Brand: Spektrum

Overall:
3
Ease of assembly:
3
Build quality:
3
Flight performance:
4
Value for money:
4

READER REVIEWS
Douglas Hughes  |  Jan 22, 2018

Strengths:
Level entry product albeit somewhat complex to set up. . . .
Weaknesses:
Poor quality gimbals. . . .
Overall:
Nevertheless, a very capable product which represents great value for money. . . .

Overall:
3
Ease of assembly:
3
Build quality:
3
Flight performance:
3
Value for money:
4
Jessica Rabbit  |  Jan 21, 2015

Strengths:
Supports DSMX for BNF models. Can be programmed. . .
Weaknesses:
No 3-way switches or knobs. No back-light for the display. . .
Overall:
An inexpensive programmable transmitter. . . .

Overall:
3
Ease of assembly:
5
Build quality:
3
Flight performance:
3
Value for money:
4
Colin Nicholas  |  May 11, 2011

Strengths:
Easy to programme, light weight and of course model match which has saved at least one plane. . . .
Weaknesses:
Twice after a year of use a couple of model memories became corrupted, why?. . . .
Overall:
I enjoy using it even if it is a bit toy like in build quality. I would like a rotary control for one of the extra channels. I'm charging batteries in the case but still not soldered together, perhaps I should. .

Overall:
3
Ease of assembly:
3
Build quality:
3
Flight performance:
4
Value for money:
4
malcolm woodcock 1  |  Feb 11, 2011

Strengths:
Ease of use. . . .
Weaknesses:
The manual. . . .
Overall:
This my first computer Tx. It's always assumed that you know what to do. I didn't. .

Overall:
3
Ease of assembly:
3
Build quality:
3
Flight performance:
3
Value for money:
4
Chris Ratcliffe  |  Nov 14, 2009

Strengths:
Well balanced transmitter, large enough to feel rugged in my large hands. Manual easy to understand and good Illustrations. An easy introduction to 2. 4GHz.
Weaknesses:
The program knurl buton seems light and flimsy but it does the job and easy to use. . . .
Overall:
Excellent system so far. I fly near Manchester Airport and all at the club have interference problems on 35mhz. None at all with this system! Buying another receiver go for the AR500 5 channal DSM2 it is less than half the price of the 6 channel job. I have no problem with the 4 batteries in the transmitter, they last a very long time and the power read out is always available on the transmitter readout.

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
5
Build quality:
4
Flight performance:
5
Value for money:
5
jethro  |  Oct 28, 2009

Strengths:
Has more controls you shake a stick at & great all rounder. . . .
Weaknesses:
weak trim switches fitted new ones but its the mounting holes they are slack & need larger screws,also the tuning knurl button is somewhat flimsy. . . .
Overall:
great value for the money once trim switches & knurl button are modified it will be topdog,or as tina turner used to sing simply the best. . . .

Overall:
3
Ease of assembly:
0
Build quality:
3
Flight performance:
4
Value for money:
5
cagey  |  Aug 30, 2009

Strengths:
light, smooth sticks,feels good,well balanced,cheap to run. . . .
Weaknesses:
manual is very confusing. trim switches much too fragile,3 been repaired and the 4th just in case. Stick centering springs not strong enough for me. Scroll switch too easy to make a wrong selection with.
Overall:
You wont get better for the money. Minor niggles easily overcome. . .

Overall:
3
Ease of assembly:
3
Build quality:
3
Flight performance:
4
Value for money:
4
Eck  |  Aug 29, 2009

Strengths:
Six channels of 2. 4GHz security for less than £150? More features than you could shake a stick at? What more do you need. . .
Weaknesses:
. . . Apart from a manual that explains what the features actually do, rather than just how to programme them.
Overall:
Excellent beginners (or returners) radio. . . .

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
4
Build quality:
4
Flight performance:
5
Value for money:
5
jason starkey  |  Feb 11, 2009

Strengths:
seems simple to use compared to my mates futaba. . . .
Weaknesses:
can't think of any at the mo. . . .
Overall:
Impressed with it for the price I paid (99) does everything I want of it. . . .

Overall:
3
Ease of assembly:
0
Build quality:
4
Flight performance:
4
Value for money:
4
John Mullarkey  |  Dec 19, 2008

Strengths:
Ergonomic, user friendly. . . .
Weaknesses:
Size of manual but plenty of pictures. lol. . .
Overall:
Great Transmitter. . . .

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
5
Build quality:
4
Flight performance:
4
Value for money:
5
Mike Lloyd  |  Dec 18, 2008

Strengths:
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Weaknesses:
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Overall:
to easy to lose settings. . . .

Overall:
2
Ease of assembly:
3
Build quality:
2
Flight performance:
3
Value for money:
3
Peter Currey  |  Dec 14, 2008

Strengths:
Well built. Easy to use and to create programmes for different model profiles. Light and well laid out. .
Weaknesses:
Some say it would have been better with rechargeable batteries. I'm more than happy with long life of good quality dry cells. It has been suggested that use of non-hard-wired batteries is a problem. However, transmitter is designed to be used with loose-fit dry cells.
Overall:
A good, value for money, full range set-up. With sufficient (10) model memories and for any beginner and six channels. Should keep me going for some time, on fixed-wing and heli. 2.

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
4
Build quality:
4
Flight performance:
4
Value for money:
4
Trevi  |  Dec 06, 2008

Strengths:
Good value for the money. . . .
Weaknesses:
No instructions whichway the servos plug intothe receiver. . . .
Overall:
Very good. . . .

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
5
Build quality:
3
Flight performance:
4
Value for money:
4
Derek Bradford  |  Dec 02, 2008

Strengths:
Very reliable never let me down yet. . . .
Weaknesses:
I would prefer throttle cut button to be on Left side of transmitter. . . .
Overall:
Nice design easy to use for beginner like me, intructions easy to understand and Transmitter easy to set up. Great!!. . .

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
4
Build quality:
4
Flight performance:
5
Value for money:
5
ntsmith  |  Dec 01, 2008

Strengths:
Intuative and very simple to use. . . .
Weaknesses:
None really. . . .
Overall:
Superb value for money. . . .

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
5
Build quality:
4
Flight performance:
5
Value for money:
5
Craig Spence  |  Nov 28, 2008

Strengths:
Good manuel, cheap price considering your getting a £50 receiver with it and a good fit for my learned hands. Great Transmitter, it does the job and looks good to, I cant see myself upgradeing unless absolutley nessercery. Also very low power drain. .
Weaknesses:
No charger in the kit or rechargable batteries. You will need to modify the tx if you wish to put a battey pack in there and this will also void your warranty. However apart from that its great. .
Overall:
Great Transmitter, good looking and long battery life. I wont upgrade unless I have to. Would be even better with a charger and battery pack but im really not bothered. .

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
5
Build quality:
4
Flight performance:
5
Value for money:
5
Tim Mackey  |  Nov 28, 2008

Strengths:
VFM, 10 model memory, easy programming, Excellent power drain. . . .
Weaknesses:
trim switches and roller bar are flimsy, not the same channel output as DX7 so cant interchange delta wing models for instance. . . .
Overall:
Excellent value for money. . . .

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
4
Build quality:
3
Flight performance:
4
Value for money:
5
Startazz No1  |  Oct 12, 2008

Strengths:
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Weaknesses:
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Overall:
Got this with my blade 400 3D,it was one of the main reasons for getting the E-flite heli,as i was going for the t-rex but as you got this great little tx with the E-flite blade 400 3D i just had to get it,i have a good few other tx's but this is my best by a long shot so easy to use,has a ten model memory which is very handy and computerise aswell plus loads more i haven't mentioned,great TX for your money boys. . . .

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
5
Build quality:
3
Flight performance:
5
Value for money:
4
richard crosby 2  |  Oct 12, 2008

Strengths:
no glitches. . . .
Weaknesses:
expensive receiver. . . .
Overall:
I'm a real beginner. All I know is I bought a RTF model which was glitchy and caused be to crash a few times. Not good for confidence. Getting a DX6I eradicates one of the variables a beginner faces.

Overall:
3
Ease of assembly:
3
Build quality:
3
Flight performance:
5
Value for money:
4
Michael Dearden  |  Oct 04, 2008

Strengths:
Lightweight, easy to program and not expensive. . . .
Weaknesses:
Little bit of a cheap feel but for the price what do you expect?. . . .
Overall:
A good, cost effective system. For a first time into 2. 4 just what was needed. .

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
4
Build quality:
4
Flight performance:
4
Value for money:
4
Rick Brayford  |  Oct 01, 2008

Strengths:
Relatively inexpensive 6ch, 2. 4g. . .
Weaknesses:
Removing the back of the unit relealed several cold/dry solder joints which could spell disaster. . . .
Overall:
Don't mind a slightly plastic look and feel (controls are sensitively accurate)if they took a little more time with internal solder joints. . . .

Overall:
3
Ease of assembly:
4
Build quality:
3
Flight performance:
4
Value for money:
2
Matthew Jones  |  Sep 26, 2008

Strengths:
Fully Programable. . . .
Weaknesses:
None that i can think of. . . .
Overall:
As a 2. 4 Ghz Starting System you can't beat it, Never Had a Glitch Compaired to any 35Mhz system. . .

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
4
Build quality:
3
Flight performance:
5
Value for money:
4
Garry Pollard  |  Sep 21, 2008

Strengths:
Solid lock Tx to Rx every time. Cannot fly wrong model. Feels right. Have had no problem at all with dry cells, they last for ages and when they are going down the Tx tells you without loosing contact.
Weaknesses:
Instruction manual very poor, ie assumes user knows what they are talking about. . . .
Overall:
Absolutly superb would not fly with anything else. My first computer set up and am so pleased with it I have bought 2 more rx s . Ok they are £50 each but would you like to make one for that money? I wouldnt. .

Overall:
3
Ease of assembly:
4
Build quality:
2
Flight performance:
4
Value for money:
4
Chris Bott - Moderator  |  Sep 21, 2008

Strengths:
Simplicity! The programming is so intuitive, this is so much easier than any other Tx I've had. . . .
Weaknesses:
Dry battery box. As the battery contacts seem substantial enough I've inserted 4 separate Sanyo eneloops and taped up the back cover for security. I charge with a rx charger and adapter lead. But it doesnt need it very often.
Overall:
Considering the price this is an excellent transmitter. Enough facilities for average Joe (me) without being over complicated. With the 2000mAh eneloop batteries I accidentally left it on overnight and there was still hours in the battery. Tx to Rx lock is a revelation after 35MHz.

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
5
Build quality:
4
Flight performance:
5
Value for money:
5
Peter Clarke  |  Sep 20, 2008

Strengths:
Cheap computer radio. . . .
Weaknesses:
Too light & plasticky - I bought a DX-7 at the same time because it is more akin to the JR 2720 Tx. I hate the scroll roller system for programming. I have not flown a model with it as I don't trust it. .
Overall:
Works very well on the computer simulator FMS & Preflight, which is where it will stay. . . .

Overall:
2
Ease of assembly:
2
Build quality:
2
Flight performance:
2
Value for money:
3
GrumpyGnome  |  Aug 07, 2008

Strengths:
Price Decent mixing facilities Works exactly as advertised. . . .
Weaknesses:
Flaps on a swicth Tx is a bit large for smaller hands Rxs still a bit expensive. . . .
Overall:
Very very pleased with it. Don't reacll experiencing a single glitch. Would prefer rechargable cells in the Tx but I can live with that ! Nice and user friendly. .

Overall:
3
Ease of assembly:
3
Build quality:
3
Flight performance:
5
Value for money:
4
LIONAWA  |  Aug 05, 2008

Strengths:
reliable. . . .
Weaknesses:
jog wheel programming. . . .
Overall:
excellent. . . .

Overall:
3
Ease of assembly:
3
Build quality:
3
Flight performance:
4
Value for money:
4
Peter 'Ivanna Crashalot' Savage  |  Aug 04, 2008

Strengths:
Pitch and Throttle Curve graph!!!!! helped set up helicopters tenfold works with JR transmitter charger or any power supply giving negative tip 9-12v. . . .
Weaknesses:
Looks and feels a bit plasticy, don't get feeling of quality don't have many receivers :( If you want to use flaps for something else other than flaps you need to set it up as if you are using it as flaps, same with the gyro rate switch, if you want to use it for retracts you have to use the gyro menu for the EPAs. . . .
Overall:
It has become a central part of my flying, and have not used a 35mhz transmitter for a while except when i don't have anymore ar6100s lying around :(. . . .

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
4
Build quality:
4
Flight performance:
4
Value for money:
4
Mick Mackie  |  Aug 02, 2008

Strengths:
nice to hold. . . .
Weaknesses:
trim levers weak had to repair rudder trim only worked in one direction after about one hours use. Also found the roller control very sensitive to touch. . .
Overall:
happy with it so far. . . .

Overall:
2
Ease of assembly:
3
Build quality:
2
Flight performance:
3
Value for money:
3
Ian  |  Jul 19, 2008

Strengths:
Has a timer which I have never had before!. . . .
Weaknesses:
Dry batteries. . . .
Overall:
Very good. Rip out the battery contacts in the tx and fit a rechargeable pack instead. . .

Overall:
3
Ease of assembly:
4
Build quality:
4
Flight performance:
4
Value for money:
3
Don Luck  |  Jul 16, 2008

Strengths:
forget xtals, flags, trailing rx aerials, 'fishing rod' tx aerials,worries over 'noise', fussy computer programming et al. . . .
Weaknesses:
my initial concern was tx battery, but so far no probs. Have switched to nmh 2000mah and modified a rx charger plug [reverse polarity]I found the stick ends were too sharp for my shrunken thumb pads,rubber pads fixed that!. . .
Overall:
I INTEND TO SWITCH OVER TO 2. 4 FOR ALL MY MODELS. . .

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
4
Build quality:
3
Flight performance:
5
Value for money:
5
Graham Cramp  |  Jun 18, 2008

Strengths:
Easy to use, easy to programme. . . .
Weaknesses:
WILL ONLY BUDDY WITH ANOTHER DX6I!!!. . . .
Overall:
As a beginner I was purchased one of these as a gift before visiting my local club, turned out there was only one other Spektrum user and he was using a DX7. My 6i would not talk properly to it as no trims that were set on his transmitter would transfer to mine. The only way I could learn using the buddy system was to buy a second transmitter which I did and with the 2 of them together I cannot fault it. Will see what the future holds and whether it will develop with me.

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
4
Build quality:
3
Flight performance:
4
Value for money:
5
John Clarke 3  |  Jun 16, 2008

Strengths:
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Weaknesses:
. . . .
Overall:
ca't buy better. . . .

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
4
Build quality:
4
Flight performance:
4
Value for money:
5
Barrie James  |  Jun 16, 2008

Strengths:
Secure lock onto receiver. Full range. . .
Weaknesses:
Batteries held by clips against BMFA advice. . . .
Overall:
For some time I viewed the model with suspicion. Where was the catch? Why was it so cheap? Why did not more of our club members have one? Eventually my fears evaporated and I bought one. £89. 99 from the local shop.

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
3
Build quality:
3
Flight performance:
5
Value for money:
5
Brian Smith  |  Jun 12, 2008

Strengths:
Easily understood manual if you're familiar with R/C terms and controls. . . .
Weaknesses:
Being a JR clone the charger T/X output and T/X input is reverse polarity compared to Futaba and Hitec. Centre pin is negative polarity with both Spectrum and JR. transmitters. There is no diode protection in the charging circuit so using Futaba or Hitec chargers will damage the charger or possibly the T/X as well.
Overall:
An attractive and comfortable T/X case with smooth stick assemblies. Trim levers easily reached during flight. The R/X is one of the smallest I've ever used but care must be taken installing and removing servo plugs. .

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
4
Build quality:
3
Flight performance:
4
Value for money:
5
Eric Strefford  |  Jun 11, 2008

Strengths:
Easy to use, programming very straight forward, can even use without manual. . . .
Weaknesses:
None I have found yet. . . .
Overall:
Have used with 6300 indoor lightweight rec and falcon servos in 22gm Mosquito, and with a 6100 in a ducted fan wing no problems at all, range with 6100 was as far as I could go and still make out which way model flying. Would recommend to anyone. . .

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
5
Build quality:
3
Flight performance:
5
Value for money:
5
Frank Skilbeck  |  Jun 10, 2008

Strengths:
2. 4 Ghz, easy to program, great in "noisy" electric installations. . .
Weaknesses:
Flaps are not proportional. Not supplied with rechargable batteries. Rx is a tad too small!. .
Overall:
Bought one as a back up for my main 35 MHz set and tried it in 2 "noisy" electric ducted fan models, worked flawlessly with not a single glitch and no trailing aerial. If anything the Rx (6200) is a bit small and getting all the servo leads in is a bit tight. Instructions only show how to bind using a Rx switch harness, but you can do this by pushing bind plug direct into batt/bind Rx socket when using an ESC with BEC. It even balances on the neck strap.

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
4
Build quality:
4
Flight performance:
5
Value for money:
5
YakMad  |  Jun 10, 2008

Strengths:
Easy to use, 10 model memories and 2 model types fixed wing and heli. . . .
Weaknesses:
Switches have a cheap feel to them and jog wheel is stiff, only supplied with dry batteries. . . .
Overall:
I bought one as part of an EP heli package and quickly found my self adding more models to it until I had very soon filled the 10 memory slots. It appears to have very low power consumption. I modified the RX output on one of my chargers (it runs on only 4. 8 volts) and put 2000 mah ni-mh cells in it and can now fly for hours without having to charge it.

Overall:
3
Ease of assembly:
3
Build quality:
3
Flight performance:
4
Value for money:
4
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