No programming cable included.
I am not sure why they would even market what is clearly a beginners transmitter without the cable. There are some basic setups you can do on the transmitter but it is really basic. At the very least the cables should be in the store.
Otherwise it is a decent enough radio but the lack of rates and such make it a hard starter radio...with out the programming cables.
Great for a beginner
You know, I hemmed and hawed for a long time between this transmitter and the DX6e. I finally went with this one because I'm not sure if I'll ever get into channel mixing and custom expo, etc. So far I've been really impressed with this transmitter. It works perfectly and the form factor is very similar to higher-end radios (read: it's BIG). The sticks feel great, too. The only shortcoming I can think of so far is if I ever want to add flaperons to my plane (which I've thought about). I'm not sure if there is any capability for that type of mixing. If you're looking for a transmitter that can handle throttle, elevator, rudder, ailerons, flaps, gear, and/or bomb drop (aux), you should be good to go with the DXe. I would recommend getting the cable for your phone or computer, though, as that's what allows you store more than one plane.