The only similar marker i've used that can be comparable to the Etek 3, would be the Empire Axe.
Invert too hopper
Crossfire 45/4500 Carbon fiber tank
Great features lots of marker for the price
Few. Nothing too problematic.
I mainly focus on the things that I beleve truly matter when your making your way down a snake and snap shotting like a pro or your runnin' and gunnin through some thick bush ball courses.
Fist off this marker is light!!! Just at 2.12 pounds it makes for a very easy to handle marker. Glass Re-enforces nylyon is god given! The swivle on the inline reg makes it great for rightys an leftys, and very easy to go back and forth between both. Playing tight or loose, poping in and out, and running and sliding is no problem. Only thing if your not used to a 14 inch barrel it might take a few times to learn how to cover and protect it.
Out of the box Planet Eclipse hooks you up with a great 2 Pcs 14" barell this marker is as actuarte as it gets. For me however I a heck of a time learning the reverse thread but that just becuse im new to two peices.
The efficentcy is always up to you, change your dwell all you want. I keep mine about 7.0 - 7.3 and i can get about 1 to 1.5 cases (2,000- 2,500 paintballs) out of my 45 Ci tank.
Disassemble anc cleaning is easy. You still need tools for all of it but hey if you want to make an omelet you gata crack some eggs, in other word not its not the easiest marker to take apart but its not that big of a deal. Hardest part to get to would be the Solenoid and spool vavle. However planet eclipse gives you a great manuel with HD& Full color pics for great instructions.
The truly amazing part the Inline reg, the Clamping Feed neck, Solenoid, barel, one peice 3 way ajustable trigger, (OOPS) On/off/purge system ASA, Adjustable Low Pressure Regulator (LPR) and the OLED multi colored board. these are all features that you can find on the much higher end Planet Eclipse markers. Big time props to planet eclipse for giving us all this gun for such a great price.
As Far as deffending my "Weeknesses": The board gives you colores for all of the diffrent paramiters you can customize for dwell to Rate of fire delay to the trigger de-bounce. Its great, However memorizing the color on the display to its matching paramiter is a litlle tricky thankfully PE helped out and have a color coded diagram on the inside of the grips! Someones thinking.
Also on the microline, on the in line regulator the microline come in with a 90 degree fitting on a swivle wich is great still leaves a lot of tension on your line.
There is a un-godly amount of chatter that the Empire Axe is way better. I play very offten with a freind who uses an Axe. Hes got a Roto feader, and 68 ci tank. I can tell you this: The weight and handling is very diffrent. Axe is heavy in comparison to the Etek 3, As well Axe seems "smooshed" For the grip to the trigger frame. However you still have plenty of room to take a trigger for a walk. I never notcied a difrence in the paint to air ratio. However the axe is not as acurate with stock barel. I really do like the trigger on the axe id say thats the only place where is wins over the Etek, however thats a very personal thing to players.
In Conclusion for the money your getting a lot of the things that makes planet eclipse one one the best marker manufactres out there. Out of the box this marker can hop right on a speedball coerse and keep up with markers double the price. I would highley recomend this marker to someone who is getting ready to step there game up and dosent want to spend an arm and a leg.
I give this marker a 9. It is a great marker for the price and I cant really have a problem with it that would make me change my mind of buying it. However there is always room for improvement and PE is good at improving.