In this brief article, we will look at the FrSky Taranis QX7 Review. We shall see what its pros & cons are, its specifications and features, and finally decide to see if it is indeed a great value purchase in 2020.

 

Impressions

At first glance, the QX7 is unlike any other radio in the market. With a bold edgy look and a broader profile, this radio definitely sets itself apart from the crowd. This has new design feels more firm in the hand (partially due to the rubbery grip for resting your fingers on the back of the radio) and is more suited for ‘thumb-ers’ than ‘pinch-ers’

The switches on the radio are positioned in an okay manner. The two switches at the back might interfere with your hand position while you are holding the radio. Quality isn’t too bad either. It gets the job done fairly well.

The scroll wheel is a much better execution than the switches in X9D and other radios. The display is also sufficiently large enough to read well.

Coming to the Gimbals, they are of decent quality. They have the standard throw rate and is good for all types of users but mainly suited for thumbers because of the edgy ergonomics of the radio;  for pinchers, it might be hard to reach the corners of the sticks.

 

The Back

The back of the radio has a battery compartment (with a tray that holds 6x AA batteries that aren’t shown in the above picture) along with the JR module bay that holds your external modules such as the FrSky R9M radio or 4in1 Multiprotocol module or even the TBS CrossFire (which needs some modifications to the radio to make it work correctly)

 

The Bottom

The bottom of the radio has the SD card slot, Mini USB for connecting to your PC and SmartPort connector to update your receivers and such.

 

The Insides

The insides of the radio are also neatly built. The connecting wires are all silicon wires (except the daughterboard connector). All the wiring is neatly tucked with holders in place. Soldering jobs on the switches are covered with individual heat shrink that protects it from short circuits.

You can also see the tiny vibration motor on the bottom right part.

 

At the top, you can see the RF board with ACCST firmware capability and two 3.5mm jacks - one for connecting to an external speaker or earphone and the other for trainer port or ‘buddy-boxing’. One unfortunate pointer is that on some models, the 2.4G antenna is directly soldered onto the RF board. This is usually not an issue for most people, but in case you need to change out the antenna, you will need to solder it directly onto the board.

The good thing about the internal RF module is that it is the same XJT compatible module that is found in the X9D radio, therefore you would get the same range as the X9D.

 

Specifications

 

  • 16CH output up to 32CH
  • Operating Voltage Range: 6~15V (2S, 3S Lipos are acceptable)
  • Operating Current: 210mA maximum (both RF module and backlit are on)
  • Operating Temperature: -10~60℃
  • Backlight LCD Screen: 128×64 outdoor readable LCD
  • Model Memories: 60 (extendable by SD card)
  • Compatibility: FrSky X series, (D series and V8-II series receivers if running D8 mode plus other receivers if an external module is used)
  • Mode 2 by default

 

Features

  •  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.

 

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • A cheaper alternative to Taranis X9D
  • Internal XJT module is same as X9D which gives you the same range as well
  • Can be switched between Mode 2 and Mode 1 easily
  • Lighter and smaller as compared to most other radios
  • Good build quality
  • Bold and edgy new design
  • The antenna can be replaced in some models
  • An improved speaker compared to the X9D
  • Much more user-friendly menu navigation buttons and scrolling wheel
  • Rubber grip
  • Comes with cheaper quad bearing gimbals instead of hall-effect gimbals
  • The LCD screen is of low resolutions and smaller. Only one backlight colour that cannot be changed
  • The battery cover is a bit flimsy and difficult to remove, especially when you have 18650 cells inserted
  • The Mini USB is outdated and the location (bottom mounted) is not that great
  • No battery charging facility

Cons

 

In this FrSky Taranis QX7 Review, we have checked out the initial impressions of the radio, its features, and pros & cons. This radio is great for pilots on a budget and is still available in a lot of stores as such HorusRC. But with the new QX7S with ACCESS firmware, it would be best to get that instead of the legacy QX7 radio as ACCESS brings forth a lot of new features and also because FrSky has stopped development for ACCST firmware.