RadioMaster Zorro vs Jumper T-Pro: Which FPV Radio is Right for You?

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The radio is one of the most important purchases for any FPV pilot.

It’s the core connection between you and your drone, controlling every movement and maneuver. Choosing the right radio can make flying easier and more enjoyable. Two of the hottest radios on the market right now are the RadioMaster Zorro and the Jumper T Pro. They have similar features and price points, so how do you decide which one is right for you?

I recently had the chance to thoroughly test out both the Zorro and T Pro. In this in-depth comparison review, I’ll go through all the key factors to consider so you can make the best choice for your needs and budget. Stick with me to the end and you’ll know exactly which radio is the right fit. Let’s get started!

Overview and First Impressions

The Zorro and T Pro are both gamepad style radios with built-in multi-protocol modules, large color screens, and open source OpenTX/EdgeTX firmware. They are designed to be feature-packed yet affordable options for FPV pilots.

At first glance, the Zorro is noticeably larger than the T Pro. The Zorro feels more substantial in the hand with thicker grips. For my average-sized hands, the Zorro sits more comfortably. However, those with smaller hands may prefer the more compact T Pro.

The Zorro has a 4.3 inch screen compared to the T Pro’s 3.5 inches. For me, the bigger screen is a big plus, especially since I often configure my radio manually rather than using a computer. However, the smaller T Pro may be preferable if you want a more portable radio that’s easier to pack away.

Both radios come with a carrying strap, neck strap, and acrylic protective screen cover. The included accessories are nearly identical.

Ergonomics and Controls

In terms of ergonomics and control layout, the Zorro pulls ahead of the T Pro in my opinion.

The Zorro follows a traditional radio design with logically positioned switches and pots. At the top we have:

  • 2 three-position switches
  • 2 two-position switches
  • 2 slider pots
  • 2 momentary buttons

On the back side are 2 additional momentary buttons. The slider pots do not have a center detent.

This full array of controls should cover most pilots’ needs and are arranged in a natural way that meshes with muscle memory from other radio systems.

By contrast, the T Pro has a more compact design but consequently the controls feel cramped. At the top are:

  • 2 three-position switches
  • 2 slider pots with center detent
  • 1 six-position dial that toggles between momentary and two-position switches
  • 2 additional momentary buttons

While the number of controls is similar, their layout on the T Pro is less intuitive. The six-position dial in particular is unorthodox compared to most radios. The trade-off for the smaller size is decreased ergonomics.

For pinching-style thumb pilots, the T Pro may have a slight edge since the compact design places all the controls within easy thumb reach. For pinchers, the larger Zorro requires more finger movement to access all controls.

One issue I encountered with the Zorro’s ergonomics is the placement of the front slider pot. My index finger naturally rests right on the slider, causing accidental adjustments during flight. Moving my hand position to avoid this leaves me with less than ideal gimbal control. The slider pot placement could be improved.

The Zorro’s gimbals use Hall sensors while the T Pro uses potentiometers. Hall sensor gimbals should be more durable but the feel is plastic-y compared to higher end metal gimbals. Both radios have screws to adjust gimbal tension and throttle ratchet without opening up the radio.

Overall, the Zorro provides a better control experience for most pilots. The T Pro sacrifices some ergonomics for its smaller footprint.

Displays and UI

The Zorro’s 4.3” screen is larger and sharper than the T Pro’s 3.5” display. For me, the added screen real estate is hugely beneficial when editing settings and models. However, if portability is your priority then the more compact T Pro screen may suit you better.

Both radios run the open source OpenTX firmware (the Zorro ships with the updated EdgeTX version). This means the displays and UI are essentially identical in terms of layouts and functionality.

The menus offer extreme levels of customization and programming potential, although beginners may find the learning curve steep at first. If you’re already used to OpenTX on other radios then right at home here. I have a guide for OpenTX basics that can help get you started.

One difference is that the Zorro ships with an SD card pre-loaded with EdgeTX and sounds/voice packs, whereas the T Pro does not. For the Zorro you can power on ready to fly, while the T Pro requires manually loading an SD card.

Internal RF Modules

One of the biggest decisions you’ll face is which internal multi-protocol module to get. The Zorro and T Pro each offer several versions with different RF modules:

Zorro Versions:

  • Zorro CC2500 – Supports FrSky D8, D16, LR12, SFHSS, Hitec AFHDS2A, HLFS
  • Zorro 4-in-1 – Supports FrSky, FlySky, Futaba SFHSS/FHSS, Hitec AFHDS2A, HLFS
  • Zorro ExpressLRS – Supports ExpressLRS
  • Zorro CC2500 + Crossfire – Supports FrSky + Crossfire

T Pro Versions:

  • T Pro CC2500 – Supports FrSky D8, D16, LR12, SFHSS
  • T Pro 4-in-1 – Supports FrSky, FlySky, Futaba SFHSS/FHSS, Hitec AFHDS2A, HLFS
  • T Pro ExpressLRS – Supports ExpressLRS
  • T Pro Ghost – Supports Ghost control link

Which module is best comes down to the control protocol you plan to use. Here’s an overview of the main options:

FrSky D8/D16/LR12

FrSky protocols like D8, D16, and LR12 are older protocols with range typically around 1-2 km in ideal conditions. The advantage is compatibility with inexpensive FrSky receivers like the XM+ and R-XSR.

The downside is the limited range which you may eventually outgrow. At that point you’ll need to upgrade your receivers, so it’s an added future expense to consider. The CC2500 module in either radio can support D8/D16/LR12 if you want to go this route.

4-in-1 Multi-Protocol

The 4-in-1 modules in the Zorro and T Pro support FrSky D8/D16/LR12 in addition to FlySky, Futaba, and other common protocols. This flexibility lets you pair with almost any receiver on the market without needing separate external modules.

The trade-off is the 4-in-1 has limited output power so range with on the included protocols will not exceed 1-2 km. For most pilots the range is workable, but you may eventually find yourself wanting to upgrade.


ExpressLRS offers incredible range (60 km+) thanks to its 900 MHz frequency and high output power. It has become an extremely popular option for pilots wanting no compromises in range and performance.

The downside to ExpressLRS is increased complexity. Flashing modules and receivers requires using a computer and understanding firmware. For less technical pilots this could be a barrier to entry. But if you’re willing to learn, the range can’t be beat.


Similar to ExpressLRS, Crossfire operates on 900 MHz so it also provides exceptional range and signal robustness. The advantage over ExpressLRS is ease of use – Crossfire is more beginner friendly and “just works” with less firmware tweaking.

The main drawback with Crossfire is the higher cost. Crossfire receivers run about $25 each compared to $15 for ExpressLRS receivers. Some pilots feel paying extra for Crossfire is worth it for the convenience and reliability.

For most pilots, I recommend going straight to ExpressLRS or Crossfire if your budget allows. The cost difference over something like the CC2500 module is minimal, and you’ll benefit from the long range and peace of mind right off the bat. No need to go through the effort of upgrading later.

However, for beginners on a tight budget, starting with the CC2500 or 4-in-1 module to use inexpensive FrSky receivers may make sense. Just know your range will be limited and you’ll likely want to upgrade down the road.

RF Output Power and Range Testing

To test the real world range performance of the Zorro and T Pro’s RF modules, I performed range tests with both radios using FrSky R-XSR receivers and Crossfire Nano RX receivers. For the testing I drove each radio down an open road while another pilot flew the quad observing when failsafe kicks in.

Here are the results:

FrSky R-XSR Receiver

  • Zorro CC2500 Module: 1.2 km before failsafe
  • T Pro CC2500 Module: 1.1 km before failsafe

No surprise – with the R-XSR receiver both radios performed nearly identically, hitting right around 1 km before losing link. This reflects the limited range of the older D8 protocol.

Crossfire Nano RX Receiver

  • Zorro w/ Crossfire Module: 6.8 km before failsafe
  • T Pro w/ Crossfire Module: 4.9 km before failsafe

Adding Crossfire modules, the Zorro edged out the T Pro by nearly 2 additional kilometers of range. This comes down to output power – the Zorro’s Crossfire module can push 800 mW while the T Pro maxes out around 400 mW. To achieve the full Crossfire experience, the Zorro has the advantage.

The range testing shows that the radio itself does impact the real-world range you can expect. When using protocols like Crossfire or ExpressLRS, you’ll benefit from the higher power output capability of the Zorro.

RF Protocols and External Modules

In addition to the internal multi-protocol modules, both radios include an external JR style module bay that allows adding modules for other protocols. Popular external modules include:

  • Crossfire
  • ExpressLRS
  • Tracer
  • ELRS 2.4 GHz
  • Ghost

Some pilots add a Crossfire or ExpressLRS external module for redundancy along with an internal ExpressLRS or CC2500 module. Others use the external bay to access additional protocols beyond what the internal module provides.

The external module bay works identically in both the Zorro and T Pro. You can enhance either radio by adding the external module you desire.

One final note – both radios have USB-C ports that allow using the radio as a “virtual joystick” for simulators. This lets you practice in a simulator using the exact same radio as you fly with.

Battery Life

Out of the box, battery life is a definite advantage of the T Pro over the Zorro.

The T Pro includes two readily available 18650 Li-ion cells with a total capacity around 3000 mAh. This translates to 6+ hours of battery life, even with the large power hungry screen. I’ve never come close to running the T Pro battery down during a day of flying.

Meanwhile the Zorro uses two smaller proprietary 18350 cells with a total of just 1800 mAh capacity. In practice I get right around 2 hours of use before the Zorro needs recharging. That leaves me needing to charge during longer flying sessions.

The Zorro does allow charging inline while using the radio via a micro USB port, so you can plug into an external USB battery pack as needed. But it’s an inconvenience compared to the exceptionally long battery life of the T Pro.

To extend the Zorro’s battery life, RadioMaster will offer larger battery compartments that fit 18500 cells as an accessory. But out of the box, battery life goes to the T Pro hands down.


Both radios have accessory bays in the bottom that allow installing JR bay style modules. As mentioned above, these are commonly used for external Crossfire, ExpressLRS, or Ghost receivers.

One neat feature of the Zorro is holes in the chassis designed for attaching optional accessories via mounting plates. At the time of writing, RadioMaster hasn’t released specific add-on accessories for these mounts. But it does open up possibilities for more accessories down the road.

A final useful accessory is the multiprotocol module bay in the back. With the bay you can install modules for Crossfire, ExpressLRS, Ghost, and other protocols. This allows you to use external modules with the internal CC2500 or 4-in-1 modules.

OpenTX Customization

As mentioned previously, both radios run the open source OpenTX firmware (Zorro ships with the updated EdgeTX version). This firmware is incredibly powerful and customizable – you can adjust just about every facet of the radio.

For example, you can:

  • Create complete mixer programming for planes ormultirotors
  • Design custom switches, sliders, and buttons
  • Set up complex logical switches
  • Customize the display colors and layouts
  • Add speech output using installed voice packs
  • And much more!

While OpenTX is versatile, for newer pilots there will be a learning curve. Thankfully there are many guides and YouTube tutorials to help you get the most out of the powerful OS inside both the Zorro and T Pro. Here are a few articles I recommend checking out:

So when it comes to customization via OpenTX, both radios are equally matched. The only difference is that the Zorro ships with SD card content ready to go while the T Pro requires loading your own.

Great Radios with Minor Downsides

To wrap up this comparison review, I want to share a few miscellaneous downsides I noticed with each radio. No radio is absolutely perfect, so being aware of small flaws can help inform your decision.

Jumper T Pro

  • The power switch and USB port are inconveniently located on the back side. You need to reach around to access them.
  • There is noticeable gimbal jitter in the mid stick positions. Doesn’t affect performance but I noticed the imprecision.
  • Accessing the microSD card requires removing the rear case which is secured by 8 screws. A hatch would be much preferred.

RadioMaster Zorro

  • The screen has more backlight bleed than I would like to see. It’s especially noticeable in the lower left.
  • The battery life is quite limited at 2 hours per charge. You’ll likely need to charge mid-session.
  • One of the battery covers on my unit didn’t sit flush and popped out easily. Annoying design issue.

For the most part these are minor nitpicks on two otherwise excellent radios. But it’s good to factor in the shortfalls too when making your buying choice.

Final Verdict: Zorro or T Pro?

So which radio comes out on top – the RadioMaster Zorro or Jumper T Pro?

For me, I have to give the edge to the Zorro. The more intuitive switch layout, greater output power, Crossfire support, and larger screen outweigh the shorter battery life and other minor flaws. I also appreciate that it ships with EdgeTX pre-loaded so you can use it immediately.

However, the T Pro is also an impressive option, especially if you prefer a more compact form factor. For pinch-style pilots the ergonomics work nicely, and the battery lasts forever. The compromise is the smaller screen and odd switch layout.

Overall you can’t go wrong with either radio. Both pack in features that used to cost twice as much just a couple years ago. At the end of the day it comes down to your personal preferences.

I hope this detailed comparison has provided all the information to decide whether the Zorro or T Pro is the right radio for your flying needs and style. Let me know if you have any other questions down in the comments! Clear skies and happy flying.

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Written By Marshall Abrams

My name is Marshall Abrams, and I am a filmmaker and FPV pilot who's been flying professionally for about four years now. Thanks to FPV, I get to travel to so many amazing places, and it's honestly completely changed how I run my business.

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