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XK Detect X380 vs Cheerson CX-20: What GPS Drone to go for?

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XK Detect X380 vs Cheerson CX-20: Introduction

XK X380 vs Cheerson CX-20

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The Cheerson CX-20 has been around for quite a while now. While the XK Detect X380 hasn’t been on the market for as long, it has proven to be fairly popular among intermediate pilots. However, if you, like many others, are in a fix as to which of the two drones you should go for, this article should help clear things up a bit.

What you must know before you read further, or attempt to purchase any of the two drones is that neither of them are suited for beginners. While you may be able to fly them for a bit, you’re bound to either lose or damage them if you don’t have prior experience.

So, if you’re looking for your first drone, head over to any of our buying guides. On the other hand, if you already know how to fly a drone, keep reading.

Let’s take a look at what separates the two drones. XK Detect X380 vs Cheerson CX-20, let’s go!

Cheerson CX-20

XK X380 vs Cheerson CX-20

Cheerson Hobby have been in the multicopter business for as long as most of you can recall. The single most popular the factory has produced happens to be the Cheerson CX-10, which was, for a long, long time, the world’s smallest drone.

Buyers, and the company itself, have changed (read: upped their game) since, and there is a lot more to choose from. The Cheerson CX-20 is a powerful GPS-enabled drone that rivals the likes of DJI with its feature set, but costs less than half of one.

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The fun bit is that the CX-20 is as powerful (even more, thanks to crazy community support on forums like RC Groups) as it has ever been, but is now a lot more affordable.

The quadcopter comes with features such as return to home, failsafe, headless mode, GoPro support, and more. There are a couple different versions of this quadcopter that are on sale, namely the CX-20 BigShark version and the open source version. The main difference between the two is that the BigShark version doesn’t support mission planner software, while the open source version does.

Sounds like quite a powerful drone, doesn’t it? The CX-20 can be availed for as low as $207 (open source version) shipped.

XK Detect X380

XK X380 vs Cheerson CX-20

The XK Detect X380 is an upgraded WLtoys V303. What this means is that the X380 is a much more polished, finished product with its bugs ironed out.

The X380, like the CX-20, supports GPS, return to home, GoPro support, headless mode and POI (point of interest mode), which the CX-20 lacks. Moving on, ,the X380 houses a massive 11.1V 5400mAh battery, which provides a flight time of almost 30 minutes which is unmatched by drones double or triple its price.

That said, the X380 isn’t as popular as the CX-20… perhaps because it came late. Which is why the X380 doesn’t quite enjoy the community support that the CX-20 does. For a lot of ‘value’ gadgets like these drones, some Chinese phones, etc., community support is something you sometimes just can’t do without.

XK Detect X380 vs Cheerson CX-20: Pricing

Incidentally or not, both, the CX-20 and the X380 are priced not close to each other, but exactly the same. Both beauties are priced at a modest $207; so if DJI’s Phantom 3-series doesn’t fit the budget yet, either of these can be a great learning step.

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XK Detect X380 vs Cheerson CX-20: Verdict

It’s been laid out for you: the CX-20 has a limited set of features, but it immensely popular (not only in China, but worldwide). The X380, on the other hand, isn’t quite as popular as the Cheerson CX-20, but has a better set of specs (and a crazy battery life).

So if you think you can do without community support, stop wasting time and get the X380. On the other hand, if you, like many other value community support, you want to get the CX-20 (open source version) for exactly the same price.