- 2.5 / 5 Bee's Knees -
In a lineup of lights with increasing intensity, one might think the Eagle 300 is equal to its bigger siblings in each and every way but spoiler, this is not the case. With varying emitter counts, emitter types and beam patterns each has its own personality.
For the 300, a single Cree XP-G2 and two side emitting windows accounts for all cast light. Operation and finish are basically identical to each other Eagle model. A top facing indicator provides great awareness of remaining light runtime. Cycling through each light setting is intuitive and simple. Because the 300 only has three settings—high, med & low constant, the user experience couldn’t be more simple. By the same token, this light is void of nearly all features. Ultimately, the 300 is as simple as simple gets and that may actually be appealing to some riders.
Just as the simplicity will be appreciated by some and criticized by others, so too will the beam pattern. In an effort to maximize light intensity from this lower powered light, Magicshine opted to strongly focus the light into a tight spot pattern with nearly no flood. On one hand this is the correct approach for maximizing the intensity of a somewhat weak light. On the other hand however, the tight spot creates two issues. First, there is no flood…seems obvious but nevertheless worth stating. Without riding with an additional light, the beam pattern from the 300 is inadequate on the road and damn scary off road on tight trails. The second issue, though similar, is how the greater center intensity creates a sort of tunnel vision. By having a bright intensity your eyes adjust to that light and effectively darken its surroundings even further. The only application in which this beam pattern may be desirable is in a helmet mounted setup as a supplement to a bar mounted flood light.
To reiterate from most Magicshine reviews, the mount employed on this light is sturdy, effective and universal with the use of numerous included straps. While the mount is intuitive and adequately adjustable, it isn’t the finest out there. However, for these small and lightweight Eagle lights, a rider could buy a light with a much worse mount for sure. As with most lights, this 300 is USB rechargeable, water resistant to the extent that most people ride and unlike many small lights, the mode button is quite large and therefore glove friendly.
Tested alongside other Eagle series lights as well as lights from other brands, the Eagle 300 definitely shows some fatal flaws. The beam pattern will not be appealing to most riders with its ultra tight focus and the output isn’t much to write home about. All would be forgiven if—let me reiterate, if—the 300 were cheap…and WOW it sure isn’t. This light was tested in a batch of lights alongside a competitors aluminum CNC machined 500lm light with advanced optics, more settings delivered in a significantly more compact package. What’s more, this 500lm light runs $45 whereas the 300lm MS is over $75! I wouldn’t an honest tester if I candy-coated this review so here goes… The Magicshine Eagle 300 is a common light with a simple feature set and minimal thrills. Against competing lights it offers less features, less output, less settings and a less desirable beam pattern all at a significantly higher price. Were this light $35 we’d have little to scoff at but at more than double that price I’m a bit embarrassed. For a generous helping of greater lumens from MS, check out the Eagle 700 for just $10 more, or check out other brands and models right here. Happy riding folks.