So if you’ve been following our recent reviews, you know that we’ve previously reviewed both the Runner 250 as well as the Falcon 250. They were both terrific FPV aircraft, and received high praise in a variety of categories. But these reviews brought something to our attention. Both the Runner 250 and Falcon 250 are extremely similar in features, packaging, price point, and ease of use. Well in the world of drones, there has to be a winner. We’re going to analyse 3 of the most important areas: Price Point, Performance, and Product Quality, and attempt to identify a winner!

 

Price Point

The first thing we’re going to look at is price. This is an important factor when choosing between two drones that are so similar. The problem is that comparing price is not as straightforward as it seems, as both of these kits are offered in a variety of packages and at different price points. So for the purpose of this review, lets compare the most complete possible package, minus the FPV goggles. So this means both packages will include everything you need to get started flying including the drone itself, all the electronics, FPV camera and video downlink, as well as a transmitter, batteries, and charger.

Eachine Falcon 250: 

The cheapest RTF package can be found on Banggood.com for:

£155

This includes everything you need to get started, minus the FPV goggles.

Walkera Runner 250

The cheapest RTF package can be found on Hobbyking.com for:

£181

This will also include everything you need to get flying minus the FPV goggles.

So interestingly enough, the Falcon 250 can be found for a few pounds less than the Runner 250. The Falcon 250 has a higher top speed and some other  very unique characteristics and ends up being cheaper!

 

Performance

So when it comes to performance, when you’re talking FPV it’s all about speed, and agility. In the case of the Falcon 250 and the Runner 250, the Falcon definitely takes the crown here. The falcon’s top speed of nearly 150km/h is nearly three times the estimated top speed of the runner 250! This is a world of difference, and trust me it’s very noticeable. In addition to speed, the Falcon 250 is also far more agile in the sky, and takes corners far more aggressively than the runner. These are definitely two totally different aircraft when it comes to performance, and the Falcon 250 is clearly the winner in this department.

 

Quality

When we talk quality, we’re referring to the overall quality of all the parts and components, such as materials used, assembly techniques, and overall feel. When it comes to this category, both manufactures do a pretty good job considering the price point, but the Falcon 250 does stand out.

 

Falcon 250

The falcon overall feels solid, the materials used are exclusively high quality carbon fiber, and anodized aluminum. The only plastic found are the motor mounts. We suspect that these mounts are plastic simply to dampen the impact from a collision, which is common in the FPV world.

 

Runner 250

The runner 250 feels a little bit cheaper overall, and doesn’t inspire the same confidence as the falcon. Many of the components are plastic, with some carbon fiber uses in the central frame. A lot of the components also feel poorly held together, likely because of the cheap plastic used all the way around the quad.

The Winner

If you haven’t guessed it yet, the Falcon 250 is the clear winner! Its superior performance and build quality, paired with a more affordable price point, definitely make the Falcon 250 a much better choice. This little quad will provide months if not years of fast paced aerial thrills, and with its outstanding build quality, we see it holding up to the rigors of FPV flight much better than its competitor. If you’re in the market for one of these 250 class FPV drones look no further, the Falcon 250 is your choice! Happy flying!

 

 

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