As drone racing moves from a niche hobby, mostly for technophiles, into a well-funded and highly competitive sport, the demand for (relatively) low-cost racing drones that can actually compete will only continue to heat up. To date, that market has largely been dominated by Eachine, with models like the stripped-down Falcon 250, capable of speeds over ninety miles per hour, and the similarly-designed Racer 250, which boasts a thrust-to-weight ratio of about four. Looking at these models gives a clear idea where Arris (no relation, it seems, to the broadband and video tech company) may have derived their inspiration when designing the X220, one of several FPV racing drones the company offers both on its site and through various e-retailers.
Available in both ready-to-fly (shipped with a built in transmitter) and bind-n-fly (get your own transmitter) packages, comparing the X220 to Eachine's Racer proves to be apt upon inspection of the constituent components. Both are composed mainly of ultra-light and hardy carbon fiber, both fly for around ten minutes, and both are fitted with adjustable FPV cameras best paired with a headset. The X220's 2400 kilovolt brushless motors are a full one-hundred kilovolts more powerful than the Racer's, perhaps explaining Arris' choice to fit their propellers with three blades each. Considering theese favorable specs and the two drones' comparable prices, it seems only a matter of time until Arris emerges as a competitor equal to Eachine in popularity in the drone racing community.
The Drone Racing League continues to pick up more steam with each passing week, with their sponsors including ESPN, Bud Light, Fox Sports, and, perhaps most ominously, the United States Air Force. While you practice on your new Arris X220, check out the next horizon: the DRL's own Racer 3. With acceleration of 0-80 miles per hour in under a second (you read that right), you better train those reflexes if you think you have a shot at the big time in drone racing.
The Arris x220 Professional was very easy to set up. It flies as smooth butter and is very fast! The runcam swift 2 camera is better than my previous fpv cameras.
The standard version and pro version have pretty much the same built concept. The frame is pretty sturdy and will take good hard crashes.