Part of Tadao's descrioption for their drop in Eblade compatable drop in Board.
Basically, it promises: more functions and modes, finer adjustability and a moveable screen.
Fully functional in the Planet Eclipse E-Blade E1, E2, and Worrblade electronic autococker frames
Yakuza Series OLED graphical display system shows eye status, battery life, current fire mode and max rate of fire, game timer, and menu system
Advanced microcontroller running at 16 Mhz
Utilizes an optical trigger switch like the stock E-Blade board
Extended dwell ranges allow use with MQ valves
Fully legal in the NPPL, PSP, and Millennium tournament series (13.3 bps and 12 bps compatible for 2008 rules!)
Tadao's industry first anti-breech bounce software reduces chopping when a loader is running out of paintballs
RF socket and wiring harness included to support Magna, Pulse, and other RF transmitters
# Multiple modes of fire
E1 E2 Ego10
The Tadao is user friendly and has more settings and features than any other board.
Eclipse Nexus DC1
Excellent eye logic
Fits any Eblade frame
I had the Tadao Yakuza board in my Karnivor since they first came out.
The battery connector fell off my first board, but I was able to solder it back on pretty easily. The board works great with no issues. Battery life is excellent and my karnivor now shoots faster than most Egos. OLED display is also excellent, easy to read in any light.
I bought a second board when the USB version came out for my DC1. From the get go, I new something was wrong, but I didn't get to use it in anger for about 6 weeks. When I did, my fears were confirmed - the sear solonoid did not fire properly. This resulted in double feeds and barrel breaks. I would say that about 25% of all the shots I fired , the sear did not release.
HOWEVER, I contacted Cookie at Tadao and he was great. Will (the president of the comapany) e-mailed me straight back (within an hour) and helped me out. First we tried to fix it in the settings, but that didn't work, so he suggested I RMA it back to Tadao. Since I'm in the UK, that cost me a few $$$ in shipping, but as soon as it got there, Will contacted me and told me what was wrong. He repaired the board , tested it and sent it straight back to me. It took about 2 weeks in shipping and a day for the repair.
Now I have it back it's all good.
Having such great customer service saved the day for this product.
Performance of the new board is great. Unfortunately the settings side has been simplified, which in my opinion isn't great, since the original version had more customisation possibilities, but at least it will be simpler to set up for the less experienced.
Definitely recommended. Great customer service makes up for some quality concerns.
I took away 1 point for the product defects and another since I had to pay the RMA shipping both ways.
8 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, March 8th, 2010 at 12:32 pm PST
'05 WGP ProStock:
midblocked, anodizing by Gruntbull, Black Magic bolt, Belsales Nexus ram, MTX mQ2 valve, modified '05 Ego frame, Tadao Yakuza, CP Lightning drop, CP 2K7 mini on/off, Karnivor beavertail, Karnivor 3-way & housing, AKA Sidewinder, 12" 2007 Powerlyte Scepter 7-bore kit, AGD Warp Feed, Pro Team Products Warp feedneck adapter, Empire Reloader II
Ease of programming
External programming menu (see review)
Ideal performance requires initial setup
Before I begin, I'd just like to say that this is easily the best Autococker board available. If you're debating whether to buy one, you need read no further, because the answer is yes.
On most other Eblade style board I've used, you need to open the right side grip to get to the programming menu. Not with the Yakuza. Hold the trigger down and turn the board on: you're in programming mode. Need the tournament lock? Program the board to whatever rules apply, then open the grip and tap the tourney lock button. That locks you out of programming until you tap the button again
There are so many set points on this board that it's astonishing. The amount of adjustability lends itself perfectly to the nature of the Autococker. Chances are if you're considering the Yakuza, you've probably got some customization to your Cocker. I promise that the Tadao is capable of accommodating your mods, no matter what they are. Literally everything is capable of being tweaked. For example, there are ten (or so) firing modes. Each of those modes is adjustable, many of them on multiple points.
The programming is top notch. Trigger recognition is fantastic, as is the eye logic. The eyes (when using reflective eyes, at least) are adjustable for the color paint you're using. The board even uses the eye to recognize where the bolt is because it can tell the difference between the bolt and a paintball (it needs a little initial input from you here, but it's simple to do). There is even an adjustment for mQ users that allows for anti bolt stick.
Now you may worry that all these set points is going to make it confusing, but it's pretty self explanatory. Anything that isn't immediately apparent is explained very coherently in the manual. And you don't even have to worry about messing up your settings, because there are three profiles that can be permanently saved and loaded to and from the board's internal memory. Got different settings for different fields or styles of play? Just load one of your saved profiles.
And then there's the OLED display. After having dealt with the blinking LED on Tippmanns and the T-board, any display is nice. But this OLED display is like the HD of paintball screens. It's viewable in the sun, doesn't chew through the battery, and is downright sexy to look at.
I have a correction to make. Somewhere in the review I mentioned that this board could accommodate whatever mods your Cocker has. However, if you happen to be blessed enough to own something like either a K&P Customs Ma-Deuce-A or one of Doc Nickel's Vee Twins, this board will not accept the two sets of eyes that would be required for such a radical machine. However, barring that incredible rarity, I cannot think of a single defect that his circuit board contains once you get it set up.
WihGlah's review reminded me of of a customer service experience I had with Tadao. I sent them an email regarding the specifics of the RF port, which I'd been attempting to use to connect a Warp feed. I got an email back from Will (the president of Tadao) within a couple hours, not only explaining the information I'd asked for, but also gave me a suggestion on how to make my specific case work correctly. Now that's what I call caring about the customer.
If you can afford it, this is the ultimate electronic backbone for your custom Cocker. The question is not whether or not you should get it, but how many you should buy. I don't usually do rave reviews, but this one really deserves it.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, March 7th, 2010 at 6:56 pm PST