iRangeX IR8M: when you clone too much, but that is not a bad thing after all

I love chinesium and admire chinese manufacturers very much for a simple fact: some time ago they stopped just cloning. They started to create new things based on “legit” ones. Just look at iRangeX iRX-IR8M 2.4G 8CH Multi-Protocol Transmitter.

iRangeX iRX-IR8M multiprotocol radio transmitter

Doesn’t this thing looks almost like Team Black Sheep Tango radio transmitter? Well, it is at least similar. But this is a bad thing? The way I see it, definitely not. It is similar on the outside, but it’s not the same. Just the way TBS Tango has similar shape to Sony PlayStation 3 DualShock controller.

iRangeX iRX-IR8M multiprotocol radio transmitter

On the inside, it’s a completely different beast. iRangeX iRX-IR8M 2.4G 8CH Multi-Protocol Transmitter on the inside has:

  • Has 4 different radio chipsets inside: CYRF6936, CC2500, NRF2401, A7105
  • Can work with:
    • DSM/DSMX, JR Pro, Walkera DEVO compatible receivers
    • FrSky, Futaba SFHSS compatible receivers
    • Flysky AFHDS2A and Hubsan compatible receivers
    • Hisky, Syma, Assan and mose other Chinese models based on NRF24L01 radios
  • Telemetry support
  • Can be powered from 4xAA or 2S LiPo battery
  • 8 channels
  • 6 switches
  • 2 POTs

iRangeX IRX-IR8M white

And has a “reasonable” price tag: $109 without discount, $79.99 in preorder. A little more than Taranis Q X7, but all those protocols…

The only question is: is it any good? No idea, it’s just too early to tell. If you will wait 2 more months, I will tell you. I just preordered one iRangeX IR8M. When it arrives (shipping after December 22) I will review it. Yes, I’ve bought it for my own money. It will not be sponsored and I will not be afraid to tell that this is crap if it is.

Product page: https://goo.gl/GqB9zP

All photos were taken from Banggood, but I suppose they will not have anything against it after all 😉

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