Low price, high performance. Entry level used to mean low performance, but once again Smart Parts changed the game. The Vibe brings the smooth, accurate, fast shooting performance of true low pressure electropneumatic operation to even first time players with its unbeatable entry level price. The new Vibe works flawlessly with CO2, Compressed air, or nitrogen so if you only have access to CO2 then this is a great gun for you. Check out the long list of features below.
Smart Parts Vibe Features:
Hammer free design means that even beginning players can now afford a marker with tournament level performance, durability, and simple maintenance.
Protection provided by the Vibe's all-new Max Flow R Vertical Regulator means that it is safe from the dangers of liquid CO2.
Weight (marker only): 1 lb. 11 oz.
Length (w/out barrel): 8.75 in.
Operating Pressure: 180psi
Gas Source: HPA or CO2
Anti-Chop System: Low force bolt
Trigger Pivot: Stainless steel pin
Ball Detent: Dual rubber style
Semi auto (11bps cap), Three Shot Burst (11bps), and Full Auto (11bps) firing modes
Max Rate of fire: 11bps
Field legal mode lock (Semi Auto)
Runs on one 9 volt battery
Standard ASA included
One piece 10 inch barrel
Feedneck: Vertical clamping
Glass fiber reinforced nylon grip frame/body
The Smart Parts Vibe is newer, so it should be commonly available, both new and used. Check out the Places to Buy links below for places to purchase it new.
Smart Parts Vibe
Stock 8.75 in. barrel
48 ci 3000 psi Steel N2 tank
Tacamo 200 round gravity feed hopper
Lighter nitro tank
Firebolt aftermarket bolt (decreases operating pressure by about 15 psi, reduces kick and will make it quieter)
Compact, lightweight, fast, quiet, easy to clean and maintain, inexpensive, looks great
bad with CO2
slow w/out blackheart board
Very compact and lightweight marker, so it's easy to handle in speedball.
It's not so bad for speed at 11 bps.
Get a Firebolt; it'll reduce kick and the operating pressure.
Very easy to clean and maintain with easy access to the internals, a great feature for
The 3 fire modes are nice too. If you walk the trigger on burst or auto, you get it going semi fast, but get an electric hopper to keep up with that.
It's not the most accurate gun in the world, so I recommended a new barrel.
Now about the air. Smart Parts tried to make CO2 work for this gun, but I tried it and I had to stop every 8-10 shots to let liquid CO2 vent out of the reg. Trust me, a nitro tank is well worth the extra money, you can't go wrong with one on this gun.
I only chopped one ball during 7 hours of intense play. Nothing else chopped, even with a gravity loader.
I say that if you're a beginner and you want to get into paintball for a low price, buy this gun and go play. It's a great gun, I'm very pleased with mine. It's very easy to clean and maintain, which is great for beginners who need to get to know what's inside a gun before they go out and buy something like a DM8 or an Ego. Overall I'd give this a 9 out of 10. The accuracy and speed are the only problems, being slight ones, that are definitely fixable with a few upgrades. But as I said, if you want a cheap way into a great sport, go buy the Vibe.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, March 25th, 2010 at 6:48 pm PST
ion,invert mini, the vibe is very easy to maintain uses a closed bolt system and low pressure is small light very affordable
smart parts vibe stock
smart parts freak barrel
Price, size, maintenance, double air usability
BPS, not an amazing tourny gun
i got this gun for christmas and it is very easy to maintain but I hav had problems with the way it runs on co2 I strongly reccomend using compressed air in it you'll see better results
the stock parts are all very good except the barrel its like 9 in. I reccomend a freak barrel for it but other than tht good recreational gun not amazing tournament very good for beginners
If ur just starting buy it u will be amazed and if your a tourny player save for something faster
Smart parts Vibe
TechT L7 bolt
14" Smart parts linear barrel
New board once released
Ease of maintenance
Crisp trigger pull
Runs on CO2 well
Will never live up to higher end markers
MROF is low
Simply put the SP Vibe is the best marker you will get for the price. The only competition for this marker would be the Spyder VS1 which does provide higher end features, but doesn't perform as well.
The Vibe is built to be an entry level electropneumatic paintball marker which will provide higher end features combined with ease of maintenance for the beginner. The Vibe's regulator allows it to run safely and efficiently on CO2 which is an added bonus. Also while most people will see the lack of eyes as a weakness, the Vibes low pressure bolt works magnificently and makes it damn near impossible to chop balls. The trigger offers a crisp pull, which however is negated by the low MROF (11bps) which will be a thorn in some peoples side as the progress through playing levels. However, currently an aftermarket board will soon be released for the Vibe. The stock barrel is inaccurate but luckily there are many aftermarket barrels available.
This gun is quite simply the best in production for it's price range, I give it a 8/10 because it does what it is advertised but loses 2 points for having more potential and needing to many upgrades to preform at a much higher level.
-SP Gen1 Ion
-APE Rampage Board
-DW Fibur 12" barrel
-DW Finngerlock trigger
-DW Hollowpoint Bolt
-DW Pro ASA
-DW Negitive Ion body
-48CI/3000PSI steelie tank
-CP shortty reg
-Opsgear 18" Fluted SNIPER Barrel
-Rocket Cock 2
-Opsgear 12" Floating SR Hand Gaurd
-APP Stainless Steel Screw Kit
-M82A1 Gas Thru MAG
-GTA Car Stock
-TACAMO AK-47 style Weaver Rail
-Polished internals, Pen spring mod
Clamping feed neck
Lack of upgrades
So my friend just bought this as a backup gun for his A5. I was a little skeptical at first as he has a gravity fed hopper on it and running CO2, but wow was i suprised. After useing my ion which will only run on HPA and need a power hopper i was amazed with the vibe. Smart Parts really outdid themselfs with this one. The Trigger is REALLY easy to walk on this gun and i can easy fire at 14bps in semi. It also has 3 round and full auto (both caped at 10bps). I thought i he would be chopping paint like crazy as this gun has no eyes in it, i dont think he choped a single ball all day (he was useing 3rd burst). The mechanical anti-chop was amazing! I also was suprised to see a regulator that is ment to be used with CO2. The reg has a releive valve and built in exspantion chamber to prevent liquid CO2 from damageing the internals. I also liked the bolt out back concept (no more takeing the entire gun appart like the ion) and incuded clamping feed neck. the only downside is there is no aftermarket upgrades for this gun yet. Im hoping somone will create a breach with eyes and a new board so this gun will really fly.
Im giving it a 10 for price, preformance and an amazing anti-chop system (without eyes)
Good job smartparts!
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Period of Product Use:
2 of 15 people found this review helpful.
Similar Products Used:
ion A-5 model 98
A-5-flatline response trigger and a remote
barrel, hopper, new board if yours didnt come with the stock one
Weight, Co2 compatable, doesnt chop paint
Feels cheap, has no eyes, some older ones dont come with a board
Well i bought this gun right before playing in a while and the battery was dead when I got it. It came without any allen keys. After playing for only a couple of hours in the woods I noticed that the bolts holding the grip on were rusting and the fact almost all of the bolts were loose got me a little upset.It didnt use very much air for being only 150$ but the contdion I got for I was pretty mad. The stock barrel is very inacurate, after using it once i went and got a new one. The only thing i like about it is that it doesnt chop paint at all. Using a gravity fed hopper and origin paint I took off the barrel at the end of the day and it was completely clean.
I completely regret getting this gun and I dont recomend it to anyone just save up 20$ more dollars and get an ion. The ion has eyes and a lot more upgrades. It is a better gun alround.
Barrel, compressed air, maybe a new feedneck [see review], remote line if you are even thinking about going CO2 [not recommended... see review]
Price ~ Performance ratio
Durable (maybe not the trigger).
Easy maintenance - bolt out the back.
Unreliable on CO2 [see review].
feedneck [see review].
I purchased this gun as a backup marker to my Ion which loves to misbehave at the most inopportune times and also to have a 2nd electro to lend to friends who want to come play. The most obvious thing this marker has going for it is its great price - $140 for a high performance electronic marker by Smart Parts makes complaining about the thing difficult. If you are upgrading from a CO2 marker or this is your first paintball marker you will be very happy.
There are a few areas that this marker falls short, but they are easily fixed with after-market purchases if you so chose. In order of severity, here are what I see as the biggest shortcomings of the Vibe after playing with it on and off for 6 months:
1) CO2 performance is spotty at best. The gun will work on CO2, but it will not work well. You will easily be able to cause the Vibe to freeze up by shooting a few strings of quick shots. I first ran my Vibe with a 20oz CO2 directly attached and was appalled to find that a single 10-20 ball burst was usually enough to freeze up the gun due to liquid CO2. I had to pause for about 10 seconds to let the reg warm back up before firing again. Running the Vibe on a remote is not much better, you will get more shots before freezing but continued fire will still freeze up the reg. I highly suggest you run the vibe on compressed air, you will get more consistent velocity and better reliability in-game.
2) The stock barrel of the Ion is too short for most people. Not a lot of elaboration needed here - the barrel is very short [10 inches], not very high quality, and is just not adequate for serious play. Fortunately this is an easy fix - the Vibe takes Ion threaded barrels so pick up a good two-piece Ion barrel off ebay for $20.
3) Last gripe that is easily fixable is the feedneck. The feedneck on the Vibe locks with allen wrenches. That's fine if you leave your hopper attached to your marker at all times, but most like the flexibility to easily remove their hopper between games. If the feedneck is an issue for you buy an after-market clamping neck such a Q-lock.
There are other issues I could point out about the Vibe but let's refer back to my first point about this marker - it's $140. At some point, you get what you pay for. If you need a marker that shoots faster, has better electronics, or more shiny features then you need to look at markers at the true "high end" spectrum of electronic markers.
For most players the Vibe is more than adequate as a reliable, fast, and accurate paintball marker provided you take my advice on compressed air and the barrel. You'll be hard pressed to find a marker less than $200 that out-performs the Vibe.
As a player who uses this as a backup I have to say this marker has performed it's duties admirably. I suspect it will be in my bag for a long time.
Smart Parts Vibe
Hybrid Gen 7 Grips
Empire Fast Pack 5
3 Smoke Dye Lock Lids
JT Flex 8
16 oz Co2
20 oz Co2
24 oz Co2
Electronic Hopper which can feed at least 10-15bps
Soft On Paint
Requires Good Batteries
I have been using this marker for a while now and it has served me well. It has been through two games, and quite a few reballs.
Firing Modes: The new ones come with 3 shot burst (at 11bps), and full auto (11bps).. kinda handy for those who like to use them. I've never used them in a game so i couldn't really tell you how they work. I did test them with reballs and they'r cool.. although i would never use them.
Light: This marker weighs in at 1.11lbs. which is extremely light for the price tag. It's relatively light compared to most markers when hooked up with a halo and 20oz.
Quiet: Oh the quietness! This marker is a huge step up from my old Mr1. It's makes about half the noise! Although your not going to be unheard, it's quiet enough to not wake up the neighbours. Way better than anything in it's price range. A new barrel would also quiet it even more.
Electropneumatic: No more cocking! This gun is the lowest price electropneumatic marker on the market and although the price is low, smart parts didn't cut back on anything. This also helps the loudness because there are no more TINGs! comming from your bolt, striker, ect. And it dosn't shake! No recoil.. when i first shot it i was like did it shoot? because you barely feel the kick. And im sure there will be upgrades to improve even more!
Soft On Paint: I was kinda sceptical about people sticking a ball in the breach and blocking the end and then shooting it but i tried it myself. I shot a visible impact paintball over 50 times without it breaking! I even stuck my finger in to block it and it's just fine. I couldn't believe it.. so even though your loader might not keep up you still wont chop paint. Actually i put a vl200 on and set it to full auto and shot for about 2 seconds... no breaks! although it did skip when the bolt bounced off the balls.
Compact: If you play snake or front, good gun for you. And when you try to pack it in your bag it will fit. My mr1 wouldn't fit in a schoolbag and this one fits in the laptop compartment easily.
Cheap Price: Dont let it mislead you... even though it's about the same as a blowback it performs WAY better.
Co2 Friendly: I live about 100km from the nearest HPA fill station so it's not a big option for me. I run co2 straight without an Anti-siphon tube installed and it never freezes up on me ever. Although the regulator does get cold, the gun still keeps going.
Short Barrel: Some people like the look of an UBER long barrel calling themselves "Snipers"... well sorry but it's 10"... . Not a hard upgrade though. I would reccomend upgrading to a freak jr. because it's not too expensive but yet gives you inserts to help accuracy and efficiency.
If your low on a budget like me, out of HPA filling range, a newb, or just want a cheap, good gun that can do most high-end things... this is the gun for you.
I give it a 10 even though it is capped at 11bps and dosn't have too many accessories right now, it's still worth a 10
9 out of 10
Last edited on Saturday, May 24th, 2008 at 3:29 pm PST
Steady solid acurate verasatil low profile cheap fun to shoot and if falls you wont cry I got it on ebay for 125 shipped and mean if by some reason yo dont have compressed air you can use CO2 with this baby
This will be the gun that would bring the lo end mech player play with the hi end electro player with out been noticed
I have it running with a revy and gess what no chops!
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Period of Product Use:
Less than a month
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
Similar Products Used:
Marker - Vibe
Hopper - Tippmann ssl-200
Barrel - Redz pepperstick
12oz Co2 Tank
Trigger - A little loose, the stock is fine for a beginner but a new trigger would make walking it much easier.
Feed Neck - Again the stock one is fine for a beginner though a cam-lock will be better for any marker without one.
Runs fine on Co2 while still being electric
VERY few minor problems.
In my opinion this is the ultimate beginner marker... heres why:
1. As it is electric and yet runs fine on Co2 new player do not have to worry about getting an air tank. So not only is this marker cheap in the first place, but when you take off the price of an air tank you start to see the benefit for any new player.. it leaves them with more money to spend on paint.
2. The Vibe is amazingly easy to maintain.. The bolt out back design makes it incredibly easy to clean and lube, all in minutes.
3. The added bonus that it is small and light is good on any marker.. weather it be for a beginner or an expert.
4. From the first time i fired it i could see how accurate it was.. with the pepperstick on it it shoots even better!
5. It's also super quiet, all of my club members were saying how quiet it shoots.. They say that all they can here is the paint flying over their heads!
I have only had two problems with this gun, And both of them are very minor ones.
1. A screw from the ASA fell loose and none of my many allen keys could get a grip on it to tighten it back up.. i just wated till it fell out and then found a new one to replace it (so easy to find that i took one out of the frame of my fridge, it fitted!).
2. I can reach 16bps on the Vibe, but when i shoot at that speed continuously for about 10 seconds the Co2 starts spreading to places it shouldn't and temporarily stopping the marker from shooting.. all i had to do to fix it was leave it out in the sun for 5mins to thaw! Obviously there is no problem like this when shooting air! I say that a beginner wouldn't be able to hit 16bps straight away and when he can, he should be thinking of upgrading to air anyway.
A great marker! Perfect for a beginner in many ways.
I'm rating it on a beginner scale, obviously its not a shocker and so shouldn't be compared with one. But i still give it a 10 for a beginner gun!
Smart Parts Vibe
14" Linear Barrel
3000 psi tank and revo. force loader.
New longer barrel.
May have to get hose repaired after one or two uses.
THIS Is a great gun. I played a game with my friends in the woods and a pwnd them all. They also all had better more expensive guns. I think this gun exceeds its expectations and gives more bang for the buck. The stock barrel is a little short but can be easily replaced. I think if you are getting into speedball or need a good backup gun GET THIS ONE.
This is worth 200 dollars and it is perfect for almost everybody. GET IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!