Pixracer (actually a counterfeit): Now available from Hobbyking!

Just thought I'd share

Pixracer (Xracer) Autopilot V1.0 FMU V4 Generation

AUD $135

Now I'd like to know if this is a clone, or the real thing from AUAV?

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Comment by Quadzimodo on June 14, 2016 at 7:44am
The PixRacer from auav is just $99 and comes with completely different accessories. Auav offer quality super flex silicon cables, while the ones pictured on the HobbyKing product page look like the standard budget crap we are all too familiar with. HobbyKing don't seem to be offering the ACSP series companion boards either. I do like the look of that case, but it is easily printed and certainly not worth a $40 premium over the auav alternative.

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Comment by Hugues on June 14, 2016 at 7:52am

Is Hobbyking a reseller of Pixracer officially or is this a  HK version they decided to produce since the hardware is opensource ?

What I want to know is if buyiong from Hobbykling will support Nick Arsov and developers or not ?

Comment by CrashingDutchman on June 14, 2016 at 7:55am

UAUV is United States based (?) and pricing is in dollars. The blog is mentioning a price of AU$ 135 but HobbyKing is selling for US$ 99 too.

Comment by Scott W on June 14, 2016 at 8:27am

I would think the AUAV guys would have made an announcement if they were getting resellers... 
This is probably the clone, and we'd be better to nod advertise for it!!

Comment by Scott W on June 14, 2016 at 8:32am

Oh, I just looked at the pics.. It's the clone for sure.. Can tell by the color of the wifi connector, the safety switch, the cables, etc. 
I'd erase this thread, if it were up to me......  The AUAV people have been very helpful to me.  They do a lot to support the community.  The people who made this 'clone' completely ripped off their design..  the PCB even still has the same silkscreen w/ Nick's name on it.. The cloners just took the design files, sent them off to be made w/ the cheapest possible components, and are making a killing on the profit! 


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Comment by MarioSpeedwagon on June 14, 2016 at 9:28am
I think that a conversation about differences in quality is a great PSA for people thinking about buying one, but I don't like the idea of censoring alternatives/clones.
Comment by Quadzimodo on June 14, 2016 at 9:33am
CrashingDutchman - I did not realise I was looking at AUD v USD. I purchased 3 PixRacers and 3 ACSP board a few months ago, they were sent from Bulgaria not USA. I do buy a great deal from HobbyKing and have been extremely pleased with the service I have received from then. I also very much like the idea of supporting the developers of new gear. The quality of the auav gear is a step above everything else I have seen though, so I reckon it is the better value option. The packaging is pretty cool too!
Comment by Phillip Kocmoud on June 14, 2016 at 9:33am

It is a clone for sure. This was inevitable though. In a way it is a great compliment.
Thanks for the kind words and support!

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on June 14, 2016 at 9:40am

Looks like the unit as shown in this video.  Hopefully the Hobbyking unit is better quality, but I very much doubt it.

Comment by Scott W on June 14, 2016 at 9:42am

That's a great attitude, Mr K. :)

And as far as quality, I have seen the pictures of the bare clone PCB, and it's a mess... components are not square on their pads.. they're shifted around at random angles.  The solder is too thick and basically just blobs of solder.  I'm sure the components themselves are the cheapest available, rather than the quality components AUAV uses.  They look cheap... (I don't have one to do any further testing....).
And when the clone was first released, it was $70.00.  Even then it wasn't worth it.  Now that it's the same cost as the official AUAV product, it is not worth it in any way.  The higher quality cables alone are worth more than the case.... Those cheap cables become firm and inflexible after a year of use and sun exposure, and will cause vibration issues. 

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