I decided i fancy a change from my mobius and want to find out what escorts tier 5 of course people use and what you think and why so i can have a better idea on what to use lol i do also want to add two random questions
1 does the tactical escort retrofit look good with full borg set? As in is it noticeably visible?
2 does engine consoles really make that much difference to the speed?
Fleet Defiant-R (Tactical Escort Retrofit) rox all my sox. I think the Borg set looks horrid on pretty much all ships, so I hide the visuals. I actually have the Aegis set on mine for looks, I barely play anymore so I don't care about being sort of weak with it. MACO Mk XII is also a nice choice.
I personally don't use the engine consoles on escorts but many folks swear by them, and I'm no expert so I won't even pretend to argue. I just find survivability (neutronium alloys in the Eng slots) to be far more effective for my brawler style.
The Borg set art on the Defiant looks pretty disastrous. You know that lump that grows over the starboard warp nacelle of borgified ships? On the Defiant it actually hangs over the forward edge. So, yeah, I'll say its noticeable. And its absolutely hideous.
That aside, you can't go wrong with that ship, especially the fleet version, which many people claim is the best ship in the game and I reckon they're not lying.
If you're looking for a ship that looks good assimilated, might I recommend the Patrol / Mirror Advanced Escort (Dervish/Gryphon/Hermes-class) Its one of the few ships that can really pull off the look.