For me, it plays better than a Ti5, at about a 3rd the price.
Matter a fact, I think I am going to sell my Ti5 to buy one each, of the other 3 Colorways. And I very seldom sell yoyos. But I have a lot of yoyos just sitting around and my Ti5 is one of them, lol.
I got the Purple AL7 in the mail today. And it is Seriously Good.
I would say it is heavy for its diameter, but the weight is in exactly the right places. It throws down Solid but not heavy on the string. It is not floaty, but can move quickly. Mine is Super smooth. I’m using it with the slightly grooved bearing. As a rule, I do not use grooved bearings and I do not support the use of grooved bearings. But this Quake is so solid and stable, the grooved bearing compliments the precision feel of the Yoyo by giving a consistent result on the throw. When the yo hits the bottom of the string, there is minimal drag because the string is not touching anything but the bearing.
The Yoyo pops great. Gyro flops, outstanding. Finger grinds, dreamy, haha. On a strong throw, the Quake does not deflect out of plane, easily. Tilts can be controlled/corrected, very easily. I don’t do much horizontal, but the Quakes blend right into a horizontal program.
A truly well engineered Yoyo. And in person, a thing of beauty.
It easily is in my top ten. And I have a whole lotta yoyos.
This is not really structured like a review. It is just my ‘view’.