RadioMaster ZORRO - finally a full-feature radio with internal ExpressLRS - First look

Originally published at: RadioMaster ZORRO - Finally A Full-feature Radio With Internal ExpressLRS - First Look

RadioMaster has released a promotional video and pre-order page for their upcoming compact gamepad-style controller, the RadioMaster ZORRO and it looks as though ExpressLRS users will be happy because there is finally a full-feature radio with ELRS built-in.

Going by the information we have on the sales page and video, the ZORRO will support both OpenTX and EdgeTX operating systems and will be available in four RF configurations – CC2500, SX1280 (ELRS), 4-in-1 and CCS2500+TBS (Masterfire Combo). RadioMaster also says that the radio is ergonomically designed for comfort.

Physically, the controller has a 128×64 monochrome LCD display with adjustable brightness, a metal roller, adjustable HALL gimbals, replaceable and/or upgradable rubber “non-slip” grips, and the ability to change between Mode 2 and Mode 1 without disassembling. It also features audio output, an SD-card slot, a DSC port and a USB-C port.

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The ZORRO will be powered by two 18350 batteries that will fit in two separate compartments underneath the grips and supports an external 2S battery supply that can be fixed directly underneath the controller to be used as a reserve battery pack.

The antenna is foldable for the sake of keeping the radio compact and transportable when not in use. Accessories can be mounted on both sides as well as on top of the radio via the use of mounting screw holes.

Watch the promotional video…

RadioMaster ZORRO specs:

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Version Zorro CC2500 Zorro 4in1 Zorro ELRS Zorro ELRS Starter Set Zorro CC2500 + TBS Nano Crossfire Combo
Dimensions 170 x 159 x 108 mm
Weight 350 grams
Operating
Frequency
2.400GHz - 2.480GHz
Internal RF Options CC2500 Multiprotocol 4in1 Multiprotocol ELRS
ELRS CC2500 Multiprotocol
Supported Protocols Module Dependent Module Dependent ELRS ELRS Module Dependent
RF Power CC2500: 20dBm max 4in1: 20dBm max TBA (CE and FCC version will be available) TBA (CE and FCC version will be available) CC2500: 20dBm max
Antenna Gain Folding 2db
Operational
Current
160mA@8.4V
Operational
Voltage
6.6-8.4v DC
Control Distance/strong> >2km @ 20dbm >2km @ 20dbm TBA TBA >2km @ 20dbm
Operating
System
OpenTX / EdgeTX compatible
Control
Channels
Maximum 16 (Rx dependent)
Display 128x64 monochrome LCD
battery 2 x 18350 (Not included)
Charging Built in USB-C charging
Gimbal Hall effect
Module Bay Nano size (compatible with TBS Nano Crossfire / Nano Tracer / IRC Ghost)
Firmware
Upgrade
Method
Via USB or SD card (SD card not included)
Starter Set Includes - - - - Zorro ELRS Radio Control
-2x EP1 Full Range 2.5ghs ELRS Receivers with T Antenna
-1x EP2 Compact 2.4ghz Receiver with Built in Antenna
- Zorro ELRS Radio Control
-TBS Nano Crossfire Module

The RadioMaster ZORRO won’t be the first radio with ExpressLRS built in – the BetaFPV LiteRadio 2 ELRS edition has that title – but it will be the first full-feature radio to make use of the increasingly popular open-source radio control link.

It’s also nice to see anothor gamepad style radio entering the market for pilots who prefer smaller ergonomical controllers, but don’t want to use the Tango 2 for whatever reason – It remains to be seen if this radio can match the Tango 2 in quailty and function, but if it lives up to the standards of RadioMaster’s previous radios, it’s got a good chance.

Price and availablity

The RadioMaster Zorro will be released at the end of January 2022 but is available to pre-order now. The CC2500 version costs $79.99 and the 4in1 and the ELRS versions will each cost $99.99 (at time of writing).