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Old 07-08-2012, 09:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Devo 10 or Devo 8s for mini cp

I am looking to get into the mini cp. the problem is which transmitter to get. I want to get something I can use for bigger helis if I ever go that route again too. From what i gather they both have telemetry with the mini cp. i assume they both have the same kind of alarms for receiver voltage getting low (sound and vibration) but I am not sure yet. I hear the 10 is easier to see in the sunlight which would give it a big advantage to me over the 8s when I fly outside. Touch control on the screen is not really a big factor for me. I assume the 10 would have more tweaking features than the 8s. The only thing I am concerned about is what features the 8s might have over the 10. The GUI does look nicer on the 8s but if I can't see it outside it would be nearly useless. Has anyone had both of them to compare?

I used to fly a 450, 600, and a 700 but after upgrading to the 700 the cost of repairs proved too much for me so I was going to get out of the hobby but now I want to just fly something small around the house and do some sport flying and very loght 3d with it ( inverted flight, slight funnels, etc).

I plan to get the stock brushed mini cp version and hopefully keep it like that for quite some time to keep costs down.
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Old 07-09-2012, 02:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This is my dilemma as well. I was thinking of getting the 8s as well but they are hard to see and would only be useful in low light applications. They are practically giving a way the devo 7 right now, the Devo 10 is the one I really like! It will be beneficial for both indoor and outdoor uses even with with the larger birds. Good luck with your choice either way the radio's seem to hold up well. Setup Maybe another question based on your skills. I am trying to stay with radios I am familiar with but a futaba may be in my future
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Old 07-09-2012, 08:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I got the Mini CP with Devo 8S at first but quickly upgraded to a Devo 12S. The screen was unreadable in good daylight, bearing in mind that we never get heaving sunlight and blue skies here like what you in N. America and Europe. The second problem was that the font used was too small. Lastly, you can only use 4 pen cells reliable with it. Many have reported problems using a 7.4V lipo and NiMH pen cells are only good for 15 flights for so.

However, the touch screen interface was so nice that I don't want to go back to a conventional transmitter again. That is why I choose the 12S instead of the 10. You can definitely read the screen in daylight and it comes with its own rechargeable battery and aluminum case. Just these 3 features makes the extra money spent worthwhile. The Devo 12S is the only Walkera transmitter that is selling well as a standalone transmitter at the moment.
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Old 07-12-2012, 01:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I was kinda meh when i got Devo 8, but then its not that bad at all. I've never opened the manual to set it up. Navigation is easy. The LCD is somewhat hard to read, but not impossible, since you can always cover it with your hand when it is super bright outside. But the best thing about it so far is the open source firmware that somebody is working on. It will allow you to control DSM2 and J6Pro receivers. If this project success, devo 8 would be AWESOME. Devo 8 has a potential to become really popular radio really soon. Its a tough call since i was debating over getting Devo 10 after i got devo 8,but after this Open source thing, i'm glad i got 8. Hope that helps.
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Old 07-15-2012, 02:06 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Just got done ordering my pack

Came with a Devo 10. Definitely not splurging on the Devo12, too spendy. Mini CP kit with Devo 10 looked like the best overall deal, glad it's getting some nice reviews here.
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:44 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm with Melnik. Yes, the screen is hard to see in bright sunlight. So what? I never look at the screen when I have my heli in the air anyway. If I have to make an adjustment, I can always find a shady tree or like Melnik says hold your hand over it. The ease of use, functionality and potential far outweigh the badly lit LCD display. I would stick with my 8s over a 10 any day.
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:08 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I got the Devo 10 with my Mini CP, and it's a fine transmitter with great feel in the sticks. I can't compare with an 8S, but if you're not looking to spend a whole lot the 10 will do everything you need it to do IMO. It is a nicer transmitter than my Spektrum DX6i that is for sure.

The reason I didn't splurge for an 8S or 12S is that this is my foray into Walkera products, and i wasn't sure if I would stick with them or not. So far I have to say I'm pretty happy with them, the only negative being limited parts and customer support as I'm in Australia.
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:30 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Definately devo 10. Touchscreens are gimmicky and generally work like shit under calloused fingertips anyway. If I want to use something that pretty much ignores any input I try to give it, my phone is already in my pocket/

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