I reviewed the Diatone Crusader GT2 this week. Here's my "short-and-sweet" summary of the review.
This may be the best all-round ready-to-fly or plug-n-fly quadcopter I've ever seen. To start with, it's absolutely gorgeous to look at. The carbon has even been given a clear-coat treatment so it feels smooth and looks glossy. For the kind of person who's buying an RTF quad, the GT2 strikes the right balance between performance and durability. It has both smooth handling and raw speed.
The quad is overflowing with thoughtful design touches. A roll cage that opens up for maintenance with just two screws. A cast metal bracket that secures the battery wires. A skid-plate on the bottom that makes it easy to change battery straps when one breaks. Vibration-isolation on the flight controller and the first (that I'm aware of) 100% vibration isolation system for the motors. That's right: the motors are completely isolated from the frame, including with bushings around the screw shafts!
To top it all off, it costs $270. That was the final thing that made me love this quad. If the GT2 cost a lot more, then I wouldn't be so eager to overlook its few drawbacks. Those include: It's too heavy for a proper racing quad. The camera hangs out the front un-protected, and it will get damaged too often. The vTX is push-button style and doesn't support SmartAudio. GoPro mounting is a bit of a hassle.
Thanks to its 2306 motors, the GT2 is fast. Thanks to the fact that the motors are 2450kv, it's easy on the battery. But it's not as fast as it could be, because Diatone has chosen to prioritize durability over raw speed. Rejecting it on that basis would be missing the point.
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