Update 2/2/13: More pics, video and initial review.
UPDATE 12/28/2012: T-SIX Review, coming soon.
UPDATE 12/05/2012: Z8RC has obtained the full T-SIX specs sheet.
Possible, T-SIX “E” Configuration
- Cheaper price point
- Helicopter specific subset of above
Hobby King has released their Spektrum DX6i killer with a JR-like data entry system. It will bind to any DSM, DSM2, or DSMX receiver as if it was a DSM2 DX6i and costs $65 + $32 (seemingly marked up) international shipping. The only thing more spectacular than the T-SIX’s international shipping cost is the base cost of a Spektrum DX6i.
Z8RC pre-release sneak peak.
It took about two weeks to get a copy of the T-SIX from the HK International Warehouse. Initial inspection reveals a slightly higher quality product than the pricey Spektrum DX6i, the T-SIX’s clear competitive target.
ORX hardware advantages over the DX6i are:
ORX hardware disadvantages compared to the DX6i are:
Other knowns and unknowns:
Details and side-by-side with the Spektrum DX6i. The ORX T-SIX feels more solid and has a much bigger, illuminated screen.
Note: I had to steal this DX6i’s throttle trim button to replace its broken elevator trim button.
The ORX menus are laid out better. The larger screen allows for a two-column format that shows more or all of your options to prevent hunting for an option. For example, all ten models are displayed at once when selecting a different model. Oddly, these are displayed only by Model #, not by Model Name. The Model Name should be displayed in place of the # whenever a name is programmed.
Here’s is a non-exhaustive video of the ORX menu functions. DX6i owners will immediately notice the overall improvements in layout:
Many, if not most or all DX6is have problems binding to certain DSMX receivers. One of my DX6i’s has the bug. My E-Flight Blade 130 and Beast 3D will not bind to my DX6i-DSMX version despite repeated attempts with all sorts of distances, timing, rituals and prayers, but the ORX T-SIX bound the same DSMX receivers every single time:
The ORX T-SIX has a better feel overall. The radio feel more solid, and the gimbals are smoother.
Data entry is easier when flying since a 4-button data entry system can be used while flying with your right hand.
The only disadvantage, though I wasn’t 100% certain because my tests were in very windy conditions, is that the ORX could have slightly more latency. I simply can’t say for sure since the wind prevented carefully feeling-out the difference in radios.
Head-2-Head range shootout, coming soon….
IN FLIGHT PERFORMANCE: B+
Better gimbal feel, slightly easier programming. Could have slightly more latency than the DX6i; more testing required. No DSMX.
Significantly more ergonomic than the DX6i. Similar programming power. T-SIX is more Specktrum Rx compatible.
BUILD QUALITY/DURABILITY: A
Noticeably more solid than the Spektrum DX6i benchmark.
Just because the DX6i is a D-, doesn’t mean $65 gets an A. Turnigy 9ch is only $15 more including a DSM2 module.
OVERALL GRADE: B+
Easily trumps the too-expensive Spektrum DX6i, but the T-SIX is priced about right for the feature set.