Originally Posted by PHMX
Better yet, stay away from the MCXP altogether and buy a Genius CP with Devo 8 radio. A million times more reliable and also a better helicopter.
I really would not recommend Spektrum at all. People will disagree (many people start out with Spektrum because it's priced just about low enough for many to be a first-choice), but even with their third revision of their overall system, it's still highly unreliable where other brands are virtually problem-free in a direct comparison. Not to mention range and signal quality that's quite crippled compared to the power of the transmitter.
I agree, but since he was asking about programmable transmitters, he shouldn't really be looking a CP a all.
Originally Posted by chopper62
Do you want to stay in this hobby for years to come, with the idea of getting into bigger size helicopters in the future? Can the Devo 8 be used with bigger helicopters in the future or the Devo 8 is limited to Walkera helicopters only?
If the answer is "yes" and "no," respectively, spend the money now for a good spektrum, Jr. or Futaba tx. I started out with the DX7 and quickly needed more functions than the DX7 is capable of providing. It's now delegated to driving my crawler.
This hobby is expensive ... as with all hobbies.
The Walkera Devo series of transmitters are marketed as standalone transmitters by Walkera. They can be used to control larger helis from other brands as well as planes and gliders. I use the older 2801 pro transmitter to control a 250 and 450 without any problems.