerous Power G3 Spec-R as another backup -- I have been at tournaments and people that don't have backups sometimes borrow my Mini (or fellow team members). And I wanted to try it out too, you can never have too many markers!

So my first impressions were that I like the size, weight and feel of the marker. For me the trigger is responsive and has a nice feel too it. I like the on/off ASA they came up with, it's simple and fast.

Things I didn't like. The marker out of the box didn't shoot. I had to first turn up the regulator pressure to get it to fire. Although I didn't try it at first, I perhaps could have changed the dwell settings -- maybe I had a sticky bolt etc. But I didn't like that the manual didn't really discuss this in the troubleshooting procedures. I wasted time, stripping the gun down and re-lubing and also checking pretty much everything out before I tried upping the pressure.

Then there is the board setup. Compared to the Mini and MacDev its a bit messy. The methods for setting it are not intuitive and the manual does a poor job of expressing what needs to be done to set it the way you want. It also doesn't really show much detail on how to set each of the settings (ROF, Fire Mode, Ramp point, De-bounce, Solenoid Dwell, ABS Dwell) and instead just shows one example. Next the fire modes didn't seem to work very well and there isn't a ramp only fire mode that let's me set a ramp start point, ROF and quiet time before resuming semi etc. Maybe you can set this with one of the firemodes (Semi, PSP3, NXL, Millennium), but if there is, again the manual doesn't make this clear. It also is a bit unclear the way its written when the ROF for example comes into play with different modes. And the Ramp Point didn't seem to do anything. So I spent $399 on the marker but I already need to buy an upgrade Virtual OLED board upgrade because this board doesn't do much and the manual is weak (Sadly it sounds like its an improvement over the last manual with the G3).

One thing manual is pretty good about is the detail for stripping down the marker, including full disassembly, regulator service and even servicing the solenoid. So the main flaw is in the programming instructions and for me the board itself not doing enough.

Shooting with this board is not fluid as I would like. Using PSP3 seems to be the only mode that works ok for me, but its not clear in the manual if the ROF comes into play when shooting PSP3 (so it could make the gun illegal on the field). NXL and Millennium didn't seem to work as advertised and changing the ROF and ramp settings didn't seem to get it shooting the way I would expect based on my other markers.

With the stock barrel it shoots straight and consistent with not a wide variation of ball velocity (about +-8 feet second). The kick seems more than the Invert Mini. The feed neck is simply and a plus is that it is lower than most feed necks by about 5mm.
Conclusion: Light and compact. Feels good in the hands and shoots accurately. However, even for the same price, the Invert Mini is a better marker. Mini is more intuitive to setup, less kick and does not seem to have bolt stick issues like the G3. Only plus the G3 has is the on/off ASA. In terms of putting paint on the target accurately, I'd also give a small edge to the Mini. So between the two, I recommend the Mini.
Rating:
8 out of 10Last edited on Monday, October 11th, 2010 at 2:35 pm PST
 

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