Personally, I don’t care what others think, so “visually appealing” doesn’t enter my equation.
This week, I’ve been playing a God Tricks Destiny and enjoy it. I’ve also been carrying my wet whistle, Decapod, KLR, DM2 and Metropolis. I grab what I feel like using and then go for it.
With that in mind, ain’t nothing wrong with the Protostar unless it’s too big for your pockets. Gnarwal is a good choice, as is the Wooly Marmot and Campfire. Dietz is a good size as well.
If you’re looking for “value metals”, this God Tricks stuff is pretty darn good and I think I’m gonna have to get me some more. Magic YoYo is really blowing me away as well. I’m interested in springing to get a Shinwoo Zen yoyo but I keep spending on higher priced stuff right now. The dv888 is OK. The C3 DiBase is amazing, as is the Halo.
Then again, if you’re not opposed to plastics: Stackless Grind Machine, PSG, Asteroid, Speed Maker, Kickside, Lyn Fury(my choice for pocket due to size and with easy mods: clean bearing and silicone it) are all wonderful choices. A bit more spendy is the Legacy II and Chaser. Of course, if you’re considering getting a Chaser, the Protostar is just as good and you already have it.