Frsky have put their reliable and well-known frequency hopping ACCST technology into the new Taranis Q X7 radio system with addition of full telemetry. All the usual Taranis features are used in this radio such as Receiver Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI) alerts, Real-time Flight Data Logging and receiver matching.
There is a new look case that comes in either black or white. Once again the excellent Quad Ball-Bearing Gimbals are used and it is up to you to determine what mode to set the radio to and also if you want self-centering spring loaded sticks (standard) or the usual stationary set throttle.
The Taranis mixes the power of the “OPEN TX” open-source software with an ergonomic case with 6 programmable switches (4 x 3-position, 1 x 2-position, 1 x momentary) and two twist knobs. Set up your switches and controls how you want them.
Alerts can be presented in the form of audio speech outputs, sound or vibration alerts making this extremely user-friendly. The MicroSD card slot offers unlimited model memory options, it also has a USB port for upgrades and to connect to a PC for adjusting settings. As well as this there is the ability to use all your model files from the older TARANIS X9D/X9D Plus/X9E making it easy to get the new system up and working.
The FrSky Taranis Q X7 is a very versatile, cost effective radio.
• Quad Ball Bearing Gimbals
• Receiver Match
• Audio Speech Outputs (values, alarms, settings, etc.)
• Real-time Flight Data Logging
• Receiver Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI) Alerts
• Super Low Latency
• Vibration Alerts
• Model files are compatible with TARANIS X9D/X9D Plus/X9E.
• Open source firmware OpenTx installed.
Operating Voltage Range: 6~15V (2S, 3S Lipos are acceptable)
Operating Current: 210mA maximum (both RF module and backlit are on)
Number of Channels: 16 channels
Operating Temperature Range: -10~45℃
Backlight LCD Screen: 128*64 outdoor readable LCD
Model Memories: 60 (extendable by MicroSD (TF) card)
Compatibility: FrSky X series, D series and V8-II series receivers (plus other receivers if an external module is used)
Taranis Q X7-EU version is only compatible with X/LR series receivers EU version.
If design does not matter so much, but functionality does, this is the perfect transmitter not only for beginners. It offers all you need: smooth-moving sticks, switches, display, a place to put second HF modules in, and, of course, the Open-Pilot-Software with nearly infinite possibilities to control your model.Its a great looking, but clunky receiver (haven't used it yet) its mode 2.First off I'm happy with this radio. Now that's out of the way let me point out some shortcomings for those who are on the fence over this or the X9D+:
There are no side-mounted sliders, 2-fewer switches, no integral NiMH battery charger, it takes SIX (6) NiMHs, pinchers with large hands might find the switch position/proximity too close to the sticks and it is missing the receiver firmware update cable (although this is cheap and trivial to make - see Youtube).
But the worst part is the display. It is significantly worse than on the X9D and this means that some LUA scripts won't work properly, some of the numbers on the sensor calibration screen get cut off (although this is probably just a bug as there is space), you're more limited in splash-screen choice/graphics and can't have a graphic of the model on the main/model screen. And the text is also pretty bad.
But like I said I like it. It's cheap, massively programmable, the LUA scripts for remotely configuring the S6R/S8R work great and the screen isn't a deal-breaker for me as I watch the model NOT the radio and anyway, it's much easier to program everything with the computer (a mini NOT micro/phone USB cable is required for this).
It also seems to go out OOS very quickly from the UK warehouse and appears to take 1-2 months to return so bear that in mind.this one feels so good in your hands, very good grip below and the sticks are more wider that makes better controlPerfect entry level OpenTX radio. Please have in mind that it comes with no case, batteries or charger, and that batteries need to be removed every time for charging. It comes with a removeable 6 NiMH tray, but it has a 2S XH-JST plug (with only two wires), and works ith 2S-3S batteries.