A few minutes ago, I watched a great review by Bobololo that not only throws a post of mine under the bus (and I'm actually REALLY glad he did), but also points out a huge factor that can so often be overlooked. In this case, it was something that I overlooked. Usability matters. Here's why.
Cam ECS-12. If you want the Cliff Notes version, essentially I come up with some numbers suggesting that, for about the same price, you can build up a rifle like the Cam ECS-12... or you can just buy what Nerf made. Now, take a look at this not-so-hands-on review Bobo made of the Nerf Cam ECS-12. It's pretty obvious the big bit that I left out of my number crunching: the performance of the camera components themselves. Thanks to Bobo pointing out the elephant in the room, it's obvious what the real flaw of this blaster is: you can't take usable footage of a Nerf game with the equipment the Cam ECS-12 will feature. When push comes to shove, the quality and framerate of the camera isn't something you'd want to use to review your battles or share on social networking sites.
I'm actually really happy Bobo pointed this out, and I'm glad to say that I was wrong because it was a wake-up call to something I don't want to lose sight of when it comes to this stuff: Usability Matters. You can spend spend spend all you want, but if it doesn't do what you need it to do, it's just sucking the fun out of your funds.