I have been watching htis thread since I started here at PBN (very recently). I can't believe some of the answers that are given. You should get this gun ot that electro-gizmo or the best one is this or that - evena few cocker vs mag posts.
I think the question is what is the best starting paintball marker, or at least something close to that.
Anyway. There are many factors in choosing the "best" marker. The first is budget. contrary to some, there are many "kids" (heck, your all kids to me - ehheheheheee) now a days that their folks will buy them whatever they want (this is another subject), but that does not mean that they should get a fully tricked Angel with an AIR system. It just means that the options are more open to them and the choice could be a bit more difficult.
Personally, I don't think any nu-bee (defined as a player that has never played or has played only a few times and has decided to get into it more) should have an electro-anything. My reason is that habbits are learned early on and relying on volume is not necessarily a good thing. Making a gun easy to shoot isn't necessarily the best thing for the player, especially a new player.
Although I am a "disgruntled zealot" and a member of the Jig-Pig
I do NOT think that making a nubee start with a pumper is necessarily the best thing for them either.
Several variables come in to play. What field(s) are available (or not, in the case of wanting to play outlaw/renegade), what do the frineds have, what is available at the local pro-shops (if available) as far as repair techs. Does the local store service what they sell?
my personal and average suggestion for a nubee is to get something that they will be comfortable with, something that they percieve that they will be satisfied with and something that is reliable as possible. Typically this means that the m98 is the first choice. The spyder would come in a second, but because of the hot velocity problems that spyders have, this could be a negative issue.
I recently had a discussion with a father that wanted to buy his son something, and was asking my advice. He said that his son wanted a spyder because that is what all his friends had. My suggestion to him was that he should seriously consider the m98, but that if the boy was heart-set on a spyder, then that would be the best option. In this case, peer pressure was a major factor. NO matter how good anything else was, he had to have a spyder because that is what his friends had - period.
My first gun purchase was a mag, but I had been renting and borrowing pumpers and pre-pumpers for years. This was not only my first purchase, but my first semi. I would not suggest a mag or a cocker to a nubee, unless they were already aexposed to that kind of marker and at least had access to someone that could work on their marker when necessary.
reliability, maintenance, familiarity, comfort, peer pressure, budget, available fields, and even time of year and season make differences in the judgement call.