Project D is a new gun designed and manufactured by MacDev, we have named it Droid. This new gun is not a Cyborg, and it is not intended to replace the Cyborg. The Cyborg and Droid will both be available, and the Cyborg has a very bright future, with a new model set for release in 2008.
The Droid will be set in the high end bracket, with a retail price of over $US1,000, it will be an alternative option to players who want to have a high quality and high performance single tube paintball marker.
The Droid is designed to breathe new life into the single tube gun market. MacDev designers have made some very interesting innovations that are designed to increase the reliability and efficiency which is always lacking in conventional spool designs. These innovations have led to significant reliability and efficiency advantages, and patents will be granted for them soon.
The Droid features lightweight construction, extensive 3D surface milling and a small, comfortable playing profile."
- 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!
Having already having owned and liked the style of the shocker NXT & SFT i was expecting more of the same from the droid but........
What i didn't expect was how much smoother it was to shoot with zero kick over other spoolers including the DM and proto range.
The droid is possibly the best spooler out there at the moment in my opinion.
function and feel is similier to a shocker but a lot lighter,the trigger once set up to your liking is easy to shoot streams of paint in any of the 12 modes it comes with.
dissembly is a breeze simply undo the small grub screw on top of the body and unscrew the valve out.
The valve/keg itself looks more like its from the DM range with several parts and over 17 o-rings in total,but its easier to fix than a shocker or DM due to only having only a couple of critical o-rings on the bolt.
Once the droid body is opened up you see the only big problem,it does look a bit old skool very similier to the old bushmaster with thin wires going from the noid to the board and eyes,if your to rought it would be easy to snap wires so care should be taken when splitting the frame apart.
The matchstick barrel is flawless shooting is on par with anyother highend barrel.
I have to say i cant really fault this marker,the more i shoot it,the more i like it,its that simple!!!!!!!
some parts of the marker are little old skool (the switch & wiring) but they are not really an issue or detract from the performance of the DROID.
In my opinion this is by far the best and most reliable spool valve on the market.
If you like shockers or proto/Dye markers you will love this...
10/10 for a spooler
9/10 for an electro marker
Macdev Matchstick Barrel
Halo B loader
Lack of kick
Harder to find
Price for some
This is the best gun that I've ever had my hands on. It had all the features you need straight out of the box in a nice tight setup.
Feel- The Droid has a nice ergonomic feel with plenty of room from the trigger guard and plenty of room in between the guard and reg. Its one of the lighter guns out.
Lack of Kick- While not completely devoid of kick, its barely there at all.
Efficient- Great for back players or if there are issues getting tanks filled full. 1700 shots on a 68/4500.
Quiet- Very quiet
Maintanence- I just did a full teardown and relubing for the first time and it was super easy. (Played in sand this weekend) Shares some parts with the 06/07 Cyborgs (eyes, solenoid, grips)
Harder to Find- Its brand new and from Macdev. There are not a ton of other Macdev guns out there, unless your in Australia maybe. So for most, this means buying it sight unseen. Even though I like the feel others may not. Customizing may prove to be difficult as
Price- Its less than other high ends, but some may not be able to come up with $1100
I'll update if anything changes
Macdev produces high quality products and the Droid is no exception. Ive had my Borg for a little while and have not had one thing go bad.
I don't like the thickness of the grips and frame
Ok, so I got this gun and was pretty impressed with it. It was VERY efficient, the most efficient spoolie out there(sorry NT, you can't cut it....).
It was smooth, not Dm6/Pm8 smooth, but it was pretty smooth. Sound signature was a cool spoolie, a lil different than a Dm6/Pm8. The Feel of the grips and frame combo was bad to me, as was the CRAPPY stock trigger. Either way, it was a nice shooter, just not my gun. The wires in the frame were so all over the place that I crimped an eye wire while putting it back together. $25 part for too many wires.....made me angry.
A great gun in it's class, I am just not a die hard fan.
i dunno it didn't really seem like it needed any, maybe tadao or virtue when it comes out.
100 psi operating pressure
very little kick
I didn't like the feel that much thats subjective though.
I had heard a lot about these markers so when someone showed up at my field with one i jumped on the opportunity to shoot a couple pods through it. This gun is very light, i had just test fired an 08 ego just before i shot this and the gun didn't feel much heavier. I turned the gun on and ripped and entire halo effortlessly the marker is very fast and has very little kick (slightly less than my dm4 and pm6). What impressed me most about this marker though, is how ridiculously consistent it was, i was getting +-2 over the chrono and from 75 feet away it was putting ball on ball, there was one mark about 4-5 inches across from a whole pod of paint on the wall. It is the combination of the consistency over the chrono and the lack of kick that makes this marker truly deadly. Though i was very impressed by the consistency and lack of kick, this marker almost had too little kick, it had no feel to it, i barely knew i was shooting, this gun might take some getting used to and feel is more of personal thing so i didn't count this in the overall score.
If you get the chance, shoot one for yourself, this marker is revolutionary in its lack of kick and consistency.
-Shoots fast easily
-Air Efficient (get a half case to a tank)
-Low Kick, shoots very smooth
-Consistant Velocity/Quality Reg
-Grips feel cheap, mine don't fit the frame properly
-Gun sounds inconsistant while shooting, mostly shoots quiet with some shots being much louder
-Easy to switch gun on/off accidently when carrying in snatch grip position, switch
Been playing with the Droid for about 5 months and have been enjoying it. I am typically not a spool valve fan for a few reasons and use my A1 as my primary gun. I really like the way both guns shoot and feel different. The droid is well balanced, lightweight, and air efficient. The trigger feel is a little sloppy with some side to side movement and comes set up very badly out of the box. Take some time to set it up before you go out to play. Something I think is missing, perhaps from being spoiled with the a1, is an OLED display like the a1's and egos have. All work with the board is done through the trigger with series of blinking colored led's; consult the manual. I've had to replace one o-ring in the gun and have probably put about 8 cases through it. Typical spool valve maintenance, a little annoying and too often.
Love the Droid. Not everything I would like in a gun but a great marker to rip on some ballers. Almost zero problems with it, changed one o-ring and some slow shooting/skipped shots one day. After that day worked normally.