Table of Contents
- 0.1 Initial impressions of the SMOK Majesty Resin Edition
- 0.2 Operating the SMOK Majesty Resin Edition
- 0.3 Let's See What Zophie Says
- 0.4 Vaping the SMOK Majesty Resin Edition
- 0.5 Wrapping up … and Score
- 0.6 SMOK Majesty Carbon mod score: A-
- 0.7 SMOK X-Baby Tank score: See review
- 1 Overall kit score: A-
Last Updated on November 29, 2017 by Team Spinfuel
This is a tough review to write. Not because I don’t like the SMOK Majesty Resin edition – I do. But rather because I just reviewed the SMOK Majesty Carbon Edition, and other than the material used in the mod’s body, it’s nearly the same setup.
But, notice I said “nearly.” Amazingly, despite having the same name, same internals, and same premise, the SMOK Majesty Resin Edition is a somehow a more enjoyable, better performing device. It mostly comes down to the weight and feel, alongside a few other surprises. Let’s dive in…
Initial impressions of the SMOK Majesty Resin Edition
One thing that doesn’t vary between Majesty editions is size, because this thing is much larger than SMOK’s previous hit devices, like the SMOK Alien and the SMOK ProColor. Measuring 85.1 x 46.1 x 30.6mm, this is far from the most pocket-friendly device the company has put out. But it is one of the most solid, and that comes, in large part, from the smooth, seamless resin finish.
The box that held my test model showed a deep amber/light brown combination resin, with occasional green streaks breaking up the design. It seemed mature and unique – two qualities that are hard to come by in this era of vape mods that strive to be bigger, better and badder.
However, the inside of the box revealed something entirely different than what was implied. WAY different. The traditional SMOK package sleeve should have included sunglasses and a warning label. Because my test model was a heady mix of sharp yellow, bright green and not one hint of the mature amber seen on the photo.
In other words, there was no need to include LED light displays on the Majesty – this particular resin finish could be seen across a crowded football stadium.
Now, don’t get me wrong, this particular Majesty Resin was attractive, and DEFINITELY unique, but it’s clearly not for everyone. Whenever resin blends are involved, buyers roll the dice with appearance, so keep that in mind before clicking that “buy now” button above and below this review.
One thing that resin does bring to the table is sturdiness. The SMOK Majesty Resin Edition is considerably weightier, and seemingly more durable than its carbon-built brother. I wouldn’t try dropping this from significant heights, but I wouldn’t worry about the usual dings, either.
Operating the SMOK Majesty Resin Edition
Though I already covered it in the last paragraph, the Majesty Resin’s heft actually plays a major role in how it vapes. Not necessarily because of the technical features, but rather the way it feels in the hand, and how comfortable it is to operate.
Whereas the Majesty Carbon Edition (or most carbon surfaces, for that matter) became either slippery or tacky, depending on how moist your hands are, the high-quality resin finish on this edition is velvety smooth, and altogether more comfortable in the palm, either when sitting loose or tightly gripped.
Though I didn’t measure, the SMOK Majesty Resin also seemed a TOUCH narrower, which felt great when firing the wonderful, angled fire bar. To be honest, I think this comes down to personal preference, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention it.
The operation of the Majesty Resin Edition is otherwise identical to the Carbon Edition, which means it’s also identical to the ProColor, and probably 16 other devices SMOK plans to release over the next few months.
But this screen and operating system remains a standout for mods in this category. Frankly, it’s a highlight of mods in ANY category. Everything on the high-res, full color display is crisp, clean and extremely legible.
In turn, the Majesty Resin Edition’s updated menu system is a breeze to navigate with the large, clicky operational buttons and holding the firm, springy fire bar. Per my usual rants and raves, a dedicated “action/enter” button would be a welcome addition here, but those familiar with SMOK’s controls will find this system a pleasure to operate.
Strangely, the bottom battery door – which was extremely snug on the Majesty Carbon Edition – was much looser on my test model, to the point where I thought it might have been damaged. However, the door did its job without concern, but it made me wonder if the resin inlay was making the other frame elements sit differently throughout the device.
Finally, the SMOK Majesty Carbon Edition comes with a color-matched X-Baby tank and two coils. We have said more than our share about the X-Baby, so we’ll focus on the mod here. But, it does make for an attractive, well-matched pairing that gives vapers plenty of performance right out of the box, so newcomers shouldn’t hesitate to choose the kit over the standalone mod.
(If you’re interested in a more in-depth discussion of this tank, please read our SMOK X-Baby tank review for the answers you need.)
Vaping the SMOK Majesty Resin Edition
This is where the review gets a little more interesting. I don’t know if it’s the weight. I don’t know if it’s coincidence. I don’t know if it’s blindness caused by the gaudy yellow resin finish. But the SMOK Majesty Resin Edition vaped a little better than its carbon sibling.
And to be sure, I tested the Resin Edition using the exact same array of coils, RTAs, tanks and drippers as the Carbon Edition, so there was as little doubt as possible.
Now, it’s not a significant boost. In fact, I’m not sure most users will even notice. Yet, somehow, the minor concerns I had about performance fluctuations when reviewing the Majesty Carbon completely disappeared on this mod.
With the Carbon Edition, I had some odd readings in temperature control mode using titanium coils on some very reliable RTAs. These same coils – on the same atomizers – registered and performed flawlessly on the Majesty Resin Edition.
Likewise, I experienced some mild underpowered draws when vaping below 40 watts, and those also went away here. And yes, this is a true 225-watt-capable device, with no misfires getting in the way of rock solid vape quality at the highest elevations.
Indeed, the SMOK Majesty Resin Edition did everything I asked, in every mode, and never once skipped a beat. Though it might sound a bit exaggerated, vaping the Majesty Resin felt more like using a new, standalone device than the Carbon Edition, which was more like a larger version of the Alien or ProColor. It’s a subtle difference, but one that would make me choose the Majesty Resin over it’s lighter-weight counterpart.
Wrapping up … and Score
I suppose user experiences will vary, but during testing, my Resin Edition simply performed better in several areas. And it felt like a new experience as a result. So, while I gently lambasted SMOK for giving us “more of the same” with the Carbon Edition, the Majesty Resin Edition was different enough to change my mind.
Is the use of resin the difference here? Probably not. But improved looks, increased comfort, and a more high-end feel make the SMOK Majesty Resin Edition the stronger offering of the two, and a worthwhile investment for people looking to enjoy a deluxe vape device, without the usual resin price tag.
SMOK Majesty Carbon mod score: A-
SMOK X-Baby Tank score: See review
Overall kit score: A-
The SMOK Majesty Resin Edition is Available Now at Element Vape
SMOK Majesty Resin Edition Specs and Packaging Contents
SMOK Majesty Resin Edition specs:
- Measurements: 85.1mm x 46.1mm x 30.6mm
- Weight: 210g
- Lateral fire button
- 510 threaded connector
- Power range: 6W to 225W
- Output voltage range: 0.5V to 9.0V
- Power mode resistance: 0.1Ω to 3.0Ω
- Temperature mode resistance: 0.05Ω to 3.0Ω
- Temperature control resistance range: 200℉ to 600℉ or 100℃ to 315℃
- Utilizes dual 18650 batteries
- Firmware upgrades
SMOK TFV8 X-Baby tank specs:
- Dimensions: 24.5mm x 59mm
- Weighs 58.5g
- Tank reservoir: 4ml/2ml (TPD compliant)
- Constructed from stainless steel and glass
- 510 threaded connection
- Colors: silver, black (matches mod)
- Included: wide bore Delrin drip tip (black)
- Two adjustable top airflow slots
SMOK Majesty Resin Edition Kit contents:
- 1 x Majesty Resin Edition mod
- 1 x TFV8 X-Baby tank atomizer
- Coils: 1 x V8 X-Baby Q2 0.4Ω dual coil (installed) | 2 x V8 X-Baby T6 0.2Ω coil
- Extra glass section
- Micro USB charging cable
- Spare parts
- User manual