In this brief article, we will look at the FrSky Taranis QX7S 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

On first glance, the QX7S is just like its younger brother, the QX7 with the exact same form factor and looks. The visible changes include the new black grip along with the M7 gimbals. Honestly, I really liked this Blue & Black colour combination. The QX7S is also available in a Carbon Fibre body as well( not actually made of carbon fibre but has the same looks).

Just like the QX7, this radio will be more inclined towards thumbers than pinchers.

Not to mention that the QX7S comes with a carry case as well and a charger ;)

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.

The above points are applicable to the QX7 as well.

Coming to the Gimbals, they are what sets the QX7S apart from the QX7. The Taranis QX7S comes pre-installed with M7 gimbals which are great because they are hall-effect gimbals, thus giving you more precision, smoother stick movements and longer lifespan as well. The gimbals also have ‘lotus’ stick ends for more surface area and grip.

 

The Back

The back of the radio has a battery compartment that comes pre-installed with 2000mAh NiMh battery along with the JR module bay that holds your external modules such as the FrSky R9M radio or a 4in1 Multiprotocol module or even the TBS CrossFire (which needs some modifications to the radio to make it work correctly)

Exactly like the Taranis QX7

 

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.

(Image representative only - the QX7 and the QX7S have the same form)

 

The Insides

(Image representative only - the QX7 and the QX7S have the same form except for the M7 gimbals and the unpopulated Bluetooth module on the right side of the motherboard)

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.

The FrSky Taranis QX7S also comes with an in-built Bluetooth Module (not shown in the image) for wireless trainer and simulator connectivity to your phone or your PC.

At the top, you can see the RF board with ACCST (or ACCESS if you are buying the latest QX7S) 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

Model Name

Taranis Q X7S

Transmitter Color

Blue/ Carbon Fiber

Number of Channels

16 channels (up to 32 channels)

Operating Voltage Range

6.5~15V (2S, 3S Lipos are acceptable)

Operating Current

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Operating Temperature

-10~60℃

Backlight LCD Screen

128*64 outdoor readable LCD

Flash Memory

16MB(extendible by TF card)

Compatibility

FrSky receivers in the D8/D16/LR12 mode, Taranis Q X7S-EU version is not compatible with D8 mode.

 

Features

  • Hall sensor M7 gimbal
  • Receiver match
  • Audio speech outputs (values, alarms, settings, etc.)
  • Real-time flight data logging
  • Receiver signal strength indicator (RSSI) alerts
  • Inbuilt wireless trainer system
  • Super-low latency
  • Vibration alerts
  • Model files are compatible with TARANIS X9D/X9D Plus/X9E/X7.
  • Open source firmware OpenTX installed.
  • Support connect the Free Link App for telemetry

 

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
  • Comes with M7 Gimbals pre-installed
  • The antenna can be replaced in some models
  • An improved speaker compared to the X9D
  • Wireless trainer Bluetooth module inbuild
  • Comes with a 2000mAh battery in the box
  • Comes with a charger to charge the battery
  • Comes with a nice rugged case
  • The LCD screen is of low resolutions and smaller. Only one backlight colour that cannot be changed
  • The Mini USB is outdated and the location (bottom mounted) is not that great
  • No in-build battery charging facility

In this FrSky Taranis QX7S 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.