- Stock trigger
- Stock barrel is not as quiet as others
Although my experience is more on the poppet side, I will compare the Droid to the other two spoolies I have shot (Geo2 and G3). The G3 does not compare to the Droid or the Geo2 so it will be left out.
Shot a friend's Droid and immediately liked how it felt and how it shot.
I was currently shooting a Geo2 and the feel of both markers are similar. The spacing between the trigger frame and HPR are about the same.
First the negatives of the Droid in comparison to the Geo2:
The droid has more orings on the drive train than the Geo2. It also requires tools to remove the drive train. Although most of the orings in the drive train are not dynamic, it recommended to be replaced as part of preventative maintenance (about 1 year – depending on how much you play). Disassembly of the drive train at first glance can seem daunting as it has quite a few parts more than the Geo2, but after going though it step by step, I was able to do it without the manual or pictures after the 2nd-3rd time.
The stock trigger leaves little to be desired. It has significant side-to-side play and the spring return is not liked by many. I do, however, like the nylon set screw so it prevents the regular wear on the trigger frame (not really a big deal). The stock grips also feel mushy and bulky. It would have been great if it felt as good as the stock RX grips.
The stock barrel is not really a negative, but just something one might consider to improve on the performance of the marker. It is accurate, but definitely not as quiet as some aftermarket barrels. I have tried the Lucky15, Disruptive, and Furious barrels and they have significantly dampened the sound of the Droid even more!
The stock board is great and easily programmable. If one want to splurge and get the OLED screen, it would make programming easier. Performance gains with a new board is minimal- which is why it noted this upgrade as optional.
Now to the positives:
It is much much much quieter than the Geo2 (and recently the Dye NT). Although the NT and Geo2 are newer, they still do not compare to how quiet the Droid is. If you are wondering about age and wear, the droid I am using isn’t even broken in yet. I purchased a LNIB droid which had no wear at all. To top it off, I replaced all the orings in the marker because of the age of the marker so it basically is like new.
Smoothness is another factor that the Droid shines. It is significantly smoother than the Geo2 and NT. I know it is preference and is difficult to gauge objectively, but I have tried shooting with two hands as well as with one. The kick is less noticeable with the Droid.
Efficiency is another thing that is reported with the Droid. Although I can not vouche for it personally, I believe the several tests out there already.
I bought my own Droid (LNIB) after shooting a friend's droid and was immediately impressed at the sound signature and feel of the marker. The physical feel of the Droid matched my Geo2 very closely, but outperformed the Geo2 in other aspects (sound signature, smoothness, efficiency).
The additional maintenance because of the orings is minimal to the performance that the Droid brings. After assembly/disassembly of the droid 2-3 times, I am able to do it without consulting the manual or pictures.
Because of how the Droid felt and performed, I soon sold my Geo2 and glad I did. Originally, I vowed that I would never sell my Geo2 (my first ever "new" marker) but couldn't justify keeping it along with the Droid.
I definitely recommend at least shooting a Droid so you can compare it to your current marker. At this point in time, a Droid can be had very reasonably at $350-$400. It is definitely worth a try!