The Pilotfly ATOMCUBE RX1 RGBCW, is a small, compact light that uses Bluetooth Mesh so that you can link and control multiple fixtures at the same time.
The ATOMCUBE RX1 is an RGB fixture that is Kelvin color adjustable from 2500K to 8500K. It also has built-in special effects.
- 2500 to 8500K Variable Color Dial
- RGB Mode with 360 Colors
- Full 0 to 100% Dimming
- 9-Function Special Effect Mode
- 14W Power Draw
- Built-In 7.4V 4000mAh Rechargeable Battery
- Lightweight, Pocket-Sized Design
- 1/4″ and 3/8″ Threaded
- Slim & Compact Aluminum Design
The fixture weighs in at 275g (0.61 lb) and has physical dimensions of 132mm x 17mm x 76mm. The AtomCUBE RX1 is made out of high strength aviation aluminum, which is claimed to provides better heat dissipation.
It uses an in-built rechargeable battery that is claimed to power the light for up to 3 hours.
Pilotfly claims that the output of the light is 1800 lx at a distance of 0.5 meters, and that it has a TLCI of 97.
As I mentioned earlier, the ATOMCUBE RX1 is equipped with Bluetooth Mesh technology. This allows you to control up to 255 devices.
Pilotfly has an iOS and an Android app for the light that allows you to remote control the fixture at a distance of up to 10m. Now, as it has Bluetooth Mesh you can get one fixture to send information to another fixture. Essentially the Bluetooth control is just leapfrogging from one fixture to another so you can place fixtures a long way away, as long as they are within 10 m of each other.
What is Bluetooth Mesh?
Bluetooth Mesh is a networking system that enables device to device communication. It is optimized for creating device networks on a massive level. With Bluetooth Mesh you can have tens, hundreds or thousands of devices communicate with one another.
Bluetooth Mesh technology is something we saw Aputure introduce at NAB earlier this year. Aputure’s Sidus Link is a new networking feature that the company is going to be building into all their new lighting fixtures. It enables centralized control of all the Aputure lanterns you might be using on set.
All Aputure lights in the future will feature WiFi and Bluetooth and will build out their own mesh network when they see other compatible fixtures.
The Pilotfly ATOMCUBE RX1 looks to be a direct competitor to the Aputure Amaran AL-MC which will retail for $79 USD. The AL-MC is yet to ship.
Specification wise this is how the two lights stack up on paper:
|Pilotfly ATOMCUBE RX1||Aputure Amaran AL-MC|
|Claimed Output||1800 lx (0.5m)||1000 lx (0.3m)|
|Price||$169 USD||$79 USD|
The Pilotfly ATOMCUBE RX1 RGBCW retails for $169 USD.