I've read the raptor 8 vs HB+8 threads but I think this situation is a bit different.
I did some testing for about 5 minutes and saw that HB+7 hits anywhere between 20-40 damage less than the Rappy + 4 Rev and around 5-20 less on a priest with dread shield, Eventhough I had 120 less total AP with the HB.
I did no testing on damage on duffer players. Should the HB or the Raptor hit harder on duffer players?
Things I also noticed in HB's favor:
+Less to no failure on R or skill damage
+MUCH faster comboing (I played with an HB+8 for years so it's more noticeable now after using a rappy for a few weeks)
+a bit cheaper
Things I noticed on the rappy:
+hit 50 damage more on a Mage who had 40 CD and 20 SD.
+Basically higher average damage
+Longer range, better for pk
-More fails on skill and R damage.
I'm debating getting an HB+8 again. Would love some suggestions.
I have 1920 ap with the rappy +4 rev with full str gear and buffs. I'm guessing I'll have around 1600-1700 with HB+7.