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FrSky Taranis Q X7 and X7S – is it still worthy?

FrSky Taranis QX7 appeared on the market a few years ago and got quite a lot of popularity in its time. There were reasons for that:

  • much cheaper than Taranis X9D
  • still with full-size JR bay,* a lot of switches – less than on X9D, but who uses all the switches on X9D?
  • the same radio link as on the bigger brother means it has the same range and reliability as well proven radio link of a bigger Taranis

Thanks to all of that, not only Q X7 became a very popular entry-level radio transmitter for new people in the hobby, a substantial amount of pilots migrated from X9D to Q X7 as it’s lighter, cheaper, and work as well full-size Taranis.

The situation was even better when FrSky showed Q X7S with incorporated great Hall-effect gimbals and some extra features like wireless trainer port, etc.

FrSky Taranis Q X7S Carbon Edition ACCESS

Now, the question is: is Q X7 still worth buying in 2020 or should new and existing users be rather interested in other radios like X9 Lite, Jumper T16 or similar?

The answer is as follows: the Q X7 is still one of the most interesting radio transmitters on the market. You might say, that it’s aging well. Not only it works as great as when it was introduced, but it also is not as much “castrated” product as X9 Lite for example. This is why, my verdict is: if you like how it looks (not everybody does) and look for a higher entry-level device, Taranis Q X7 is for you. It’s not so obvious with Q X7S as it’s much more expensive and then Jumper T16 Pro becomes a valid competition, but the cheaper version is probably the cheapest FrSky radio worth getting!

One thought to “FrSky Taranis Q X7 and X7S – is it still worthy?”

  1. Finally someone talking about the X7. As a first timer, I got mine on the recommendation of numerous reviews. With the ongoing Frsky (frisky) saga, pretty much everyone no longer mentions it and I worry that myself and other like me might eventually feel like we’re missing out on so much awesomeness by not having a T16. To be honest, the only thing I do feel a bit aggrieved about is the hacky Crossfire mod I’d need to do if I eventually decide to go that route. Otherwise it’s been totally solid, even though it’s mostly been a Sim controller.

    P.S. As a software guy, I enjoyed seeing your simple Javascript PID controller. C++ is still a bit jarring to my eyes

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