There is one, but only one, difference between the back of the box descriptions of the two balls: the number of dimples. I don't have the balls in front of me to check for sure, but I believe the ad333 has 333 dimples. The Q-Star has about 344, if I'm remembering correctly. I don't know if this would meaningfully affect the performance. By the way, the descriptions of these two balls is pretty close to how Bridgestone describes the e5, their soft, two-piece spin ball. It's about 26.95 and is described as having a urethane, rather than rabalon, cover. To me the two covers are very similar--they are similarly soft and scuff rather easily (don't hit any cart paths on the fly!). I like all three balls, but, as you say, the ad333 is the best deal.