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12-04-2012 08:20 PM  5 years agoPost 1
Heliflyer69

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Its time to buy a new heli. So, its time to make a decision between these two.

I have align helis and they fly nice for me. Please save the DFC arguments for another thread, cuzz i like DFC.
Parts prices are good and initial purchase price is affordable.
I have yet to own a Synergy heli. They look good and have some friends that have them (I have not flown a synergy yet).

Is the quality and design of Synergy really that much better then Align to justify the $300-500 extra for a 550 class heli?

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Thx guys and have a good one!

550DFC seems to fly and crash well

Watch at YouTube

Matt does a great job flying the E5

Watch at YouTube

Roy

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12-04-2012 08:36 PM  5 years agoPost 2
ssmith512

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I am interested in what everyone has to say as well, as I have the exact same question.

Steve

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12-04-2012 09:01 PM  5 years agoPost 3
RappyTappy

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Align is good, but Synergy is better imo. My comparison is Align Trex 600N's versus my last nitro heli which was a N5C. The difference was so readily apparent. Even after 150 flights on the N5C, all the original bearings were silky smooth and everything was still tight as new, I couldn't say that about my Aligns. Parts cost was more on the Synergy, but you do get what you pay for.

I've also have had a Trex 550 with a lot of flights on it and it is a good machine for its cost, but tore up main shaft bearings just flying. I used to strip main gears in flight as well, but looks like they've beefed up the main gear so I don't think that would be a problem anymore. It is a good machine, but it is Align and still wore out in areas quicker than I would've expected or liked.

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12-04-2012 09:32 PM  5 years agoPost 4
Funky Trex

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Since no average pilots have their hands on an e5 yet, it is hard to make a fair comparison between these two helis. I am really impressed with Synergy's quality in their other kits although I don't think Align is trash either. The quality might me a bit lower, but the price makes up for it most of the time.

I have a 550v2 and it has been a great heli. I haven't crashed mine yet, but I have seen 2 of them crash at our field. Both of them broke the frames in multiple areas which led to some expensive crash costs. The frames are redesigned for the v2 & DFC version but they still don't look that tough IMO. I am waiting to see how the new Synergy holds up in a crash before I spend my cash on one. The 550 v2 flies extremely well so I don't see any other reasons to jump ship. . . .yet

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12-04-2012 09:32 PM  5 years agoPost 5
colcha

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I have both a Trex 550e and a Synergy E7. There is a significant jump in quality going from the Align to the Synergy. Some of the advantages of the Synergy include:
  1. counterbearing for motor (saves your motor bearings especially if you are using slant gears)
  2. third bearing block for main shaft (keeps main shaft rigid during hard manouvres)
  3. machined delrin gears (much better than the wobbly molded plastic gears that you get with the Align)
  4. much smoother machine (the Trex 550e torque tube system is notorious for vibrations)
  5. you get to choose your electronic components (no need to sell off sub-par electronics)
  6. no need to upgrade any parts
The main advantages with the Trex 550e are parts availability and lower upfront cost. The lower upfront cost can be quickly eroded however once you start upgrading your Trex 550e which many people do.

All that being said, the Trex 550e is a decent heli and I still enjoy flying it. However, if I were to do it over again, the E5 would be at the top of my shortlist for this size.

Trex 550, Synergy E5, Logo 600, Synergy E7 and TDR

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12-04-2012 09:57 PM  5 years agoPost 6
FARRL

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I have a synergy n5c and an align 600 n. I like the T-Rex better. The quality of the synergy is better but the T-Rex is lighter and has a TT tail I like better. The T-Rex autos better and is faster ,cost less to buy and crash. Parts are easier to get also. But the n5c is a great heli and flys very good. I would buy the T-Rex over the synergy though. I no most will disagree with me but that's my honest opinion .

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12-04-2012 10:12 PM  5 years agoPost 7
Dan Minick

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i think the E5 will be the stoutest 500 class heli made. just my opinion. i own an E7 and that thing takes a HARD hit.

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12-05-2012 01:36 AM  5 years agoPost 8
r.s.m.

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Greenville SC

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Buy what you will be happy with and can afford,but if you look at the video's really close you can tell which heli is the best performer(clean,crisp and stable),and that would be what i would base my decision on

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12-05-2012 01:41 AM  5 years agoPost 9
michael88997

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i was looking at those as well... decided to get the logo 500 super combo because it was the cheapest(ya you can get a logo for less than a trex ... just finished building the frame and its soo nice, but i also like the looks of the plastic, my second choice would of been the e5 but i didnt want to pay 550 for just a frame

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12-05-2012 11:15 AM  5 years agoPost 10
BigIreland

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Queen Creek, AZ - USA

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This is a hard choice. Properly equipped, they will both fly great. The 550DFC will swing anything from 520's to 600's with no hardware change. The E5 will take 2 packs for going 12s easier than the T-Rex will. They both have their merits and whatever weaknesses they have in relation to one another can easily be chalked up to personal preference.

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12-05-2012 04:26 PM  5 years agoPost 11
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i say go with the E5

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12-05-2012 04:46 PM  5 years agoPost 12
VANHELI

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I have a trex 550(Not DFC). Its a great heli. It has been very reliable and has been abused more then any heli I have owned. I have crashed mine and broke the frames as well. I did not buy align replacement frame sides because they are a bit pricey. Fusano makes a decent frame and is dirt cheap. It does flex more then the stock frame but isnt really noticeable in flight...atleast to me. I had issues with the stock pinions stripping. That was easily solved with a aftermarket hardened pinion that was cheaper then the stock. If I did not have a 550 class heli already I would be all over the E5! Mostly because I like trying out other helis and I have seen E7's and n5C's in person and they are nice looking helis.

I think either you will be happy with but go for the E5 so you can tell us what you think of it!

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12-06-2012 02:56 PM  5 years agoPost 13
halfcab

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SC

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I own a T-Rex 550V1 with just under 2000 flights and a E7 with 450+ flights.

The bottom line here is how can anyone compete with Aligns in-house mfg. Yes they have there known problems but the price is right. You can upgrade/interchange/modify parts if and when you like. I have over 1200 flights on the same 700n 164t main gear in my 550 (KDE motor needs it).

IMO, the E5 will make a better E6 (600).

About Synergy and higher price: at times I have been disappointed with the quality control on some parts.

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12-06-2012 03:01 PM  5 years agoPost 14
Propwash3D

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trex550
if you get the combo versian sure everything comes with it....but since you already have align helis i say try synergy unless cost is a factor...That was my problem in that past since i had align helis 700's parts were interchanable, going to a differnt brand means stocking up on other brands parts....

i say try synergy.....align is so....everyday everybody has align...be differnt

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12-06-2012 03:08 PM  5 years agoPost 15
Funky Trex

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Getting the same heli a lot of other people have is not always a bad thing. It is very easy to personalize any heli if you are worried about having the only 'one'. Getting spares and support at the field when you need them most is always nice.

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12-12-2012 10:16 AM  5 years agoPost 16
Heliflyer69

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Thanks for all your comments guys.

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