- 4 / 5 Bee's Knees -
In a previous review of the Eagle 700 light from Magicshine, I mentioned how more isn’t always better. Although the Eagle 600 shares most of the overall design concept as the 700, it is far from the same regarding features and its user experience.
First the commonalities. Each of the Eagle lights is build on the same platform or chassis of sorts. They all offer side emitting windows, an easy-to-select mode button, a universal mount and USB charging functionality. On the surface of things, the 600 offers a blatant difference however with its multi-function OLED display. At times, there are products that hit the shelves with gimmicky features that no serious rider would value. However the OLED display is actually particularly useful because of the generous number of light modes or outputs. With a variety of dual beam, single beam and flash settings, this display makes it intuitive for a rider to recognize which mode they’re in (dual, single, flash) as well as know which output level they have selected.
Even though the Eagle series lights don’t get me too excited with regards to their construction or appearance, the beam pattern of the 600 is really nice. As I mentioned in the review of the 700, I strongly prefer the 600 over both the 300 and 700. Partially because of the vertically hashed lens, the beam pattern appears wider and more diffused than the others. Additionally, the transition from the spot to flood intensity is more gradual and appealing. Overall the beam pattern is simply wider than the other two and as a result this model provides much more confidence on the trail compared to even the higher output 700.
The mount remains the same story as the other models. An adequate design holds the light securely in place and the universal straps are actually damn good unless you prefer a setup where the mount is removed from your bike after every ride. As a whole, there are better concepts but among quick release styles, this design is adequate for a light of this weight.
Once more, with most of my attention focused on the differences in output and beam pattern, the 600 model within the Eagle series stole the show. None of the other lights were pleasant on switchback mountain trails and road performance was only acceptable. At least for the beam pattern aspect, this light actually competes with some of the larger brands. Factor in the somewhat modest price and it does become somewhat of a contender against other brands for riders looking to save a bit of money. The OLED display will benefit most riders and provides reassurance of remaining charge when bounding through the woods with no backup light. Is the 600 a must-have light, something über desirable? I think not. But again for riders on a tight budget who are looking for a strong set of features, this product may fit the build. Personally, there are brighter lights with less features and slightly better beam patterns near this price point that I would lean towards each of those but each riders values will vary.