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Number of Reviews: 24
Average Rating: 9.3 / 10
Manufacturer Website: Click here
Suggested Retail Price: $675

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The Eclipse Etek Ego has found a place in the hearts of many a player over the past 18 months. Its light weight yet sturdy construction. Its switch-on-and-go operation. Its super-simple maintenance and unparalleled reliability. Coupled to 24+bps rates of fire and 1700+ shot efficiency, and you have a marker that fulfils all-roles to all-men. But there is always room for improvement, right?

So that is exactly what you get with the new Etek2. You still get all the great benefits of the original Etek but combined with a whole host of advancements passed down from its big brother, the Ego8 range. For example: both the LPR and HPR regulator sport the exact same internals as both the Ego8 and SL74. New lightweight hard anodized aluminum pistons, durable captured regulator seal and coil spring construction give the regulators high flow rates, improved shot-to-shot consistency and quicker recovery times. But not only have these changes improved the performance of the Etek2, but they also reduce the weight of each part as well as make maintenance a far simpler task. No more Bellville shim stacks to drop, count and arrange each time you lube and re-build your reg.

Then there is the new OOPS (On/Off/Purge) system with the integrated T-Rail mounting. The T-Rail offers the sturdiest possible connection between the OOPS and frame, yet still allows the positioning of the tank with over 1” of lateral adjustment. The new OOPS internals offer effortless operation, even under pressure from the air tank, yet durability has been improved and can be serviced without the need of tools.

The area of the Etek2 that has seen one of the most radical changes is the frame assembly. Inside the frame, under the grips, the circuit board has been re-orientated to allow quick and easy removal, again without the use of tools. In addition to this the design has become more modular allowing, for example, the plug-n-play installation of different weights of micro-switch that will allow the player to tune the trigger feel to their personal preference. And to save any kind of confusion there is no way to accidentally plug the wrong device into the wrong socket on the board. Each socket and plug has a unique pin number that makes incorrect connection impossible.

Running down the rear you will find a new molded rubber console that is flanged to lock into undercuts in the frame so that it can’t be accidentally removed or fall out of place. It houses the power and function button, and the same 3 tru-color LED display indicators as the original Etek. These 3 clever LEDs allow easy programming of all the user definable parameters by greatly simplifying the programming process. The top LED indicates 10s of units, the middle displays 1s and the bottom shows 0.1 increments. Need to set your dwell to 12.5ms? That’s 1 flash of the top LED, 2 flashes of the middle and 5 of the bottom. It couldn’t be easier.

As well as dwell, the Etek2 has user definable settings for Ball-in-Place, Eyes Off ROF, Cap ROF (uncapped in Semi 1), Debounce, and Firing Mode. As standard the Etek2 has firing modes that should cover almost every tourney eventuality, with Uncapped Semi, Capped Semi as well as current CFOA, Millennium and PSP modes. Other changes to the frame mean that the grip position at the rear of the frame, as well as the trigger pivot point, have been raised closer to the barrel axis allowing for a more intuitive and comfortable sighting line. The rear contours add an extra degree of comfort to the grip position, and an integrated snatch grip in the frame makes on-field transportation that little bit easier. Inside the XL trigger guard is a new trigger with a flatter face and no lower hook, and is interchangeable with previous Etek triggers.

Feeding into the frame from above, the BBSS (Break Beam Sensor System) and dual ball detents can be found beneath the contoured Nexus eye covers. For those after a little more bling in their breech, the BBSS assembly can be upgraded to the lazer eye system, available as an upgrade.

Staying in the area of the breech, clamping feed-tube attaches directly onto the feed stub machined out of the body billet. This not only produces an incredibly strong feed location for the loader, but also allows the incorporation of the Deftek technology feed tube. This neat little device massively reduces the chance of balls entering the breech and then bouncing back up, only to be chopped by the bolt coming forward. Without adding any ball-in-place delay you can confidently assume that the ball is neatly chambered every shot and initiate the firing cycle with the shortest possible delay. So not only does it prevent annoying breech breaks, but it aids firing at the very highest rates of fire.

In order to maximise the potential of all those loaded and fired paintballs, this year sees the Etek2 come fitted with a Shaft II 2-piece barrel, with its micro-honed and polished internal bores to provide the most accurate results possible. Supplied with a 0.693” bore back and 14” reverse threaded tip.

The body of the Etek2 has been lightened and gently sculpted to distinguish it from the original Etek, with the new Etek logo machined directly into the body, and the machining of the regulators, caps, barrel and OOPS all designed to complement the whole.

So, the bottom line is that the Etek2 has been overhauled in a way that makes it feel better, shoot better, make it easier to maintain and service, make it more reliable, make it more desirable, make it more robust and of course make it look better too. Not only has it accomplish all these things, but also managed to do it in a package that weighs 4.5oz less than the marker it replaces, hitting the scales, ready to go, at exactly 1kg.

24+ BPS capability
1700+ shot efficiency
New lighter body
New frame with improved ergonomics and sngtch Grip
New flatter blade trigger
New modular electronics
New interchangeable micro switch
New 2008 on/off/purge with t-rail mounting (over 1" of lateral adjustment)
New 2008 inline regulator with aluminium piston and coil spring operation
New LPR assembly
New Shaft II two-piece barrel
User-definable settings for Ball-in-Place, Eyes Off ROF, Cap ROF (uncapped in Semi 1), Debounce, and firing modes
Uncapped Semi, Capped Semi as well as current CFOA, Millennium and PSP modes
Triple Tru-Color LED display
Micro-switch trigger operation
Five adjustable firing modes
Trigger-pull programming
Tourney lock
Deftek offset feed tube
Clamping feed
Nexus eye covers
Break beam eyes (BBSS)
Dual ball detents
Fully adjustable trigger
Pull-pin bolt release
Integrated valve and rammer housing
Full tool set
Spares pack
Eclipse gun oil
Physical dimensions
Length: 543mm
eight: 223mm
Width: 29.4mm
Weight: 1.00Kg/2.2lb/35.5oz
Product Availability 
The Planet Eclipse E-tek 2 is older, so while it may be available used and in a few cases new, it is not commonly available anymore.
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swc695 Monday, June 8th, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
1 year
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
ego 8, ego9, etek 1
Marker Setup: Etek 2, empire prophecy loader, pure energy 68/45 carbon fiber, stiffi .691 barrel
Recommended
Upgrades:
cure 2 bolt
Strengths: It is extremely hard to break and it just works when you go to play
Weaknesses: The stock bolt has some issues
Review: In my mind this gun is one of the best on the market today. Although it is slightly cheaper it still has the heart of an ego and shoots great.

One major advantage of this gun is obvously the price. However, you get more than you pay for. In the past year that i have been using this gun i have had absolutly no problems. As long as you clean it and maintain it well it will return the favor and work nomatter what. The only Thing that I think is absolutely crucial for this gun to work well is upgrading to the cure 2 bolt. The stock bolt gets the job done but its a little rough on paint and if your using tournament grade paint, you may chop a few balls. However, i havent chopped a single ball with the cure 2 bolt.

Another major advantage of this gun is it will just work. unlike pm8s and dm9s the gun will work time after time regardless of the conditions you put in it. The only way i can think to actually break the gun is to dip it in water and fry the electronics. However, i have played with it some intense rain before and it held up fine.
Conclusion: Great gun. everyone should buy one (unless you have the money for an ego)
Rating:
10 out of 10
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yankee1103d Friday, May 22nd, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
6 months
Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Similar
Products Used:
06 Dynasty SFT Shocker
Marker Setup: P.E. Etek 2
Stock Halo
CP 68/45
Recommended
Upgrades:
Zick Kit
Cure 2 Bolt
It's fine out of the box but those 2 upgrades make it that much better!
Strengths: Easy to clean.
Shoots great.
Doesn't necessitate maintenance every week.
Long battery life.
Weaknesses: Barrel could be a little better.
Board isn't terribly user friendly.
Review: So far with the etek 2 I've had a great time. For the most part it shoots ball on ball ropes for me. Especially because I play back I'm always shooting and this gun has never gone down on me. In the 4-6 months that I've owned it I haven't had to replace the battery at all.
Conclusion: I would definitely tell somebody to get this gun. It is a more affordable high end gun that works perfectly out of box and will never fail.
Rating:
9 out of 10
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lspmuzzle Saturday, September 27th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month
Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
Etek Ego 1, Ego 05, and Ego 06
Marker Setup: Checkered Etek Ego 2, Pure Energy 68/3k, and Draxxus Pulse
Recommended
Upgrades:
Nothing
Strengths: Light, has a good feel to it, nice barrel, and snatch grip
Weaknesses: Grips could screw in farther then needed and mess up the grips.
Review: Well I went shopping to my local store (ANS). This gun was the only one that really was for my budget so I went with it and don't regret it. The gun felt light and had a great feeling to it like a glove. The gun shot smoothly when I got it and reached about 16 bps on semi. One time I didn't notice but the grips when farther then they should and broke a plastic ring in side the grip. Eclipse has been doing this since the eblades and that happened to me to with my eblade.Other then that I don't see any needs to upgrade it.
Conclusion: If I had 670 I would defiantly buy it. Its quality made and works every time I pull the trigger also little maintenance.
Rating:
10 out of 10
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redline94 Tuesday, April 14th, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
3 months0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Similar
Products Used:
08 / /09/07 egos
Marker Setup: etek 2 /empire prophecy///pure energy carbon fiber tank
Recommended
Upgrades:
star frame/ zick kick these are the only things you need to make this gun shoot like a 08 ego
Strengths: Light /fast /looks/ very easy to clean
Weaknesses: Kick but its not that back/ i wish it could be faster
Review: I sold my pm8 and my pm7 for this gun i was kind of mad about selling my pm8 at first but as soon as i shot it i new i would never look back at my pm8 and regret selling iti really wish planet eclipse would have put a regular 08 ego board in the stock because its king of annoying you cant shoot faster then 15 bps ramping i never really shoot more then 20 bps but its fun to to set the board to like 30 bps and play with some friendsi did notice some kick when i shoot long ropes but its not that bad/probably my favorite feature is how you can pull the bolt out and clean it during a game and in the middle of a speed ball game that can be very very handy to me that seems like the biggest advantage to have a egoif you are thinking of buying a new gun i would get this.
Conclusion: Buy this gun its great
Rating:
10 out of 10
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