Originally Posted by quikster
So you've used two of the ones I'm interested in. In your opinion the devo is better made? Or it's similar but you like the added functionality of devo?
I have used many Spek/JR and walkera radios over the years including the 2801, 2801E, 2801pro, devo 8, devo 8s, devo12s, dx6, dx6i, dx7,dx8, x9303, x9503 and the dx18.
IMHO spektrum and JR build better tx's though Walkera has some bells and whistles with the touch screen nav. I think the overall build quality is much better on Spek tx's. The devo12 was nice but it should have felt as good as my 9503 and it didnt. It felt cheaper and the gimbals were quite a bit of a downgrade to a nice JR. The touchscreen while it is nice and easy to navigate it is hard to see outside. They really need to upgrade to anti-glare out of the box.
I have had more issues with Walkera tx's than spek/jr. Luckily since the devos they haven’t left you in the dust when an upgrade comes like the 2801 series. Course you still have to pay for a conversion to go from standard to "s". I also do not feel warm and fuzzy when it comes to buying a Walkera tx and possibly having issues down the line with no real warranty support.
The thing I dislike most about Walkera is the resell value of anything they make is horrible because they always come out with many revisions of a particular product.
Originally Posted by sgoodmeyer
How is a conversion to another known and FCC approved system (Spektrum) illegal? It's not any more illegal than switching a module based Futaba TX to Spektrum.
It is a conversion of the actual firmware which effects/changes transmissions...
When you buy a module in the US is has already been pre-approved for use for a particular protocol so you cant really compare a module to a firmware that changes transmissions.
If people want a cheaper spek compatable tx the better bet is getting a module based radio or a radio that is made to be compatable from the factory