Oh, your one of those bads who think consumables are bad.
I'll just move along, even tho my consumable use is rather light.
I didn't say they were bad, just that it's possible to build a Vesta with Aux DHCs and 125 Aux (so max Sci/heals) that does more damage than a Vesta with 125 Weapons and [Acc]x2 [Dmg] Phaser DHCs - I think that's pretty neat.
Purple text that says mkxii doesn't make good endgame gear.
Stats make good endgame gear.
Still, though, calling them starter gear is a pretty big exaggeration. They're not starter gear. They may not be your weapon of choice, but they work just fine in the end-game for others and keep pace just fine with a lot of other Mk XII equipment.
Ok, I'll just let somebody who admits that they don't run a log parser pretend they understand the numbers better then me...
Humans... I swear...
Wow, holier than thou complex much?
Regardless of how you go about power management levels one thing that can't be argued with is that the player who only needs to worry about 3 subsystems will have more power to go around than a player who worries about 4.